E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular in the UK, and accepted as a viable way to quit smoking. With the backing of charities such as Cancer Research UK, and the move to allow e-cig adverts targeted at smokers to be aired, you’ll no doubt have heard a lot about electronic cigarettes in recent months. So if you’re thinking about making the switch to quit smoking, here are 5 things you should know about e-cigs before you make the move.
1. No Smoke
If you’ve ever seen someone vaping in a restaurant, bar, or at work, you might have been a little confused when you noticed the little wisp that comes out of the e-cig when they take a puff. However e-cigarettes don’t release any smoke, just a harmless cloud, solving the problem of second hand smoke and making it safe to vape around friends and family.
2. No Smoking Ban
Because these products don’t actually release any smoke, they get around the UK smoking ban, meaning you can enjoy your nicotine fix in public places where you previously weren’t allowed to light up. Having said this, you should always check the policy of the individual establishment before using your e-cig indoors, as some places have extended their ban to electronic cigarettes.
3. Vaping Etiquette
Whilst e-cigarettes are safe to use around others, it’s polite to follow some basic rules of etiquette, such as asking permission before you start to vape in company, and avoiding blowing clouds in the direction of non-smokers.
4. Choose Your Nicotine Intake
Like most other tools to help people quit smoking, e-cigarettes have nicotine within the e-liquid. However there is a huge choice of strengths available to help you find the right e-liquid to match your previous smoking levels. A heavy smoker might choose a high content nicotine liquid, and you can gradually decrease the percentage, even down to zero!
5. Go Premium
The UK market currently has very few regulations on these up-and-coming products, so when shopping for vaporisers and accessories you should do your research before buying. Quality can vary greatly between e-cigarettes and e-liquids, for example, with many poorly designed imports from Asia giving these products a bad reputation. However if you invest in a premium electronic cigarette and accessories, you should have a safe and long-lasting experience.
6. Save Money
Even if you buy the highest quality kit and accessories, you will still save money by making the switch from tobacco to vaping, the latter of which is far cheaper. The average smoker can save £2000 in a year, a significant amount of money and a great bonus alongside the health benefits of quitting smoking.
An affordable, safe and simple way to quit smoking, now that you’ve brushed up on your knowledge of e-cigs, make the switch and discover even more advantages for yourself. When you become a part of the vaping community, you can experience the same nicotine fix with fewer constraints, and gradually wean yourself off toxic tobacco.
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