Drinking straws greater than 3mm in diameter, such as those used by fast-food outlets, are to be banned in Wales next year because the Welsh government claim they act as a 'gateway' to cigarette smoking. "The action of placing a cylinder between the lips and intaking an external substance becomes ingrained in the very young, and makes it much more likely for them to smoke cigarettes" said the Welsh health minister. He quoted research by the University of Aberystwyth's Glenys Kinnock Health Enhancement Faculty, a fake charity funded by the Welsh government, that 94% of Welsh smokers aged 18 - 24 had previously used drinking straws when drinking soft drinks.
The Welsh government had decided against banning breast-feeding in Wales for the same reasons, and instead will introduce a voluntary scheme for Welsh mothers to feed only pre-expressed breast milk, and will provide interest-free loans for breast pumps and fridges.
('Wales to ban e-cigarettes in public for gateway effect' on R4 'Today' programme this morning)