A load of hot air or do e-cigs have merit?

Fiona Sharkie was not the first teenager to feel nauseous after her first cigarette.

And the Cancer Council Victoria executive director will not be the last person to be sucked in by an e-cigarette, a battery-powered, cigarette-shaped delivery system which vaporises a solution of water and propylene glycol to produce a fog similar to smoke machines.

“My first cigarette made me incredibly sick but I was struck by how easy my first e-cigarette was,” says Ms Sharkie, who quit smoking 20 years ago but wanted first