700,000 people in the UK used an e-cigarette in 2013; also known as vaping. This figure is set to near double in 2014, to 1.3 million. It's not just the UK that is experiencing this growth in the vape switch, the US has seen a massive growth in users since 2007.
The public smoking ban has meant smokers and non-smokers are divided frequently. In the work place, on a night out and when travelling. No one can truly begrudge the removal of the smell of tobacco from restaurants and confined spaces, but with the invention of the e-cigarette, there is now truly a way the two groups can co-exist in relative harmony.
So what does vaping involve and how to get started. Lets start with a basic fact. Traditional cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals, of which 69 are known to have cancer causing affects. Lets cut that down to size and focus on inhaling just the nicotine from vapour instead. There are a range of devices that vaporise nicotine on the market right now, these include those more famous electronic cigarettes, designed to look similar to your classic smoke. They have a coloured light on the end to indicate its electronic and are loaded with cartridges at the back and fully rechargeable. These are generally sold in two flavours, Tobacco (Yum!) and Menthol. There are huge numbers of different brands, models and makes of these types of e-cigarettes, which begs the question:
"If I run out of cartridges in a different town, and my brand isn't on sale, how do i reload?"
The answer is often: You can't. So you either buy a new kit with a different brand OR you go back to traditional cigarettes. But that kind of defeats the point of why you took up vaping, right?
Enter Vaping Sticks, also known as Shisha Sticks, Vape pens, Mods and many other names besides. Regardless, the key identifying feature amongst these pieces of tech; is the fact that you load them with flavoured nicotine juice (e-juice) rather than cartridges. This means, no matter what device you own, the juice is interchangeable amongst the lot. That makes them consumer friendly and hugely varied.
Vape & Juice, begun with the idea of becoming an independent consumer led retailer that focuses on sourcing the latest tech in the vaping space and tracking down the best flavours. More than that, we want to be a place where you can ask questions and become informed. What flavours taste best? What do different battery powers offer? How much ejuice do I need per week? Any question, any hour of the day; fire us a tweet or an email and we will be happy to help you.
We have put together a pretty comprehensive FAQs to answer some of the most common questions we get asked, if there is anything you feel important missing - let us know. If we add it to the FAQs we shall send you an ejuice of your choice, just to say thanks. It's the least we can do.
If you want to get started, we have a range of beginner kits on offer in our devices section. Feel free to check them out.