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Online poll supports practice of pharmacies selling e-cigarettes

Pharmacies should stock e-cigarettes, says recent Pharmaceutical Journal poll

Source: Voisin / Phanie / Rex Features

E-cigarettes should be available from pharmacies because they are a safer option for smokers think 46% of respondents to a poll.

More than half of people polled by The Pharmaceutical Journal say that pharmacies should stock e-cigarettes.

Of 544 people who participated in an online poll, 46.1% said that e-cigarettes should be available from pharmacies because they were a “safer option for smokers”. A further 7.1% said they should be stocked because it would give pharmacists “new opportunities to offer stop smoking advice”.

Nearly 20% of those surveyed were unsure about whether pharmacies should stock e-cigarettes. Reasons for this uncertainty were that responders thought that e-cigarettes should be regulated as medicines (15.9%) and reservations about selling products linked with tobacco companies (3.8%).

Of the 146 people who said pharmacies should not stock e-cigarettes, 61 (11.2% of the total) said they would prefer to offer a licensed stop-smoking product while the remainder — 85 (15.6% of the total) — said they did not believe that smoking-related “lifestyle products” had a place in pharmacy.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20066794

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