We repeat ourselves, it’s true, but an electronic cigarette is a useful tool for smoking cessation, which is beginning to be valued. The product is of interest only if used as a withdrawal therapy; it is not a hobby but rather an aid to stop smoking. However, to stop smoking thanks to the e-cigarette, it is necessary to know how to use it! Vaporize well. Here are our tips to start vaping to quit smoking and permanently stop his consumption of paper cigarettes.
The Electronic Cigarette, What Is It?
Electronic cigarettes also called an e-cigarette, are a product powered by electricity that artificially reproduces the smoke released during a cigarette’s combustion. Developed by a Chinese pharmacist in the 2000s, the e-cigarette resembles a traditional cigarette.
It is the user’s inspiration that triggers the process of the e-cigarette. A mist composed of fine particles, called “aerosol” or more commonly “vapor,” is then released and finally inhaled by the consumer. Under normal circumstances, the aerosol does not contain carbon monoxide, a molecule responsible for cardiovascular disease or carcinogenic substances.
Choosing the Right E-Cigarette
Professionals recommend, above all to take your time to test several models of electronic cigarettes. “The breakdown of the vaporizer is a major cause of resumption of smoking in the first weeks of abstinence,” says Professor Bertrand Dautzenberg, respirologist, and tobacconist.
The reservoir (or cartridge): stores the e-liquid. “It is necessary to have liquid in advance or several cartomizers,” specifies Pr Dautzenberg.
The e-liquid itself may or may not contain nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerol, and different flavors. They are the ones that define its taste and which makes you like or dislike “vaping” it. Choosing a flavor that pleases is, therefore, one of the keys to successful withdrawal. However, be careful with certain flavored liquids (cinnamon, vanilla, menthol, etc.), which are seductive but could present potential dangers. The National Agency evaluates the products sold in France for Health Safety. There is also an Afnor standard (voluntarily) that guarantees their quality.
The rechargeable battery: provides the current that heats the resistance. The higher its voltage, the higher the temperature and the greater the amount of steam released. For heavy smokers, its autonomy is another element to take into account. Large batteries last all day, while smaller batteries last less. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that you have a way to recharge it or have two models.
The electric resistance: it heats and vaporizes the liquid contained in the tank, which we vape. We called atomizer or cartomizer when the opposition and the “cartridge” are joined together.
Finding the Right Level of Nicotine For vaping
You now know all the basic principles to vape the electronic cigarette successfully. However, you must focus one one essential element: the nicotine level of your e-liquid.
With the objective of a successful nicotine withdrawal, the electronic cigarette has many advantages over traditional substitutes. In particular, it allows you to regulate nicotine yourself to adapt to your daily needs quickly. However, it is essential to keep in mind that you should not want to go too fast and lower your rate too quickly to not end up in a situation of withdrawal.
Also, thanks to the nicotine present in your e-liquids, you will be able to obtain hit, a phenomenon of muscular contraction at the level of the throat significant for the smoker. Sacrificing this hit is potentially putting obstacles in your way in your goal to stop smoking.
Therefore, it is essential to choose a nicotine level that best suits your needs so that you don’t feel any lack of frustration.
If the consumption of nicotine e-liquids can hardly be compared to the consumption of traditional cigarettes, here is an approximate comparison based on your smoking profile as an indication:
- Small smoker (less than five cigarettes per day): nicotine level of 3mg/ml
- Smoker (five to 10 cigarettes per day): nicotine level of 6mg/ml
- Medium smoker (10-20 cigarettes per day): nicotine level of 11-12mg/ml
- Heavy smoker (more than 20 cigarettes per day): nicotine level of 16-18mg/ml.
Find Your E-Liquid
Your transition to the electronic cigarette is synonymous with changes on all levels. Indeed, in addition to testing new equipment, you will also discover new flavors in your mouth!
You can say goodbye to that unpleasant aftertaste of tobacco! If you have managed to get used to this flavor, it isn’t very sure to attract you again after testing the different flavors of the available e-liquids.
To make your vaping as pleasant as possible, the creators of e-liquids have imagined a wide range of flavors so that each vaporizer can find the right one for you.
There are six main categories of taste.
Classics: A family of e-liquids mimics the best-known tobaccos’ tastes but without the tar and other carcinogenic substances. You can start with this type of flavor if you don’t want to be too confused.
Fruity: The most popular category of e-liquids, thanks to its wide variety of flavors. From red fruits to exotic fruits, there’s something for everyone!
Gourmet: A type of e-liquid intended for all lovers of gourmet flavors who can find all the most iconic cakes and cookies in the form of e-liquid for electronic cigarettes.
Mentholated: E-liquids made for all fans of fresh and thirst-quenching flavors in the mouth!
Candy: Flavors for older children with lollipops and all kinds of candy more or less acidic.
Beverages: A right mix of sodas, water drinks, and hot drinks.
Once you’ve found your favorite flavor, there are two more things to consider.
Do you want an e-liquid with a better flavor rendition, with a higher propylene glycol content? Conversely, an e-liquid intended to produce an excellent steam volume with a higher level of vegetable glycerin? It’s up to you to play with this ratio to get the result that suits you best!
If you are a beginner steamer, we advise you to opt for a PG/VG ratio of 50/50 to obtain a perfect balance between steam volume and flavor rendering.
Finally, know that you can consume your e-liquid ready to use, but that it is also possible to make it yourself in DIY, the best way to save money quickly!
Clean Your Electronic Cigarette
You have questions about how to maintain your electronic cigarette. As experts in the field of vape, we are here to share all our secrets with you so that you can carry out your cleaning with ease!
First of all, you should know that cleaning methods differ from one part to another on your vape. The frequency of cleaning also varies. For example, you will need to clean your vape tank every time you change your e-liquid.
If this can sometimes look like a chore, cleaning your vape is the guarantee of a high-performance e-cig with a longer life span.
If it is unnecessary to have many household products, this cleaning’s regularity will avoid any technical problems!
Fill Your Electronic Cigarette
The filling of its electronic cigarette is a must for vaping! To do this, you should know that techniques differ depending on the filling system present on your vape tank. It can be filled from the top, from the bottom, or the side. Most pods have a filling hatch on their cartridge if your vaporizer does not have a vape tank.
To know when to proceed to this filling, it’s straightforward! You must regularly check your e-liquid level through your Pyrex. When there is still about 10% left, it’s time to proceed to the refill!
Finally, to fill your e-cig as thoroughly as possible, do not hesitate to use a syringe or a graduated pipette for more precision!
My Electronic Cigarette Makes Me Cough.
If you are new to the electronic cigarette world, you may have coughed at your first puff. Know that this is entirely normal! Your body needs time to get used to a different practice, but you should also know that the wrapper does not contain chemicals to protect you from irritation, as is tobacco. It is with time, generally about ten days that this effect disappears by itself.
This cough also allows your body to eliminate the tars and chemicals accumulated during your years of smoking.
You should also check that the nicotine level is appropriate for your needs. A nicotine overdose may indeed be the cause of your cough and the potential irritation you feel in your throat.
Finally, you must make sure you have the right equipment. For example, if you are a beginner, you should use a vape with a tightly drawn vape tank adapted to your needs.
How Often Should I Vape?
Are you on the verge of quitting smoking and wondering how often to vape, so you don’t feel any cravings? It’s complicated to compare your tobacco consumption with that of electronic cigarettes.
Indeed, there are several elements to take into account. The frequency of vaping depends on the level of nicotine, the composition of the e-liquid vaporized, and it’s material.
Above all, you must keep in mind that the rhythm to adopt is specific to each person. Your first weeks with an electronic cigarette will serve as a test until you find your frequency of vaping. Little by little, it will become automatic, and you will only vape when you feel the need.
Things to Remember About Vaping
Know the facts: Vaping is not without risk, so it’s a good idea to understand the possible short fully- and long-term health effects before you start vaping.
Young people, non-smokers, pregnant women, and people who have quit smoking should not vape.
Younger people should be educated and aware of their particular risk of nicotine addiction and strongly encouraged not to try or begin vaping.
If you smoke or use vaping to quit smoking, the electronic cigarette may be less harmful than the traditional cigarette. Here are some considerations:
Watch for symptoms that affect your lung health and tell your health care provider that you are vaping.
Don’t combine tobacco use and steaming.
Discuss smoking cessation options with a health care professional.
The ultimate goal is to stop using any product containing nicotine, including vaping.