What is Vaping?
Although vaping has grown at a very rapid rate over the past few years, some people still don’t know exactly what vaping is or how it works. This is the reason why we decided to put together this guide to answer your question…what is vaping?
In some cases, people ask questions like: Is vaping actually safe? What is a vape? Is it really safer than smoking?
Definition of Vaping
According to Wikipedia, “An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that vaporizes a flavored liquid. The user inhales the vapor. Using e-cigarettes is often called vaping.”
It’s simple, vaping is an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Unlike smoking, you don’t stink like an ash tray and you don’t spend hundreds every month on your habit (if you buy affordable juice).
History of Vaping
Most people think vaping just came about in the past few years, but the first vaping device was invented back in 1963. According to Wikipedia, “The earliest e-cigarette can be traced to American Herbert A. Gilbert, who in 1963 patented “a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” that involved “replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air”.
This device produced flavored steam without nicotine. The patent was granted in 1965. Gilbert’s invention was ahead of its time. There were prototypes, but it received little attention and was never commercialized because smoking was still fashionable at that time.”
Another innovator in the vape industry was Hon Lik. According to Wikipedia, “Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist and inventor who worked as a research pharmacist for a company producing ginseng products, is credited with the invention of the modern e-cigarette. Lik quit smoking after his father, also a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer.
In 2001, he thought of using a high frequency, piezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to vaporize a pressurized jet of liquid containing nicotine. This design creates a smoke-like vapor. Lik said that using resistance heating obtained better results and the difficulty was to scale down the device to a small enough size. Lik’s invention was intended to be an alternative to smoking.”
Herbert Gilbert's 1963 PatentImage Credit: Google Patents
Hon Lik's 2003 PatentImage Credit: Google Patents
So, what exactly is a vaporizer?
A vape or vaporizer can consist of various components.
The basics consist of the following:
- Tank or Cartomizer
What is eJuice?
Most eJuice companies use four main ingredients rather than the thousands of chemicals in cigarettes.
The following are the main ingredients in eJuice or eLiquid.
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
What do you need to start vaping?
Hopefully by now we have answered your question…what is vaping? At this point, you might be wondering what you need to do in order to start vaping. There are many ways to start vaping. In fact, I started vaping with a small cigarette look-a-like e-cigarette that I bought at the flea market. I would not personally recommend this route, but the fact of the matter is, it got me off of analog cigarettes.
The best way to go about it is find a friendly local vape shop that can guide you through the process of buying your first vape setup and eJuice. Once you find out what you like, you can save a lot of money by buying vape equipment and eJuice online. Below you will find a list of vendors we recommend.