Council bans e-cigarettes

South Wales Argus: Generic Electronic cigarette (5038673) Generic Electronic cigarette (5038673)

THE use of e-cigarettes have been banned on Monmouthshire council’s premises after councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal.

Monmouthshire councillors have followed in the footsteps of Caerphilly County Borough Council in banning e-cigarettes on council premises. The motion was put forward by councillor Tony Easson, member for Dewstow, at a full council meeting in County Hall, Usk.

He said: “My concern is that in western countries e-cigarettes are being promoted as an alternative to smoking. This could develop into tobacco use.

“Council property should be a place where e-cigarettes are prohibited from.”

The move is in line with the approach taken by the Welsh Government and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

The Welsh Government in their white paper bill proposed a ban on e-cigarettes in public places which could include the use in enclosed public spaces, substantially enclosed public places and work places.

Professor Mark Drakeford, health minister, cited concerns that e-cigarettes could normalise smoking behaviour and shared concerns of the impact of e-cigarettes on the enforcement of the smoking ban.

Electronic cigarettes are devices which are used as a vaporiser to deliver a chemical mixture typically composed of nicotine, propylene glycol and are offered in various flavours.

The consultation for the white paper bill ended on June 24.

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1:46pm Wed 2 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

My concern is that in western countries e-cigarettes are being promoted as an alternative to smoking. This could develop into tobacco use


Yet again someone in a position of power has this completely back to front. E-Cigarettes \are being marketed to existing smokers as an alternative. This leads to a _reduction_ in tobaccco use.

If they genuinely want to reduce tobacco use and improve the health of the populace, the council should be encouraging the use of E-cigs, not banning them.
[quote]My concern is that in western countries e-cigarettes are being promoted as an alternative to smoking. This could develop into tobacco use [/quote] Yet again someone in a position of power has this completely back to front. E-Cigarettes \are being marketed to existing smokers as an alternative. This leads to a _reduction_ in tobaccco use. If they genuinely want to reduce tobacco use and improve the health of the populace, the council should be encouraging the use of E-cigs, not banning them. -trigg-
  • Score: 11

2:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

You don't suppose local government pension schemes have a vested interest in the tobacco industry thriving, do you?

A lot of these guys will have BA Tobacco and the like within their pension funds.
You don't suppose local government pension schemes have a vested interest in the tobacco industry thriving, do you? A lot of these guys will have BA Tobacco and the like within their pension funds. Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Ban is totally correct. Just seeing others use the things encourages youngsters to think "smoking" is cool.
Ban is totally correct. Just seeing others use the things encourages youngsters to think "smoking" is cool. Woodgnome
  • Score: -12

4:46pm Wed 2 Jul 14

GaryUK says...

What a foolish decision! e-cigarettes are the solution to aiding smokers to quit. Why is it that idiots seem to get to positions of power and decision making?
What a foolish decision! e-cigarettes are the solution to aiding smokers to quit. Why is it that idiots seem to get to positions of power and decision making? GaryUK
  • Score: 5

6:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Poolerkev says...

This story Is total rubbish. MCC have done nothing of the sort. The motion asks for the council to TAKE ADVICE that's all. Yet another **** up in a reporting story by the Argus.
This story Is total rubbish. MCC have done nothing of the sort. The motion asks for the council to TAKE ADVICE that's all. Yet another **** up in a reporting story by the Argus. Poolerkev
  • Score: 1

11:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Petition against e-cig ban:
https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1023
Petition against e-cig ban: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1023 gingertom
  • Score: 1
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