Some more good news for us vapers!
In a new trial designed to help people quit smoking, patients in A&E - whatever they are being treated for - will be offered a free device and taught how to use them. They will also be supplied with enough e-liquid
to last a week.
Hospitals in Norfolk, London, Leicester and Edinburgh will be participating in this trial that is due to start in Autumn 2021.
During the trial, some smokers will be given vaping starter packs with a weeks worth of e-liquid
and referred for continuing support, then others will receive only leaflets with details of local smoking-cessation services.
Both groups will then be asked if they still smoke - one, three and six months later.
NHS experts consider e-cigarettes to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes. However, they are not considered completely risk-free.
Check out our previous blogs for more information on the negative and positive effects of vaping;The Negative Effects Of VapingThe Positive Effects Of Vaping
According to Public Health England, almost 75,000 people died due to smoking in 2019.
“The best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking completely and the evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quit aids available, helping around 50,000 smokers quit a year.
” Prof John Newton, at Public Health England said.
"Electronic cigarettes mimic the experience of cigarette smoking because they are hand-held and generate a smoke-like vapour when used.
” said Prof Caitlin Notely, who is helping lead the study at University of East Anglia.In England in 2020, nicotine vaping products were the most popular aid used by smokers trying to quit, with 27.2% of smokers using vaping products compared with 18.2% using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (such as patches and gum) and 4.4% using the prescription medicine varenciline.
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- BBC NEWS