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Welsh e-cigarette smoking ban, 'sick' doctor moonlights as locum and #missingtype campaign sees 'Dwning Street' rebrand

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Wales is set to introduce a smoking ban on e-cigarettes in public places in 2017, as ministers attempt to stop smoking from being ‘normalised’ again after the success of the orginical ban on smoking in public places.

The BBC reports that the move will also introduce a licensed register for retailers selling e-cigarettes, to stop illegal sales to under-18s. The ban, which will also extend to lorries and taxis, has divided opinion.

Even George Butterworth, tobacco policy manager for Cancer Research UK, said: ‘E-cigarettes are an opportunity for people to move away from tobacco smoking which is very, very bad for their health, and we wouldn’t want to put up any barriers to prevent people from quitting cigarettes.’

The Telegraph reports that a ‘disgraced’ NHS gynaecologist who moonlighted as a locum while claiming sick pay will have to pay back £100,000 or face jail.

Prosecutor Christian Jowett told Cardiff Crown Court that the amount Cardiff and Vale University Health Board were claiming from Dr Anthony Madu was £98,000.

Judge David Wyn Morgan spared Madu an immediate jail sentence because a psychiatric report said he would be at a high risk of suicide if he was jailed.

Finally, the Prime Minister’s residence was temporarily renamed ‘Dwning Street’ and book shops rebranded as ‘Wterstnes’ this week. NHS Blood and Transplant’s #missingtype campaign has urged supporters to drop the letters signifying in-demand blood groups from their name to raise awareness of the problem of a 40% decline in blood donations, the Independent reports.

Jon Latham, the assistant director for donor services, said: ‘We simply can’t ignore the fact that there has been a stark reduction in the number of new donors coming forward - a trend seen across the world.’

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