UK launches national ‘swap-to-stop’ scheme for smokers to switch to vapes

Up to 1m UK smokers could be given vouchers to buy vaping equipment under a new initiative that is being called a world first.

The “swap-to-stop” scheme would provide smokers with a voucher to purchase their own preferred vaping products as part of a series of new measures to help the UK government meet a 2030 target of reducing the national smoking rate to below 5% from its current level of around 13%.

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Antonia Di Lorenzo

Assistant news editor/senior reporter
Antonia is a member of the editorial team and holds a masters degree in Law from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She moved in 2013 to London, where she completed a postgraduate course at the London School of Journalism. In the UK, she worked as a news reporter for a financial newswire and a magazine before moving to Barcelona in 2019.

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