Published on January 14, 2016

E-cigarettes may soon become available on the NHS

E-cigarettes may soon become available on the NHS

Around 10 million adults in the UK smoke cigarettes. This has been acknowledged by UK medicine regulators and for the first time they have approved an e-cigarette brand, opening the doors for them to be prescribed on the NHS.

Despite the controversy over the safety of e-cigarettes, GPs could soon be prescribing a rechargeable e-cigarette produced by a tobacco company to help smokers quit.

Many smokers are trying to quit the habit and an increasing number of people are turning to e-cigarettes. In the year up to April 2015, two out of three people who used e-cigarettes combined with the NHS stop smoking service managed to successfully quit smoking. The National Director of Health and Wellbeing, Professor Kevin Fenton, says that e-cigarettes have become the most popular quitting aid in England and he believes more people should benefit from it.

However, GPs may be quite wary when prescribing e-cigarettes until there is clear evidence of their safety and of their efficacy in helping people to quit.

What are your thoughts on the topic? Would you be happy to be prescribed an e-cigarette when trying to quit smoking?


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