In line with the anti-smoking campaign in the UK, there will be new tobacco laws enforced. When this happens, according to the BBC News website, "Electronic cigarettes will be licensed as a medicine in the UK from 2016".

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency that:

- Electronic cigarettes will be regulated as medicine
- Some e-cigarettes have been found to be poorly manufactured
- Until the compulsory licensing in 2016, these will not be recommended for use
- E-cigs have the potential to save lives and should not be restricted

 



In New Zealand, electronic cigarettes are now being sold in pharmacies as these are regulated as medicine.

According to research studies in the UK, there are currently over 1.3 million people who use electronic cigarettes. In studies conducted in Italy, it has shown that 14% of the trial group was able to stop smoking because of making the switch to electronic cigarettes.

The main concerns of regulating electronic cigarettes include ensuring the quality standard of these products and for these not to be used by children.

The anti-smoking campaign is restrictions are becoming a lot more stricter. Smoking is banned in many public places, there are warning on the labels, and we are bombarded with news reports and advice from physicians, family, and friends about how harmful tobacco products are.

Placing regulations and categorizing electronic cigarettes as a medicine is a positive thing and in the near future, it is hoped that other countries will follow the lead of New Zealand and the licensing to be imposed in the UK in 2016.