Info 32/19Restricted Use of Electronic Cigarettes with Oxygen Therapy

Within several EIGA Documents, including EIGA Doc 89 Medical Oxygen Systems for Homecare Supply and EIGA Doc 158 Good Homecare Practice, it is stated that patients shall never smoke when using oxygen.

Some smoking cessation programs have led to the introduction of so called “electronic cigarettes”.

Some reports in the media are mentioning the ignition of an electronic cigarette whilst a patient is undergoing oxygen therapy. EIGA’s position is that electronic cigarettes shall not be used or charged in the vicinity of a patient undergoing oxygen therapy or the oxygen source itself.