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AVCA Vape It Forward succeeds where others have failed

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AVCA Vape It Forward (VIF) succeeds where others have failed.

AVCA VIF provides resources and training to mentors who support those who wish to switch to ENDS from combustible tobacco.   (The figures contained herein are from April 2016, which is the official start date of AVCA -  when it became organised and applied for charitable trust board status from the Charities Commission)

AVCA VIF has been successful in getting 95% of the participants in the program off of combustible tobacco products switched onto ENDS.   The total number of participants - former and current, to date is 105.  

The majority of  candidates come from outside of the three main centres (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington).  We have had the highest success rates in the provinces (Otago, Wairarapa, Taranaki, South Canterbury)

Of the 95% in the successful group, 40% have already gone off of using nicotine containing e-liquid.  

Of that 40%, 20% have gone off of using any kind of ENDS in total.   

The program itself has been so successful that we have received referrals from both participants in the program, as well as by external cessation providers that cannot advise on ENDS due to MoH restrictions to assist their “hardcore” smokers in switching. 

Of the 15 people that have been referred to us from this smoking cessation provider stream, 13  have remained smokefree and are now in the process of cutting down their nicotine levels to reach 0mg.  

Of the 13, 5 of them started on 18mg and are now down to 6mg;  4 of them started on 12mg and are down to 3mg and the remaining 4 individuals started on 3mg and have remained at that level and have no immediate plans to reduce their nicotine level. 

We receive approximately 5 referrals per week, the majority of these come from members of the public who either have been made aware of the program from an advocate/mentor or have found us via Facebook/social media referrals.

We believe that our success comes down to the "personal touch" and support that our new vapers receive.  After the initial 1-to-1 support period ends, the majority of the new vapers remain involved in AVCA VIF and go on to become supporters and/or mentor-advocates themselves to "pay it forward."   Who better to understand the process than someone who has been there and succeeded?  

He aha te mea nui o te ao, He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

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