Help to stop smoking
An electronic cigarette, e-cigarette, e-cig or vape is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than in the tobacco smoke of a cigarette. Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.
Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service is happy to support you if you wish to vape as your way to stop smoking. In partnership with vape shops around Thurrock, the service can give specialist advice to help you quit when you buy an e-cigarette.
For more information, go to NHS One You: using e-cigarettes / vapes to quit smoking.
Participating vape shops
Vape shops are not on the government's list of essential shops that can remain open during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but they may offer a service online or by phone.
: 01375 430 043
: 01708 854 859
E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free, but experts estimate that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes. E-cigarette vapour contains some potentially harmful chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels.
Many people think nicotine is very harmful to health. In fact, although it is addictive, nicotine is relatively harmless: it's the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause almost all the harm from smoking.
You can find out more about e-cigarettes and find answers to questions – including safety for users and bystanders, using e-cigarettes while pregnant, and how e-cigarettes are regulated in the UK – at NHS Smokefree: e-cigarettes.