Many thousands of smokers are quitting with e-cigarettes or vapes which they are now more commonly known . They're the most popular stop smoking aid in England and there's growing evidence that they can help people stop smoking for good.
If you're thinking of giving a vape a try, here are some frequently asked questions so you've got the key information at your fingertips.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN E-CIGARETTES/ VAPES AND CIGARETTES?
E-cigarettes/ vapes allow you to inhale nicotine through a vapour rather than smoke. This is known as vaping. Although it is possible to also vape nicotine-free e-liquid as well. E-cigarettes/ vapes do not contain tobacco and do not produce tar or carbon monoxide and as a result are significantly less harmful than cigarettes and can help you stop smoking.
WILL USING AN E-CIGARETTE/ VAPE HELP ME STOP SMOKING?
Many people find e-cigarettes/ vapes helpful for stopping smoking. E-cigarettes/ vapes come in a variety of different models and you'll want to find the right one for you, and the right strength of e-liquid to satisfy your needs.
Make sure you use your e-cigarette/ vape often enough to replace the nicotine you used to get from cigarettes, and keep using it as long as you need to help you stay smokefree.
HOW SAFE ARE E-CIGARETTES/ VAPES?
E-cigarettes/ vapes aren't completely risk-free but they are estimated to be at least 95% less harmful than cigarettes. The liquid and vapour contain some potentially harmful chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels.
WHAT ABOUT NICOTINE?
Nicotine alone is relatively harmless—almost all the harm from smoking comes from the deadly cocktail of chemicals in tobacco smoke.
IS E-CIGARETTE/ VAPE VAPOUR HARMFUL TO OTHERS?
So far, there's no evidence that vaping causes harm to other people around you. This contrasts with the strong evidence of harm to others from second-hand smoke.
WHERE CAN I SMOKE?
Vaping isn't covered by UK laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces. Organisations make their own policies on vaping. If you're unsure, it's best to ask.
Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England:
"E-cigarettes are now the most popular way to quit in the country with half of all those taking part in Stoptober last year using an e-cigarette. The evidence is clear—vaping is much less harmful than smoking, a fraction of the risk. So if you've struggled with quitting before, an e-cigarette may be the best option for you."