Vaping is a great way to kick the cigarette habit, and is generally thought of as a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. It may save you a good deal of money in the end, too, given the high cost of cigarettes. It’s not as easy as just picking up the latest and greatest mod and some e-juice, though. The initial investment can be somewhat inexpensive, and you have to figure out what your body needs in terms of nicotine. Making the right choices from the beginning will prevent you from wasting money or going back to cigarettes. With that in mind, here’s our step-by-step guide on vaping.
Making the commitment
If you want to vape, then it is a good idea to also decide whether you’re also ready to quit cigarettes. While there are plenty of people who do both, you’ll have a higher chance of success with vaping if you quit the “analogs” entirely in one go.
Cigarettes, by design, will deliver a fairly regular dose of nicotine per each cigarette. The brain typically associates the end of a cigarette with enough nicotine in most people, so you likely won’t pick up another. Vaping doesn’t have that. Instead, you’ll be able to vape anytime you want, and if you have a tank, there’s a lot more nicotine in that than you’ll need in any one sitting. So your body loses that mental cue, and initially it might be hard to judge when enough is enough. Rest assured, you can vape as much or as little as you like. In the beginning, a lot of people vape non stop and this is ok, as, anything keeping you off of smoking any cigarettes, is a good thing.
Make the commitment to quit cigarettes altogether when you start to vape. For most people, it’s simply the smarter move that they can make for their overall health.
Choosing the right nicotine level
The right amount of nicotine varies based on a variety of factors. A good guide is how heavy of a smoker you were. Typically, e-juice comes in five different levels (3, 6, 12, 18, and 24mg). There is e-juice out there with zero nicotine, however, as well as juice with substantially more. We’d recommend sticking with the standard levels first, and keep in mind that you may need to do some trail-and-error to find the right level for you.
If you smoked more than a pack a day, chances are that you’ll need a nicotine strength of at least 12mg to start off. Many need to start out at 18mg to get the right amount of nicotine, sure, but we suggest starting low to see how your body reacts. Pack-a-day smokers will likely need either 12 or 18mg in the beginning.
If you are considering vaping as a harm reduction strategy, pop into any of the 4 Vape Street Canada locations and one of our knowledgeable staff can help you on your way to quitting smoking and becoming a vaper.