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Welsh Assembly still Undecided on E-cigarette Ban

December 2, 2015
Public Health

e-cigarettePlans to ban the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places in Wales have been dealt a blow after members of the Welsh Assembly health and social care committee failed to reach an agreement yesterday.

The cross party committee was in favour of all other proposals contained in the Public Health (Wales) Bill, but could not reach a consensus on the ban, which would be the first in the UK.

A report from the meeting stated, “Some members believe that the approach is appropriate given the concerns expressed by some witnesses about the longer-term public health impact of e-cigarette use, including whether their use could re-normalise or act as a gateway to tobacco smoking, or cause difficulties in enforcing smoke-free legislation.”

Differing views were put to the committee during its evidence-gathering phase on the Bill’s proposals earlier this year from bodies such as Public Health Wales, The British Medical Association and the charity Cancer Research UK.

The Bill will be debated in full in a week’s time. In England, London Midland have joined the list of train operators to ban the use of e-cigarettes on their services. The company has also banned all staff from using the devices while working at any of its sites, including depots and offices. A spokesperson said, “The decision to say ‘no’ to e-cigarettes has been taken after reviewing feedback from front-line staff across our business, as well as customers. London Midland isn’t alone in this decision; the majority of train operators have already introduced similar policies.”