Lowdown on e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes are being increasingly used by smokers as quitting aids or as an alternative to smoking.
This article gives practical information for GPs who need to discuss e-cigarettes with their patients.
E-cigarettes are essentially battery-operated, nicotine-delivery devices that heat a nicotine solution (e-liquid) into a vapour that the user inhales.
They are unique in that they also simulate the behavioural (hand-to-mouth), sensory (throat hit, taste) and social aspects of the smoking experience.
The latest NHMRC advice, issued in April 2017, states