What is Vaping? A Guide For Beginners

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What is Vaping?

Vaping is an act of inhaling vapor produce by an electronic cigarette. Vaping is said to be a safer alternative to smoking because there is no combustion process unlike in cigarettes, and vape liquids are usually tobacco free.

Although there is nicotine present in vape liquids, there is no proof that it has adverse effects to your body apart from the same effects that you get from caffeine.

Vaping has slowly grown into a multi-million industry, as an alternative to help people quit smoking cigarettes.

Who Invented Vaping?

The first modern electronic cigarette was invented by a Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, who devoted his time to developing a better alternative to smoking since his father died from Lung Cancer.

The first electronic cigarette though, was made by Herbert Gilbert, a Korean war veteran, in an effort to reduce smoking some time in the 1960s. As a matter of fact, the term “Vaping” has been here for more than 40 years, and it is just getting popular during the last few years.

What Do I Need To Start Vaping?

You will need a vape kit, usually composing of a mod, battery, atomizer, and some consumable items like coils, wicks, and e-liquid.

The Dripping Vape Fad - Is it Bad?E-liquid flavors range from familiar tobacco, pastry, mint, candy, or fruity flavors. Nicotine levels vary too, ranging from 0 (no nicotine) to as high as 36mg.

The coil materials used for vaping also vary, from the most common kanthal to nichrome, nickel, titanium, stainless steel, and more.

Like so, the wicks used for vaping vary too. You can use either unbleached cotton, regular cotton, silica week, stainless steel mesh wicks, or even go wickless, though not recommended for new vapers.

Atomizers and Vaping Methods

There are several vaping methods depending on your atomizer of choice. You can choose a Dripper (RDA), a Tank (RDA), or an RDTA (may be a both a dripper and a tank). There are other more primitive types, but we won’t be discussing that on this post.

RDA – a rebuildable dripping atomizer was supposedly built to produce the most flavor and vapor, and it does. Unlike its counterparts, you need to drip e-liquid into your coil and wick when it gets dry to continue vaping.

RTA – a rebuildable tank atomizer has a tank system, wherein a reservoir filled with e-liquid keeps the wick and coil wet, preventing dry hits. Since your wick is always wet, it produces less clouds and flavor compared to RDAs.

RDTA – RDTAs are said to be the developed to get the best of both worlds. It comes with a tank, usually feeding e-liquid from a bottom source. If you want to switch flavors without changing the e-liquid from your tank, you may drip it direct to your wick and coil and it acts just like an RDA. A big downside of this though, is that flavors tend to mix altogether when you drip different flavors to your coil.

Another special vaping method would be squonking, which is basically a mod and atomizer combination with a bottom feeding source. Unlike RDTAs which automatically feeds juice to your coils, you have to squeeze the e-liquid reservoir to transfer e-liquid to a special squonking RDA.

The Benefits of Vaping vs Smoking

  • It doesn’t produce a bad odor that sticks on you for a long time
  • No cigarette butts, or ashes, are left over after vaping
  • Your chances of getting smoking-related diseases are decreased by 95%
  • Vaping is significantly cheaper than smoking  in the long run

How Do I Vape Safely?

Vaping Safety

E-cigarette explosions are so uncommon, but makes its way to social media once it happens. One main cause of exploding vape mods is irresponsibility.

Like any other devices that use batteries, you should always keep your cells protected from anything that might cause it to short. This includes metal objects on your pocket, bags, or on your table where you usually put your batteries and coins. The best way to prevent a battery short is to secure your battery on a battery case at when they are not in use.

If you are using a mechanical mod with no locking system, it would be better if you remove your batteries and put it in a battery case whenever you put your vape mod in your pocket or bag. This removes the possibility of your vape mod firing abruptly and burning your clothing or bag.

Read on our vaping safety tips to find out more.

Is Vaping Bad?

No research has been done to provide enough information that vaping has negative effects to the human body.

While it is true though, that there is no health benefit in vaping, it is a far safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.

If you are smoker and would like to get out of the vice, vaping might be for you.


Rafael Deramas

Rafael Deramas is a digital marketer and a vaping advocate. He started vaping to reduce smoking back in 2011, and has fully quit cigarettes for 2 years and counting. He is also an e-liquid manufacturer and vape shop owner.

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