Should the use of e-cigarettes in public places be banned?

Here is the result of our poll:

Should the use of e-cigarettes in public places be banned?

Yes 138
No 2563


8 Responses to Should the use of e-cigarettes in public places be banned?

  1. Jon November 24, 2014 at 13:16 #

    That is quite an emphatic result. Hopefully Mark Drakeford AM will reconsider his position on a public ban. All I ask for is that he looks at the evidence when forming policy, rather than make it based on unproven claims about “gateways to smoking” and “re-normalisation of smoking”. The evidence that is available in fact shows that e-cigs are having the opposite effect – quit rates of smoking are going up, and there is little to no evidence that kids are taking up vaping and then moving on to smoking.

    I would argue that treating vaping in the same way as smoking may be detrimental to public health, as it adds to confusion and implies that the relative harm from the two is the same. The risks though are not the same, by a long way, with e-cigs maybe being >95% less harmful than cigarettes. There are reports now of increasing numbers of smokers who believe that e-cigs are more harmful than smoking, due to negative press coverage and negative briefings from some public health officials and politicians. People who may have switched to e-cigs are being discouraged and instead continue smoking because they wrongly believe the two are equal. It would be a serious failing by public health if this were to continue.

    Here is a presentation by Martin Dockrell of Public Health England which I think realistically looks at the arguments from both sides –

  2. Andy Sutton November 24, 2014 at 14:51 #

    Could you tell us how many were polled for this? Many thanks.

    • NAFW November 24, 2014 at 16:44 #

      Hi Andy, I have added the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ figures in to the post.

  3. Bernice Evans November 24, 2014 at 19:55 #

    I completely agree with the first comment from Jon. Mark Drakeford MP appears to have already made up his mind regarding the banning of vaping. There is so much evidence out there that I am unable to comprehend the so-called reasons cited to ban vaping. I emailed Mark Drakeford’s office and initally received a reply. When I responded to it, I did not get another reply, even though I stated that, if they wanted further details to contact me… I am fearful the Welsh Assembly Government will not listen to Welsh people (also voters)
    I have had mini strokes and dangerously high blood pressure. I have now been vaping for aorund three years and my blood pressure is now normal. There are many others that can cite personal facts of the benefits of not smoking ang vaping instead.

  4. Margaret Hermon December 18, 2014 at 19:38 #

    So Drakeford will take that as a “Yes” then?? Our NHS in Wales has so few problems that he needs to find something harmless to fiddle with while waiting four or five hours for the ambulance that should be coming to take him away!

  5. NAFW December 19, 2014 at 11:49 #

    This website is run by the National Assembly for Wales’s Education team and the aim of the poll was to get young people’s views on the issue.

    The National Assembly for Wales is made up of 60 Assembly Members from across Wales. They are elected by the people of Wales to represent them and their communities, make laws for Wales and to make sure the Welsh Government is doing its job properly.

    The petitions system provides one way for Welsh citizens to tell the Assembly about issues affecting them.

    A petition about e-cigarettes is still being looked at by the Assembly’s Petitions Committee. You can view the petition here

    You can find out more about the petitions system here:

    You can also follow the Petitions Committee on Twitter @SeneddPetitions for updates.


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