NHS Glasgow chiefs have approved the use of e-cigarettes in designated areas within hospitals and other health facilities.
The decision was taken following the emergence of new evidence from a range of sources which show e-cigarettes to be an effective tool in tackling smoking rates.
The move is also consistent with guidance recently published by Health Scotland which recommends that NHS smoking cessation services should support those choosing to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes.
The board also considered that allowing the controlled use of e-cigarettes on healthcare grounds will further support the drive to make all NHSGGC sites completely tobacco free in line with the national policy.
Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS GGC Director of Public Health, said: “In NHSGGC we have carried out our own research which has revealed that some 32 per cent of smokers in our area intend to use e-cigarettes in their next quit attempt.”