VApril 2019 – How It Can Help You Quit Smoking

This April sees the return of the successful stop smoking initiative – VApril, the world’s largest vaping awareness and education campaign spread across the month. Now in its second year, the initiative aims to encourage smokers to try the ‘Switch On To Vaping’ plan, a project designed to help smokers quit, created by the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance).

The plan is coordinated by present vapers who have successfully given up smoking cigarettes, aiding smokers on their own journey towards quitting so that they can make the successful switch. We take a look at the history of the movement and what the initiative means for the vaping industry as a whole.

Beginnings

VApril is only in its second year and the initiative aims to shed light on the benefits and harm reduction of swapping the cigarettes for a vape kit. Last year, the UKVIA (UK Vaping Industry Association) met with MPs and members of the House of Lords to kick off the campaign, announcing vaping masterclasses during April as well as free guides to help people make the switch.

This year, the NNA have devised a simple four-step plan, appropriately titled ‘Switch On To Vaping’, outlining the essential information and guidance to using a vape device, from picking the right kit for you to establishing a sustainable routine. You can find the handy guide in its entirety here.

Why Vapril?

According to PHE (Public Health England), there are 7 million smokers in the UK, of which 40% have never tried vaping. This is how VApril came to fruition, the UKVIA saw space for a project that really gets under the skin of smoking and exposes the facts behind the most preventable cause of death worldwide.

Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking, again according to PHE, and doubles the chance of successfully quitting smoking altogether. In accordance with the obvious health benefits, on average a vaper spends half as much of their own money as a smoker every month. As well as this, every individual who quits also saves the NHS a reported £74,000 a year, a staggering statistic which would ultimately lift a huge burden off of our health service as well as boosting the British economy at a time of political and social unrest.

Speak Up For Vaping

This year, VApril is asking for people to share their stories through the hashtag #SpeakUpVaping, encouraging those who have made the switch or in the process of, to video themselves answering three simple questions:

  • What inspired you to switch to vaping?
  • How has switching to vaping improved your life?
  • What advice would you give to a smoker looking to switch?

This will hopefully give a human element to those who are thinking of giving up smoking, whilst providing some much-needed insight into people’s experiences of swapping smoking for vaping.

For more information on the initiative, please do not hesitate to contact us regarding making the switch or any other vaping related queries.

British Government Advises On Vaping In Public And The Workplace

public-health-england-vaping-workplace-ukOn the 6th July, Public Health England (PHE) released a 15 page document entitled “Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces“, to help and assist companies and organisations regulate ecigarettes and vaping on their premises and public places. A branch of the British Government’s Department of Health, PHE aims to clearly make the distinction between vaping and smoking tobacco, and to plainly separate the two, as the black-and-white approach the government has taken up until now of lumbering ecigarettes with tobacco has failed to support those trying to quit and remain tobacco free.

Public Health England have drawn up a five-point guideline to help assist in the creation of vaping policy in the workplace, that address each situation:

  • Make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking.

  • Ensure policies are informed by the evidence on health risks to bystanders.

  • Identify and manage risks of uptake by children and young people.

  • Support smokers to stop smoking and stay smokefree.

  • Support compliance with smoke-free law and policies.

In the press release, Professor Kevin Fenton, the National Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE, is firm on the belief that it’s necessary for appropriate policies in public places and workplaces, and that Public Health England’s work on the issue will help organisations to use evidence, instead of guesswork, to create e-cigarettes policies that will support ex-smokers, and to assist them in quitting and staying smokefree, while at the same time managing any risks specific to their setting.

We believe that vaping should not be treated the same as smoking. E-cigarette use does not meet the legal or clinical definitions of smoking and while there is conclusive evidence that secondhand smoke is harmful to health, there is currently no evidence of harm from secondhand e-cigarette vapour and any risks are likely to be extremely low.

– Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England

Part of the issue also comes with education and information, as “Smokers increasingly believe vaping is as dangerous as smoking, and this mistaken belief may be discouraging some smokers from switching.” It’s very important to advise businesses, companies, and organisations about the negative impact that categorising both vaping and smoking as the same thing have.