E-cigarettes: use by patients in NHS mental health organisations

Advice for commissioners, service providers and mental health trusts providing care to NHS patients who use electronic cigarettes.


Using electronic cigarettes in NHS mental health organisations


This advice provides recommendations on the use of e-cigarettes to commissioners, NHS trusts and other organisations providing care to NHS patients, particularly people with mental health conditions (excluding high secure units). It promotes a consistent approach to e-cigarettes across the NHS, so there is support for patients who need to transfer between acute and mental health trusts.

This advice is endorsed by the following members of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership, which includes:

  • Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber
  • Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
  • Breathe 2025
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Centre for Mental Health
  • Equally Well
  • Fresh: Smokefree North East
  • Improving Performance in Practice (iPiP)
  • National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
  • Mental Health Nurses Association
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • MIND
  • Rethink Mental Illness
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies
  • University of Bristol Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
  • York Mental Health and Addictions Research Group

Public Health England will review this advice following the publication of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence updated tobacco guidance expected in 2021.

Published 4 March 2020