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Electronic cigarettes ('e-cigarettes') use batteries to heat up nicotine, water and propylene glycol or glycerine with flavourings. This creates a vapour that lets you inhale nicotine without smoking or using tobacco. This is known as 'vaping'.

An e-cigarette should be authorised by the Health Products and Regulatory Authority (HPRA) if it is marketed or promoted for a medical purpose like stopping smoking.

If the HPRA does not authorise this, the manufacturers, importers and distributors are responsible for the safety and quality of the e-cigarette.

There are no e-cigarettes authorised by the HPRA in Ireland.

Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

E-cigarettes are still fairly new, so we don't yet know how safe they are or if they help people stop smoking. Because of this, we don't recommend e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking.

We recommend:

  • using stop smoking medicines like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and varenicline (also called Champix).
  • getting support from a stop smoking advisor to help you quit.

Quitting this way is safe and will increase your chances of becoming smoke-free by more than 3 times.

Getting support

If you want to stop smoking, we can help. If you're already using an e-cigarette to help you stop smoking, we can also help.

Sign up to a Quit plan for tailored support to help you stop smoking.

If you're worried about e-cigarettes, contact one of our trained advisors.

page last reviewed: 07/01/2021
next review due: 07/01/2024

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