A major vaping retailer in the UK is launching a new vape clinic service with a goal of helping to increase numbers of smokers quit. The move comes as VPZ vape shops announced a 165 percent increase in “New to Vaping” kit sales in the first week of re-opening following the relaxation of Lockdown measures.
The uptake and demand for stop smoking services underlines and re-affirms VPZ’s recent calls for vaping stores to be classed as an essential retailer during the Pandemic, according to VPZ director Doug Mutter. “We are investing to help smokers quit and to support the country in its ambition to be a tobacco free nation by 2030.”
Following over a year of having no NHS stop smoking services available, the company has been inundated with smokers looking to quit since reopening its full estate of stores on 26 April, according to Mutter. The retailer has seen a huge demand for New to Vaping (NTV) kits since it reopened its 150+ UK stores, with an unprecedented demand for NTV kits in the first week.
“With access to local stop smoking services and vaping retailers massively reduced during lockdown, thousands of smokers have been left without any services to help them quit,” a press release states. “Since re-opening its stores to bring customers a Covid-secure retail experience, VPZ has faced record demand from smokers looking for expert advice and personalized support to help them make the switch.”
The quit clinic investment and recruitment drive are part of VPZ’s commitment to play its part in helping the UK achieve its ambitions to be a tobacco-free nation by 2030, set out by the Government in 2017. “VPZ is the UK’s leading vaping specialist and we are spearheading the fight against the nation’s number one killer – smoking,” said Mutter. “We are excited to be launching the Vape Clinic concept following strong demand and recognizing the need for an enhanced level of service since reopening our doors. The huge reduction in NHS stop-smoking services, through COVID-19 and local authority cuts have been devastating in the country’s efforts to reduce smoking rates.”