As the “Cost of living crisis” bites in the UK evidence suggests more and more people are quitting smoking cigarettes and switching to vaping / E-Cigarettes to save money.
Mortgages going up, rent going up, food going up, fuel going up , nobody is exempt from the cost of living crisis. Most of these things are out of our control but smoking is a choice. Not only does it kill you, it has become a very expensive habit.
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health.
When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you will be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately.
It’s never too late to quit. Let’s do this!
Making the switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes may seem daunting so here’s some advice on how to make the change as easy as possible.
Middle aged people and the older generation account for the largest proportion of cigarette and tobacco smokers but this applies to everyone.
Vaping doesn’t need to be complicated to make the switch and you don’t need to buy expensive devices to make the change.
When you think of vaping you probably think of big clouds. Well don’t. Those generally come from low nicotine e-liquid and the large tank style device. These are not suited to people who are starting to quit smoking.
This is where disposable vapes / e-cigarettes come into play.
There are two types of vaping devices – Mouth-to-lung (MTL) or direct-to-lung (DTL).
The closest to smoking a cigarette is a mouth-to-lung device.
A lot of success in switching from smoking to vaping relies on the first two weeks. This time can be tough, but it’s worth giving it a really good go.
Research has found that vaping is 60% more effective as a tool for quitting smoking than nicotine replacement products or quitting unaided. Vaping is a nicotine harm reduction product and a way to get safer nicotine.
Disposable vapes / e-cigarettes cannot be easier to use. You simply open the packet and puff on the device to activate it.
Most disposable devices are designed to replicate the act of smoking a cigarette (Hence the term E-cigarette) and can deliver a higher content of nicotine compared to larger vaping devices giving you a better chance of successfully quitting smoking for good.
I’ve covered to financial and health benefits on other blogs so won’t go into great detail about this.
Choosing a suitable vape and flavour
This is where things can appear a little confusing as there exists so many different options but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Here at Squire Vape Co we are always available to offer advice as to what device and flavour may suit you best. Most of the devices we stock have an average puff count between 550/600 and contain 2% of nicotine salts. The main difference in devices is the shape and strength of flavour.
What are Nicotine Salts?
Nicotine Salts are the exact same form of nicotine found in tobacco. It’s a common misconception that nicotine is the main danger in cigarettes; however, nicotine is an addictive chemical that carries far fewer toxins than tobacco. Tobacco, the main body of the cigarette is what poses the most health risks. Nic salts allow the nicotine to enter the bloodstream at a similar speed to cigarettes, exactly what quitters are looking to replicate.
E-cigarettes/disposable vapes were originally designed as a less harmful replacement to cigarettes. They have proven a successful device with the UK Parliament announcing that around 2.9 million people in the UK vaping and roughly around 470,000 using as an aid to quit smoking, with tens of thousands using them to successfully quit smoking altogether.
It is estimated that one in three e-cigarettes sold in the UK are fake, this is why it is important to find a good supplier. We only stock the top brands such as the Geek Bar range, IVG, the Elux range, Elf Bars and Aroma King and only buy from trusted companies and check every batch for authenticity giving you peace of mind.
The problem with fake products
Many of these vape products can appear genuine which can lure you into a false sense of security, especially if you see it at a much cheaper price, after all who doesn’t love a bargain? The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TPD) ensure that your vape products are safe and tested, a process that requires manufacturers to let governing bodies know the exact ingredients used. As you might expect, these fakes do not comply with this meaning that illegal and harmful ingredients or strengths, often end up in these products.
Fake Geek Bars in the news
With the rising popularity of disposable vape devices, Geek Bar in particular, it was only a matter of time before this too felt the sting of counterfeiting. The UK market has seen a large influx of fake and cloned Geek Bars, as well as non TPD compliant versions. Not only does this impact and hurt the manufactures of Geek Bar who receive unfair criticism of alleged products, but also impact the health of any who mistakenly use these products.
Large supermarkets have already caught onto this market and are selling limited devices costing as much as £8.00 each. The products we stock range from £4.00 – £6.00 and “Bulk buying” can save you even more money.
Whether you are a smoker in your 20’s or 70’s it is never too late to quit and it has never been easier.
There is no better incentive than the rising inflation, cost of energy and benefits to your health no matter what age you are.
We cannot control the rising costs of living but we can control how much we spend on luxury items including cigarettes. Making the switch from cigarettes to vaping is very cost-effective and easier than you may think.
The ultimate goal is to quitting completely and vaping can be your first step in the right direction, while saving money and improving your health with a 95% safer nicotine delivery device and tobacco harm reduction.