The British Medical Association in Wales says there needs to be tighter regulation on e-cigarettes. Dr David Bailey, from the BMA, told ITV News more restrictions are needed on both the content of the devices but also that they should be banned in public.
Doctors leaders in Wales are calling for tighter regulation of electronic cigarettes as they become more popular among consumers.
The devices, which can contain nicotine, have been credited with stopping thousands of people from smoking.
And they are now powering a big growth in the number of e-cigarette shops in communities right across Wales.But the BMA here says more evidence is needed to show how effective they are.
They want them to be banned in the workplace and public spaces including hospitals and clinics. Rob Osborne reports.
We've been asking for your views on e-cigarettes, as the BMA calls for greater regulation on the devices.
Here are a few of your opinions:
– Jan Lush
It didn't work for me, but I know several people who have successfully given up smoking using one of these. Is the threat of a ban due to the government not getting any taxes out of the sales, because i've not seen any medical reasons why they should be banned as yet.
– Becci-Louise Powell
Why are smokers constantly being penalised? I agree on banning ordinary cigarettes in public places , so a company comes up with a product that helps people to give up smoking & now that's being criticised too?
– Emma Cooper
All cigarettes should be banned because they do more harm than good and can cause health problems in later life. I wish people thought more about their priorities rather than taking drugs and drinking alcohol and killing themselves off to an early grave as a result.
The BMA in Wales is calling for the sale and use of electronic cigarettes to be better regulated. It says more evidence is needed that e-cigarettes, are a safe tool for smokers wanting to kick the habit.
Doctors in Wales say the growing popularity of e-cigarettes are a danger to health and people should be people banned from smoking them in public places.
The British Medical Association in Wales is now calling on the Welsh Government to regulate them the same way as ordinary cigarettes.
A Welsh Government spokesman said it anticipates the devices will need a medicines license from 2017 and in the meantime they advise smokers to be cautious when using them.
The move comes after Merthyr Town's football club ground was renamed the Cigg-e Stadium in a sponsorship deal.