Welsh Plans to Expand E-Cig Ban Vaporised
The Welsh Government's move to extend the e-cigarette ban to more public places has failed after Plaid Cymru retracted their support. Labour looked likely to get their way after assembly members voted for the ban to the Public Health Bill, but after insulting Plaid, were left embarrassed and defeated. Leighton Andrews is the man to blame as he labeled Plaid a "cheap date", costing his party their motion. The move would have prohibited smoking in public playgrounds, school grounds and hospital grounds. E-Cigarette inventor Hon Lik recently attacked the Welsh Government and the Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford for the Bill. Hon Lik said: “I’m very proud that thanks to my invention, millions of smokers have managed to either cut their consumption significantly or stop smoking completely." “That is why I am extremely disappointed to hear that Wales has proposed a ban on vaping in public places." “I believe that e-cigarettes are a key component in a harm reduction approach to cutting smoking rates." “Banning their use in public places is wrong. It sends a contradictory message at a time when authorities have clearly stated that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.” Mark Drakeford expressed his disappointment at the result, saying it has wasted five years of work from stakeholders and supporters. “Today was an opportunity to protect a generation who have grown up in a smoke-free environment from re-normalising smoking,” said Drakeford.