Consistency over e-cigarettes can help smokers quit – researchers
E-CIGARETTES should be used more actively to help smokers quit, a study in the West has suggested.
Researchers believe the greater use of e-cigarettes has the potential to make a considerable impact in helping people give up smoking.
England has led the way internationally by proposing that stopsmoking services become ‘e-cigarette friendly’, but many services fail to advertise this, so smokers may miss out on support.
Some actively incorporated e-cigarettes, working with local vape shops and, in the case of one service, offering e-cigarettes through a voucher scheme to disadvantaged groups. But some staff were worried about using e-cigarettes because they felt they were addictive and not licensed.
These concerns among people working in public health services and local councils were preventing the widespread establishment of stop-smoking services that support vapers.
Academics at Exeter and Melbourne universities interviewed staff from eight stop-smoking services in the South West.
Dr Hannah Farrimond, from the University of Exeter, said: “There are real opportunities for stopsmoking services to use e-cigarettes more actively… but for this to happen policies around the country need to be consistent.”