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Thumbs up for e-cigs

Published: 07/02/2018

Southampton Healthy Living has welcomed the latest report from Public Health England (PHE) which confirms that vaping has a fractional risk compared to smoking tobacco. It is estimated nationally, that at least 20,000 people a year stop smoking tobacco using E-cigarettes[1].

Southampton Healthy Living, a partnership which provides help to stop smoking in city, views e-cigarettes as a positive tool to support smokers to stop using tobacco products. It is recognised that quitting smoking is difficult for many people and that using e-cigarettes may be a good alternative to tobacco.

The partnership been piloting a scheme with selected vape shops by providing vouchers as a way of engaging quitters in the use of e-cigs to stop smoking.

This pilot compliments a smoking cessation service in Southampton, which provides free access to behavioural support through group work, one to one or telephone support. This is combined with access to nicotine replacement therapy or smoking cessation medications.

Andrew Smith, Solent NHS Trust’s Operations Manager for Southampton Healthy Living said: “We are really pleased that the PHE evidence supports the message that e-cigarettes can successfully support people who want to stop smoking. The evidence also shows that using e-cigarettes alongside support from a stop smoking service such as ours appears to be helpful and we will be confirm this with our pilot work.”

Dr Jason Horsley, Director of Public Health for Southampton City Council, said: “Swapping to e-cigarettes is one of the best things any smoker can do to improve their health. Research to date shows e-cigarettes are up to 95% less harmful than tobacco. If you can stop. If you can’t swap. Southampton Healthy Living offers tailored support and advice for any smoker looking to cut down or quit People using support with e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) are 4 times more likely to quit than people who try alone. Sadly half of all smokers will die directly from smoking.”

Ruth Marriott, CEO for SCiA Group, the lead partner for Southampton Healthy Living said ‘We are really pleased that our new partnership is helping the people of Southampton get support to stop smoking in the way that suits them best. By working with a range of local organisations, including Southampton City Council we are pleased to be finding new and successful ways to support our communities.’ ENDS

[1]Evidence review of e-cogarettes and heated tobacco products 2018. A report commissioned by Public Health England 2018. McNeill A, Brose LS, Calder R, Bauld L, Robson D, Crown Copyright.

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