E-cigarettes – are they safe?

E-cigarettes are not risk free. But based on current evidence they appear to carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes.

Although, while e-cigarettes may be safer than conventional cigarettes, the long-term effects of ‘vaping’ on the body is still not known.

So far there is limited evidence to suggest that using an e-cigarette can help people to stop smoking completely, and Public Health England does not recommend people continue smoking cigarettes alongside e-cigarettes, except as part of a supported plan to stop smoking.

Below are a few key things to consider if you use e-cigarettes. For more information you can visit Smokefree NHS.

  • Although regulated as a tobacco and related product since May 2016, e-cigarettes aren’t currently regulated as medicines, so you can’t be completely sure of their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain – despite what the label might say.
  • The amount of nicotine you get from an e-cigarette can change over time and be different within the same brand.
  • They are not proven to be 100% safe.
  • They should not be used in pregnancy.