Many thousands of smokers are quitting with e-cigarettes. 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 an e-cigarette 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 AND CIGARETTES?
E-cigarettes allow you to inhale nicotine through vapour rather than smoke. This is known as vaping. Although it is possible to also vape nicotine-free e-liquid as well. E-cigarettes 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 HELP ME STOP SMOKING?
Many people find e-cigarettes helpful for stopping smoking. E-cigarettes 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 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 smoke-free.
HOW SAFE ARE E-CIGARETTES?
E-cigarettes 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 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 secondhand smoke.