Vaping definition

Vaping is the practice of using e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes use a mixture of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquids mixed with nicotine and food-grade flavourings – this known as an e-liquid, and it is vaporised by a small, roughly cigarette-shaped device called an atomiser. The atomiser is often battery-powered. The vapour produced by the atomisation of the mixture is then inhaled, hence the term 'vaping.'

There are not many studies focused on vaping safety. Some evidence suggests e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco, and that they may be as safer as nicotine replacement products such as gum and patches.

People choose to vape for a variety of reasons. They may want to:

  1. continue nicotine use at a reduced risk e.g. no combustion involved
  2. gradually reduce their dependence on cigarettes
  3. smoke in areas that would otherwise be off-limits to cigarette smokers
  4. reduce the cost of nicotine use.
  5. enjoy a tobacco-reduction strategy that still involves the 'ritual' of smoking
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