Ban on e-cigarettes could take step closer in becoming law

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A controversial ban on the restriction of e-cigarette use in Wales could take a major step forward following a debate in the National Assembly.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has outlined proposals in the Public Health (Wales) Bill which includes the ban of e-cigarettes in certain premises with children and young people present as well as proposals to license tattooing and body piercing.

The latest amendments to the Bill will be debated during the stage three proceedings today, before the final Bill is voted on at stage four.

A series of amendments were agreed at the previous stage to restrict the use of e-cigarettes and other nicotine inhaling devices in certain enclosed public places.

These are schools and other education establishments; places where food is served; premises which provide childcare; public and school transport vehicles and public transport hubs.

The proposals have been met with criticism by politicians and charities with some saying e-cigarettes are an effective tool to help people quit smoking.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams AM has called for amendments of the Bill to remove the restriction of e-cigarettes.

The party have led opposition to Labour's proposals, with nearly 4,000 people supporting the campaign against the vaping ban.