The Chief Medical Officer said it was "only right" that electronic cigarettes would be regulated as medicines in the future and that they were a "safer" source of nicotine than normal cigarettes.
Professor Dame Sally Davies said:
– Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer
Smokers are harmed by the deadly tar and toxins in tobacco smoke, not the nicotine.
While it’s best to quit completely, I realise that not every smoker can and it is much better to get nicotine from safer sources such as nicotine replacement therapy.
More and more people are using e-cigarettes, so it’s only right these products are properly regulated to be safe and work effectively.