- 04 Apr
- SMOKO E-Cigarettes
Launching a consultation, Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and I want to minimise the risk of a new generation becoming addicted to this drug."
Wales was the first country in the UK to ban smoking in public places in 2007, and the rise in the use of e-cigarettes has led to concerns that they are undermining the enforcement of that ban.
The Welsh government white paper, Listening to you: Your health matters, reports: "There have been suggestions that that the use of e-cigarettes may undermine the smoking ban on the basis that people seeing them being used may mistakenly believe that they are permitted to smoke in premises where smoking is prohibited.
"The directors of Public Protection in Wales have reported difficulties with enforcing the current smoking ban due to the ease of mistaking an e-cigarette for a conventional one."
According to the white paper, "there are also fears that widespread use of e-cigarettes might normalise the act of smoking in public once more, and could act as a gateway to the smoking of conventional tobacco products."
But are such fears justified?
Many smokers use e-cigarettes as part of a strategy to quit smoking. Recent research by Smoking in England concluded that "evidence does not support the view that electronic cigarettes are undermining tobacco control and they may be contributing to a reduction in smoking prevalence through increase success at quitting smoking."
The same research finds that the increase in electronic cigarette use prevalence may have stalled, and that "use of e-cigarettes by never smokers remains extremely rare."
The E-cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA) told Channel 4 News in a statement: "ECITA believes that banning these products in public spaces could potentially dissuade people from switching from the harmful traditional cigarette to an electronic one, and this could have adverse effects on the massive public health potential these products can bring."
The senior doctors from the Royal College of Physicians say if all smokers worldwide switched to e-cigs then five million deaths could be prevented every year.
This proposal then means that the e-cig is being lumped with the cigarette, because it might look like smoking seems to be extremely rash, a decision based on the look of a thing rather then content just seems lazy, obviously Mr Drakeford doesn't remember the saying about books and covers.
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Read more: http://www.channel4.com/news/e-cigarette-smoking-ban-wales-children-teenagers-nicotine