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Training to help smokers switch to quit

Nicotine vaping is one of the most effective tools for quitting smoking – and smokers are twice as likely to quit smoking if they use a vape compared with other nicotine replacement products, like patches and gum.

The routines and rituals of smoking can be hard to stop, so vaping can help smokers gradually let go of these while immediately reducing the health risks of smoking cigarettes.

Some people find vaping helps them because the hand-to-mouth action is like smoking, plus you get similar sensations, like throat hit (the “kick” in the back of your throat when you inhale).

Any smoking is harmful and users will only get the full benefits of vaping if they stop smoking completely. Some people manage to make a full switch very quickly, while for others it can take a bit longer.

A vape bar, pod device or vape pen are good choices to help quit – they are discreet, make small clouds and can give high amounts of nicotine. Starter kits come with a range of flavours.

It’s important to choose an e-liquid with the right strength of nicotine to satisfy individual needs. Users need to start at a nicotine level that matches their cigarette use – how frequently and how much they smoke.

Vaping is particularly effective for quitting if smokers get expert help from their local Stop Smoking Service.

They can give advice about the right device and nicotine strength, how to use a vape, plus extra support to help stop smoking. Some services also offer free vaping starter kits.

There is free training available online from the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT), for any health and care professional wishing to learn about giving effective very brief stop smoking advice to adult smokers. 

Take a look at the NCSCT very brief advice training module (

See the full list of free online modules available from the NCSCT, including Vaping: a guide for healthcare professionals

Find out more about supporting clients who want to stop vaping (




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