Review to examine if e-cigarettes should only be sold in pharmacies
THE Department of Health is carrying out a review to see if e-cigarettes should be licensed and only sold in pharmacies under proposals to tighten up the regulation of nicotine products.
The review has been ordered by Health Minister James Reilly who said he wants to get more information before deciding if they should be licensed.
Dr Reilly has already said he has not decided if he will follow the UK and make them licensed here. He said the Department of Health is carrying out a review first.
The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) would then decide, on the recommendation of Dr Reilly, whether the e-cigarettes would be licensed.
A spokeswoman for the IMB said yesterday it is waiting for a recommendation from the department.
It comes as the European Parliament voted to classify e-cigarettes as a medicinal product, meaning they can be prescribed by doctors to help smokers cut down or quit.
E-cigarettes are inhalers that vapourise liquid nicotine into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking.
They are without the cancer causing ingredients of cigarettes, but contain nicotine which is addictive.
There are no regulations here setting down the provisions for their sale or advertisement.