Lawmakers Want British Vaping Rules Relaxed To Help Smokers Quit

Leslie Hanson
August 19, 2018

The RCP recommended that e-cigarettes be promoted widely as a substitute for smoking in order to benefit people's health and stop them smoking.

MPs said there should be an urgent review to make it easier for e-cigarettes to be made available on prescription, as well as a wider debate over rules on their use in public spaces and how they are allowed to be advertised.

"We do not want to see young people using e-cigarettes but if they are using e-cigarettes instead of smoking tobacco and they are doing less harm, then there is a slightly different argument there".

Studies so far haven't concluded the long-term health impacts of smoking e-cigarettes.

Misconceptions about e-cigarettes include that they are a "gateway" to smoking and that they pose a significant risk through second-hand inhalation, both of which were found to be not true by parliament's science and technology committee. E-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes.

The Common's science and technology committee noted that e-cigarettes are estimated to be 95% less harmful than conventional ones, in a report published on 17 August.

"There is no public health rationale for doing so", Mr Lamb stated.

Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed to help accelerate already declining smoking rates, MPs have said.


The committee also recommended that the government and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency should, with the e-cigarette industry, look at how the approval systems for stop smoking therapies could be "streamlined" should manufacturers put forward a product for medical licensing.

Norman Lamb, chairman of the committee, said: "E-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, but current policy and regulations do not sufficiently reflect this and businesses, transport providers and public places should stop viewing conventional and e-cigarettes as one and the same".

The government has been urged to make e-cigarettes available on the NHS after a probe by MPs found numerous health concerns around "vaping" are wrong.

The report comes a month after Silicon Valley e-cigarette maker Juul launched its flash drive-sized vaping device in Britain, following huge success in the United States.

Speaking on Tuesday, Hazel said: "This study provides some insights into what the implications could be of long-term use of e-cigarettes".

The government says it will consider the committee's recommendations.

Meanwhile, NHS England's "default" policy should be that e-cigarettes are permitted on mental health units, to address the "stubbornly high" levels of smoking among people with mental health conditions, the report said.

Approximately 2.9 million people in the United Kingdom now use e-cigarettes. In the United Kingdom a person must be 18 to buy e-cigarettes or the e-liquids they vaporise.

It will review the impact of electronic cigarettes on health, their effectiveness as a stop-smoking tool and current regulations.

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