All over the news at the minute it’s Brexit this, Brexit that, and granted a lot of us are getting tired of it. However, the Government’s Department of Health and Social Care’s response to the recommendations made in the Science and Technology Committee’s e-cigarette inquiry is certainly worth a mention.

The response covers a number of points from smoking cessation and harm reduction to taxation and regulation. In the document, the government makes a number of commitments and a particularly relevant one is the re-evaluation of the TRPR post-Brexit.

It states: The Government has made a commitment to review the TRPR by May 2021 to consider its regulatory impact.”

It goes on to say, “the Government will review where the UK’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re‑appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health.”

“We will look to identify where we can sensibly deregulate without harming public health or where current EU regulations limit our ability to deal with tobacco.”

While an e-cigarette review may not be top of the government’s agenda at this time, it’s encouraging to see that they have made this commitment and have a time scale on it.

Research and support

In its response, the government also explained that the Department of Health has provided funding for e-cigarette research. Some examples of current projects given were:

– A randomised controlled trial to examine the efficacy of e-cigarettes compared with nicotine replacement therapy, when used within UK stop smoking services.

– Helping pregnant smokers quit: Multi-centre randomised control trial of electronic cigarettes as opposed to usual care. 

The government also ‘broadly accepted’ the recommendation that “NHS England should as a matter of urgency ensure that there is a position created for a dedicated person within the NHS England responsible for implementing the Government’s Tobacco Control Plan.”

We look forward to seeing more research being conducted around vaping and this research being used when reviewing current regulations.

Which regulations would you most like to see change when the UK leaves the European Union? Let us know in the comments.

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