Kirsty Williams AM has slammed the Labour government for trying to ban the use of e-cigarettes despite evidence saying this could harm public health.
Plaid Cymru Assembly Members decided to vote against Labour’s legislation as they were offended by the Public Services Minister calling them a “cheap date”.
Commenting, Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“This is a decision that will affect thousands of people, yet Plaid decided to vote based on whether they were a ‘cheap date’ or not. While that is utterly bizarre and somewhat farcical, I of course welcome their u-turn.
“We have given Labour a bloody nose, however the battle is not over yet. For starters, Plaid now need to pledge they won’t vote for this illiberal piece of legislation if it were ever to appear in the Assembly again.
“Labour’s illiberal plan flies in the face of medical evidence. E-cigarettes are a useful way for smokers to give up on tobacco and there is no doubt they have saved lives. It’s disgraceful that Labour and Plaid have ganged up to ban the use of them.
“This law would have sent the wrong signal that e-cigarettes are as bad for your health as normal cigarettes. That simply isn’t the case.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats have led opposition to this ill-thought out ban on the back of the large body of evidence suggesting it could do more harm than good. When you’ve got a whole host of experts and charities like Cancer Research UK against you, you should realise you’re on the wrong side of the argument.”