Beginners Guide to E-cigarettes
E-Cigarettes and Vaping are terms related to a worldwide trend away from tobacco-based smoking and toward a safer, smoke-free alternative to conventional cigarettes.
Whether you prefer E-Cigarettes, E-Cigars, E-Pipes, or Vaporizers, you will enjoy the same suite of sleek, stylish products designed to help you break free of tobacco’s negative effects.
So here is a quick “E-Cigs 101” on the benefits of vaping and the personal enjoyment of a smoke-free life.
What Are E-Cigarettes?
E-Cigarettes are electronic devices crafted to look and feel like traditional “combustible” cigarettes. Battery-powered, E-Cigarettes use either a disposable or rechargeable power source. The “smoking” sensation, or vapor, comes from E-Liquid cartridges available in a wide variety of flavors, nicotine densities, and ingredients.
Inside every E-Cigarette is an element known as an Atomizer. There are two basic types: Cartomizers and Clearomizers. While delivery systems vary slightly, all atomizers work the same way: they heat E-Liquid and convert it into a flavorful vapor. This entire process takes only a few seconds, delivering instant satisfaction and effortless enjoyment.
What is Vaping?
Vaping is a term to describe the act of using an E-Cigarette or similar product (E-Cigar, E-Pipe, etc.). The word “vaping” caught on early because literal “clouds of vapor” are produced when using these devices.
The advantage (and for many, the central pleasure) of vaping is how clouds or “breaths” of water-based vapor mimic the experience of conventional smoking – without the harmful effects of tobacco. For this reason, E-Cigarettes are also known as Smokeless Cigarettes.
What is E-Liquid, Exactly?
E-Liquid (also known as “E-Juice”) refers to a wide range of products that vary depending on the brand and manufacturer. All E-Liquids contain a base made of two main ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and Propylene Glycol (PG). VG and PG are used in various ratios, combined with a mixture of nicotine, flavorings, and water.
In a sense, E-Liquids are the “heart and soul” of the vaping experience. You, the customer, have a tremendous number of products to choose from across the industry. At Izzi, we pride ourselves on a user-friendly Web site and knowledgeable staff to help you choose the flavor, density, price-point, and overall experience to match your personal style.
What Do “Steeping” and “Throat Hit” Mean?
Steeping is a term used by the vaping community to “let E-Liquid sit” before using it in their smokeless device. While most E-Liquids are steeped by the manufacturer, “home steeping” is an advanced technique to improve intensity and flavor. A common practice is to leave uncovered E-Liquid in a cool, dark place for several days or even weeks.
Throat Hit is an expression used to describe the “hit” conventional smokers feel when inhaling on a cigarette. To this end, many e-smokers carefully select E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids to provide the desired level of “smoothness” or “harshness.” Generally, lower nicotine levels are smoother,, while higher levels have a harsher effect. It’s all about personal preference – and how closely one wishes to “mimic” the sensation of traditional smoking.
Are E-Cigarettes Safer than Conventional Cigarettes?
In a word, Yes.
International and National agencies – including the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – have released statements on the benefits of E-Cigarettes compared with conventional, tobacco-based smoking:
“If we were able to switch every adult smoker completely onto an e-cigarette product, we would have a significant [positive] impact on overall public health.” — Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner, FDA
While few products (in any industry) are entirely risk-free, E-Cigarettes have a marked advantage over combustible cigarettes as “they contain far fewer of the ingredients known to cause cancer, and the ones they do contain are present at lower levels.” (Time.com, November 2018).
Many public health officials believe E-Cigarettes have two main “checks” in their favor:
- Far fewer health risks than conventional cigarettes, and
- Ability to help smokers quit tobacco use entirely.
Are E-Cigarettes and Vaping Addictive?
They can be. As most E-Cigarettes contain nicotine, they can be habit-forming in a similar fashion as tobacco-based products. However, a majority of health officials agree that vaping is a much safer alternative to conventional smoking.
And there is another crucial advantage of E-Cigarettes over combustible cigarettes: Variety.
You, the customer, can “custom-fit” your vaping experience to your own personal preferences and needs.
The Izzi line of products includes more than 30 varieties of E-Liquids. In this way, you have the ultimate power to select:
- E-Liquid flavors
- Nicotine densities
- Nicotine-Free varieties
- Vitamin Varieties
So, if you are a heavy smoker whose goal is to quit tobacco products entirely, you may wish to start at a higher nicotine density then gradually “wean” yourself to a lower-density solution.
On the other hand, if you are a light smoker (or have never smoked), you may wish to simply enjoy the pleasures of E-Cigarettes at a lower level of nicotine – or none at all!
E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers – What’s the Difference?
Essentially, all “E-Cig” products perform the same basic function: providing a smoke-free way to enjoy “smoking”… that is, vaping!
The main difference between E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers is the shape. While E-Cigarettes are designed to look and feel like conventional cigarettes (with “Cigalikes” offering an even smaller, sleeker choice), Vaporizers are generally larger and provide longer battery life.
Like E-Cigarettes, Vaporizers use rechargeable or disposable battery to heat and vaporize E-Liquid. Most Vaporizers, however, use a refillable tank to hold the preferred type of E-Liquid. Some models are available with pre-filled cartridges, providing the customer with a wide range of choices.
If you are a “Vaper” who prefers a slightly larger package – and isn’t looking for the traditional look and feel of a cigarette – a Vaporizer may be best for you.
Which E-Cigs and Accessories are Right for Me?
As our “Beginner’s Guide” promises, the art of vaping offers the e-smoker many, many choices.
Are you looking for a “cigarette-like” experience, where the act of holding a cigarette (well, an E-Cigarette…) between your fingers is one of life’s simple pleasures?
Or, are you a cigar and/or pipe smoker looking for a safer, smoke-free alternative? In that case, E-Cigars and E-Pipes are for you.
Alternatively, you may be interested solely in the deep enjoyment of vaping – enjoying your flavorful, water-based breaths in a sleekly stylish Vaporizer or similar device.
Truly, the sky’s the limit – and hey, you won’t be sending harmful smoke up there, either! The experts at Izzi are here to help you make the transition to a smoke-free you!