Electronic cigarettes

What are they?

ECs are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid, which usually contains nicotine, into an aerosol for inhalation into the lungs (vaping). Using an EC simulates or mimics a smoking experience but is much safer than smoking.

There is growing evidence that ECs can help smokers quit or reduce their cigarette intake. They also have as a safer alternative for smokers who do not want to quit nicotine or the smoking ritual.

Despite strict regulations in Australia, the use of ECs has grown dramatically over the past few years. The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey in 2013 found that one in seven smokers in Australia had used an EC in the previous 12 months

Last Modified: 29-12-2015