World Sight Day 2021: A Guide to Accessible Vaping

In the UK, there are almost 2 million people living with sight loss, with around 360,000 of those registered as blind or partially sighted. Losing your sight can be difficult to come to terms with. Many often feel a sense of bereavement, experiencing a wide range of emotions, including anger and denial before coming to terms with their new reality. 

In the last decade, we’ve become a lot more aware of the need to make society a safe and accessible place for those with sight loss. You’ll often spot braille on public transport or cinema seat numbers for example, and more work is being done in schools to educate young students on eye health and the impact of blindness. However, there’s still a lot of work to do if we’re going to break down the barriers those with vision impairment currently face on a daily basis. 

One of the most important things we can all do is create more accessible products to give everyone an enjoyable customer experience. It might seem like a simple task, but something like vaping can be very difficult for someone with sight loss, due to the small pods, coils and fiddly settings you’ll find on many devices. It’s much easier to light up a cigarette if it’s something you’ve been doing for years, rather than taking a vape kit apart, refilling it and putting it back together again. 

We’ve put together a list of the most accessible vape kits, as well as our top tips to make your vaping experience as stress-free as possible. 

What are the main issues faced by vapers with sight loss?

We all know vaping is a much safer alternative to smoking, but the thought of switching from cigarettes can be daunting for those with a visual impairment. With so many vape kits and a wide range of features to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right device for you. 

Changing coils in the more advanced kits can be a fiddly process for anyone, and it needs to be fitted properly to avoid leaks. You also need to wick the coil, which is the process of dropping a little e-liquid into small holes around the coil to stop it from burning out quickly. It’s easy to find your hands covered in e-liquid if you miss the tiny holes by mistake, so it can quickly get very messy and you don’t want to waste any vape juice. 

Another problem is that many kits come with small LED screens that can be difficult to read, with very small numbers and fiddly settings to adjust, especially if you’ve purchased it online. Mods that require separate tanks, batteries and coils are probably the worst option, as they require a lot more maintenance than a simple starter kit. 

It can also be quite intimidating in vape shops. Often, staff haven’t been trained on how to advise those with visual impairments, so it can be a bit of a clumsy introduction to vaping. However, finding a good vape shop with knowledgeable and friendly staff can help solve a lot of the issues you might be worried about. They’re there to help you find the right kit to suit your needs, as well as advise you on flavours and nicotine strengths. They’ll happily help you set up your vape kit too, and can set locks to help prevent you from accidentally changing them in your pocket.

With all that in mind, it’s time to take a look at what might be the best vape kits for you! 

Disposables

Disposable vapes are a great device to start with. They’re ready to use straight out the box, with no recharging or refilling required. Some don’t offer the best flavour, but devices like the Vozal or the IVG Bar offer great taste and battery life packed into a lightweight and portable disposable kit. With no fiddly settings and buttons to press, they’re perfect for any ex-smoker looking to try vaping for the first time. 

But disposables aren’t perfect. They’re a single use product and are expensive compared to reusable kits and 10ml e-liquids. If you’re working through them quite quickly, you could end up throwing quite a few into landfill and find yourself investing a lot of money into vaping. 

To combat the issue, we’ve introduced a recycling scheme in all our stores. You can drop your finished disposables into our dedicated bins, which we then send off to be disposed of properly with as little waste as possible. However, if you want something that’s truly reusable, then it might be time to consider switching to an easy-to-use starter kit.

Starter Kits

There’s a large range of starter kits out there to choose from, but you’ll want to keep an eye out for certain features. It’s a good idea to go for something that’s lightweight and portable, but not too small, as they have fiddly parts and can be easily lost down the side of the sofa..

Another thing to look for is something with a top-filling system, as it means you don’t need to remove lots of bits and pieces everytime you need to fill up. The Aspire PockeX is a good example. This compact, all-in-one vape device that offers top-filling, so all you need to do is unscrew the top and fill up your tank.It also has an easy-to-fit coil, giving you the freedom to choose between mouth-to-lung and sub-ohm vaping.

If you’re struggling with the e-liquid bottle or you’re worried about over filling it, don’t worry! You can pop into one of our stores where our team will be able to help. They can talk you through the kit, show you how to use it and help you work out how long you need to squeeze the e-liquid bottle to fill it up. 

Here at 888 Vapour, we understand how important this information is to any new customer, so our team is always more than happy to give you as much advice as you need. If you’re ready to make the switch to vaping, or need a hand setting up your kit, just pop into one of our stores

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