How To Vape: The Correct Way To Use An Electronic Cigarette

How To Vape:

The Correct Way To Use An Electronic Cigarette


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.

How to vapeThe 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

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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.


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? 🙂


You may also want to check out our article on Tips To Help You Successfully Switch From Smoking To Vaping


Click here to see our article on what we feel is the best electronic cigarette, and why

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36 Responses to How To Vape: The Correct Way To Use An Electronic Cigarette

  1. Michael Robert Brown says:

    Wow! I did not know any of this. I thought you were supposed to use them just like regular cigarettes. My initial electronic cigarette experience was good, but I think this information will make it much better.

    • Terry says:

      Hi Michael,

      I’m glad that you found it helpful. I created this post for that very reason. Many new users approach e-cigs like they do tobacco cigarettes, and are disappointed. It is a different process, and it takes some getting used to, but it is well worth the effort. Happy Vaping. 😀

      • Terina says:

        HI, I just wanted to add my two dollars.
        I bought my first e-cig at a gas station and had high hopes. I thought I should smoke it like a cigarette. It didn’t work for me at all. It looked like a cigarette, but tasted awful. I thought the concept was good and really wanted to like it but gave it up, and kept on smoking. This was over a year ago.

        Recently I looked back into it because I’m turning fifty and have to quit. I researched them this time and bought a ego 900 battery with a clearomizer (spelling?) and all I can say is WOW. I’m in love! You are so right about learning a whole knew way of smoking….I mean vaping. Def learning curve, and these things don’t come with instructions. I personally prefer the two part battery and clearomizer as it is very easy to use, and I can mix my own juice, add different flavors and switch them out when I get board, which is even better.

        • Terry says:

          Hello Terina,

          I happy that you finally found a model that works well for you. Unfortunately, what you experienced is all too common, and a lot of people give up thinking that that is all there is.

          A poor quality electronic cigarette can have a really negative impact. Not only is it not satisfying, but it makes it hard to get a real feel of how to vape correctly, because the draw can be so inconsistent…or just plain bad. I’m glad that you didn’t give up after you initial bad experience.

          Happy vaping. 🙂

  2. Maryann Murphy says:

    cool thanks for the advice. this has helped a lot.

    • Terry says:

      You are welcome. I am glad that it helped you. The right technique can make a big difference.

      • V. Carver says:

        Nice, informative article. I think it will help a lot of new users. Throat hit is the feeling you get when you hit a ciragette (real or electronic) and you breath the smoke (or the vapor) into your mouth and then in one breath, you inhale into your lungs. You get that feeling of smoke hitting the back of your throat and to me, that is the most satisfying feeling when smoking.

  3. Amgad says:

    I agree that it is a personal preference. I recommend that new users read as many reviews about the products that they can before purchasing a specific brand. It is an electronic device that you are investing in for long term use. Like TVs, radios, computers, etc. the cheaper the product the poorer the quality and the less you get for your money. I suggest trying a disposable electronic cigarette if you are not sure if you would use the product on a regular basis. Many people like the simplicity of the 2 part system, especially women. Men who love gadgets seem to prefer the 3 part system and exploring many brands instead of just one over time.

    • Terry says:

      I would only recommend disposable e-cigs to those that are really unsure about making the switch, and want to try something to give them an idea of what it would be like. Since they are disposable, they are not as good, quality wise, as the multi-part systems. The quality could lead some people to write e-cigs off as an option.

      Infrequent smokers, like those that only smoke when they go out to a bar, might also prefer disposables. They don’t have to be recharged, and the non-rechargeable battery does last longer.

      Yes, many people prefer the simplicity of the 2-piece e-cig, and gadget lovers may prefer the 3-piece. However, I think that most people prefer a 2 piece system as their first choice, so they can get into it right away. Gadget people can explore other options later.

      • Alec Dansbo says:

        My wife has been using these to quit smoking and I’ve been very impressed that she no longer needs to smoke cigarettes. It has been about two months now, and she is no longer having any cravings to return to tobacco. She struggles a little at first, but your article on how to vape correctly made a big difference for her. Previously she had tried nicotine gum and that just didn’t work for her.

        • Terry says:

          Yeah. A lot of people have not found nicotine gum to be as effective as they hoped. Likely because it only addresses part of the addiction.

          I am happy to hear that you wife has found success with her switch to e-cigs, and I am glad to hear that our article was of some help in making the transition.

          Thanks for stopping by to mention your/her success.

  4. Andrea Johnson says:

    The quality of the e-cig will be a factor too. Poor quality ones can cut out in mid draw, preventing you from getting that longer draw that you need

    • Marc says:

      I just wanted to stop back and let you know that I have been using your suggestions and tweaking them a little. I am having a much better experience than I was before. Previously I was trying to smoke it like a cigarette, and that wasn’t working very well. After smoking for so many years you get used to doing it a certain way, and you tend to try and make the e-cig work the same way. After reading this article lights went off, and I realized that I just needed to adapt a little bit. Now it is a great experience.

  5. Zack Gleese says:

    Ah. OK. That explains a lot. I have been trying to “vape” the same way that I smoke. This sounds like it will make a big difference…once I get used to it.

    • Terry says:

      Absolutely. It should make a big difference for you. The biggest challenge is getting over the initial mental road block of it being different. Knowing that it is supposed to be different and what you need to do different is the biggest hurdle. Once you understand that it becomes so much easier.

      Some people think that it even helps, because you are more focused on learning to use your new gadget that you aren’t so focused on your craving. Everyone is a little different. Likely you can take what you have learned here and then tweak it to make it better for you.

  6. haris says:

    ive just started vaping for a week, however im facing chest pain lately. Is it possible this is caused from the way im vaping? thanks for the info, immediately ive change the way im vaping now hope this could turn things around. Never heard this b4 from where i came from.

    • Terry says:

      Hello Haris,

      Let me start by saying that I cannot offer you medical advice. Chest pain could be an indicator of something serious and it is not something you want to take lightly. If you have concerns, you should consult your physician.

      That said, it is possible that your chest pain could be caused by something minor. The way you have been vaping could be a factor. Try what I suggested and see if things improve. Acid reflux could also cause chest pain. Long-term tobacco smoking could cause some temporary digestive changes when you first quit smoking tobacco cigs. You might want to try some over the counter antacids, if you think that might be the case.

      Some people do feel a little chest pain when they first start vaping, just as some do when they first start smoking tobacco cigarettes. That usually subsides after a few days. The PG is used to create a similar sensation (throat hit) as smoking tobacco. This can be a little irritating (to the throat and lungs), but for most people this is short lived as the body adapts.

      Some people can be extra sensitive to the Propylene Glycol. If that is the case, you could try switching to a brand that gives a lighter throat hit, or switch to a cart that uses Vegetable Glycerin, instead of Propylene Glycol.

      None of this is meant as medical advice, they are just some possible causes. Only you know what the sensation in your chest feels like, and what your overall health is like. When in doubt, see your doctor.

  7. Charity says:

    I put down the analogues two days ago, then locked myself in the house with my e-cig. I kept trying to use it but didn’t feel any nic. I was shaky and had withdrawal symptoms. I just found this article and tried it and DAMN, why didn’t the guy who sold this to me explain this? I think I’ll try the whole week and not just the weekend. Thanks!

    • Terry says:

      You’re welcome.

      I don’t know why the person that sold it didn’t explain it to you. My guess would be that they didn’t think about it. When you have been doing something for a while, and it has become natural to you, you usually forget that it is not the same for everyone else, and you don’t think about the process you went through to get there, until someone says something.

      A lot of new users have similar issues, and those are the ones I have tried to focus on. I am glad that you found it helpful. 🙂

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  9. Jen says:

    Thank you so so so so much! I have been having the hardest time trying to transition to e-cigs. I would cough so bad and NEVER feel satisfied. Well, I’m happy to say that I followed your instructions…no coughing AND my nic-fit is over. The longer draws really help, so does not immediately inhaling. Gah- thank you so much. I’m so ready to be done with cigarettes. I seriously cannot thank you enough.

    • Terry says:

      Hi Jen,

      Very glad to have been able to help. A lot of people have gone through what you did and been dissatisfied with the experience. Unfortunately many people just quit, and go back to cigarettes, rather than looking for help. I am glad that you found us and that the article was able to get you past that hurdle and onto a more positive experience with you e-cigs.

      Happy vaping!! 😀

  10. suzanne says:

    Thank you so much,I started and gave up,not knowing vaping was different to cig smoking.
    I have just tried your method, what a difference.
    Why cant manufactures put instructions of how to vape, crazy.
    wish me luck.
    Great advice.

    • Terry says:

      Thanks Suzanne,

      I’m glad that you found it helpful. 🙂

      I think some manufacturers are starting to realize that it is in their best interest to provide better instructions on how to use their products (if people don’t have a good experience they will stop using the product and not recommend it to others), but some manufacturers are still a little slow to catch on.

      Best of luck. 😀

  11. ginny white says:

    Wow! I knew I had to be doing something wrong! I am new to vaping and would sometimes enjoy it but other times my throat would burn! I would then just go have a cigarette. After watching your video and reading this article….it clicked! I got it and love it! Thank you! It has made all the difference inthe world!!!! I have officially crossed over and gotten my vaping wings 🙂

    • Terry says:

      Hi Ginny,

      That is really good to hear. I am happy to hear that this article was of so much help to you. It is very nice to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

      Happy vaping. 😀

  12. Colin OConnor says:

    I’m damned glad I found this. I put cigarettes down for good last Thursday after my first real vape. Ended up walking out of my local vape shop with an itaste 3.0, couple kanger evod tanks and a few different flavors of e liquid. Guys in the shop were great setting the itaste up as far as the wattage since I had been a smoker. I still find myself doing a full cigarette style inhale probably one out of every 15 or 20 vapes. Definitely glad I found this article though cause I’m definitely vaping “correctly” more and more after reading it and especially with the flavors of e liquid I have that aren’t menthol. Keep up the good work guys.

  13. Norma says:

    I am glad to see this straight up advice here. As one guy said, there are no instructions with these things on how-to.

    I got a little Ego starter (1100 battery and clearomizer tank) then I got some 6% nicotine, 100% VG flavors and a few more clearomizer tanks so I could try different flavors because I figured out the ones I had were disposable and not meant to be refillable.

    ok, so far so good.

    I charged the battery and was anxious to try.

    BTW, I am a kind of light smoker (about a half a pack a day of ultralights) but want to – really want to – vape instead.

    I tried it off and on for about a week, but kept getting lightheaded. So I got the same flavors in a zero nicotine, thinking I could cut it by putting half and half in the tank.

    Same result.

    gee – now what?

    Am I still drawing on it wrong?
    That I can keep practicing and hunting for advice pages like this one.

    Is it the starter I am using?
    Should I invest in one that lets me modify the heat, etc. I see things like amps and ohms and other such terms when I look around online.

    Am I having trouble with the ingredients?
    I do have food allergies and tried to research the sources of the juice I was buying (palm glycerin based from Virgin Vapors).

    Any tips you have would be most helpful

    • Terry says:

      Hi Norma,

      It is hard to say. It seems like there could be several things that could be factors.

      I would say that the first step would be to try using the zero nicotine liquid that you bought, alone, without mixing it, so that you can rule out the nicotine as a factor.

      If you have no problems with that, then you may be taking in more nicotine than you are used to. Try taking smaller puffs and/or only a single draw at a time.

      If you do still feel light headed with the zero nicotine liquid, it could be a food allergy, or you could be sucking too hard. Ultra lights are hard to draw on, so you tend to suck harder, and you may be transferring that habit to your vaping. On a good e-cig, the draw should be smooth and easy.

      Pay attention to how you are drawing, and if you notice that you are pulling to hard, that is likely the problem. Try to focus on a lighter draw. If the draw on your e-cig is not smooth, and that is forcing you to suck harder, then you may want to try another brand.

      If that isn’t the problem, then it could be a problem with the liquid that you are using. Since you have food allergies, it could be that you are sensitive to something in that particular brand.

      I hope that helps.

  14. The Dude says:

    I could fucking kiss you right now. I’ve been experimenting with my new pen and I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get a nice clean draw.

  15. Miles jackson says:

    Thanks for the essential tips I was literally sucking the life out of it sometimes an not gently smoking it as I think I started off doing I do also have a disposable E cig for the out and about times but having seen this I will now take the vape out with me probably in my rucksack as less chance of damaging it in my pockets which are usually full of keys and change. Now having a better experience thanks dude

  16. Dmitri Etrev says:

    Wow this works alot. I never accually had any trouble with. vapes except I was smoking them like a regular cigar/ciggarette.I also found that if you suck in like a straw the drag is really smooth

  17. kassandra says:

    Thank you so much for this! Was trying to vape like I smoked and kept coughing.

  18. Barry, says:

    Hi when i drag on my curve I get liquid in my mouth yuk can you tell me what I’m doing wrong thanks

    • Terry says:

      Is this with new, pre-filled cartridges, or ones that you have refilled yourself? You should not be getting liquid in your mouth, unless you slopped while refilling or something is leaking.

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