| Andy Staples
Vaping Questions Answered
Before deciding to start vaping - or even if you already vape - you will probably come up with lots of questions around the topic. We decided to gather some of the most commonly asked questions and put them all in one place. In this article, we will be going through and answering these top queries about vaping - we discuss safety, logistics, facts, and laws.
Is vaping addictive?
If you are vaping with nicotine, then yes - it is addictive. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance found in cigarettes. This is why many people with cigarette addictions turn to vaping to help them quit - it is a form of nicotine replacement.
Is nicotine bad for you?
As mentioned above, nicotine is highly addictive - this often leads people to believe that it is harmful to our health, much like other addictive substances. However, it is not actually thought to be particularly harmful at all. It’s the other chemicals in cigarettes that cause harm, not the nicotine.
What nicotine strength e-liquid should I buy?
The best thing to do is to try a few different strengths and see which one is the most satisfying for you. When aiming to quit smoking, it’s important to ensure you are vaping a high enough nicotine strength - otherwise, you may feel unsatisfied and turn back to cigarettes. Here is a rough guide for what strength might work for you based on how many cigarettes you would normally smoke:
Less than 5 cigarettes per day - 3mg
5-10 cigarettes per day - 6mg
10-15 cigarettes per day - 9mg
15-20 cigarettes per day - 12mg
20-25 cigarettes per day - 18mg
25+ cigarettes per day - 24mg
Does vaping cause health problems?
Vaping is thought to be at least 95% less harmful than smoking. However, this doesn’t guarantee that it has no health risks whatsoever. In the USA, there have been reported cases of a lung disease referred to as ‘popcorn lung’. However, this was only present in people who had been vaping e-liquids containing a harmful chemical called diacetyl. If you avoid this ingredient, you should be safe.
For more advice on how to stay safe when vaping, check out our other article here.
Is vaping safer than smoking?
Yes! As mentioned above, vaping is said to be at least 95% less harmful than smoking. Smoking carries many, many health risks. It kills around 80,000 people per year in England alone - it’s estimated that 50% of smokers will die from a smoking-related disease. Vaping, on the other hand, is not said to carry these same risks.
For more information on this topic, check out our other article here.
Can e-cigarettes explode?
I’m sure many people have heard the horror stories in the news about e-cigarettes spontaneously exploding. However, all reported cases of e-cigarettes ‘exploding’ are actually cases of loose mod batteries exploding. You should never carry a loose vape battery around in your pocket with other metal objects - much like regular batteries.
Are there different types of e-cigarette?
Yes, there are many different types of e-cigarette. The most common ones are vape pens, starter kits, pods, sub-ohm kits, and mods.
Vape pens can vary in pretty much all aspects apart from the way they look. They are cylindrical shaped - resembling a pen - and tend to be fairly small and lightweight.
Starter kits tend to be fairly low in power, small and lightweight, and are designed for mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping. MTL vaping is when you inhale the vapour into your mouth first, and then into the lungs, and then exhale - much like you would with a traditional cigarette.
Pod devices also tend to be fairly small, lightweight, and low in power, and are designed for MTL vaping. The difference is that they use a ‘pod’ to hold the e-liquid rather than a regular tank. These pods can be disposable or refillable.
Sub-ohm kits are designed for direct-to-lung (DTL) vaping. DTL vaping is when you inhale the vapour directly into the lungs without inhaling into the mouth first. Sub-ohm kits tend to be bigger and more powerful than starter kits, vape pens, or pods. The main purpose for sub-ohm kits is that they create far bigger vape clouds and more intensified flavours.
Similarly to sub-ohm kits, mods are more chunky and powerful than the other device types. They create larger vape clouds and enhanced flavour, but are not specifically designed for DTL vaping.
How long will a 18650 battery last?
A standard 18650 should last around 300 charges.
How long does an e-liquid last?
For the average vaper, a 10ml e-liquid should last around 2-3 days.
When do I change my vape coil?
This will depend on a variety of factors. You will be able to tell when the coil needs changing because your vape will begin to taste ‘burnt’. Roughly speaking, a coil can last anywhere from 4 days to 4 weeks.
Why is my vape leaking?
We covered this topic in detail in one of our recent blog posts. Click here to check it out.
Does e-liquid go out of date?
E-liquids don’t technically go out of date, but they do have a ‘best before’ date. Once they go past this date, they won’t be harmful, but the flavour will definitely be past its best!
Are you allowed to vape in public buildings?
In the UK, you are not allowed to vape inside public buildings or enclosed spaces.
Can I vape while pregnant?
You should not vape while pregnant. Scientists aren’t yet sure of how exactly this could affect a fetus, but it’s definitely not worth the risk.
What is e-liquid made of?
E-liquids are made from a combination of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and flavourings. Different brands will use slightly different ingredients and ratios of ingredients.
What is the legal age for vaping?
In the UK, the legal vaping age is 18.