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What is vaping?

Vape devices (also called e-cigarettes) heat a liquid (e-liquid) to produce a vapour that you inhale.
Some, but not all of those liquids, contain nicotine and are also available in different flavours. 

How is vaping different from smoking cigarettes?

Vaping is not smoking. 
The main difference between vaping and smoking tobacco is that vaping doesn’t involve burning. 
It’s burning tobacco that creates the tar and toxins in tobacco smoke that are responsible for most of the harm caused by smoking. 

Is vaping safe?

Vaping is not harmless, but it is much less harmful than smoking. 
Nicotine is addictive and is the reason people find it hard to quit smoking. 
For people who smoke, nicotine is a relatively harmless drug.
Vaping is less harmful to those around you than smoking is - there’s no current evidence that second-hand vapour is dangerous to others.
If you’re vaping, you should buy quality products from reputable sources. Talk to them. It’s important to have good equipment, advice and support.
And if you don’t smoke… don’t vape.

Can vaping help people quit smoking?

Yes. Switching to vaping may help you quit smoking. 
Vaping can be a good option for you if you’ve tried other ways to quit smoking (patches, gum etc) and these haven’t helped you quit smoking completely. 
Vaping offers experiences similar to smoking a cigarette, which some people find helpful – and it’s usually cheaper than smoking.
Vaping products can only be sold to people aged 18 and over.  

Should you use nicotine e-liquid?

If you’re vaping to quit smoking, you’ll have more success using nicotine e-liquid. 

Can people vaping get support from Quitline?

Absolutely yes. We can give you free support if you’re vaping to quit – which will give you a better chance of successfully stopping smoking. 
You’ll probably need to experiment in order to find the right combination of device, flavours and nicotine strength that works for you.

Does Quitline provide subsidised vaping products or nicotine e-liquids?

No, we don’t. But if you are vaping to quit, we can support you with a plan to help you beat the smoking addiction. 

 

What does the Ministry of Health say? 

There is information on the Ministry of Health website here: www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/tobacco-control/vaping-and-smokeless-tobacco