E-cigarettes for millions on the NHS
E-cigarettes are to be made available on the NHS to help Britain’s eight million smokers quit and save thousands of lives a year.
An electronic cigarette product has been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, meaning it can be prescribed by GPs.
The e-Voke, made by British American Tobacco, will be available in the new year. A report by Public Health England, King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London published earlier this year found that e-cigarettes carry just five per cent of the risk of tobacco.
It estimated that if every smoker in Britain switched to vaping about 75,000 lives a year could be saved.