All nicotine-containing products (NCPs), such as electronic cigarettes, are to be regulated as medicines in the U.K, in a move to make these products safer and more effective in reducing the harms of smoking.

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it will allow “e-cigs” to continue existing under the condition that they are regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

smoking will have caused over 1 billion deaths by the end of this century.

“Rates of smoking in the poorest in our communities remain high, and as a GP in a deprived area of London I see firsthand the deaths and disease this causes. The RCGP supports MHRA regulation of novel nicotine products such as e-cigarettes as this will ensure that they are of good quality and reliability and are effective in helping smokers who want to use them to cut down and quit.”

“existing electronic cigarettes and other nicotine containing products on the market are not good enough to meet this public health priority.”

every NCP product available to customers will be of a certain standard to help them cut down or quit smoking.

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Electronic cigarettes are thought to be much less harmful than normal cigarettes.
“enable good quality products to be widely available. It’s not about banning products that some people find useful, it’s about making sure that smokers have an effective alternative that they can rely on to meet their needs.

the new legislation will most likely be adopted in 2014 and will come into effect in the UK from 2016

“Smokers are harmed by the deadly tar and toxins in tobacco smoke, not the nicotine.While it’s best to quit completely, I realise that not every smoker can and it is much better to get nicotine from safer sources such as nicotine replacement therapy. More and more people are using e-cigarettes, so it’s only right these products are properly regulated to be safe and work effectively.”

electronic cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking tobacco

electronic cigarettes are a very promising tool to help smokers quit.

Michael Siegel, from the Boston University School of Public Health, explains why e-cigarette users have had such amazing success quitting smoking: