Last month saw the introduction of the Public Health Bill into the National Assembly for Wales.

We are pleased that the 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
  • Regulations to extend smokefree spaces to areas such as hospital grounds in the future

The Bill also includes proposals to:

  • Restrict the use of tobacco and nicotine inhaling devices (such as e-cigarettes) in enclosed public places
  • Prohibit the handing over of tobacco and nicotine products to under 18s
However, banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places should be an evidence-based decision. We are urging 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.

The Health and Social Care Committee is calling for evidence on the general principles of the Public Health Bill. We will be drafting a template response to share with partners and we would urge you all to respond. You can keep full track of the progress of the Bill on the Assembly's website.

  • We will be sharing our template response through the WTHN
  • Closing date is the 4th September
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