E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, are one of the more recent and popular stops smoking aids to become available and they can help you quit smoking for good compared to maybe a traditional patch or good old will power!
An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain use an e-cigarette or vape.
How does vaping work?
In its simplest terms E-cigarettes heat a solution, called e-liquid, which typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG) and flavorings. You’ll see PG/VG split on the side of e-liquid bottles which lets you know the mix ratio. They don’t burn tobacco or produce tar or carbon monoxide – 2 of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke, which you inhale from cigarettes.
Are e-cigarettes / vapes safer than cigarettes?
Vaping isn’t completely risk-free, but experts estimate that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes. E-cigarette vapor contains some potentially harmful chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels. Many people think nicotine is very harmful to health. In fact, although it is addictive, nicotine is relatively harmless – it’s the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause almost all the harm from smoking.
What are the different types?
- Cigalikes look very similar to tobacco cigarettes and tend to have small battery and can be disposable or rechargeable.
- Vape pens are shaped like a pen or small tube and have a tank to store e-liquid and replaceable coils. The batteries tend to last longer than cigalike batteries and are rechargeable. These a very popular for beginners to vaping.
- Pod systems are compact rechargeable devices, often shaped like a USB stick or a pebble and use e-liquid capsules. They are simple to use and easy to maintain.
- Mods come in a range of shapes and sizes but are generally the largest e-cigarette devices. They have a refillable tank, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries and variable power. For a more advanced or experienced vaper.
How do I decide which is right for me?
A rechargeable e-cigarette with a refillable tank delivers nicotine faster than a disposable model and is likely to give you a better chance of quitting smoking. So, if you’re a heavier smoker, vape pens, pod systems and mods are the best to try. But if you’re a light smoker, a cigalike could work for you too. As e-liquids are available with different nicotine strengths, you’ll need to choose the right one to satisfy your needs.
Will they really help me quit smoking?
Thousands of people in The UK have already stopped smoking with the help of vaping. It’s not only trendier and cleaner but vapers will notice a huge difference to their pocket too with the monetary savings.
E-cigarettes can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the most out of it, make sure you’re using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid. You won’t get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.
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