Gareth Bennett – the UKIP AM for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth) – has attacked wanna-be First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford for proposing a ban on outdoor smoking in towns and cities in Wales.
Drakeford’s proposal is included in his manifesto for the Leadership of the Wales Labour Party – for which voting is taking place this month .
Mr Drakeford says he wants to see smoking banned in the outdoor areas of cafes and restaurants. [it’s already banned in all indoor public places in Wales] .
Gareth Bennett, who is the elected leader of the UKIP Group in the Welsh Assembly, has called Drakeford’s proposals “ludicrous”.
He said “As health minister, Mr Drakeford led a crusade against vapers, and now he wants to hit smokers by a ludicrous ban on people lighting up in outdoor places such as cafes.”
The existing ban is set to be extended to the outdoor areas of schools and hospitals next summer .
If implemented, the proposed new outdoor smoking ban would be the first anywhere in the UK.