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Are E-cigarettes Safe?

Date of Event:    September 16, 2022

Although e-cigarettes are almost certainly significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco, they aren’t risk free. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, as well as other ingredients such as propylene glycol, glycerine and flavourings.

E-cigarettes have been regulated by the government since May 2016. From April 2017 it’s illegal to sell e-cigarettes to, or buy them for, under 18s.

If you use e-cigarettes as a complete replacement for smoking, you’ll almost certainly benefit your health. The health benefit comes from stopping smoking, not using an e-cigarette. It will be some time until studies will show the long-term impact and any unforeseen risks of using e-cigarettes. More is known about the safety and effectiveness of other stop smoking medications.

For information an advice on other alternatives to smoking please visit the NHS Inform website.