Hospitals in Norfolk, London, Leicester and Edinburgh, will be participating in the scheme and corresponding study, where alongside medical treatment and advice, smoking patients will be offered a starter pack consisting of a device, enough e-liquid supplies for a week, and referral to local smoking-cessation services.

Certain UK hospitals will be participating in the scheme and corresponding study, where alongside medical treatment and advice, smoking patients will be offered a vape starter pack and referral to local smoking-cessation services.
Due to start in autumn, the trial will also include a group of smoking patients who receive only leaflets with details of local smoking-cessation services. One, three and six months later, the patients in both groups will be asked whether they are still smoking.

Prof Caitlin Notley, who is helping lead the study, at the University of East Anglia, said recruiting people in emergency departments could help encourage smoking cessation amongst people who may have never considered it before.

“Electronic cigarettes mimic the experience of cigarette smoking because they are hand-held and generate a smoke-like vapour when used,” she said “They can be an attractive option for helping people switch from smoking, even if they have tried and failed in the past.”

The PHE’s seventh independent report on vaping

Meanwhile vaping advocates worldwide have recently commended Public Health England’s (PHE) seventh independent report on vaping, which confirmed that vaping is the most commonly used method to quit smoking.

Director of the World Vapers’s Alliance (WVA), Michael Landl, said that those who continue to vilify vaping are simply refuting scientific data and the following points were highlighted:

  • “Vaping is the most popular aid (27.2%) used by smokers trying to quit in England in 2020
  • More than 50,000 smokers stopped smoking in 2017 with the aid of vaping
  • 38% of smokers believed that vaping is as harmful as smoking while 15% believed that vaping is more harmful

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