Polls in recent years have suggested that one in ten Americans vape. That number seems to be growing as more individuals seek an alternative for smoking. If you’re thinking about or have recently made the switch, you’ve probably got some questions. You’ll find that fellow vapers are your best source of answers. The vaping community has a friendly, laid-back vibe and most folks will be happy to help you out. In the meantime, we’ve answered some common questions asked by first-time vapers.
Will Vaping Help Me to Quit Smoking?
Chances are, you’ve decided to vape because you want to quit smoking. Congratulations are in order. There is one thing people on all sides of the vaping/smoking debate can agree on: smoking is bad for you. A growing body of evidence suggests that vaping can be a better alternative, but it is important for us to state clearly that more time and studies are required to uphold vaping’s efficacy as a solution. Now that we have that obligatory disclosure out of the way, we’ll tell you what we think.
According to research by the University College London (UCL) that was published in the British Medical Journal, the answer to this question is a resounding yes. The UCL conducted one of the most extensive studies to date on vaping as an aid to smoking cessation. Researchers determined that 18,000 smokers in the UK were able to quit in 2015 with the help of a vaping device.
There are some important things to note about this study. First and foremost, it was carried out by an esteemed institution according to accepted scientific methods. Next, the study was in no way sponsored or funded by the vaping industry. The bottom line is that this study was an unbiased effort by scientific professionals to address vaping’s suitability as an aid to quitting.
Our hope is that the UCL study will inspire further research that will definitively answer this question. It’s time for the scientific community to address the vast numbers of people who claim that vaping has helped them to finally break a dependence on cigarettes.
Which Vaporizer Should I Choose?
This is a tricky question. The answer depends on a few factors. Let’s begin by stating that you should be wary of picking up the first e-cigarette you see on the shelves of the local convenience store. That’s not to say that a Cig-a-Like or device that resembles a traditional cigarette is always a bad choice. Some of them offer a good experience. What you don’t want to do is grab any old device and find it less than satisfying. A side effect of vaping’s popularity is that many companies are producing cheap e-cigarettes, and some of them just aren’t very good.
Thankfully, we live the digital age. A wealth of information and reviews of vaping devices can be found right here at Vaping411.com. The first step in choosing the right vaporizer is an awareness that all vaporizers are not created equal. The second step is research.
You’ll probably want to start with something simple. There are many vape pens available that aren’t that different from a basic e-cigarette. All you need to do is charge the battery, fill up the clearomizer or tank with your favorite e-liquid, and push one button to vape. You can even stick with a cartridge system if you like that doesn’t require refilling. You just change out the cartridge when it’s empty. The thing with pre-filled cartridges is that you’re going to be somewhat limited in your choice of e-juices. A vape pen is just as easy to operate and there are hundreds of e-juices to choose from in a variety of flavors.
We wouldn’t recommend that you begin with an advanced mod, or modern vaporizer. You need to make sure you’re comfortable with the basics of vaping before you step things up. Really, it won’t take long before you have a PhD in vaping technology. Until then, keep it simple.
How Much Will it Cost to Start Vaping?
Here’s a quick answer that you’ll love. You could begin vaping today for less than what you probably spend on a carton of cigarettes. The detailed answer is that vaporizers and e-juices come in a variety of price ranges. You need to shop a bit and find a price you’re comfortable with.
We’ve already established that you need to start with a simple device like a vape pen. Let’s look at some examples. You can get a KangerTech Top EVOD Starter Kit for less than $20. It comes with everything you need to get started except e-liquid. You can get a pretty big bottle of e-liquid for about the same price as this vaporizer, so we’re talking less than $40 to get started.
The price goes up, of course, as you explore more advanced vaporizers. The Smok Stick V8 Baby Beast vape pen starter kit will set you back around $40, but it has a lot of advanced features that contribute to a smoother, more satisfying vape.
E-Juices vary in price according to size. They are offered most commonly in a 30ml or 60ml bottle, but some companies market a 100ml size. E-juices can cost anywhere from around $7 to $30 or more for a designer brand. You’ll probably want to stick with a more affordable e-juice until you determine how much you’re going to use on a regular basis.
Is the Inhale as Strong as a Cigarette?
Vaporizers can vary in the inhale or “hit” they deliver. This is dependent on a number of factors such as airflow, the nicotine consistency of your chosen e-liquid, the PG/VG ratio and the temperature and wattage settings on your device. With that being said, you have much more control when inhaling vapor than you do when inhaling smoke. Most vaporizers permit settings adjustments that will allow you to determine if you want bigger clouds of vapor, more flavor, or a mixture of both.
Now, we’re going to be honest. The experience is different, especially the inhalation technique. Anyone that tells you otherwise is being dishonest. Still, within a few vaping sessions you’ll get used to that. At the end of the day, you’re going to have to find the device and setup that will give you the best draw. Experiment. Even more importantly, enjoy experimenting.
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