Vaping has become a popular way to quit smoking cigarettes or get nicotine without the harmful carcinogens produced by tobacco. While the health advantages are clear, it can be challenging to jump into vaping as a beginner. There are many different types of vapes and e-liquids out there and it can be hard to know where to start.
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapour, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapour, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that can look like a real cigarette or pen. Some with refillable tanks look a bit different. There are hundreds of brands, and they’re sometimes marketed as a way to get your nicotine fix without the danger of cigarettes.
Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. Nicotine also exposes users to many other potentially harmful chemicals produced during vaping.
Vaping devices heat up a flavored liquid — containing nicotine or marijuana products — until it turns into an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
Vape pens are generally made up of four parts: a rechargeable battery, an atomizer that heats and vaporizes e-liquid, a tank that holds the e-liquid and an opening for filling the tank with e-liquid. When you inhale on the mouthpiece, sensors activate the battery and heat up the atomizer. The atomizer turns your vape juice into a vapor that is inhaled through the mouthpiece.
The battery powers your vape pen and can make all the difference in your vaping experience. Batteries come in different sizes, with some being more powerful than others. The bigger the battery, the longer it lasts between charges, but also the bigger it is overall – leading to a heavier device.
Atomizers are used for vaporizing e-liquid in vape pens or mods. Atomizers come in various shapes and sizes, usually with varying coil configurations such as single or dual coils.