E-Cig Ban Is "Fear-Driven"

The inventor of the e-cigarette says plans to ban them in places like restaurants and pubs in Wales are "fear-driven".

The proposals are part of a new Public Health Bill from the Welsh Government.

Beckie Dinapoli is a mum-of-two from Cardiff.

She’s used an e-cigarette for almost two years, to help her quit smoking normal cigarettes.

She said she’s concerned the ban would encourage her to pick up the habit again:

“If you’re out socialising with friends in pubs or restaurants I don’t think there’s an issue with it.

“I wouldn’t want to stand in a crowd of people who’re smoking proper cigarettes because I’m an ex-smoker and I think it might entice me to take it back up again.”

However Health Minister Mark Drakeford disagrees:

“The actual evidence for e-cigarettes being an effective way of coming off conventional smoking is low.

“But I’ve met people who tell me that they’ve been of assistance to them and there’s nothing at all in our Bill that would stop them using an e-cigarette for that purpose.

“All it does is say to people, where you can’t use a conventional cigarette, you can’t use an e-cigarette either.”

The Welsh Government also claims the devices “glamourise” the habit for children.

Elen DeLacey’s from anti-smoking charity ASH Wales:

“If we think back to the smoking ban and why we banned conventional cigarettes indoors, that was because there was loads of evidence to say second-hand smoke was harmful.

“With e-cigarettes, the second-hand vapour is being compared to things like aerosol and perfume.

“There’s an opportunity now to call in the experts for the latest research.”

New laws would see “vaping” banned from workplaces too, taxis and even lorries.

The Public Health Bill also covers tighter regulations for piercing and tattoo parlours.

If Assembly Members approve the plans - they could come into force in 2017.