If you’re new to vaping you probably have a number of questions that need answering. To help you get started, we’ve created this vaping 101 guide that will answer all the newbie questions you may be too embarrassed to ask others.

What Is Vaping?

To put it simply, vaping is a healthier, less toxic alternative to smoking cigarettes. Vapers use a liquid (e-liquid) which replaces tobacco and is often mixed with food-grade flavoring for a unique experience. The liquid is vaporized through an atomizer to create a smoking-like experience. As you’re inhaling and exhaling vapor, much like you would the smoke from a regular cigarette, the experience is called vaping.

What Are E-Cigarettes?

E-cigarette or electronic cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizer used by vapers to simulate the experience of smoking. In general, an e-cigarette will be made up an atomizer – which is the heating element that vaporizes the e-liquid to create your smoking experience. They come in different sizes and are able to vaporize liquids of different flavors.

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Taken at The ECC Expo 2014 in Ontario, CA. Chillum Vapor

Do E-Cigarettes Have Nicotine?

Yes. E-cigs are free from harmful chemicals found in tobacco but they do contain nicotine. E-liquids used in e-cigarettes are usually made up of nicotine and flavorings and a few other additives. The amount of nicotine in an e-cig depends on on the cartridge in your device. Some electronic cigarettes contain the same amount of nicotine as a regular cigarette while others are much less and can be compared to an ultra-light cigarette.

What Is E-Liquid?

So what is the liquid that is being atomized by your electronic cigarette? E-liquid or e-juice is what ultimately becomes the vapor you inhale and exhale. It’s usually made up of:

  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Propylene glycol
  • Nicotine
  • Flavoring
  • Distilled water (for dilution)

Is Vaping Safe?

This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions. If you quit smoking entirely, that would definitely be your safest and healthiest option. But, when compared to smoking, vaping is widely considered to be the better option. While you’re still inhaling nicotine with electronic cigarettes, you are no longer adding harmful chemical substances to your lungs that can be found in tobacco.

Did we cover all the basics for you? If there’s a question we haven’t answered, leave us a comment and we promise to do our best to give you all the vaping info you need. 

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