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Caerphilly council planning e-cigarette ban

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

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Calls have been made to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in council-owned buildings and vehicles in Caerphilly.

This comes after the Welsh government recently announced plans to ban e-cigarettes in public places in response to concerns they normalise smoking.

If agreed, the move would see electronic cigarettes treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes.

Caerphilly council say the proposal was put forward "because of a number of incidents with employees wishing to use electronic cigarettes within council premises".

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Caerphilly council also said that it had received complaints of taxi drivers smoking e-cigarettes in vehicles - a problem which has also been reported in Swansea.

Earlier this month, talking about a Wales-wide ban, Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "I have concerns about the impact of e-cigarettes on the enforcement of Wales's smoking ban. That's why we are proposing restricting their use in enclosed public places.

"I am also concerned that their use in enclosed public places could normalise smoking behaviour."

The proposal must be agreed by a Caerphilly council cabinet before its introduction.

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  • missbuffay  |  April 23 2014, 1:59PM

    I thought smoking was banned to protect people from second hand smoke and the health complications that go with that. Smoking has already been 'normalised' so banning e-cigarettes seems a bit pointless. Whilst I don't condone smoking at all, e-cigarettes seem a slightly better alternative. I suspect the Government are annoyed they aren't reaping any taxes from them and the more people that use them, the less revenue they receive from taxes on ordinary cigarettes.

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  • Scroggins  |  April 21 2014, 10:58PM

    Imagine what you want NB the last cigarette I smoked was in 1968.

  • Neathboy234  |  April 21 2014, 6:13PM

    Scroggins yes there are indeed more important things, but putting restrictions on a highly addictive drug is also important wouldn't you say. From the tone of your posts on the subject i imagine that you are a nicotine addict yourself.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 21 2014, 6:11PM

    Zoomer it's not a popularity competition. Besides the comments with the most thumbs up goes to those with views that wouldn't look out of place on the BNP website, so the more thumbs down i have the better i feel.

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  • Scroggins  |  April 21 2014, 3:28PM

    I would have thought there are plenty more important things to worry about today.

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  • Nubbo  |  April 21 2014, 2:06PM

    Caerphilly Council want to get their house in order regarding their Chief Executives allowing themselfs unlawful extortianate salary rises.

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  • Zoomer  |  April 21 2014, 1:50PM

    Neathboy234 I see you're getting a lot of thumbsdowns lately. It's a good job you're not a Gladiator !

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 20 2014, 7:48PM

    GMFCfantasy i don't drink coffee or tea. Are they as addictive as nicotine, i couldn't really tell you. I do like an oxo drink now and again, but i don't go up the wall if i don't have one.

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  • PJL1967  |  April 20 2014, 5:30PM

    This is normalising stupidity.

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  • GMFCfantasy  |  April 20 2014, 5:11PM

    @ Neathboy234 - will you still have such a draconian view when they decide that another addictive drug in the shape of caffeine becomes the target of the Public Health zealots ?

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