Swap to Stop is a national scheme to help smokers quit smoking by providing free nicotine vapes through local stop smoking services1.

Scientific research from the UK and across the globe concludes that vaping is around 95% safer than smoking tobacco for adult smokers2 and is proven to help smokers to quit smoking when used with support from a stop smoking advisor3.

How does it work?

When you come to our clinic, the advisor can order your vape which will be delivered to you within 3 days. 

The initial vape kit comes with a detailed instructional leaflet, replacement coils (for 8 weeks and beyond), and 6 x bottles of liquids (which should see an average user through 4 weeks). A further 6 bottles are delivered 4 weeks later.

Your advisor will keep in contact with you during this time and provide support and guidance on how to quit successfully with the vape.

Which vape will I get?

We provide the Innokin t-18x from Vape Dinner Lady. It is a refillable device that is easy to use, strong, reliable, and has a long-lasting battery.

You can select the vape liquid with your advisor, so you get the right strength and flavour.

Can I use other treatments with the vape?

Yes, we can also provide nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches and gum, alongside the vape to increase your chances of quitting successfully (see https://www.smokefreelewisham.co.uk/tips-and-advice/available-treatments/) but we are not currently providing prescription medications (Champix/Zyban) with the vape.

Aren’t vapes dangerous?

Vaping is 95% safer than smoking so it is better to vape than to smoke1. As they are not 100% safe, it is not recommended that people vape who are not smokers. Once you have stopped smoking, you can then decide if you want to phase out vaping as well, which your advisor can support you with.

Popcorn Lung has been cited as a risk of vaping, but there is no evidence to suggest that the two are linked. Cancer Research UK discusses this here – https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/does-vaping-cause-popcorn-lung.