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What is a Personal Vaporizer (Electronic Cigarette)?

A personal vaporizer / electronic cigarette is a battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine by way of a vaporized solution. It is an alternative to smoked tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. These devices may be referred to by different terms by different companies and end-users. Among those terms are Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigs), Electronic Smoking Device, Personal Vaporizer (PV), Nicotine Vaporizer.. There also exist an E-Cigar (sometimes called an E-Gar), and an E-Pipe.

What are the parts of an Electronic Cigarette?

Generally, an e-cigarette will come with three parts.

1. A power source (usually a battery or wire that draws power from a USB port)
2. An atomizer (the part containing the heating element)
3. A cartridge (the part containing the liquid storage material)
Note: Some e-cigs combine the atomizer and cartridge into one piece. These are generally referred to as “cartomizers or clearomizer”.

Do I have to stop smoking cigarettes completely when I switch to this device?

Absolutely not! While many people switch over and quit smoking tobacco cigarettes on their first day with the e-cig, some find themselves unable to do so. It might take you longer to get used to, and you may have to come up with some ideas on how to go about training yourself to use the e-cig instead of a regular cigarette. If you smoke in your home, try designating some rooms to be “e-cig only” or stop smoking in your car; designate that for e-cigs only. If you do not smoke in the car or in your home, perhaps you can find success by replacing that “after-meal” cigarette with the e-cig. There are many methods. Eventually you will get used to it, and enjoy vaping more than you ever enjoyed smoking!

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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. 

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.