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Smoking and e-cigarettes

Tips on how to keep safe when smoking or using e-cigarettes.

Sadly, many fire deaths are caused by carelessness while smoking. This is one of the areas we can offer advice during our Safe and Well Visit.

Safety tips

  • Falling asleep with a lit cigarette or pipe can cause a serious fire so never smoke in bed.
  • Never empty ashtrays into the bin unless you are sure that they are fully extinguished.
  • Never smoke near flammable liquids.
  • Don't leave matches or lighters where children can access them.
  • Have a smoke detector installed in your home and check it regularly.


Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices which simulate tobacco smoking by vaporising a liquid solution into an aerosol mist. They contain lithium-ion batteries which can cause fires due to overcharging, physical damage or defects within them. 

There are also a number of unbranded e-cigarette chargers available to consumers, many of which are non-compliant with safety regulations. Specific risks found with these chargers include:

  • lack of instructions
  • overheating of the charger
  • non-conformity of the plug 
  • electric shock via the secondary parts
  • wiring not mechanically retained.

Safety tips

  • Only purchase e-cigarettes from a reputable source.
  • Always use the equipment in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Only use the charger supplied with your device.
  • Don't leave e-cigarettes unattended while they are charging.
  • When charging, keep the e-cigarette and battery pack away from soft furnishings or combustible materials.
  • Unplug the battery pack once fully charged and remove the battery.
  • Do not 'mix and match' components from different e-cigarette manufacturers.
  • Don't over tighten a battery on to the charger - plug the charger in first, then gently screw the battery in until the light on the charger flashes - then stop.

If you would like to quit smoking, visit our help pages to find useful tips and advice.

Last updated:
24 November 2022
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