Printed: 6:00 AM January 20, 2022
For people who smoke, kicking the behavior used to imply patches, gum or simply going chilly turkey.
However Norfolk’s people who smoke have been supplied an more and more well-liked solution to stop – e-cigarettes and vaping.
Prior to now 12 months, Norfolk County Council – working with Smokefree Norfolk and a vape firm – have given out 742 vouchers for e-cigarettes and gear price £20 to folks seeking to stop smoking, as a part of a county-wide technique.
The voucher allows grownup people who smoke to acquire a vape starter package which features a vape system and juice.
Smokefree Norfolk’s quit smoking advisors will then help them by their stop programme.
Smokefree Norfolk operations supervisor James Wade stated: “Public Well being England estimate e-cigarettes to be 95pc much less dangerous to well being than tobacco cigarettes.
“If an grownup who smokes makes the swap to an e-cigarette, they’ll enhance the standard of their life long-term.”
Round 5,000 folks normally stop smoking every year in Norfolk, in accordance with Dr Louise Smith, the county’s director of public well being.
However that quantity got here down to three,840 final 12 months, a drop she places all the way down to the pandemic.
“One in two individuals who smoke die of a illness brought on by their smoking,” she stated.
“Once we attempt to assist somebody stop smoking, we are able to work with somebody to see whether or not they wish to stop fully or minimize down.
“Speaking to folks at common intervals might assist them establish issues that may assist them stop.
“Prescribing a alternative for nicotine may be useful, comparable to patches, gum and medicines.
“Just lately we have been trialling vaping.”
Dr Louise Smith, director of public well being for Norfolk – Credit score: Norfolk County Council
She added: “The most suitable choice can be to stop fully however that is very tough for many individuals as a result of cigarettes are so addictive.
“There are lots of of chemical compounds and poisons in cigarettes and the overwhelming majority of these chemical compounds and poisons aren’t in vapes.
“The proof could be very robust that you’ll do your self far much less harm vaping than smoking.”
Dr Smith stated there are nonetheless some areas in Norfolk the place smoking charges are a lot larger than the nationwide common.
In 2019, the common variety of people who smoke in England was 13.9pc.
Dr Smith stated: “A sample seen throughout the nation is that decrease earnings areas have extra people who smoke in them.
“Nevertheless, something we are able to do to scale back the variety of people who smoke remains to be useful.
“You’ll be able to stop, however you could have to strive numerous occasions.
“However it’s doable and I might encourage folks to strive.”
Since 2007, it has been unlawful to smoke in any enclosed office, public constructing or on public transport within the UK.
Nevertheless, vaping just isn’t included within the smoking ban legislation – as an alternative, it’s as much as enterprise house owners whether or not they’ll enable vapers to have a drag inside their premises.
John Hewitt, proprietor of Fish’o’licious on Regent Street stated they don’t enable vaping inside their restaurant.
Mr Hewitt stated: “To be trustworthy, it would not actually occur.
“We’ve exterior tables, so folks simply smoke and vape there.
“We attempt to steadiness it – if folks wish to vape, they’ll exterior. Inside, with meals and non-vapers, it is probably not appropriate.”
James Bensly, proprietor of Hemsby’s Seashore Cafe, stated: “I have been fortunate as most vapers appear to go exterior with people who smoke and do it there.
“It appears the social ingredient of smoking means they go exterior.
“If it did occur, I might ask them to go away.”
Neil Cozens, 51 and from Gorleston, efficiently stop smoking by switching to e-cigarettes in 2014.
“I used to be a smoker for 25 years,” Mr Cozens stated.
“I attempted to stop chilly turkey a number of occasions, however one of the best I might do was half a day.”
Neil Cozens was in a position to stop smoking after 25 years with the assistance of vaping. – Credit score: Equipped
Mr Cozens tried vaping and was in a position to swap from cigarettes in a month.
“The hallelujah second was after I realised it was the nicotine I used to be hooked on,” Mr Cozens stated.
“I’ve now been a vaper for eight years and I’ve by no means been tempted to smoke.
“I am too pleased with my vape.”
To be thought-about for the vaping voucher scheme, people who smoke may be referred by their GP or ought to full a referral kind out there on the Smokefree web site: https://www.smokefreenorfolk.nhs.uk/contact-us/ or by calling 0800 0854 113.