Electronic cigarettes advice to consumers

Information on e-cigarettes is evolving, below are some basic facts and links for more in-depth information.  If you use or are considering using electronic cigarettes, also known as eCigarettes, this information aims to inform and guide you of how to use them safely.

Electronic cigarette products

An electronic cigarette is an electronic device that contains an eLiquid. Some eCigarettes can only be used once and are fully disposable, others have a non reusable eLiquid cartridge or a refillable eLiquid cartridge or tank.

eLiquids are sold in cartridges or bottles and are a mixture of substances that may or may not contain nicotine and flavourings.

How do electronic cigarettes work

As the electronic device heats up the eLiquid it creates a fine vapour or mist that the user inhales.

Labelling of eLiquids containing nicotine

Nicotine is classed as a hazardous substance. You can find out if an eLiquid product contains nicotine by checking its label. From May 2016 a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) comes in to force that controls eCigarettes and eLiquid products containing nicotine meaning the label will also include a –

  • list of ingredients
  • nicotine content and dose given
  • specific health warning

The product should also come with an information leaflet covering –

  • use and storage
  • a warning that the product is not recommended for use by young people and non-smokers

Sales of electronic cigarettes

It is against the law to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 years. 

Power adapters and charges

There have been a number of reports of explosions and fires when eCigarettes are being charged. It is important to make sure the charger you use meets the European safety standards. You can check this by looking for the CE mark. We also advise that you –

  • only buy eCigarettes and their charges from reputable UK retailers
  • only use the charger that came with the eCigarette
  • follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully – do not ignore any warnings
  • do not leave eCigarettes on charge overnight or when you are not nearby

Use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking

If you are considering using an e-cigarette to quit smoking, we will help you attempt if you use the local Stop Smoking Service.  You can contact them on:

Telephone number: 01482 977617

Email address :hullstopsmoking.info@cgl.org.uk