Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) will subsidize the cost of e-cigarettes for low-income residents trying to quit smoking. The initiative was announced today by UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
“Opening the door to a licensed e-cigarette prescribed on the NHS has the potential to tackle the stark disparities in smoking rates across the country, helping people stop smoking wherever they live and whatever their background,” said Javid.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published updated guidelines for doctors, according to The Guardian. Patients receiving prescriptions would have the cost picked up by the NHS.
“While there is good evidence that e-cigarettes available as consumer products can help smokers to quit, we also know that up to one in three smokers in the UK has not tried these devices,” University of Edinburgh Professor Linda Bauld told The Guardian.
Jim McDonald – Vaping360 – 2021-10-28.