Wefan Gymraeg

Welsh Lib Dems launch final attempt to stop Labour’s e-cigs ban

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will force a final vote on proposals by Labour Ministers to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces on Tuesday.

Amendments tabled by Kirsty Williams AM to the Public Health (Wales) Bill would completely remove references to restricting nicotine inhaler devices from the Bill. The vote is expected to be held during Stage 3 proceedings on Tuesday.

Welsh Liberal Democrats have led opposition to Labour’s proposals, with nearly 4,000 people supporting the campaign against the vaping ban.

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

“You’d think that a Public Health Bill would be designed to improve the health of the Welsh public. In fact, it could have the exact opposite effect as people are discouraged from making the positive switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes.

“Welsh Liberal Democrats have led opposition to this ill-thought out ban on the back of the large body of evidence suggesting it could do more harm than good. When you’ve got a whole host of experts and charities like Cancer Research UK against you, you should realise you’re on the wrong side of the argument.

“Labour and Plaid AMs have one last chance on Tuesday to consign this ban to the dustbin of history - I hope they will take it.”

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