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Getting Started

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

What is An Ecigarette? Getting Started

If you’ve decided to try an ecigarette 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 ecigarette, how ecigarettes work, how to use an ecigarette and also what is actually in ecigarettes.

How to Vape

Whether it’s a 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 eliquid, a heating element and mouthpiece.

In the same way water becomes steam, the liquid in an ecigarette – known as eliquid or ejuice – 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 ecigarette, the 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 eliquid runs through the centre of the coil and as the coil gets hotter the liquid evaporates – turning from a liquid into a vapour.

The vapour is drawn up through the mouthpiece and you’re vaping.

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Eliquid – What’s in an Ecigarette?

Flavours

Flavours

One of the major differences between smoke and vapour is the flavour. Eliquid has infinite flavour possibilities and flavour is one of just three or four basic ingredients that make up eliquid.

VG

VG

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 VG gives you the ‘cloud’ and it’s non-toxic. It’s thick and requires more power to vapourise, but can produce more vapour.

PG

PG

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 is thinner than VG and therefore doesn’t need as much power to become a vapour.

Nicotine

Nicotine

The final ingredient is nicotine, however many people choose to enjoy vape with nicotine free eliquid, and choose to vape purely for the flavour choices.

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