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Almost half of smokers in Wales have been offered illegal tobacco to buy and 15% of all tobacco sold in Wales is illegal, according to new research published by ASH Wales. Wales has one of the largest illegal tobacco markets compared to each of the English regions.

Action on Smoking and Health Wales has welcomed the start of the consultation on standardised packaging for cigarettes and tobacco. The UK Department of Health today published the draft regulations which will lead to the introduction of standardised packaging across the UK in May 2016.

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.