E-cigarette ban in enclosed spaces in Wales pushes ahead

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:15 GMT, Jun 9, 2015 |

People will be banned from using e-cigarettes in enclosed places such as restaurants, pubs and at work in Wales, under a new public health law.

The plan, likely to come into force in 2017 and the first in the UK, has already divided opinion among health and medical groups, including some anti-smoking campaigners.

But ministers say it is a “balance of risk” and will stop children smoking.

Tattoo parlours will also need licences under the Public Health Bill.

In taking the decision to bring in the e-cigarette ban, ministers have argued they did not want to take the risk of seeing smoking “normalised” again after the success of the smoking ban.

This final measure is proving the most controversial and is likely to come into force in 2017, but a precise date has not been given.