The North East North Cumbria’s approach to vaping and a respiratory clinician’s perspective

Time: 14:15 - 14:30

Date: Thursday 16th November 2023

Rachel McIlvenna will present an overview of the North East North Cumbria approach to vaping within the NHS context, the key enablers and how a recent pilot of smoking cessation with NHS staff led to 75% uptake of vapes in the first year.

Dr Ruth Sharrock will present her insight as a respiratory clinician in the North East North Cumbria and provide case study examples of patients and staff with serious clinical conditions where vaping presents the most accessible and tangible tool for use to stop smoking. She will also highlight how navigating personal and professional opinions is crucial and the i role that the evidence base plays.


  • Rachel McIlvenna Smokefree NHS Strategic Manager - North East and North Cumbria ICB
  • Dr Ruth Sharrock Clinical Lead for Tobacco Dependency for the North East & North Cumbria ICS - Respiratory Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead

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