Lives could be saved if NHS patients were allowed to vape on their hospital premises, according to a doctors’ report, which said that patients should receive advice on quitting smoking in hospital.

In NHS hospitals at the moment, patients can be admitted and discharged without disclosing smoking status and without being provided any information help with kicking smoking habits.

The report, published by the Royal College of Physicians, predicts that by offering smokers more help and allowing patients to vape on NHS sites could double quit rates.

The Royal College of Physicians has remained fairly consistent with their support of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation over the years, saying in 2016 that e-cigs should be given to smokers to help kick addictions.

“Treating the one million smokers admitted to hospitals a year represents a unique opportunity for the NHS to improve patients’ lives, while also saving money,” said Professor John Britton of the Royal College of Physicians.

And the Royal College of Physicians aren’t the only major health organisation supporting e-cigs as a smoking cessation, with Public Health England holding a long-standing interest in vaping as a means of quitting smoking.

In February, Public Health England encouraged NHS hospitals to prescribe vaping products.