Pregnant women will receive free vapes
A local London council believes its initiative will help women quit smoking while saving them thousands of pounds
A south London council will provide pregnant women with free e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking and save money, the BBC reported earlier this week, citing local authorities.
Women from low-income households « are much more likely to smoke during pregnancy » and so they need extra support, the Lambeth Council spokesman said.
« We now plan to support the use of e-cigarettes for women who choose this route as their preferred aid to quit smoking, as it is less harmful than smoking, » the official was quoted as saying.
Lambeth Councilor Ben Kind explained that carers of young children will also be eligible for « free vaping products. » In an official letter, seen by the BBC, Kind explains that the measure is not only aimed at « to improve the health of the family » but also to save around £2,000 a year ($2,260) per household that would otherwise be spent on cigarettes.
The cheapest pack of cigarettes in the UK costs around £10 (over $11), with prices rising steadily due to rising tobacco taxes.
“It is estimated that over 3,000 households in Lambeth fall below the poverty line due to smoking and many of these households include children,” King said in a letter.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) claims on its website that vapes are « much less harmful than cigarettes » and there is substantial evidence of their effectiveness in quitting smoking.
However, the NHS admits that « Little research has been conducted on the safety of e-cigarettes and e-liquids during pregnancy. »
“It is not known if steam is harmful to a baby during pregnancy,” he points out, adding that while patches and gummies remain a recommended option for pregnant women, vaping is still « much safer » than continuing to smoke.
According to UK government data, in 2019 nearly seven million people in the UK, or 14.1% of the population, smoked cigarettes. Nearly three million people, or 5.7%, have smoked e-cigarettes.
Earlier this year, research commissioned by the charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that the cost to society of smoking is over £17 billion for England (£19 billion). dollars) each year. For the NHS, smoking costs around $2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) a year, according to the ASH.