UNITED KINGDOM: Vape shops open in NHS hospital sites!

UNITED KINGDOM: Vape shops open in NHS hospital sites!

New proof that the UK is ahead of most of its neighbors in accepting vaping as a risk-reduction tool. Not long ago, two NHS (National Health Service) hospitals in the Midlands opened vape shops to help patients quit smoking!


To put an end to smoking, the UK has understood that it is not enough to smuggle the wallets of smokers! In the Midlands, 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 £ have been introduced for those who are being smoked.

This comes as the government develops plans to eliminate smoking in Britain by 2030. The proposals are also supposed to oblige the tobacco industry to fund stop smoking programs in place of the NHS.

Le Sandwell General Hospital from West Bromwich and the City Hospital Birmingham have both opened vape shops, managed by Ecigwizard. This is part of a broader policy to make sites completely "smoke-free" with cigarette shelters turned into vaping areas.

The smoking ban is controlled by security guards and CCTV cameras, while outside smoking is permitted, provided it is removed from the doors.

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 tolerate 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 made every effort to assert that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. Last year, he urged hospitals to start sell e-cigarettes and let patients vape inside and even in the rooms.

Officials also urged hospitals to replace smoking shelters with vape parlors and said that patients should even be allowed to go to bed if they had 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 the City Hospital, which reinforces the non-smoking status of the Trust. We want to offer vaping as an alternative to smoking to help people reduce their use or quit smoking. »

John Dunne, Director of UK Vaping Industry Association, said: " As the government announces a plan to completely eradicate smoking by 2030, we will need more people, organizations and institutions to take bold, progressive action to tackle tobacco use. , just like those taken by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. »Adding» Prohibitory policies that treat the vape in the same way as smoking simply continue to expose people to tobacco misdeeds and risk missing out on the huge public health gain of vapers ".

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