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Many people have used e-cigarettes to help them quit the much more harmful practice of smoking. Given half of long-term smokers die as a result of their habit, using vaping to help someone quit smoking could literally save their life.

Vaping may be less harmful than smoking, that doesn’t make it harmless. It is not advised for non-smokers, at least until we have more research into the long-term impact on your health. E-cigarettes shouldn’t be seen as a permanent alternative to smoking, or promoted to non-smokers, especially children.

We believe e-cigarettes shouldn’t be banned in enclosed public spaces by legislation as smoking is. Though bars, restaurants, shops and attractions – particularly those with a high child footfall – should continue to be able to ban vaping on their premises, if they see fit.

Stopping smoking is the best thing people can do for their lung health.

It's never too late to give up smoking, and if you have a lung condition like COPD it is often the single most important thing you can do to turn your health around.

People who get professional help from their doctor or pharmacist are most likely to succeed, which is why we say NHS stop smoking services are absolutely vital.

We have lots of information to help you give up smoking or you can call our helpline on 03000 030 555 – lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.


Having smoked for 47 years ( sold cigarettes at age of 11) i moved over to e cig a month ago. Difference is litteraly amazing. My copd is much better and my early morning gasping a coughing has all but gone. Wish i had done this 10 years ago. I am using 12mg nicotine and it suffices. Onwards and upwards for me. Do not miss the smell of ciggies!!!!

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22 May 2016