Electronic cigarettes may be all the craze but they are soon to be classed as “medicines.” There are new proposals being set up to tighten up the regulation of nicotine-containing products.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it hopes to pass new laws for E-cig manufacturers to face new tests before they can sell them as licensed products.
Millions of former smokers have taken to the nicotine devices around the world. There are 1.3 million E-cig users in the UK alone. Experts say regulations on the products need to be enforced with their ever growing popularity.
“Reducing the harms of smoking to smokers and those around them is a key government health priority,” said the MHRA’s group manager of vigilance and risk management of medicines, Jeremy Mean.
“Our research has shown that existing electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-containing products on the market are not good enough to meet this public health priority.
“Some NCPs (nicotine-containing products) are already licensed and the government’s decision to work towards medicines licensing for all these products is designed to deliver quality products that will support smokers to cut down and to quit.
“The decision announced today provides a framework that will enable good quality products to be widely available. It’s not about banning products that some people find useful, it’s about making sure that smokers have an effective alternative that they can rely on to meet their needs.”
The MHRA hopes to have the E-cigs administered by only doctors to help cure nicotine addiction aka quit smoking.