Britain is set to regulate electronic cigarettes as a non-prescription medicine by 2016. The move is an attempt to improve the quality of the product and make it safer for the public to use as an alternative to tobacco.

Under the new guidelines manufactures will have to prove the quality of their products and the fact that they deliver the correct amount of nicotine.

Some existing electronic cigarettes on the market have been found by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to contain some contaminants and delivered varying levels of nicotine.

They say that the products will still be available to be sold in convenience stores and a prescription would not be necessary to purchase the product.

The question is - will the USA be next to implement these changes? What do you think?