How Not to Look Like a Vaping Newbie

Feb 04

E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat liquid nicotine until it forms a smokeless, odorless vapor. They are a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, delivering nicotine without the harmful carcinogens found in tobacco cigarettes. In fact, the carcinogens found in the average amount of vapor delivered in an entire day by an e-cig is 1400 times less than what is found in a single tobacco cigarette. If you are interested in e cigs or are just getting started, you might find this simple guide helpful on your journey. Enjoy!

vapormax vaporizer kitVocabulary 

Electronic cigarettes: Also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, or smokeless cigarettes. They often come in a shape that resembles traditional cigarettes, but manufacturers are beginning to offer ecigs in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Vaping: The act of puffing on an ecig. People who vape are called vapers or vapists.

Juice, E-Juice, E-Liquid, or Smoke Juice: The liquid that is vaporized while using an e-cigarette.

Atomizer, or Atty: The e-cig component that heats the juice to the point of vaporization.

Cartridge, or Cart: A plastic tube-like piece that is usually stuffed with some sort of absorbent filler material that holds the juice.

Charger: Battery charger used to recharge your depleted e-cigarette battery.

Starter Kit: Includes the basic e-cigarette equipment to get someone started with vaping. Most starter kits come with 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, a charger and 5 cartridges pre-filled with Juice.

How To Buy

First of all, it’s okay to ask questions. Because vaping is so new and growing so quickly, you are not alone in your innocence, and any good vendor will be happy to explain how ecigs work and help you choose the right one. If you have a lot of questions or like to do a lot of research before making a purchase, you might benefit from one of the e-cig and vaping forums found online.

Now that you know the basic e-cig terminology, you are ready to purchase your first e-cigarette. Your best and most cost-effective option is to begin with a starter kit. Starter kits come in all shapes and sizes, and will get you set up with everything you need. For your cartridge, try an assortment of flavors, including tobacco, cherry and menthol, or whatever mix suits your palate. The more flavors you try, the better your chance of enjoying vaping right out of the gate.


Vaping is so new that proper etiquette is still being defined, but there are some very basic guidelines you can follow to make your experience more enjoyable and help inform the general public about e-cigs.

  • Ask permission to vape. Always.
  • Offer information about e-cigs and vaping, including the fact that a study found ¬†secondhand vapor does not contain the harmful carcinogens found in cigarette smoke.
  • Don’t be rude or aggressive. If asked to stop or vape off-premises, be respectful. Remember, you are helping to create the etiquette, establish rules, and promote a positive impression of ecigs and vaping. Use your power wisely.