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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

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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