New To Vaping?

The Journey

New to vaping? Well, you’re in the right place. We understand that beginning your vape journey can be an overwhelming experience, and with so many different vape products available on the market it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’re here to help, here you’ll find everything you need to know about what vaping actually is, vape products, e-cigs and e-liquids.

Whether you’re switching from cigarettes to vaping, or are a non-smoker giving vaping a try, the journey is incredibly simple – and lots of fun. We’ll be here to guide you along the way, and the friendly Totally Wicked teams at our Heaton Chapel, Great Moor and Edgeley locations will be more than happy to help with any questions you might have.

What is Vaping?

The beginning is always a good place to start, and many of you that are new to vaping will be wondering exactly what it is.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that vaping is not smoking and, put simply, is the use of a device to vaporize e-liquid. If you’ve recently decided to kick the habit and give up cigarettes, the ingredients of e-liquid will counteract all of your cravings, providing you with the nicotine that your body is missing, as well as a number of delicious flavours. Vaping was developed by a pharmacist in China in an effort to curb his cigarette habit, and anyone who is new to vaping only needs five things: a battery, a battery charger, an atomizer, a device to house your e-liquid and the e-liquid itself. The world of vaping is full of endless possibilities, which means that you can tailor your vaping to your exact requirements, needs and tastes.

And that’s basically what vaping is. Of course, there are many different ways that you can vape and there is lots of technical terminology and acronyms that are used within the vaping community – but we’ll get to that later.

What is an E-cigarette?

resolve-e-cigarette-example_1_3We understand that taking up e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, can be an overwhelming experience and that you might not know where to start. That’s why Totally Wicked is here to assist you, providing everything you need to know about e-cigs.

E-cigs are handheld electronic devices that produce inhaled doses of nicotine using vape juice, which comes in a wide variety of delicious flavours. E-cigs provide a high quality alternative to tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes. In addition to offering a nicotine hit, the vapour mimics the sensation of inhaled tobacco smoke, all without the associated dangers.

Many e-cigs resemble traditional cigarettes, while some look more like ballpoint pens. The majority are reusable with replaceable and refillable cartridges.

E-cigs first entered the market in China in 2004 after being developed by a pharmacist who wanted to curb his own smoking habit.

Most of the current e-cig models are automatic, as the user sucks on it, a sensor activates a heating element that vaporises a liquid solution held in the mouthpiece. The user can choose whether or not to have nicotine in the flavoured liquid solution.

The components that make up e-cigarettes include a mouthpiece, known as the cartridge, which holds an absorbent material drenched in liquid solution that can accommodate varying levels of nicotine.

The atomizer heats up the liquid, causing it to vaporise so that it can then be inhaled. An atomizer needs to be replaced once every three to six months.

In most cases there is a lithium-ion battery which is rechargeable. The battery powers the heating element. The battery life depends on how often you use it, its type, size and operating environment.

E-cigs are perfect for people who have decided to quit cigarettes, still providing the nicotine hit that you might find yourself missing in both a manageable and safe way.

Know your E-liquids

e-liquid-core-componentsE-liquids are the fluids that fuel e-cigs and provide the nicotine solution and flavouring to your vape. E-liquids create the vapour that mimics the traditional smoke from tobacco cigarettes. Using base ingredients to create a smooth flavour E-liquids can consist of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine or polyethylene glycol 400. All three of these liquid bases are common food additives and are completely safe for consumption.

The other contents of e-liquids can vary but common ingredients include water and either natural or artificial flavours to create recipes that are both unique and satisfying. Nicotine is added to the liquid, which in turn is used as a carrier to send the nicotine to the user, however you can also use e-cigs with zero nicotine content liquid. It is the base fluids that produce the visible clouds.

Liquid solutions containing nicotine are available in different concentrations, tailored to your preference, and the level is printed on the packaging. Generally speaking, the higher the nicotine content, the stronger the hit.

So if you’ve decided to give up cigarettes, the ingredients in e-liquids will prevent your cravings, providing you with the nicotine you might be missing, along with a number of delicious flavours, of which there is an incredible variety, from regular tobacco and menthol, as well as the more exotic strawberry, melon and mango.

If you need tips on which of this vast number of flavours is best for you, why not check out our blog every week our three Totally Wicked teams at Heaton Chapel, Great Moor and Edgeley will choose their flavour of the week.

Vaping for the first time?

So you’ve finally made it, you’ve overcome the mountain of e-cig set-ups in front of you to find your perfect kit, and you’re ready to vape for the very first time. Whether you’re an ex-smoker looking to kick the habit, or a complete beginner, you’ll find vaping an experience like no other. Even if you’re a seasoned smoker of traditional cigarettes, vaping is a completely different beast, and proper guidance is essential to getting the absolute best experience out of your vape kit.

But never fear, our Totally Wicked teams at Heaton Chapel, Great Moor and Edgeley are here to guide you through your very first vape. We’ll have you chasing clouds in no time. From guiding you through your very first pre-vape checklist, to making sure that your first puff of magical vapour is as satisfying and delicious as it should be.

So head down to one of our stores in Heaton Chapel, Great Moor or Edgeley to get the expert and insider tips and get your vape journey started the right way!