To help people quit smoking the UK government has planned to make available e-cigarettes through National Health Services or NHS. The regulator of medicines in UK has approved e-Voke, a brand of e-cigarettes being manufactured by British American Tobacco, to be prescribed to help fight nicotine addiction.
1.e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco
Public Health England (PHE) argues that e-cigarettes which can help people quit smoking is also far less harmful than tobacco. However, the British Medical Association and certain experts want to adopt the wait-and-watch policy as they say that ecigs are still very new to say much about their benefits or harms.At the same time General Physicians from Royal College of GPs say that doctors may not be comfortable in handing out these cigarettes to patients without knowing the benefits clearly.
2. More smokers are opting for e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking
According to NHS, about every fifth man in UK smokes cigarettes. As many of these men intend to quit the habit, they are opting for e-cigarettes.It is said that till April 2015 in the last year, two among three people who took up the help of NHS stop smoking service along with e-cigarettes could successfully quit the habit.According to Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, e-cigarettes have come to the rescue of smokers who wish to quit the habit and have successfully done so in many cases. He feels the move should benefit more people.From the above, we know that as the increasing number of smokers or other groups tending to choose e-cigarettes, the public health institutions may worry about the side effects of ecigs but e-cigarettes are definitely much less harmful than the traditional tobacco, which shall not be neglected and denied.