Table 1

‚ÄÉRegulatory and policy changes in the UK concerning smoking cessation medications from 1999

Regulatory or policy changeDate
NHS prescriptions are free of charge for patients who are under 18 years, over 65 years, on income support, or pregnant; otherwise the charge per prescription was approximately £6 over the period of study.
Nicotine gum (2 mg) available for general sale (GSL)31 March 1999
Bupropion available on NHS prescriptionJune 2000
All smoking cessation products available on NHS prescriptionApril 2001
Nicotine gum (4 mg), nicotine lozenge, and all nicotine patches available for GSL31 May 2001