E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are nicotine containing battery operated devices which simulate smoking without the exhaled carbon monoxide, what you exhale instead is water vapour which is heated by the filament as you inhale. However, the safety of these devices is under investigation and they are currently unlicensed products.

Our patients are welcome to use an e-cigarette alongside their smoking cessation treatment. There are lots of different brands and types of e-cigarettes on the market and you can buy them from various locations.

E-cigarettes are currently unlicensed products, so we do not know the substances and quantity that goes into manufacturing the various products and brands currently being sold. Until the products are regulated we cannot offer advice about the physical or environmental safety of these products, what brand to use or where to get them.