What is vaping?

What is vaping?

What is vaping?

Illustration by Ubin Li

The world of vaping can be confusing and overwhelming for those first hearing about this 21st century concept. But let us say that we have all been there and that the ride was completely worth it – vaping has literally changed our lives and dramatically improved our health. Here’s our short introduction:

Vaping simply means inhaling water vapor with the help of a vaporizing device, or a electronic cigarette. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a liquid (we like to call it simply “juice”) stored in a tank. Activating the e-cigarette battery heats up the juice and transforms it into vapor, which is finally inhaled. It is intended for current adult smokers that wish to continue enjoying their nicotine habit without inhaling the 4,000+ chemicals and carcinogens produced by burning tobacco leaves and paper.

The evidence is still unclear on whether vaping is completely harmless; however in spite of what we hear in the media, the studies done to date have found that the levels of contaminants detected in e-cigarette vapor are so low that it is highly doubtful they would even pose a health risk. Most certainly, they are several magnitudes safer than the carcinogens and chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

Here’s what Dr. David John Nutt, a British professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College of London and the president of the British Neuroscience Association, has to say on vaping:

If you have an interest in vaping, please take the time to consider that all of the frightening news media headlines concerning vaping might be just that: frightening headlines aimed at striking confusion into the minds of the uninformed. We encourage you to do your own research regarding e-juice and nicotine, and decide for yourself if vaping is something that you’d like to do. Here’s a good start: CASAA.

A typical e-juice consists of Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol, mixed with small amounts of nicotine and food grade flavoring. It comes in hundreds of taste-tempting flavors like mint chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and piña colada and is generally categorized in “milligrams” of nicotine. Usually ranging from 0mg (none) up to 24mg, more nicotine will create a stronger throat sensation that is commonly referred to as “throat hit”. We would suggest starting as low as possible, and working your way up to a level that will satisfy your nicotine cravings.

E-cigarettes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, ranging from tobacco cigarette looking devices like the Bloog and the Volt, to larger, more powerful devices like the Silver Bullet, the ProVari, and the VAMO. Larger devices tend to use bigger batteries, and usually require more care and know-how. They also look nothing like a cigarette, which as you will find, the more your device looks like a cigarette, the less performance and satisfaction you will get out of it.

A good device to start is the mod called Ego – it’s very compact but still offers a good battery life. There are variations of the Ego battery, best ones being the Ego Twist and the iTaste VV V3. Pair those with the simple to use EVOD tank and you will be vaping away in no time.

We wish you good luck and let us be the first ones to congratulate you on taking the first step toward quitting smoking and hopefully, joining the vaping culture!

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