Southampton Healthy Living is E-Cig friendly.

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 https://www.southamptonhealthyliving.org.uk/. 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.’

Southampton Healthy Living is a partnership of Social Care in Action, Solent NHS Trust and Southampton Voluntary Services which are delivering innovative health behaviour change in Southampton.

 

For more information contact:

Andrew Smith, Southampton Healthy Living: 07880781192 or andrew.smith@solent.nhs.uk

Since Southampton Healthy Living was launched in 2017 we have been working hard with Southampton City Council and our other partner organisations across the city to make sure that there are as many options available to support people in Southampton to stop smoking.

 

There are a number of ways to contact Southampton Healthy Living, either via our telephone hub on 0300 123 3791 or via our website on www.southamptonhealthyliving.org.uk. We are also providing a pop up shop in Monty’s Community Hub in Sholing on Fridays between 10am-2.30pm until 6 April 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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