UK Grants License For E-Cigarettes As Quit Smoking Aid
In the UK, vaping is now legally licensed as a smoking aid, and e-cigarettes can now be prescribed to be used as a way for smokers to quit. Britain officially gives license to the product e-Voke as a medicinal quitting alternative.
This is sort of controversial since ironically – e-Voke is produced by a British American Tobacco – one of the world’s biggest tobacco brands. UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) tells that the decision to regulate e-cigarettes is in the interests of people who can use it as a quit smoking device.
Still, many health communities are concerned about the potential risks of vaping. Since it is still a new habit, long-term studies has not yet been conducted. The long-term effects are also not clear as of now, and will be further investigated by scientists.
But it is claimed that vaping is a much safer alternative, since tobacco-based cigarettes still claims nearly 6 million deaths per year, as reported by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public Health England reported that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to people’s health than regular cigarettes. Still, moderation and more research is needed on this area.
British Prime Minister David Cameron made headlines before when he endorsed e-cigarettes as a quitting aid, since he himself is an admitted smoker who struggles to quit.
“Certainly as somebody who has been through this battle a number of times, eventually relatively successfully, lots of people find different ways of doing it and certainly for some people e-cigarettes are successful. So I think we should be making clear that this is a very legitimate path for many people to improve their health and the health of the nation,” according to the Prime Minister.