“This collaboration with VPZ has the potential to transform the lives of our patients, taking them off cigarettes, giving them more money and transforming their health.
“We are taking a very holistic approach where smoking is tackled along with mental health issues with the ultimate objective of improving our patients’ overall wellbeing.”
Patients will receive the kit, which retails at £19.99, a number of e-liquids and some support guides which set out ways to look after the vape and how it should be used.
VPZ will monitor the impact of the scheme, and hopes to roll it out across the UK.
Public Health England has championed the role of e-cigarettes, which it claims are 95 per cent safer than smoking, and called for them to be made more widely available in hospitals.
Doug Mutter, VPZ director, said: “Quitting smoking can be a challenge for any long-term smoker but mental health patients face an even tougher battle with their abilities to access services reduced considerably.
“We are now looking forward to working in partnership with the team at Ladywell Unit at Lewisham Hospital to help patients make the switch to vaping and take the first steps to living a better life.
“We will also work closely with them to monitor the impact of the project and aim to roll-out the scheme throughout the UK as we work towards transforming the health of the nation.”