Vaping is one of the fastest growing pastimes and hobbies in the world. As it continues to expand, more people are exploring what our industry has to offer. With that said, there are certain unwritten rules one should follow in order to have some safe, fun and productive vape sessions. This list will imbue you, regardless if you’re a novice or "professional" vaper, so let’s get right to it.
Rule #1: Safety
E-juices consist of 4 ingredients:
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
- Nicotine (though some juices contain 0%)
For your own health and safety, seek out juice manufacturers that pledge to use only natural ingredients in their batches and make sure to figure out what ratio works best for you. What we me mean is, for example, if you have a PG allergy, your best bet is to vape an e-liquid that is MAX VG.
Rule #2: Nicotine Strength
Nicotine levels in your e-liquid depend on your personal preference. Heavy cigarette smokers trying to quit should start at the highest doses (typically 24/28g per hit) and wean themselves down as they see fit. Nicotine can be toxic in high doses, so use these higher levels cautiously.
For very light-smoking users, vaping at a lower nicotine strength between 3mg-6mg is recommended. Vaping at too high of a level that you’re not accustom to could have some negative effects. If you’re uncertain as to the nicotine content of your e-juice, for your safety, it is recommended you get new juice entirely.
Rule #3: Using Your Vaping Device
Read the manual that comes with your electronic cigarette, mod, vaporizer or even pod system! There are so many means to vape today, that it can be difficult to gauge otherwise how to properly use your device. In a unit that has modular temperature settings, the VV/VW applied are very important: too low, and you'll get no vapor. Too high and the juice will burn, or worse, you'll blow out your coil.
Coils are replaceable, but coil blowouts can be a major frustration. However, they can also be entirely avoidable, if you know how to properly use your device; meaning how far you can set the wattage level to and the kind of coil being used. Also, the type of e-liquid being vaped with and the tank that it’s in make a difference. These are just some of the many factors that must be taken into consideration before vaping with a fresh new coil.
Rule #4: Being a Respectful Vaper
As we all know, vaping offers the user, and even the environment a better alternative to traditional cigarettes, but some people are still upset by vapers, especially from mods that billow out heavy clouds. It’s always a good idea to ask those around you if they mind if you vape. If they do, or there are posted signs that unfortunately include no vaping in the establishment, you may need to step outside in order to vape. However, vapers aren’t confined to the length of a cigarette’s time when it comes to being outside, so you should be back indoors pretty quickly.
Also, always vape in a well-ventilated area and try and clear the air when you're done. Be courteous and thankful when you’re allowed to vape indoors. Take note, do not vape near areas where it is restricted such as school zones.
Keep These Rules in Mind
By keeping these tips handy, you’re on your way to becoming the perfect and respectful gentleman vaper.