What you need to know

The ban of menthol cigarettes comes from the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), banning all cigarettes and rolling tobacco with “characterising flavour” other than traditional tobacco. This means as of the 20th of May 2020, you will no longer be able to purchase menthol cigarettes anywhere within the UK and EU. However, this ban does not affect heat-not-burn tobacco or vaping and e-cigarette alternatives to smoking.

What are the alternatives to Menthol Cigarettes?

At VPZ we offer four different categories of kit as a solution for menthol cigarette smokers Here we explain the differences between these alternative four solutions for menthol smokers.

Closed Pod Systems

Closed Pod devices are simple to use, inhale activated devices that mimic the draw of a cigarette. There is no need to fiddle with settings or refill pods. Just click and go with a selection of pre-filled pod flavours and nicotine strengths to choose from. Check out our starter kit here

Open Pod Systems

With a very similar draw to a cigarette, open pod systems offer a discreet device that mimics the feeling of smoking. With refillable, re-useable pods you will have more flavour options to choose from across a wider range of e-liquids. Check out our starter kit here

E-Cigarette Devices

If you want a little more choice, then e-cigarette devices offer customisable air flow, longer battery life and a huge variety of nicotine strengths and flavours to choose from. Check out our starter kit here

Heat not Burn

Heated tobacco. This is not a cigarette and also not a vape device. Heat not burn products provide real tobacco taste with no smoke, no ash and less smell. Check out our starter kit here

What is E-Liquid?

E-Liquid is what an electronic cigarette uses to create vapour. The heating element or coil in the device vaporises the liquid and creates an inhalable vapour or mist. The purpose of this is to deliver nicotine without any burning, smoke, or inhaling the harmful chemicals usually associated with conventional cigarettes. Click here to explore the range

What are HEETS?

IQOS our Heat not Burn solution uses HEETS tobacco sticks to provide the taste and satisfaction of real tobacco. Offered in 5 variants, HEETS tobacco sticks are available across the UK. Click here to find out more

FAQs

Is Vaping Safe?

Public Health England maintains that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than traditional smoking. Vaping isn’t completely risk free, but is far less harmful than smoking tobacco and has helped millions of smokers quit.  Our advice to vapers and smokers looking to make the switch is that products should always be purchased from trusted businesses. Ask for advice on how best to switch to vape products from experts or specialist vape shops if you need it.

Will Vaping Save Me Money?

If for example you are smoking 20 cigarettes a day, we estimate that you could save up to £3000 per year by making the switch to vaping.

What is an E-Cigarette?

An e-cigarette is an electrical device that heats  e-liquid into an inhalable vapour. E-cigarettes are used as an alternative way to obtain nicotine. E-cigarettes are generally made of three component parts; a rechargeable battery, a tank and an atomiser or coil.  Find out more about how an e-cigarette works Here

What E-Cigarette Should I Buy?

This depends on a number of factors as well as personal preference.  If you’re just starting vaping why not pop in-store for a consultation with one of our vaping experts, or call our customer service team who will be happy to assist you with your purchase.  Alternatively, you can find out more about making the switch to vaping from our Vaping Starter Kit FAQs Here

What is E-Liquid?

E-Liquid (also commonly referred to as “e-juice”, “juice”, or simply “liquid”) is what an electronic cigarette uses to create vapour. The heating element or coil in the e-cig vaporises the liquid and creates an inhalable vapour or mist. The purpose of this is to deliver nicotine without any burning, smoke, or inhaling the harmful chemicals usually associated with conventional cigarettes.

What Is In E-Liquid?

It’s simple, flavouring, Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) both of which are commonly used in the manufacturing of pre-packaged foods and beauty products! E-Liquid can also contain nicotine and there are varying strengths available. Find out more about what is in e-liquid Here
 

What E-Liquid Should I buy?

At VPZ we have a huge range of e-liquid flavours ranging from tobacco and menthol to retro sweets and cakes. Try our e-liquid flavours in-store and find the right one for you. You will also need the right nicotine strength. This can be a tricky one as it is all about what feels right for you and how
many cigarettes you smoke per day, however we do have a guide to get you on the right track:


Up to 5 cigarettes per day - 3mg
Between 5-10 cigarettes per day - 6mg
10-15 cigarettes per day - 12mg
15+ cigarettes per day - 18mg

Vaping and E-Cigarette Toubleshooting

If you’re having an issue with your e-cigarette device we are always happy to help and you can contact our customer service team. Alternatively, check out our E-Cigarette Trouble Shooting Guide Here