and the downtrodden at a food bank in the UK in an attempt to remove one of the more financially and health taxing problems facing the lowest end of the poverty spectrum, addiction to smokes. The director of public health at Hertfordshire County Council in the UK has announced that local food banks could be soon giving out free e-cigarettes and eLiquids in order to help smokers save money and improve their health.
While vaping bans are spreading like the madness of hysteria against vaping across our nation here stateside, the UK keeps encouraging smokers to switch to the safer alternatives. Jim McManus, the director of public health at Hertfordshire said that as part of a new project aimed at reducing the health and financial burdens from smoking on disadvantaged locals, free e-cigarettes could soon be handed out at their local food banks.
This project is being tested in Hertfordshire, and several food banks in the area have already stepped forward to take part in the project, which McManus said that he hopes will be up and running by the end of the year.
The public health director explained that the project will be designed, run and evaluated by a research team from a UK university. Not so subtly named the "Hertfordshire Tobacco Control Strategic Plan 2019-22" the initial project proposal showed a decent gap in health inequalities between people from working class backgrounds due to smoking.
This innovative and novel idea will no doubt have plenty of documented successes, which we can hopefully then import to the US as proof of concept that not only is vaping a superior and safer alternative to smoking combustibles, but also a relief on the bottom line of the poorest of the poor.
What do you think about this novel idea? Will it have the proposed impact or will it just allow those smokers to spend money elsewhere that perhaps keeps them on those who are unable to make ends meet?