9 June 2015 - Wales to introduce e-cigarette ban
Wales to introduce e-cigarette ban
Steven Morris (The Guardian)
Electronic cigarettes are to be banned in enclosed public spaces and workplaces as part of a raft of radical health plans announced by the Welsh government.
The law would be the first such restriction in the UK and would be hugely controversial among thousands of users, producers and campaigners who believe the use of e-cigarettes can help smokers of conventional cigarettes quit.
Other measures proposed by the Labour-controlled government is the creation of a compulsory national licensing system in relation to acupuncture, body-piercing, electrolysis and tattooing. The government in Cardiff is also intending to prohibit the intimate piercing of children under 16.
Staff (BBC News)
The new tobacco and e-cigarette measures will mean:
Shops will have to join a register for retailers of tobacco and e-cigarettes - aimed at stopping illegal sales to under-18s
It will be an offence to "hand over" tobacco and e-cigarettes to children - and this will include online sales
A restricted use of e-cigarettes, banning them in enclosed public spaces and workplaces. This will include lorries and taxis.
Andy Rutherford (South Wales Argus)
The aim of a a ban is not to prevent people from using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid, but rather to try to ensure smoking-related behaviour is not re-normalised, in particular for a generation of children who since the smoking ban was introduced in 2007 are not used to seeing tobacco products smoked in enclosed public places.
In the absence of conclusive evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes, the Welsh Government is erring on the side of caution to try to maintain the albeit gradual trend of smoking reduction, though opinion, even among experts, is divided.
To cite two examples, members of the British Medical Association last year called for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places where smoking is prohibited. But Cancer Research UK opposes such a move, claiming there is not enough evidence to justify such a ban, and fearing the measure could create more barriers for smokers trying to quit tobacco.
Staff (Wales Online)
Anti-smoking group ASH Wales, in a response to a consultation paper on the issue, said: “We should be wary of taking steps that could undermine those who are using them as a means of protecting themselves from the harms attributable to tobacco.”
The British Heart Foundation told the same exercise: “The law to prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces was implemented to reduce the public health impact of second hand smoking and was founded on a strong evidence base.
"There is little evidence that electronic cigarette vapour causes harm to non-users exposed to it, so the equivalent argument cannot be made”.
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