It’s that time of year again — With October just around the corner, Stoptober is almost here. Stoptober was first created by the NHS to help smokers stop smoking and quit for good. The objective of Stoptober is to stop smoking for 28 days with an aim to permanently quit. If you stop smoking over a period of 28 days, you’re far more likely to remain smoke-free. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death and illness in the United Kingdom. Smoking kills around 78,000 people in the UK per year whilst many more are living with long-term irreversible smoking-related illnesses.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU STOP SMOKING
The first thing you’ll want to do when you quit smoking is to let those around you know. Your friends and family will be your biggest supporters. It’s a big plus if you’ve got a friend or family member who is willing to quit with you during your journey to quit smoking. The NHS also can provide you with support through the use of a mobile app. The Quit Smoking mobile app allows you to track your progress, see how much money you’re saving while giving up smoking and provides daily support. Download the app to track your progress and get that extra nudge to hold yourself accountable. Your first three days of quitting will be the most crucial to your journey to permanently quit smoking. The first three days are proven to be the most difficult as nicotine cravings peak in the first 24-72 hours after you decide to quit. During this peak of nicotine cravings, you could experience irritability, increased appetite, mild headaches and fatigue. Every individual is different but nicotine cravings can include physical, emotional and mental symptoms which can last around four weeks. The mental battle against cigarettes has the potential to last a longer period of time.
After three successful days without cigarettes, it’s no longer an uphill battle — you'll notice your breathing will have improved and you’ll be able to physically feel the difference. Immediately upon having your last cigarette your lungs begin to repair themselves. No need to invest in any fancy vitamins or treatments because your lungs are amazing organs that have the ability to self-clean themselves. Two to twelve weeks after you quit smoking, your body will have increased blood circulation and any coughing or wheezing you have from smoking will be improved by up to 10%. Nip cigarettes in the butt (pun intended) and live a healthier life for yourself and your loved ones.
WHAT YOU DO TO PREPARE YOURSELF TO STOPTOBER
Before Stoptober, you’ll want to develop a plan to quit smoking. Set a date and stick to it. Next, decide if you want to use vapes, gum, patches or any combination of the three. Make sure you have at least a week's worth nic salt vape juices, gum or patches to help curb any cravings you might have. Feel free to contact us as we’re more than happy to help you sort out what concentration of vape liquid and/or nicotine dosages you should use as a new vaper. Next, you’ll want to bin any cigarettes or rolled tobacco products you have. Also, take note of what habits influence you to want to reach for a cigarette. For some it’s stress, having a cigarette with a meal, coffee or on a night out whilst drinking an alcoholic beverage. Certain foods and forms of red meat can make having a cigarette more satisfying. To nip this in the butt (last pun we promise!), try having vegg, fruits or cheese as they are known to not get on well with the taste of cigarettes. The same goes for soft drinks, switch out sugary and carbonated beverages for water to deter yourself away from the possibility of craving a cigarette. You should also remove yourself from situations that encourage you to reach for a cigarette and stay away from those who smoke to prevent yourself from being tempted. Recognise what triggers influence you to want a cigarette before you get cravings so you can effectively manage them. If you can get past the first three days of not smoking a cigarette, it greatly increases your chances of giving up smoking.
WHICH VAPE KITS ARE THE BEST FOR NEW VAPERS?
We understand vaping can get confusing with the various types of kits and vaping styles available on the market. We’ve put together a list of our best beginner vape kits. All of these kits mimic the inhale style and the feeling that smoking gives you. All vape kits on this list will also give you that warm throat hit you get from smoking without inhaling harmful smoke. Win-win.
First on our list is the Go-S Vape Kit By Innokin. The Go-S is a compact pen that is perfect for on the go use as it easily fits in your hand, pocket or bag. It’s 1500mAh will provide you with a satisfying vaping experience that will last you all day. The Go-S has a 13W constant wattage and a slim drip tip which both give you rich and enhanced vape flavour. The Go-S also displays battery life via a LED light on the firing button that will indicate when it’s time for a charge. The Go-S pen comes with a lofty 2ml tank and also features built-in coils making this kit extremely user-friendly. Simply fill up the tank with your favourite vape juice using the fill port. Innokin’s Go-S built-in coil has a resistance of 1.6ohm which means you’ll get an oh-so toasty throat kick on your inhale. You’ll want to use nic salts and 50-50 e-liquids with Innokin’s Go-S vape.
The Caliburn Pod kit by Uwell is the perfect starter kit for new vapers with a simple design and easy setup. The Caliburn series kits are extremely reliable and known for their consistently smooth vape flavour. The Uwell Caliburn pods include integrated vape coils that are easy to use and change out. When the coil has burned out, simply switch out the pod, add your vape juice and you’re good to go. The Caliburn pod kit comes with a long-lasting 520mAh battery and comes with a 1.4ohm coil that will provide the same sensation smoking does whilst inhaling the vapour. You’ll also get a fixed 11W of power which helps the Caliburn deliver consistent vape flavour. The Caliburn features a single external button which can be used to fire up the vape coils, or you can manually draw by simply inhaling. We recommend the use of nicotine salts and 50-50 e-liquids with the Caliburn.
ASPirE POCKEX BOX
The PockeX Box Kit By Aspire is a great introductory kit for new vapers as it allows you to experiment with both mouth to lung and direct to lung vaping styles. The PockeX Box kit also comes equipped with a 2000mAh which will give you hours of vape time. Aspire’s PockeX comes with 0.6ohm (direct to lung) and 1.2ohm (mouth to lung) U-Tech coils which make both vaping styles possible. Mouth to lung vaping provides you with that throat hit you receive that’s similar to smoking paired with modest clouds. On the contrary, direct to lung vaping swaps out that throat hit for a looser inhale and a monstrously cloudy exhale. You’ll use high VG liquids for the 0.6ohm coil and high PG and nic salts vape liquids for the 1.2ohm coil. When you switch between the two coils, the PockeX’s automatic coil recognition will detect which coil is in place so you don’t have to worry about adjusting your vape settings. The Aspire PockeX Box also has an adjustable airflow control ring that gives you a tighter or looser inhale allowing you to customise your inhale.
GEEK VAPE AEGIS NANO
The Aegis Nano is another versatile kit that allows you to choose between mouth to lung and direct to lung vaping. It’s also the most compact kit in our lineup measuring in at 86.5mm x 24mm x 22.5mm. Despite it’s compact size, you’ll get a 800mAh battery that is strong enough to last you all day and a variable wattage of 5-30W allows you to choose how potent your e-liquid flavour tastes whilst you vape. The Aegis Nano comes complete with a 2ml vape liquid pod with built-in mini coils and 0.69 LED screen where you can view all of your vape settings. You’ll also get an adjustable airflow toggle for a customised restricted or unrestricted inhale. The Aegis Nano comes with a 0.6ohm and a 1.2 Aegis Nano 2ml pod which allows you to quickly interchange between vaping styles. The Geek Vapes Aegis Nano is also IP67 proof which means it’s water, dust and shockproof, making it a great option for vapers on the go. It’s top filling refill system makes vape juice refills quick, easy and leakfree. You’ll also get an AS chipset which automatically maximises your vape settings which calculates optimum vape settings for a consistent vaping experience every time. To get the best user experience, you’ll want to use high VG liquids for the 0.6ohm coil and high PG and nic salts vape liquids for the 1.2ohm coil.
geek bar disposable nic salt
Disposable Nic Salt Pods are a quick fix option when you don’t have your vape kit or vape pen handy. Geek Bar has an extensive range of various different flavours to choose that will satisfy every vaper and is a great way to switch from cigarettes to vaping. Geek Bar’s Disposable Nic Salt Pods come equipped with a sizable 2ml pod capacity and a significant 500mAh battery. They also support MTL (mouth to lung) vapers with a spicy inhale, but also graciously deliver higher amounts of nicotine curbing those pesky nicotine cravings. There’s also no need to push any external buttons with disposable nic salt pods as inhale activation rapidly fires up it’s coils on the inhale. Geek Bars disposable e-cigarettes will deliver an average of 575 puffs per e-cig and when the coil has burned out or the battery has died, simply open up a new one. Easy peasy.
SMOK NOVO 4
Last up on our list is the ever-so-compact Novo 4 Pod Kit By Smok. The Novo 4 Pod kit is the ultimate MTL kit that gives you a variable wattage between 5-25W which means you can personalise the flavour you receive from your vape juice. To further customise your inhale, you’ve got an adjustable airflow dial where you can utilise a tighter or looser inhale. Smok’s Novo 4 comes with a monumental 800mAh battery that’s long-standing enough to get you through the day. To keep things user-friendly, the Novo 4 pod kit has no external buttons and possesses a practical inhale drawn activation function. There are also safety features that help keep you safe while also preserving the life of your vape kit. These safety features include an 8 second turnoff and low voltage and short circuit protection. The Novo 4 also comes with a Smok LP1 0.8 Ohm Mesh Coil (along with a spare) that support discrete amounts of vapour and a warm sensation at the back of the throat from the vape’s vapour.