Health boards take a stand against e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes were meant to provide a safe and effective alternative to normal cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have been banned by many of Scotland’s health boards and councils over fears they may be harmful.

The electrical devices mimic real cigarettes and produce a vapour that was thought to be a safe alternative to tobacco.

However, health experts say there’s no proof that they actually help people to stop smoking.Have e-cigarettes helped you to stop smoking? Tell us at or phone 01382 575130Worryingly, some cigarettes have been tested by local authority trading standards departments and found to contain toxic chemicals.

In Tuesday’s Courier we’ll be looking at e-cigarettes and asking experts if they would back a ban.