Okay, so by now you probably know that I made the move from smoking to vaping. I’ve spoken about it a few times before… But the only reason I keep talking about it is because it really works! I haven’t had a cigarette, or a craving for one, in over 4 years. And I use to smoke a pack each day!
Both my wife and I have quit smoking and started vaping, both with the intent to use it as a means of getting off the nicotine addiction in the long run. But that’s not the only reason. You see, the chemicals in an e-cigarette’s liquid are actually really safe! There’s Vegetable Glycerin (VG), which is so safe for your body that many household items use it, including things like toothpaste. Then there’s Propylene Glycol (PG), which is used as an additive in various foods, as well as in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Other than those two, all there is inside the liquid for e-cigarettes is nicotine (which isn’t actually harmful) and flavourings.
On top of that, there’s not actual smoke! It’s called “vaping” because that’s just what it is; water vapour. You know, the stuff that evaporates into clouds to make rain… So, there’s not tar like there is in tobacco products, no dangerous chemicals, and no smoke that can hurt others. It’s a win-win situation, really!
Especially if you are having trouble quitting and you have kids. So, when Blu told me that they were bringing out their new “pro” line of e-cigarettes, as well as some brand new flavours, I figured it is was great time to review them and help you guys know where to get started with STOPtober!
The Blu PRO Kit is a wick-based e-cigarette, as opposed to the purely coil-based ones that I am used to, so it was a bit of a change. Rather than just replace the coil inside the tank, the tank is one complete unit that you replace once the wicks have run their course. At first, I thought that would mean that the tanks would be expensive, but at £4.99, they’re the same price that most places charge for Nautilus Mini coils anyway.
The mouthpiece is detachable, unscrewing to allow you to fill the tank with your chosen liquid. The gap between the wicks’ housing and the side of the tank is a bit thin, but for the e-liquid sold by Blu (as well as a few others) there’s enough room to slip the drip tip of the bottle into the tank and fill it without making a mess.
It comes with a USB cable for charging, although if you want to charge from the mains, you’ll need to get an adapter (those are cheap enough). The cable itself is a good length, and whilst I haven’t measured it, it is longer than the USB cable that came with my Galaxy S6. All in all, the kit is simple and easy to use, without the worry of spilling your e-liquid or damaging the coil or tank when putting it together. So, for a starter e-cigarette, you can’t really go wrong with it.
Blu have also brought out a bunch of new e-liquid flavours to go alongside the Blu PRO Kit, so I’ve also given a few of them a try as well. Now, for those of you who have read more other posts on vaping, you’ll probably know that I’m a sucker for blueberry flavoured liquids, and Blu didn’t disappoint. The strengths were a bit different from the typical 1.2% and 0.6% strengths I’m used to (coming in at 1.6% and 0.8%), but the flavour itself was really good!
One thing both my wife and I noticed about the liquids was that they are really smooth. A lot of liquids tickle my wife’s throat and make her cough. These ones didn’t. That smoothness will be great for people who are just making the jump to e-cigarettes, as it is quite a bit different from smoking.
Out of the four flavoured that Blu kindly provided me with, my favourite was probably the Polar Mint (I have a soft spot for mint and menthol flavours), and would definitely recommend giving both that and the Blueberry a try. The Berry Swirl and Mint Chocolate flavours are also very nice, but take a bit of getting used to. So, for those of you looking to switch for STOPtober, Polar Mint and Blueberry are probably the best ones for you.
Blu pride themselves on both quality and the smooth taste of their liquids, and I can definitely say that these 4 proved just that!
And That’s All Folks
This is by far the best time to try and quit smoking, as there are so many different phone lines and support groups to help you along. And if you want to quit, but find going cold turkey too difficult (like I did), then vaping is definitely the way to go.
If you do decide to try vaping, but don’t know where to begin, you can’t go wrong with the Blu PRO Kit. It’s simple to use, easy to look after and refill, and the liquids that Blu sell taste really good. Now, you’re going to cough when you first switch. That’s just going to happen. But at least the liquids from Blu are nice and smooth, so the amount of coughing you do will be at an absolutely minimum!
In the end, the Blu PRO Kit and their new line of e-liquids are a great way to get started with vaping, giving you the chance to drop your nicotine dependency down bit by bit. You can find the vaping kit on their website, so why not just make the move now, and get the most out of STOPtober?