Can you stop smoking with vaping?
Vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. When you "vape", you inhale a mist or vapor and NOT smoke. Electronic cigarettes are nothing like tobacco cigarettes. I really wish they never named it so similar to cigarettes. Let me name the major big differences first. They contain no tobacco, tar, benzene, formaldehyde, acetone, ammonia or carbon monoxide. Ecigs does not need to be ignited and as such, there is no combustion. They do not "smoke". In a sense of a word, they "vape". I'll get into this a little later...
These electronic devices produce a mist or vapor. Therefore people in the vaping community prefer to call them PVs, short for Personal Vaporizers. A PV basically consists of two components: a battery and an atomizer. An Atomizer is the part of the PV that heats a liquid enough to vaporize it. The atomizer needs a battery to provide the energy to heat up the atomizer element.
The liquid I previously mentioned, is generally called juice, ejuice or e-liquid. Eliquid produces the vapor, flavor and desired nicotine "hit" if required. Eliquid is a solution of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG) or both mixed together. Nicotine is also mixed with it in different ratios to make selecting the nicotine strength possible. This is arguably the most beneficial factor to vaping. They are often sold in bottles or as pre-filled disposable cartridges. Nicotine strength is normally shown in either the percentage of nicotine in the mix or as mg/ml. I would think the normal strength ratio for a beginner would be in the region of 3 - 6 mg/ml.
When you hear or read about "throat hit", they are referring to the sensation felt at the back of the throat when the vapor is inhaled. Anything from the base mix (PG, alergicVG), voltage or nicotine strength can affect this sensation. PG solutions normally provide the throat hit and VG more vapor. It is also worth mentioning that a very small amount of PEO allergic to PG and might be more suited to vape with a VG mixture.
Flavors are definitely one of my favorite topics. You can almost get any flavor you can imagine, from tobacco to fruits or puddings! You even get peanut butter and bacon flavor liquid... All my close friends know that I will have some sort of choice nearby when it comes to flavors. I do have a tank that holds enough juice to last a day, but my taste buds nearly always crave a new taste halfway through the day! When I started vaping, I vaped tobacco flavor juice, but I soon realized how much more I am missing out on! I mean, why would I vape tobacco flavor (which don't really taste the same anyway) when I can treat myself to pineapple, cherry or my all-time favorite mango flavor? The point I am really trying to make here is that vaping offers you much more choice and options!
One of the biggest advantages over smoking must be the fact that you can control your nicotine intake. You can slowly and painlessly wean yourself off the nicotine addiction without cravings or the guilt if you failed to quit. Some people still vape happily with zero nicotine in their e-liquid. Vaping offers that choice, it just depends on how you want to vape.
The other thing well worth mentioning here is that the running cost of vaping can be much, much cheaper than smoking. I remember buying a pack of 20 cigarettes, or analogs as vapers call them, for just over £10 at a train station! I was doing a little more than 20 a day then, so you can quickly work out how much I spent on a monthly basis. I think that I must have spent around £250 per month on those dirty cancer sticks, if not more... These days I spend no more than about £20 to £45 a month on juice and bits to run on. Getting started could cost you in the region of around £20 - £50 depending on which setup you choose. Now for the big question... is e-liquid safe to use as something that is inhaled?
E-Liquid contains nicotine and should only be used and handled by adults 18+ or older depending on local law. The ingredients of e-liquid are well known and widely used in food products. I would think that currently only food grade PG or VG should be considered safe to use. Nicotine is a stimulant and known as a poison. For this reason, eliquid should be kept well away from anyone underage. In the concentrations used for vaping, nicotine is safe to use, but it is still recommended to wash off any part of your skin that came in contact with e-liquid.
I am no doctor and I am not trying to offer medical advice or anything else. I strongly believe that we should take responsibility for our own actions and to act accordingly. Do your own research! I am also not trying to convince anyone to take up vaping either. All I'm offering is to make people aware that there is another option if they choose to pursue it... read more.