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What is Vaping

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.

Firstly, 'E-cig or vapes' is a very broad term and one that generates very different understandings depending on who you speak too. To the general population, an e-cigarette is most likely a cig-a-like (i.e looks like a cigarette), to somebody who has just touched upon the vast vaping world, an e-cig is probably a vape pen, like the One Kit and then there are the Mods…

Don't fret, because at the very heart of it, all e-cigarettes serve the same ultimate goal and whilst their inner mechanisms differ in terms of sophistication, at their core, they are all similar.

Cig a Like Device

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.

Pod System Device
Pod System

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.

Pen style Device
Mouth to Lung

The choice for most people trying to make the switch to vaping.

Easy to use and carry, MTL devices are a perfect combination of size and battery life to keep you going all day.

Sub Ohm Device

The choice for people wanting more power, flavour and vapour.

These are larger devices with various adjustable settings and aimed at more experienced vapers.

Why switch to Vaping, and where to start

If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably thought about quitting many times. E-cigarettes are a great way to do it. Here’s why you should:

Lose the chemicals

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.

Save your money!

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.

Hundreds of flavours

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!

1. Select your Vape Kit

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.

2. Pick an e-liquid flavour

We have a huge selection of e-liquids in a variety of delicious flavour profiles – from tobacco to fruit, menthol to dessert and everything in between, to offer a new and enjoyable experience to vapers.

3. Choose a strength

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

The vast majority of electronic cigarettes consist of 2 main components: a battery and a tank, and work in the same way.

How Vape Kit Works - Tanks,Batteries and Mods
Vape Kit Process
Caution – Battery Safety Information

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.

Starter Kits

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.

Sub-Ohm Kits

The term ' sub-ohm' relates to resistance of the coil (heating element) being less than 1 ohm which leads to a direct lung inhale (similar to a shisha or cigar).

Used with a powerful battery, high levels of vapour are produced. These devices are typically used with high VG e-liquid.

Understanding E-Liquid

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).

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol (PG) is an artificial mixing agent which is used in a lot of food and medicinal products such as ointments, body creams, makeup and asthma inhalers.

It is non-toxic and safe for human consumption, PG is odourless when heated and when mixed with nicotine, it gives a simulated throat hit. If you are looking for a stronger flavour and a more harsh throat hit from the nicotine then a higher PG based e-liquid is recommended.

Vegetable Glycerine

VG is a derivative of vegetable oil and is also recognised as a safe substance for consumption. It is used to thicken the consistency of e-liquid, which in turn creates the dense vapour clouds associated with sub-ohm vaping.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a natural mixing agent which will control the amount of vapour production within an e-liquid. It is considered a safe substance for consumption and is used common foods such as baked goods, grains, cheese and processed vegetables

E-Liquid Varieties

E-liquid is available in different types suitable for use with different devices. Each variety offers you a different sensation to suit your vape preference.

Starter Eliquid

An e-liquid with a higher ratio of PG than VG that is used with most starter kits.

SubOhm Eliquid

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.

Shortfill Eliquid

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.

Nic Salt Eliquid

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.

Helpful Tips

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.

Your Plan

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 eliquid along with spare coils for your tanks. Visit one of our many stores to get an in depth walk though on how to start the process of switching and what the best vape device is for you. Simply search for a vape shop near me and head down to our many local vape shops.

Family and Friends

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.

Your Weaknesses

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.

Don't Give up

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 realistic and don't give up!