E-cigarettes set to be regulated

ELECTRONIC cigarettes will be regulated as medicines in the UK for the first time from 2016, when restrictions on their sale and advertising will come into force, the medicines regulator announced yesterday.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said that e-cigarettes, which turn nicotine into a vapour to be inhaled but are safer than regular cigarettes, do not currently reach the appropriate safety standards. Manufacturers will have to meet a set of criteria for e-cigarettes to be approved for sale from 2016.