World’s First? E-Cigarettes Could Be Available on NHS

E-cigarettes could be available on the NHS for the first time after the UK's medicines regulator updated its guidance for people who want to quit smoking. The MHRA is encouraging e-cigarette manufacturers to submit their products to go through the same regulatory approvals process as other medicines available via the national health service. This could lead to England becoming the first country in the world to prescribe e-cigarettes licensed as a medical product. Almost 64,000 people died from smoking in England in 2019 while there are still around 6.1 million smokers in the nation.

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