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Welsh White Paper Proposes E-Cigarette Ban and Minimum Alcohol Pricing

April 3, 2014
Public Health

e-cigaretteThe Welsh Assembly are considering a ban on e-cigarettes in public places and the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing in a new white paper out for consultation until June 24th. ‘Listening to you – Your health matters’ contains a number of suggestions for future public health legislation in Wales.

A ban on the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places is something Health Minister Mark Drakeford is fully in favour of: “I have concerns about the impact of e-cigarettes on the enforcement of Wales’ smoking ban. That’s why we are proposing restricting their use in enclosed public places,” he said. “I am also concerned that their use in enclosed public places could normalise smoking behaviour.”

Smoking is responsible for approximately 5,600 deaths each year in Wales. A number of countries including Singapore and Brazil along with US cities such as New York and Los Angeles already operate bans on e-cigarette use in some public places.

A proposed minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit is also included in the document. In a 2012 Welsh Health survey, 42% of adults admitted drinking at levels above government guidelines. Mr Drakeford said, ‘A minimum unit price will make a strong contribution to preventing alcohol overuse and misuse and reducing alcohol-related illness.”

You can download a copy of ‘Listening to you – Your health matters’ here