During a debate about the recent STC report, which indicates that e-cigarettes are effective smoking cessation tools, an MP for Wales urged the government to put e-cigarettes forward for medical licensing.
Last August, the UK Science and Technology Committee (STC), released a report containing several evidence-based policy proposals for e-cigarettes. These proposals are aimed at tackling the current misconceptions about the devices, and positively transform the way vaping is viewed by businesses, institutions and the public alike.
Currently, no e-cigarettes are licensed for medical use, therefore they cannot be recommended by GPs.During a debate about the report in Parliament, Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith said that currently no e-cigarettes are licensed for medical use, meaning that they cannot be recommended by GPs. Addressing the chairman of the STC Norman Lamb, Smith questioned whether the government is doing anything to this effect.
“I note that here in this report, it says that medically licensed e-cigarettes could assist smoking cessation efforts by making it easier for medical professionals to recommend them as a stop smoking treatment for patients. I think that’s really good,” said Smith.
“Does (Mr Lamb) know what the government is doing to encourage e-cigarette manufacturers to put forward products for licensing?” he asked, to which Mr. Lamb responded: “I don’t think there’s anything, in particular, being done by the government to encourage organizations, that I’m aware of, to seek medical licensing.”
“But I think the prize here is that, if there was a medically licensed product, it would reach a proportion of current smokers who would be reassured that the medical license, in a sense, guaranteed that it would be a sensible step for them to take and a helpful one in giving up smoking,” he added.
The STC report recommendations are evidence based
In the report, the Committee is also proposing to review provisions in the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations, to include HnBs in the Government’s annual review of safer nicotine products, and also reassess the evidence supporting the ban on snus. “This report dovetails with the government’s Tobacco Control Plan commitment to back innovative products in its drive to encourage smokers to quit, and its recommendations are evidence-based and designed to maximize the benefits of safer nicotine delivery.”
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