For those new to the vaping scene, it is often easy to find yourself a little disappointed with your first experience – mainly because people tend to forget that a vaporiser is not a cigarette.
Used correctly, however, it can deliver the ‘lung hit’ so many smokers crave – it simply takes a little adapting. So, here’s our little guide to how to vape properly…
- Choosing the right e-liquid
With a choice between propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerine (VG) e-liquids, it can be quite a lengthy process finding the liquid that works best for you. The former delivers a stronger, intense flavour with a more powerful hit, while the latter delivers great plumes of vapour when exhaling. The best way to choose is simply through experimentation; and once you’ve found the right ratio for you, your vaping experience will improve hugely.
- The primer puff
As the e-cigarette works through the use of a heated coil causing the e-liquid to evaporate, a primer puff acts as a catalyst to kick-start your vaping session. The primer puff is carried out by holding down the button for a few seconds, before taking a 2 or 3-second slow inhalation to ensure the evaporation starts correctly.
- Do I inhale?
Despite the fact that common knowledge leads many to believe that like cigarettes, e-cigs need to be inhaled – this is not true. Similar to chewing tobacco, nicotine can be absorbed through the soft tissue in the mouth and does not necessarily have to be inhaled. Many ex-smokers do prefer to inhale often due to the habitual addiction, but a vaper can still absorb the same amount of nicotine whether they inhale or not.
- Are short or long drags better?
Short drags are effective on a normal cigarette, but as e-cigs require a liquid to evaporate, a short drag will not allow enough liquid across the heating element, leaving you with an unsatisfying experience. Those who are willing to take slow, longer drags report a much more enjoying vaping session – not to mention it avoids the chance of accidentally ingesting excess e-liquid. If you’re learning how to vape properly, the latter is definitely something to avoid!
- How do I inhale?
Seasoned vapers often advise those starting out with an e-cig to take 3-7 draws on their vaporiser before holding the vapour in their mouths for several seconds. After this, they can either exhale directly, or inhale the vapour into their lungs first. For those looking for that lung-hit, bear in mind that a normal cigarette will deliver the hit in roughly 8 seconds, while an e-cig will take up to 30 seconds for the body to absorb and provide the hit. This is due to the vapour molecules being much larger than smoke molecules and unable to be absorbed as deeply into the lungs.
- How long do I have to wait to enjoy another vape session?
To ensure a long life for your e-cig, it is advisable to wait a couple of minutes after each session to allow the heating element to cool down. Waiting for a few minutes also helps to prevent sore throat, irritation or bud burnout – often known as ‘vaper’s tongue’.
- How to vape properly – is there a definitive right or wrong way?
Despite our recommendations above, there is no ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ way to vape, as long as you avoid short drags. People often experiment with new liquids, different voltages or wattages; different lengths of time holding the vapour; or even whether to exhale through their mouths or noses. Everyone has their own preferred approach, and whatever works for you is absolutely fine.
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