E-cigarette on prescription?
According to a recent Science and Technology Committee report there should be an urgent review to make it easier to get the devices on prescription.
Public Health England has said e-cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful than smoking but long-term effects are unknown.
In an interview today, Norman Lamb, chairman of the committee, said: "E-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, but current policy and regulations do not sufficiently reflect this and businesses, transport providers and public places should stop viewing conventional and e-cigarettes as one and the same."
Mr Lamb said: "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.
"The approval systems for prescribing these products must be urgently reviewed."
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said: "Today's call to improve the process to enable e-cigarettes to be licensed as medicines is extremely welcome.
"Licenced products could transform the public's understanding of e-cigarettes and help many more smokers see vaping as a viable alternative to smoking."