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Vaping wins approval of the NHS as ‘medicine’ in the UK

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Here in the United States, we sometimes very foolishly consider ourselves the forward-thinkers of the entire planet. We arrogantly assume that we are always on the cutting edge of everything from technological advancements to world health issues. But when a much smaller nation like our Mother Country of Great Britain beats us to the finish line, this sends a glaring message around the world at just how “behind the times” we truly are.

E-Voke device now available by prescription

In June of 2015, The Telegraph of London initially gave us the good news. Prescription e-cigs were going to become a reality right in Great Britain after the New Year. Apparently, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was growing weary of all the back-and-forth on the topic of e-cigs safety. Rather than beat the issue to death like we do in the United States, The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is taking decisive and immediate action. In coordination with the NHS, these government agencies are finally awarding a license for marketing the British American Tobacco’s e-Voke as the first-ever smoking cessation e-cig available by prescription.

A spokesperson for British American Tobacco issued a public statement via a news report by The Telegraph’s David Barrett on Jan 3, 2016.

"Nicovations Limited, part of British American Tobacco's Next Generation Products division, has been granted a licence (UK English) by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for its rechargeable electronic cigarette, e-Voke…E-Voke uses cartridges containing pharmaceutical grade nicotine. We are now reviewing the commercialisation (UK English) of e-Voke (as a prescription smoking cessation device)"

Even though we Americans recently published a report just last month which claims that vaping is just as dangerous to our DNA as smoking, it appears that the British Parliament is choosing to use logic as their basis for their new legislation. Rather than waiting for the entirety of the world’s scientific community to come to some sort of “official “consensus regarding the safety of e-cigs and vaping devices, The NHS is using a more common-sense approach.

It’s only logical!

While scientists from the University of Liverpool, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the World Health Organization still have concerns about e-cigs and eliquids being 100% safe, these agencies have been officially promoting these devices over traditional tobacco cigarettes for almost a year now. While some UK doctors are calling the new NHS legislation “irresponsible,” a spokesperson for the UK Department of Health takes a very decisive stand to shut down the haters. "The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit smoking. We will keep all the latest evidence under review."

Well done, Great Britain! Well done!

(Courtesy of WeHearIt.com)

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