Help to stop smoking with a free vape

Find out more about the Swap to Stop programme.

The Swap to Stop programme

If you are looking for help to stop smoking, the Swap to Stop project can help you. Using a vape along with other support is one of the most successful ways to stop smoking.

When you sign up, you can swap your regular cigarettes for a free vape and a slow-release nicotine-replacement therapy patch. You also get help, advice and one-to-one support for 12 weeks from the Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service.

How stopping smoking for good helps you


If you smoke, stopping is the single greatest thing you can do to improve your health. Within a month, you will:

  • boost your immune system
  • have lower blood pressure
  • find it easier to breathe
  • be able to be more active
  • improve your sense of taste and smell

Within a year, the risk of heart disease will have halved. Within 5 years, the risk of stroke can be the same as a non-smoker.


If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day (and a pack costs £12) you could save more than £350 a month by switching to vapes with support from the Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service.

Why swapping helps you stop

Getting specialist help, advice and support while vaping increases your chances of stopping for good.

Vaping also provides similar taste and throat sensations to smoking.

If you have tried to stop smoking before, you can try again. Every time you try to stop smoking is different.

Facts about vaping

Vaping is much less harmful than smoking.

Vapes have fewer harmful chemicals than cigarettes.

If you smoke, vaping increases your chances of stopping for good.

Vaping is not risk-free and is not recommended for people who do not smoke or people under 18 years old.

Once you have been vaping for a while and feel sure you will not start smoking again, you should aim to stop vaping too.

Who can get help

To get help, you must live in a Gentoo property in Sunderland and be 18 years or older. To find out more, call the Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service for free on 0800 169 9913 or email so you can refer yourself to the service. You can also call 0191 525 5000 and select option 4.

If you are not eligible or need more support once the 12-week programme ends, you can still get in touch with the service and get help to stop smoking.

You can sign up for the programme on the Sunderland Stop Smoking Service website

How the project works

Once you have been referred, at your first appointment the Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service will give you a vape, starter kit and a voucher for a nicotine replacement patch. The vape is a Aspire PockeX.

You will have further appointments with a stop smoking advisor who will give you one-to-one support and more supplies of the e-liquids and patches.

You can choose different flavoured e-liquids depending on what is available. You can get up to 12 bottles of e-liquid over the 12-week programme. The stop smoking advisor will give you advice about nicotine strength.

You can return any old vapes at your appointments and the service will get rid of them. You can put all the packaging from the e-liquids in a recycling bin. They can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Pallion or dropped off at any large supermarket to be recycled.