The Welsh Liberal Democrats have hit out at Labour’s plans to treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco cigarettes when banning their use in a wide range of public places.
Giving evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee on the Public Health (Wales) Bill, the Health Minister announced his intention to regulate to ban the use of e-cigarettes in playgrounds and on hospital grounds, alongside tobacco cigarettes.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have led the campaign against Labour’s proposed bans on the use of e-cigs in public places, collecting over 2,000 signatures on a petition in less than a month. Click here to add your name to the petition.
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“Labour need to realise that cigarettes and e-cigs are not the same thing, do not have the same implications on public health, and should not be lumped together when considering bans in public places. As long as they’re properly regulated, e-cigarettes have a huge potential to help people quit smoking altogether and there’s very little to suggest that anyone uses them as a gateway to smoking tobacco.
“The case for banning e-cigarettes in public places is nowhere near conclusive, and could massively harm those using e-cigs to give up smoking. Welsh Liberal Democrats are leading the fight against Labour’s illiberal ban, and unless the Minister brings forward indisputable evidence and makes a clear public health case in favour of a ban we will not let up our fight.”