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Vapes For Ex-Smokers

As October rolls in, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you – it’s STOPtober! This nationwide campaign is all about making a positive change in your life by giving up smoking for a whole month. And guess what? Research has shown that if you can kick the habit for just 28 days during October, you’re five times more likely to quit smoking for good! 

But what is the best vape for a heavy smoker to quench those nicotine cravings?

Figuring out where to start can be a bit overwhelming. Smoking is an intense habit, especially for those who’ve been lighting up multiple times a day for countless years.

It’s never too late to make a positive change, and our carefully selected vapes are designed to support even the heaviest of smokers on their journey to a smoke-free life this STOPtober.

So let’s get into the best vapes for a heavy smoker!

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The Benefits of Vaping 

The NHS recommends nicotine replacement therapy as the best way to quit smoking. The most effective method? You guessed it, vaping. 


A Flavour for Every Occasion

Whether you’re an old-school tobacco enthusiast craving that timeless flavour, or if your taste buds are craving a sweet treat, there’s an e-liquid out there for everyone.

From the ever-familiar OG classic flavours to flavours such as Red Apple Ice and Cherry Peach Lemonade, our flavours are here to take you on a taste bud adventure. 

But enough about the taste, let’s get to the health benefits.


Safer Than Cigarettes

Cigarettes contain up to 5,000 chemicals, many of which are extremely damaging to our health. Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for approximately 74,600 deaths a year in England.

Carbon monoxide and tar are perhaps the two most harmful elements in cigarettes and neither of these are present in e-cigarettes, making for a safer smoke. 

This is because vaporisers heat up the nicotine liquid, rather than burning it. Combusting the nicotine is where the carbon monoxide and tar come from.

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Different Vape Device Types Explained

When you have been smoking standard cigarettes for so long, it’s hard to trust that those little devices will quench your cravings. 

But each device has its own innovative features that allow you to fully customise your vaping experience to match your personal needs.


Pen vs Pod 

Vape pens typically look like pens, hence the name and they’re one of the easiest vaping kits to use. Most pens come with three main components: a battery, a tank, and a mouthpiece.

All you have to do is fill up the tank with your favourite vape juice, give the battery button a press to heat things up, and then take a nice, smooth inhale through the mouthpiece to enjoy that vapour. 

Let’s talk about vape pods – they’re more rectangular in shape, user-friendly and just as easy to use as vape pens, but these vape kits have gained major popularity in the vaping community. These nifty devices are all about simplicity, with just two main components: a battery and a pod you can fill with your favourite vape juice. 

Some pod systems are advanced to come with an adjustable airflow, and an OLED screen to see your wattage, battery and puff count.

Setting it up is a breeze – just attach the pod to the battery, and you’re ready to start vaping.

Most vape pods are designed to be auto-draw activated, meaning you don’t need to press any buttons. 

Just take a puff, and you are already vaping. When your e-liquid runs low, it’s as easy as refilling your pod. When your pod reaches the end of its life, simply swap it out for a fresh one. It’s that straightforward!

Always remember when you’re inserting or replacing your coil, give the liquid some time to absorb into your coil, about 2-5 minutes, to let the coil soak up the liquid properly. 

This ensures a smooth vaping experience and prevents dry hits that could harm the coil and ruin your taste!


Advanced Kits

Advanced kits are a fantastic choice for advanced users seeking full control over their vaping experience. 

These kits are usually sub-ohm devices and are a dream come true for cloud chasers because they use coils with resistance below 1ohm, allowing them to vaporise e-liquids at lower temperatures.

What’s cool about these kits is that they often come equipped with screens displaying wattage, and some can go as high as 220W. These powerhouses typically require two mighty 18650 batteries, so it’s crucial to emphasise the importance of battery safety.

You don’t have to sacrifice choosing between a plus ohm or a sub ohm coil with advanced kits either,

Plus ohm coils are ideal for 50/50 e-liquids or nicotine salts, while sub ohm coils shine with 70/30 e-liquids. Since VG is thicker than PG, the low resistance of sub-ohm coils allows for higher temperatures and more vapour production.

The versatility you have with advanced kits is a reason why you see experienced vapers having the highest innovative vape. By simply changing the coil, you can explore a wide range of vape liquids and tailor your experience to your liking.

Keep in mind that many of these kits come with removable IRM (Rechargeable Lithium-Ion) batteries. So it’s vital to have an understanding of battery safety to ensure safe usage and proper maintenance. 

But if you’re a heavy smoker, we always recommend starting with a pod device, they’re hassle-free and simple to use, whilst still giving you that customisation and throat hits you need.

When you feel more comfortable with vaping, you can then upgrade your kit to something a little more advanced. 

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Best E-Liquids for Ex-Smokers

Now you’ve decided which device feels best suited, let’s get onto choosing your accompanying e-liquid for your new anti-smoking adventure!

Nicotine Salts 

Nicotine Salts, often referred to as nic salts, represent a relatively recent innovation in the world of vaping. They are a specific type of e-liquid characterised by a PG (Propylene Glycol) coming in a 50/50 ratio, which gives them a thinner consistency suitable for use with most low-powered vaping devices, like pod systems.

Several years ago, the vaping industry recognised a need for a more effective nicotine delivery system, particularly for vapers attempting to transition away from traditional smoking. 

Conventional “freebase” nicotine, found in standard vape juices, had a slower nicotine uptake than desired and wasn’t quenching those cravings fast enough. This prompted the development of nic salts.

Nic salts are created by blending nicotine with a natural acid, which alters the pH level of the nicotine. 

This adjustment allows for significantly faster nicotine absorption compared to freebase nicotine. 

As a result, nic salts deliver nicotine to the bloodstream more rapidly and provide a smoother throat hit at higher nicotine concentrations. 

This characteristic will allow you, as a heavy ex-smoker, to obtain the nicotine satisfaction you seek precisely when you need it.

The most commonly favoured nicotine strength among nic salts users is 20mg, when you are vaping regularly you can drop your strength down to 10mg, which doesn’t affect the flavour of your preferred liquid.

A 20mg strength nic salt is generally sufficient to satisfy the nicotine cravings of a heavy daily smoker.

It’s important to note that nic salts cannot be used with just any device, especially those designed for sub-ohm vaping. This restriction is primarily due to the unique nicotine formulation found in nic salts.


50/50 Vape Juice

The 50/50 blend in vape liquids excels in bringing out vibrant and accurate flavour profiles, making it a top pick for vapers who prioritise taste. The equal parts of PG and VG work together to enhance those flavour notes, ensuring your vaping experience is rich and truly satisfying.

What’s even better is that 50/50 e-liquids play nicely with a wide range of vaping devices. 

Whether you’re using a pod system, a starter kit, or an advanced mod, these e-liquids are compatible with the correct coil ohm, giving you the freedom to enjoy your favourite vape juice without being tied down by device limitations.

When you opt for a 50/50 e-liquid with an equal mix of PG and VG, it can make your vaping journey smoother and reduce the chances of coughing or irritation. This is especially good news for those who find harsh sensations uncomfortable.

If you don’t want to sacrifice the tobacco flavour but fruity flavours aren’t appealing to you, Debonair e-liquid captures the taste of tobacco with exotic notes. Debonair is an assortment of elegant vape liquids carefully curated to encapsulate the essence of luxurious tobacco.


Bar Juice E-Liquid

Bar Juice is the newest craze in the vape industry. Born from the beloved Fantasi and Ferocious Flavours brands, these vape liquids are double the flavour concentration of standard liquids, so you can enjoy a more flavoursome vape.

Disposable vapes have double concentration too so if you’re a heavy smoker who enjoys the taste of a disposable, then you will certainly enjoy bar juice flavours.

Each 120ml bottle of bar juice boasts tens of thousands of satisfying puffs, so if you were a fan of disposable vapes, they’re a more cost-effective solution.

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The Best Vape for a Heavy Smoker: Device Recommendations

We’ve given you some ideas on vapes for a heavy smoker, but here are some specific devices we’d recommend when it comes to the best vape for a heavy smoker:


Oxva Xlim Pro

The Oxva Xlim Vape Kit is a small but powerful tool for enjoying stress-free vaping. 

It has a strong 900mAh battery, and you can change how strong the vapour is to match your taste. The Xlim Pro’s 2ml tank gives you tasty and smooth vapour, and it’s easy to hold and charge with a USB-C cable, making it great for vaping when you’re out and about. 

Plus, it has safety features to keep you safe, and you can use different resistance pod coils with it, making it the perfect vape for a heavy smoker who wants to trade cigarettes for a vape.


Oxbar RRD

Compared to other disposable vapes available on the market, the Oxbar RRD is a refillable and rechargeable disposable that offers MTL vaping with the ability to refill the device up to 15ml of your own 50/50 vape juice, nic salts or bar juice.

The Oxbar RRD device’s advantages include the ability to constantly refill the pod with vape liquid, potentially allowing it to produce up to 4500 puffs before being properly disposed of. 

Simple, yet effective, the convenience of the Oxbar RRD paired with the fact that its MTL style means it’s the closest vaping style to smoking a cigarette again makes this another fab device for a heavy smoker.


Vaporesso XROS 3

One of the most popular vape kits at the moment, the XROS 3 by Vaporesso is an innovative device with customisable airflow. 

With an impressive 1000mAh internal battery, you can have up to 2 days of moderate vaping before the 20-minute fast charging back to 100%. The AXON chipset also gives you Power Eco mode, which automatically optimises your device’s settings to stretch your battery even further!

Perfect for on-the-go vaping and convenience that cigarettes could never offer.

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Our Advice for Making The Change

If this has left you feeling inspired and wanting to pick up a vape in place of a cigarette over STOPtober, we’re here to help every step of the way! 

Whilst we have given you advice regarding the best vape device and best vape juice for a heavy smoker, we want to give you some top tips and words of encouragement when it comes to making the change. 

Patience is Key

Understand that the transition from smoking to vaping may take some time. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t feel perfect from day one. It’s a process, and you’ll adapt to it.

Seek Support

If you have friends or family who have successfully switched to vaping, reach out to them for advice and support. Having a support system can be very beneficial.

Remember Why You’re Doing This

Always remind yourself of the reasons you decided to make the switch – whether it’s for health, cost savings, or any other personal motivation. This will help keep you motivated.

Don’t Give Up 

If you have setbacks and find yourself smoking occasionally, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s a challenging process, and slip-ups can happen. Just refocus on your goal and keep moving forward.