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What is Vaping?

What is vaping? Although it’s been a growing popular culture for well over a decade many people still don’t know what vaping is.

And while DampFabriek a vape store, we do not recommend starting vaping, especially if you’re a non-smoker.

However, it’s a great way to help you quit smoking, which thousands of Brits and people around the world have discovered.

So what is vaping?

Vaping is a term used for inhaling vapour on an e-cigarette device. The vaping device holds and heats up e-liquid and allows you to inhale it, similar to smoking cigarettes.

Although it seems like a relatively new phenomena, vaping has been around longer than you might think. In fact, the idea of vaping has been around for almost a century.

In 1927 an American called Joseph Robinson came up with the first idea of vaping when he patented a device called ‘Mechanical Butane Ignition Vaporizer’, although this was never worked on and the idea of vaping was seemingly forgotten.

Then in 1960s, Herbert A Gilbert created an e-cigarette device, but unfortunately, he was up against the fashionable smoking and so the idea never really took off.

In the 1980s, entrepreneurs Phil Ray and Normal Jacobson produced an e-cig device that allowed you to inhale nicotine without it combusting. But again, in the days of when smoking was still fashionable, the idea never took off.

It wasn’t until the new millennium when in 2001 a pharmacist from China invented a vaping device that we know today.

Hon Lik turned his smoking vice saw his father die of lung cancer and wanted to design something that wasn’t as dangerous as smoking and came up with the idea of mixing propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG), both of which are the 2 key ingredients in today’s e-liquids.

Lik then discovered a lithium battery would work perfectly with atomizing his liquids and so was created the beginnings of vaping devices that we have today.

Those devices were first marketed in China in 2004 and then went global entering the European and US markets in 2006 and 2007.

In the decade and a half since the launch of Hon Lik’s vaping device there has been several modifications and of course the growth of e-cig industry has seen more and more people take to vaping, many of which have finally quit smoking.

Now, vaping is standard and can be seen on shop shelves across the UK, Netherlands and the rest of Europe. And while it’s accepted in most countries, it’s banned in other countries, so if you’re going travelling abroad and intend to take your vaping device, make sure you know it’s legal there.

How Does Vaping Work?

One of the most important things when asking what is vaping is how does it work.

Vaping devices come in all shapes and sizes, and whether you want a mod device, pre-filled pods, or a disposable vape device they’re all vaping devices and work in the same way.

All vaping devices heat up a flavoured e-liquid and create an aerosol byproduct that is infused with other things such as nicotine or even marijuana. This is inhaled through the mouthpiece and exhaled as and when the vaper is ready to do so.

When you see different vapours exhaling different amounts of plume, it depends on the vaping tank and e-liquid.

For anyone who wants large, thick plumes of clouds, the best way to reach this is by using a sub-ohm tank.

Sub ohm devices utilize low resistance coils under one ohm, hence the name sub ohm. They require vape mods capable of putting out a minimum of 40 watts, but the higher levels can reach and exceed 200 watts.

The PG/VG ratio in your e-liquid also plays a big factor in cloud density. The higher the VG, the thicker the cloud and MAX VG is best for those who want thick clouds.

90VG/10PG ratio is one step below MAX VG ratio and will still give you huge, dense clouds, but will also give you a bit of flavour and some slight throat hit, that you don’t get with MAX VG.

70VG/30PG is a popular ratio that still allows you to get thick dense clouds, while getting an even dtronger flavour and throat hit, that many ex-smokers still need.

Ratios go all the way round to MAX PG, but the less VG you have in your e-liquid, the less clouds you’ll be able to create.

Is Vaping Bad for You?

Vaping is certainly not good for your health, but it’s also much less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Because it’s relatively new phenomena, there isn’t enough data history to know about the long term effects of vaping.

A cigarette contains 4000+ chemicals and carcinogens, which are very harmful to your body, whereas e-cigarette vapour contains fewer toxins.

Vaping gives you the sensation of smoking cigs, while you’re still receiving nicotine your system is craving, without many of the other toxins.

With vaping, you can start on a higher dose of nicotine in your e-liquid, and gradually adjust the nicotine strength, and ease yourself off nicotine altogether.

And while we recommend vaping to quit smoking, it’s not a good idea to start vaping if you’re a non-smoker, because it’s definitely not good for your health.

What is Vaping?

So, what is vaping? Now we know, vaping is the practice of inhaling and exhaling vapour containing nicotine and flavoured e-liquid produced by a vaping device.

A vaping device is basically made up of an atomizer, battery, and a tank. Instead of smoke, vapers inhale an aerosol, which is an e-liquid heated up by the atomizer.

It’s a relatively new phenomena, in which governments around the world can’t seem to agree on (nothing new there), but charities such as Cancer research UK says e-cigarettes represent an opportunity for harm reduction compared with cigarettes.

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