NHS hospitals open vaping shops to help patients and visitors stop smoking
Here at PodVapes™ we are excited that SmokeFree NHS is starting to get traction.
Two NHS hospitals in the West Midlands now sell e-cigarettes!
Birmingham City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich are the first hospitals in the UK to sell vaping products.
Vaping products are now for sale to patients, visitors and staff in a bid to deter and eliminate tobacco smoking at the hospital and its grounds.
As reported in the Telegraph, “the move is part of a wider policy to make the sites entirely “smoke-free” with cigarette shelters turned into vaping areas. The ban on smoking is policed by security guards and CCTV cameras, while vaping outside is allowed, as long as it is away from doorways.”
“Public Health England has thrown its weight behind vaping, which it says is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
“Last year it urged hospitals to start selling e-cigarettes and letting patients vape indoors - and even in bed.
“Officials urged hospitals to replace smoking shelters with vaping lounges, and said patients should even be allowed to vape in their beds, if they had single rooms.”
PodVapes™ UK is a strong supporter of SmokeFree NHS, and wholeheartedly supports the government in achieving its targets for a smoke-free UK by 2030.