Keep your New Year's resolution
You‘re ready to quit smoking. Good! It’s one of the best decisions you can make. Maybe you’ve made a New Year’s resolution or a promise to someone who loves you. Maybe it’s just time! Either which way, you’re choosing to make a big change in 2018. It’s a change that may just save your life. Our list is here help. We’ve extensively tested the vape products in this article, and we strongly believe they will give you one helluva shot at beginning a smoke-free life.
Even if you’ve tried vaping before, many smokers’ only experience with vaping is with e-cigs owned by tobacco companies, like Blu, MarkTen, or Vuse. If you’ve only had experience with those products, it’s possible to give up and think that vaping just didn’t work well enough. That’s a shame. There are numerous, quality vape products (made by real vape companies) that can give a smoker a great chance at success.
But we won’t bombard you with a long, complex list. We kept it simple. You won’t need to know any industry speak or vape jargon, and there should be nothing too confusing to understand. There’s something here for every budget, and these three kits will come ready to use with no additional purchase to start. So…
Are you ready?
Three quality choices
The JUUL is by far the leading beginner kit on the market. We consider it the #1 vape to help you quit the habit. Although it looks like a little flash drive, this is very popular and high-quality e-cigarette. It’s formulated specifically for smokers who need to feel that hit of nicotine to the chest to eliminate the cravings – and it sure does deliver.
There are a variety of tasty and true-to-life flavors available too. Included in the starter kit are the four staple flavors: Fruit Medley, Crème Brulee, Mint, and Tobacco. Each flavor has it’s fanbase that will tell you it’s the best. Which do you think you’ll like most?
The beauty of the JUUL is that it’s one of the simplest and most effective kits to use. It consists of a tiny charger, a battery and a small pod that contains the nicotine-infused flavored liquid (aka e-juice). To begin, it takes one simple step of inserting a pod into battery. It clicks into place and then you’re ready! Puff on it when you want to get a warm and flavorful hit of nicotine. The JUUL uses a clever technology that ensures every hit will be the same, and it automatically activates when it senses you drawing on it. The hit may just surprise you with how good it is at simulating a cigarette. And the vapor output will not cause a scene either – it’s on par with the amount of smoke from a cigarette…but it doesn’t stink!
It’s a small and lightweight vape that can easily be concealed. It won’t weigh your pockets down or be cumbersome to carry. It’s only about 95 mm long (3 ¾”) and it weighs about 14 grams (just a few grams more than two quarters). It’s so light, you may not even feel it in your pocket.
Its light weight is due to its small battery. But a full charge will last a few hours on its own with heavy usage. It takes less than an hour to charge once it’s depleted, but make sure you have another on stand-by or charge it up before it depletes fully. When you are trying to kick cigarettes, you must be prepared for those feelings you know are going to come. If your battery is dead, you’ll be without. With a little planning, you can stay ready to silence those cravings with a single puff.
Starter kit price: $49
The Aspire Gusto Mini has a lot going for it. It’s small enough to be concealed in most adult hands, it’s simple to use, it comes with lower nicotine strengths, and it puts out a lot of vapor. If you’ve ever been intrigued at the prospect of blowing small clouds of vapor, this little device can oblige you! And it won’t take any tinkering to achieve. It doesn’t produce obnoxious sized clouds, but it makes much more vapor than a cigarette can produce smoke.
The kit comes with your choice of two flavors: Tribeca (a renowned vanilla and caramel flavored tobacco), or Sub-Zero (an uncompromising menthol vape sure to please menthol smokers); other flavors are available for separate purchases. All the Gusto Mini flavors come in 4.2 mL pods in either 0.6% (6 mg) or 1.2% (12 mg) nicotine. Although those are much lower percentages than something like the JUUL, you can generate about 3x the amount of vapor as the JUUL. This is due to a more powerful battery and more airflow. This makes the draw much less like a cigarette and close to something like a hookah. The bottom line is that the Aspire Gusto works well and if you’re looking to retain the hand-to-mouth action, but would like to step down your nicotine consumption, you will be able to much easier with this device. It’s like having your cake and eating it too!
Fitted with a 900 mAh battery you can get a lot of vaping time before you need to charge it. You’ll likely only need to charge this once a day, and since it has pass-thru charging (you can vape while it’s plugged in), you’ll never have to wait. The extra battery life and pass-thru capability provides an extra level of security that you can utilize in your efforts to quit smoking in the new year.
Starter kit price: $20.18
The SMPO is a high-quality little vape kit. It has a hefty 650 mAh battery that can get you through most of the day, and it’s got universal-USB pass-thru charging. Its rounded and flattened body feels great in the hand or in the pocket, and its mouthpiece is ergonomically recessed in the perfect way for lips. Although it looks like a carbon-fiber wrapped key fob, its consistency of performance is why it’s on this list. It takes many cues from the JUUL (same system of plug-in-play) and for good reason – the JUUL set the modern standard for these kinds of devices.
Like the JUUL, it uses an effective technology to ensure consistent and flavorful hits every time with its automatic draw. And it produces a healthy amount of vapor for its size. The hit of the SMPO feels soft as you’re inhaling – even in the 50 mg option. If you don’t want to feel the sensation as much when you take a hit, the SMPO would be ideal for you.
The 1.8 mL pods come in two nicotine strengths – 1.8% (18 mg) and 5.0% (50 mg) – which is good if you not only want to quit smoking, but also want the option to lower your nicotine intake if you start vaping.
There are only three flavors: Classic Tobacco, Menthol, and Full Fruit. The main con we’ve found with the SMPO is that the flavor choices could be better. And there’s only three of them. While taste is subjective, we only recommend the Full Fruit and Menthol flavor. Unfortunately, the Classic Tobacco comes with the kit. Our goal with these recommendations was to recommend the starter kit itself. Take our subjective opinion of the flavors with a grain of salt. The bottom line is the SMPO is a really good option for trying to kick the habit (but don’t judge it solely on the flavor the starter kit comes with… although, you may just like it).
Starter kit price: $33.99
You can do it!
Can we promise you’ll be able to keep your New Year’s resolution by switching to vaping? No. We do promise that these kinds of products have helped lots of other smokers like you.Millions of people have switched from cigarettes to vapes. In fact, according to the CDC (an organization not known for loving vaping), e-cigs are the single most popular current quit-smoking product!
Even if vaping doesn’t work for you right away, keep vaping. Studies show that smokers who vape regularly are more likely to try to quit, and more likely to succeed.
If you want to learn more about the differences between vaping and smoking, we got you covered. If you need someone to talk to, join a vaping forum like E-Cigarette Forum (ECF), Vaping Underground, or Reddit (e-cig sub-forums), or post a question in our comments section. If you’re more inclined to speak to someone face to face, get to your nearest vape shop and begin there. You’ll meet people who were once where you are right now. Everyone in the vaping community is rooting for you.