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How to Vape

How to Vape

Vaping has taken the UK by storm. Currently, there are anestimated 3.2 million vapers in England alone - but what is the fuss about? Our guide takes you through what vapes are as well as how to vape properly and how to vape in a safe way. 

What is a Vape?

A vape is a device that heats up an e-liquid to a vapour you inhale. This allows you to inhale nicotine vapour rather than smoke. They differ from traditional cigarettes or other tobacco products as vapes do not burn tobacco, meaning they also do not produce carbon monoxide or tar (the two elements that cause the most damage). Instead, they are heating an e-liquid, which usually contains water-soluble flavours, glycerine (to help create a good amount of vapour) and propylene glycol (to give a similar sensation to smoking. A lot of vapes also have added nicotine as well, in order to really mimic the effect and feel of a cigarette. 

How Vapes Work

While vaping devices can vary depending on the brand, they all still work in a relatively similar way. Each vape heats a liquid (containing nicotine and flavourings) and produces a vapour you then inhale. After inhaling, you then can breathe the product out through your mouth and/or nose. 

Types of Vapes

Vapes is quite a broad label, with many vapour products sitting under that umbrella. We already mentioned how the type of vape can impact the technique you need to vape properly. However, there are two main categories of vapes: disposables and refillables/pre-filled.


Disposable vapes are, as the name suggests, disposable. They are usually fairly basic and are a cheap way to get into vaping. They do not require a charge to be used, so you can get your vape out of the box - remove the silicon covers from the mouthpiece and base and puff to get started. 


These vapes are good for the experienced vaper. They are able to be reused, just add in new e-liquid or a prefilled pod, but will require careful maintenance to keep the device working long-term. It is also good to keep in mind you have to charge refillable vapes - so if you are looking for the quickest device to get started with, take a look at disposable vapes. 

What is the Right Way of Vaping? How to Vape Properly

As for how to vape safely and vape properly, it is fairly simple - especially with disposable vapes. Disposable vapes work with inhale activation via an airflow sensor. This detects when you are taking a puff and will kick into action. There is no need to charge the vape before use, and most disposable vapes can last up to 600 puffs. 

How to Vape in a Safe Way

In order to make sure you are vaping in a safe way, it is important to:

  1. 1. Learn how to use your vape properly. This means you should know how to inhale and exhale when using the vape. To ensure safe vaping, you should learn how to draw the vapour in properly - so make sure to read the instructions that come with your vape before using a new brand for the first time.
  2. 2. Inhale less. Inhaling too much vapour in one go means you get a high amount of nicotine entering your system in one go, maybe more than you are used to (if you are used to smoking), so just monitor your puffs. 
  3. 3. Don’t overdo it. Practice moderation when it comes to vaping to avoid nicotine poisoning. 

How to Vape Properly

As mentioned earlier, in when learning how to vape safely, learning how to vape properly is an important step. When you vape, the inhale you take can impact the experience. A bad inhale can result in a bad cough and even an unpleasant rush of nicotine entering your system, causing discomfort. 
When learning the correct inhale in order to vape properly, you should consider that there are two types of inhalation techniques, direct-lung and mouth-to-lung. The best technique for disposable vapes, such as Elf Bar and Lost Mary, is mouth-to-lung
How to Vape

Mouth-to-Lung (also referred to by the acronym MTL) drags should feel like you are sucking air through a straw. To grasp the MTL technique, try following these steps:

  1. 1. Draw the vapour in for a few seconds (should feel like sucking on a straw for a few seconds).
  2. 2. Close your mouth and hold the vapour in for a couple of seconds.
  3. 3. Open your mouth and breathe the vapour into your lungs (this should, however, not be a swallowing technique).
  4. 4. Exhale the vapour once you feel it hit your lungs.  

Why Do People Use Vapes?

Each person who vapes will have their reasons, but some of the most popular reasons why people use vapes are…

  • - They are an alternative to smoking.
  • - They can help save money
  • - They have better flavour
  • - They can be tobacco-free. 

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