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Vape shops may help smokers quit

A recent study carried out by the University of East Anglia, in conjunction with the university’s medical school, based in Norwich, has suggested that with the evidence of the increasing number of vape shops, these could provide and help reduce the number of smokers. In the study, it was found that vape shops can provide effective behavioural support to help smokers quit.

It has also been revealed that officials at Public Health England (PHE) urged smokers to try e-cigarettes to help them quit and they went on to suggest that hospitals should sell the devices and that it hoped that they would soon be available as prescription items on the NHS.

Publication in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health revealed that researchers worked in six vape shops in a number of different locations, to observe and note the interactions that took place between staff and customers. Commenting, lead researcher Dr Emma Ward, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School was reported as saying: “At present there are no e-cigarettes licensed for medicinal use and vape shops are often the ‘frontline’ for cessation support! We found that vape shops provided effective behavioural support to help quitters stay smoke free.” She went on to say: “Shop assistants were really keen to understand customers’ smoking preferences and give tailored advice about the most appropriate products, and they were an ongoing point of contact for practical help.”

This sounds excellent news for those people who want to quit normal smoking, as it is estimated that currently there are 2.9 million vapers in Britain, with around 2,000 vape shops; PHE lead Martin Dockrell is enthusiastic suggesting that vape shops can provide valuable expertise and product knowledge for smokers who are anxious to quit.

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