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VPZ vape clinic service will help Inverness and Nairn smokers ditch the cigarettes for good

By Calum MacLeod

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VPZ director Doug Mutter.
VPZ director Doug Mutter.

Highlanders needing a bit of help to stop smoking can now get some one-to-one support from VPZ, the UK’s largest vaping retailer.

The Scottish-based business is launching a vape clinic service for "Stoptober" at its 150 UK stores, including its Inverness and Nairn branches.

After the successful trial of a pilot vape clinic at VPZ’s flagship Newbridge store in Edinburgh in July, the service has now been rolled out across the VPZ retail estate to offer local smokers a dedicated, one-to-one consultation with VPZ’s vaping specialists..

With around 78,000 people in the UK dying from smoking year on year, and with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses, the vape clinic has been introduced to support the nation’s smokers quit for good.

VPZ director Doug Mutter said: “As the UK’s leading vaping specialist, we are spearheading the fight against the nation’s number one killer – smoking.

“We are proud to be launching our Vape Clinic service in Inverness this Stoptober to give smokers the support they need to quit and help the country regain its momentum toward becoming a smoke free nation by 2030.

“Smoking statistics are continuing to rise as the Pandemic has triggered an increase in smoking rates and the public health problem has been compounded by funding cuts for NHS stop smoking services and local support groups.”

Researchers at King’s College London found vaping to be a more effective treatment than nicotine replacement therapy for stopping smoking.

VPZ is launching vape clinics across the UK during Stoptober.
VPZ is launching vape clinics across the UK during Stoptober.

A further report from the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group backs vaping as an effective treatment for tobacco dependency and recommends that it should be included and encouraged in all treatment pathways. The report also found that the long-term impact of vaping is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

Mr Mutter added: “Our new vape clinic concept is an investment to fill the void left by the loss of local NHS stop smoking services. We are so confident in the success of our new service that we are offering our customers a money-back guarantee if they are unable to make the switch entirely.”

To date, Edinburgh-based VPZ has already helped over 700,000 smokers in the UK quit since it was established in 2012.

“Vaping is the most effective way to quit smoking, we know the reason that smokers try and fail with vaping is down to the wrong initial advice and having the wrong device, liquid, and nicotine strength to begin with," Mr Mutter continued.

"Our approach is different and is proven to help quit smoking time and time again - we specialise in listening to each individual customer’s needs, educating them, providing knowledge, support and advice and understanding that each customer is unique and needs a tailored approach to successfully quit.

“Each of our specialists are trained and have expert knowledge, they work to the individual needs of the customer and many of our specialists are former smokers who have quit through vaping, so understand the ups and downs of the journey.

“Through the introduction of the VPZ Vape Clinic, we are responding further to the needs of our customers and helping more smokers in the UK quit for good.”

VPZ Vape Clinic is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm to all customers who book a free, 30 minute vape clinic appointment via: https://vpz.co.uk/pages/vape-clinic-booking.

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