Parties, campaigners and traders react to failed e-cig ban

The Public Health Bill, which included proposals to ban the use of e-cigarettes in some public places, has failed. It comes after Plaid Cymru said it was withdrawing its support of the bill.

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ASH disappointed by failure of Public Health Bill

Anti-smoking campaigners ASH Wales Cymru have expressed their disappointment at the failure of the Public Health Bill.

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They have expressed their concern that the tobacco control measures contained in the proposed legislation might be lost.

The Bill would have led to the creation of a national register of retailers of tobacco products and it would have restricted smoking in public playgrounds, school grounds and hospital grounds.

We know that smoking is an addiction of childhood, a classroom full of children take up smoking every day in Wales. It is essential that any tobacco control measures tackle the issue of young people taking up smoking. The retail register would have been a fantastic opportunity to give enforcement agencies a clear idea of where tobacco is being sold legally and illegally. As we know illegal tobacco is a huge problem across Wales, especially as it makes tobacco more accessible to young people with its cheap prices and lack of age restrictions.

– Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive of ASH Wales Cymru

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