Smoking could be banned in council houses

November 30, 2018

The potential ban aims to save lives and housing, Leeds City Council are offering vape kits as an alternative.

By Jay Partington

People living in council houses are twice as likely to smoke.

People living in council houses are twice as likely to smoke.

This new plan stems from a report written by Ash, a public health charity aiming to eliminate harm caused by smoking. Ash have teamed up with the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) and issued an eye-opening report stating those in council housing are twice as likely to smoke.

The report says people in council housing areas are “less likely to successfully quit” and children in those areas are more likely to “take up smoking themselves”.

Leeds City Council could be offering those affected vaping kits to act as a healthier, safer alternative. Not only does this stop the houses from being stained and having a permanent smell, this could help smokers live longer.

A similar policy to this was piloted in Salford, Manchester and found 63% of those involved had successfully quit smoking after being given vaping kits. As well as people being five times more likely to quit after receiving professional help.

Here are some shocking stats on how dangerous smoking can be:

Leeds Hacks spoke to Hollie Foster, who has just taken up vaping over smoking. She found that smoking in her house was causing the furniture to smell constantly; however vaping is “a lot easier and saves you going outside when it’s cold”. Hollie also said that vaping is “cleaner” and has helped her to save money.

When the ex-smoker was asked if the ban will work she said, people will be “more inclined to social smoke” and smoking at home will be “less accessible”. After the banning of smoking in public places Hollie saw this as “natural” and that the ban should be the next step to getting a smoke-free Britain.

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