Curious to start using e-cigarettes but aren’t sure where to begin or what they’re all about? Here are 10 of the most common questions we’ve come across from new or prospective users.
As a service to the many new customers we get daily here at ecig.com, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of the top 10 questions we most frequently receive from brand new e-cig users or those considering starting it up and making the switch from traditional cigarettes. The first part of this article, dealing with the first five questions, can be found HERE. Let’s continue on with the rest of the list!
How long will my e-cig last?
This is a multiple part question, since as we discussed in one of our previous questions, e-cigs are composed of several parts that all work differently and are all required for function. Let’s start first with the power source – the battery. Most e-cigs use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which as with all other forms of technology, have improved quite a bit over its earlier iterations. Not only are they longer lasting in general, but they are capable of taking many more charges before eventually giving out (as all batteries do over time). E-cig batteries also come in different strengths, or capacities – higher capacity batteries will allow you to have more puffs before needing a recharge, but are understandably a bit pricier. How much you vape will factor greatly in to how often your batteries need to be recharged, but even the heaviest vapers can expect to get 2-3 hours of use. The other piece of e-cig equipment that you’ll regularly replace is the atomizer – the heating element (very often a metal heating coil) that vaporizes the e-liquid. Well-made atomizers can last up to a year, but a more typical time frame for replacement is two months. You might notice your vapor isn’t as thick or flavorful anymore – that’s a sign your atomizer is on its way out. The other two components of an e-cig that we discussed in question 1 – the cartridge (mouthpiece) and the vaporization chamber – typically can last an incredible length of time, so long as they are regularly and properly cleaned. It’s a good idea to have backups of all your major components however, in case something breaks or fails suddenly.
How much vaping is too much vaping?
Again, this isn’t a question with an easy answer, but it has almost everything to do with your personal nicotine tolerance. The more nicotine you regularly use, the more you can ingest via smoking or vaping before noticing its side effects. Any smoker can probably longingly tell you of how much of a “buzz” or “head rush” they used to get when they first stared – as the years went on, that feeling took more and more nicotine to achieve due to an increased tolerance. The best way to address this question is to probably stay vague and listen to your body’s signals. Too much nicotine in your system will result in nausea, anxiety, and irritability. If you start to feel sick or just generally “off”, it’s probably a good idea to take a break.
What are the legal restrictions?
I know it seems like we’re on a trend here with increasingly complex questions and answers, but out of all the ones on this list of 10, this is undoubtedly the most difficult to answer. Why? Because the laws and legalities surrounding e-cigarettes and vaping are constantly changing. Depending on where you live, you might be allowed to vape anywhere you like – or you might not be allowed to use them at all, even in places where tobacco is permissible (Brazil, for example, has banned electronic cigarettes completely). In the United States, it will depend entirely on your state’s laws, and then also any local laws or ordinances surrounding them. To try to provide a complete list of the legal restrictions on e-cig use in America would be an exercise in futility, because by the time we could finish it, it would undoubtedly have to be updated to reflect all the new developments. Our best advice would be to search online for your state’s laws surrounding their use, then follow up locally to see if there are any restrictions specific to your town or county.
Can I vape on an airplane?
No. While the TSA has taken a surprisingly lax attitude toward them in your carryon luggage, and most airports explicitly allow their use inside, vaping up on a plane is a different story. It seems that the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to lump e-cigs in with traditional cigarettes, even though as we’ve discussed, there is no tobacco and no flame. The reasoning can be understood though – not everyone knows what an e-cig even is, and you can imagine seeing puffs of “smoke” a few rows ahead of you might cause some to panic. Many vapers will attempt to vape in the plane’s restroom, but it’s not something we’d recommend – not only are you breaking the airline’s rules, but e-cig vapor can set off the bathroom’s fire alarm (albeit very unlikely).
What’s the difference between PG and VG e-liquids?
As you get more into the world of e-cigs and vaping, this is a conversation you’ll no doubt hear quite a bit. When it comes to e-liquids, there are four essential components – water, flavoring, nicotine, and either propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG). PG is a very sweet liquid that is used to not only flavor the liquid, but also to smooth out the vapor when it hits your throat. VG is much thicker than PG and not quite as sweet, but is known for creating a large amount of vapor as well as increased smoothness. Your options range from 100% VG, 100% PG, or some kind of mixture therein. What you enjoy most will depend entirely on your personal preference, so keep trying new mixtures to find your favorite blend. We hope this has been helpful, especially for anyone looking to start up vaping or to learn the basics. If you’re ready to get started, head on over to our site to check out our wide selection of starter kits. By Jerry Whitehead III