What to Expect When You Vape for the First Time
Vaping is where you breathe vaporized e-liquid produced by a vaping device, in and out. If you consider switching from smoking to vaping, you might be unsure what to expect. And that’s normal! Vaping is an entirely new experience; there is a lot to learn.
When you first start vaping, it may seem overwhelming. There are so many different devices and flavours to pick between. Some people start vaping to help them quit smoking cigarettes, and others vape as a hobby. As you get used to using a vape, you will develop routines and hopefully have fun.
Let’s learn more about vaping and what you can expect when you first start.
How to Use a Vape
If you’ve never vaped before, you may want to draw on the vape as if it were a cigarette. However, the proper way use a closed vape is a bit different. You can do mouth hits or lung hits, depending on your desired effect. For a mouth hit, you don’t need to inhale all the smoke into your lungs; since it is vaporized, it never reaches your lungs. The nicotine in each puff is delivered to your body without the harsh side effects of cigarettes.
A mouth hit is more about flavour and producing more vapour. It must be slow and controlled when you take a drag off your vape. On the other hand, lung hits result in a better nicotine buzz. After taking your puff, you wait a few moments before exhaling, and you can use either your mouth or nose or even exhale through both.
How to Choose Your Vape Juice
Everyone has different tastes and preferences when it comes to e-liquid flavours.
Some people prefer to start with tobacco-flavoured juice since they are used to cigarette taste. Others prefer to jump right into one of the fantastic flavour profiles like fruit or dessert-flavoured vape juice. One of the best things about vaping is that hundreds of flavours exist if you don’t like the first flavour. You are sure to find a few favourites.
The second consideration when you are choosing an e-liquid is the nicotine strength. Typically, you can choose a strength based on the number of cigarettes you used to smoke per day. If you didn’t smoke much before or are entirely new to using nicotine, you can opt for a lower amount of nicotine in your vape juice.
How Long to Wait Between Puffs
Much like smoking cigarettes, vaping can take some time to get used to. Figuring out how long each drag keeps you satisfied and how many times you need to vape in one sitting will be different for everyone. It will take also take time and experience.
A good rule of thumb is to take it slow and check in with yourself before taking a puff. Ask yourself if you feel like you need to smoke. If you smoke a cigarette in five minutes, you will likely spend ten minutes with your vape to get the same nicotine hit.
And while it may take longer to reach your point of satisfaction with a vape, most people find that they stay satisfied for longer when using a vape than when smoking a cigarette.
Can You Vape Too Much?
The answer to this question is an emphatic yes; you can vape too much. If you take too many puffs, you may experience unpleasant side effects, like dizziness, nausea, or a mild headache.
Thankfully, these should pass reasonably quickly after you stop vaping. If you are experiencing these side effects every time you vape, you are likely using an e-liquid that is too strong.
Common Side Effects
When you first start vaping, it is normal for your body to take time to adjust to the effects of the vape. Slight dizziness, headaches and mild bouts of nausea can occur as your body detoxes from the chemicals found in cigarettes.
Many people experience a dry mouth when they are new to vaping. This is because there are ingredients in the vape juice that absorb liquid, which can occasionally lead to dry mouth. This can be combatted by drinking extra water, especially in your first few days of vaping.
You may also find yourself coughing when you first begin using a vape. The vapour can feel thick in your throat, and the change in sensation can trigger a cough. This should pass after you become used to vaping.
It is also worth mentioning that if you are using vaping to quit smoking, it can cause coughing as your lungs heal. So your new cough may have nothing to do with vaping at all.