It’s no secret that there are a ton of vaping guides available these days-a quick Google search will show you countless results on this topic. But the thing that irks me is how many of them skip the basics of what vaping is and how it works, and jump straight into the technical side of things. Unless you’re a vape bro hobbyist (no judgement here), it’s very possible that these guides could lead to confusion, if not misinformation. So, instead of turning this into rocket science, let’s cover some of the basics of vaping without getting in too deep.
What is Vaping?
By definition, vaping is the act of drawing in and exhaling vapour from an e-cigarette or cannabis vaporizing device dictionary.com. This is quite a vague definition, but the only criteria for vaping is that you are inhaling and exhaling vapour (not smoke) from a device.
What Are Vapes?
Most commonly, “vape” is used when speaking about an e-cigarette or marijuana vaporizer. This can apply to many different shapes, sizes, and styles of devices, including (but not limited to) pen-style e-cigarettes, pod system e-cigarettes, mod e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn tobacco vaporizers, and cannabis vaporizers. As long as it produces vapour meant to be inhaled and exhaled, it can be considered a vape.
What’s the Difference Between an E-cigarette and a Vape?
The distinction between e-cigarettes and vapes is a bit confusing, mostly because they are essentially the same. Smaller, particularly pen-style or cigarette-like vape devices used with a liquid (e-liquid) that may or may not contain nicotine can be considered an e-cigarette. These were the original style of vapes first brought to the public market as an alternative to cigarettes. But not all vapes are e-cigarettes-box mod vapes and cannabis vaporizers don’t fit this criteria.
How Do Vapes Work?
Vapes are designed to heat a specific substance (e-liquid, tobacco, cannabis) to the point of vaporization, but stay below the point of combustion (a.k.a. burning). This is done by limiting the device to specific heat or power settings in order to achieve this result. Simpler vapes, such as an e-cigarette, have fixed temperature settings, but with others, like box mods and cannabis vaporizers, you can often change the settings. It’s the vape equivalent of an automatic car versus a manual one.
Is Vaping Safe?
According to Public Health England, vaping using an e-cigarette or nicotine-based vape device is approximately 95 percent less harmful than smoking tobacco. The Government of Canada also agrees that vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, noting that nicotine vaping involves significantly less chemicals than tobacco, while also avoiding cancer-causing toxins created by combustion (carcinogens).
Cannabis vaping also drastically reduces carcinogens as compared to smoking a joint, pipe, or bong.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that these statements have been made in direct comparison to smoking. So, that mean that vaping can’t be considered 100 percent safe for smokers and actually poses a risk for users who have never smoked.
Where Can I Get a Vape?
Vapes can be purchased almost anywhere these days, from convenience stores to boutique vape shops. However, where you get your vape can make a big difference in your overall experience, so you might want to think carefully about where you purchase from.
Convenience stores are exactly that-convenient. You can be in and out in a matter of minutes with what you ask for. But convenience stores sell many products-most that don’t involve vaping-so it’s likely that the store staff won’t be able to answer a lot of your questions or give you the best advice on using your vape.
A reliable vape store would be your best bet, especially when purchasing your first vape. Not only will they likely have more selection than any convenience store, but vape shop staff are specifically trained on the products they sell and how to properly use and maintain them. Online vape stores are also a great option if you prefer to shop on the go. Many online vape retailers have dedicated live chat agents to help you select the best device for you and will answer any questions you might have before or after purchasing.
A great example of an esteemed vape shop is 180 Smoke Vape Store, who specifically caters their service to beginner and intermediate vapers. In store, 180 Smoke offers individual service in choosing a vape that best suits your needs and provides e-liquid samples for testing before you commit to a flavour. They also have a dedicated customer service team to assist online customers, in addition to extra informational resources like their website’s vaping guides.