E-cigarettes for smoking cessation

Unveil what you inhale

There is an absence of strong evidence supporting the use of e-cigarettes (and other novel nicotine products) as a smoking cessation tool. Given the known risks and the unknown health impacts, Lung Foundation Australia does not support the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool.

Medical regulations

E-cigarettes have not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), nor by any equivalent foreign medicine regulator, as a proven smoking cessation tool. The TGA is part of the Australian Government Department of Health and is responsible for regulating therapeutic goods including prescription medications, vaccines, sunscreens, vitamins and minerals, medical devices, blood and blood products. The role of the TGA is to ensure products meet an acceptable level of safety and quality.

People may take up using e-cigarettes because they believe these devices are “less damaging” than tobacco cigarettes. However, no formal assessment or regulation of e-cigarettes has been undertaken by the TGA and therefore they cannot be considered a safe or to have less risk than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Proven smoking cessation

If you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, there are proven, safe and effective methods available to you. Speak to your doctor or a trained Quitline counsellor about Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other strategies to support you on your quit journey. Quitting can be tough but seeking support from your healthcare professional will give you the motivation, resources and practical skills you need.

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