E-cigarettes on NHS met with mixed views

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  • Public Health England report concluded that e-cigarettes could be available on the NHS
  • But the report has been met with mixed views
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A REVIEW which wants e-cigarettes to be available on the NHS has been met with mixed opinions.

Public Health England published the report which concluded e-cigarettes should be available on the NHS to get people to stop smoking.

But Mike Small, from Fareham, said he disagreed with the review.

‘I don’t think we should be wasting money like that,’ he said.

‘The NHS is struggling enough as it is and other ways should be found to stop people smoking.’

Gosport resident Kate Fellows agreed. She added: ‘What is to stop people smoking them and then going back to normal cigarettes?’

The NHS is struggling enough as it is and other ways should be found to stop people smoking

Mike Small

Some people think it is a good idea as the report found e-cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful.

Sarah Hoar, 38, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s a good idea that the NHS is starting to see e-cigarettes are really not bad for you compared to cigarettes.’

Dr Janet Maxwell, director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘It’s positive to see that e-cigarettes are helping people to quit smoking.

‘The best scenario is to not need these or cigarettes but they are certainly a better alternative and are worth exploring in someone’s journey to quitting.’