What are E-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes heat a liquid in order to produce a vapour you inhale, which is why smoking e-cigarettes can sometimes be known as vaping. Some, but not all e-liquids contain nicotine and are available in different flavours.
How are e-cigarettes different from ordinary cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are relatively new and evolving products, they can still deliver nicotine, which is the addictive substance in tobacco, but without many of the harmful chemicals contained in standard cigarette smoke.
Are e-cigarettes safe?
Yes and no, the health risks associated with long-term use of e-cigarettes are unknown. E-cigarettes do seem to pose fewer health risks to smokers who switch completely from tobacco smoking to e-cigarette use.
Can you smoke these anywhere?
At the moment you can use e-cigs in locations where smoking isn’t allowed, although they are banned in some places and you definitely can’t use them on airplanes.