E-Cigarettes and Vaping FAQs
E-Cigarettes – also known as E-Cigs or Smokeless Cigarettes – are electronic devices that offer smoke-free alternatives to conventional, tobacco-based cigarettes. They are battery-powered devices that use heat to create an inhalable, water-based vapor.
“E-Cigs” are available in many shapes and sizes and can refer to E-Cigars, E-Pipes, Vape Pens, and larger Vaporizers. E-Cigarettes and batteries can be purchased in reusable and/or disposable varieties with an emphasis on style and personal preference.
Vaping is a term to describe the global trend away from tobacco products toward an entirely smoke-free experience. When vaping, you use an E-Cigarette or similar device to inhale breaths of vapor. This vapor is produced from vegetable-and-water-based E-Liquids that usually contain a measured amount of nicotine.
While there is a great variety of products and designs, the basic principle remains the same.
Every E-Cig device is powered by a lithium battery connected to a Vaporization Chamber. This chamber is a hollow tube containing an electronic element called an Atomizer, the component that creates vapor. While delivery systems vary, two common types of atomizers are Cartomizers and Clearmoizers.
The e-smoker activates the device and inserts a cartridge of E-Liquid into the chamber. The tip of the cartridge often doubles as a mouthpiece. Once the device heats – usually in a matter of seconds – the E-Liquid is “vaporized” and creates a “smoking” sensation without the harmful effects of tobacco.
E-Liquid (also known as “E-Juice”) is made from a base of Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and/or Propylene Glycol (PG), flavorings, and water. Most E-Liquid contains nicotine, although there are many nicotine-free varieties available.
Numerous studies have shown that E-Cigarettes – with a desired level of nicotine – can be a highly effective tool in “weaning” the conventional smoker off tobacco and into a smoke-free lifestyle.
There is really no way to answer this question for everyone. What is your favorite kind of beer, wine, whisky, coffee, tea, or ice cream? Once you begin to explore the Vaping World, you will see why variety is truly the name of the game.
Steeping is a technique experienced “Vapers” use to increase intensity and flavor of their vapes. A common practice is to leave uncovered E-Liquid in a cool, dark place for several days or even weeks.
Throat Hit is a term to describe the sensation of smoke (or vapor!) “hitting” the back of the throat. Vaping aficionados speak of “smoothness” or “harshness” depending on the strength and density of nicotine.
While manufacturers and retailers offer a wide range of products, there are certain industry standards. Generally speaking, most E-Liquid is sold in one of three basic densities measured in milligrams (mg):
0 mg (Nicotine-Free)
12 mg (Medium Density of Nicotine)
24 mg (High Density of Nicotine)
Adding to the mix, some retailers use a “True Nicotine Content” (or “TNC”) system which “converts” these measurements into numbers that are comparable to those of combustible cigarettes.
Yes, it does. While any nicotine-based product holds some chance of addiction (and cannot be branded entirely risk-free), E-Cigarettes have an obvious advantage over combustible cigarettes because:
[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).
Dr. Gottlieb has also expressed his belief that vaping products should not be sold to, or used by, teens. In August 2016, the FDA banned the sale of E-Cigarettes and accessories to minors (anyone under the age of 18).
While many pages could be written on this subject, a general rule is that E-Cigarettes are more compact and best imitate the experience of smoking. (In fact, early E-Cigs were called “Cigalikes” because of their uncanny resemblance to conventional cigarettes.) In addition, E-Cigs need almost no setup and are relatively inexpensive. Most models are available with disposable e-liquid cartridges and a disposable (or rechargeable) battery, which increases ease of use.
Vaporizers are generally larger and come with a rechargeable battery as well as a refillable tank for any variety of E-Liquid.For e-smokers not looking for a “cigarette-like” shape, Vaporizers are an excellent option. Vaporizers also hold a larger supply of E-Liquid and have longer battery life than E-Cigarettes.
Once again, it all comes down to what works for you. If you are a current or former cigar or pipe smoker, and want to transition smoothly to the smoke-free world of vaping, these products can offer the function and feel you are looking for.
Generally, disposable E-Cigs are the least expensive option with some models available for under $10. On the other side of the spectrum, high-end “Vape Mods” can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
An excellent choice for beginners is a basic Starter Kit. These kits contain everything you need – whether in E-Cigarettes, Vapes, or some combination – and are available in many configurations. Some kits start for less that $20 with an average cost of about $40. Of course, it is possible to spend much more depending on your needs.
Many manufacturers and retailers offer some type of limited warranty. Check the fine print carefully and make sure you know what you are buying at the time of purchase.
Because they are non-combustible and smokeless, E-Cigarettes should logically be considered “safe” in many situations. In the vaping community, however, there is an unwritten “code of etiquette” (in other words, courtesy and common sense).. Most airlines, for example, prohibit vaping as vapor breaths can be mistaken for smoke and fire.
Feel free to browse this site, run Web searches, and seek out Online Vaping Communities. You will even find local enthusiast groups in your own city or town. Above all, stay informed on new products, developments, and innovations. Keep on Vaping, and enjoy the freedom a smoke-free life can bring!