Cramlington and Blyth council tenants offered free vape starter kits and support to quit smoking
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Free vape starter kits have been offered to council tenants in the two towns as part of a government-funded project to help people kick the costly and dangerous habit.
Eligible people have been invited to sign up for a six week support programme and been offered a choice of vape products, strengths, and flavours.
Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for public health, said: “Smoking is an addiction that becomes a real challenge to quit, often taking several attempts.
“Research shows that vaping is an effective way of quitting smoking for good.
“Although vaping is not risk free, it is a fraction of the risk of smoking and is proven to be a popular and effective way to help smokers end their habit.”
The pilot scheme will be evaluated in order to benefit future campaigns.