BEST VAPE KITS FOR HEAVY SMOKERS
When you are a heavy smoker and thinking about quitting, there is so much information out on the market. It can be overwhelming trying different methods to kick your habit for good. Join 1000’s of people from around the world who have cut the habit and made the healthy transition to vapes and e-cigarettes!
FINDING THE BEST VAPING KITS FOR HEAVY SMOKERS
If you are a heavy smoker and you are starting to think that quitting cigarettes would be a good idea, you may have tried a few times to kick the habit for good. Making that decision to quit smoking can be overwhelming with the wide range of quit smoking methods out there. Perhaps you have been told by your friends or family that using an e-cigarette or vape kit could be a great way to make that switch for a heavier smoker.
The thought of giving up that sensation of lighting up a cigarette and taking that first drag is too scary. Or trying to break that habit that has been with you for decades, the hand-to-mouth action, that sweet relief when you are enjoying your morning cigarette, the nicotine fix and the neurological sense of fulfilment that you feel; can all seem too much to overcome.
You don’t need to panic at the prospect of quitting smoking anymore. Over the last decade, the introduction and development of electronic cigarette kits for heavy smokers has been refined to the point where over 3m other people just like you have been able to successfully quit smoking with the help of vaping kits. They emulate that familiar inhalation and feeling of smoking while delivering a truly authentic flavour and nicotine fix that can be even more satisfying than traditional cigarettes. The best thing about e-cigarettes is they don’t have all of the 4,000+ chemicals or 50 known carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VAPES AND E-CIGARETTES FOR A HEAVY SMOKER
Like most industries, the number of products, terminology and techno-speak gets overwhelming very quickly. With vapes, there are essentially 2 types depicted by the acronyms MTL and DTL.
Mouth To Lung (MTL) e-cigarettes are the most similar to how you smoke a cigarette. A MTL e-cigarette is activated when you draw on it, like you would with a cigarette, which activates the vapourizing process. Using an MTL gives the user the ability and familiarity of smoking a normal cigarette.
Direct To Lung (DTL) vapes are designed to work by pressing a button which activates a the battery and vapourizing technology. This creates more of a “push” of vapour instead of the “draw” that you get with a MTL e-cigarette or normal cigarette. Typically, DTL vaping devices produce a lot more vapour which is forced into your lungs. For some vapers, this is preferred as they like to exhale more “clouds”. But the more clouds a device produces does not necessarily mean a better vaping experience. It’s more for show than for mimicking that satisfaction of smoking.
As an ex-smoker for 20 years, all the DTL devices I have tried feel like there was just “too much” vapour being pushed too far into my lungs and would make me cough. So even though I was a heavy smoker, I much prefer the natural draw of an MTL vape compared to the DTL device. So for a heavy smoker, an MTL e-cigarette feels more familiar in its draw and the way you inhale compared to your normal cigarettes. If it is your first time vaping, the transition from cigarettes to a mouth to lung style vape should be a relatively easy to get used to and you will be enjoying vaping a lot sooner.
In this guide for the best vaping kits for heavy smokers, we will explain the difference between the types of e-cigarettes and how they work, what is an e-liquid and how the flavour and make up can offer a realistic smoking sensation and provide a list of great e-cigarette kits for heavy smokers that we would recommend. Hopefully with this article will help you find the perfect vape kit for heavy smokers.
ARE OPEN OR CLOSED VAPE SYSTEMS BETTER FOR A HEAVY SMOKER?
Vapes can also be classified as “Closed” or “Open” systems and relates back to MTL and DTL. Closed e-cigarettes relate to Mouth To Lung systems where the nicotine e-liquid is already sealed in the refill or pod. They are designed for someone who is new to vaping, for heavier smokers and people who want an easy to use vape. Inside the vape pod, you will find the heating element (also referred to as a coil or atomizer) and the nicotine e-liquid and flavouring. Once you finish the pod, you simply throw it away and attached a new refill. Nothing else to replace, no parts to clean or maintain and no e-liquid to refill.
“Open” systems refer to the Direct To Lung devices or vape mod box which have a battery, tank, coil, a mouthpiece and the e-liquid as interchangeable elements. Using an open system requires much more maintenance than a closed system. You attach the coil to the tank, fill the tank with e-liquid and then replace the mouthpiece to get started and then repeat once your tank is empty.
Open system batteries tend to be much more powerful as they produce a larger amount of vapour. Due to this extra power, you will find that you will need to replace coils on a regular basis as they can burn out operating at higher battery levels. Again, open systems are great if you want to block out the sun with your vapour, but overwhelming if you a looking for a similar smoking sensation to cigarettes.
WHICH E-LIQUIDS ARE BEST FOR HEAVY SMOKERS?
Now we have established that Mouth To Lung Closed e-cigarettes and vapes are the best choice for a heavy smoker looking to vape for the first time, it is important to understand about e-liquids. Beyond the infinite amount of flavours of e-liquids to choose from, let’s explain the basic ingredients that make up an e-liquid. Unlike a cigarette that contains thousands of harmful chemicals and carcinogens, e-liquids tend to be made up of 4 ingredients – Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Food flavours and Nicotine. When vapourized by an e-cigarette, these ingredients create a flavoursome, smoke-like vapour designed to mimic the smoke from a normal cigarette.
It is important to understand what PG and VG do. Propylene Glycol is thinner (less viscous) and vapourizes at lower temperatures. It also creates the “throat” hit in an e-cigarette. Vegetable Glycerin is a thicker liquid (more viscous) and needs to be heated at a higher temperature. VG is what creates the visible cloud. So the combination of the 2 can create quite a varying range of vaping experiences. More PG in your e-liquid means a greater and more realistic throat hit whereas an e-liquid with more VG delivers more vapour but less throat hit.
We have found that a higher PG concentration in an e-liquid creates the most realistic smoking sensation for a heavy smoker. That is why SMOKO only uses an 80% PG / 20% VG mix in the e-liquids we use in our vape kits for heavy smokers.
Beyond the PG/VG mix of your e-liquids, the flavour will also be a consideration. When you look on many online vape stores, you will find an infinite range of weird and wonderous flavour combinations. Generally these are designed for people using DTL systems and who have been vaping for a while. However, if you look at the range of flavours of cigarettes, you essentially only have 3 choices; tailor-made tobacco, rolling tobacco or menthol. These 3 flavours represent over 95% of all cigarette and tobacco products that are consumed by adult smokers.
So if you are a heavy smoker looking the best vape kit, you should look at either a tobacco, virginia rolling tobacco or menthol flavoured e-liquid in your pods. Choosing one of these will be the most familiar for you during your transition from quitting cigarettes to vaping. We always recommend that a heavy smoker starts with a closed vape kit when they first quit smoking and switch to vaping for the first time.
WHICH NICOTINE STRENGTH IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR A HEAVY SMOKER
If you are a heavy smoker with a long-term smoking habit, you will definitely want to select the highest nicotine strength you can. Under recent TPD regulations, the maximum amount of nicotine allowed in a vape is 2.0% or 20mg. The majority of vape kits have a maximum of 1.8% nicotine (or 18mg) in their strongest refills.
SMOKO E-Cigarette have designed their vape kits for heavy smokers and all come with 2.0% (20mg) of nicotine – the highest amount you can have in the UK. Not only will this be as close to your current level of nicotine from cigarettes, but with our 80% PG / 20% VG e-liquids, you will get a great throat hit as well.
Many of our customers have been smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day for 30+ years and have been able to quit smoking using our e-cigarette starter kits and vape kits with 2.0% nicotine levels. They say it satisfies their nicotine cravings and their hand-to-mouth habit while delivering an authentic smoking experience.
IS VAPING CHEAPER THAN CIGARETTES FOR A HEAVY SMOKER
As you are aware, the cost of cigarettes is not getting cheaper. If you started smoking when you were a teenager and you have been smoking for more than 30 years, the cost of a pack of cigarettes has increased substantially. A pack of tailor-made cigarettes was roughly £1.62 in 1990. Now that same pack will set you back over £12.50 in 2022. That is an increase of almost 1000% increase! And the cost of smoking is not going to get any cheaper any time soon.
The UK government and most others around the world, have been following the rudimentary but effective strategy to reduce smoking rates by consistently increasing the cost of a cigarettes. The SMOKE-FREE 2030 strategy has worked as smoking rates have fallen dramatically in most western countries.
Australia, which has one of the lowest smoking rates, also has one of the highest cost of cigarettes with a pack now costing over AUD$50 or £22!
With the rising cost of cigarettes, it is making it even more attractive for heavy smokers to either quit or look for an alternative.
The great news about vaping is it can be up to 70% to 80% cheaper than smoking traditional cigarettes. If you were a heavy smoker going through 1 pack a day, you may have been spending over £4,500 every year.
Switching to e-cigarettes could cost a pack-a-day smoker between £1.50 to £2 a day. This represents a potential saving of over £3,000 a year!
WHAT VAPE KITS ARE THE BEST FOR HEAVY SMOKERS
Taking all of the information we have reviewed in this guide, if you are a heavy smoker you will want the following in your vape kit:
- A realistic smoking sensation
- Authentic cigarette flavour – whether it is tobacco, rolling tobacco or mentholHigh level of nicotine
- Great throat hitEasy to use device
- Same price or more affordable than traditional cigarettes
With that in mind, here at SMOKO, we have always been catering for people who are heavy smokers who are looking for the best vape kits to help them quit smoking.
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