A report published on Friday by Parliament's science and technology select committee said the government should "urgently" review the approval systems for prescribing e-cigarettes, as "misconceptions" were stopping health bodies from tackling smoking as well as they could.
Specifically, the report recommended that the NHS set a policy allowing mental health facilities to allow e-cigarettes and noted that there is evidence they are an effective tool in getting people to stop smoking tobacco.
A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to loosen restrictions on e-cigarettes as a way of cutting the smoking rate.
It also suggests that the tax on e-cigarettes should be cut, creating a financial incentive for smokers who use traditional cigarettes to buy the product instead to help them quit their habit.
E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes and shouldn't be regulated in the same way, according to a report by MPs.
"Medically licensed e-cigarettes would make it easier for doctors to discuss and recommend them as a stop smoking tool to aid those quitting smoking". A long-term research project into their health impact should also be launched with updated evidence available online for health professionals and the public, the committee concluded.
It is with that distinction in mind that the board says that vaping devices should be licensed for medical use to help smokers quit.
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"It is therefore extraordinary that one-third of mental health trusts ban the use of e-cigarettes completely, while three-quarters of NHS trusts are mistakenly concerned about "second-hand" e-cigarette vapour".
"E-cigs in teens are a gateway to subsequent smoking lit cigarettes and e-cig vapour contains a large number of toxins which in time will obviously harm users, and bystanders".
- The government should continue to annually review the evidence on the health effects of e-cigarettes and extend that review to heat-not-burn products.
"We will carefully consider the recommendations and evidence surrounding the use of inserts into cigarette packages".
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"However, we recognise that the evidence surrounding the use of e-cigarettes is evolving, and there are over three million vapers in the United Kingdom already".
MPs want to review a ban preventing such a move - as it would now be considered as tobacco advertising. However a 2017 study of 14 and 15-year-olds from 20 English schools found a "robust association" between vaping and a higher probability of cigarette smoking. In the United Kingdom a person must be 18 to buy e-cigarettes or the e-liquids they vaporise.