LONDON: Up to one million smokers will be given “vapes,” including pregnant women, to help them quit smoking, the British government said on Tuesday.
The vape — e-cigarette — will help quit smoking, the Department of Health (DoH) said, as the government targets to reduce the number of smokers to 5 percent or less of the population from 13 percent now.
“We will offer a million smokers new help to quit. We will be funding a new national ‘swap to stop’ scheme – the first of its kind in the world,” said Health Minister Neil O’Brien said in a speech later on Tuesday.
According to report, the government spent 68 million pounds ($84.52 million) in 2021-22 on local authority measures to get people to stop smoking.
However, many medical expert did not agree with the givernment initiative, saying that vapes could be also very harmful for health and can have bad side effects.