After a debate at the Welsh Assembly government, the proposed law to ban e-cigarettes in public places has extended to more areas where children could be exposed. Zoos, cinemas, school grounds, hospital car parks, public playgrounds, sports grounds, swimming pools, theatres, libraries and other public places could now become no-go areas for vapers. 39 assembly members voted in favour to the 17 against to extend the list of areas added to the bill. This is still only a proposition, and the bill will be discussed at Senedd next week. The bill is a response to suggestions that e-cigarettes re-normalise smoking and are a gateway to tobacco, and to try and prevent young people from being lured into this trap. Mark Drakeford, the Welsh health and social services minister, said yesterday: “Our approach to e-cigarettes will ensure they cannot be used in those enclosed public places where the children and young people are present, reducing the risk of re-normalising smoking for a generation which has grown up in a largely smoke-free environment.” Drakeford was recently slammed by e-cigarette inventor Hon Lik for his involvement. Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the governments plans as they are detrimental for people trying to quit smoking. And with good reasons. Recent studies have found that e-cigarettes are safer than normal tobacco and that they're helping thousands quit.

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