I wish someone had told me these things before I started vaping.
Although I did manage to quit smoking through vaping, I also would have avoided more cigarettes early on if I followed these rules.
Before I go into more details, let me give you a little background of how I started vaping. The day came where I finally decided to buy my first vape pen and e-juice.
I thought I was just going to the shop, do my business, badda bing badda boom and I’m out. No, the store owner starts asking me questions like “what type of e-cigarette do you want?” “What nicotine level of e-juice?”
The store owner was very patient and helpful, but the bad thing was I could have made a better purchase if I knew better. I bought this little (about the size of a cigarette) vape pen which I ended up getting rid of 2 weeks after.
If I could turn back the hands of time and tell my smoker self what to do differently, it would be these 3 things:
Know Your Nicotine Level
Going back to my story, I didn’t know what to say when the owner asked me what nicotine level I wanted my e-juice in.
I thought, “Hey, I wanna quit smoking. So the best thing to do is zero nicotine!”
So I get my juice (fruit punch flavor) and was happy. I did notice that vaping was not satisfying my urge for cigarettes. The e-juice I bought, although it was delicious, felt like I was just inhaling flavored air. It’s like going from a beer to drinking water.
After I did more research, I found out that the nicotine levels provide that “kick” in the lungs smokers have grown accustomed to.
Here’s a better explanation of nicotine levels that smokers might better understand:
3 mg nicotine = ultra lights
6 mg nicotine = lights
12 mg and up = regular
So depending on what you are smoking now, you can base this equation on what nicotine level you are supposed get. I go into more detail about this in this post: “Why Am I Still Craving Cigarettes?”
Buy a Mod, Not an E-Cigarette
Listen, as you start vaping, you will be doing it more and more. The biggest problem I had with my vape pen was it kept dying on me, so I’d go back to the cigarettes while I was charging.
This is why you need to go with a mod. At least a mod that holds an 18650 battery. This will give you enough power to last you through the day. Oh yes, get an extra 18650 battery and a charger!
I know, e-cigarettes or cig-a-likes feel more like the real thing, and holding a mod will feel awkward at first. But if you want to get into this vape life, you’re gonna need something with some power.
Get a Good Tank
You guys are lucky, tanks have made very big improvements since I started vaping.
You want a tank that’s easy to use, and can translate your e-juice flavor into something wonderful. I would personally suggest the Estoc Tank Mega by Vaporesso. Super easy to use, cheap, and gives an amazing flavor!
And please, don’t get anything “rebuildable” for now. No rebuildable tanks or drippers if you are just starting off with vaping. Watch some videos, get a good understanding of how resistance works, and then try it.
All should go well if you follow these simple steps. Good luck to you on your attempt to quit smoking!