What is Vaping?

Vaping is the latest eco-friendly technique of inhaling vapors through an electronic cigarette or a personal vaporizer. It eliminates many of the chemicals that we inhale from traditional smoking. Scientific researchers have shown vaping is potentially less harmful than cigarettes when inhaled and exhaled. One can enjoy smoking using E cigarettes with potentially less consequences to their health, and comes in various flavours such chocolate, mint, grape, strawberry, cherry, berry and many more. Vaping uses E liquids which contains mixture of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and flavouring which releases flavor without nicotine in much the same manner as smoking traditional cigarettes. Vape was created to give a feel of traditional cigarettes and emits a vapour much like a cigarette. It tastes better, smells better, is seemingly more socially acceptable and way more cost effective. You can enjoy vaping almost anywhere. Let us give you a brief overview of the dangers of traditional cigarettes. The burning of tobacco has been proven to produce over 4000 chemicals of which 70 are Cancer Causing along with 100’s of other Poisons. Here are a few you may of heard of: Benzene, Cyanide, Arsenic, Formaldehyde, Polonium, Tar. Although tobacco is extremely toxic and will kill 50% of those that consume it legislation freely allows the sale of Tobacco to all Australian adults.   According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tobacco has been responsible for 100 million deaths throughout the 20th century and if the trends continues that number could be up to 1 billion by the end of this century. This is a frightening statistic that highlights the dangerous reality of tobacco. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/ Vaping on the other hand involves the inhaling of 3 primary components Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine and Nicotine (if requested) along with small amounts of flavourings. PG and VG are both widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industries and are relatively inert. They are used in other approved preparations for inhalation such as Asthma inhalers and Nicorette mist. As of March 2015 there is not a single piece of evidence that suggests PG or VG particulates are detrimental to respiratory function or circulation when aspirated. Whilst it is very unlikely that Vaping is entirely healthy, it is now generally accepted amongst the scientific community that vaping is significantly less harmful than traditional tobacco. See below:

Professor Ann McNeil – Kings College, London

Professor Robert West – University College London

Professor John Britton – University of Nottingham

The following is an interesting segment shown by the BBC:

BBC – Trust me I’m a Doctor – Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

To date, there has not been a single study to show E-Cigarettes emit anywhere close to the cocktail of dangerous poisons and carcinogens that traditional tobacco contain. We believe that smokers should be able to make an informed decision on whether they choose to Vape or not. E-Cigarettes are here to stay and although regulation will be important in the future people should not be excluded from making their choice today. The U.S.A, U.K, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece amongst other countries have allowed E-Cigarettes (with nicotine) to be freely sold whilst a regulatory framework is created. This has given smokers an ability to move away from dangerous tobacco while governments work out the best way to create standards that best serve the population. Hopefully the Australian government will join the rest of the western world soon and allow the retail sale of nicotine E-Liquid.

How does Vaping work?

Vape devices have the following parts:

  • Battery
  • Juice
  • Juice Tank
  • Coil
  • Mouth Piece

The battery sends energy to coil thus heating the coil and converting your e-liquid to vapour without flame using modern technology. You inhale and exhale in a sillier manner to traditional cigarettes.

Uses of Vaping

  • Personal vapourizers potentially reduce the need for a traditional cigarette.
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors.
  • Vaping Tastes great
  • Personal vapourizers are a minimal cost compared to traditional cigarettes
  • Vaping is potentially less harm when inhaled and exhaled compared to traditional cigarettes

Welcome to The Guide To Vaping Electronic Cigarettes, Personal Vapourizers and eLiquid. It is an overall detailed explanation of what electronic cigarettes are, the parts that are used, the liquid that’s vaporized, how to use one, and various tips and tricks. The E-Cig – personal vapourizer – short for Electronic Cigarette – is a device that is battery powered to produce inhaled doses of nicotine (or no nicotine) by way of a vaporized solution. It makes use of rechargeable batteries that powers a heating element (coil). The E-Liquid comes in contact with the coil and is then vaporized.   Beginner Tip: When someone uses a tobacco cigarette, they are smoking since the cigarette produces smoke. When someone uses an electronic cigarette, they are vaping since the e-cigarette produces vapor. An Electronic Cigarette is a simple is design, but there are multiple parts that can make up or be used with the electronic cigarette.

  • Tube (or Box): The tube is the housing to the e-cig (electronic cigarette). Tubes come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate certain battery sizes and internal electronics. The tube part of the device is typically the bottom part of the electronic cigarette.
  • Battery: The battery comes in many shapes, but the typical battery is similar to an AA battery styling and varies in specific sizes.
  • Power Button (Manual or Automatic): The power button is what activates the battery, which delivers power to the heating element (atomizer). Some buttons have multiple use functions. The button is considered as a ‘manual’ e-cig. An ‘automatic’ e-cig has no button and is activated by a sensor that detects when you’re pulling vapor from the device. Many e-cigarette users (or vapers) tend to like a manual e-cig more because an automatic e-cig can be triggered to activate at times when not in use, which depletes the battery life and also offers less vapor production.
  • Connector: The connector sits at the top of the electronic cigarette and is used to accept the atomizer (or cartomizer). The connector has female (or male) threading 808 and 510. The connector will range in various styles such as 510 (the most common), 801 and 901 just to name a few.
  • Atomizer (or Cartomizer): An atomizer is a small metal tubed casing that has a male (or female) threading at the bottom to be attached to an electronic cigarette. The top of the atomizer is an opening to allow the use of e-liquid. Filling an atomizer, the user will typically drip 2 to 3 drops onto of the coil (which sits inside and on the bottom of the metal atomizer tubing). The cartomizer is much like the atomizer, except that the metal tubing is a bit longer. Inside the metal tubing of a cartomizer is a filler material. The filler material acts as a wicking system. To fill a cartomizer with e-liquid, the user pours e-liquid onto the filler material until it has wicked. A cartomizer is also used inside of tank systems.
  • Tank System: The tank system is designed to hold more e-liquid than the typical cartomizer. The tank is a tube that is usually made from a plastic or pyrex glass material. At the top and bottom of the tank is end caps. The end caps usually have rubber gromets as a sealer between the caps and the tubing. In the middle of the caps is a hole cut out to accept the cartomizer. Some tank systems makes use of its own wicking system instead of a cartomizer.
  • Drip Tip: A drip tip is the mouth piece that sits on top of the atomizer or cartomizer. The metal tube casing on an atomizer or cartomizer can sometimes become hot to the touch, so a drip tip is used so your lip doesnt come in contact with the atomizer or cartomizer casing. A drip tip was also designed so that you could easily drip e-liquid into your atomizer without taking off the mouth piece. This is done by pouring your drops of e-liquid into the center hole of the drip tip.

 

E Liquid

E-liquidE-liquid (or eJuice or smokejuice) is the liquid that is used to vaporize. E-Liquid typically contains Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, perhaps nicotine and Flavoring. The user can generally custom order e-liquid by requesting a certain VG (Vegetable Glycerin) percentage and PG (Propylene Glycol) percentage. However, as the industry has progressed, many e-liquid manufacturers are distributing e-liquid with a set VG/PG percentage. Nicotine isn’t required to be in e-liquid in order to vaporize it. There are some users who in fact do not use nicotine (and we support this aproach). These type of ‘vapers’ are called “No-Nic” vapers. The common nicotine strengths are from 0mg to 24mg. It is said to be safer to not exceed 24mg of nicotine and most overseas electronic cigarette vendors will not offer more than that amount either. The most common nicotine strength used is 18mg on the high side and 12mg on the low side. As new products continue to emerge, more advanced electronic cigarettes have enabled vapers to drop their nicotine strengths since these advance devices deliver nicotine more efficiently. In fact, there’s a study that has been published suggesting that advanced devices deliver nicotine greater than cig-a-likes (an e-cig that looks very similar to a real tobacco cigarette).

How To Vape

Electronic cigarettes and understanding how to vape is pretty simple. Although it requires more action than the traditional tobacco cigarette, it is potentially less harmful. Once you grasp what it takes to use an electronic cigarette (which consists of a charged battery and a cartomizer/atomizer/tank filled with e-liquid), here’s some useful tips on how to vape.

  • Your first time inhaling vapor, is quite different to your lungs and theyinitially dont recognize it. Your lungs are used to tobacco smoke, which is completely different than vapor. With a traditional cigarette, you pull hard to get smoke, but with vaping – you’ll pull slow and steady. Remember, liquid is inside your atomizer/cartomizer, so you don’t want to pull hard enough to suck that liquid into your mouth.
  • When you inhale vapor, the longer you hold it in your mouth, the less vapor you’ll blow out.
  • Remember, this is about you… so find your own style of vaping and what feels most comfortable to you.

 

What You Need

To get started with vaping, you’ll need the following:

  • A battery (if using a modified type device, you may need a tube and battery)
  • An clearomizer or type of atomizer
  • A mouth piece
  • A charger
  • E-liquid

Vendors offer starter kits that come with everything you need to start vaping. Some offer e-liquid with the kit and for those who don’t, just order a bottle of e-liquid that interests you. Many new vapers today are starting off with an advanced device such as an iStick etc so that they don’t have to keep upgrading, which allows them to adjust the power to their liking. Using this type of device will also give you longer battery life.

The Setbacks

The only setbacks to just starting to vape is having to learn about e-cigarettes. Although that isn’t much of a setback, it can be a little confusing to some at times. The other setback is finding the right e-liquid for you. When you first start ordering e-liquid, try serveral flavours but perhaps have one which is a base flavour such as a tobacco. Many vendors will offer a sample pack of small bottles in assorted flavors for you to try. Finding the right e-liquid can be a hassle sometimes and can make you feel like there’s a hole in your pocket, but once you find the right flavor, it’ll be a breeze from then on. Never settle for a bad tasting e-liquid. We have many vendors that have tons of different flavors that will suit your taste buds. China made e-liquid is much cheaper than the rest, but many avoid it because the flavors aren’t that great, and it’s built an ugly track record with unknown ingredients which some claim are low grade and perhaps not as healthy as it should be. European/UK/USA made e-liquid has a much more of a quality taste in flavor and feel.

What To Expect

When you first make the switch from tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, you’ll notice some changes that are good. Some vapers have said that they could breathe better, get less winded, no more terrible coughs and another that I’ve heard from many – notice an improvement with their immune system. However, there are some things to expect that come with removing yourself from the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco cigarettes. Here are a few of those that we’ve heard of or experienced. (This doesn’t necessarily mean that this will happen to you.)

  • Headaches
  • Cold Sweats
  • Coughing
  • Chest Pains

If these issues continue, I advise you to consult with your local physician.

Save Money By Vaping

Saving money is one of the reasons people switch to electronic cigarettes, and though switching saves you a lot of money (once the initial hardware purchase is made), there are many other ways to save even more. Here are a few to help you get started.

  • Find The Best quality: We have many electronic cigarette vendors and some have better quality products thanothers. Always look for the best quality and insist on original O.E.M products.
  • Order In Bulk: Once you’ve found the e-liquid flavor you’re comfortable with and the clearomizer or atomizers that you like, order them in bulk. Just like with any other product, when you order in bulk, it helps you save in the long run by only paying one lot of shipping.

 

Don’t Get Tricked

Many vendors are in this market to help you, while others are out just to make a buck or trick you. Here’s a few tips that will help you not get tricked.

  • Don’t Fall For Free Trials: You’ll see many ads or receive emails that will offer you a free trial e-cig. Do not fall for this trick. To get the free trial, they’ll ask you to give you a credit card number, but they won’t charge you. After that, they’ll bill you and charge you quite a bit for a horrible product.
  • Don’t Buy From Gas Stations: Do not buy an electronic cigarette from a gas station. The e-cig you’ll get is horrible and the worst on the market. The disposable e-cigs claim to last 24 hours, but they don’t and for most smokers, it won’t satisfy them.

Research First

Do not be fooled by these low quality electronic cigarettes that are being sold at gas stations and such. Just because it looks like a real cigarette doesn’t mean it performs the best. I’m not going into a full article on it’s common sense to do research before making a purchase, but I will tell you, it’ll save you a lot of time, money and stress by doing the research first and getting the best electronic cigarette for you. AbbreviationsSo you’re new to the whole scene of vaping and very confused with all the abbreviations people are using on forums, websites and chats. Well, look below and layed out all the abbreviations and the meanings to them. General

  • Noob – Beginner
  • Analog – Regular Cigarette
  • Mod – Homemade or modified PV
  • Pull – The act of sucking on the mouthpiece to pull the vapor into your mouth
  • TH – Throat Hit (The tingling sensation in the back of your throat)
  • Vapor – the “smoke” emitted from an e-cigarette
  • Vape, Vaping – The use of an e-cigarette (similar to the term “smoking” when referring to an analog)
  • Topping off – Adding drops of e-liquid to your current cartomizer.
  • Dripping – Vaping by adding a few drops of e-liquid directly on the atomizer instead of using a cartomizer.

E-Cigarette

  • E-cig or E-cigarette – Electronic Cigarette
  • PV – Personal Vaporizer (think ecig that is beefed up)
  • APV – Advanced Personal Vaporizer
  • Atty – Atomizer
  • Cart – Cartridge
  • Carto – Cartomizer
  • Bat – Battery
  • Filler – The fiber found inside your cartomizer that holds your e-liquid
  • PCC – Personal Charging Case
  • PT – Passthrough or passthrough battery
  • 2-piece/Disposable – 2 part e-cigarette. The Battery and a “cartomizer”.
  • Cartomizer – An atomizer built into the cartridge, marketed as disposable (you throw it away when the e-liquid is used up).
  • 3-piece – 3 part e-cigarette. Battery, Atomizer, and Cartridge.
  • Cutoff – Refers to how long the battery will activate the atomizer before shutting down (safety measure to protect the atomizer).

E-Liquid

  • E-juice, e-liquid, juice – the liquid nicotine that you fill your cartomizers with.
  • DIY – Do it yourself (homemade e-liquid mixture)
  • PG – Propylene Glycol
  • VG – Vegetable Glycerin(Glycerine = glycerin = vegetable glycerin(e) = glycerol)
  • PEG – Polylethylene Glycol

Vape was created to give a feel of traditional cigarettes and emits a vapour much like a cigarette. It tastes better, smells better, is seemingly more socially acceptable and way more cost effective. You can enjoy vaping almost anywhere.

How does Vaping work?

Vape devices have the following parts:

  • Battery
  • Juice
  • Juice Tank
  • Coil
  • Mouth Piece

The battery sends energy to coil thus heating the coil and converting your e-liquid to vapour without flame using modern technology. You inhale and exhale in a sillier manner to traditional cigarettes.

Uses of Vaping

  • Potentially reduces the need for a traditional cigarette.
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors.
  • Tastes great
  • Minimal cost compared to traditional cigarettes
  • Potentially less harm when inhaled and exhaled compared to traditional cigarettes

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