What exactly are e-cigarettes and are they banned as part of Smoke Free legislation?

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What exactly are e-cigarettes and are they banned as part of Smoke Free legislation?

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Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, are devices that are designed to deliver nicotine vapour into the lungs. They are often manufactured to look similar to standard cigarettes and to thus fulfil the needs of a smoker. However, they are not cigarettes, they do not produce tobacco smoke and using them is not smoking.

While initially seen as a curiosity, their use has grown rapidly and an estimated 1.3 million people used them in 2013. The products are easily bought in shops and online.

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