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Quitting Smoking With A Vape Pen

Quitting smoking is hard. About 93 % smokers who try to quit “cold turkey” – meaning without any form of support – will ultimately fail. So getting some support is important. However, many smokers don’t want to use medicine, and patches and gums often don’t quite do the trick. That’s why more smokers are making the decision to quit smoking with vape pen style e-cigarettes: they offer a similar experience to smoking but help you kick the deadly, combustible element of the habit. But even though vaping is really enjoyable, it’s still not easy to quit. Learning some basic tips about quitting smoking by vaping gives you the best chance of success. 

Tips for Quitting Smoking Cigarettes by Vaping

So what’s the best advice for quitting smoking with a vape pen? Although there are a lot of different tips that can help, we’ve gathered some of the most important ones here.

1 – Start With Higher Nicotine E-Juice

Nicotine is the main thing that makes vaping a great choice for quitting smoking, so getting the right nicotine strength for when you start is crucial. Most e-juice companies offer no nicotine vape liquid, 0.3 %, 0.6 %, 1.2 %, 1.8 % and maybe 2.4 % nicotine, and the upper end of these options are best for just-switching smokers. Choosing your nicotine level isn’t just about getting enough nicotine, though, because too much nicotine can make vaping quite harsh on your throat. The key is striking the right balance to suit your needs.

For a pack-a-day smoker, it’s recommended that you start with 1.8 % nicotine e-juice. This offers plenty of nicotine, but isn’t so much that it starts to get a bit unpleasant on your throat. If you try a 1.8 % nicotine e-juice and don’t find it satisfying enough, it might be worth trying out a 2.4 % nicotine e-juice. However, if 1.8 % is still too harsh on your throat, you should try out a 1.2 % nicotine e-juice and see how that works for you. Really, you want to use as high a nicotine level as you can cope with.

If possible, it helps to try a few e-juices in different nicotine levels to see what works for you. You can either use a friend’s vape pen, head to a local vape store and try a few liquids out, or just buy e-juice in a couple of different nicotine levels. We’d recommend trying 1.8 % and 1.2 % first, but if you smoke more than a pack a day, you might need 2.4 % to really satisfy your cravings.

2 – Vape a Lot

Although you can find the optimal nicotine strength for your e-juice, the truth is that vaping still doesn’t quite get you as much nicotine as smoking does. In fact, research has shown that you have to vape for about 35 minutes on a higher-quality device to get the same amount of nicotine you would from smoking for just 5 minutes. Although modern devices are probably better than this – which is good news for anybody trying to quit smoking with vape pen style e-cigarettes – it’s still an important thing to remember. Vape until you feel satisfied, even if it takes you longer than it would to smoke a cigarette.

3 – Get a Backup Vape Pen

There’s nothing worse than your vape pen running out of battery when you’re out of the house. When that little LED light blinks at you as you’re waiting for the bus, you might feel like your goal of quitting smoking is about to go down the drain. But it doesn’t have to.

If you plan ahead and make sure you have a backup vape pen, this nightmare scenario wouldn’t cause a problem at all – you’d just attach your tank to your spare battery and keep on vaping. Ordinarily, “starter kits” for vape pens will include two batteries as standard, but even if it doesn’t, you should make sure you pick up a spare battery too. And of course, remember to charge it up if you’re going out of the house for a long time!

4 – Find a Great Tobacco Flavor

Although longer-term vapers use a variety of flavors, when you’re first quitting smoking, you’ll probably want a tobacco e-juice flavor. You want something that can replicate the sensation of smoking as much as possible, and an authentic tobacco taste is a big part of that. However, it’s difficult to capture the complexities of the taste of tobacco with mixtures of artificial and natural flavors. That’s why Black Note uses a natural extraction process, so our e-juice takes its flavor from real tobacco leaf, producing an unbeatably genuine tobacco flavor. If you’re looking for that flavor to help you make that final step and kick smoking for good, getting a NET (naturally extracted tobacco) e-liquid could be the best decision you make.

5 – Inhale More Slowly and Softly

To quit smoking with vape pen style e-cigarettes, getting nicotine is the main priority. This is why you need to choose your e-juice carefully and why you’ll probably have to vape for longer than you’d have to smoke. However, there’s another factor that can make a difference: how you inhale.

For smokers, how much you inhale directly impacts how much smoke you get. For vaping, this isn’t the case. If you inhale more sharply, it doesn’t really make a difference. Instead, the amount of vapor you get is dependent on how long you hold the button down on your vape pen. So the best advice if you want a more satisfying vape is to inhale more slowly, more softly and for longer than you would from a cigarette.

The problem is that people who are just quitting smoking tend to inhale like smokers, and research has shown that this is less effective for getting you nicotine when you vape. The longer-term vapers, conversely, inhaled for a longer period of time and got more nicotine as a result.

6 – Vape Pen Not Satisfying? Get a Mod

Most smokers switching to vaping try to quit smoking with vape pen style devices, but this isn’t the only option on the market. In fact, many longer-term vapers use “mods.” These are usually much larger devices which have longer battery life and usually allow you to choose how much power you send to your atomizer. In addition, these devices support a much wider range of tanks and atomizers, including sub ohm tanks. You don’t need a device like this when you’re quitting smoking, but if you don’t find vape pens satisfying enough, you may wish to consider a mod. Some good options are called “all in one” style e-cigs, with the eGrip 2 by Joyetech and the Aspire Plato being two examples.

There are also devices which work like vape pens but have more power, bigger batteries and generally perform more like mods. Examples of devices like this include Joyetech’s eGo One and eGo AIO (all in one). The benefit of these devices over mods is that they’re simpler, but offer similar performance.

7 – You Still Need Willpower

One point which isn’t directly related to quitting smoking by vaping specifically but is still important is that you still need willpower. Many smokers mistakenly think that vaping is a “magic bullet” solution that will remove their desire to smoke immediately with little effort. The reality is that like with all other quitting methods, vaping isn’t a “magic bullet” for quitting smoking. Getting through cravings will still be tough, and it may help to use some additional support, whether from friends, other vapers or professional stop smoking services. Learning some tips for dealing with cravings when you’re quitting smoking can be useful too.

8 – Cutting Down on Nicotine

Finally, the numerous nicotine strengths e-liquid is available in provides a route to ending your nicotine addiction altogether. By gradually making your way down the nicotine levels, taking it one step at a time, you can make your way to using no nicotine vape liquid at your own pace. A non nicotine vape might not seem very appealing, but it still offers the hand-to-mouth action and the sensory experience of smoking. But when you get to this point, you’ve already done the hard work and it should be much easier to stop vaping altogether.

More Advice and Insight Into Quitting Smoking by Vaping

Although we’ve endeavored to include the most important tips above, we have a separate post with plenty of excellent tips and advice on quitting smoking by vaping. We spoke to several prominent vapers about their experiences, and if you want some insight into how vaping helps smokers quit, are looking for more tips, or are interested in what the scientific evidence says about quitting smoking using e-cigarettes, it’s well worth reading. 

The Side Effects of Vaping Compared to Smoking

If you’re quitting smoking by switching to vaping, you should expect to experience some side effects when you first get started. Thankfully, the side effects of vaping pale in comparison to the risks of smoking. However, there are also a few side effects of quitting smoking that you may experience too.

The Side Effects of Smoking

The “side effects” of smoking are more commonly known as “all the reasons you shouldn’t smoke.” The intended effect is to get you nicotine, but the consequences – as most people know – include lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), strokes and a ton of other cancers. And that’s before you get onto the other, less serious effects of smoking like coughing, breathing issues, a diminished sense of taste and many others.

The Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

Although quitting smoking is a great idea, it also comes with its own set of side effects. The most obvious of these is a craving for cigarettes, but many smokers who quit also experience other side effects like trouble sleeping, anxiety, frustration, depression, irritability, increased appetite, restlessness, trouble concentrating, coughing, cold symptoms, mouth ulcers, constipation and others.

On the plus side, when you quit smoking for a year, your risk of heart attack drops dramatically, within five years your risk of stroke and various cancers drops, and after 10 years, your lung cancer risk drops by about half.

The Side Effects of Vaping

When you’re quitting smoking by vaping, you may notice a few more minor side effects, and there is some overlap with the side effects of quitting smoking. The most common side effects of vaping are mouth and throat irritation, sore throat, headaches, cough, dizziness and nausea. Thankfully, most of these side effect fade over time, and others can be rectified by changing the device or e-juice you’re using. For instance, high PG e-liquids can cause sore throats and irritation, so switching to a lower-PG e-liquid – like Black Note’s 50/50 blend of PG/VG – can help alleviate this side effect.

Quitting Smoking with a Vape Pen Isn’t Easy, But It’s Worth it

On the whole, the painful, uncomfortable and challenging process of quitting smoking is made much, much easier when you have a vape pen to help you through. While it’s important to remember that quitting smoking is still challenging, if you get yourself a high-quality e-cigarette and follow the advice in this post, you’ll make it as easy as it can be. Stick with it, and don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t go to plan right away. You’ll be smoke-free before you know it.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee is a writer and vaper from the UK. He quit smoking (without intending to) when he started vaping in 2012, and now writes for EcigaretteReviewed and E-Cigarette Direct's Ashtray Blog. He's always searching for a new all-day vape, loves rebuilding and is passionate about providing smokers with accurate information about the harm reduction potential of vaping. He drinks too much tea.
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What is E-Juice?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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