Here you will find the recommendations we have made about the use of individual medicines in Lancashire.

Electronic-cigarettes (e‑cigarettes)

Brand: e-Voke ®
Indication: To relieve and/or prevent withdrawal symptoms and reduce the cravings associated with tobacco dependence
Disease category: Central nervous system
Commissioning responsibility: CCG
PbR excluded: No


Due to the lack of data demonstrating the benefits of using the e‑Voke® devices, e‑Cigarettes are not recommended for prescribing by the Lancashire Medicines Management Group.
Smoking Cessation Services, including those provided by community pharmacy, are commissioned by other agencies. The decision to use e‑cigarettes as part of these services is theirs alone. GPs should not be asked to prescribe e‑cigarette for patients as part of their service.
Prescribing in these circumstances could result in displacement of other treatments for which the CCG is the responsible commissioner. Patients presenting at GP surgeries requesting e‑cigarettes can be referred to local stop smoking services for advice and support.


LMMG recommendation: Black
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Reason for decision:  Not recommended for prescribing on the NHS in Lancashire

Supporting documents:

E-Cigarettes Position Statement (Version 2.0) (162.8 KiB)

Decisions of Lancashire local decision making groups:

NHS Blackburn With Darwen CCG and NHS East Lancashire CCG NHS Blackpool CCG NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG and NHS Greater Preston CCG NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG NHS Morecambe Bay CCG NHS West Lancashire CCG