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

E-cigarettes should be available on prescription

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.
  • e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year and possibly many more.
  • e-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country.
  • many thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking.
  • there is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine).
  • the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people (youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline, regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked).

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