12/02/2017 BBC Wales Today


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A major study shows children and young people in Wales are almost


twice as likely to try an e-cigarette, rather than tobacco.


Research by Cardiff University found that over 18% of 11 to 16 years olds


The findings are "disappointing", says the Welsh Government.


So, this is quite a common form of e-cigarette these days.


And increasingly, e-cigarettes in general are becoming more common.


Good news for this e-cig company in Swansea, who operate


We have a Challenge 25 policy, where we train our staff


to challenge anyone who looks under 25 and to ensure we are not


We don't want to be selling to youths.


But according to research by Cardiff University,


more and more young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes.


A survey of more than 32,000 children aged between 11 and 16


showed that students were nearly twice as likely to have used


e-cigarettes as compared to smoking tobacco.


2.7% of those that took part said they used


The Welsh Government had intended to ban the use of e-cigarettes


That proposal failed and the plans have now been shelved,


but responding to this research, the Government said


it's disappointing to see experimentation with e-cigarettes


In a bid to stop e-cigarettes from appealing to children,


health officials have already called for a ban on the sale


of confectionery-like flavours for the devices.


Irrespective of what we feel about e-cigarettes and their possible


relationship to smoking, or in fact other drug use,


it's actually not a good thing in and of itself.


And large numbers of young people using e-cigarettes


on a regular basis, we think, is something we should


It's a potential public health issue for an industry


Former Labour leader Lord Kinnock has criticised Jeremy Corbyn's


He told the BBC's Sunday Politics Wales programme it's turned Tory


divisions over Europe into a problem for Labour.


More than 40 Labour MPs - eight from Wales -


The Labour Leader made a strategic error in not saying


there should be a free vote, so that members of Parliament


could reflect the vote in the areas that they represent,


and then simultaneously have focused really hard on what the conditions


Police are investigating after a gang of men threatened


a family, including children, in their home in Pontardawe, before


Officers say the family are "traumatised" after the incident


last night, but no-one was seriously hurt.


Opponents of the takeover of Dee Valley Water have


The High Court approved an ?84 million takeover


Shareholders say they hope that, following their decision,


Football, and Swansea City's hopes of Premier League


survival were given a boost with a 2-0 victory over reigning


champions Leicester, at the Liberty Stadium.


Goals by Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson in the first half


leave the Swans four points clear of the relegation zone.


Very pleased with the players. We totally deserved that victory today.


Conceding a goal before half-time puts us in a strong position and on


the whole, we were stronger in the second half, we had a couple of


chances, but apart from that, we did very well today.


Rugby, and coach Rob Howley says Wales lacked composure in the last


few minutes of their Six Nations clash with England, but he's "proud"


The visitors grabbed a 21-16 victory in the closing


Former captain Gwyn Jones agrees Wales have made big improvements


We were far more eager and willing to attack wider, with faster


runners. And we pushed England all the way. We were a better team for


longer periods but we are not used to being in that position and we


cracked under some pressure in the end.


Looking ahead to tomorrow, staying dry, gradually becoming brighter.


Plenty of sunshine during the afternoon.


But gales will continue in places, especially around western coasts,


We'll be back in Breakfast from 6:25 tomorrow morning.


I'm sure most of us are glad to see the back of this weekend. It's been


cold, bleak and at times wintry. It provided some beautiful weather