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E-cig ban now partial

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E-Cig: Welsh Government climbs down on ban

E-Cig: Welsh Government climbs down on ban

THE WELSH GOVERNMENT has modified its stance on e-cigarettes, which formed a crucial part of the Health (Wales) Bill. Speaking in the Senedd on Tuesday (Dec 8) Health Minister Mark Drakeford said that he believed that his original proposal, which was to ban e-cig use in all public places, was the clearest way of preventing harm and avoiding the ‘normalisation’ of smoking – the two main reasons put forward by the Welsh Government to justify their stance on the matter. However, Professor Drakeford said that he would be willing to amend this at further stages in the legislative process if stage one was passed that day.

It is thought that e-cigs will now be banned in educational establishments for 18-and-unders, restaurants, and on public transport. The proposals made earlier this year to treat e-cigs in the same way as conventional tobacco products attracted criticism from all other parties, and members of the Labour group, in addition to anti-smoking campaigners and health experts. However, Professor Drakeford said that oral evidence heard by the committee indicated that there was a ‘credible risk of harm’ which justified his original position. “As far as e-cigarettes are concerned, my own view remains that the measures contained within the Bill as drafted provide the simplest, clearest and most proportionate means of preventing harm which could arise from the proliferation of e-cigarettes,” he said.

“The state of evidence here remains contested, but where there is a credible risk of harm – and that was the position underlined in oral evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee from the British Medical Association, the directors of Public Health in Wales and our own Chief Medical Officer – then the precautionary principle should prevail. “I am not prepared, and I do not believe this Assembly should not be prepared, to do nothing in the hope that harm might not occur.” However, those on all sides of the debate suggested that this change of heart did not go far enough. The Conservative Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar suggested that the e-cigarette issue should be removed from the Health Bill. Mr Millar also questioned whether the claim of normalization was justified. “The Minister suggests that e-cigarettes are a gateway into smoking – the evidence suggests that they are a gateway out of smoking!” he added. Plaid Cymru’s Elin Jones and Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams also disagreed with Professor Drakeford.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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