A Smokefree Future – England’s Ten Year Plan

In an historic first for public health, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the UK’s National Health Service overwhelming approved tobacco harm reduction as a key component in England’s ten year plan to reduce cigarette smoking by half.  The US FDA should follow the UK’s lead.  The announcement and a news excerpt are below, the press release is attached, and the full report “A Smokefree Future” is at http://www.dh.gov.uk/dr_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_111748.pdf

Interesting development in the UK.

What are your thoughts?

Do you see the FDA following suit?


#1 Bill Godshall on 02.02.10 at 2:15 PM

By March 31, comments should be submitted to http://www.nice.org.uk/getinvolved/patientandpublicinvolvement/opportunitiestogetinvolved/citizenscouncil/reports/CitizensCouncilReportSmokingAndHarmReductionWithInvitationToComment.jsp
applauding the tobacco harm reduction plan as a first step, and urging the NHS to also include smokefree tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

#2 Copenhagen Charlie on 02.04.10 at 1:37 PM

This is very interesting. I hope it has some influence with the folks at the FDA but from what I hear they are just continuing to fight the nicotine deal with the e-cig companies. Still have to think that PM and the Pharmacy industry are still a factor.

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