Everything you need to know to start vaping and quit smoking
Vaping has been around since 1965 when the first electronic cigarette patent was filed. However, only more recently has vaping become popular and more mainstream. As an aid for quitting smoking, vaping is ideal. It allows users to keep up the act of smoking while filling and gradually reducing your nicotine dependence.
There is lots of information on vaping and when you first start thinking about it, the whole thing can feel quite overwhelming. You might be unsure which kit to buy and which juice is best suited to it. Then there is your PG and your VG, nicotine strengths and the nic shots. Not to mention watts, sub-ohm and coils!
We have been in the vaping industry since 2009 and have answered probably every question a new vaper has, including health concerns.
In this guide to vaping, we are going to share everything we are asked by soon to be ex-smokers. This will allow you to select the right kit and e juice to get you off on the right foot with your vaping experience.
How do I choose my nicotine strength?
This is often the first question we are asked by those looking to quit smoking. Nicotine withdrawal can lead us into dark places of bad moods, sweating, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain and more. When you vape you can select a nicotine strength which best replicates your smoking habits. For a guide we suggest:
18mg - More than 30 cigarettes a day
12mg - 20 cigarettes a day
6mg - 10 cigarettes a day
3mg - 5 cigarettes a day
Read more about choosing your nicotine level on our blog.
Over time, you can gradually reduce your nicotine intake right down to a 0mg if you wanted to.
VG and PG - what’s the difference?
Now you have chosen your nicotine level you will be considering different e-liquids. You may notice that they have a ratio of PG and VG. These ingredients make up your ejuice along with flavourings and nicotine if required.
PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerine) offer different things.
- Harsher throat hit
- Less gunk build up in your tank
- Intense flavour
- More discrete vapour
- Ideal for starter kits and basic devices
- Fast wicking absorption time
- Smoother throat hit
- Lower allergy risk
- Dense clouds
- Ideal for big box kits
- Slow wicking absorption time
If you have a sub-ohm vape device then you will be best suited to using high VG e-liquid. High VG provides denser clouds and is perfect for direct to lung vaping.
Ejuices with a high PG ratio or 50/50 are great for those who are opting for a mouth to lung vape experience, which best replicates smoking.
Which kit do I choose?
Now you have your e-liquid in check, you will want to know the best kit for your non-smoking feat. There are lots of kits on the market, from your cig-a-like devices to your box mods, pens and pods.
All of these have their place, however, finding the one that is best for you is most important.
Starter vape kit device
A starter kit will be ideal if you are looking for something that is mouth to lung and replicates smoking. These type of kits are mostly very easy to use, with just one button to activate when you take a draw.
Others have a few more features, such as the Aspire X30 Rover, which also allows you to alter watts and see battery life.
Here are a few of our best selling starter kits which are best suited with 50/50 PG/VG juices:
Pod vape device
The pod is either refillable with e-liquid or you buy specific replacement pods for them. We suggest that to save money and give yourself more choices on flavours and strengths that you opt for a refillable pod or a kit where you can refill the pods yourself.
Pods are smaller devices which easily fit in your pocket or purse. They’re discreet and generally don’t produce massive clouds. The batteries will be smaller, however, in some, they are big enough to easily last the whole day.
Here are a few pod devices on offer:
Big cloud kit
A big cloud kit will be for those looking to use high VG e-liquids and enjoy thick, dense clouds. Big cloud kits often have buttons to make adjustments. Having these buttons allows you to really tailor your vape experience.
You can shop our list of vape kits that make big clouds below:
If you are a vaper who knows what they want then having these adjustments can really keep things interesting.
Big cloud kits often get through e-juice and battery life quicker than mouth to lung devices, which is something to keep in mind.
Here are some great cloud kits with all the bells and whistles:
A MOD vape
A mod is where it gets a little more in-depth. With a mod you can start to build your own coils. Building your own coils allows you to truly tailor your vape to the max and get some serious clouds too.
A mod is ideal for the more advanced vaper who has made vaping into a bit of a hobby.
How do I vape?
How do I vape is another question asked by those new to vaping. The answer to this question depends on which vape kit you decided to choose. Before you vape you need to make sure that you have allowed the ejuice to soak into the wicks fully, otherwise, you might have a dry hit.
How to vape mouth to lung
Bring the vape mouthpiece to your lips, push the fire button (if your device requires you to) and inhale the vapour into your mouth then your lungs.
How to vape direct to lung
Bring the mouthpiece to your lips, press the fire button and inhale the vapour into your lungs.
You will need to check the instructions on your specific vape device as some require you to push buttons whereas others don’t.
Will sub-ohm vaping suit me?
When you are looking into devices you may have seen something called sub-ohm. Sub-ohm is a vaping style which produces large and flavourful clouds. However, it isn't for everyone.
Ohms are a unit to measure electric resistance. All coils will have the resistance written on the packaging or the coil itself. If the coil is under 1ohm then it is a sub-ohm coil. With the lower resistance, you will be able to produce more vapour and enjoy a fuller flavour.
Pro’s and cons of sub-ohm vaping
- Thick cloud
- Improved flavour
- Warmer clouds
- Smoother throat hit
- Use more battery and e-juice
- Larger, bulky device
- Not discrete
Sub-ohm vaping isn’t best for everyone. It really depends on what you want from your vaping experience and your device. If you are after something discreet that fits in your pocket then you will probably be best off with a smaller kit. If you want something robust and more of a statement and gadget, then you’ll love a sub-ohm kit.
Want a low cost entry route into Sub Ohm? Check out our review of the Smok Vape Pen 22 at the link below:
How often do I change my coil?
How often do you change your coil will depend on how much you vape and your vaping style. If you allow your juice to run down to the very last puff then you will be more likely to burn it out and have to replace it sooner.
Generally, you will need to change your coil every 2-3 weeks. If you take really good care of your coil then it will last better. Here are a few ways to ensure that you get the most from your coil.
- Avoid dry hits - Make sure there is always enough e-liquid in the tank to wick the coils. Dry hits not only ruin your coil but they taste and smell horrible.
- Let your e-liquid soak into the wick - When you fill-up your tank with a fresh coil you should allow it to soak up the e-juice before you take a puff. This can take a little longer if you have a high VG juice, but it’s worth the wait.
- Clean your coil - You can make your coil last longer by keeping it clean. Washing off any gunk build up really helps. You can do this by soaking it in alcohol overnight. Read our how to clean your coils blog for a more in-depth look into this.
- Set your vape device to 3.7 volts - This is the level that vape batteries are meant to work at. Run too high and you can reduce battery and coil life.
You will know that your coil needs changing if you notice that the flavour of your e-juice isn’t tasting right. Another way to tell is if it smells kind of burnt when you vape. If you don’t notice, then other people certainly will!
If you want to shop for vape coils or ecig atomisers, our full list is below, or to make things easier, we have listed a few of the big vape brand categories too.
What wattage to vape?
If you have opted for a kit where you can change your wattage, then we suggest you set your vape device to 3.7 volts.
On the coil pack, it will suggest something maybe a little higher, however, we believe 3.7 to be the sweet spot. When you choose these watts you will use less juice, less battery and have a less impact on your coil's lifespan.
3.7 watts is the ideal level that the majority of vapes are designed to work at. Vaping at this level won’t decrease your experience or flavour, it will just save you money.
Watch our hack video below that explains this theory in more detail >>
Is vaping safe?
Is vaping safe is going to be a question that you will have as a new vaper. After all, we know that smoking is the largest cause of preventable deaths in the UK, so you'll want to make sure you aren't swapping one bad habit for another.
However, vaping is said to be 95% safer than smoking, according to Public Health England.
Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of chemicals, many of which are known to cause cancer. Vaping does not contain these chemicals as you are not burning tobacco.
"More research will be done into vaping as the years go by, however as it is 95% safer than smoking that is certainly something to go by."
Vaping is a great way to quit smoking. It allows you to keep up the act of smoking, get a dose of nicotine but without the cancer-causing chemicals. Not only that, vaping doesn't stain your teeth or make your clothes smell.
We’re sure you will find everything you need to get started vaping and quit smoking on our website. However, if there is anything you are still unsure of then drop us a message on live chat or give us a call.
We also have shops all over the UK where you could drop in and ask any questions as well as try some flavours.