The vape veterans among us may roll their eyes, but that won’t stop the fresh-faced beginner asking those sigh-worthy questions.

As a vaper, you’re bound to come across the curious and questioning, whether it be confrontational or just plain interested. It can be hard to distinguish between the vaping nay-sayers and those who are simply uninitiated, meaning that you must approach every answer with the same air of openness. You may find it difficult to humour the repetitive nature of many of these questions but when it comes down to it, you will encounter them time and time again. Below are some of the questions you might encounter, and some of the simple ways you can answer them.


How is vaping any different to smoking?

Vaping is often compared to smoking, when really the only similarity is that it is ex-smokers who vaping was first aimed at, and that both tobacco and vape liquid contain nicotine. The big difference in vaping is that they use heat not burn technology, diminishing the harmful effects of previous nicotine inhalants like tobacco. Vaping uses nicotine infused water solutions and heats these up till they evaporate, rather than tobacco which is burnt and the smoke of which is inhaled.


How unhealthy is vaping?

Everyone worries about the long-term effects of vaping on the body. Whilst there is still research to be done, it has been testified by scientists that vaping in general is about 98 percent less dangerous than smoking, considering the lack of carcinogens and over 400 toxic chemicals present in tobacco smoke which is not present in vapour. One of the reasons for this is due to the previously mentioned heat not burn aspect of vaping not releasing any of the carcinogens locked in tobacco smoke.


How does a vape device work?

Another good question, because the science is truly amazing. Vape devices work through being powered by a small battery. When the battery is powered on, it sends energy through a coil into the metal atomiser. The atomiser is surrounded by wicking cotton which is saturated in vape juice. This vape juice is heated up by the electrical power and inhaled through the vape device.


What is in vape liquid?

Like the device it is used in, vape liquid is also a feat of engineering. All UK E liquid is made up of five ingredients: water, nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and flavourings. This is a far cry from the hundreds of chemicals which are used in tobacco smoke and should put the vaping cynics mind at ease in in regard to the simplicity of the liquid.


What flavours are there?

This is a hard question to answer, not because there are no flavours, but because there are so many! From fruit and candy flavours to menthol and tobacco, you’ll often find combinations which are better than the real thing! Whatever your preference, head down to vape Lagoon, the Docklands vape shop to explore the countless flavour combinations out there.


Is it expensive?

Vaping is far cheaper than smoking tobacco, even under the TPD regulations. Most vape liquids cost between £3 and £10 per 10 ml bottle. Prices will vary depending on the ingredients and type of vape juice your purchasing. With good vape devices costing as little as £20, you’ll be saving a lot of money on a monthly basis when it comes to vaping.


Can I try it?

Certainly! As long as you’re over 18, which is the minimum age. Also, you can have a go on my vape device, but if you like it, don’t start coming back every time you want another taste!


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