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Make the Switch: A Beginner’s Guide to Nicotine Vaping

If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably tried to quit a dozen times using everything from nicotine gum to prescription medications. I had the same frustrating experience, but I finally abandoned cigarettes forever once I discovered vaping. Since then, I’ve turned helping smokers quit into my life’s work.

If you’re truly ready to quit, here’s a beginner’s guide to help you make the transition that could save your life.

First, the Basics

“Vaping” describes the process of inhaling nicotine vapor from an electronic device instead of smoke from a combustible cigarette. Vaping has become increasingly popular as it is demonstrably safer than smoking owing to the lack of combustion products in vapor. The smoke produced by burning tobacco contains thousands of harmful chemicals. On the other hand, liquid used in vapor devices, generally known as “e-liquid,” contains only nicotine, flavorings, and a few other ingredients that help maintain the consistency of the product. 

Choose the Right Device

There are various types of vaping devices on the market, and it is crucial to choose one that suits your preferences. Some common types of vaping devices include:

Cigalikes: These devices resemble traditional cigarettes and were some of the first products to enter the market over a decade ago. They are suitable for beginners who want to transition from smoking without dealing with the features of more sophisticated vaporizers.

Vape pens: These devices are slightly larger than cigalikes and offer more features, such as variable voltage and adjustable airflow, which influence the throat hit you experience when you inhale. They are suitable for those who want a little more control over their vaping experience.

Box mods: These are the most advanced vaping devices, offering a wide range of features such as temperature control, variable wattage, and other customizable settings. They are suitable for experienced users who want to finetune their vaping experience down to the last detail.

Select the Right E-liquid

E-liquids come in various flavors and nicotine strengths. When choosing an e-liquid, you should consider the following options:

  • There are countless flavors available. Choose a flavor that appeals to your taste buds. Many people end up mixing flavors to create a blend they find enjoyable. Don’t be surprised if you end up experimenting as your sense of taste returns; this is one of the best parts of vaping.
  • E-liquids come in different nicotine strengths. If you are a heavy smoker, opt for a higher nicotine strength comparable to your preferred cigarette. If you are a light smoker or want to quit nicotine altogether, choose a lower strength or nicotine-free e-liquid.
  • PG/VG ratio: E-liquids contain a combination of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). PG provides a stronger throat hit, similar to smoking, while VG produces more vapor and a smoother hit. Choose an e- liquid with a PG/VG ratio that suits your preferences. Again, experimentation will be important here.

Patience is a Virtue

Like any major behavioral change, switching from smoking to vaping can be a challenge, and it might take some time to adjust. The best thing you can do is practice patience; as with a new diet or exercise routine, don’t expect results overnight. Although it’s best to switch entirely, many smokers initially become dual users and gradually step down their smoking over weeks or months.

Bottom Line

Put simply, you need to experiment to find out which combination of devices and e-liquids work for you. It’s going to be hard, but remember what you’re pursuing: a longer, healthier life.


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