Wefan Gymraeg

Wales should follow Scotland’s lead and shelve e-cigs ban

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on Welsh Labour Ministers to follow the lead of the Scottish Government and scrap their proposed ban of e-cigarettes in public places.

The Scottish Daily Mail reports that Scottish Ministers will drop their proposed ban after recognising the “potential health benefits to smokers”. The Scottish Government will continue to restrict the sale of e-cigs to under 18s and ban advertising of the products.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have led the campaign against Labour’s proposed e-cigs ban, with nearly 3,000 people signing their online petition. Click here to add your name, or click here to donate and support the campaign.

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

“I’m glad that the Scottish Government have seen sense and shelved their proposed e-cigs ban. I hope that Welsh Labour Ministers will see sense and follow Scotland’s lead.

“There is very little evidence to support such an illiberal ban – in fact, banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places could even cause harm to those using them as an aide to giving up smoking tobacco. That’s why this heavy-handed approach needs to be stopped in its tracks.

“Welsh Liberal Democrats have led the campaign against this ban, and until there is a strong body of evidence to prove it is necessary we will continue to do so.”

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