Lowdown on e-cigarettes

Whatever your view of e-cigarettes, a growing number of people are using them. Here’s how to help your patients vape safely. 

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