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UNITED KINGDOM: Vape shops open in NHS hospital sites!

UNITED KINGDOM: Vape shops open in NHS hospital sites!

Further proof that the UK is ahead of most of its neighbors when it comes to accepting vaping as a risk reduction tool. Recently, two NHS (National Health Service) hospitals in the Midlands opened vape shops in an effort to help patients quit smoking!


To put an end to smoking, the United Kingdom has understood that it is not enough to hit smokers' wallets! In the Midlands region, two NHS hospitals now offer e-cigarettes in vape shops. Shops have started selling e-cigarettes to patients and visitors while at the same time fines of £ 50 were introduced for those caught smoking.

This comes as the government draws up plans to eliminate smoking in Britain by 2030. The proposals are also supposed to force the tobacco industry to fund smoking cessation assistance programs. NHS place.

Le Sandwell General Hospital from West Bromwich and the City Hospital Birmingham have both opened vape shops, managed by Ecigwizard. This approach is part of a broader policy aimed at making sites completely “smoke-free” with cigarette shelters transformed into vaping areas.

The smoking ban is monitored by security guards and CCTV cameras, while vaping outdoors is allowed, as long as it is away from the gates.

Le Dr. David Carruthers, Medical Director of Trust, said: " The Board of Directors and our clinical leaders are united in the idea that smoking kills. Given this simple truth, we can no longer stand smoking on our sites, even in shelters or cars. Every alternative is available and we ask visitors and patients to work with us to implement these changes. Quitting smoking saves you money and improves your health. The end of passive smoking on our sites is a public health necessity.  »


For years now the Public Health England (PHE) has gone out of its way to assert that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. Last year, he urged hospitals to start sell e-cigarettes and let patients vape indoors and even in rooms.

Officials also urged hospitals to replace smoking shelters with vaping parlors and said patients should even be allowed to vape in their beds if they have a single room.

Joe Lucas, responsible for retail sales at Ecigwizard, said: " We are extremely pleased to announce the opening of our two stores in Sandwell and City Hospital, further strengthening the Trust's non-smoking status. We want to offer vaping as an alternative to smoking to help people reduce their consumption or quit smoking. »

John Dunne, Director of UK Vaping Industry Association, said: " As the government must announce a plan to completely eliminate smoking by 2030, we will need more people, organizations and institutions to take progressive and bold action to fight tobacco use. , just like those taken by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. "Adding" Prohibitive policies that treat vaping the same as smoking simply continue to expose people to harm from tobacco and risk missing out on the huge public health gain that vapers represent. " page (in French).

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