If you are a smoker who is thinking of switching to vaping, finding the right information might seem daunting. We’ve put together the following list of common questions as a starting point, and your local vape shop will be able to answer any other queries you may have.
What is vaping?
Vaping (using an e-cigarette) is an alternative to smoking, which doesn’t involve the tar or combustion involved in smoking tobacco.
A vaping device contains three main components:
- The battery device. Some vaping devices have built-in batteries that are charged via USB, others have batteries which can be removed and recharged with a specialist charger.
- The clearomiser or tank (which holds the e-liquid). This is usually made of glass or plastic and holds the e-liquid, and a coil that heats up the e-liquid that sits inside it.
- The e-liquid
The battery heats up the coil inside the tank, which causes the e-liquid to turn into a vapour which is then inhaled.
How old do I have to be to buy a vape product?
Sales and proxy purchases of vape products to/for those under the age of 18 is against the law in England and Wales and will soon be against the law in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How much will it cost me to switch to vaping?
The set up costs for a starter kit will vary depending on the type you chose. After that, the running costs are e-liquid to refill your tank, and replacement coils. Coils will usually last approximately two weeks, depending on the type, and cost just a few pounds each. The shops on findavapeshop.com will be able to help you choose the best type of device for your needs, and guide you through choosing the best liquids to get you started.
I keep reading stories in the media about e-cigarettes. Is vaping really less harmful than smoking?
Yes. There is never a situation where it is better to smoke than it is to vape. According to independent studies by Public Health England and The Royal College of Physicians vaping is recognised as being at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking. This position is also supported by The Royal College of General Practitioners and many other independent medical and public health bodies.
Will switching to vaping help me quit smoking?
Yes. Vaping is recognised by the Government as being the number one tool used by smokers to help them quit. The vape shops that you will find on findavapeshop.com will provide you with the expert advice and support that you need to make the switch.
Do we know what is in e-liquid?
Yes. E-liquid contains: nicotine (though not always), propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavourings. All of the shops you will find on this site have been vetted to ensure they only sell products of the highest quality and comply with current regulations.
Is nicotine, when consumed by vaping, dangerous?
No. The e-liquid on the UK market is below 2.0 per cent nicotine strength. Recently a number of bodies including ASH and the Royal Society of Public Health called for more to be done to ensure the public understand that nicotine is ‘not the deadly component in cigarettes.’ The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the MHRA have ruled that long term use of nicotine is not detrimental to the health of the user.
I’ve seen stories in the media about something called ‘popcorn lung’. Is this likely from vaping?
No. This is a myth that came about because of a chemical called diacetyl, sometimes used in food flavourings to give a buttery flavour. It was associated with a lung illness found in workers in popcorn factories in the USA. However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from vaping products in the UK.
Is passive vaping damaging to the health of non-vapers?
No. Smoking and vaping are not the same, and they don’t carry anywhere like the same risk. The Royal College of General Practitioners has said: “There are no identified hazards to bystanders.”. In addition, research from Public Health England and The University of Stirling concluded: “The evidence to date does not support a policy to prohibit vaping in public and such policies could have significant unintended consequences by sustaining the use of smoked tobacco.”
Is vaping in the UK regulated?
Yes. Vaping in the UK is heavily regulated. The primary regulation for vape products in the UK is the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. These regulations impose legal requirements on companies to test devices and liquids and to notify the results to the authorities. All of the shops you will find on findavapeshop.com comply with the relevant regulations.