While e-cigarettes are not officially or legally allowed to be called smoking cessation products in the United States, in the United Kingdom that might be changing. Medical professionals may be able to actually prescribe e-cigarettes as a “quit smoking medicine” recognized by the National Health Services.
According to Reuters, British American Tobacco’s e-Voke became the first vaping device to be given the drug license.
“We want to ensure licensed nicotine containing products—including e-cigarettes—which make medicinal claims are available and meet appropriate standards of safety, quality and efficacy to help reduce the harms from smoking,” the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in a statement.
Reuters reports that British American Tobacco is “currently evaluating plans to commercialize” their product. Professor Ann McNeill described the drug license as a potential “gamechanger” in public health.
For the full story, visit http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/uk-doctors-can-now-prescribe-e-cigarettes-to-help-you-quit-smoking/.