Vaping For Beginners - Getting Started

Aug 10, 2023

If you want to make the switch to vaping our ‘Getting Started’ guide gives you the basics on vaping and e cigarettes, including how e cigarettes work and the different parts of an e cigarette.  

How to Vape

If you’ve decided to try an e cigarette it may all seem a bit complicated at first, but it’s quite straightforward. Here, we introduce you to the basics of what is an e cigarette, how e cigarettes work, how to use an e cigarette and also what is actually in e cigarettes.  Welcome to the vaping 101 UK guide.

Vaping Basics

In our vaping for dummies guide you'll learn everything you need about how to vape. Whether it’s a E Cigarette Starter Kit or something more advanced an ecigarette is fundamentally made up of the same parts. To vape, you need a battery, a tank or similar to hold the e liquid, a heating element and mouthpiece. They are known by different names too - vaping mods, or vape kits.

In the same way water becomes steam, the liquid in an e cigarette – known as e liquid or e-juice – is heated to the point it becomes a vapour. This vapour is inhaled, in a similar way that a smoker inhales smoke from a cigarette.

When you press the button on an e cigarette, the vape battery sends a current through a metal coil (literally a metal wire shaped into a coil) which acts as a heating element. A wicking material loaded with e liquid runs through the centre of the coil and as the coil gets hotter the e liquid flavours evaporate – turning from a liquid into a vapour.

The vapour is drawn up through the mouthpiece and you’re vaping. That's how to vape, it's as simple as that.

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E liquid – What’s in an E cigarette?


One of the major differences between smoke and vapour is the flavour. E liquids have infinite flavour possibilities and the flavour is one of just three or four basic ingredients that make up e liquid.


Vegetable Glycerine (VG) is used in the food industry as a sweetener, preservative, or thickening agent, while in cosmetics it’s found in moisturisers. In regards to vaping, UK VG gives you the ‘cloud’ and it’s non-toxic. It’s thicker and requires more power to vapourise, but can produce more vapour.  It's for this reason vegetable glycerin vape is popular with cloud chasers.


Propylene Glycol (PG) is used in a variety of applications, for example, inhalers, and produces the ‘throat hit’, similar to that when smoking. PG shows no evidence of being carcinogenic or toxic. PG e-liquid is thinner than VG and therefore doesn’t need as much power to become a vapour. PG vape is great for discrete vaping.


The final ingredient is nicotine, however many people choose to enjoy vaping UK with nicotine-free e liquid, and choose to vape purely for the flavour choices. Others balance their nicotine levels by choosing a concentrated nicotine shot and blending their own.

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