Will doctors really prescribe e-cigarettes?

The situation might be very desperate that it requires desperate measure.  How will doctors react to this suggestion? Doctors may write prescription hoping to treat and cure their patients. However prescribing e-cigarettes may just be such a bad idea that needs more study before things became preposterous and funny.

E-cigarette usage has increased all over the world and a lot of smokers are jumping on the band wagon, shifting to e-cigarettes in an effort to curb their smoking habits. For some, e-cigarettes, are the only way to stop smoking; others just hope to lessen their smoking.

In New Zealand, reports are coming in that teenage vapers—e-cigarette users—have tripled in two years, totaling 20 % last year. This is a something that the government finds intolerable because it introduces the youth to nicotine addiction and smoking.

The import of e-cigarettes by users is legal only when it’s for personal use; selling itself is illegal despite some retailers in New Zealand disregarding the ban.

A set of conditions were proposed by nine researchers from Otago University and Auckland University, writers for the Public Health Expert blog.

To make e-cigarettes more difficult to obtain, one suggestion is to have them sold exclusively in pharmacies while requiring a doctor’s prescription. Another is to not allow vaping outdoors and in workplaces.

Christchurch smoking policy researcher Dr. Murray Laugesen demands rules to prevent children from being introduced to nicotine fluid and bringing legal proceedings against retailers who sell them to kids under 18.

 

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Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11454074

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Comments

  1. gotsteam says

    Boy, there’s a brilliant idea. Are pharmacies going to have vape lounges as well?

    If you give the e-cig market to pharmacies, how is big tobacco going to get their cut? never-mind the millions of dollars big tobacco has spent buying up crappy 1st generation e-cig companies. The’re going to be REAL happy about that stellar idea. Don’t you think?

    Meanwhile, deadly cigarettes will be available at every corner convenience store, grocery store, tobacco shop and gas station from one coast to the other. Yeah, some REAL smart guy put some thought into this dumb ass idea.

    • says

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  2. says

    Cigarette smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction), and diabetes. For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking. More than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking.
    Each day, more than 3,200 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.Each day, an estimated 2,100 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers.

    E-cigarettes are much safer then cigarettes but there’s too much money involved in the industry, did you know that In fiscal year 2014, states collected $25.7 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements, but states spent only 1.9% of the $25.7 billion on prevention and cessation programs.

    Happy Vaping!

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