Understanding Vaping: engaging disadvantaged groups
This free to attend dialogue, hosted by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum, took place from 1400-1700, on Tuesday 31st October, in the Livery Hall, the Guildhall, Basinghall Street, City of London.
The panel looked at restrictions on vaping for people already experiencing disadvantage, such as those detained in secure environments, those who have experienced trauma, are homeless, or from other marginalised groups. In all these instances smoking rates and the associated health risks are manifestly higher than in the general population.
Some questions the panel addressed are:
- Who are we taking about?
- What function does smoking perform for different groups?
- What are the impediments to switching to safer forms of nicotine use for disadvantaged people?
- What role can professionals play in changing behaviour?