IBVTA: Concern for a medicinal e-cig market
Among the written evidence, the IBVTA – a vape trade association – expressed a concern for the UK’s plan to seemingly make it a little easier for companies to register a medicinal e-cigarette. It stems from an announcement by the UK government made in a Tobacco Control Plan.
In the plan, it says the MHRA “will ensure that the route to medicinal regulation for e-cigarette products is fit for purpose so that a range of safe and effective products can potentially be made available for NHS prescription.”
The IBVTA referenced their own experience with quit smoking techniques as justification for their position and recommended that, instead of a medicinal e-cig, the “experts in the stop smoking services partner with independent vaping stores and businesses”.
They did accept that, in specific circumstances where the start-up costs of vaping presented a barrier to entry, then a medicinal e-cig “would be sensible”.