E-cigarettes to be regulated

Electronic cigarettes are to be classed as medicines under new proposals to tighten up the regulation of nicotine-containing products.

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UK to regulate e-cigarettes as 'medicines'

Electronic cigarettes like this one will be subject to medical regulation in Britain. Credit: Reuters

Electronic cigarettes are to be classed as "medicines" under new proposals to tighten up the regulation of nicotine-containing products.

Manufacturers are to face tough new tests before they can sell their e-cigarettes as "licensed products", the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said.

The move will also mean that licensed e-cigarettes can be prescribed by medics to help smokers cut down or quit.

The MHRA will regulate the products so that there is a consistent standard across all licensed products sold over the counter.

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