E cigarettes have recently be found to be just as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit.

Rather than inhaling the toxic substances found in tobacco, e cigarette users inhale vaporised liquid nicotine.

“I am far more worried that the e cigarette movement is re normalising smoking, that it’s re glamorising smoking,” Mr Drakeford said.

“It contains nicotine and nicotine is highly addictive. And what we don’t want are e cigarettes to become a gateway to real cigarettes.”

Smoking in enclosed public places has been illegal in Wales since 2007.

Asked if restrictions on smoking tobacco should also apply to e cigarettes, Mr Drakeford said “I think there’s a very powerful case for being exactly that.

“If you lived in New Zealand for example you can only buy an e cigarette at a pharmacy because they regard them entirely as to be governed as a health issue and as a medicine.

“There are things we can do in Wales and we want to explore with the public.”

He added that this was “a new area” and the “evidence was unclear”.

Publicity campaign

“This is a rapidly moving picture and we need a debate with the wider public about exactly what we ought to do,” the minister added.

Further proposals are expected be included in a forthcoming Welsh government white paper on public health.

Meanwhile, the Welsh government is running a publicity campaign to encourage smokers not to light up in cars carrying children.

Based on feedback from the campaign, ministers will look at changing the law to ban smoking in cars when children are on board.

The House of Lords last week backed a Labour amendment to the Children and Families Bill designed to introduce a ban in England.

Mr Drakeford said “I think we will wait to see what the evidence tells us. I’m not going to pre empt what that evidence may say.

“If legislation is needed then we will legislate in Wales.”

Cigarette tax hike in chicago makes a pack of smokes in the windy city the priciest in the nation

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Taxes on cigarettes are rising yet again in Chicago with a 50 cent increase that makes smokes in the Windy City the most highly taxed in the country.

Chicago’s City Council overwhelmingly approved the cigarette tax hike as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget on Tuesday.

In combination with state and local taxes, the city tax increase pushes the total taxes on cigarettes sold in the city to $7.17 a pack, WGN reports. Chicago’s per pack cigarette tax will be 31 cents higher than New York City s $6.86 per pack making them the priciest cigarettes tax wise in the nation.

According to Emanuel’s budget, the 50 cent tax increase is expected to bring in $7 million for the city, the Tribune reports.

Though the tax increase is relatively hefty, it actually marks a rare concession from Mayor Emanuel. The mayor originally proposed at 75 cent increase to the objection of city councilmen concerned it would be met with increased illegal sales of loose cigarettes in their wards.

The $3 million shortfall left by the lower tax increase will be filled by increasing the fine for parking in front a fire hydrant from $100 to $150 and tapping other revenue streams at the city’s two airports.

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said regardless of the mayor’s decision to budge on the taxes, the high rate is likely to push smokers to purchase packs outside the city.

We still create the black market when we raise that bar at any level, Ervin told the Sun Times.

Health officials, meanwhile, were dismayed that the tax on cigarettes wasn’t higher.

The cheaper the cigarettes, the more people who are going to buy cigarettes and the more people who are going to die, the American Heart Association s Mark Peysakhovich told the Sun Times the day before the City Council vote.

The city, however, is still cracking down on smoking in other ways Emanuel and a few key aldermen are reportedly looking to heavily restrict e cigarette use in the city with rules that would effectively ban them from public spaces.

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