Vaping Information For Professionals

A vape which is also known as e-cigarette is an electronic device used as a stop smoking aid. According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) smokefree adult survey, 50% of adults who smoke, misperceive that vapes are a lot more or equally as harmful as cigarettes. According to current evidence, vapes are significantly less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and can help individuals quit smoking.

What do vapes contain?

Vapes work by heating a solution called e-liquid to inhale vapour, thereby delivering nicotine to the body. Vapes normally contain nicotine, vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol and flavourings. Currently, approximately 60% of vapes do not conform with British regulations.

Vapes mostly sold online, from dealers and on social media may contain harmful substances and are illegal because they do not meet the UK safety regulations. Some of these products have been found to contain harmful substances like lead (found in paint, batteries), formaldehyde (used in production of antiseptics and fertilizers), nickel (found in batteries), chromium (used to manufacture steel), acetaldehyde (used in production of chemicals like herbicides and perfumes) and unsafe nicotine levels.


Types of Vapes (e-cigarette)

Vapes come in different shapes and sizes. The e-liquids in vapes come in different flavours and nicotine strength from 0mg/ml to 20mg/ml. The maximum nicotine strength allowed in the UK is 20mg/ml. The types of vape include:

  • Cigalikes
  • Compact pod devices
  • Vape bars
  • Vape pens
  • Disposable vapes

Facts About Vaping

  • It is only recommended for smokers who want to quit and are 18 years above.
  • Vaping is less harmful to the health than smoking but it doesn’t mean it is harmless (especially for children and young people under 18)
  • Some disposable vapes on sale are illegal
  • Most vapes contain nicotine which is an addictive substance that can be hard to stop using once you’ve started 
  • In the UK it is illegal to sell nicotine vaping products to someone under the age of 18, or for adults to buy these products for them.
  • Nicotine is more harmful for children and young people than for adults, as evidence suggests that the developing brain is more at risk to dependence.

Myths about vaping

There is a lot of misleading information about vapes, we refer to them as ‘myths’. Some of them include: 

Vapes give you ‘popcorn’ lung- False 

Diacetyl is a chemical that was used to produce a buttery flavour in foods like popcorn, and when it is inhaled it causes a rare condition called bronchiolitis obliteranswhich is a respiratory condition that affects the lungs. In the past this chemical was used in some flavourings used in vapes hence the concern about people getting ‘popcorn’ lungs from vaping. In the UK diacetyl is banned as an ingredient for use with vapes. 


Vaping is just as harmful as smoking – False 

Nicotine vaping is not risk-free, although it is far less h than harmful then smoking. In 2022, researchers in the UK reported “in the short and medium-term, vaping poses a small fraction of the risks of smoking” after reviewing data from around the globe. 


Vaping helps me deal with stress – False 

The cycle of nicotine withdrawal may be the cause of the widespread misperception that vapes are a stress reliever. Some of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include irritability, anxiety, and despair; consuming nicotine temporarily eases these symptoms but does not make stress or anxiety go away. There are healthier ways to manage stress.