The number of people quitting cigarettes is at a 10-year high according to research, with much of the reduction coming from changing attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quitting tobacco cigarettes can be a massive boost to your overall health.
Traditional tobacco cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals that are known to be harmful to people and many are proven to cause different types of cancers. But even if you want to, quitting smoking isn’t an easy thing to do. Finding a suitable nicotine replacement is by far the easiest way to kick the habit. And using e-cigarettes and vapes can be one of the most effective replacement therapies.
What are e-cigarettes and how do they work?
E-cigarettes are a much healthier alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. They don’t contain tar and the other dangerous chemicals you find in normal cigarettes. They work by heating an e-liquid, which produces the vape cloud. These liquids come in all kinds of flavors, and even different strengths of nicotine. You’ll get the same nicotine hit and familiar hand-to-mouth action, but without the 4000+ toxins that can be found in traditional cigarettes.
How to choose the right e-cigarette
There are a few things you need to consider when choosing your e-cig.
- What flavors do you like?
There are hundreds of flavors available. If you’re just starting out it’s best to experiment with different ones to find a few favorites.
- How strongly do you need it?
If you’re switching from smoking cigarettes, you might be better with a stronger nicotine liquid. In the short term, this could help you control your cravings, rather than trying to go too low too soon. You’ll gradually be able to reduce your nicotine intake until you find you’re no longer having any cravings. If you’re not a smoker and are worried about nicotine addiction but have been thinking about vaping, you can get 0% nicotine e-liquids.
- Do you need a PG or VG solution?
This is all down to what you want from your experience using a vape. If you want maximum flavor or that same ‘throat hit’ you get from cigarettes, opt for a PG favored liquid. If you’re looking for bigger vape clouds, prioritize VG content in your liquids.
How effective are e-cigarettes as a stop-smoking tool?
E-cigarettes can be an effective way to kick the smoking habit. There currently are 3.6 million vapers in the UK, two-thirds of which are ex-smokers – the latest report by ASH finds. There is growing evidence that e-cigs are one of the best stop smoking aids available.
The NHS has found that combined with face-to-face expert support, people who used e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking were twice as likely to succeed than those who were using other forms of nicotine replacement products – like patches or chewing gum. Quitting smoking is far from easy – there are many challenges you’ll face along the way, but with the right tools and support, it can be much less difficult than you’re picturing.
If you’re unsure where to start with e-cigarettes, the best thing to do is find a specialist supplier so they can help you find what’s best.