Action on Smoking and Health Wales welcomes the release of the Public Health White Paper. We are delighted to see the inclusion of a number of tobacco control measures such as a retail register for tobacco which will help to combat the problem of tobacco sales to under-18s. We are also pleased that this White Paper seeks views on the potential role of legislation in smokefree areas, particularly hospital grounds.
ASH Wales gives a cautious welcome to the proposed ban on electronic cigarettes in public places. The ban on smoking in public places is widely accepted and smoking has become a much less ‘normal’ activity as a result of this legislation. There are concerns that the use of e-cigarettes in smokefree places could have the knock-on effect of ‘renormalising’ smoking, potentially undermining public health efforts to deter young people from becoming addicted. However, it is vital that we ensure that adult e-cigarette users who are trying to reduce their harm from tobacco or quit smoking altogether are not treated in the same way as those who smoke conventional cigarettes. Consideration should be given to designating areas where only e-cigarettes can be used.
- The White Paper consultation seeks the views of as wide a range of people as possible about these proposals. The consultation will close on Tuesday June 24.
- The White Paper Listening to you: Your health matters can be found on the Welsh Government website.
ASH Wales will draft a template response that will be circulated to partners in due course.