What is vaping? August 12 2014, 0 Comments

Vaping is a method of inhaling either nicotine Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin e-liquid or herbal blends. It is an alternative to smoking. 

While some vaporizers are designed to be used with herbal blends, the devices that have been exploding in popularity lately are designed to be used with the nicotine e-liquid. The PG and/or VG e-liquid is flavored and contains small amounts of nicotine (although nicotine-free versions of most flavors are available.) These vape pens (also known as e-cigarettes) are primarily used by people who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes. 

How does vaping work?

I'm not going to get into the specifics of how the different parts of an electronic cigarette work, if you want more in depth information be sure to check out the other posts on the blog or the "Learn About Vapes" section in the upper right corner. The basic principle is that when a button is pressed the e-liquid is heated to the point of vaporization, and the vapor is then inhaled. This contrasts with smoking, where the material is burned and the harmful, unhealthy smoke is then inhaled. Herbal blend vaporizers work in a similar manner.

Are vaporizers safe?

Vaping is still relatively new, so studies are still ongoing. But most of the evidence accumulated so far points to vaping being significantly safer than smoking. Keep in mind that they aren't designed to be 100% safe, they are designed to be safer than smoking. For people who already use nicotine, vape pens give you the ability to continue enjoying nicotine at a much lower level of risk. If you don't already smoke cigarettes, I don't recommend that you start vaping, but it's up to you.

Where can I learn more about vaping?

Check out the "Learn About Vapes" section of the site and the blog for more in depth information. Most of the terms used in the vaping community might be hard to understand, so make sure you read the vape glossary for definitions of commonly used words that you'll come across in your research.

What questions do you have about vaping?

by Robert Pagano