Electronic cigarettes

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training

Executive summary

  • Electronic cigarettes are devices that deliver nicotine by heating and vapourising a solution that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerol, and flavourings
  • Electronic cigarette use is increasing in smokers wanting to quit but particularly among smokers who want to reduce the health risks of smoking or to save money
  • Electronic cigarettes are not currently licensed for smoking cessation; they do have to comply with consumer protection legislation

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