VApril 2019 – How It Can Help You Quit Smoking

This April sees the return of the successful stop smoking initiative – VApril, the world’s largest vaping awareness and education campaign spread across the month. Now in its second year, the initiative aims to encourage smokers to try the ‘Switch On To Vaping’ plan, a project designed to help smokers quit, created by the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance).

The plan is coordinated by present vapers who have successfully given up smoking cigarettes, aiding smokers on their own journey towards quitting so that they can make the successful switch. We take a look at the history of the movement and what the initiative means for the vaping industry as a whole.


VApril is only in its second year and the initiative aims to shed light on the benefits and harm reduction of swapping the cigarettes for a vape kit. Last year, the UKVIA (UK Vaping Industry Association) met with MPs and members of the House of Lords to kick off the campaign, announcing vaping masterclasses during April as well as free guides to help people make the switch.

This year, the NNA have devised a simple four-step plan, appropriately titled ‘Switch On To Vaping’, outlining the essential information and guidance to using a vape device, from picking the right kit for you to establishing a sustainable routine. You can find the handy guide in its entirety here.

Why Vapril?

According to PHE (Public Health England), there are 7 million smokers in the UK, of which 40% have never tried vaping. This is how VApril came to fruition, the UKVIA saw space for a project that really gets under the skin of smoking and exposes the facts behind the most preventable cause of death worldwide.

Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking, again according to PHE, and doubles the chance of successfully quitting smoking altogether. In accordance with the obvious health benefits, on average a vaper spends half as much of their own money as a smoker every month. As well as this, every individual who quits also saves the NHS a reported £74,000 a year, a staggering statistic which would ultimately lift a huge burden off of our health service as well as boosting the British economy at a time of political and social unrest.

Speak Up For Vaping

This year, VApril is asking for people to share their stories through the hashtag #SpeakUpVaping, encouraging those who have made the switch or in the process of, to video themselves answering three simple questions:

  • What inspired you to switch to vaping?
  • How has switching to vaping improved your life?
  • What advice would you give to a smoker looking to switch?

This will hopefully give a human element to those who are thinking of giving up smoking, whilst providing some much-needed insight into people’s experiences of swapping smoking for vaping.

For more information on the initiative, please do not hesitate to contact us regarding making the switch or any other vaping related queries.

VApril 2018 Guide to Vape Starter Kits

With VApril just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to ditch the cigs, and get into vaping. It can all seem a bit intimidating at first with the huge array of different devices and equipment on offer. This week we’re doing a roundup of some of our favourite starter kits. These vape starter kits can be split into distinct categories – Pod Vapes, Cigalikes, and Pen Vapes.


The cigalike is an inhale activated vape device. Meaning that by drawing on it as you would a cigarette it will begin to produce vapour. The cigalike is light and compact, featuring a Cartomiser that’s preloaded with eliquid. The Cartomisers can be replaced when empty, and they often feature a variety of flavours – from tobacco to fruit mixes. This particular ecigarette is often the first port of call for those looking to move into vaping. We offer both the Vapourlites VL4 e-cig Starter Kit and the VL5 Starter Kit.

Pod Vape Kits

Pod vape kits have been designed to be simple to use and maintain, comprised of a battery and pod atomiser – which contains a coil, cotton, and eliquid. A relatively new kind of vape device, the pod system will see a wave of constant innovation and variations, driving better performance and ease of use. Salt Nicotine eliquids are becoming increasingly popular for use with pod vapes as they combine high nicotine content with a smooth throat hit.

Pods are favoured not only by new users but also experienced vapers – for their clean aesthetic and discreet vaping capabilities. There are two categories that these vape devices can be split into: ‘refillable pod vapes’ and ‘closed pod systems’.

Closed pod systems, such as the aforementioned ‘Cigalike’, use pre-filled eliquid pods, that when empty can be disposed of and replaced; which makes them the less complicated option; simply plug in and vape. Closed pod vapes include the Aspire Gusto Mini, Myblu Vape Starter Kit, and the SMPO Ultra Portable Vape, which each have a range of prefilled pods.

On the other hand, refillable pod systems allow the user to refill their pod atomisers with their choice of eliquid, again, most commonly high nicotine ejuices; with a 50 PG or higher ratio. These devices combine the variety and choice of eLiquids, but with the simplicity of a basic device.

Those looking for refillable pod vapes should check out the Justfog Minifit, Mi Pod Refillable Vape, and Kimsun 2R Slim.

Pen Vapes

Pen vapes are perhaps the most common vape device. Made up of a battery and a clearomiser tank. Vape pens work well with new users as they often have one-button operation and a mouth to lung inhale, which mimics the draw of a cigarette.

In terms of eliquid, we recommend using a High PG and medium to high Nicotine strength ejuice for best results; the most common being 10mg and upwards. We stock a large number of vape pen starter kits – such as the JACVapour S17 TF, Innokin Endura T18e, and the Innokin PocketMod Kit. All of these vape mods have an integrated battery, meaning they can be charged via USB.

Closing Points

The vaping market is constantly evolving, providing existing and prospective vapers with a wide field of options. With a myriad of hardware, eliquid, and accessories – you’ll be in the position to find a kit to start off your vaping journey. We’d like to wish all of you a very happy VApril.

As usual, if you have any questions relating to starter kits or vaping in general, please contact us.