Hospitals should start selling vaping products – new recommendation from Public Health England
Vape Business Ireland (VBI) has welcomed a new review from Public Health England (PHE) published today which is recommending that health bodies and the NHS in the UK make vaping products available in hospital shops, alongside other nicotine replacement therapies. The review has determined that vaping products could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful cases of quitting smoking per year in the UK. According to Healthy Ireland, smoking rates have only declined by 1% in the last two years. VBI is stressing that the Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Ireland plan will never be reached unless vaping is endorsed by Health Authorities.
VBI Director Michael Kenneally said “Yet again through evidence based research it has been found that vaping is an effective and better alternative to smoking. This research, along with many others published by organisations like Cancer Research UK, Royal College of Physicians and ASH UK, again highlights the lack of action by the HSE. Quit.ie needs to provide information on vaping products to Irish smokers who want to take steps to quit smoking. VBI continue to call on the Department of Health and HSE to provide Irish adults looking for an alternative to smoking with factual and clear information on all nicotine replacement therapies.”
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Notes to the Editor:
- The research shows that smokers who switch completely from smoking to vaping experience substantial health benefits.
- The review also found evidence that despite previous reports, vaping products do not encourage youth smokers and youth smoking rates are actually in decline.The review has found that the use of e-cigarettes along with support from local stop smoking services is the most successful method of quitting smoking.
- The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training provides a briefing document to assist stop smoking services support people who want to use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help them quit smoking , while the HSE still does not provide any information on e-cigarettes or vaping to Irish smokers trying to quit.