UK’s drugs regulator, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said this week that e-cigarettes and similar products containing nicotine will be some strict rules in 2016.
MHRA said that within three years of e-cigarettes need a license, the treatment of a pair of smoking as well as other over-the-counter medications. The regulator said that the different varieties of electronic cigarettes available are not good enough to meet the public health priority of the Government to reduce the harm from smoking.
“Reducing the harm of smoking for smokers and those around them is a key priority of the government in health care. Our research has shown that the existing electronic cigarettes and other nicotine containing products on the market are not good enough to meet this major public health problem, “said Jeremy mean, the head of vigilance and risk management of medicines at the MHRA.
The UK government has said that he decided that the MHRA would regulate these products in such a way that people can use them to make sure they are safe.
“The decision announced today provides the framework that will allow a good quality of products to be widely available. This is not about banning foods that some people find it useful, it’s about making sure that smokers have an effective alternative that they can rely on to meet their needs, “Average added.
MHRA said that the UK government will insist on the European Union to create a pan-European legal position on nicotine-containing products (NCP), which includes gum, patches and mouth sprays. The European Commission said it expects the new legislation to be adopted in 2014 and to come into force in the UK in 2016, which will allow time for producers to get their products meet safety, quality and efficacy of medical requirements.
Health regulator said smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in England, taking lives 80,000 people each year.
“While it is better to quit completely, I understand that not every smoker can, and it’s much better to get the nicotine from safe sources such as nicotine replacement therapy,” said Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. “More and more people are using electronic cigarettes, so it’s only right these products are properly regulated to be safe and efficient.”
Dr Clare Gerada, chairman of the General Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said the percentage of smokers in the poorest communities remain high. Electronic cigarettes are now regulated as a consumer product in the UK, with 1.3 million people using them.
“RCGP supports the MHRA regulation of the novel nicotine products such as electronic cigarettes, as this will ensure that they are of good quality and reliability and effectiveness in helping smokers who want to use them to cut and get out,” Gerada said.
French Health Minister Marisol Touraine announced a few weeks ago that she wants to ban electronic cigarettes in public places and their sale is restricted over-16s only. The Minister of Social Affairs and Health has also pointed out that essentially want to treat electronic cigarettes in public places as well, normal cigarettes are considered in France.