As someone who has battled with smoking addiction over the years, I have followed the rise of vaping with great interest. For those who don’t know, vaporizer pens (AKA shisha pens or E-cigarettes) are devices that allow you to imbibe nicotine to satisfy your addiction, without all the other harmful substances in cigarettes. There are around 400 toxic substances in cigarettes including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT to name but a few. Vaporizer pens heat up a nicotine liquid without burning it to produce the vapour that helps you stave off the cravings without all those other ingredients. You can find a pen to suit you from many reputable online stores - - and there are many different flavours of liquid to choose from too.

How do vaporizers work?

Vaporizers contain an electronic heating element that warms up nicotine liquid in a vaporisation chamber to a point just before combustion. An atomizer in the pen creates vapours from the liquid which are then inhaled by the user supposedly with less harmful effects than burning.

Some vaporizers have a button to press which heats up the element, while with others you simply inhale and it gets to work straight away. Another benefit is that the vapour is cooler than smoke which again is supposed to be less harmful to the throat.

What should I consider when choosing a Vaporizer?

There are a lot of different vaporizers to choose from and a lot of it comes down to personal taste and budget. There are a number of things you should consider when choosing your vaporizer. The look and feel is very important as you are going to be carrying around with you so you should decide whether you are ok with a chunky unit that has lots of features or whether you prefer a sleeker design.

Some e-cigarettes allow you to control the voltage of the device, which affects vapour temperature while others have just the one set voltage. This can affect the feel of the vapour as you inhale so make sure it’s right for you. The amount of vapour that you get with each draw is also important – the voltage control models make it easier to get this right. Finally, battery life is an important factor too – you don’t want to spend more time charging than vaping.


Which device should I buy?

There are a lot of brands of e-cigarettes, each with different models available to buy. Here are a few of the most reputable brands on the market today:

V2 Electronic Cigarettes are currently the largest online e-cig retailer and have a fantastic range of top-rated products available.

VaporFi have a fantastic selection of refillable, tank-style e-cigarettes. They are renowned for having voluminous vapor production, great taste, and long battery life.

Mig Vapour is an up and coming e-cigarette brand. Their units are powerful with long battery life, and sturdy design. Their Mig 21 is one of the best mini e-cigarettes available. It can as power and taste to match larger units but is a much smaller, sleeker design.

Halo Cigs are innovative e-cigarettes that have powerful batteries and a controllable airflow system that lets you customize the amount of vapour you inhale.

Apollo E-Cigs are an excellent brand with a number of devices that cater for the advanced user. They have a wide range of tanks for each different type of user.

Juul Vapour are arguably the most stylish e-cigarettes on the market. They are perfect for beginners with a bunch of starter kits available for novices.


What liquid should I buy?

There are a lot of different flavours to choose from and this really is just a matter of taste. Some people like sweet liquids, others like fruity or menthol. You can even buy tobacco flavoured ones if you so desire. The important thing is to get the amount of nicotine right. Liquids come in different strengths to suit different levels of smoker. A lot of people start with high nicotine content and then reduce the strength in an attempt to wean them off the addiction.


How do I use it?

Most devices are pretty simple. Charge them up using the provided charger, fill the liquid chamber and away you go. With the more expensive models you can play with the available settings until you are comfortable with the amount and strength off the vapour you are inhaling.

Will it help me quit?

This is a contentious issue as there are conflicting viewpoints about the efficacy of vaporizers as a quitting aid. Some people argue that they are less harmful, while others contend that they don’t do anything to help. There are many points of view – just look at this website for a taste of the arguments -