Smokers urged to swap cigarettes for vapes in world first scheme

25 May, 2023

Swap cigarettes for vapes - one million smokers in England encouraged by Department of Health and Social Care to swap cigarettes for vapes to help cut smoking rates.

A new press release from April 2023 announces the new ‘swap to stop’ scheme which will encourage one million smokers in England to swap cigarettes for electronic cigarettes (vapes) to help cut smoking rates.

Under the new scheme which local authorities will be invited to take part in, almost 1 in 5 of all smokers in England will be provided with a vape starter kit alongside behavioural support to help them quit smoking.

Pregnant women will also be offered financial incentives to help them quit, including vouchers alongside behavioural support to all pregnant women who smoke by the end of next year.

As well as this, working with enforcement agencies, £3 million of new funding will help to create a ‘illicit vapes enforcement squad’, to help crackdown on the sale of illicit vapes, as part of measures to stop children and non-smokers taking up the habit.

All of these measures are part of a series of actions to help the government meet its ambition of being smoke-free by 2030 – reducing smoking rates to 5% or less.

Read the full press release at the website.

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