Checks carried out by Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards officers ensure that more businesses than ever are selling products safe for the public.
Traditionally the Buy With Confidence scheme has been used to give peace of mind to people who need a builder, plumber or carpenter, however a wider variety of businesses are now seeing the benefits of signing up. Flavour Vapour is the first vape shop in the city to receive a Buy With Confidence award; officers have made sure that tough policies restrict sales of vaping products to only people over 18 years old and the nicotine and vape kits they sell all comply with safety and design laws designed to protect anyone using them.
Eve, a customer from Efford, said: “I tried everything to help me stop smoking because I was getting too many coughs and colds. I switched from smoking to vaping and I’ve never looked back. I barely get a cold these days, have much more energy and am fitter.
“The nicotine is cheaper than buying cigarettes and my partner says he prefers the smell to stale tobacco. Most importantly, the customer service is amazing, they are friendly and really helpful people here and I feel supported.”
Shayne Adams, Flavour Vapour’s Managing Director, said: “We are all delighted to receive the Buy With Confidence seal of approval. Since 2013 we have had amazing support from our local Trading Standards Officer and we pride ourselves in the quality of our products and service. Since day one our aim has been to provide the best products to help people stop smoking and offer a level of support you won’t find elsewhere. All our customers can rest assured that we will continue to be the number one place to come for all things e-cig related.”
Mel Edwards, Health Improvement Manager at One You Plymouth, said: “We know that vaping can really help people like Eve to stop smoking and encourage anyone who smokes to find out about the whole range of support they can get at oneyouplymouth.co.uk”.
Dr Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health for Plymouth said: “Evidence shows that vaping is much safer than smoking tobacco and works to support people to stop smoking. People smoke tobacco because of the nicotine, which is addictive, but the vast majority of the harm comes from burning tobacco, which is not present in vape liquids. So I’d urge anyone who smokes, and isn’t yet ready to stop completely, to consider switching to vaping.”
You can also call One You Plymouth on 01752 347177 for smoking cessation support.