Vaping

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ supports the Ministry of Health 'Vaping Facts' website. We do, however, feel that more robust information is required in order to make an informed decision on whether or not vaping is right for you.

Contrary to popular belief, there is substantial research around the health effects of vaping. We've collected a brief selection of studies completed in this area, as well as statements from key medical societies around the globe. We would ask that the MoH site be amended to reflect this.

Take a look below, and make an informed choice.


Lung Damage


Bayly et al
., Secondhand Exposure to Aerosols From Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Asthma Exacerbations Among Youth With Asthma, Chest, Jan 2019 [link]

Sleiman et al., Emissions from Electronic Cigarettes: Key Parameters Affecting the Release of Harmful Chemicals. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Sep [link]

Dawkins et.al., 'Real-world' compensatory behaviour with low nicotine concentration e-liquid: subjective effects and nicotine, acrolein and formaldehyde exposure. Addiction October 2018 [link]


Gateway to Smoking


Conner et al.
, Do electronic cigarettes increase cigarette smoking in UK adolescents? Evidence from a 12-month prospective study, Tobacco Control July 2018 [link]

Primack et al., Initiation of Traditional Cigarette Smoking after Electronic Cigarette Use Among Tobacco-Naïve US Young Adults, American Journal of Medicine April 2018 [link]

Bold et.al., Trajectories of E-Cigarette and Conventional Cigarette Use Among Youth, Pediatrics January 2018, [link]

Hammond et al., Electronic cigarette use and smoking initiation among youth: a longitudinal cohort study, CMAJ October 2017 [link]

Olfson et al., E-cigarette Use Among Young Adults in the U.S., American Journal of Preventative Medicine May 2019 [link]


Efficacy as a smoking cessation method


Hajek et.al., 
A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy, New England Journal of Medicine, February 2019 [link]

Brose et al., Is the use of electronic cigarettes while smoking associated with smoking cessation attempts, cessation and reduced cigarette consumption? A survey with a 1‐year follow‐up, Addiction, July 2015 [link]

Weaver et al., Are electronic nicotine delivery systems helping cigarette smokers quit? Evidence from a prospective cohort study of U.S. adult smokers, 2015-2016, PLoS One [link]

Beard et al., Is prevalence of e-cigarette and nicotine replacement therapy use among smokers associated with average cigarette consumption in England? A time-series analysis, BMJ Open [link]

Kalkhoran et al., E-cigarettes and smoking cessation in real-world and clinical settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Lancet Respiratory Med. Feb 2016 [link


Medical Society Statements


European Lung Association: We cannot recommend tobacco harm reduction as a population-based strategy [link]

American Lung Association: The Impact of E-Cigarettes on the Lung [link]

American College of Cardiology: A guide for clinicians discussions of e-cigarettes with patients [link]

Canadian Medical Association: Health Canada Consultation on Impact of Vaping Products Advertising on Youth and Non-users of Tobacco Products [link]

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