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E-cigarettes should be available on prescription – Public Health England

8th February 2018

E-cigarettes should be available on prescription.

The review was conducted by:

  • experts from King's College London
  • UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies,
  • the University of Stirling and Cancer Research UK.

It is reported that Public Health England (PHE) have said:

"E-cigarettes should be available on prescription".

Also, they should be sold in hospital shops.

Public Health England have said that:

  • in the next few years they want to see e-cigarettes available on prescription.
  • They believe it will be useful for people giving up smoking.

The latest review published by Public Health England suggests companies provide vaping rooms. It was also suggested that hospitals provide vaping areas.

PHE's Director of Health Improvement, John Newton has asked:

  • if the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency can make it easier for manufacturers to get medicinal licenses.
  • He went on to say that there was evidence to say that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking.

Here are some of the findings from the recent independent review by PHE.

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  • firstly, vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking. Switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits.
  • secondly, e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year. Possibly many more.
  • e-cigarette improved quit success rates over the last year. Also, accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country.
  • many thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking.
  • also, there is much public misunderstanding about nicotine.
  • less than 10% of adults understand  harms to health from smoking are not from nicotine.
  • the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people
  • also, youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline.

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