Every year around a million individuals pledge to quit smoking on National No-Smoking day and since the initiative first launched back in 1984, it’s helped more than 1.5 million of the population to finally kick the habit for good.
National No-Smoking Day remains one of the most notable events on the UK’s public health calendar and is supported by numerous charities and organisations across the UK, including the British Heart Foundation who not only offer advice and guidance on giving up, but also provide continued support whilst promoting the many benefits associated with it.
Success with Nicotine Replacements
According to the NHS, the best way to quit smoking is Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Because most smokers are addicted to nicotine, it’s important to keep it in the bloodstream. This can be achieved through a number of different options:
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine patches
- Nicotine tablets/lozenges
- Nicotine nasal or mouth spray
Each have their pros and cons and whatever method you decide to try, it’s always advisable to seek medical advice prior to starting treatment as withdrawal symptoms are extremely common and need to be properly managed in order to ensure success.Why Vaping is fast-becoming the preferred option for smokers
Another effective method of giving up are e-cigarettes and according to Public Health England, are not only 95% less harmful to health than tobacco. In a recent landmark study published by the NHS, it has been identified that long-term “vaping” and other nicotine replacement therapies can actually reduce harm to smokers by reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals; thus fully supporting the findings contained within Public Health England’s 2015 report.
So, in favour of vaping there remain certain undisputed facts i.e.
- That whilst smoking is the UK’s biggest killer, smokers die from the tar in cigarettes as opposed to the nicotine.
- There are 5000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, of which 70 are carcinogens and capable of causing cancer. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, don’t create any tobacco smoke at all.
Consequently, whilst the overall question of whether E-cigarettes are safe is still not conclusively answered, it can be proven that using these cigarettes equates to a much lower risk than using standard tobacco cigarettes.
Choosing your first vaping kit
If you’re considering making the switch to vaping, you’ll find a whole array of different products on the market, ranging from the very simple pre-filled pod systems to the more advanced non-disposable tanks.
Disposable devices are typically an all-in-one unit that are discarded when the battery dies. Generally speaking they make for a good starter kit since they are convenient, cheap and easy to use. The downside is that they’re usually weak on vapour, the batteries don’t last very long and the flavours can be fairly limited in taste.
Pros: Convenient, cheap, easy to use
Cons: Usually weak on vapor, batteries don’t last very long, flavours aren’t the best
One to check out: My Von Erl Starter Kit
Pen-style mods tend to be more powerful than the standard E-cigarette and have unlimited flavours but as they’re also customisable, they will require a little maintenance from time to time.
Pros: Less temporary than disposables, more customisable, unlimited flavours
Cons: Not as powerful as box-style mods, requires some maintenance
One to check out: Smok Brit One Mini
Finally, the box-style mod (or ‘box mod’ as it’s more often referred to) can not only be fully customised but also affords access to the full range of e-liquid flavours that you’ll find on the market. Whilst you’ll need to get to grips with it the box-style is the most powerful of the vaping devices which produces rich clouds of vapour.
Pros: Most powerful vaping devices, rich clouds of vapor, lots of customisation options
Cons: A little learning required to effectively complete part replacement & maintainance.
One to check out: Innokin CoolFire IV TC100 & iSub V