There is growing popularity of the use of e-cigarettes by smokers looking to quit or cut down tobacco use. Current available evidence tells us that e-cigarettes are less harmful than standard cigarettes and many smokers have successfully used them to either stop or cut down their tobacco use. However, it’s important to be aware that unlike NRT products, e-cigarettes are not licensed as a medicine and, because these products are so new, further research is still needed on the long term impacts of their use.
We would always recommend the use of licensed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) - such as patches, gum, lozenges or tablets, inhalator, nasal and mouth sprays, bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Champix) - for cessation or tobacco reduction. However, if you want to try e-cigarettes, it’s still worth getting in touch with your local cessation service who can provide support to quit tobacco.