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GPs braced for requests for e-cigarettes on prescription as licence is granted


As an ex-smoker, I look with gentle amazement at all the things people use to help them to quit this highly addictive habit. A quick read of the side effect profile of Champix should put people off (taste disturbance, abnormal dreams, appetite changes, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, GI disturbance, headache, sleep disorders - all common or very common - and take a minute to read the less common s/e in the BNF). Really, it is possible just to decide to stop smoking and then to do so. There is no danger to the body (unlike stopping from very high alcohol levels). Why should the NHS pick up the tab for these scripts? If people can afford to smoke, by and large they can afford the nicotine replacement. And how long to continue? We have to have a reality check about what the NHS can afford on its drug budget and on our time and effort in prescribing.

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08 Dec 2015

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