Quit4Life have launched a brand new scheme to help support those in the county who want to give up smoking. Quit4Life are offering a revolutionary support service to help smokers who are interested in vaping as a means to give up cigarettes, by helping them to access e-cigarettes effectively.
By supporting vaping as a means to quitting tobacco, Quit4Life are offering an innovative new voucher scheme in Hampshire, for those who choose to give up tobacco through switching to vaping. Smokers who receive support from Quit4Life can exchange their £25 voucher for a Vaping Starter Kit, when they are ready to give up cigarettes.
Julia Robson, Clinical Service Manager of Quit4Life said: “Quit4Life are excited to be supporting Public Health England in their message to embrace quitting smoking through the use of electronic cigarettes. As shown in the Smokefree & Stoptober messages, e-cigarettes can be extremely effective as a means to giving up smoking, especially when combined with additional support from a stop smoking service, when you can increase your chances of a successful quit by up to 60%. This cost-effective and popular way to switch from smoking cigarettes has already helped many smokers in Hampshire to quit tobacco. Quit4Life aim to support as many people as possible who would like to improve both their health and wealth by quitting smoking, either with a vape or more traditional medication.”
Quit4Life help those who live and work in Hampshire who want to give up smoking cigarettes, and were one of the first stop smoking services in the UK to be ‘vaping and e-cigarette friendly’.
Following a successful pilot scheme in Basingstoke, Vicky**, an ex-smoker, took advantage of Quit4Life’s vaping Starter Kit voucher scheme in order to help her give up tobacco: “I found out about the pilot scheme through my local NHS Quit4Life group. I still attended weekly support sessions with Quit4Life, and I used patches as well for the first few weeks. But then I was able to just use the vape. Now I’m less out of breath and my bank account is healthier. I only pay £3 for a vape liquid, which lasts me about 2 weeks, compared to almost £8 for a packet of cigarettes – that would only have lasted about a day!”
The current advice by health experts is that, although not completely risk-free, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes carries a fraction of the harm of smoking tobacco. Recent studies have shown that vaping reduces the risk of harm to both the smoker and those around them. E-cigarettes have far fewer harmful substances that are present in cigarettes: such as tar and carbon monoxide.
By giving smokers a greater choice in how they quit, and supporting new innovations and evidence-based methods of giving up smoking, Quit4Life have managed to help over 60,600 people to give up smoking since the service started 10 years ago. As part of their commitment to helping those who want to quit cigarettes to improve their own health, as well as that of those around them, Quit4Life provides tailored specialist support through more traditional smoking cessation medications as well as vaping and e-cigarette support – through Smokefree January and beyond.
Smoking tobacco is still the biggest cause of premature death in England and each year it accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK. For free NHS support to give up smoking, contact Quit4Life on 01252 335120, or visit www.quit4life.nhs.uk/vaping.
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Facts & statistics:
- The cost to the NHS of providing a vaping Starter Kit voucher is £25. This is less than the cost of supplying traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy for 2 weeks, and significantly less than the cost of a course of Champix (a prescription stop smoking drug)
- The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes (vapes) are around 95% less harmful than smoking
- Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking
- There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers
- Nicotine is relatively harmless to the body. Nicotine keeps you smoking; the cause of death from smoking comes from the tar and the carbon monoxide found in tobacco smoke.
- You can use a zero nicotine e-cigarette.
- Over 8 million people in England smoke tobacco. While smoking rates have declined over past decades, the rate of decline has slowed in recent years
- Most smokers have tried to quit and failed before. Although there are almost 5 million attempts to quit each year in England, only around 7% of quitters succeed in stopping for one year
- You are 4 times more likely to quit smoking with Quit4Life than if you try alone
- Smoking cigarettes is the biggest cause of premature death in England and each year it accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease
- According to new research by the UK Health Forum, and commissioned by Cancer Research UK, cutting smoking rates could provide the NHS with an extra £67million a year
- The researchers predict this target could help avoid almost 100,000 new instances of smoking-related diseases – including 35,900 cancers over the next two decades