Wales's authorities want to prohibit electronic cigarettes in public places
It may become first case of such ban in Great Britain.
Wales's authorities have expressed initiative of introducing ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places. This offer should be examined in the end of June till that time consultations on this matter will continue.
As Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford has informed that in Wales is being considered possibility of introducing ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places. According to the words of Minister, permission for smoking electronic cigarettes may make smoking in public places normal again for society. "We have spent 30 years to create corresponding social mood to make people understand that smoking is not what they need to be attractive. We are worried that because of electronic cigarettes this may return. We are also worried that it may become a loophole for manufacturers of usual cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine that builds up tolerance and I want to minimize the risk that youth will get addicted of them". Smoking of usual cigarettes in public places was prohibited in 2007. This year in Great Britain was introduced ban on sale of electronic cigarettes to persons younger than 18 years old.
National Assembly for Wales should consider offer about ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places in the end of June, till that time will take place consultations on this matter. In subdivision of Imperial Tobacco Company that produces electronic cigarettes Fontem Ventures this offer was considered disproportionate. "There are no trustworthy proves that ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places will be health benefit", - have declared in the Company.
For today world market of electronic cigarettes makes about 3 billion USD. According to the data of Action on Smoking and Health organization in Great Britain electronic cigarettes smoke about 1.3 million people; most of them have previously smoked usual cigarettes. At present moment take place arguments among supporters and opponents of electronic cigarettes. According to supporters' opinion they may help smokers gradually get rid of nicotine dependence and quit smoking. Opponents insist that electronic cigarettes cause the same health to health as tobacco products. For proving one or another point of view there are no enough long term researches as of yet.
If in Wales will be adopted this rule it will be first case of prohibiting smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places in Great Britain. In other countries such bans have been already introduced. In the beginning of March Los Angeles authorities have introduced ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places. Such ban also works in Chicago and New York. In December 2013 Spanish Ministry of Health has introduced ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places. In some countries among which Brazil, Singapore, Denmark and Norway, electronic cigarettes are prohibited in whole.