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An all party group of UK MPs wants e-cigarettes given out by the NHS to smokers desperate to quit.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health [APPG] has come up with a 12 step plan to combat smoking and to get the UK Government’s 2030 SmokeFree plan back on track.
Released today the plan says:
Legislate to make tobacco manufacturers pay for a Smokefree 2030 Fund to bring an end to smoking
The UK needs to take its place on the world stage as a smoke free leader
Set targets for 2025 and update the strategy if the UK isn’t on track to reach smoke free by 2035
Anti-smoking campaigns to people who work in manual-based jobs and to the unemployed
Ensure smokers are urged to quit on an annual basis
More support given to people in social housing or who have mental health issues
Ensure all pregnant smokers are given financial incentive to quit in addition to smoking cessation support
Fund regional programmes to reduce the use of illicit tobacco in deprived communities
Warnings need to be put on individual cigarettes and close the loopholes on other regulations
Reduce the appeal and availability of cigarettes to kids
Allow e-cigarettes to be authorised for NHS prescription
Consult on raising the age of sale for tobacco from 18 to 21
Chair of the APPG Bob Blackman MP says the 12 step plan should be funded by Big Tobacco adding:
Nice idea, as to if Big Tobacco will stump up the cash remains to be seen.
However the APPG and indeed other interested groups are keen to see the UK Government making a push towards its big idea of a SmokeFree 2030.
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, said:
The report has been welcomed by an impressive list of medical institutions including:
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Association of Directors of Public Health, Asthma UK, the British Heart Foundation, the British Lung Foundation, the British Thoracic Society, Cancer Research UK, the Faculty of Public Health, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the Health Foundation, the Royal Society of Public Health and the Royal College of Physicians.
As I said, an impressive list.
Vaping advocacy groups are currently digesting the plan and I’ll have their reactions in Sunday’s Vaping News.
I did touch on E Cigarettes On the NHS a few years ago in the piece: Could Vape Shops Team Up With the NHS and Should They?
I wasn’t that keen on the idea…
My point then was the key to a successful quit smoking attempt using e-cigarettes is the personal investment a smoker makes.
In other words, by buying the vape kit and e-liquid, it has cost them money and adds to the chance of them persevering.
Another worry is just what starter kits and e-liquid will be offered on NHS prescriptions?
Back in 2017 I wrote the article E-Cigarettes Sold in Chemists Shops Are Owned By Big Tobacco .
Given the majority of Big Tobacco owned vape kits and e-liquids are not as good or as flavoursome as the products from mainstream vape companies, many smokers may be set to fail.
As to if the UK Government will allow e-cigarettes to be handed out on prescription we shall have to see.
One thing is clear, and that’s e-cigarettes MUST remain front and centre of any future UK Government stop smoking plan.
As Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said, lives depend on it:
As I said I’ll hopefully have reactions from the wider vaping community on Sunday.
What are your thoughts about vape kits on NHS prescriptions?
Good or bad idea?
Please let me know in the comments below
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