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Stop Smoking With An E-cigarette In 2018 - A Simple Guide Part 1

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  • Stop Smoking With An E-cigarette In 2018 - A Simple Guide Part 1

    The difference between quitting smoking and making the switch to vaping is that you don’t need to make a decision: the finality that smokers usually feel is avoided; there doesn’t need to be the final cigarette; there doesn’t have to be the ceremonial cigarette packet stomping; there is absolutely no pressure, and more than that, no fear.

    You are embarking on a journey to go 'smokefree'. It might take you a day, it might take 100 days, or you may never stop smoking completely, all of these are fine. We are not here to judge, we are here to help you on your way to becoming a vaper.

    It will be difficult, make no bones about it, nothing worth having is easy. There will be challenges and obstacles to overcome, but we know through experience that it can be done. We understand and can help you make the switch to vaping from traditional cigarettes.
    Just by being here you are well on the way to saying ‘I’m a vaper not a smoker’, congratulations.

    Phew…now that you have taken the first step on your journey to make the switch we can start to look at some handy tips to help.

    Making the switch from cigarettes to vaping

    We have 10 years’ experience in the vaping industry and we have dedicated that time to building up a base of the very best products to help smokers switch to e-cigs. We have a section of recommended starter kits that are easy to use, designed for new vapers and come with everything you need to start vaping straight away.

    Before we talk about choosing your e-cig there are a few things that every new vaper needs to know:
    1. There is an ideal e-cigarette for pretty much everyone – But it might not be the first one you try, or the one that you thought you wanted before you tried it. Not all smokers use the same brand of cigarettes, and this analogy carries over to e-cigs. Not all e-cigs are suited to all vapers, so if you have tried vaping before and it didn’t work, don’t give up. Try again, look at our recommended starter kits and if you are stuck that’s why we are here. Jump on our live chat, pop into a store, call us. We have trained staff who are more than willing to help you make the ideal choice.
    2. You will probably cough at first – This is normal. The sensation of vaping is different to smoking. Most smokers will cough the first time they try vaping, this is usually down to inhaling like a smoker not a vaper (which we will cover in more detail later). Vapour also feels ‘thicker’ than smoke as you inhale, and this can cause a cough from the change in sensation. This is temporary, and will pass within a few days of starting vaping.
    3. You might get a dry mouth – Not only a dry mouth, but a dry nose and throat. This is also normal. There are four main ingredients in e-liquid (three if your vape liquid is nicotine free). Some of these ingredients are hygroscopic; this essentially means that they draw water to them, away from you! The more familiar you become with vaping the less noticeable this is. Simply drink the occasional extra glass of water when you start vaping.
    4. There might be false starts – You are attempting to change a habit that you may have had for years. Some people will pick up an e-cig and never touch a cigarette again, others will slowly cut down over time. The idea is, if you have one cig in the morning or ten through the day, don’t beat yourself up over it. Again, we are not here to judge. If you are craving smoking it might be that something needs adjusting; your e-liquid strength for example. Talk to us.
    5. Vape like a vaper not a smoker – The first mistake people usually make is attempting to vape like a smoker. When you puff harder on a cigarette you get more smoke; this does not work when vaping. There is nothing already lit and burning, so your e-cig needs time to produce vapour. You have to vape like a vaper. Longer, slow and steady puffs make a world of difference.
    6. You may get frustrated – Smokers get their nicotine hit almost instantly; cigarettes have been tweaked over many years to ensure this happens. The nicotine hit from vaping takes slightly longer, but on the flip side the satisfied feeling lasts longer. If you have had a vape and still feel that familiar craving, just wait a few minutes. It is difficult to not be frustrated, but you will be surprised how quickly your body adapts to this difference.
    7. You can vape too much – Unlike a cigarette you can keep your e-cig with you all the time, happily taking a draw whenever you feel you need it. You can vape too much, just like you can smoke a cigarette too many, especially if you are on a higher nicotine strength. If this happens you might get some mild side effects similar to smoking too much, and that pass just as quickly: typically a headache, mild nausea, or dizziness. Stop vaping and wait for these to pass. If this happens every time you vape, the chances are your nicotine strength is too high. We will cover that in more detail later.
    This is part 1 of our Bit-by-bit guide to making the switch to vaping. Look out for part 2 soon.

    - Vaper
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