Public Health Northamptonshire is implementing a series of innovative changes to its Stop Smoking Service, to help reach the government target of a smoke-free generation by 2030. From February 2020, smokers in Northamptonshire have the option to choose a free e-cigarette starter kit and a supply of e-liquid when they take part in the 12-week stop smoking programme.

Despite significant reductions in the amount of people smoking in Northamptonshire over the last 20 years, there are still more than 87,000 smokers in the county. Smokers can expect to die 10 years earlier than non-smokers, and for every one smoker that dies, 30 live with a serious smoking-related illness, placing an increased strain on our
health and social care system.

It is for these reasons that tobacco control remains high on the agenda for Public Health Northamptonshire. The service is embracing vaping as a way to significantly reduce the harm caused by cigarettes. Public Health England states that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, while vaping has been found to be almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers to quit.

Stop Smoking advisors are already working across the county to provide expert behavioural support and advice to any Northamptonshire smokers looking to kick the habit, but now those who choose to use an e-cigarette will be given a Totally Wicked ‘Skope S’ starter kit and up to 16 bottles of e-liquid, in various strengths and flavours.

Over the next 12 months the service will also be running a series of workplace interventions, providing e-cigarettes and voucher incentives to those looking to stop smoking. This work, funded by the East Midlands Cancer Alliance, gives routine and manual workplaces the opportunity to significantly improve the health and wellbeing of their employees at absolutely no cost.

In conclusion, the service recommends that if you don’t smoke, don’t start vaping. If you do smoke, make the switch as soon as possible.

If you are a Northamptonshire resident that would like to stop smoking email smokefree@northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 0300 126 5700.