Wales considers e-cigarettes ban

Banbury Cake: Welsh ministers are considering a ban on e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces Welsh ministers are considering a ban on e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces

Wales could be the first part of the UK to ban smoking e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces.

Welsh health minister Professor Mark Drakeford said officials were considering a ban amid concerns the products could "re-normalise" the use of conventional cigarettes.

He said there were also concerns that their spread could undermine the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public spaces, making it more difficult to enforce.

"We have spent 30 years ... creating a climate in this country where people understand that smoking is not something that is to be regarded as glamorous or desirable. We are concerned that e-cigarettes might reverse that tide," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"We are concerned that they might act as a gateway to conventional cigarettes. It contains nicotine, it's highly addictive and you might then find it easier to move on to conventional cigarettes."

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Ash, said: "The concern that electronic cigarettes may be a gateway into smoking is understandable.

"However, this is not borne out by the evidence so far from England, where our research shows that their use is almost without exception only amongst current and ex-smokers.

"There is growing evidence that they are effective in helping smokers quit and this is to be welcomed. We're pleased that the Welsh government is consulting on whether to ban their use in enclosed public places as it is important to take account of the evidence before going ahead."

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2:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

60plus says...

As a smoker myself I think they should be banned in public and enclosed areas if I have to go outside in the cold and rain so should they.
As a smoker myself I think they should be banned in public and enclosed areas if I have to go outside in the cold and rain so should they. 60plus
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4:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Izanears says...

I just can't help but laugh when I see cigarette smokers walking round with their 'fags' on strings round their necks. They look like babies with dummies.
I just can't help but laugh when I see cigarette smokers walking round with their 'fags' on strings round their necks. They look like babies with dummies. Izanears
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4:39pm Wed 2 Apr 14

darren3o says...

What ajoke.The e cigarette has helped me stop smoking after 20years.The only people who want to stop theses are the drug companies who make billions off there NRT products .Who are lobbying the goverment.Smoking is very hard to give up and any help that does not harm others should be left alone.Iv had enough of the goverment telling me what i can and can not do.
What ajoke.The e cigarette has helped me stop smoking after 20years.The only people who want to stop theses are the drug companies who make billions off there NRT products .Who are lobbying the goverment.Smoking is very hard to give up and any help that does not harm others should be left alone.Iv had enough of the goverment telling me what i can and can not do. darren3o
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4:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

-trigg- says...

"We are concerned that they might act as a gateway to conventional cigarettes"
E-Cigs ARE a gateway, but the direction of travel is away from tobacco products.

Banning electric cigarettes would be like locking the gate, forcing people who want to quit to climb a 10 foot wire-topped fence. Some will still quit, some will try but fail and the majority will be discouraged from even making the attempt.
"We are concerned that they might act as a gateway to conventional cigarettes" E-Cigs ARE a gateway, but the direction of travel is away from tobacco products. Banning electric cigarettes would be like locking the gate, forcing people who want to quit to climb a 10 foot wire-topped fence. Some will still quit, some will try but fail and the majority will be discouraged from even making the attempt. -trigg-
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12:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

topcoats says...

If Wales would look at the recent report by The Royal College of Physicians on electronic cigarettes - the best invention since the discovery of antibiotics, Wales could lead the way to the most massive Public Health benefit ever. Everyone is scared of something new but study the reports by scientists (Dr. Farsolino's in particular) not the media propaganda and you will soon come to realise that they could save literally millions of lives in the future. In years to come, we will look back on tobacco cigarettes in the same way as we do now on child birth in medieval times.
If Wales would look at the recent report by The Royal College of Physicians on electronic cigarettes - the best invention since the discovery of antibiotics, Wales could lead the way to the most massive Public Health benefit ever. Everyone is scared of something new but study the reports by scientists (Dr. Farsolino's in particular) not the media propaganda and you will soon come to realise that they could save literally millions of lives in the future. In years to come, we will look back on tobacco cigarettes in the same way as we do now on child birth in medieval times. topcoats
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