People's History of the NHS


Cigarette Smoking and the NHS

The NHS as the central institution of health care provision in Britain has played an important role in providing information, disseminating health advice and supplying treatment therapies for both smokers and non-smokers since the late 1950s. NHS Hospital care, GP practice and neonatal services have played important roles in informing the public about smoking and its effects on cancer, heart disease, stroke and the unborn infant with national campaigns dedicated to providing information, motivation and support. Yet the recent rise of the e-cigarette and calls to include e-cigarettes on the NHS as another quitting therapy has complicated public health initiatives towards smoking and the health impacts of nicotine addiction itself.

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