When vaping first started around 2008, there were few flavours available beyond tobacco and menthol.
But it wasn’t long before there was a huge increase in the number of flavours. That increase was driven by demand from people who had recently switched to vaping from smoking.
Now research tells us that using non-tobacco flavour e-liquids is increasingly important for four reasons:
- It increases your chance of successfully switching to e-cigarettes
- It reduces your chances of going back to smoking
- If you both vape and smoke, you are likely to vape more and smoke less
- In places where flavours have been restricted, the rates of smoking have gone up
Why Flavours are Important
When you first switch to vaping, you have moved a step away from smoking.
Many people start with what they are familiar with – tobacco or menthol flavours.
However, when you use a non-tobacco flavour, you move another step away from smoking.
It’s much harder to go back to smoking from a delicious fruit, sweet or bakery flavour than it is from a tobacco flavour.
Flavours also lead to increased enjoyment of vaping.
That might sound strange when we are used to the idea of being ‘treated’ for smoking.
But when you enjoy the method you use to quit smoking, instead of treating it as a medicine, you are far more likely to stick with it – and less likely to revert to smoking.
This enjoyment is also likely to be increased after the first one to two weeks of vaping.
Smoking affects your sense of taste. When you first stop smoking or switch to vaping, you won’t be able to detect all the flavours available. But as your sense of taste returns, your ability to appreciate different flavours improves too.
The Range of Flavours is Important Too…
All of us are different and have different tastes.
That means it’s important to have a large range of flavours.
What works for one person won’t work for another person, but when you find that perfect flavour, it can often mean the difference between success and failure. If you find that you’re not satisfied with the flavour you currently use, talk to your local vape shop who will help you find something else that satisfies you.
In summary, using non-tobacco flavours improves your chances of switching, makes it less likely you will go back to vaping – and makes the whole process more enjoyable.