40 days until our Trust is smokefree - information on vaping

We are rapidly closing in on our smokefree target date of 2nd October. Click here to find out what our policy on vaping will be once we are a smokefree Trust.

We are getting ever closer to becoming a smokefree NHS Trust. As our smokefree target date of 2nd October looms, below is some handy information about vaping, a substitute to cigarettes that is becoming more and more popular around the world:

What is vaping? - “Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the water vapour produced by an electric device called vaporiser (or e-cigarette).”


Did you know that vaping is around 95% less harmful than smoking? An expert independent evidence review published in August 2015 by Public Health England (PHE) concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.

Another study which took place earlier this year by a number of institutions, including University College London and Cancer Research UK, demonstrated that there were significantly lower levels of cancer causing chemicals found in samples from former smokers using e-cigarettes only or NRT only, compared with current smokers. Their levels were lower than both those who smoked cigarettes only, or smokers using either e-cigarette or NRT alongside cigarettes.

As you will hopefully be aware, after our smokefree date of 2 October no one will be allowed to smoke tobacco products on any of our premises.

Below is some information on where you will and won't be able to vape with us:


  • When we talk about vaping, we are referring to disposable e-lites (resemble fake cigarettes) and rechargeable devices, including the tank type.
  • If you are visiting our community settings, you can vape on the grounds but not in the building.
  • If you are staying in one of our wards, you will be able to vape in the grounds of that particular building.
  • E-lites are available in our hospitals as part of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). If you are a smoker you will receive NRT within 30 minutes of arriving on one of our wards.


Vaping testimonial from a Trust staff member

Below is a testimonial from one of our staff members, who explained how choosing vaping over smoking tobacco has had a positive impact on her life:

“I smoked for about 32 years and at my worst smoked 20 cigarettes a day. I was absolutely useless at trying to give up, though I tried many, many times. About 4 years ago I tried the original e-cigarettes and they didn’t really help alleviate my addiction. Over time the products developed to the ones that are in wide circulation now and I have not smoked for nearly 3 years. I originally used a liquid with 24 mg of nicotine which I have now reduced to 3 mg, so I have continued to reduced my reliance on nicotine. I have never looked back and I would never buy cigarettes – even if I couldn’t vape. My spending has reduced from about £35 a week to £6 per week. I feel better too.

There is a natural fear of the vapour that is released from an e-cigarette as it looks like smoke. Most e-cigaretttes contain nicotine in a solution of either propylene glycol or glycerine and water. There are 499 ingredients in a cigarette including tar and carbon monoxide.

So for the benefits to yourself and those around you think about trying vaping instead.”