What is Vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor produced by a vaporizer or electronic cigarette. The vapor is produced from a material such as an e-liquid, concentrate, or dry herb.
What is a Vaporizer?
A vaporizer is an electric device that turns vaping material into vapor. A vaporizer usually consists of battery, main console or housing, cartridges, and atomizer or cartomizer. The battery generates the power for the heating element in the atomizer or cartomizer, which contacts the vaping material and transforms it into vapor for inhalation.
What Materials can be Vaped?
The vast majority of vapers use e-liquids, but other common materials include waxy concentrates and dry herbs. Different vaporizers support the vaping of different materials. For example, e-liquids vaporizers have a cartridge or tank, while a dry herb vaporizer will have a heating chamber. Multipurpose vaporizers allow you to vape different materials simply by switching cartridges.
What is the Vapor in a Vaporizer?
Vapor is defined as “a substance diffused or suspended in the air which is originally a liquid or solid turned into a gaseous form.” The vapor in a vaporizer is the gaseous form of any of the vaping materials. The vapor looks thicker than smoke, however, smells much better, and quickly dissipates into the air.
What is e-juice & e-liquid?
E-juice, also called e-liquid, is the primary material used in vaporizers, and consists of a PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin) base, flavorings, and may or may not contain nicotine.
There is a myriad variety of e-liquids available on the market, and you can find flavors raining from the most basic fruity ones to some very innovative flavors such as desserts, candies, and so on. Unlike the smoke of a traditional tobacco cigarette, most e-liquids produce vapor with a pleasant odor.
Vaping Experience in words
For different people vaping experience can mean different things; therefore, it is very hard to explain it in words. Before I share my personal opinion, here is what two of my co-workers, who have smoked for 6 and 10 years, and now have been vaping for more than two, have to say:
“[Unlike smoking] vaping is lighter on the lungs, and I could hit a vape nonstop all day. When smoking, I can only smoke so many before feeling ill…flavor vaping is, of course, delightful and delicious.” – Vin
“While it took me a while to get used to the vapor, now I totally love how my teeth and lungs are happier, not to mention the amazing variety of flavors I can choose from. I’m never going back.” – Teressa
What you need to start vaping
Starter kits open the world of vaping to beginners. They introduce all the basic components of a device to new vapers like mods, tanks, and coils. Kits also contain accessories like chargers, replacement parts and tools. Recent developments with Nic Salts have also introduced a number of MTL & Pod Devices which curb your nicotine cravings & help you get off the cigarettes quicker.
A traditional starter kit is a pen styled device with a built in battery and either a fixed or removable tank & glass section. These are budget friendly & will only require you to purchase the device along with some e-liquid and get vaping.
Another type of starter kit is one that comes with a mod device (box mod) & tank. A mod device will require one or two batteries in order to operate & these must be purchased separately. The mod device delivers the power to your tank. Both components are required to complete your vaping experience. These kits offer you a customised vaping experience & longer battery life. They do however cost significantly more than traditional pen style starter kits.
MTL & Pod Devices are the new craze and are sleek, small & discreet devices that use nicotine salts or higher strengths of nicotine and provide you with a cigarette like draw. These work well for the “20 a day” smoker looking to switch.
Is Vaping safer than Smoking?
This is probably the second most commonly asked question, and the answer is, unfortunately, unclear. Science has yet to determine for certain whether or not vaping is absolutely safer than smoking. Public health experts in the U.S. is divided over the potential benefits and risks of e-cigs, and conclusive scientific evidence is scarce.
Below are some statistics in favor and against the health benefits of smoking:
- Vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. Public Health England.
- Vaporizers are exponentially less hazardous than cigarettes, and vaping can even help people quit smoking. American Heart Association.
- The benefits of vaping outweigh its risks. Vaping is the first genuine way of helping people quit smoking. Royal College of Physicians.
- The amount of volatile organic compounds found in exhaled vapor is less than both exhaled smoke and normal breath. Spanish Council of Scientific Research.
- A report by WHO suggests that vaping can become a gateway for teens and young adults a gateway to the world of smoking. World Health Organization.
- A more recent study suggests that vaping has nearly the same impact as cigarettes in terms of suppressing the essential immune system-related genes. American Association for the Advancement of Science.
My view is based on personal experiences. Vaping has proven to be a safer alternative to smoking and has improved the general quality of my life. I breathe better, smell things better & can finally taste my food. I have felt the difference in my body and I am happy to continue vaping. My nicotine dependencies have also been curbed and I am not as reliant on nicotine compared to when I was smoking. I have evolved to a flavour chaser these days & truly enjoy vaping for the flavour and not so much for the nicotine. It’s the best decision I made. #VapingSavedMyLife
Parts of this article have been sourced from vapingdaily.com