Our top-rated picks for beginners or for quitting smoking
Would you like to quit smoking? Maybe you’re simply looking to cut back. Or maybe it’s something else. Whatever your reason, this page of best vapes and starter kits is here to help. You won’t be bombarded with a long list of complicated products. And you won’t need to know any vape lingo to understand. We kept it simple. The starter products on this page can have you vaping seconds after opening the package.
Vaping looks and feels like smoking. It should! Vaporizers, originally called e-cigarettes and then vape mods, were designed as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Vaping offers you a familiar way of getting nicotine — which gives it the edge over other nicotine replacement therapies. Other benefits of vape kits include the ability to control your nicotine intake, the absence of toxic odors and second-hand smoke, and, because there’s no tobacco on fire, carbon monoxide and tar are absent too.
Side effects of vaping
The potential side effects of using a vape with nicotine is similar to that of using a nicotine inhaler.
Dizziness or headrush
Tightness in chest
If you are experiencing these issues, or if you just have concerns or questions, consult with your doctor. Nicotine is considered a drug no matter the source you get it from.
Vaping vs. Smoking: is vaping safer?
There is a growing debate about the absolute safety of vaping, but there’s little question about its safety in comparison to smoking. For instance, Public Health England (PHE) says e-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco. PHE is a branch of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom.
As a part of their effort to reduce cigarette smoking, PHE produced a short YouTube video of an experiment to demonstrate the visible differences in residue from cigarette smoke vs e-cigarette vapor. It’s a stark contrast! The experiment was conducted by Dr. Lion Shahab, a leading smoking cessation academic from University College London, and Dr. Rosemary Leonard, a journalist and general practitioner.
It should be noted that England is much more supportive of vaping than in other parts of the world. But even in the US, the American Cancer Society says, “Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known.”
And that’s the thing to remember. Vaping is safer than smoking, but vaping carries its own risks that may not be immediately evident. E-cigarette vaping has only been around for a little more than a decade. The jury will be out for some time until vaping has been around long enough to study true long-term effects. The longest-term information we have on the health of vapers was conducted over a 3.5-year time.
A team of researchers from University of Catania (Italy) and the University of California Los Angeles, led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, carefully monitored the participants coronary, circulatory, and pulmonary vital signs over the course of 3.5 years.
The scientists measured participants’:
Exhaled breath nitric oxide
Exhaled carbon monoxide
High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the lungs
The study concluded that the e-cigarette users had no negative health outcomes based on what was measured, and actually showed results that were virtually indistinguishable from those of the non-users. “Even in the heaviest e-cigarette users (i.e. those with the highest e-liquid consumption and longest vaping history), there was no indication of emerging lung injury as reflected in these physiological, clinical, radiological and inflammatory measures.” And the unique aspect of this study was that the participants had never smoked. If they had been smokers, there would’ve been no way to isolate the causes and effects.
Does this mean vapes are 100% safe? No. Adults choosing to vape should be clear that those types of health claims can’t be made. There are still things to study. Health is a complicated matter and it may take decades of research to fully understand the ramifications of vaping, if there are any. The simple truth is the safest and most healthy thing to breathe is unpolluted air.
Will these products help you to quit smoking?
We can’t promise you that these vapes on this page will help you quit smoking. Having an addiction to cigarette smoking is a complicated matter. That said, many of the testers on our team had success with products like these that helped them quit. Our recommendations involve first hand-experience with these products, and from our own knowledge of what can benefit a smoker. Most of us have been where you are.
How do these products work?
All the starter kits on this page are built on a plug-in-play system. All the vape starter kits presented on this page come with:
A battery device
Prefilled cartridges (w/flavored nicotine vape liquid)
A vape works as a complete system, but lots of vape products are bought component by component. That can give you a lot of freedom, but it can also give a beginner a headache. Mixing and matching vape parts is fun to do after you learn the basics, but not when you’re beginning. That’s why we advise beginners to stick to pre-packaged vape kits with everything included to ensure an easy introduction.
With these vapes, you don’t have to handle the vape liquid (called e-juice, vape juice, or e-liquid). All the guesswork is taken out of the equation. A single purchase of one of these vape starter kits will provide you with everything you need to begin vaping immediately.
How to vape and inhale
How you inhale a vape is important! If you inhale it wrong, it may end up making you cough. Or, you may even get an unwanted rush of nicotine. Either way, it wouldn’t be a good way to begin.
The best way to inhale a vape is pre-determined by the type of vape it is. There are basically two types: mouth-to-lung vapes which feel like a cigarette draw, and direct-lung vapes which are like taking a deep breath and blowing it out.
Often these are smaller vapes with high nicotine, like the Vuse Alto and Vibe. When you draw on the device, the airflow will feel restricted — similar to that of a coffee straw. This is designed to mimic the feeling of pulling on a cigarette.
Slowly draw vapor into your mouth for a few seconds
Hold the vapor in your closed mouth for a second
Open mouth and breathe in the vapor to your lungs
Vapes with this type of draw are often larger kits with low nicotine. When you draw on these devices, the airflow you take in will like it’s coming from a milkshake straw. These are devices made for making larger clouds of vapor, which is why the nicotine is low.
Inhale the vape deeply to the lungs
One technique some vapers employ is the cigar puff. This takes out a lot of concerns about the lungs. And since nicotine can be absorbed through the mucus membranes, it truly is a viable option. The cigar puff is also a versatile inhale technique. This type of puff can be used with small mouth-to-lung vapes or even direct-lung vapes.
Why we chose these products
Vaping should be simple for beginners. Particularly for smokers that need help. And it can be! That’s why the products considered for this page had to meet these requirements:
Easy to use
Small form factor
But ask anyone that’s ever shopped for a vape; they’ll tell you that there’s no shortage of products and brands on the market. As a matter of fact, there’s an overwhelming number of products – and many of those products are designed for hobbyists.
We made this page for the person that doesn’t have the time or interest in vaping as a hobby or sport. But everyone is different. It could be that a refillable device or a more electronically complex vape would work better for you. For everyone else that wants to keep it simple, we’re confident in our recommendations.
Important for first-time buyers
These products are for adults only
E-cigarettes (vape) products are an alternative to combustible cigarettes and are legally only sold to adults. Depending on where you live, the age to vape could be 18 or 21. If buying online or at a physical location, you will be asked to verify your age.
Nicotine poses a risk for addiction
All vape products are required by law, since 2018, to include a specific label that states: “This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.” No matter the source — vaping, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies, or tobacco — nicotine is considered highly addictive.
The vape starter kits on this page require little to no maintenance, but they do require certain care to keep them functioning properly.
Store and care for your vape like other electronic devices. This means avoiding contact with water, exposure to extreme temperatures for extended periods, and accidental drops.
Keep your vape clean and away from dust and dirt.
Only use accessories intended for the device.
In the event of damage or malfunction, only have your device serviced by authorized technicians.
Do not try to modify or alter your device as it could void the warranty or possibly cause harm to you or the device.
All the vapes on this page contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. As with all lithium-ion batteries contained in electronic devices, proper care is needed to keep the battery working safely and properly. Battery safety is important.
Only charge the device with the included charger, and according to the instruction manual provided with your starter kit.
Never use or store the device at extremely high or low ambient temperatures.
If you find that your device is getting warmer than usual, always contact customer support.
Do not leave the device charging overnight and/or unattended.
Always store your device in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight.
Travelling with your vape
Before flying with your vape, always make sure to check for the airline’s rules and regulations. According to TSA (Transportation Security Administration), vapes “may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person)”.
While travelling, vaping falls under the same rules as smoking. Vaping is prohibited in planes, and failure to comply with that may result in an arrest or even at an emergency landing. You may be able to vape in airports before and after your flight, but only at designated smoking areas.
Vaping in public
The FDA considers vapes to be tobacco products and regulates them accordingly. Although vaping is not smoking, the eyes of the law views them as the same. If smoking is prohibited at a certain establishment, chances are that vaping is not allowed either. Check for smoking areas, and, if you are unsure about the rules of a specific place, always ask.