The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency wants to regulate electronic cigarettes as if they were medicines. They have announced that this proposal will make electronic cigarettes more effective at helping people quit smoking. What they don’t seem to have noticed is that they are already far more effective than the nicotine replacement therapies that cost the NHS millions of pounds every year.

Right now electronic cigarettes are developing fast. New models appear every month, and there are hundreds of different flavours available. People can experiment …

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