Vaping: The Facts

A little over three months ago, I started vaping as an alternative to smoking. I still used to smoke during the day, but night times just seemed easier to vape since we always used to smoke outside. And since it was winter, and vaping doesnt excude the same danger to others’ health with second hand smoke, vaping was totally the better option.

Gradually I ended up vaping more and smoking ciggarettes less. I didnt really feel the difference in terms of wanting cigs. I didnt miss the cigs either. As of two months down the line, I am cigarette free. I do not miss it. At all. And vaping has definitely improved my all over health somewhat. I taste things better. My sense of smell has also improved. The overall benefits has certainly outnumbered that of smoking.

What is vaping you may ask? Well, let my try and give you this as simply as I possibly can. The info contained here in will not be a overall coverage. That research I shall leave to you to make up your own mind. The info would be useful for non smokers (just in terms of understanding that it cannot be categorised under the same vein as smoking cigs) and for smokers (who perhaps, if you look deep enough, want to find a healthier alternative if you cannot give up completely).

According to the “Urban Dictionary”, Vaping is defined as: To inhale vapour from E-cigarettes. Used because “smoking” an E-cig doesnt apply as there is no smoke only vapour.
That, in itself, should describe the health benefits compared to cigs.
Another question I get asked often relating to the vapour is whether it puts water on your lungs. The answer to this is no. It does not function the same way as, say, an hubbly pipe does (which uses water as a basis for inhaling). E-cigs are run off of a battery. No water. Just E-liquid. Which also does not contain water. It is recommended when vaping to make sure you keep hydrated. That in itself should indicate that the chances of water on your lungs due to vaping, are nil.

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The above is a hubbly.

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This, above, is an example of an e-cig.

There are various kinds of E-cigs and accessories which I could probably spend numerous amounts of blog posts telling you about each and every one of them. But the basics are this (courtesy of http://www.ecigology.com):

Electronic Cigarette (Abbreviated as E-Cig) – A device that heats up a liquid solution consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavorings to a point where it actually turns into a vapor which can be inhaled.

Atomizer (Abbreviated as Atty) – The part of an e-cigarette that actually heats the juice to the point of vaporization.

Cartridge (Abbreviated as Cart) – A plastic tube-like piece that is usually stuffed with some sort of absorbent filler material that holds the juice.

Cartomizer (Abbreviated as Carto) – A cartridge and atomizer in a single unit. These generally are disposable, inexpensive and hold more juice than a regular cartridge/atomizer combination.

Battery (Abbreviated as Batt) – The battery piece of an electronic cigarette is the part that provides power to the heating element. This allows the heating element to heat the Juice and produce vapor.

E-Juice – Also referred to as E-LiquidJuice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

Automatic – A style of electronic cigarette battery that does not have a button to activate the heating element. Rather, when the user draws on the device a switch is activated and the atomizer is activated. This style of e-cig is most like smoking a traditional cigarette.

Manual – A style of electronic cigarette battery that has a button (usually on the top or side of the battery) that activates the heating element. When the user wishes to use the device, the button must first be depressed in order to produce vapor from the atomizer. This style of e-cig is less like a traditional cigarette than the Automatic, but is preferred by many due to the fact that it is sealed and can not be adversely affected by Leaking.

I hope some of this info is rather helpful. There are so many sites dedicated to vaping. Should you wish to find out more, Google is your best bud. Or leave questions in the comments. I’ll do my best to help. 🙂

Posted on November 5, 2014, in Vaping and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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