Two in five smokers given vape kits on NHS have quit, experts say

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In trials, two in five failed quitters who used vouchers for free e-cigarette equipment as well as advice were tobacco-free within a month.

Prof Caitlin Notley, from University of East Anglia, led the Great Yarmouth pilot involving 668 patients, of which half used their tokens. She said: “It enabled 42 percent of entrenched smokers who redeemed a voucher to have successfully quit smoking at four weeks. This is especially important because it helped those who have tried and failed to quit smoking many times to move away from tobacco.”

Prof Notley also said the scheme was “well received” and recognised “that other forms of smoking cessation support do not work for everyone”.

Her team told Nicotine and Tobacco Research they hope vapes – delivering nicotine without carbon monoxide or tar – could be widely prescribed.

The NHS says they are not risk-free but better than cigarettes. Previous studies found 27.2 percent used vaping to quit, against 18.2 percent trying patches and gum.

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