It can be daunting for a beginner to get started. Especially as most of us have a "friend" who knows all about it and knows what is best for you!! Trouble is what is best for your "friend" is not necessarily what is right for you. So below I am going to do my best to explain what an E-Cigarette is, how to use it, and the options that are available.
So what is an E-Cigarette?
To put it simply it is an electrical gadget that mimics smoking with a tobacco cigarette. Everything from the most basic starter kit up to the most elaborate devices producing huge clouds of vaper are all E-Cigarettes.
How do they work?
Basically a battery heats up a metal coil, the coil is surrounded by oil (E-liquid), this oil is super heated to "vaporise" it. This is when you inhale and the vapor is drawn into your lungs, just like a real cigarette.
Are they safe?
I am not medically qualified to say for sure but there is a lot of research proving they are certainly safer than cigarettes, after all the only thing you are inhaling is water vapour, providing you only use regulated and legal E-liquids.
Are they Expensive?
They can be. kits start from around £20 and up from there, some are as much as £200. When you compare to smoking though they are very inexpensive. Once you choose which kit you want all you have to buy after that is liquid and coils. One 10ml bottle of liquid will last 1 week if you smoke the equivalent of 20 a day, and typically a bottle is around £3. So you can see where you save the money!!
Which E-liquid should I choose?
First all always ensure that the E-liquids on sale are UK regulated and legal. Liquids typically now start with 18mg nicotine, then drop to 12, 6, 3 then 0 nicotine. If your a heavy smoker start with 18mg liquids then slowly reduce the nicotine level until you have weaned off your nicotine addiction. Once you have settled on strength it is then just a case of choosing your flavour!!
What is PG?
Propylene Glycol, is one of the main ingredients of E-liquid. It is petroleum based and vaporises at a very low temperature/wattage. Typically this type of liquid is where beginners start as it can be used in the most basic of starter kits, however some people think the flavour is a little metallic.
What is VG?
Vegetable Glycerin, is another main ingredient of some E-liquids. It is mixed with PG but as it is vegetable based typically needs higher wattage to vaporise. The advantage is nicer, smoother flavours. You will see E-liquids labelled 50/50 VG/PG or 80/20 VG/PG and other variations. the higher the VG the higher wattage needed to vaporise. If you see someone vaping huge clouds they are using high VG liquid.
Word of Warning
Some vaping devices produce high amounts of vapour, or "cloud", this type of vaping produces high quality flavour but must NOT have high nicotine levels. Ideally you want a maximum of 3mg nicotine strength. Vaping produces a lot more "gas" than cigarettes, so if your producing huge clouds then you don't want high nicotine otherwise it will make you feel sick.