Con­sis­tency over e-cig­a­rettes can help smok­ers quit – re­searchers

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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.”

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