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Quitting Survey Needs You

A survey being conducted by public health departments in Herefordshire and Worcestershire looks at quitting but has an odd attitude towards vaping

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A new survey has been launched to look at what it’s like to quit smoking. It is being conducted by the public health departments in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It says the aim is to help more people quit smoking, but vapers face a set of questions about quitting vaping instead.

The “What’s it like giving up smoking?” was published on Tuesday, 3rd May 2022. Officials say they are asking smokers, ex-smokers, and vapers about quitting smoking.

The aim of the research is to help us understand what support, people who want to stop smoking, might need,” they write.

Local research company DataOrchard is leading the research with the aim of understanding more about the attitudes and behaviours of smokers and vapers to find out what makes the difference in helping people reach their goals. DataOrchard will also be running some focus groups at various locations around the two counties and is inviting people to come forward.”

The online survey is relatively brief and is open for submissions until Friday 3rd June. You do not need to enter your personal details, but you can opt to if you would like to be considered for a £50 shop voucher prize.

In addition, vapers can volunteer to take part in a focus group. You can join the focus group by sending an email to Madeleine Spinks on [email protected] or phoning 01432 800523. Focus group volunteers will receive a £15 voucher.

Councillor Karen May, cabinet member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing said: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. It not only improves your physical health but also is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Quitting can improve mood, and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

"This survey will help us make sure the right support is available to help people achieve their stop smoking goals.  If you're able to take part in either the survey or a focus group, we'd love to hear your views."

The research will be used as part of a new Smoking Needs Assessment, used by Public Health to help commission services and interventions for community smoking and tobacco stopping smoking.

The questions about vaping are:

  1. How would you describe yourself? Smoker, vaper, ex-smoker, ex-vaper, non-smoker
  2. What age did you start vaping?
  3. What motivated you to vape (multiple choice)
  4. Would you like to try to quit vaping?
  5. What would help you give up vaping?
  6. What is stopping you giving up vaping?
  7. Any other comments about vaping


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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