ALMR: E-cigarette ban in Wales ‘unhelpful’

By Liam Garrahan

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The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has accused the Welsh Government of being ‘unhelpful’ after its decision to amend plans for a ban on e-cigarettes in public places, and says that there is no evidence to support the decision.

Welsh Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, announced the change to the Public Health Bill which will see the ban lifted in all public spaces except in various spaces including those in the eating and drinking-out sector.

ALMR chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said that the Welsh Government has acknowledged that there is ‘widespread opposition’ to the bill, but continues to push with it ‘despite a lack of evidence of harm’.

She said: “By its own admission, there is no proof that e-cigarettes cause substantial harm and yet the Welsh Government is looking to enact legislation that has the potential to seriously disrupt trade for hospitality businesses.

“Pubs, bars and nightclubs have their own policies regarding the use of electronic cigarettes within their venues and we see no reason why any such policy should not be at the discretion of the licensee. Unless we are presented with evidence that the use of such devices in a pub, bar or restaurant, comes with significant risk, heavy-handed legislation such as this should be avoided.”

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