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The first summit on electronic cigarettes in Wales is being held today in Swansea. One of the world’s leading experts on e-cigarettes will challenge the concern that e-cigarettes are a gateway for young people to smoke conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Action on Smoking and Health Wales welcomes the release of the Public Health White Paper. We are delighted to see the inclusion of a number of tobacco control measures such as a retail register for tobacco which will help to combat the problem of tobacco sales to under-18s.

ASH Wales supports the UK government decision to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to under 18s and welcomes the development of such legislation in Wales. This is a rapidly growing market, and many brands appear to be marketing directly to young people.

ASH Wales will be supporting the Welsh Government with the quit smoking campaign that has prompted more quit attempts than any other. Stoptober was launched in 2012, and was the first mass quit attempt campaign of its kind