With e-cigarette stores popping up across Nottinghamshire, it comes as no surprise that so many people are picking it up as an alternative to smoking. But is it really that much better for your health?

E-cigarettes are becoming one of Nottinghamshire’s biggest trends with 37 stores having opened up across the county in the past few years.

There are six e-cigarette stores in the NG1 postcode alone.

Many people are using e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking but there are also those who say they are ‘vaping’ as a hobby.

But Marie Mullins, who co-owns Thee Vaporium, believes the main reason for using the products is to achieve a healthier lifestyle. She said: “We don’t get a lot people at all, a very small percentage of people that would come in who are not looking to quit [smoking].”

Despite this, experts are concerned that young people are picking up e-cigarettes which provides a route to smoking but, as yet, there has not been enough research to prove this.

Eco Vape, an e-cigarette store located in Nottingham.

Eco Vape, an e-cigarette store located in Nottingham.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, however,  would not recommend the use of e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking.

The organisation points out that some flavours used in e-cigarettes have been found to contain chemicals, such as Diacetyl, which can cause irreversible lung damage.

Audio: Lisa Williams, of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, speaking on the use of e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking.

Lisa Williams, went on to suggest that using NHS services and already recommended methods, such as Nicotine patches, will make it much more likely for you to succeed if you want quit smoking.

The long term effects of using e-cigarettes are unknown as they have not yet been around long enough. Critics say only future research will be able to provide us with more information.

Nevertheless, Professor Ann McNeill, a tobacco policy expert, said in a review, published by Public Health England, that e-cigarettes are still 95% less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes.

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