MHRA: 'the evidence is clear that e-cigarettes are less harmful to health than smoking tobacco and that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking for good.'
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest vape news, you will have heard about the possibilities of vaping being approved for prescription under the NHS. This week, we can confirm that the UK Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Authority have in fact approved e-cigarettes for prescription.
This is a huge success for vapers across the UK, and will no doubt result in a further decline in the use of cigarettes and tobacco. This is also a huge moment in history for Britain, being the first nation to make e-cigarettes available for medicinal use.
Back in October, Health Secretary Savid Javid controversially gave a nod to e-cigarettes potentially being prescribed case by case for people who want to stop smoking, and this week it was revealed a vaping revolution would be a part of the Health Secretary’s 2022 spring plans.
‘Opening the door to a licensed e-cigarette prescribed on the NHS has the potential to tackle the stark disparities in smoking rates across the country, helping people stop smoking wherever they live and whatever their background.' Javid said of the matter.
He added that it is ‘moral outrage’ that England’s richest people are living up to a decade longer on average than the poorest. It is unclear at this time whether Scotland or Wales will follow suit.
Smoking is the largest avoidable cause of death and serious illness. Whilst the NHS currently offer low-nicotine products for smokers looking to quit, such as mouth sprays, nicotine patches and gums - last year Public Health England found that vaping has helped over 50,000 people quit smoking, who would otherwise have carried on. Vaping was also officially declared to be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy, as well as 95% safer than smoking.