With Christmas over, attention is inevitably turning instead to New Year (or Hogmanay as it's known here in Scotland). The party of the year for many, it's an opportunity to wave goodbye to the previous 12 months, while ushering in the next.
This post was first published on Jan 2nd 2015, but we thought it was worth sharing again.
New Year also means resolutions, with many people using the fresh calendar as the perfect excuse to eat more healthily, start hitting the gym or the old favourite; quitting cigarettes. According to a YouGov poll carried out almost a year ago, 14% of those making a resolution chose to quit smoking. Interestingly, in Scotland, this number rose to 26%.
Every year, thousands of people in the UK decide it's time to quit cigarettes, and according to the recent Cochrane Report, this can be more easily achieved by making the switch to vaping. With around 10 million adult smokers in the UK, if you choose to quit cigarettes in 2015, you'll be in good company.
For those looking to switch to vaping instead, there are many options available. We've discussed choosing the right device before, but regardless of whether you're looking for something which closely matches tobacco cigarettes in terms of shape and size, or if you'd prefer something a bit bigger with greater battery life, there is a kit for you.
Once you've decided on the hardware, it's equally important to consider which flavour and strength of e-liquid you choose to use. For almost all new vapers, their first port of call is an e-liquid which replicates their preferred tobacco. We have a wide range available, which should suit most tastes - from the smooth, right through to more full-on and smoky e-liquids.
The final thing to consider is which strength to choose. This is something which can be tricky to get right, as everyone is different. It's possible to make broad recommendations, however, based on what you've smoked in the past:
- 0mg: For those who wish to vape without the nicotine. Generally suited to users who have stepped down though other strengths.
- 6mg: The bottom level strength which still contains nicotine. Suitable for light smokers, or those who smoke ultra-lite cigarettes.
- 12mg: Medium strength. For those who smoke light cigarettes, or smoke around 10 standard strength cigarettes per day.
- 18mg: The most popular strength. Suitable for most smokers, used to smoking a full pack of standard strength cigarettes per day.
- 24mg: The top level strength. For those smoking very strong tobaccos, or smoking more than a pack of standard cigarettes per day.
If you are ever in any doubt about which strength or flavour to choose, our customer service team are always happy to help.
Besides the health benefits of trading in the tobacco for an e-cigarette, there are also substantial cost savings. As well as this, other benefits, such as an improved sense of smell and taste all come as part of the package.
For more information on the differences between what's found in a tobacco cigarette and an e cigarette, we've posted a handy list in this article before.
Don't forget, you can earn 500 gold points (£5) for referring a friend. If you know someone who's thinking about making the switch to vaping, why not help them along (and yourself at the same time)?
Whatever resolution you choose to make, we wish you the best of luck. Have a fantastic New Year and we'll see you in 2016.