New to Vaping? Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

In recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Also known as vapes or e-cigs, they're far less harmful than cigarettes and can help you quit smoking for good.

What are e-cigarettes and how do they work?

An e-cigarette is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke.

E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco and do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke.

They work by heating a liquid that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine, and flavourings.

Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.

What Should You Look for in a Vape Kit?

There are so many different options when you start looking into vaping that it can seem overwhelming, but there are a few key things that you should consider before choosing the vape kit is right for you. A vape kit can be a great way to start your journey towards smoking less, as you know you can get started straight away. All of the different elements of the vaping device are guaranteed to be compatible, and buying as a bundle will save you money on the upfront cost of a vape.

What’s Included?

Most vape kits will include everything you need to get started. You’ll get the vaping device itself - this is the main body of the vape and contains a battery and the circuitry of the device (which you need to heat the vape juice or e-liquid and create vapour), as well as a charging cable. If you’re buying a vape with a cartridge or pod system, these should come with your kit, and is the part of the vape that contains the nicotine and flavourings. If you’re getting a vape device with refillable e-liquid, then you might have to buy this separately. Most beginner kits will have batteries included as part of the device, but some will come with separate batteries which you’ll have to buy separately.

What are e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that work by heating a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales and exhales. The e-cigarette liquid typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, and other chemicals. Nicotine is the addictive drug found in regular cigarettes and other tobacco products. Research shows that e-cigarette aerosol often contains substances that can be harmful, including flavoring chemicals (like diacetyl, which is linked to lung disease), metals (like lead), and other cancer-causing chemicals.
Are e-cigarettes regulated?

Companies that make or sell e-cigarettes must follow certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. For example, only people age 18 and over are allowed to buy e-cigarettes. Researchers are working hard to gather more information about e-cigarettes and how they are used. This information may lead to additional regulations and could be helpful for informing the public about what’s in e-cigarettes and the potential health risks of using them.
What are the known health risks of e-cigs?

Compared with regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes have been on the market a short time—about 11 years. Scientists are studying e-cigarettes to understand how using them affects people’s health. Here’s what doctors and researchers know right now:

E-cigarettes usually contain nicotine. Nicotine is what makes tobacco products addictive. Be aware that some e-cigarettes that claim to be nicotine-free have been found to contain nicotine.

E-cigarettes are harmful for youth, young adults, and pregnant women. The nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful for developing babies, and can lead to addiction and harm brain development in children and young adults into their early 20s. Although there is still much to learn about e-cigarettes, the evidence is clear that the harmful health effects of using e-cigarettes means teens and young adults should not use them.

E-cigarettes may contain other harmful substances. While e-cigarettes typically have fewer chemicals than regular cigarettes, they may still contain heavy metals like lead, flavorings linked to lung disease, small particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, and cancer-causing chemicals. Being near someone using an e-cigarette can expose you to the aerosol and the chemicals in it. This is similar to secondhand smoke from regular cigarettes.

Vaping is an option that many smokers will have seen or become aware of in recent years, but it often seems like a far more complicated option than simply lighting up a cigarette and smoking it.

However, it really doesn’t have to be, and with the massive number of options available for smokers looking to move into vaping, there is an option that works for everyone. Whether you’re looking to quit cold turkey, or simply reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke on a daily basis, this is your guide to the best vape kits for smokers.