E-cigarettes ought to be out there on prescription, in line with Public Well being England (PHE).
The company desires them to be prescribed on the NHS throughout the subsequent few years due to how profitable they’ve been in serving to individuals quit smoking.
An impartial evaluate of the most recent proof, revealed by PHE, suggests not less than 20,000 individuals a 12 months are quitting with the assistance of e-cigarettes.
The report additionally says they’re not less than 95% much less dangerous than smoking.
PHE additionally desires hospitals to have the ability to promote e-cigarettes and have areas the place sufferers can vape.
This might even be in non-public rooms for sufferers on lengthy hospital stays, it says.
PHE additionally inspired employers to supply vaping areas.
In Wales, the Welsh Authorities had tried to ban the usage of e-cigarettes in some enclosed locations, together with faculties, hospitals and locations promoting meals, fearing vaping would “re-normalise smoking”.
However the legislation failed on the final hurdle in 2016 after a row between Labour and Plaid.
No e-cigarettes are at the moment licensed within the UK as a quit-smoking assist.
And PHE is looking for “a better route” for producers to get a medicinal licence.
“Something that the [Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] MHRA can do to make it simpler for producers we expect can be useful,” stated PHE well being enchancment director John Newton.
The proof evaluate, which was carried out by impartial tobacco specialists, additionally discovered confusion over the chance posed by e-cigarettes.
However Mr Newton stated there was “overwhelming proof” they had been far safer than smoking and “of negligible threat to bystanders”.
“Virtually half of people who smoke have by no means tried an e-cigarette probably as a result of they’ve views about how dangerous they’re which aren’t based on the proof.
“We actually wish to get the message out that they actually ought to think about using an e-cigarette as a result of they’re lots higher for them than persevering with to smoke,” he stated.
Ann McNeil, professor of tobacco habit at King’s School London and lead creator of the report, stated it was “of nice concern” that people who smoke nonetheless had “such a poor understanding” about what prompted the hurt from smoking.
“When individuals smoke tobacco cigarettes, they inhale a deadly combine of seven,000 smoke constituents, 70 of that are identified to trigger most cancers,” she stated.
“The constituents in tobacco smoke that trigger the hurt are both absent or at a lot decrease ranges… in e-cigarettes so we’re assured that they’re considerably much less dangerous than cigarette smoking.
“Individuals smoke for the nicotine – however opposite to what the overwhelming majority imagine, nicotine causes little if any of the hurt.
“The poisonous smoke is the offender and is the overwhelming reason for all of the tobacco-related illness and dying.”
The evaluate additionally discovered there was little proof to recommend that e-cigarettes had been main younger individuals into smoking.
The analysis suggests lower than 1% of younger individuals who have by no means smoked use e-cigarettes repeatedly and the variety of younger individuals smoking continues to say no at an “encouraging” fee.