Minimum alcohol pricing and ban on e-cigarettes could be introduced in Wales

The Welsh Government is publishing a white paper outlining a number of measures to tackle major public health challenges

Wales could see the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol under major new proposals to address some of the country’s greatest public health challenges.

A public health white paper, published by the Welsh Government today, puts forward plans to bring in radical legislation to deal with high levels of drinking and smoking.

Measures include the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit to tackle alcohol-related harm.

According to the Welsh Health Survey 2012, 42% of adults in Wales drink above the guidelines and 26% admitted binge-drinking on at least one day within the past week.

It is also proposed that Wales becomes the first in the UK to introduce a ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

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