How to vape may seem like an odd topic for an article on electronic cigarettes. After all, you just use them like you would if you were smoking a traditional cigarette, right? Wrong!
Since almost all promotional description talk about how they look and feel like real cigarettes, you may expect them to be used in a similar fashion. You can try to use it that way, and most new users do, but you will end up having a less than desirable experience, if you do. It will be best to start off by relearning how to smoke, or rather, how to vape.
The first thing you need to do is break the habit that you worked so hard to develop when you first started smoking. When you vape an e-cig, you do not want to inhale directly into the lungs, like you do with a tobacco cigarette. You want to draw the vapor into your mouth, and then inhale it into your lungs, which is likely what you did when you first started smoking.
You will want to take a long draw of about 4-6 second, compared to the 1-2 seconds you would take to draw from a tobacco cig. You will also want to take a gentler draw. You do not need, or want, to suck hard on it, just a nice, steady draw.
To get the most nicotine absorption you will want to release it slowly, preferably through the nose, but through the mouth is fine….or alternate between the two. Do whatever works best for you.
You may need to play around with different strength cartridges until you find one right for your needs and/or situation. For example, if you are trying to quit, it may work best for you to take a single draw from a stronger cartridge, rather than multiple draws from a lower strength cartridge/cartomizer. You can then decrease the strength over time as you wean yourself off the nicotine.
If you are a heavier smoker, it will likely take you longer to get your nicotine fix due to the increased draw times and the lower absorption rate of the nicotine. Be patient, and adapt to the techniques. With heavy use the battery will run down quickly, so make sure to have spare batteries charged up and ready to go. Heavier smokers will typically move on from the standard e-cigarette sized units to larger units (or advanced mod units) with bigger batteries, more power, and more liquid storage.
It is also important to understand that brands and models can vary in many aspects. For example, some people may like a strong throat hit, will others may prefer a lighter one. Some people may like large amounts of vapor, while others like less. Taste can even vary greatly between brands. There are a lot of aspects that come down to personal preferences, which is why it is hard to recommend a specific brand and model, especially to new users who don’t really know what they would prefer. You may try several brands and models before you find the perfect one for you…or you may get it right on the first try.
Using (vaping) electronic cigarettes just like you would smoke a cigarette has led to a lot of frustration for new users. Understanding these concepts, and learning how to vape correctly will hopefully make for a more enjoyable, and fruitful vaping experience.
Here’s a short video on how to do long drags:
While having nice volumes of vapor can be quite satisfying, there may be times when you want to be less conspicuous. In those cases you may want to throw a stealth cap on the tip of your LED and try this stealth vaping technique.
Pretty slick. eh?