Should E-cigs Be Prescribed to Smokers to Help Them Quit?


While the FDA keep arguing over the safety of e-cigs and what taxes they can introduce, British health experts are discussing if these products should be prescribed by the NHS. Should vaping gear be prescribed like any other medicine to help improve an illness?


“As of 2015, there are 2.6 million current or ex-smokers in the UK who now use e-cigarettes – almost four times as many as in 2010.”  The figures speak for themselves, more and more UK citizens are relying on vaping to help them quit and improve their health. So if people are doing this voluntarily, the UK are wondering why aren’t these devices used to improve the health of the masses.

Some quick facts:

  • You are 3x more likely to have a stroke if you’re a smoker
  • There are more than 7,000 chemicals in a cigarette
  • Smoking shortens your life by at least 10 years
  • There are 600,000 deaths a year caused by passive smoking
  • 80% of lung cancer deaths are a direct cause of smoking

These are just some facts and figures that highlight the dangers associated with smoking tobacco, all of which can be avoided by switching to vaping! It seems like common sense to us, and to a lot of the UK officials that this tool that could help millions more people, should be made accessible to the entire country. They will be discussing whether or not to start prescribing e-cigs this November, in London where participants will include, health officials, scientists and political figures. They will not only discuss whether or not to start prescribing but also if vaping will be allowed in public places and the impact switching smokers to vapers will have long-term. Vaping has saved millions of lives so far, why should it stop there?



Ryan is a vaper, editor and content creator who spends most of his time bringing the interesting, entertaining, original and well-written articles to vapers. He believes that vaping is not only a healthier alternative to smoking, but also a great experience of life.