Making the decision to switch from smoking to using e-cigarettes can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect when you make the change, so here are 6 things you can expect if you stop smoking and start vaping now...
Please take time to read our 'New to Vaping?' page designed to help inform you better on the products and methods to benefit your vaping journey.
1. ...Flavour discovery
We stock over 200 flavours of e-liquids at Vape Emporium which is a big difference to just tobacco or menthol flavourings you have been used to with smoking. Vaping a strawberry sundae or a lemon cheesecake may be strange at first but you can find great joy in trying various flavours at our vape shops in Richmond or Hampstead in London. Alternatively, we do stock a variety of tobacco flavoured e-liquids that many new starters prefer to begin vaping with. If you can’t get to one of our London stores then browse our e-liquid range online where we aim to be as specific as possible when describing our flavour profiles, so that you always know what you’re getting.
2. ....Health benefits
You will start to notice health benefits within a few days to a few months of your vaping journey, as long as you have stopped smoking completely.
We’ve had many testimonies from our customers who visited our vape shops in London as a 30-a-day or a 40-a-day smoker who has made the switch to vaping and experienced improved health benefits.
We are not health professionals, but from our own experiences as ex-smokers and from customer stories we know there are improvements to health from making the switch from smoking to vaping.
You may experience some coughing; as your lungs purge all the bad stuff built up from years of smoking, better breathing when pursuing active movement, improved taste and smell and many other improvements that smoking had been a detriment to.
Of course, you may be tempted back to smoking but it is important to give vaping the priority, especially in the first few weeks and months. Some new vapers find a benefit from ‘dual use’ in which they use their new vape kit in addition to smoking. This method helps many vapers eventually make the switch over to full-time vaping, but the process will be longer and more challenging. If you put your remaining smokes out of the way and give your new vape kit a chance, you’ll see the huge benefits to vaping and will not be tempted back.
Remember that Vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking* - use this as your motivation to kick the stinky and harmful habit of smoking.
*According to this report from Public Health England.
It is also important to note your nicotine strengths with e-liquid. You can not make direct comparisons to real cigarettes and what you require will depend on how and what you smoked – was it rolling tobacco? Cigars? ‘Lite’ cigarettes? E-liquid comes in a variety of nicotine strengths, usually in 0mg (zero nicotine), 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg and 24mg. Heavy smokers are advised to start with either 18mg or 20mg e-liquid nicotine strengths, whilst medium to light smokers would be more suited to 12mg.
If you are still having the urge to smoke after vaping then you may require a higher nicotine strength for you to get the ‘hit’. Don’t be tempted back to smoking and try a higher strength nicotine liquid, you will be surprised how that craving will be soothed by an e-cig and this is usually when the ‘penny drops’ and you realise that vaping can be as good and better than smoking.
As a smoker, you will only know about ‘maintenance’ in terms of needing a lighter, an ashtray and maybe rizla. With vaping, you no longer need these items but there is some important information you should know about the upkeep.
Pay attention to the battery level of your device and keep your charging cable on you if you are travelling out. Luckily most chargers come with USB cables so charging will be easily accessible in most places.
Apart from replenishing your favourite e-liquid you will also need to change your coils from time to time. The life of a coil can depend on many factors but we find, on average, they can last from 1 to 4 weeks before needing to be replaced. You will notice the need to change your coil once the flavour of your vape starts to drastically dissipate and you experience a dull taste.
5. ….Money Saving
Despite the upkeep of vaping listed above, you should expect to save money compared to smoking. The upfront cost of vaping may seem steep but remember that is worth investing in this one-off purchase. Going forward your cost will be minimal for e-liquid and replacement coils which still remain cheaper than replenishing a 20 pack of cigarettes on a regular basis.
Vaping is enjoyable and you may find you are starting to enjoy it more than you thought possible! Smoking has a lot of negative connotations, we know it is bad for our health and we are conscious of the smells that come with it. Luckily vaping is less harmful to you and the only smell you have to be worried about is the sweet-smelling vapour, but even that does not linger. The vaping community overall is a very welcoming and a friendly group who have all made the journey so we encourage you to check out forums like Planet of the Vapes to expand your knowledge and enjoyment with Vaping.
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