For those considering a stop smoking attempt there are now more alternative nicotine delivery options than ever before. In this post we will be comparing heated tobacco and vaping, to help you find the alternative to smoking that best suits you.
Heated tobacco, or heat-not-burn devices, are a relatively new option that allows the user to enjoy the taste and sensation of smoking, without the need for combustion.
Traditional cigarettes require combustion to produce smoke, and this smoke contains thousands of chemicals that are extremely harmful.
Heat-not-burn devices gently heat tobacco sticks to produce a nicotine-containing vapour which can be inhaled. Because these devices use tobacco sticks, they offer an authentic flavour and cigarette alike feel.
As heated tobacco products are a new technology, research into their benefits as a stop smoking aid and their safety relative to smoking is ongoing. But the CDC reports that ‘the emissions created from heated tobacco products generally contain lower levels of harmful ingredients than the smoke from regular cigarettes.’
Heated tobacco devices are a great option for those who are looking for an alternative to smoking but are not yet ready to completely give up tobacco.
IQOS 3 DUO kit
The IQOS 3 DUO features a compact yet robust design which fits comfortably into the hand for everyday use. The IQOS HEETS sticks are designed specifically for use with IQOS devices and fit perfectly into the top of the device. Rather than inhaling through a mouthpiece as you would with e-cigarettes, with the IQOS device you inhale through the HEETS stick, offering a cigarette alike inhale that feels familiar.
The device comes with a pocket charger, which keeps the device charged for up to 20 HEETS and offers a convenient way to store the device when not in use.
The IQOS HEETS sticks are available in packs of 20, with different blends, including menthol options, available to help you find the perfect flavour for you.
Ploom S kit
The Ploom S device comes with in-built HeatFlow technology, with a ribbed heating chamber which reduces charring, eliminating any smoke smell and making the device easy to clean. The pebble like design of the device fits comfortably into your hand, and it features a built-in 2000 mAh battery that allows you to use up to 20 EVO sticks on a single charge.
The Ploom kit has two different heat settings, letting you customise your experience to get the taste you prefer. The EVO sticks are designed specifically for use with the Ploom device and are available in packs of 20. You can choose between multiple different tobacco blends, with menthol options and even some flavoured sticks that offer a fruity note.
E-cigarettes are one of the most popular alternative nicotine sources available, with Action on Smoking and Health estimating there are currently around 3.6 million e-cigarette users in the UK.
Unlike heated-tobacco devices, e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, instead they heat e-liquids to produce a vapour. E-liquids can be purchased in a variety of flavours and nicotine strengths, as well as nicotine free options.
E-liquids contain simple ingredients, and do not produce the countless harmful chemicals produced by combustible cigarettes, you can read more about e-liquids in our blog post ‘What’s inside my e-liquid?’.
Public Health England have found e-cigarettes to be 95% less harmful than smoking, and the recent Cochrane review found them to be twice as effective as effective as a stop smoking aid than NRTs like patches and gum. You can read more about the Cochrane review in our blog post 'E-cigarettes more effective than NRT long-term.
Most e-cigarette starter kits feature an airflow design that closely replicates the inhale of a cigarette, to feel familiar to those making the switch from smoking. This makes them perfect for those looking to completely quit tobacco and switch to a less harmful alternative nicotine source.
The Justfog QPOD is an example of a great starter kit option designed with new vapers in mind. The adjustable airflow lets you change the feel of the inhale to find what feels most comfortable for you. The coils are perfect for use with 50/50 e-liquids, giving the choice of countless different flavours and letting you find the nicotine strength that will satisfy your cravings. The 1.9 ml pod features an easy-filling system, so topping up your e-liquid on the go is a breeze.
The QPOD features a 900 mAh built-in battery that is easily charged with the USB charging cable, getting you through an average day of vaping with ease. It also includes a boost mode button that lets up the voltage output for when you need a bit of an extra kick.
The Aspire PockeX is a fantastic all-in-one starter kit, meaning that the tank is built into the battery for a device that works in perfect unison. The PockeX is available in numerous colour finishes, so you can choose the finish that perfectly reflects your personality!
The PockeX features and compact and robust design, with a 1500 mAh built-in battery that provides plenty of power to get you through a full day of average vaping. It also offers a choice of two different coils, so you can choose the coil that provides the most comfortable and familiar inhale for you.
The top-fill design makes it easy to top up your e-liquid, and even lets you change your coil without having to wait for you tank to be empty. The PockeX is best paired with 50/50 e-liquids for optimal coil longevity, but it can also be used with high VG e-liquids if that is your preference, making it an extremely versatile device that can grow with you as you get to grips with vaping.