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The Health and Well-being Standard


  1. Smoking
  2. E-cigarettes/Vapes

    Further Information

1. Smoking

Staff and visitors are not permitted to smoke in front of children. The Home may have a designated area, where staff may smoke.

Staff should ensure that young people are educated about smoking. It is accepted that the more that young people know, the more likely they are to make good decisions about how to deal with smoking, drinking and the misuse of drugs / substances. Good communication ensures the right messages and information are passed on.

Some children/young people may already smoke before they are placed in the Home. Staff  should support and encourage such young people to reduce or stop smoking. Support is available from the Looked After Children's Nurse or the young person's GP. This should be discussed with the child/young person's social worker and addressed as part of the young person's Health Plan.

Staff are not permitted to purchase or give cigarettes, tobacco, or the materials for making or lighting cigarettes or tobacco to children.

See: Rules about Tobacco, E-Cigarettes and Smoking (GOV.UK).

2. E-cigarettes/Vapes

It is an offence for shops to sell e-cigarettes to under 18s or for an adult to buy e-cigarettes for them.

The long term effects of vaping / E-cigarettes on health are unknown, but current research indicates that their use is significantly less harmful than conventional smoking, and that the use of e-cigarettes is currently the most popular tool used by smokers who want to quit.

However, if a young person indicates that they would like to try e-cigarettes as a way of giving up smoking, they should be encouraged to contact the LAC Nurse, their GP or local stop smoking services.

For more information, please see: Electronic Cigarettes – Evidence and Advice on e-cigarettes (GOV.UK).

Further Information

Useful Websites

Quit smoking – NHS

Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking – NHS