Quitting smoking is hard. It’s especially difficult when you have nothing to replace it with. That’s one of the reasons why millions of smokers have turned to vaping to become smoke-free. The act of vaping is basically just like smoking but without carcinogens, tar, carbon monoxide, and obnoxious odor.
If you’re new to vaping, fear not. We kept it simple for you with a variety of products suited to light or heavy smokers.
Most of the vapes on this page are nicotine-based. However, we’ve also added one of the best CBD vape pens because there’s some evidence, both anecdotal and clinical evidence, that suggests that CBD can help in reducing tobacco consumption. Whether nicotine vapes or CBD vapes, they both have an edge over the patch or chewing gum. Those OTC methods simply don’t scratch the itch like a vape can. One scientific study about vaping to quit smoking concluded, “those who report using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation are more likely to quit smoking over time than those who do not use e-cigarettes.” The products on this page might just make that process easier for you.
VAPORESSO OSMALL 2
The OSMALL 2 is the sequel to the prototypical beginner vape by VAPORESSO. No buttons, no settings, no flashy features—just fill your pod and inhale to vape. It’s also one of the cheapest vapes on the market, but you’ll be amazed by how well it vapes! The OSMALL 2 takes the pods of the original but comes with the new 1.2-ohm pod in the package.
Find the full review of the VAPORESSO OSMALL 2 here.
Elf Bar BC5000
The Elf Bar made a splash in the disposable market and has quickly become one of the most recognizable vapes out there. The BC5000 comes with a 650 mAh battery and a whopping 15 mL of 50 mg nicotine salt juice, good for 5000 puffs. With an ever-expanding catalog of flavors (42 and counting,) you’re guaranteed to find your all-day vape!
Find the full review of the Elf Bar BC5000 here.
Avida CBD Vape Pen
Avida offers their signature CBD blends in disposable format! Each vape is bursting with flavor and contains 300 mg of maximum purity pharmaceutical-grade CBD isolate. They are thoroughly tested by a third party lab for quality and consistency. The flavors range from fruits to tangy candy like mango and blue razz.
Find the full review of the Avida CBD disposable pen here.
Zovoo Dragbar 2200
Backed by Voopoo’s know-how, the Zovoo Dragbar 2200 combines dependable performance with some of the best flavors we’ve ever had on a disposable vape. The Dragbars come in 5% nic salt and ten flavors. They are available in various sizes, so you can pick the juice and battery capacity that fits your needs.
Find the full review of the latest Zovoo Dragbar here.
Geekvape Wenax M1
The Geekvape Wenax M1 is a beginner vape pen made for MTL vaping. It is compatible with two pods but comes with only one in the package, so make sure you pick the one you want to try first—the 1.2-ohm pod is great for nicotine salt while the 0.8-ohm pod produces warmer vapor. The pods hold 2 mL and the 800 mAh battery is charged through USB-C.
Find the full review of the Geekvape Wenax M1 here.
The RELX Infinity is the prefilled vape that won the 2020 Red Dot award for product design. Its pods come in 18 mg/mL nic strength and a variety of flavors to choose from, and incorporate a leak-resistant maze design by FEELM. The Infinity charges through Type-C as well as externally using one of the two cases that are available separately.
Find the full review of the RELX Infinity here.
The Rubi is a refillable pod vape made from one of the biggest names in the vape pen industry. The Rubi is like the JUUL, but it’s refillable so you can use your own liquids, flavors, and the nicotine strength you want. If you want to try a CBD vape to help you quit smoking, the Rubi works with CBD vape juice too.
Find the full review of the Kandypens Rubi here.
Side effects of vaping
The potential side effects of using a vape with nicotine is similar to that of using a nicotine inhaler.
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Dizziness or headrush
If you are experiencing these issues, or if you just have concerns or questions, consult with your doctor. Nicotine is considered a drug no matter the source you get it from.
Vaping vs. Smoking: is vaping safer?
There is a growing debate about the absolute safety of vaping, but there’s little question about its safety in comparison to smoking. For instance, Public Health England (PHE) says e-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco. PHE is a branch of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom.
As a part of their effort to reduce cigarette smoking, PHE produced a short YouTube video of an experiment to demonstrate the visible differences in residue from cigarette smoke vs e-cigarette vapor. It’s a stark contrast. The experiment was conducted by Dr. Lion Shahab, a leading smoking cessation academic from University College London, and Dr. Rosemary Leonard, a journalist and general practitioner.
It should be noted that England is much more supportive of vaping than in other parts of the world. But even in the US, the American Cancer Society says, “Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known.”
That’s the thing to remember. Vaping is safer than smoking, but vaping carries its own risks that may not be immediately evident. E-cigarette vaping has only been around for a little more than a decade.
The jury will be out for some time until vaping has been around long enough to study true long-term effects. The longest-term information we have on the health of vapers was conducted over a 3.5-year time.
A team of researchers from University of Catania (Italy) and the University of California Los Angeles, led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, carefully monitored the participants coronary, circulatory, and pulmonary vital signs over the course of 3.5 years.
The scientists measured participants’:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body weight
- Lung function
- Respiratory symptoms
- Exhaled breath nitric oxide
- Exhaled carbon monoxide
- High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the lungs
The study concluded that the e-cigarette users had no negative health outcomes based on what was measured, and actually showed results that were virtually indistinguishable from those of the non-users. “Even in the heaviest e-cigarette users (i.e. those with the highest e-liquid consumption and longest vaping history), there was no indication of emerging lung injury as reflected in these physiological, clinical, radiological and inflammatory measures.” And the unique aspect of this study was that the participants had never smoked. If they had been smokers, there would’ve been no way to isolate the causes and effects.
Does this mean vapes are 100% safe? No. Adults choosing to vape should be clear that those types of health claims can’t be made. There are still things to study. Health is a complicated matter and it may take decades of research to fully understand the ramifications of vaping, if there are any. The simple truth is the safest and most healthy thing to breathe is unpolluted air.
Will these products help you to quit smoking?
We can’t promise you that these vapes are guaranteed to end your habit of smoking. Having an addiction to cigarette smoking is a complicated matter. That said, many of the testers on our team had success with products like these that helped them quit. Our recommendations involve first hand-experience with these products, and from our own knowledge of what can benefit a smoker. Most of us have been where you are.
How do these products work?
A vape works as a complete system. This can come with all parts included or separate. Go to any vape shop and you’ll see vapes that are sold component by component, down to the batteries. That can give you a lot of freedom, but it can also give a beginner a headache. Mixing and matching vape parts is fun to do after you learn the basics, but not when you’re beginning. That’s why we advise beginners to stick to pre-packaged vape kits, like what’s contained in our list.
How to vape and inhale
How you inhale a vape is important! If you inhale it wrong, it may end up making you cough. Or, you may even get an unwanted rush of nicotine. Either way, it wouldn’t be a good way to begin.
The best way to inhale a vape is pre-determined by the type of vape it is. There are basically two types: mouth-to-lung vapes which feel like a cigarette draw, and direct-lung vapes which are like taking a deep breath and blowing it out.
Often these are smaller vapes with high nicotine, like the Puff Bar and other disposable vapes. When you draw on the device, the airflow will feel restricted — similar to that of a coffee straw. This is designed to mimic the feeling of pulling on a cigarette.
- Slowly draw vapor into your mouth for a few seconds
- Hold the vapor in your closed mouth for a second
- Open mouth and breathe in the vapor to your lungs
Vapes with this type of draw are often larger kits with low nicotine. When you draw on these devices, the airflow you take in will like it’s coming from a milkshake straw. These are devices made for making larger clouds of vapor, which is why the nicotine is low.
- Inhale the vape deeply to the lungs
One technique some vapers employ is the cigar puff. This takes out a lot of concerns about the lungs. And since nicotine can be absorbed through the mucus membranes, it truly is a viable option. The cigar puff is also a versatile inhale technique. This type of puff can be used with small mouth-to-lung vapes or even direct-lung vapes.
Why we chose these products
Vaping should be simple for beginners. Particularly for smokers that need help. And it can be! That’s why the products considered for this page had to be easy to use, convenient and consistent.
But ask anyone that’s ever shopped for a vape; they’ll tell you that there’s no shortage of products and brands on the market. As a matter of fact, there’s an overwhelming number of products—and many of those products are designed for hobbyists.
We made this page for the person that doesn’t have the time or interest in vaping as a hobby or sport. Someone in need of help doesn’t have time for getting in the weeds. However, it could be that a refillable device or a more electronically complex vape would work better for you. In that case, we’ve provided you with those options too, particularly in the case of the Geekvape Aegis Boost. If you get a refillable device like that, you’re going to need to find the best e-liquid for your preferences.
Important for first-time buyers
These products are for adults only
E-cigarettes (vape) products are an alternative to combustible cigarettes and are legally only sold to adults. The federal age now to buy vapes is 21. If buying online or at a physical location, you will be asked to verify your age.
Nicotine poses a risk for addiction
All vape products are required by law, since 2018, to include a specific label that states: “This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.” No matter the source — vaping, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies, or tobacco — nicotine is considered highly addictive.
The vape pens and kits on this page require little to no maintenance, but they do require certain care to keep them functioning properly.
- Store and care for your vape like other electronic devices. This means avoiding contact with water, exposure to extreme temperatures for extended periods, and accidental drops.
- Keep your vape clean and away from dust and dirt.
- Only use accessories intended for the device.
- In the event of damage or malfunction, only have your device serviced by authorized technicians.
- Do not try to modify or alter your device as it could void the warranty or possibly cause harm to you or the device.
All the vapes on this page contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. As with all lithium-ion batteries contained in electronic devices, proper care is needed to keep the battery working safely and properly. Battery safety is important.
- Only charge the device with the included charger, and according to the instruction manual provided with your beginner kit.
- Never use or store the device at extremely high or low ambient temperatures.
- If you find that your device is getting warmer than usual, always contact customer support.
- Do not leave the device charging overnight and/or unattended.
- Always store your device in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight.
Travelling with your vape
Before flying with your vape, always make sure to check for the airline’s rules and regulations. According to TSA (Transportation Security Administration), vapes “may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person)”.
While travelling, vaping falls under the same rules as smoking. Vaping is prohibited in planes, and failure to comply with that may result in an arrest or even at an emergency landing. You may be able to vape in airports before and after your flight, but only at designated smoking areas.
Vaping in public
The FDA considers vapes to be tobacco products and regulates them accordingly. Although vaping is not smoking, the eyes of the law views them as the same. If smoking is prohibited at a certain establishment, chances are that vaping is not allowed either. Check for smoking areas, and, if you are unsure about the rules of a specific place, always ask.
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