Today (28 January 2020) sees in a major shift in policy from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) with the released of a guide for health professionals for reducing smoking rates which includes the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) as a second-line aid for smokers wanting to quit smoking. (Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals (2nd edition) (“the guide”)).
The guide does stipulate caveats that smokers should be aware the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown.
For further detailed reading about the RACGPs recommendations see:
A bold plan to help more Australians to quit smoking 28 Jan 2020
Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals Chapter 2 Pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation
SMH: 28 Jan 2020 GPs cautiously recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers give up