What is Vaping?
Vaping is an act of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by an e-cigarette. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat e-liquid, turning it into vapour, forming a cigarette experience.
Vaping has proved to help many smokers quit for good. Quoted by the Public Health England E-cigarettes are “95% less harmful than smoking.”
Anatomy of an E-Cigarette
Batteries are the power source behind the e-cigarette. There are two main types: built-in and removeable. Built-in batteries are usually sold as part of an e-cigarette kit. Unless you purchase a disposable e-cigarette, the lithium batteries tend to be rechargeable via USB. Whereas, removable batteries are usually purchased separately for higher powered, more sophisticated devices (marketed towards very heavy smokers/experienced vapers) and can be charged with a separate battery unit.
A tank is where the e-liquid is housed within an e-cigarette and in most cases, it does house the atomizer/coil too. There are various tanks available on the market which can be top filling or bottom filling.
A coil is one of the most important parts of an e-cigarette, it is a small tube containing cotton which absorbs the e-liquid and when heated by the battery, turns the e-liquid into vapour. Along with e-liquids, coils do have an end of life and are the only consumable components of an e-cigarette.
E-liquid, at its most basic, is made up of four main ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine, and Flavourings.
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are extremely common and generally considered harmless. Both PG and VG are types of organic compounds (naturally occurring substances) and appear in a wide variety of products including cough medicine, toothpaste, and asthma inhalers. They also appear in edible items such as ice-cream, whipped dairy products, and coffee-based drinks.
PG – Propylene Glycol is a thin liquid which contributes to a stronger throat hit when vaping.
VG – Vegetable Glycerin is a thicker gel like substance which creates more vapour production.
Compared to PG, VG forms a much smoother vape with less of a throat hit.
E-liquids contain a ratio of PG and VG:
- High PG such as 30VG/70PG and 50VG/50PG are generally more suited to the more basic vape pens. When we say basic, we do not mean that they are any less effective than the more advanced devices, they are just simpler and easier to use for a new user.
- High VG such as 70VG/30PG and 80VG/20PG are generally more suited to the sub ohm devices (higher powered devices with a lower resistance coil). Many vape pens can now take higher VG e-liquids - our staff will be able to advise which juices work best with which devices
E-liquids come in all sorts of nicotine strengths so if you are unsure of which nicotine strength to go for, please see our guide below.
If you aren’t sure which nicotine strength to start off with as a new vaper, we would recommend always opting for the lowest nicotine option possible. You need to make sure that you are getting enough nicotine in order to prevent you from wanting to have a cigarette, but at the same time, it is important to avoid increasing your nicotine consumption. The more nicotine, the harsher an e-juice will be. In our experience, if someone starts off using a nicotine strength which is too high for them, it can be a very unpleasant experience which can puts someone off of vaping unnecessarily.