Elen de Lacy, Chief Executive of ASH Wales Cymru said:
“In Wales, over 5000 people die from smoking-related illnesses every year and a classroom of children take up smoking every day. We are pleased that the Public Health Bill includes a proposal for a register for anyone selling tobacco. This is an important step forward to tackle underage sales and sales of illegal tobacco."
“We are disappointed however that the Bill does not include a ban on smoking in hospital grounds. We feel that this is a missed opportunity to help local health boards to combat this problem."
“Banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places should be an evidence-based decision. We urge Assembly Members and Ministers looking at this proposal to call on experts and academics to present the latest research. E-cigarettes are relatively new and more work is urgently needed to fully understand their long term effects on health."
“Tackling smoking is the biggest public health concern we face in Wales, particularly among young people, this should continue to be the top priority for politicians.”