Who are Ziggicig?
We are a Northern Ireland based Company created ‘by Vapers for Vapers’. Set up in 2009 by Company Owner & Director Steven Mealey. We now have a fantastic Team of people based in our Head Office and throughout our stores plus a growing Re-seller network across Northern Ireland. We are a young and rapidly expanding Company but we remain grounded by the fact of how and why it all began…..
‘I woke up one morning in early 2009 with a thought that I really must try and quit smoking. My initial research pointed me towards a new alternative of electronic cigarettes. Product availability at the time was low and I eventually purchased a kit from a GB based company, quickly stopped smoking and began my vaping journey.
I was also working in a job that gave me little satisfaction, so my goal was to do something that I would love to do, setting a new standard in innovation as well as helping young professionals build there carreers as part of my growing team. I was intrigued by this product that helped me stop smoking as it had changed my life. The product was not of great quality, however, I could see the benefit of Vaping. I devoted the next 8 months researching the industry and teaching myself everything there was to know about vaping. This led me in to the manufacturing process were I started building relationships and testing products. Compared to today, little information existed about e-cigs and e-liquids so I had to learn through my own experience from testing products.
I was now smoke free, felt great and my cough had completely stopped. During my research I looked closely at the ingredients in a range of e-liquids and concluded that the only non-food safe component was nicotine. The same ingredient found in gum and patches which can help people quit. My research concluded that patches and gum only gives your body nicotine. What a lot of smokers miss is the habit of holding something and the throat hit sensation. E-cigs tick all those boxes- it was then that I had my ‘eureka’ moment and that the concept of vaporising a nicotine solution had the potential to help every smoker who wants to quit.
So the Ziggicig journey began with my first product order of around £800 and I began selling in car boot sales and markets. By re-investing profits we were very quickly able to open our first store. ‘
- Steven Mealey
E-cigs are electrical devices that simulate the sensation of tobacco smoking, and provide nicotine through inhalation but without the negative side-effects. Typically an e-cig will produce an inhaled vapour that is created by the heating element as it vaporises the e-liquid, just like your kettle at home. However, E-Liquids are formulated to vapourize at much lower temperatures than water. As there is no combustion taking place, nothing is being burned. As opposed to inhaling smoke, which produces carbon monoxide, tar and a wide variety of carcinogens (toxic compounds) such as cyanide and formaldehyde in toxic amounts.
Most electronic cigarettes generally employ the same components:
- Battery (also houses safety circuitry)
- Atomizer (heating element)
- Clearomizer (Tank containing the E-Liquid, and mouthpiece.)
- Or a combined cartridge and atomizer, known as a cartomizer.
Most smokers get used to the cleaner taste of Electronic Cigarettes very quickly and are happy to make the switch within 2- 3 weeks. E-Cig users quickly realise the benefits of Vaping over smoking:
- A cleaner, Healthier alternative to smoke that gives you control over your Nicotine intake.
- Incredible savings over traditional cigarettes which offer a chance to lead a better quality of life.
- Experience better sense of smell, better sense of taste, no cravings for real cigarettes, full and complete satisfaction with an E-cig and better enjoyment of the ‘smoking’ experience.
- You can finally tick the ‘Non-Smoker’ box on all those important forms you’ve been filling out.
Ziggicig has a far reaching positive effect, both on the environment and lifestyle. Giving smokers an alternative and working to promote a “healthier” way to smoke. We are also leading the way in the safety of vaping products in the UK with our extensive testing system in place. We cater to all types of people from those who are taking their first steps in the journey of making the switch from traditional cigarettes, to the Vaping enthusiast who demands the most from their E-Liquid and the performance of their devices.