Drakeford’s reformed proposal gained approval for a ban in schools, hospitals, train and bus stations and places selling food. Pubs that do not serve food were to be excluded – but then those are few and far between these days. Buoyed by the support from his own party he now seeks to expand the ban once again, now to cover cinemas, zoos, shops and playgrounds as well.
As part of a final call for support, Williams said: “You'd think that a Public Health Bill would be designed to improve the health of the Welsh public. In fact, it could have the exact opposite effect as people are discouraged from making the positive switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes.”
Meanwhile, The Daily Post reports that Hon Lik, inventor of the electronic cigarette, has “blasted” Drakeford and his chums. Writing directly to the man behind the ban, Lik said: “I’m very proud that thanks to my invention, millions of smokers have managed to either cut their consumption significantly or stop smoking completely. That is why I am extremely disappointed to hear that Wales has proposed a ban on vaping in public places. I believe that e-cigarettes are a key component in a harm reduction approach to cutting smoking rates. Banning their use in public places is wrong. It sends a contradictory message at a time when authorities have clearly stated that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.”
Drakeford has said nothing new or worthy of exposure.