Three big news stories to kick-off this week in vaping

Ecigwizard announce new store locations in NHS hospitals

Retail chain Ecigwizard has announced the opening of new stores in Sandwell General Hospital and Birmingham City Hospital.

In a Facebook post which has been shared 193 times at the time of writing, the company stated:

“Vapers! If there was any doubt in your mind about vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking, may we have the absolute pleasure to announce that we have just opened 2 stores inside 2 amazing NHS Hospitals in Birmingham.”

More: Facebook

Effectiveness of e-cigarettes compared to nicotine replacement therapy in new study

Elsevier has published new a new study titled “Effects of e-cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy on short-term smoking abstinence when delivered at a community pharmacy”.

The study found that 62.2% of smokers who chose e-cigarettes reported complete abstinence from smoking after 4-6 weeks, compared with 34.8% of those who chose to use nicotine replacement therapy alone.

The abstract of the study goes on to say:

“An EC intervention was significantly more effective for smoking cessation than NRT in this community pharmacy.”

More: Science Direct

E-Cigarette Market is Expected to Reach $6.5 Billion by 2024

The UK e-cigarette market is projected to reach a staggering $6.5B total value by 2024, according to a Prescient & Strategic Intelligence report

The report cites advancement of available products, health concerns around smoking and declining number of smokers as key drivers for growth.

More: GlobeNewswire