Nurses To Be Trained To Support Electronic Cigarette Switching
Yorkshire Cancer Research is embedding support for electronic cigarettes within its new initiative for nurse training for the NHS. The aim of the new QUIT programme is to deliver a higher level of understanding to nursing staff, combat the 2000 smoking-related deaths per year in the county, and reduce over 4000 local hospital readmissions.
“The QUIT programme is an incredible initiative which will help us to support patients with tobacco addiction in our hospitals“, said Professor Chris Morley, the chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. “We understand that quitting smoking can be very difficult and so by having the resources and support available for patients whilst in hospital we will provide that initial step to helping our patients live longer and healthier lives.”
The training will be delivered to staff at ten regional NHS Trusts thanks to funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research.
How do we know that Yorkshire Cancer Research supports the use of electronic cigarettes?
Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) produced an outstanding 32-minute film, released on National No Smoking Day, that addressed misconceptions about vaping. It believes that the myths people hold about vaping stand in the way of smokers switching and that addressing them can help prevent deaths.
“Vaping Demystified” video by Yorkshire Cancer Research
Should I watch the film?
Louise Ross, vice chair of The New Nicotine Alliance, commented: “This short film is packed with good information about vaping – please do share it with your networks so we can turn the tide on misinformation about switching from smoking to vaping – it will save lives.”
What does Yorkshire Cancer Research think about e-cigs?
YCR’s Paul Lambert says: “Vaping has been around for more than a decade now and a Public Health England study revealed it is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking. It’s not risk-free but compared to smoking there’s a clear winner. There is a bit of a misunderstanding among smokers about vaping. We want to reinforce the idea of stopping smoking now. There are nicotine patches and other methods, but vaping is a much less harmful way of consuming nicotine.”
So how will YCR’s QUIT programme work?
Support will be given during their stay to all smokers being admitted to hospital over the age of 12.
Patients will then be offered advice, support and treatment for smoking.
Dr Kathryn Scott said: “The QUIT Programme is really, really important for Yorkshire Cancer Research. We know that Yorkshire as a county has higher levels of lung cancer – in fact (smoking) is the leading cause of lung deaths in Yorkshire – we know we have higher levels of smoking here in the country. So, something like The QUIT Programme is really aligned with what the charity is trying to deliver.”
Previously, Dr Scott commented about e-cigs: “We strongly believe there is a duty to the public to produce clear and evidence-based information on vaping products, so people know the facts. Vaping products can and should be used to help people quit for good.”