Smoke and mirrors
- By: Matthew Billingsley
A smoky haze is engulfing public health—are e-cigarettes a legitimate way to aid smoking cessation, or are they are a tactic by tobacco companies to keep people addicted to nicotine and normalise the physical act of smoking? Opinion is split among the health profession. Anna Sayburn looks at whether e-cigarettes are doing more harm than good (doi:10.1136/sbmj.g5672).
This year the UK was voted the best overall healthcare system in the world by the Commonwealth Fund, yet the NHS is chronically in debt. One solution identified by the UK government to plug the deficit is to impose a levy on temporary migrant workers and overseas students to use the NHS, as well as introduce a 150% treatment charge for migrants and foreign visitors from outside the EU in an attempt to crackdown on “health tourism,” starting in 2015. Emma Rietbergen takes a look at the Immigration Act and what impact it