The British Medical Association supports these developments and has suggested that e-cigarettes be licensed as medicines.
As part of the drive to create a ‘smoke-free’ England by 2030, a review commissioned by the Department of Health is expected to recommend the promotion of e-cigarettes as less harmful alternatives for existing smokers, when it publishes its report. report later this month. Javed Khan was appointed by Health Secretary Sajid Javid to lead the investigation in February.
“In my review, I considered a range of critical interventions that will make the most difference. For example, I considered promoting vaping as a less harmful alternative; a greater role for the NHS in tackling smoking and the need to tackle illicit tobacco sales,” Khan said in response to his nomination.
“Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and death, with a quarter of deaths from all cancers estimated to be due to smoking in 2019. Despite national progress such as the indoor smoking ban put in place In 2007, smoking remains very high in some parts of the country – especially in the poorest regions.
“I have been tasked by the Secretary of Health and Social Care with helping the government achieve its ambition to be smoke free by 2030. It is clear that taking action against smoking will be essential to significantly improve the health and wealth of the nation.”
UK leads the way on tobacco harm reduction
The UK has long been a leader in endorsing the use of safer alternative nicotine products to quit smoking, and as a result the country has the lowest smoking rates ever since. the arrival of cigarettes on the scene decades ago.
In 2017, the UK government’s document released last summer, Towards a Smokefree Generation, A Tobacco Control Plan for England, encouraged different localities to develop their own tobacco control strategies, with a focus on e-cigarettes and other harm reduction or smoking cessation aids.
The British Medical Association supports these developments and has suggested that e-cigarettes be licensed as medicines, allowing doctors to recommend them to smokers trying to quit.
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