Switching made simple

Giving up smoking can be difficult, so many people will choose an alternative nicotine delivery method to help them kick their smoking habit. It has been found that using an e-cigarette as a stop smoking aid is 95% more effective than giving up ‘cold turkey’, but finding the right device and e-liquid could seem like a confusing task. This guide will equip you with all the information you need to help you successfully make the switch from smoking to vaping.

Why stop smoking?

  • Smoking is extremely harmful to your health and even light and social smoking causes damage to the body.
  • Smoking is one of the biggest causes of cancer and other preventable diseases, it’s estimated that around 7 out of 10 cases of lung cancer are smoking related.
  • As well as the long term diseases associated with smoking, smokers are also more likely to develop other health problems like asthma, pneumonia and emphysema.
  • Second hand smoke can cause health problems for those around you.
  • Smoking can cause a number of physical changes such as premature aging of the skin, yellowing of the teeth and nails, and will often leave a lingering unpleasant smell on your clothes and hair.
  • The cost of cigarettes is rising rapidly, and the average smokers spends approximately £1200 a year on cigarettes.

Why make the switch to vaping?

  • Vaping is proven to be at least 95% less harmful than smoking.
  • E-liquids do not contain the harmful substances that are found in cigarettes such as tar and carbon monoxide.
  • Using an e-cigarette allows you to give up smoking without going ‘cold turkey’ and avoid unpleasant nicotine withdrawal.
  • The vapour produced by e-cigarettes dissipates quickly without leaving any smell or yellowing to you or your household.
  • Vaping is less expensive than smoking, with the average vapers spending only a third of what they would have spent on smoking per year.
  • You can control the strength of nicotine to best suit your needs, and over time can lower your nicotine strength and eventually remove nicotine altogether.

Step-by-step guide to making the switch

  • Consider your smoking habits; how many cigarettes you smoke and what kind of cigarettes you prefer will play a part in what device and e-liquid you will need. Smokers who prefer to roll their own cigarettes often prefer a device with a tight airflow design, whereas pre-rolled smokers tend to prefer a less restricted airflow. Also, the number of cigarettes you smoke will help you to select the best nicotine strength to suit your needs.
  • Finding your device; it’s important to find a device which suits your needs and feels comfortable to use. Not only will you need to find the size and shape of the device comfortable, but the power, airflow design and controls must also feel comfortable and familiar to give you the best chance at success.
  • Find a flavour you love; there are countless different e-liquid flavours, from tobacco, to menthol, to fruity or dessert flavours. Finding a flavour that you love is important, so if you are able to test some flavours you should! If you choose a flavour that you don’t like much, you will be less inclined to use it, and this will affect your chances at a successful quit attempt.
  • There is never a silly question; making the switch can be daunting, and there are so many different devices and e-liquids that finding the perfect combination could seem like an impossible task. But our team is here to help you at every step, and there really are no silly questions! If you have a question about vaping, pop in to your local Evapo store and speak to a member of our team, or contact our customer service team at info@evapo.co.uk or on 020 3962 0965.

Consider your smoking habits

Your smoking preferences will dictate what kind of device and e-liquid combination will best suit you.

If your preference is for pre-rolled cigarettes, a device with an open airflow design would be ideal, such as the Aspire PockeX, SMOK Nord or OBS Cube Mini. The draw on these devices will feel similar to that of a pre-rolled cigarette.

If your preference is to roll your own cigarettes, you will likely prefer a device with a more constricted airflow design, such as the Innokin T20-S, VOOPOO Finic or Vaptio Cosmo. The tighter draw of these devices will feel similar to that of a hand rolled cigarette.

How many cigarettes you would normally smoke will help you find what nicotine strength would best satisfy your nicotine cravings.

Light smokers who only smoke a couple of cigarettes a day, social smokers and non-daily smokers would be best suited to a 3mg e-liquid, as this is the lowest strength.

Those who smoke between 5 – 10 cigarettes a day would likely find a 6mg e-liquid best suits their needs.

Moderate smokers, between 10 – 20 cigarettes a day, are recommended a 10 or 12mg e-liquid.

Heavy smokers, those who smoker 20+ a day, would be best to start off using a high strength e-liquid, an 18 or 20mg.

It is also important to identify whether you would like your e-liquid to feel smooth or whether you enjoy a bit of a ‘throat hit’. If you prefer a smooth inhale, nic salt based e-liquids would be preferable as they feel smooth even at high nicotine strengths, whereas if you prefer a bit of a throat hit, free base nicotine e-liquids would best suit you.

Finding your device

Once you have identified what kind of airflow design would best suit your preferences, open and airy or tight and constricted, you need to find a device which will fit in to your daily life and suit your needs.

If you are looking for a small and discreet device, you may like to consider a pod system. You can either choose a refillable pod device, meaning you can choose your own e-liquid and refill the pod yourself, such as the Sigelei Wocket, SMOK Nord, VOOPOO Drag Nano or Innokin Gala. Or you can select a pre-filled pod system, where you can choose from a selection of pods pre-filled with e-liquid in various strengths, and simply throw the pod away when it is empty, such as the JUUL, myblu, mylo or Vype ePod.

If you would prefer a pen style device, with a sleek design that fits easily in a bag of pocket, the Vaporesso Orca, Vaptio Tyro or Innokin T18 II would be good devices to consider.

Or a larger device which fits ergonomically into the hand such as the Innokin EZ.WATT, Vaptio Cosmo or Coolfire Mini.

Find a flavour you love

As important as it is to get the correct nicotine strength to suit your needs, you also need to find a flavour of e-liquid that you love. While some people find that a tobacco or menthol flavour suits them perfectly, others find that they prefer a sweet or fruity flavour which actually tastes nothing like cigarettes. If you choose a flavour that you don’t like very much, you are less likely to pick up your e-cigarette, and this could be detrimental to your chances of a successful quit attempt. Many people will choose to buy a couple of different flavours which they find appealing, so they can try different flavours and choose the perfect one that is their ‘all day vape’.

If you need any more advice

If you still have questions about choosing the right combination of e-liquid and e-cigarette to give you the best chance at a successful quit, there are a number of ways that you can contact us. You can contact our Customer Service team by phone on 020 3962 0965, by email on info@evapo.co.uk or via the live chat option on our website, we are more than happy to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.

You can also access countless online resources through our online guides and FAQs, our blog and YouTube channel.

Reasons to start vaping

  • E-cigarettes have been found by University College London to be the most effective way to give up smoking, especially when combined with the help of a stop smoking specialist.
  • E-liquids allow you to control your nicotine dosage, and lower the dosage as and when you are ready.
  • Vaping feels much more familiar to smokers, as the act of vaping closely replicates that of smoking in a way that other nicotine replacement therapies like patches and gum do not.
  • Vaping has been found by Public Health England to be 95% less harmful than smoking, and e-liquids do not contain any of the countless toxic substances that are found in cigarettes.
  • E-cigarette vapour dissipates in seconds, and does not cause discolouration or a lingering smell to yourself or your environment.
  • On average, vapers spend only a third of the money they were spending when smoking, an average saving of £800 per year!

Where to start

If you are considering an e-cigarette as an alternative to smoking, or a way to cut down on your cigarette usage, give our ‘Guide: Switching made simple’ a read to help you find the perfect device and e-liquid combination to suit your needs.

You will need to identify the device that will feel most comfortable and fit into your lifestyle best, as well as an e-liquid strength that provides the appropriate nicotine dosage and is a flavour that you love.

How does an e-cigarette work?

An e-cigarette is comprised of a tank, or pod, and a battery. The tank contains a coil surrounded by cotton; once the tank has been filled with e-liquid, the cotton absorbs the e-liquid which is then vaporised as the coil is heated. This vapour is then inhaled by the user. The coil will only heat up when the user depresses the fire button, or on buttonless devices, when the user inhales through the mouthpiece.


How to set up your device

Once you receive your device, you will find a user manual with a device specific set up guide to help you set up your device effectively.

  • If you are using a pre-filled pod system, it is as simple as popping the pod into the device and you are ready to go.
  • If you are using a device with fillable pods, simply fill the pod with e-liquid and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using it.
  • If you are using a device with replaceable coils, squeeze a few drops of e-liquid onto any exposed cotton, this is known as priming the coil. Avoid putting e-liquid into the centre of the coil, as this may not be absorbed straight away and may spit out of the mouthpiece when you use the device. Once you have primed the coil, insert it into the tank and fill the tank with e-liquid, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes to become fully saturated.
  • It is important to ensure the coil is fully saturated in e-liquid before you use the device. If you use your device before the coil has fully absorbed the e-liquid this could lead the coil to burn out prematurely.
  • Once the tank is read to use turn on the device, this is usually done by pressing the fire button 3-5 times in quick succession. If your device has an adjustable wattage feature make sure the wattage is set to the correct setting for the coil you are using, and then your device will be ready to use!
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