Here’s a link to my brief piece on e-cigs in The Pharmaceutical Journal:
No drug is safer without regulation and that includes nicotine. Licensed e-cigarettes used as part of pharmacists’ smoking cessation role would be a step forward. Concern at the meeting that e-cigarettes were becoming an “easy fix” was supported by suggestions that smoking cessation services were not being renewed on the basis that e-cigarettes had solved the problem. Pharmacists need to defend the added value of those services and ensure e-cigarettes are an option when we have a licensed product.
In the meantime, we cannot support the sale of unlicensed e-cigarettes in pharmacies. This places pharmacists in a difficult position of selling an essentially recreational product with no licensed medicinal claim. There is potential for variation in dosing with unlicensed e-cigarettes, without the regulatory oversight of quality and safety the MHRA provides.