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Who Are E-Cigarettes For?
The humble e-cigarette has changed a lot over the past few years, so there is a lot to learn. You also need to be aware of the health issues relating to e-cigs to fully understand what vaping represents. The FDA has also been busy studying e-cigarettes to make sure the devices available to consumers are of the highest quality.
After reading these resources you will note that there is little known about the long-term effects of vaping, it is therefore critical that you learn as much about them as possible before starting. Another good resource to use is the Surgeon General site where they give you an overview of e-cigarettes and health impacts.
The purpose of the e-cigarette is simple, it is to be used as an alternative to smoking, and as such should only be used by adults who want to replace their smoking of cigarettes with an alternative, and arguably, a healthier option. Many people who turn to e-cigarettes are in fact successful in quitting smoking altogether, many have simply cut down but some also have tried and failed. So using e-cigs is not, necessarily, going to be the solution to quit smoking for all. The FDA also has strict guidelines on how e-cigarettes are to be marketed, including restrictions on labeling them as a quit smoking aid.
So, if you are a smoker or ex-smoker, how do you know which type to choose from, and which is the most suited e-cigarette starter kit? You don’t want to waste your money on an expensive vape only to realize that it’s for a more experienced vaper. The advice that we can give, start simple. Either a cheap Cig-a-like e-cigarette or a more expensive pod type vape or vape pen. The box mod type vapes and the Squonk mods are for the more experienced vapers who want more of a vape hit. Take a look at our quick explanation of each type:
* There are two types of vaping, mouth to lung (using an atomizer/coil above 1-ohm). This is where you suck the vaper in your mouth then into your lungs. The second is direct lung inhales (with atomizers below 1-ohm, known as sub-ohm vaping). This is where you take the vape directly to your lungs. All Cig-a-likes and pod e-cigarettes mainly support mouth to lung vaping where vape pens and box mods offer both styles.
The Best E-Cigarette In Each Category
We are now going to learn which are the top rated starter kits in each category. By now, you should have a pretty good idea of which will suit you the most. There are of course many brands and styles available, so this is only a small selection of the choice you have. We have reviewed many of the most popular e-cigs, you can find the individual reviews within our site, but feel free to search for the particular model in our search bar at the top of this page, it’s most likely that we have reviewed it!
The Top 3 E-Cigs In Each Category
Just looking at the top, doesn’t give you many choices.
There are of course many others on the market, so feel free to check out all the reviews by type, you should see the link below each of the rankings.
So, here are the top 3 kits from each type:
(Note: We take a lot of time completing our reviews. Work includes testing for at least a week (usually longer), followed up with customer research. We then meet to discuss the change in the rankings. These rankings do change from time to time. Depending on our reader’s feedback, customer support issues and new releases).
Cig-a-likes, sometimes known as minis are e-cigarettes that resemble the look of a traditional cigarette and best for complete beginners.
They come in both disposable and rechargeable kits, with everything you need to start vaping, choice of flavors and options are relatively limited with this type. The below list happen to be all rechargeable Cig-a-likes, due to slightly better performance.
The Vape Pod
Vape Pods are e-cigarettes that have become all the rage in the last few years. Thanks to their simplicity and great performance, taking over the Cig-a-like type market.
Pod vapes do come in a whole host of designs now but they all have a self-contained pod which holds both e-liquid and a coil.
Once it’s empty, you just replace the pod.
Most are non-refillable, you just choose the flavor and strength when you choose your kit.
You can, of course, buy replacement pods. The refillable pod versions, however, generally do not come with any e-liquid, so you would have to buy that separately.
The Vape Pen
Vape pens are the most common e-cig used by beginner and intermediate vapers.
They have a small tank to add your own e-liquid along with a rechargeable battery.
All vape pens are sold as starter kits and consist of the main vape pen, recharge cable, and a spare coil or atomizer.
Again, as they are refillable, it is up to you to provide your own e-liquid.
Vape Pens can be used similarly to smoking with mouth to lung inhales. With this option, you should look at atomizers over 1-ohm.
Below 1-ohm atomizers are meant for direct lung inhales, which produce much higher amounts of vapor.
The Box Mod
Box mods are being used by vapers moving on from vape pens and want a little more vapor and power.
Often used with sub ohm coils to create thick clouds of vaper.
Box mods are often sold as starter kits which includes a tank and a couple of atomizer coils (you can also buy replacement coils).
These tanks are refillable, so you do need your own e-liquid.
You can pay a lot for mods with certain high-quality chipsets, but here, we list our list of the top regulated mods for the money.
If you’re completely new to vaping e-cigarettes then you may have a host of questions. You might not even know which questions to ask. We have summarized the most common questions new vapers ask along with the simple answer. Click on the question that’s relevant and the answer should appear!
Questions New E-Cigarette Users Generally Ask
For the less powerful Cig-a-like and pod vapes, start by choosing an 8-32mg nicotine level. We always suggest the lower amount, 8mg, if you need more of a hit then you can take another pull. The general rule is the lower the nicotine level the smoother the vape.
For vape pens and box mods with sub-ohm tanks, the vape cloud is a lot denser, so the levels need to be 3-6mg. Again, we suggest the lower amount of 3mg.
Summary of Strengths:
- 0mg – For those vapers wishing to quit nicotine completely.
- 3mg – The most popular strength for mouth to lung or sub ohm vaping.
- 6mg – Strong for mouth to lung and can cause throat irretation. Ideal for the less powerful devices where cloud is not as strong.
- 12mg – Mainly for new users who smoke a lot and using either vape pods or Cig-a-likes.
- 24mg – Really high nicotine levels and more suited to those who want to vape one hit to last a longer amount of time.
- +24mg – Only suitable for nicotine salts which are a lot smoother, still recommended only for vape pods and Cig-a-likes but used very occasionally.
Try to remember, your using an e-cigarette as an alternative to smoking, so you don’t want one huge hit of nicotine to last you all day. This is exactly why we suggest the lower amounts, when you fancy a cigarette, just take a draw or two on your e-cig. We know this is in contrary to what many other sites suggest, but we are going by our professional experience and having recommended many of our readers before, and most importantly, listening to their feedback.
On flavors, this is a personal choice. Buying 10ml of a variety of e-liquids is ideal, try them for a day to get a good feel for what suits. No good trying one or two puffs at a vape shop, it doesn’t give you an idea if it’s an all day vape flavor!
The truth is that no-one knows the long-term effect that vaping has on the body. The chemicals within the vapor of e-cigarettes are safe. Studies showed toxic chemicals in some flavorings. These are now removed from the market. But it is a new form of smoking that only time will tell. Our advice is to use e-cigs to quit smoking, reducing your nicotine levels. Then reduce your vaping habit also.
It is important to control advertising though, to make sure that non-smokers and kids are not targeted.
- FDA’s Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulations – This and many other pages within the FDA allows us to report the facts on the regulatory requirements of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
- The CDC’s E-Cigarette Resources – The CDC have a number of resources available to learn more about e-cigs.
- The British Medical Journal or BMJ – The BMJ release a number of studies relating to e-cigarettes and vaping.
- The New England Journal of Medicine – Features some up to date e-cigarette studies and reports that newspapers and other media outlets often use to find the facts on health and wellness.
- Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – JAMA is another great resource to find more information behind written journals and studies of e-cigarettes. Their articles are well written and relatively easy to understand.
- E-Cigarette Forum – Originated back in 2007 and very beginner friendly, if you can’t find the answer your looking for, you can post your own topic where some other vapers will give you thier opinions.
The above is just an example and the most common resources we use, we do try to list the resources we use for each article, and that list may include additional resources not shown above.
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