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A growing number of GPs are prescribing nicotine vaping products to people who want to quit smoking after restrictions around the importation of e-cigarettes were tightened and large fines introduced for illegally selling or importing the products. [...] But there are claims that gaps in the system have allowed some telehealth doctors to provide 12 months’ worth of prescriptions to patients.

Data from the Department of Health shows the number of GPs approved as authorised prescribers of nicotine vaping products rose from 27 in July 2021 to 354 in October that year and 618 in January.