Readers panel: Should e-cigarettes be available on prescription for NHS patients?
Public Health England has recommended that manufacturers license e-cigarettes as medical aids to quitting smoking, which would enable GPs to prescribe them to patients. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Jane Scullion is a respiratory nurse consultant in Leicester @JaneScullion
If you can afford to smoke, you can afford e-cigarettes. At a time when the NHS is in crisis, with scarce resources, Public Health England should be focusing its energies on supporting smoking cessation services, where resources are really needed, not making e-cigarettes available on prescription. And although e-cigarettes may be considered safer than tobacco, their safety and efficacy are still unproven in the long term, especially devices that heat the liquid.
Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London
While I am tentatively in favour of e-cigarettes as a smoking...
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