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Vaping chain VPZ opens five new stores since easing of restrictions



Edinburgh based vaping chain VPZ, has announced that it has opened five new stores since the relaxation of lockdown restrictions at the end of April.

The new sites are located in Helensburgh, Port Glasgow, Castlemilk, Glenrothes and Farnborough in Bromley and bring its total footprint to 159 stores and will create around 15 new jobs in communities across the country.

In the weeks since re-opening the vaping chain has delivered a 165% increase in “new to vaping” kit sales.

The company claims the demand has been driven from smokers having no access to NHS stop smoking services and vaping retailers being closed due to not being classed as essential during lockdown.

A new report from 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% less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

VPZ has already helped more than 700,000 smokers in the UK quit since it was established in 2012.

Doug Mutter, director at VPZ said: “We are spearheading the fight against the nation’s number one killer – smoking.

“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.

“This latest investment in our offering and expansion of our store footprint underlines our commitment to playing our part in regaining this lost momentum and helping the UK achieve its ambitions to be a tobacco-free nation by 2030.”

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