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Hear how Joanna made the switch to vaping with VPZ!


Making the switch is not an easy feat, it can sometimes be a long process of trial and error to find what works for you. At VPZ we are here to make this process easier with the help and support of our local teams. We caught up with Joanna who has been vaping with us for over 3 years now and would like to share her inspiring story to help you kick the habit too.


What's your vaping story, why did you make the switch to vaping?

“On 15th January 2016 my family were given the devastating news that my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer. We were heartbroken at the thought of losing my dad. My dad was given the option of chemotherapy and radiotherapy with the possibility of the cancer coming back or to have surgery to remove his tongue and voice box. Smokers have a higher risk of developing throat cancer so I decided I didn’t want that fear hanging over me.

On 16th January before going to visit my dad in hospital I decided to go into my local vaporized to make the switch. Three years later I’ve been smoke free and I’ve never looked back."


How many cigarettes did you used to smoke and for how long were you smoking?

“I used to smoke between 20 and 30 cigarettes a day and I smoked for 12 years.”


Since making the switch to vaping, have you noticed any differences in your health and if so, what are they?  

Since I began vaping I have had a lot less chest infections compared to when I did smoke and also I no longer have the horrible ‘smokers cough’”


How were the first few months of vaping for you?

To be honest when I switched to vaping I was dreading the cravings for a cigarette but I can honestly say I didn’t have a single craving for one. I used to smoke outside so I certainly didn’t miss standing outside in the freezing cold to smoke. My clothes didn’t stink of smoke and when I smelt others clothes who did smoke I was disgusted at the thought of smelling like that.”


How did you hear about VPZ and e-cigarettes?

“I heard about VPZ online and noticed a store had not long opened in my local town. I walked in feeling rather nervous but I was made very welcome by staff who had been previous smokers. They listened to what I had to say and assisted me in making the right decision for me.”


Did our stores/store staff help you in any specific way on your journey and if so, how did we do that?  

I shop in Ayr, Troon and Irvine stores and can honestly say they are a great bunch of people. Always welcoming and helpful. I have used a lot of different liquids and struggle to decide what liquid I want to buy next but the staff always recommend great liquids to buy.”


What advice would you give to others who are considering the switch to e-cigarettes?

I would say if you are considering stopping smoking you are halfway there. You have to want to stop to be able to achieve your goal of quitting. The staff in VPZ are brilliant and will go out of their way to help you kick the habit. I wish I quit sooner.”


Is there anything additional you would like to add?

“I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the staff at VPZ for all the help and support they have given me throughout my vaping journey.”


With over 100 stores nationwide there is sure to be a VPZ just around the corner, why not pop in and speak to our helpful team members and see what we can do for you today.

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We hope that Joanna’s story will help you in making your decision, at the end of the day it is your choice - we will always be here to help when you are ready to make the switch.