E-cigarettes should be available on the NHS

Frederick Owens
February 7, 2018

Measures put forward include allowing e-cigarettes to be sold alongside nicotine replacement therapies in hospital shops.

E-cigarettes should be available on prescription, according to Public Health England (PHE).

"We want stop-smoking practitioners and health professionals to support smokers who would like to use e-cigarettes to stop", said Ann McNeill, lead author of the review and professor of tobacco addiction at King's College London. Their conclusion on e-cigarette safety also finds that based on the available evidence 'e-cigarettes are likely to be far less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes'.

Just last week, LADbible revealed how a study by New York University had shown vaping increased the risk of lung and bladder cancer, and heart disease.

The ground breaking advice comes after the publication of PHE's latest independent review into e-cigarettes.

Newton said e-cigarette vaping was of negligible risk to bystanders, concerning second-hand smoke.

But they added that "the government must deliver on its commitment to review and reform vaping related regulation as we leave the European Union to create a system that better reflects the public health reality".

However, as things stand, none of the devices have yet been licensed.

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But Professor Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, pointed out that a more extensive review in the U.S., published two weeks ago, was much more "cautious" about e-cigarettes' long-term safety.

PHE found around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette.

In a linked editorial, published in The Lancet, experts from PHE said: "Although not without risk, the overall risk of harm is estimated at less than 5% of that from smoking tobacco; the risk of cancer has been calculated to be less than 1%".

Wrongly, thousands of smokers think vaping is just as unsafe as cigarettes.

"There are two parts to being a smoke-free hospital, one is not allowing smoking on the premises, the other is helping every smoker to quit".

When asked about indoor communal rooms for vaping, Mr Dockrell said: "There is no reason why a hospital shouldn't designate some indoor areas where patients and visitors can vape".

Newton, PHE's director for health improvement, said that every single minute someone is admitted to a hospital in England from a smoking-related illness.

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