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  • AVCA Calls On Non-Vaping Kiwis To Remember That Vaping Is Helping Others

    Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA), which was formed by vapers across New Zealand in 2016 with the mission of promoting vaping as a tool to help smokers quit, is calling on non-vaping Kiwis to remember who vaping is helping quit smoking: their friends, family, and colleagues.

    "We now encourage non-vaping Kiwis to remember vaping is stopping their colleagues, friends, and family from smoking," Nancy Loucas, co-director of AVCA, said in a statement.

    AVCA's call for non-vapers to refrain from shunning those who vape comes on the heels of New Zealand's ban on workplace vaping, which began on 11 November. As a result of the recently passed Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act, the existing prohibition on smoking inside workplaces in New Zealand has been extended to include vaping.

    In New Zealand, smoking-related illnesses are responsible for 5,000 deaths a year. Research has shown vaping to be much less harmful than smoking. The Ministry of Health of New Zealand's Vaping Facts website clearly states that vaping is less harmful than smoking and it can help smokers quit smoking.

    Vaping In New Zealand With Vaper Empire

    At Vaper Empire, we serve customers all across New Zealand. Our premium vaping supplies are available for convenient purchase through our online vape shop. We carry vape juice in varying nicotine concentrations and many flavours as well as vape kits and vaping accessories. We ship all of our products directly to our customers with express shipping to ensure timely delivery.

    Visit our online store to start shopping now!

  • 1 In 5 Smokers Quits 6 Months After Buying Their First E-Cig, Study Finds

    A new study led by postdoctoral researcher Karolien Adriaens of the KU Leuven research university in Belgium has found that about one in five smokers in the Belgian region of Flanders managed to completely quit smoking just six months after buying their very first electronic cigarette, adding to the scientific evidence that supports vaping as a means to smoking cessation.

    The study's participants were asked to fill out questionnaires that assessed their smoking and vaping behaviour at three different stages following the initial purchase of their first e-cig. These three stages were intake, three months in, and six months after they purchased their first e-cigarette. All of the participants had their smoking status biochemically verified using eCO measurements.

    Study participants used e-liquid with an average nicotine concentration of 7mg/ml. Among those who participated in the study, 18% completely quit smoking after six months and 25% at least halved the number of cigarettes that they smoked each day.

    Successful Quitters Consumed More E-Liquid

    The researchers also found a correlation between the amount of e-liquid used and the rate of successfully quitting smoking. For participants who had completely quit smoking after six months, the researchers noted that their findings showed that they consumed more e-juice than participants who did not manage to completely quit smoking at the six-month marker.

    Vaping With Vaper Empire

    Here at Vaper Empire, we make it our business to provide smokers and vapers with only the best vaping products, all of which are conveniently accessible through our online vape shop. For the best e-liquid, vape kits, parts and accessories, shop online at the Vaper Empire vape store.

    Here's an overview of our vape kits:

    Viggo

    Vaper Empire VIGGO Series Pod Vape The VIGGO Series pod vape is the latest e-cigarette from Vaper Empire. Easy to use, ultra-portable, and long-lasting. The perfect vape.

    Our new pod vape system, the Viggo Series, is easy to use and offers one-click vape pods with a leak-free design. Each pod is prefilled with our own premium vape liquid and contains 1.8ml of juice. That's enough e-juice to last the average vaper well over a day and the battery that powers the Viggo is powerful enough to last more than a day without a recharge. Variable voltage takes this compact and power-packed pod system to the next level, giving users the control they desire over their e-cigarette.

    ViggoPods come in many vape juice flavours, including:

    • Berry Crush
    • Watermelon Mints
    • Flat White COffee
    • Caramel Tobacco
    • Orange Crush
    • Creamy Custard
    • Whole Leaf Tobacco
    • Tobacco
    • Menthol
    • Apple
    • Blueberry

    V-Pack II

    When all you really want is an e-cig that looks and feels like a cigarette to make that transition from smoker to vaper as easy as can be, it's our V-Pack II Series that you're looking for. The V-Pack II has that cig-a-like design that you're looking for and its refill cartridges are available in lots of different flavours and lots of different nicotine strengths. Add a portable charging case to the picture and you can see why so many of our customers lover their V-Packs!

    Vibe

    Powerful vapes don't have to be difficult to use and the Vibe Series is proof. With a 2000 mAh battery that offers long-lasting sessions and impressive vapour production, the Vibe is designed for serious vapers that demand the most of their e-cigarettes. Its refillable tank has a 4.5 ml capacity, making it perfect for vapers who don't want to spend all of their time filling and refilling their tanks. With just one button used to operate the entire device, vaping has never been easier.

    V-Twist

    Vape pens are all the rage these days due to their convenience and power, but most lack the ability to customise their airflow and voltage — two features that our V-Twist Series vape pen does offer. With the V-Twist, all it takes is a twist to change the voltage and make quick adjustments to the airflow, allowing users to perfect the vapour that it produces to fit their needs.

    Vantage

    When all you want is a simple vape pen that you can tuck away in your pocket and pull out when it's time for a quick puff, the Vaper Empire Vantage Series is the vaporizer pen for you. It's small, it's easy to use, and it's refillable. What more could you ask for?

  • NZ's Smoke-Free Areas Are Now Vape-Free As Well

    Vaping in New Zealand is now prohibited in areas where smoking in the country was already banned. This includes indoor areas of workplaces and licensed premises, the latter of which includes bars, cafes, sports clubs, casinos, and restaurants.

    The new regulation prohibiting vapers from using their e-cigs in spaces previously designated as smoke-free zones comes as a result of a recent amendment to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990, which is now known as the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990.

    As of 11 November 2020, the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 is on the books and the new legislation designates smoke-free areas as vape-free areas.

    Vape-Free Areas In New Zealand

    Vaping With Vaper Empire While there are places you can't vape in New Zealand, there are many places where vaping is permitted!

    Areas where you can't vape in NZ now include:

    1. Buildings and grounds of schools and early childhood centres
    2. Indoor areas of licensed premises and workplaces

    This includes the following areas:

    • Bars
    • Restaurants
    • Cafes
    • Sports Clubs
    • Casinos
    • Offices
    • Factories
    • Warehouses
    • Work Canteens
    • Smoko Rooms

    Where To Buy Vape Supplies NZ

    For those that want to vape in NZ, Vaper Empire offers the convenience of shopping from home. Through our online vape store, vapers in New Zealand can purchase a wide range of vaping products, including new vape starter kits, vape juice, replacement parts for vaping devices, and product accessories. We sell vape tanks, e-cig refills, vape pens, and everything else that vapers desire. Best of all, we deliver all of our premium vaping products directly to our customers' doorsteps in New Zealand using express delivery to ensure that all orders are quickly dispatched to our customers.

    To start vaping with Vaper Empire and discover distinction, visit our online e-cig store and start shopping today.

  • Senate Select Committee On Tobacco Harm Reduction Chair Voices Support For Vaping

    Hollie Hughes, committee chair for the Senate select committee on tobacco harm reduction, has made her thoughts on the matter of vaping as it pertains to tobacco harm reduction quite clear as she was recently quoted as having said that she believes vaping is "an incredibly powerful cessation tool" that is "part of [the] discussion of further reducing smoking rates in Australia" and that she does not think non-smokers are going to start vaping.

    "I would like to see recommendations around very serious regulation," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hughes as having said. "I don't think anyone is going to be a non-smoker and take it up. I think it's an incredibly powerful cessation tool and part of [the] discussion of further reducing smoking rates in Australia."

    The committee that Hughes chairs have opened an inquiry into nicotine vaping products. According to Hughes, over 8000 submissions have been sent to the committee and they have been overwhelmingly supportive of vaping while outright rejecting the proposed prescription model.

    Hughes is by no means alone in her views on vaping as they relate to smoking cessation. In fact, one of the submissions that her committee received was from none other than Michael Johnsen MP.

    Johnsen, Member for the Upper Hunter in the NSW Parliament and a Member of The Nationals, sent his own submission to the Senate Inquiry in which he made clear his support for vaping as a smoking cessation method that he has personally used to successfully quit smoking after 40 years.

    In his submission, he called for nicotine vaping products to be made "as widely available as tobacco products – and without a prescription." Johnsen also cited what he referred to as "overwhelming evidence" that vaping is not only "far safer" than smoking cigarettes but also "a proven method" for quitting smoking.

    Switch To Vape With Vaper Empire

    Vaper Empire, founded in 2012, provides smokers and vapers in Australia with convenient online access to a wide range of premium vaping products that are available with and without nicotine. At our online store, customers will find an array of e-juice flavours, all of which are TPD compliant and made in state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities. We also offer vape starter kits that include everything smokers need to make the switch.

    All of our customers' orders are shipped express with DHL Express, ensuring fast delivery in as little as 3-5 days. To start vaping with Vaper Empire's premium vaping products, visit our online store today and place your order!

  • What NVPs Are And Who They're For

    Nicotine vaping products, known as NVPs for short, are vaping products such as vape pens, pod vapes, cig-a-likes, and vape mods that either come with or are used with nicotine e-liquid.

    NVPs Explained

    While not all e-liquid contains nicotine, many e-liquids do. At Vaper Empire, we sell both. Our store offers nicotine-free vape juices in various flavours as well as nicotine-containing vape juices in various flavours. For those that opt for nicotine in their e-juice, a common choice for ex-smokers and smokers who are transitioning to vaping, we offer a range of nicotine strengths.

    NVPs like those sold here at Vaper Empire are intended for adult smokers who are trying to quit smoking by switching to vaping and for former smokers who are continuing to vape in order to stay off cigarettes and other tobacco smoking products such as hookah and cigars.

    So next time you see "NVP" referenced, you will now know what exactly this acronym means: nicotine vaping product.

    Vaper Empire Is Your Source For Nicotine Vaping Products

    Vaper Empire carries a wide range of nicotine vaping products, including e-cigarette kits, e-liquid, and a wealth of parts and accessories designed to support their use. Here are just a couple of the easy-to-use electronic cigarettes that we offer:

    Viggo Series

    VIGGO Pod Vaping Device This is the Viggo Series pod vaping system from Vaper Empire.

    The new Viggo Series by Vaper Empire is the pod vape to use if you enjoy long-lasting vaping sessions with a range of tasty e-juice flavours. The device is powered by a rechargeable 400 mAh battery encased in soft-touch matte black metal and it's equipped with three voltage settings, allowing it to be adjusted to match user preference. It's designed to work exclusively with Viggo vape pods, which come prefilled with 1.8 ml vape pods boasting a leak-free design. Pods can be purchased with or without nicotine; nicotine salts are used in nicotine-containing ViggoPods. Easy to use, easy to carry, and available in a variety of flavours, the Viggo pod system is the perfect vape for both new and experienced vapers.

    V-Pack II Series

    Smokers in search of an easy transition to vaping will find our V-Pack II Series more than capable of providing a similar experience without the smoke. The V-Pack II cig-a-like is the same approximate shape and size as a conventional cigarette, however, unlike a cigarette the V-Pack II produces vapour, never smoke. Designed to work with V-Pack II cartomisers (e-cig refills), the V-Pack II Series offers users a variety of flavours and nicotine strengths to choose from.

    You can find all of our vape kits here.

    Vaping With Vaper Empire

    You can visit our online vaping supply store to start shopping for vape supplies today. We ship all orders express, ensuring timely delivery to our customers in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Which Is The Best Vape For Beginners?

    If you're new to vaping, deciding which type of vape to get started with can be a difficult task. After all, vaping isn't as simple as smoking; there's a lot more to it than lighting up a cigarette.

    That's because there's a greater degree of choice when it comes to vaping, and it also takes up a little more of your time when you factor in upkeep like charging the battery, cleaning the device, and topping up your e-liquid when it's running low. And this is exactly why choosing the right vape is important, especially as a new user.

    Unfortunately, there's no vape that we can point to as the "perfect" one for a new user. The many options and different user needs and preferences make this impossible. That being said, there are two types of e-cigarettes that are popular among new vapers because of their characteristics: "Cig-a-like" and "pod vape" devices.

    What is a Cig-a-Like?

    Vaper Empire V-Pack II Series E-Cigarette Kit The V-Pack II Series is a fantastic vape starter kit for new vapers that are making the switch from smoking to vaping.

    A cig-a-like is a relatively basic e-cigarette model that is quite often used by new vapers who want an introductory experience to the world of vaping. The devices are called cig-a-likes because they have a close resemblance in both look and feel to a normal cigarette. This close resemblance, their general affordability, ease of use, and satisfaction make cig-a-likes popular among new vapers, especially former smokers who are switching to vaping.

    As a basic model, this e-cigarette is best suited to new vapers who want to ease themselves in. For seasoned and experienced users, the lack of power, control, and versatility may be disappointing. This means that over time, many vapers "graduate" to more advanced devices such as more powerful vape pens with variable voltage and adjustable airflow.

    And although the cig-a-like is a relatively simple device, there are a lot of differences between different the devices available in terms of vaping power, e-liquid flavours, shape, size, and more. For example, some cig-a-like devices come with their own portable charging solution and support a wide range of e-liquid flavours whereas others are single-use and can't be recharged or refilled.

    Take a look at our guide to the best cig-a-like for Australian vapers if cig-a-likes sound like the right e-cigs for you.

    What are Pod Vapes?

    While cig-a-likes are popular e-cigarettes, pod vapes like our Viggo Series are popular vaping devices among both new and experienced vapers alike.

    A pod vape is a small-sized vape that consists of two parts; vape juice filled pod (the "vape pod") and battery. The two snap together to form a single device. Pod systems come in many different styles, including both rechargeable and single use. Some may feature a power button but usually are automatic, which means you take a drag on them, just like with a regular cigarette and the vape automatically produces vapour when it detects you drawing on it.

    Pod vape systems are ideal for beginners because they've been designed for smokers transitioning into vaping in order to quit. They're compact and lightweight systems that are relatively simple while still delivering enough power and flexibility to suit somebody who's transitioning from a heavy smoking habit.

    Differences Between Cig-a-Like and Pod Vapes

    Although they’re great devices, cig-a-likes have their drawbacks. They often come in pre-determined flavours which means if you want to try out a flavour of your choice, then chances are that it won’t be available to use, or it’ll be hard to find. And depending on the manufacturer, the cig-a-like is usually a disposable model that you get rid of when it runs out of flavour and battery. A one-size-fits-all approach with these devices is usually the attitude of manufacturers, and they’re available with little-to-no variations.

    It’s not all bad news, though. Cig-a-likes, as we said, are great for newbie vapers who want a no-fuss, easy-to-use device that works out of the box with little setup required. Furthermore, depending on the manufacturer, cig-a-likes can be rechargeable, refillable, and reusable.

    At Vaper Empire, our very own V-Pack II Series cig-a-like kit offers more than most. With many flavours and nicotine strengths to choose from, finding the right e-liquid for your V-Pack II is never a problem. And with its portable charging case, keeping your cig-a-like batteries charged while you're on the go could not be any easier.

    Vaper Empire VIGGO Series Pod Vape The VIGGO Series pod vape is the latest e-cigarette from Vaper Empire. Easy to use, ultra portable, and long-lasting. The perfect vape.

    Pod vapes, on the other hand, are generally much more versatile and powerful than cig-a-likes, giving vapers more powerful vapour production while sacrificing minimal portability as pod systems are generally just a tad bit larger than cig-a-likes. Due to their powerful nature, relatively long-lasting batteries, high e-juice capacity, and features like variable voltage, pod vape systems are great for both beginners and seasoned vapers alike.

    With our Viggo Series pod vaping system, vapers can get the best of all worlds with a device that caters to all types of vapers. With its proprietary blend of nicotine salt e-liquid, even the heaviest of smokers can confidently switch to vaping without worry of nicotine strength. With the Viggo's nicotine salts, vapers will find that the nicotine absorbs faster and tastes smoother, resulting in delightful vapour that's sure to please even the most finicky of vapers.

    The “Modern” Vaping Experience

    It’s often said that vape pods provide a more “modern” introductory vaping experience. This is because a vape pod is slightly larger than a traditional cig-a-like but is considerably smaller in size when compared to vape pens and vape mods.

    Naturally, one may think that small size means limited power and vape juice capacity. However, this is often not the case. Most pod vape models are packed with power and come with a good amount of battery life and e-liquid capacity, as is the case with our Viggo Series.

    In general, pod vape battery power can range anywhere between 200 and 1,000mAh, far more than a cig-a-like which has an average battery power of around 90mAh. On average, pod vapes hold over one-millilitre of e-liquid which is enough to see most people through their entire day with zero interruptions.

    One significant benefit of using a pod vape is that the system uses nicotine e-salt liquid and produces neutral pH vapour which is smoother to inhale.

    Pod Vape vs Cig-a-Like, Which is Better?

    When comparing the two, it’s not a case of saying one is better than the other. Both systems have their pros and cons in comparison to one another. What’s important is which device works best for you. And only you are able to figure out what you’re looking for and what meets your needs.

    What is true, however, is that more and more people are choosing pod vape systems over cig-a-likes for an enhanced introductory vaping experience. This shouldn’t stop you from purchasing a cig-a-like if you’re looking for a vaping experience that gives you the same feel and satisfaction as a tobacco cigarette---the cig-a-like is the vaping advice most suited for this purpose.

    Take a look at our complete line of vapes to find the one that's right for you.

  • Nicotine Explained: What You Should Know

    Have you ever wondered what nicotine it is, what it does, how it's used, why it's often found in e-liquid, how much is in a cigarette, how long its withdrawals last, or how to quit using it? This guide to nicotine here on Vaper Empire's blog will answer all of these questions and more, so if you want to learn more about nicotine then keep on reading!

    What is Nicotine?

    Nicotine is a naturally occurring stimulant from the nightshade family of plants. Although it is widely used for smoking cessation and to relieve withdrawal symptoms, it also forms part of tobacco cigarettes, constituting anywhere between 0.6—3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco on average.

    How Much Nicotine In 1 Cigarette?

    Your average cigarette will yield around 2 mg of absorbed nicotine. However, this can vary between different brands and cigarette strengths. A “light” cigarette, for example, will likely contain less nicotine than stronger “unfiltered” ones, but this isn’t guaranteed.

    Also, it’s worth noting that this is “absorbed” nicotine---i.e. the amount that enters the blood. A tobacco cigarette itself on the low end may contain about 6 milligrams (mg) of nicotine. On the high end, about 28 mg. On average, a cigarette contains about 10 to 12 mg of nicotine.

    For every packet of cigarettes, you’ll likely absorb around 22—36mg of nicotine.

    What Does Nicotine Actually Do?

    Nicotine is highly addictive unless used in slow-release forms, and its presence in cigarettes, as you may know, is what causes people to get “hooked” on them. Once nicotine enters the bloodstream, it releases the chemical dopamine in the human brain. As with many substances that cause dopamine to be released in the brain, the dopamine release caused by nicotine “teaches” the brain to repeat the same behaviour (i.e. using tobacco) over and over again. Each time a person takes a puff on a cigarette, the brain gets a “hit” from dopamine, and over time, this turns into a vicious cycle whereby people smoke in order to provide their bodies with a nicotine “hit” and satisfy their cravings.

    Given that a typical smoker will take anywhere between 10-15 “puffs” on a cigarette and smoke a pack a day, that’s a whole lot of nicotine “hits” that the brain is getting. This translates to a lot of training and conditioning on the brain to keep using nicotine. And with more smoking and repeated use, addictions become more severe.

    In short, nicotine alters the chemical functions in your brain. This is what makes it highly addictive and gets people hooked on cigarettes.

    What Else Do Cigarettes Contain?

    Nicotine obviously isn’t the only ingredient in a cigarette, nor is it what is known to cause serious illness and death. Nicotine is addictive, yes, but it's the tar and toxic gases released by burning cigarettes that are believed to be the real culprits.

    The average cigarette can contain hundreds of different substances and produce thousands of chemicals when burned, over 60 of which have been linked to cancer. This is where the significant harm in cigarettes stems from.

    These are just a few of the harmful chemicals, poisons, and other substances you’ll find in your average cigarette.

    • Acetone---an ingredient in nail polish remover
    • Ammonia---commonly used in cleaning products
    • Arsenic---a poison used in bug and weed killers
    • Benzene---a cancer-causing compound found in fuel
    • Butane---a flammable compound found in crude oil
    • Carbon monoxide---toxic at high levels, found in car exhaust fumes
    • Lead---a toxic chemical that damages the brain and nervous system
    • Tar---a thick, nasty liquid produced when carbon-based matter is burned

    Smoking and Nicotine Side Effects

    There are a lot of side effects when it comes to smoking. These, however, are caused by the harmful chemicals and substances found in cigarette smoke, some of which we have highlighted above.

    In terms of nicotine side effects, there is research to suggest that nicotine can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure.

    Here’s the damage that smoking can do:

    Loss of Senses

    Over time, smoking can damage your senses of smell and taste. Smokers are six times more likely to have poor smell than non-smokers. The number of cigarettes smoked plays a big role here, with those who smoke two packs a day likely to suffer more damage than those who smoke one.

    According to research, roughly two per cent of North Americans have problems with their sense of smell. Not only can this cause problems with the sense of taste, but it can also be dangerous by making it hard to detect dangerous smells like gas leaks, spoiled food, and fires.

    Increased Risk of Cancers, Strokes, and Brain Damage

    Smoking is the number one risk factor for cancers of the lungs, mouth, and throat. People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke.

    It’s also a huge risk factor for a large number of other cancers, diseases, strokes, and brain damage. In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to 80—90% of lung cancer deaths.

    Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. The more years a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the higher the risk.

    Bad Dental Hygiene

    Smoking leads to problems in the mouth. First of all, it causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream which can lead to infected gums that cannot heal. These can cause a whole range of dental complications. It also causes gum disease to progress faster than in non-smokers.

    Smoking also causes yellowing of the teeth, tooth decay, and bad breath. Overall, it leads to a major drop in dental hygiene over time, no matter how well you try to look after it.

    How to Remove Nicotine Stains from Fingers

    It’s actually not the nicotine that stains smokers’ fingers, despite popular belief. It’s tobacco that causes this disgusting yellowing of the fingers.

    It’s also partly caused by the displacement of oxygen in the skin brought about by carbon monoxide that’s present in cigarettes. This reduces blood flow and can leave skin dry and discoloured all over the body.

    Research has shown that vaping e-liquid does not stain teeth anywhere near the extent that smoking does. Based on the evidence available, some have gone as far as to say that vaping simply does not stain teeth.

    Nicotine as a Smoking Cessation Tool

    Nicotine is widely used as a tool to help people quit smoking. This is achieved through the use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is where a person stops using tobacco and instead uses another product that contains smaller amounts of nicotine, such as:

    • Chewing gum
    • Skin patches
    • Tablets
    • Nasal and mouth sprays
    • Nicotine inhalers

    The idea behind these is that the nicotine present in the products will provide that all-important “hit” that the brain is looking for without the need to smoke a cigarette. And although they do work for some people, their success rates aren’t necessarily anything to boast about.

    A relatively small number of people manage to quit smoking with products like these. That’s because they aren’t tailored to individuals---they’re one-size-fits-all approaches that don’t account for how long a person has smoked nor how much nicotine their bodies are used to, and they don't mimic the act of smoking.

    Where Vaping Fits In

    This is where e-cigarettes and vaping come in.

    There is research to suggest that vaping is a far better smoking cessation method than nicotine gums and patches, two very popular NRTs. That’s in part because vaping does well to emulate smoking while other smoking cessation methods do not. It's also in part because vaping makes it relatively easy to control the amount of nicotine delivered.

    These and a few other reasons are why vaping has become such a successful and widely popular tool for quitting smoking. There simply is no other tool that compares.

    How Much Nicotine in Vape?

    Vaper Empire Nicotine E-Liquid Bottles Vaper Empire e-liquid is available in many different strengths, allowing customers to choose the nicotine strength that fits them best.

    A lot of people ask this question. The truth is that it’s a difficult one to answer, though. That’s because the amount of nicotine in a vape varies greatly and depends on the strength of the e-liquid (also known as “vape juice”) that you use. E-liquids come in a variety of nicotine strengths which is why, as we mentioned earlier, they are excellent for helping people quit smoking.

    Heavy smokers, for example, can choose a strong e-liquid with more nicotine in it which will satisfy their cravings better than a light e-liquid that’s better geared towards light smokers. This is also why “traditional” nicotine replacement products like gums and patches can be ineffective. If a heavy and light smoker both used a nicotine patch, their bodies would be getting the same amount of nicotine despite their different requirements.

    As a general guide, e-liquids come in the following strengths:

    • 0mg/mL (nicotine-free)
    • 3mg/mL
    • 6mg/mL
    • 12mg/mL
    • 18mg/mL
    • 24mg/mL
    • 30mg/mL
    • 36mg/mL

    The amount of nicotine that’s present in an e-liquid is written as a number of milligrams (mg) per millilitre. Basically, this means that per millilitre of vape liquid, there is X amount of milligrams of nicotine.

    Sometimes, nicotine strength is expressed as a percentage and tells you what percentage of the liquid in nicotine. In 6mg/mL liquid, this would be 0.6%. In a 24mg/mL liquid, this would be 2.4%.

    Which Nicotine Strength is Right for Me?

    Dripping Vaper Empire E Liquid It's important to choose the right nicotine strength vape juice when switching from smoking to vaping.

    This question basically boils down to your smoking habits. Look at the number and type of cigarettes that you smoke per day and go from there. The nicotine e-liquid strength that you use is entirely personal to you and, in many cases, is a matter of trial and error.

    Starting out with a stronger e-liquid might help you make the initial switch from smoking to vaping. Once you’ve successfully switched and haven’t smoked for a few days, you can start experimenting with other strengths to see which one works for you. When you’ve found it, you may consider gradually reducing the strength over time as your nicotine urges start to disappear.

    30mg/mL – 36mg/mL+ -- These are high-end strengths. These are starting points for people who are well and truly heavily addicted smokers who can get through more than a pack of strong cigarettes per day without even thinking about it.

    12mg/mL – 24mg/mL –These are mid-level strengths with 24mg/mL bordering on high. These are a good starting point for relatively mid-level to heavy “ish” smokers who get through anywhere between half a pack to a pack a day or more.

    3mg/mL – 9mg/mL – These are low-level nicotine strengths with 9mg/mL starting to border on medium-strength. These are the nicotine e-liquids that people use when they’re approaching the final steps of quitting and have successfully reduced their nicotine intake and cravings to almost nothing. We’d also recommend this concentration band for light smokers who get through a few cigarettes per day.

    0mg/mL nicotine – This is the nicotine-free option that’s ideal for social smokers who aren’t “addicted” to cigarettes per se. Rather, these people smoke occasionally when they’re out on the town and simply enjoy the feel of it. Nicotine-free e-liquid is also ideal for hobbyists who enjoy vaping but have no need for nicotine.

    Nicotine Withdrawals: How Long Does It Last?

    When nicotine starts to leave the body following smoking, the body starts to respond both physically and psychologically, and this can affect people in different ways. This is because once the body has adapted to regular nicotine intakes, people find giving up smoking difficult because of the uncomfortable symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

    Nicotine withdrawal can last anywhere from several days to several weeks, if not longer. And although it feels unpleasant, nicotine withdrawal, physically speaking, is not believed to be serious.

    Some of the symptoms may include:

    • a strong desire or craving for nicotine
    • irritability or frustration
    • low mood
    • restlessness
    • tremors
    • headaches
    • sweating
    • restlessness

    The good news is that with vaping, you won’t necessarily experience nicotine withdrawals. And if you do, they should be nowhere near as extreme as they would be if you quit smoking cold turkey and didn’t use any nicotine cessation products.

    Ready to Quit Smoking?

    Vaper Empire V-Pack II Series E-Cigarette Kit At Vaper Empire, we offer a range of premium vaping devices that include cig-a-like kits like our V-Pack II Series, vape pens, pod vapes, and more.

    If you’re worried about the health risks of smoking (you should be!) and are interested in truly putting in the effort to quit smoking, we’re here to help you! We have a whole range of resources that you can use to learn more about the dangers of smoking and the benefits of vaping, including how to use vaping to quit.

    When you’re ready, you can also head on over to the Vaper Empire online store to buy your very first vape starter kit. If you’re not sure where you should start, our cig-a-like e-cigs and basic vape pens are great for first-timers who are ex-smokers but, again, there are resources on our blog that can help you with this, too.

    If you have any questions about our products, you can contact our knowledgeable customer support team via e-mail at [email protected], by telephone at 1800 VAPERS (1800 827 377), or by using our live chat feature on our website.

  • Switching To Vaping With Tobacco E-Juice

    For new vapers who are switching from smoking to vaping, finding the right e-juice flavour or flavours can be critical to ensuring a successful transition. This is why Vaper Empire offers a range of tobacco e-juice flavours for customers to choose from. But with so many different tobacco vape juices to choose from, choosing the right one can prove to be a daunting task, which is why we've put together this guide on switching to vaping with tobacco e-juice.

    Why Start With Tobacco E-Juice?

    Tobacco flavours are often an ex-smoker’s first introduction to the world of vaping. And although some people opt to distance themselves from tobacco as much as possible and immediately dive into other flavour profiles when switching from smoking to vaping, many recognise the benefits of starting with something familiar. Some people enjoy the flavour of tobacco, too.

    Here’s why you should consider starting your own vaping journey with the familiar flavour of tobacco if you’re trying to quit cigarettes:

    It’s The Ideal Flavour For Ex-Smokers

    As a smoking cessation method, vaping is highly popular because it actually works. One of the ways that you can leverage vaping to quit more easily is by using tobacco e-juice.

    This is because tobacco e-juice offers a way for ex-smokers to recreate and emulate the smoking experience without having to actually smoke a cigarette. Many former smokers have said that it was because of tobacco e-juice that they were able to eventually quit. It’s especially effective for heavy smokers who need to recreate something that is as identical as possible to smoking, and using a pure tobacco e-juice is the closest you can get to achieving this.

    It’s Versatile & Pairs Well

    Lots of people assume that because it’s a strong flavour with lots of depth, tobacco doesn’t pair well with other flavours. This is false and in fact, quite the opposite is true. The rich and smoky flavour of tobacco e-liquid actually pairs very well with the likes of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and more. It can even be used with other flavours such as mint and menthol to emulate menthol cigarettes.

    Using the tobacco flavour profile, Vaper Empire has created a range of unique tobacco flavours to match the preferences of smokers the world over.

    It’s A Safe First Bet

    The problem with diving right into obscure e-juice flavours is that you can have a bad experience, and this can ruin vaping for you if it’s your first time. That’s something you don’t want to do if you’re trying to quit smoking; you need your initial experience to be as high-quality and enjoyable as possible.

    With tobacco e-juice, you’ll be starting off on familiar ground with a flavour that you’ve experienced before. This may very well help you get the best possible introductory experience which you can leverage to find your perfect setup before experimenting with the unknown.

    Best Tobacco E-Juice To Start With

    With all the tobacco e-juice options we offer here at Vaper Empire, our team has put together a quick list of our top sellers to make it easy for you to find the right one to fit your palate. This list includes our top five tobacco vape juice flavours, all of which are available to adult vapers in New Zealand and Australia through our always-open online store.

    1. Vaper Empire Whole Leaf Tobacco E-Juice

    If you’re looking for the closest flavour available to cigarettes, look no further than our Whole Leaf Tobacco e-liquid. This true-to-taste e-liquid provides the original and uncompromised flavour of tobacco. As soon as you open the bottle, you’ll be met by the instantly recognisable aroma that comes as close to the real thing without you having to actually smoke cigarettes. This provides you with the leg-up you need to avoid harmful cigarettes and quit smoking.

    2. Tobacco RY4 E-Liquid

    Are you wanting the familiar tobacco flavour with a little extra thrown in? Then our Tobacco RY4 vape juice is the perfect one for you. It’s a Vaper Empire customer firm favourite which includes subtle hints of caramel and vanilla, delivering an intensely smooth and subtle flavour which isn’t too sweet or overpowering. It’s a deep, multi-layered flavour that is unique and interesting while retaining the classic taste of pure tobacco.

    3. Reserve Blend Vape Juice

    Our Reserve Blend tobacco e-juice has been created especially for the hardcore tobacco fans who need the deepest and darkest tobacco flavour that’s possible. Specially formulated as an extra matured pipe tobacco blend, this e-juice provides something of a full-flavoured ‘traditional’ tobacco smoking experience usually only achievable with pipe smoking.

    4. Old Port Royal

    Got a sweet tooth? Then Old Port Royal would be a great starting point if you’re an ex-smoker looking for a tobacco flavour that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s an original full-flavoured liquid blend with the subtle flavour of aged sweet tobacco. It’s also ideal if you’re looking for a tobacco vape juice that isn’t as powerful as pure tobacco liquids.

    5. Caramel Tobacco

    For vapers that are keen on tobacco but prefer their vape juice on the sweeter side, we offer our Caramel Tobacco e-liquid. This customer favourite features the warming characteristics of tobacco with sweet and light golden caramel—better than any cigarette you’ve ever smoked!

    Get Your Tobacco E-Juice Today

    If you're ready to get started with the best tobacco vape juice there is, then visit our e-liquid store to start shopping today. We offer all of our premium e-liquids in various nicotine strengths, ensuring that all of our customers have access to our juices in the strength that's right for them.

    Looking to try something else?

    At Vaper Empire, we stock a huge range of vape juices across two distinct ranges: Classic and Artisan. These ranges include everything from your classic fruit, tobacco, menthol, food, and drink-based flavours to our own unique creations. You can find all of our vape juices on our online store. Order today and we'll express deliver your order to you in as little as 3-5 days!

  • Most E-Cig Users Are Ex-Smokers, US Study Finds

    It's become an impassioned debate worldwide: Do e-cigarettes really help people quit smoking? While the debate continues, a relatively recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adds to the growing body of evidence that e-cigarettes do help people quit smoking.

    Here's what the study found:

    Adults Who Quit Smoking Likely To Use E-Cigarettes

    When comparing e-cigarette use with cigarette smoking status, a key finding of the study was that adults who successfully quit smoking cigarettes within the past year were the people most likely to have ever used e-cigarettes (57.3% of study participants) and to be current e-cigarette users (25.2% of study participants).

    This shows that e-cigarette use is a popular choice among those trying to quit smoking and suggests that it indeed has a positive impact---though, this is not concrete evidence.

    As for those who were still using e-cigarettes when surveyed in 2018, around 16% said that they were still smoking cigarettes while 22% had recently managed to quit.

    14.9% Tried E-Cigarettes In 2018

    According to the 2018 study, 3.2% of adults (those aged 18 and over) reported vaping regularly, and this is the same percentage as was recorded back in 2016 according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

    On top of the regular users, 14.9% of individuals who responded to the survey reported having tried an e-cigarette in 2018 compared to 15.3% in 2016, and 13.9% in 2014.

    25.2% Of People Who Quit Smoking Use E-Cigarettes

    Of the respondents who had recently quit smoking (recently being defined as within the last year), 25.2% reported using e-cigarettes to aid the transition to a smoke-free lifestyle or as a permanent replacement for traditional cigarettes. More than half of ex-smokers still reported never having used an e-cigarette. As a manner of comparison, only 1.1% of people who have never smoked and just 1.7% of smokers who quit at least five years prior to the survey being conducted reported the use of e-cigarettes.

    After reviewing these figures, the NCHS concluded that e-cigarette usage is most common amongst those who have quit smoking within the last year or two, and those who currently smoke too.

    The Biggest Survey To Date

    According to Charlotte Schoenborn, a health statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), this survey of more than 36,000 U.S. adults is the first time that detailed federal data about e-cigarettes has become available.

    The survey did not ask smokers and ex-smokers whether e-cigarettes had helped them quit---it simply asked if they had ever used the devices.

  • Best Cig-A-Like For Vapers In Australia

    There are so many different types of e-cigarettes available today, so it’s understandable that people can find it all a little overwhelming when they’re just starting out. To help kickstart your vaping journey, we’ve compiled a basic guide to one of the most popular beginner e-cig types, the cig-a-like, and present to you the best cig-a-like for vapers in Australia.

    Cig-a-like vaping devices are the perfect e-cigarettes for beginners. This is because they’re extremely easy and simple to use, especially for smokers who are switching to vaping. On top of all this, they're relatively inexpensive compared to other types of vaping devices. Over time, many people graduate from a cig-a-like device to something a little more powerful like a pod vape or vape pen. However, there are people who swear by cig-a-likes and have no intention of changing.

    Whether you decide to upgrade to a bigger and more powerful device later on is entirely up to you. However, we recommend that beginners consider starting with cig-a-likes as they provide one of the best introductions to the world of vaping.

    What is a Cig-a-Like?

    A cig-a-like is an e-cigarette that’s usually a similar shape and size as a regular tobacco cigarette. The very first e-cigarettes ever produced were cig-a-likes, but this term didn’t evolve until later on when new products began hitting the market. It’s assumed that the inventor of the e-cigarette, Hon Lik, chose to emulate a regular cigarette with his e-cig invention because this would make it easier for smokers to accept the product and use it to quit.

    As the vaping industry grew and people began using new products like vape pens and pod systems, the term “cig-a-like” was coined to distinguish smaller, classic e-cigs from larger devices like vaporizer pens.

    We believe that the cig-a-like is the ideal starting point for many beginner vapers that are switching over from smoking because they’re very easy to use, highly reliable, and they do a great job of emulating cigarettes without the smoke. There’s no tinkering involved or troubleshooting that’s required before using the device. You simply take it out of the box, attach your cartridge, and off you go. Occasionally, you’ll have to recharge the battery or change the cartridge, but that’s about as much maintenance as is involved.

    How Do Cig-a-Likes Work?

    Most cig-a-likes consist of two parts: The battery and the cartridge. The battery is what makes the device work. When it detects airflow, the battery switches on and creates resistance to heat up a metal coil in the device. This coil is connected to a wick which gets e-liquid (vaping juice) delivered to it by the cartridge. When this wick heats up, the e-liquid that has soaked into the wick turns into vapour that can be inhaled.

    You can use cig-a-like devices just like you would use real cigarettes. The e-liquid contained in the cartridge often contains just as much nicotine as regular cigarettes, and it’s this that makes e-cigarettes a highly effective tool for quitting smoking. Although, unlike with cigarettes, e-liquids like those offered here at Vaper Empire are available in a wide range of nicotine strengths.

    The Best Cig-a-Like for Vapers in Australia

    Vaper Empire V-Pack II Series E-Cigarette Kit This is the V-Pack II Series cig-a-like kit by Vaper Empire, one of the best e-cigarette kits for new vapers.

    With lots of different products available on the market, including several types of cig-a-like devices, it can be difficult finding one to start off with. At Vaper Empire, however, we have designed a product especially for former smokers who are just transitioning to vaping and need a simple product that resembles a cigarette and delivers a nicotine hit---the V-Pack II. The V-Pack II is available in various nicotine strengths, as well as nicotine-free, and comes in multiple flavours.

    Very easy to use, low-maintenance, and ideal for use on the go, the V-Pack II is a cig-a-like device and closely resembles a real cigarette. It’s stored in its own portable charging case that itself has been modelled on a cigarette packet. As a super lightweight and slim device, it’s highly discreet and its long battery life is perfect for people who want nicotine hits throughout the day.

    Each V-Pack II cig-a-like device is able to deliver around 400 “puffs” before the e-liquid cartridge needs replacing.

    The V-Pack II Deluxe Starter Kit includes:

    • 1 portable charging case (1,200 mAh)
    • 2 V-Pack II battery stems (170mAh)
    • 1 USB power cable
    • 1 Australian power adapter
    • 4, 5-pack cartomisers (20 in total)

    And even though the V-Pack II uses pre-filled cartridges, there is still a large variety of flavours.

    Do You Have to Begin with Cig-a-Likes?

    Vaper Empire VIGGO Series Pod Vape The Vaper Empire Viggo Series pod vape is an excellent alternative to cig-a-likes, providing ease of use and enhanced vaping power with the benefits of nicotine salts.

    No---you don’t have to. The type of e-cig that you start with is entirely up to you. In fact, many people choose to skip cig-a-like e-cigs entirely and begin with larger and more powerful products such as vape pens.

    It’s important to note that this will be an entirely different introductory experience to vaping and may be off-putting to some. If you’re trying to quit smoking, it goes without saying that this is a less than ideal situation. That’s why we recommend starting off with cig-a-likes like our V-Pack II Series so you can ease yourself into vaping rather than jumping right in at the deep end. Another option that we recommend for new vapers is our Viggo Series pod system, which is only slightly larger than our V-Pack II, but noticeably more powerful.

    Ready to Begin Your Vaping Journey?

    If you’re ready to make the switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, our V-Pack II cig-a-like device is truly the best starting point. And as Australia’s premier e-cigarette brand, you know you’re getting an exceptional device that works well and is built to last.

    If you’d like to see what else we’ve got to offer before you commit, check out the Vaper Empire vape store where you’ll find our full range of devices, accessories, and e-liquids.

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