More and more studies and increasingly health bodies such as Public Health England and the NHS are advocating e-cigarette use: The NHS is quoted as saying the below following a landmark Public Health England
”former smokers who have now switched to using e-cigarettes or NRT have significantly lower levels of toxins than those who continue to smoke regular cigarettes.”
On 19th February 2019 Public Health England maintained their stance that vaping is 95% less harmful to health than smoking and stated”
E-cigarettes have helped thousands of people in the UK successfully quit smoking. Yet 44% smokers either wrongly believe vaping is as harmful as smoking or don’t know that vaping poses much lower risks to health.” Public Health England
Making the switch to Vaping
We understand that making the switch from cigarettes to vaping can be a daunting prospect. That's why we've put together three simple steps to get you started.
The choice for people wanting a small, compact and very discreet vape. These we're amongst the very first e-cigarettes.
Cig-a-like devices were meant to emulate the feel, look and action of smoking a regular cigarette.
The choice for people who want something very compact and hassle free.
A majority of pod systems come with prefilled e-liquid so there is no hassle of filling the tank or changing the coils.
The choice for most people trying to make the switch.
Easy to use and carry, MTL devices are a perfect combination of size and battery life to keep you going all day.
The choice for people wanting more power, flavour and vapour.
These are larger devices with various adjustable settings and aimed at more experienced vapers.
Butane. Arsenic. Tar. Carbon monoxide… Sound appetising? Not really! But all these chemicals are present in manufactured tobacco cigarettes. E-Liquids are made from non-toxic propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine, nicotine (in various strengths or none at all) and flavourings.
As all smokers know, cigarettes aren’t getting any cheaper. A pack of 20 premium cigarettes can cost you anything between £10-£15. A 10ml bottle of e-liquid vaped with a device like the One Kit will generally last you longer than a packet of cigarettes and prices start from £3.99.
Tobacco cigarettes have a relatively small flavour profile, and you’ve tasted it a thousand times. E-Liquids offer a huge range of different flavours and nicotine strengths. At UK ECIG STORE we currently stocks over 300 flavours from all over the world!
Although there are many different e-cigarette options, we think the best place to start is with a 'starter' kit. These kits tend to come with all the components you need to get up and running and require very little assembly or prior knowledge of vaping. Starter kits tend to have a 'pen' style appearance and use a tank to hold the e-liquid before it is vaporised.
We have a huge selection of e-liquids in a variety of delicious flavour profiles – from tobaccos to fruits, menthols to desserts and everything in between., to offer a new and enjoyable experience to vapers.
The level of nicotine strength you require is generally based on your cigarette consumption and can be gradually reduced as your cravings decrease. As a rough guide, a 5-10 a-day smoker would require a 6mg nicotine e-liquid, a 10-15 a-day would require 12mg, 20 + cigarettes per day would require 18mg.
How Vape Kits work
As a beginner vaper, battery knowledge does not need to be as well-honed as that of an advanced user, but it is always imperative that safety is placed above all else. Charging an e-cig battery is hugely important and steps must always be taken to ensure that safe and responsible battery charging is adhered to. Always remember as well, that your specific battery may require special charging. It is advised that if you are charging via a wall socket, always make sure that it regulates down to 1.0amp. Have a look at our detailed guide on battery safety.
Understanding Vape Kits
Vape kits, which come in all shapes and sizes, are the device used to turn e-liquid in to vapour. On the whole, vape kits fall in to one of two camps: Mouth to Lung or Sub-Ohm.
These kits are more often than not the Starter Kit of choice for most vapers. Most mouth to lung kits are 'pen' shaped and are for use with high propylene glycol e-liquid.
Starter kits produce moderate amounts of vapour (mouth to lung) and provide a 'smoke-like' sensation.
The higher the quality of an e-liquid, the better the vaping experience. UK ECIG STORE offers e-liquids from brands that use high-quality and reliably-sourced ingredients.
The majority of e-liquids contain just four main ingredients, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, flavourings and nicotine (optional).
E-liquid is available in different types suitable for use with different devices. Each variety offers you a different sensation to suit your preference.
A higher VG based e-liquid that is suited more to a Direct Lung style of vape which leads to better flavour and vapour production.
Containing a 50% VG and 50% PG ratio these e-liquids can be used with all types of e-cigarette kits
The balanced ratio means that you can use these e-liquids in a mouth to lung kit or a direct to lung kit.
Nicotine salt e-liquids deliver nicotine to the blood stream faster than standard nicotine-containing e-liquids. This leads to a much more user satisfaction.
These types of e-liquid are perfect for pod style kits or any mouth to lung style kit.
Giving up cigarettes is no easy task, so we've made a list of tip that hopefully can help you on your journey to a smoke free future.
There are many different way to stop smoking as recommended by the NHS. You can use nicotine patches, gums etc but recent studies show that e-cigarettes are twice as likely to help smokers quit.
Once you have decided your method or methods of choice, it is important to pick a date where you will start your no smoking journey.
If you have decided that vaping is the way for you make sure that you have purchased a good quality starter kit and e-liquid along with spare coils for your tanks.
Ask your friends and family to support you and make sure they hold you accountable. Having a support circle is really helpful and they can give encouragement along the way.
Every smoker has triggers and it's important to identify these - write them down! If you're going to be tempted to light up a cigarette outside the pub, first thing in the morning or after a meal make sure you have a plan to stop yourself from smoking. If you are able to, avoid these situations for the first few weeks to make sure that you don't start smoking again.
Nicotine is addictive and the habit of smoking is even more addictive. Some people can go cold turkey and stop smoking overnight. However, most smokers will go back to smoking before they can fully quit. Be realisitic and don't give up!