The Welsh public health bill that included a ban on public e-cig use was defeated in the Welsh Assembly on March 16. The BBC reported that a dispute between two of the parties resulted in previously committed Plaid Cymru assembly members changing their votes.
The defeat of the bill is partially attributed to vapers and vaping advocacy groups, which have applied relentless pressure on the assembly members to follow the evidence on e-cigs.
The bill had been heavily promoted by Health Minister Mark Drakeford, who has become the target of vapers’ scorn across the UK. Blogger Dick Puddlecote wrote, “The person at fault is the one who initiated ignorance-based policy-making, ignored the scientific consensus on benefits of e-cigs, and knowingly lied to the Welsh Assembly in a desperate – and now ultimately vain – attempt to install one of his personal pathetic and evidence-free prejudices as Welsh state policy.”