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Should The NHS Prescribe E-Cigarettes?

By | 2017-08-04T11:32:33+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Editorial, Vaping Lifestyle|4 Comments

The National Health Service have been providing public healthcare services to everyone in the UK, including visitors, since 1948. Despite its cuts and budgets, people in England have been experiencing blissful healthcare treatments for over 60 years from the NHS.

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The NHS are known to be one of the largest and most beneficial healthcare providers in the UK. I’m sure we can all say we’re eternally grateful to the NHS for being there for us whether we had loved ones who have been sick with the flu or if it’s been an unfortunate terminally ill disease like lung cancer, which can be caused by smoking.

Regardless of the illness, the NHS has continued to provide exceptional healthcare services to all patients.

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Ever since vaping has grown in popularity, e-cigarettes are now one of the top four alternatives to stop smoking on the NHS website. In fact, Public Health England have claimed that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking and has proved that in most cases, e-cigarettes are a better alternative than nicotine patches or gum.

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Similarly, Cancer Research UK (2017) have conducted studies where they have found:

“Existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking.”

With all the controversy that surrounds e-cigarettes in the media, even Alison Cox from Cancer Research UK has claimed that recent:

“Studies add to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long-term effects of these products will be minimal.”

But what does this mean for vaping and the NHS?

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With vaping on the rise, there has been hearsay about e-cigarettes being prescribed under the NHS as a means of quitting smoking. Although this has yet to be confirmed, there are already other stop smoking services that promote e-cigarettes so if you or a friend are looking to quit smoking, check out your local NHS stop smoking service.

However, people have raised concerns on the safety of e-cigarettes even though they have proved to be a successful aid in helping smokers to quit.

Although doctors cannot prescribe e-cigarettes yet, vapers should remain hopeful that once medicinally licensed e-cigarette products become available on the market, GPs could potentially prescribe them.

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Do you think e-cigarettes should be prescribe by the NHS? Let us know in the comments section.

Until the next blog post, live long and vape!

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  1. David Smith February 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Only if the NHS also prescribe free soft drinks for people who want to quit drinking. Vapes are supposed to be cheaper than cigarettes so why should the NHS fund vapes for people wantibg to quit? Especially when people are denied life saving drugs because the Nhs can’t afford them.

    • Reuben February 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      You have offered some great points there. While there would be an substantial cost to the NHS to initially offer a device the long term offset would save the NHS 10 fold the amount on future costs of treating smoking related diseases.

  2. Michael Og February 8, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    This is a good thing. If we spend more money on preventive medicine, less and less people would be sick and we would have enough money to treat few people who may be sick.

    • Gordon Stribling February 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Agreed, Michael. It’s a sensible investment in the long-term. Also, the NHS already provides nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and tablets but these don’t work for everyone. The prescription of e-cigarettes would encourage people to keep in contact with their doctor or other NHS stop-smoking professional, increasing their chances of quitting smoking for good.

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