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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'Iliberal Labour wrong to try and ban e-cigs’

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has criticised the Labour government for trying to ban the use of e-cigarettes despite, she says, evidence saying this could harm public health.

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We have given Labour a bloody nose, however the battle is not over yet. For starters, Plaid now need to pledge they won’t vote for this illiberal piece of legislation if it were ever to appear in the Assembly again.“Labour’s illiberal plan flies in the face of medical evidence.

E-cigarettes are a useful way for smokers to give up on tobacco and there is no doubt they have saved lives. It’s disgraceful that Labour and Plaid have ganged up to ban the use of them.

This law would have sent the wrong signal that e-cigarettes are as bad for your health as normal cigarettes. That simply isn’t the case.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Leader Welsh Libveral Democrats

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