E-cigarettes to be available on NHS

Smokers looking to kick their habit will be able to get a prescription of e-cigarettes on the NHS with the world’s biggest firm lined up as a supplier.E-voke, produced by British American Tobacco, has been granted a licence by Britain’s medicines regulator – the Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
E-cigarettes to be available on NHS
The company has also got the go-ahead by the Department of Health and it is believed the move will reportedly cost the NHS in the region of £20 per kit and £10 a week for each patient’s cartridges.
Making e-cigarettes available on the NHS is expected to bring long-term health budget savings.At least 2.6 million people are believed to use e-cigarettes, assessed as 95 per cent safer than tobacco, and almost half are ex-smokers.However, research by the University of California suggests that use of E-cigarettes can lead to cancer.Experts from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) are also concerned that there will be an overwhelming call for the devices from the public which the NHS will find hard to deal with.As e-cigarettes will be a medical product they will only be prescribed after an assessment and outgoings could mount up, considering GP consultations cost the NHS £50 each time.Dr Tim Ballard, the vice chairman of the RCGP, said: ‘We welcome e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to cigarettes, but it would be unreasonable for the NHS to be asked to actually fund lifestyle choices for people.electronic cigarette

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