The NHMRC last month stated that there is not enough evidence to support recommending  e-cigarettes as an effective quit smoking tool and no brand of e-cigarettes has been approved for this purpose. E-cigarettes may help with quitting smoking, but they are not yet established or regulated as smoking cessation aids.The NHMRC also advised that further research was needed to determine the long term safety and quality of e-cigarettes. Although e-cigarettes are not without possible harm, there is consensus that they are far less harmful than smoking.

The current advice to GPs is to recommend nicotine-replacement therapy, varenicline and bupropion for nicotine-dependent smokers wishing to quit, combined with counselling and support from the GP.

Medical organisations in other countries have concluded that e-cigarettes are a valid option for smokers unable to quit with other techniques or therapies. An e-cigarette is a nicotine delivery device that heats a liquid, usually containing  nicotine into a vapour to inhale. The vast majority of the poisons including  tar and  carbon monoxide are either not present in e-cigarette vapour or present in very low concentration.

The current advice is for beginners to purchase e-cigarettes from Australian vape shop as the staff can help with selecting a suitable model and advise about the correct use of the device. Most outlets are able to offer online sales. The starting strength of nicotine depends on the level of nicotine dependence ,  the vaping technique and the device itself. There are many flavours possible, these should be free from diacetyl as high doses have been associated with severe lung disease. E-liquid with nicotine can be purchased from Australian and international websites.

E-cigarettes are less addictive than tobacco cigarettes and easier to stop, the risks from passive vaping are very small, but best avoid pregnant women and children.

New vapers can get further support from forums such as or

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