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Hull Health Chiefs Back E-cig Game Changing Technology


The City of Hull has the highest rate of smokers in England, and as a city, is finding e-cigarettes to be a game changer. 

The Hull Daily Mail newspaper has dedicated an entire page to the support that the Hull public health team are putting behind e-cigarettes, writing, “Tim Fielding, city manager for health and wellbeing, said Hull City Councils public health department shared Public Health Englands conclusion that e-cigarettes were significantly less harmful than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit.” 

Mr Fielding went on to say, “While we dont know everything and there is potentially some very small harm, they are absolutely better and less harmful than smoking and, therefore, should be supported. 

Our position is still that stopping smoking completely through recognized routes is the best thing in terms of harm. 

But we need to take a more common-sense approach to be able to acknowledge this is something that is happening and in no way put our heads in the sand and deny it. 

Hull has recently been reviewing its finances with smoking cessation services coming under scrutiny. The Hull Daily Mail state the city has spent £993,000 on smoking cessation services, which includes NRT and enforcement to prevent underage sales of tobacco.  However, Hull Councillor Linda Chambers asked if the council had changed providers for its smoking cessation work because it had not really performed that well.

The newspaper concludes with a quote from Mr Fielding, who said, We know that by far and away the greatest chance you have of stopping smoking is if you access stop smoking services, but the vast majority do it by not accessing services.

27th November 2015, 14:22