Officials in Wales are calling for a ban on sweet e-liquid flavors, using the stale old allegation of marketing to children. Apparently these people have never bothered talking with an adult vaper, or visiting a vape shop.
Public Health Wales also wants restrictions on advertising, and registration of retailers, which they think will somehow prevent sales to minors. Wales has apparently been asleep the last two years, while first Public Health England and then the Royal College of Physicians issued reviews of e-cigarette science and recommended them to smokers.
“You can buy bubblegum, candyfloss, jam doughnut flavour e-cigarettes and they are only aimed at one audience – and that’s about recruiting children,” Ashley Gould of PHW told the BBC.
The public health agency claims that by mimicking smoking a cigarette, e-cigs could “normalize” smoking behavior. They also claim that vaping could reduce the likelihood of smokers quitting, and that vaping could even be a gateway to smoking. None of those allegations have ever been proven.
The last time Wales made the vaping news, advocates last year beat back an attempt at legislation that would have restricted public use. Former Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford was embarrassed when he lost support at the last minute for the bill he had advanced.
After losing his health ministry appointment, Totally Wicked opened a vape shop next to Drakeford’s office in Cardiff. Vapers around the world cheered what certainly appeared to be a blatant poke at the dour MP.