E-cigarettes to be regulated as medicine

14 June 2013

E-cigarettes will soon be classed as medicine and manufacturers will be forced to adhere to new regulations. The news was recently announced by the UK’s drugs watchdog, who have called for standardisation of the product across-the-board.

Approximately 1.3 million Britons use e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Although e-cigarettes still contain addictive nicotine, water vapour replaces harmful tobacco smoke. At the moment, however, nicotine levels vary greatly from batch-to-batch, raising concerns about quality control.

Jeremy Mean of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said: "The Government's decision to work towards medicines licensing for all these products is designed to deliver quality products that will support smokers to cut down and to quit... 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."

In 2016, the product will be regulated and sold over-the-counter, much like paracetamol and ibuprofen. The product will provide a healthy alternative for smokers and decrease their risk of lung cancer.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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