You can get e-cigs on the NHS
In the New Year, you'll be able to get e-cigarettes on the NHS. Now, if you haven't heard about this, don't worry, as it looks like the government have been rather quiet about it, for fear of everyone swamping GPs with requests for such things.
A Whitehall source told the People: "We didn't want to make a song and dance about it because GPs would be overrun by people demanding it. But this is something we've been pushing for."
Public health minister Jane Ellison was asked by Labour MP Steve McCabe about it, and she said: "The Government believes vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking. We encourage medicinal license applications."
A bit vague, but there you go. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency licensed British American Tobacco’s e-Voke last month, which means doctors will be able to give them out on prescription to those who want to quit smoking.
It'll cost the NHS £20 per kit, and around £10 a week for each patient’s cartridges. In the long term, that'll be significantly cheaper than the cost of patients with smoking-related illnesses... unless of course vapes cause a bunch of problems that no-one's found yet.
Either way, if you're thinking about knocking the tabs on the head in 2016, then this is encouraging news.