Campaign group launches petition urging Welsh Government to scrap e-cigarettes ban

Penarth Times: VAPERS: Save E-Cigs has launched a petition urging the Welsh Government to scrap plans to ban electronic cigarettes in public places VAPERS: Save E-Cigs has launched a petition urging the Welsh Government to scrap plans to ban electronic cigarettes in public places

A PETITION has been launched calling on the Welsh Government to scrap a proposed ban on the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces and places of work in Wales.

Save E-cigs, a national campaign representing e-cigarette users, their friends, and their families, has already gained support from more than 300 signatures since the petition was launched on the Welsh Assembly website on Thursday, June 12.

The petition calls upon the Welsh Government to drop their proposed ban on the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces, substantially enclosed public places, and places of work in Wales.

This proposal, if implemented, can only lead to fewer people using e-cigarettes and more people going back to smoking cigarettes.

The campaign group say that at least 100,000 people in Wales are using e-cigarettes. These people are smoking fewer or no cigarettes, and this should be a cause for celebration, not concern.

A recent BBC poll found that 62 per cent of the public opposed a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public. In Spain, where a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public was introduced, there was a 70 per cent decline in the use of e-cigarettes and a rise in the rate of smoking. We fear the same will happen in Wales if the Welsh Government implements their proposed ban.

A spokesman from the group said: “With a ban on the advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes soon to be introduced, following the passing of the Tobacco Products Directive, where are smokers to find out about e-cigarettes, particularly if they are banned in public places? Smokers need to see people using e-cigarettes in public, they need to be able to go up and speak to e-cigarette users so that they can find out further information and then hopefully make the switch to a safer alternative.”

Simon Thurlow, who tabled the petition on behalf of Save E-cigs, said:

“In its approach the Welsh Government are going against the precautionary principle as it was originally intended, they are trying to mitigate for a risk that has yet to be proven and in doing so may do more harm than good.

“The ban on smoking in enclosed public places was introduced to benefit the health of non-smokers whose health was put at risk as a result of being in close proximity to smokers. “Therefore any proposal to include e-cigarettes within this ban must also be to protect the health of non-vapers, but we know from a recent major scientific study that passive vaping is not dangerous.”

He added: “What public health gain does the Welsh Government hope to achieve with this proposal? If the Welsh Government succeeds in banning e-cigarettes in public places, they will be forcing vapers to vape alongside smokers and exposing them to the dangers of second-hand smoke. We are in contact with vapers on a daily basis and many have said such a ban would simply force them back to smoking. Is this really what the Welsh Government wants?”

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3:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

brainyfurball says...

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1023

This is a petition for everyone, not just e cigarette users and everywhere, not just Wales, or even the UK. With the potential to save millions of lives worldwide cigarettes are a game changer - but they are not just saving lives. They are affecting the profits of the giant multinational pharmaceutical companies.
These companies see ruinous losses through the inevitable fall in cases of lung disease, heart disease, cancers, and a whole lot more if use of e cigarettes are allowed to take off. Governments see losses in tax revenues. This is the reason for the unholy alliance between government, pharmaceuticals, cancer and heart charities, anti-smoking groups and the British Medical Association - they all have a great deal to lose if people suddenly stop smoking.
Your name on this and one other petition, the EFVI will be a slap in the face to these people who wish to encourage suffering and death for their own profit. It will be a slap in the face to those silly politicians who have failed to do their homework on this subject and are prepared to vote in punitive regulation.
Oh! And your name will show at the bottom of the Welsh petition – sign and feel proud.

For the EFVI, for information and signing go to http://www.efvi.eu/
https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1023 This is a petition for everyone, not just e cigarette users and everywhere, not just Wales, or even the UK. With the potential to save millions of lives worldwide cigarettes are a game changer - but they are not just saving lives. They are affecting the profits of the giant multinational pharmaceutical companies. These companies see ruinous losses through the inevitable fall in cases of lung disease, heart disease, cancers, and a whole lot more if use of e cigarettes are allowed to take off. Governments see losses in tax revenues. This is the reason for the unholy alliance between government, pharmaceuticals, cancer and heart charities, anti-smoking groups and the British Medical Association - they all have a great deal to lose if people suddenly stop smoking. Your name on this and one other petition, the EFVI will be a slap in the face to these people who wish to encourage suffering and death for their own profit. It will be a slap in the face to those silly politicians who have failed to do their homework on this subject and are prepared to vote in punitive regulation. Oh! And your name will show at the bottom of the Welsh petition – sign and feel proud. For the EFVI, for information and signing go to http://www.efvi.eu/ brainyfurball
  • Score: 3

3:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

brainyfurball says...

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1023

This is a petition for everyone, not just e cigarette users and everywhere, not just Wales, or even the UK. With the potential to save millions of lives worldwide cigarettes are a game changer - but they are not just saving lives. They are affecting the profits of the giant multinational pharmaceutical companies.
These companies see ruinous losses through the inevitable fall in cases of lung disease, heart disease, cancers, and a whole lot more if use of e cigarettes are allowed to take off. Governments see losses in tax revenues. This is the reason for the unholy alliance between government, pharmaceuticals, cancer and heart charities, anti-smoking groups and the British Medical Association - they all have a great deal to lose if people suddenly stop smoking.
Your name on this and one other petition, the EFVI will be a slap in the face to these people who wish to encourage suffering and death for their own profit. It will be a slap in the face to those silly politicians who have failed to do their homework on this subject and are prepared to vote in punitive regulation.
Oh! And your name will show at the bottom of the Welsh petition – sign and feel proud.

For the EFVI, for information and signing go to http://www.efvi.eu/
https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1023 This is a petition for everyone, not just e cigarette users and everywhere, not just Wales, or even the UK. With the potential to save millions of lives worldwide cigarettes are a game changer - but they are not just saving lives. They are affecting the profits of the giant multinational pharmaceutical companies. These companies see ruinous losses through the inevitable fall in cases of lung disease, heart disease, cancers, and a whole lot more if use of e cigarettes are allowed to take off. Governments see losses in tax revenues. This is the reason for the unholy alliance between government, pharmaceuticals, cancer and heart charities, anti-smoking groups and the British Medical Association - they all have a great deal to lose if people suddenly stop smoking. Your name on this and one other petition, the EFVI will be a slap in the face to these people who wish to encourage suffering and death for their own profit. It will be a slap in the face to those silly politicians who have failed to do their homework on this subject and are prepared to vote in punitive regulation. Oh! And your name will show at the bottom of the Welsh petition – sign and feel proud. For the EFVI, for information and signing go to http://www.efvi.eu/ brainyfurball
  • Score: 2

9:07am Sat 14 Jun 14

brainyfurball says...

Welsh Assembly, please note "...,in the absence of evidence of significant harm to bystanders, ASH does not support the inclusion of electronic cigarettes in smokefree laws which would completely prohibit their use in enclosed public places." (Action on Smoking and health) http://ash.org.uk/fi
les/documents/ASH_71
5.pdf
Welsh Assembly, please note "...,in the absence of evidence of significant harm to bystanders, ASH does not support the inclusion of electronic cigarettes in smokefree laws which would completely prohibit their use in enclosed public places." (Action on Smoking and health) http://ash.org.uk/fi les/documents/ASH_71 5.pdf brainyfurball
  • Score: 1

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