Why do you Age 18+ Check?
Despite being legal to vape under the age of 18 in the UK the government has passed legislation under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991, Children and Families Act 2014 and the Children and Young Persons (Sale of Tobacco) Order 2007 which prohibits the sale of vapes and e-liquids to people under the age of 18.
What is vaping?
Vaping is the use of e-cigarettes or other devices that allow you to inhale nicotine within a vapour instead of harmful smoke. Vape devices come in many different forms, vape sticks, vape pens, vape pods, AIO or all-in-one devices, and vape mods but they all consist of three main components, a battery, a tank with a mouthpiece to hold the liquid and a coil or atomiser to turn the liquid into a vapour.
Everything you always wanted to know about vaping but were afraid to ask.
Is vaping safe?
According to many experts, using e-cigarettes is rated as being 95% safer than smoking. Vaping does contain some of the harmful chemicals found in smoking but much smaller levels. It doesn’t produce tar or carbon monoxide, the two most harmful elements of smoking. Despite popular belief, Nicotine is not harmful to your health. Although addictive and the main reason why people experience problems quitting smoking, nicotine is relatively harmless.
The NHS within the UK recommends vaping as an alternative or aid to giving up smoking.
How do e-cigarettes work?
Put simply, an e-cigarette passes a liquid which is known as an e-liquid or ‘vape juice’ in which the nicotine is suspended over a hot coil as you inhale. The hot coil produces a ‘vapour’ by superheating the liquid.
How do I use my vape?
You can find useful links to vape device instructions and manuals on the individual product pages (where we have been able to obtain them). Check out our current list of available vape user manuals and instruction manuals now.
What are e-liquids?
E-liquids are essentially made up of two elements VG and PG (Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol) which are approved additives used in the food industry. Also, they will contain flavourings that are blended to give a range of different flavours which makes up about 10% of the juice volume. E-liquids come in different proportions of VG and PG allowing for a stronger or smoother vaping experience. Anything from a 50/50 blend. E-liquids can be bought with varying levels of nicotine content from 0% to 1.8% or 1.8 mg. Read our blog 'What is in e-liquids?' to find out more.
Which e-liquid is right for me?
If you’re looking to quit smoking, you may wish to start with a liquid that has a similar nicotine content to which you are used to.
- 1.8% - A typical smoker of 10-20 cigarettes a day
- 1.2% - Those who smoke 10 or fewer cigarettes a day
- 0.6% - Less than 10 or light strength cigarette smokers
- 0.3% - Very light smokers, casual smokers
- 0.0% - No nicotine content for nicotine-free smoking
High VG content liquids will give you bigger clouds as they’re thicker. More importantly, they offer a smoother vape with more taste but require a more powerful e-cigarette or vaping device. High PG content liquids are thinner and offer a stronger throat hit experience, not dissimilar to smoking. Many people vaping for the first time are advised to go for a 70%-30% or 80%-20% PG-VG liquid with a high nicotine content of around 1.6% or 1.8% and gradually change to a lower nicotine content and higher VG content over time. This is because it closely resembles the nicotine hit you get from a cigarette.
Are e-cigarettes and liquids regulated?
The simple answer is yes. All liquids and e-cigarettes sold in the UK by responsible retailers have to be licensed or TPD compliant. TPD is the Tobacco Products Directive. E-cigarettes can only be sold with a maximum 2ml size tank for the liquid. Liquids are sold in a 10ml capacity if they contain nicotine.
If an e-liquid commonly known as vape juice contains nicotine it can only be sold in 10ml bottle sizes. Short Fills or liquids that don’t have a nicotine content can be bought in 50ml sizes with separate ‘Nic Shots’ or nicotine in the desired strength in 10ml bottles to add yourself before filling your tank.
All our e-cigarettes, vaping kits, and e-liquids are sourced in the UK from recognised wholesalers and manufacturers ensuring that they are TPD Article 20 compliant as regulated by the MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency).
The liquids we sell are manufactured and blended in clean rooms and are independently tested by recognised industry scientists to ensure the quality and consistency of the product. We ensure that all the liquids we sell are made using the highest food and pharmaceutical grade ingredients manufactured in the UK, EU, or in the US.
The TPD introduced new rules which ensure:
- minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids)
- that information is provided to consumers so that they can make informed choices
- an environment that protects children from starting to use these products.
From 20 May 2017, the new requirements:
- restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml
- restrict the maximum volume of nicotine-containing e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml
- restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml
- require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper-evident
- ban certain ingredients including colouring's, caffeine and taurine
- include new labelling requirements and warnings
- require all e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to MHRA before they can be sold
What are Nic Salts?
Traditional vape e-liquids or juices use what is known as ‘Freebase-nicotine’ which is nicotine at its purest. Developed by the tobacco industry.
Nic salts, on the other hand, are nicotine in its most natural form as found in the tobacco leaf. The main difference is that Nic salts offer a higher nicotine hit, similar to smoking, which is perfect for someone looking for an alternative to cigarettes when quitting.
Nic salts have a lesser impact on taste which results in stronger and richer flavours and a smoother throat hit. Nic salts can also be vaped at lower temperatures than traditional VG based e-liquids meaning that they’re perfectly suited for smaller wattage vape pens or e-cigs and in the new range of Pod devices. Nic salt e-liquids typically come in 20mg/ml or 2.0% concentration, though higher doses can be found.
Combining Nic salts with a traditional tobacco flavour would give you the closest experience in taste and nicotine levels to actual smoking. Perfect when trying to quit as they help with the nicotine craving, the biggest barrier to successfully quitting.
What nicotine level is best?
Different cigarette brands have different and varying levels of nicotine. However vape e-liquids have standard levels of nicotine content in them from 0mg/ml through 3mg/ml 6mg/ml 12mg/ml to 18mg/ml.
If you’re a heavy smoker you’ll probably want a liquid with nicotine content between 12mg/ml and 18mg/ml. A light smoker would probably be advised to opt for something between 3mg/ml and 6mg/ml. If you’re looking to cut out your dependence on nicotine you could gradually reduce your level of nicotine over time.
I quit smoking about 5 years ago with the aid of various vaping products and now enjoy vaping with e-liquids with a 0mg/ml nicotine content. Cutting out my dependency on nicotine completely which means I’m no longer addicted to smoking and feel 100% better for it.
I’m glad to say that since it tried vaping it has moved on in leaps and bounds from the cheap petrol station cig-a-likes to an industry that’s not regulated and full of innovation and an abundance of great products and an exciting range of e-liquids and flavours. Vaping is now recognised by the NHS as a safe and viable option to help quit smoking.
What are the benefits of quitting?
Just a small reminder. When you quit smoking several benefits directly relate to your health:
- Within 1 week: Your sense of taste and smell improves
- Within 1 month: Increased blood flow and better skin condition
- Within 3 months: Blood circulation and lung function improves
- Within 9 months: Improved breathing and fewer respiratory problems
- Within 1 year: Carbon monoxide levels in the blood drops
- Within 10 years: The risks of lung cancer is cut by 50%
- Within 15 years: The risks of developing coronary heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker
Abbreviations, Terms & Acronyms
AIO - All In One. A device that has the battery, tank, and coil contained as one unit in a sleek modern design like most pod systems.
DL - Direct to Lung. A form of vaping where the vapour is drawn from the device directly into the lung. DL devices use specific coils, Ohm, and wattage ratings to produce a direct to lung vape experience.
MTL - Mouth To Lung. Many devices and coils are specific to this form of vaping where the user draws the vapour from the device into the mouth before taking it into the lungs in the same way as when you're smoking.
Top Fill (TF) / Bottom Fill (BF) - E-liquid tanks are usually one or the other, requiring the tank to be filled from either the top or the bottom. Top fill tanks are more convenient as it usually doesn't require you to remove the tank. Some pods are bottom fill but are usually designed to be easily removed.
VG:PG - Refers to the Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol contents in e-liquids that are used to produce the vapour and to suspend the nicotine and flavouring. Usually seen on liquids as a ratio. i.e VG:PG 50:50 or 50% mix. The majority of e-liquids used in vape pens, pods, and smaller powered devices are 50:50 as they give the best results. A 70:30 mix is thicker and requires a higher-powered device and coil. However, this does produce bigger clouds.
Coils & Atomisers - The coil is simply the part of the device that produces the high heat required to vaporise the e-liquid. Quite simply, it's a coil of wire that's wrapped in cotton infused with liquid from the tank that heats to high temperature like a cooker ring when a current is passed through it. Coils are rated by the current or Wattage and the resistance or Ohms required for it to operate at optimal performance for the best results.
Most starter kits, vape pens, and pod systems use coils with a 1.0 Ohm or higher rating for regular 50:50 e-liquids. Nic salts which are popular and recommended for those looking to quit smoking are best used in devices with coils that have a 1.6 Ohm or greater rating. Higher Ohm rated coils operate at lower temperatures and produce less vapour resulting in less cloud production.
Sub Ohm - As above, this relates to the optimal performance of a coil. Sub-ohm means that the coil is rated at below 1.0 Ohm resistance. These coils are good for experienced vapers looking to produce vast clouds since they offer less resistance and produce more heat for a given wattage producing more vapour from the e-liquid.
Dripping - A type of vaping practised by very experienced vapers. As the term suggests, instead of a coil mounted within a tank full of liquid, there is no tank. The user drips the e-liquid onto the cotton wick within the coil before vaping. The user has to constantly recharge the cotton wick by dropping e-liquid onto it as they vape.