Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking, with many people switching to it in an effort to reduce the health risks of smoking. But how much do you really know about vaping? Here are 10 common questions that we get asked by thousands of customers of our online vape shop.
1. What is vaping?
Vaping is an alternative to smoking. It's a way of taking in nicotine without the use of tobacco and with no combustion, which means you don't have any smoke coming off your body or clothes.
Vaping is also known as "vaporizing." When someone vapes, they inhale vapour from liquid containing nicotine that has been heated to a temperature which produces an inhalable vapour but doesn't combust the liquid.
E-cigarettes used for vaping are battery-powered devices that use a heating element to vaporise liquid nicotine which the user inhales.
2. What flavours can I get?
The flavours of e-liquids that you can get as a vaper are endless. There's an array of tastes to choose from at various nicotine strengths.
Luckily, IndeJuice is home to the largest collection of flavoured vape juices in the world meaning. Our collection of e-liquid is constantly evolving with new flavour profiles and combinations.
3. How many milligrams of nicotine do e-liquids have?
E-liquids come in a variety of strengths. The range for e-liquids to be sold legally in the UK is between 0mg and 20mg, which means that you can choose the level of nicotine in your vape juice according to what's comfortable for you.
If you are a heavy smoker and you're looking to quit smoking, it might be a good idea to start at the higher end of this spectrum to ensure an effective nicotine replacement therapy.
The idea is to eliminate your reliance on cigarettes and then cut back on your nicotine consumption over time until you get down to 0mg e-liquid (nicotine free).
Use our free cigarette to liquid nicotine converter to get the ideal nicotine strength for you.
4. What are the benefits of vaping when compared to smoking?
Compared to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain fewer toxic substances and can be used in a variety of settings.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes and other tobacco products causes your clothes to smell like you’ve been in a smoky bar all evening. This is not the case with vaping.
Additionally, vaping does not produce the tar that is associated with smoking cigarettes. Tar is one of the carcinogens created with cigarettes that is released when tobacco products are burned.
5. What is "cloudchasing?"
Cloudchasing is a term used to describe drawing out large clouds of vape. Vapers may do this for the purposes of blowing huge plumes, or for better flavour inhalations by taking in more vapour with each puff.
Cloud chasing is considered a hobbiest activity and will not be applicable to the majority of vapers. Nowadays, discrete devices that produce the same sized plume that cigarettes do are much more popular due to their practicality.
6. What do I need to vape?
The two main things that you need to vape are an e-cigarette device and eLiquid (the liquid that's heated up and turned into vapour).
Vaping devices come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from various types of materials for example stainless steel, plastic or glass.
To get started with ease, we recommend the UWELL Caliburn Vape Kit for starters. This device has only two pieces; the battery and the replaceable and refillable cartridge that holds your e-liquid.
If you want to switch to vaping without any fuss whatsoever, disposable vapes are a good option. These are small, simple to use and don't require any technical knowledge or purchasing decisions at all - you simply buy them, use them and throw them away once they run out.
7. Does vaping help with smoking cessation?
Yes, Cancer Research UK supports the findings of a 2014 study that demonstrated people attempting to quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes are about 60% more successful than those who used no aid.
Vaping is likely to help smokers quit because it mimics the sensation of inhaling tobacco smoke and provides nicotine in a way that does not expose users to tar, carbon monoxide or other toxic substances found in cigarettes.
If you're not sure if vaping is right for you, talk to your GP before making any decision.
8. How much does a vape cost?
Disposable vapes can get you started from just £3.99 per pre-filled single-use device. This gives you between 300-600 puffs (the equivalent of about 20 cigarettes).
A more cost effective starter kit generally costs between £20-25. The replacement coils are usually around £10 for a pack of 4. Vape liquids range from about £4-12.
Both coils and liquids will have to be replaced regularly depending on usage. Each of these items may last the average vaper around a week. The KOKO replacement pods for the Caliburn recommended above last around 2 weeks for an average user.
9. What are some common misconceptions about vaping?
One of the most common misconceptions is that all e-liquid contains nicotine when it actually doesn't. Many zero nicotine options exist for both e-liquids and disposable vapes.
Another vaping myth is that you have to be a cloud chaser to enjoy vaping. Not true at all, the majority of vapers today are using discreet devices that produce small vapour trails that quickly disperse without lingering.
10. What Is The Difference Between Propylene Glycol And Vegetable Glycerin?
Propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) are the two main ingredients in vape liquid.
As a smoker looking to quit by switching to vaping, all you really need to know about PG and VG is that the more VG in a liquid the thicker the resulting clouds. A good balance to start at is a ratio of 50/50 to see how you get on.
If you decide that you need more vapour then a higher VG liquid may be suitable.
It is also worth noting that the VG/PG ratio will also impact the throat hit you experience when vaping. If you can't feel the throat hit then it is likely that a higher VG liquid would be better.
If you have a question about vaping, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our experts are standing by ready to answer your questions and address any concerns that might be preventing you from making the switch.