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UNITED KINGDOM: A big step towards a vape as a medical device?

UNITED KINGDOM: A big step towards a vape as a medical device?

This is news that could be a game-changer for vaping in the UK. Progress or worrying decision, soon, the doctors "Could decide on a case-by-case basis whether it is appropriate to prescribe an e-cigarette to patients to help them quit smoking."


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A few days ago, the British government paved the way for the prescription of electronic cigarettes by the public health system for smokers who wish to quit smoking in England.

According to the Ministry of Health, the country could thus become the first in the world to prescribe the electronic cigarette as a medical device. Manufacturers can now submit their products to the UK health products agency, the MHRA, so that they go through the same approval processes as drugs, the UK Department of Health said in a statement.

But what should we really think of it? Because if approved, doctors «could decide on a case-by-case basis whether it is appropriate to prescribe an e-cigarette to patients to help them quit smoking ”, underlines the text. If electronic cigarettes "Contain nicotine and are not without risks».

If the British government has always supported vaping to end smoking, such a move could offer the vaping monopoly to Big Pharma. Indeed, the Ministry of Health specifies that the medically approved e-cigarette would have to undergo safety tests. "Even more rigorous".

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