British actor Ray Winstone has suffered a setback in his attempt to give up smoking after struggling to get to grips with an electronic cigarette.

The Departed star has decided to kick his longtime addiction and opted to swap real smokes for a battery-powered device.

However, the actor was dealt a blow when he realised he didn't know how to work his e-cigarette.

Winstone tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "I bought one of those false ones and I put the oil in the wrong end. I puffed on it and all the oil went in my mouth. It's like I was not destined to give up (smoking)."