8 Things You Should Know Before You Start Vaping
BEFORE YOU START VAPING, HERE ARE THE 8 THINGS TO KNOW
You may have noticed vaping hot spots popping up around town, quickly overtaking the hookah craze of the early 2000’s. But just what is vaping and how is it different from smoking or going to a hookah bar? Here are 8 answers to some of the most common questions you might have before you start vaping.
- WHAT IS VAPING?
Whereas cigarettes and hookahs are both tobacco-based, vaping uses an e-liquid which is made of four basic ingredients: glycerin, propylene glycol, food grade flavoring, and nicotine. Vaporizers heat up the e-liquid to its exact boiling temperature to release their active components without combustion, meaning you blow out only vapors, not smoke. It is a relaxing experience.
- DOES VAPING SMELL?
Nope! Because the e-liquid is never heated to the point of combustion. When you vape during a lunch break, you can return to the office without any unpleasant smells clinging to your clothes. Smoke happens when you burn tobacco which leaves tar on you and your surroundings: one of the causes of that “cigarette smell”.
- IS THERE A VAPING ETIQUETTE?
Absolutely. Even though you are releasing just vapors, the clouds you release can hinder someone’s visibility when you are standing in a crowd and it can just be plain distracting in a restaurant or office. Just because there are not many regulations against vaping doesn’t mean you can’t exercise some common courtesy when others are around you. More than likely, people will be okay with you vaping, but it is always good to ask before you vape in someone’s house or if someone is near you. Overall, if you use common sense and be respectful toward those around you, you should be more than okay.
- WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Since vaping is quite new and not yet FDA approved, the long-term effects are unknown. One known risk is that since there is some nicotine in your vaporizer’s e-liquid, you can experience similar symptoms of addiction and withdrawal if you get hooked on the substance over time.
- HOW MUCH MONEY DO I SAVE VAPING?
A vape starter kit has a higher initial cost but e-liquids cost significantly less than cartons of cigarettes over time. Also, if you like to smoke weed, you’d be happy to know that vaping is more efficient, saving you 30-40% of your supply because you can use less weed to produce the same results.
- CAN VAPING HELP ME STOP SMOKING CIGARETTES?
Yes! Vaping can still give you the nicotine that your body is craving from cigarettes but without any harmful smoke. Vaping will help you control your nicotine intake over time to lessen symptoms of withdrawal and ease you to freedom from the drug altogether. You can control the nicotine levels you take in by how much e-liquid you add to your vaporizer. Whether you want to vape long-term or just use it as a tool to ease you out of a deeply-rooted smoking habit, vaping can be a healthier alternative than just “cutting back” on cigarettes.
- HOW IS VAPING BETTER FOR MY HEALTH?
Vaping does not involve smoke and since smoke is a major cause of lung cancer, eliminating it from your daily habit is crucial. There is also no tobacco involved in vaping. The tobacco found in cigarettes destroys a person’s lungs leading to a range of different health conditions, including lung cancer and emphysema. Also, if you smoke weed through a joint or bong, you are taking in 88% non-cannabinoids. Vaping weed through the use of a portable vaporizer, however, gets you 95% of pure cannabinoids, making your experience cleaner and healthier.
- I WANT TO TRY IT! WHAT DO I DO NOW?
There are so many choices of vaporizers out there, so it’s important that you take a look around and see what fits in with your preferences and budget. At the end of the day, you’re going to be the one using it, so assure you find a vape starter kit that perfectly suits your requirements.