The NCSCT was established to support the delivery of smoking cessation services, and to support the NHS and Local Authorities to deliver effective evidence-based tobacco control programmes. It has produced training and assessment programmes for stop smoking practitioners and other health care professionals.
The body has recently reconfirmed its commitment to harm reduction and vaping, by saying: “The NCSCT is keen to reinforce the distinction between smoking and vaping and wanted to provide resources for organisations who recognise the personal and public health benefits of smokers switching to vaping.”
Louise Ross, shining light of the tobacco-harm reduction community and former manager of the Leicester Stop Smoking Service, welcomed the statement. Despite retiring, Louise is still fighting the corner for electronic cigarettes and has become a trustee of the New Nicotine Alliance.
She responded: “Spread this around. Wouldn’t it be great to see this in bars? And before people start getting cross, I’m not talking about big clouds, just the freedom to vape peacefully and discreetly.”
The NCSCT provides many resources for employers to use in training sessions or for advertising purposes.
It stocks a range of ‘Vaping Allowed’ stickers, DVDs on helping people to stop smoking, a clear briefing detailing the facts about vaping, as well as things directed at health specialist like midwives and mental health specialists.
Vapers might want to consider encouraging their employer or local haunts to support smokers in switching away from smoking – or, if you are an employer, you may wish to access the NCSCT’s resources to help your team to understand the benefits of reducing harm: http://www.ncsct.co.uk
Also, the NCSCT wants to involve the nation’s network of vape shops into a resource that can provide better and more consistent information to members of the public. Its guide details how vape shops can support stop smoking services, and how reputable ones can partner with those services.