If you’re new to vaping or simply just hoping to understand where to start, it can be helpful to do your research before buying any e-liquids to make sure you’re buying the right thing. Switching to vaping from smoking cigarettes can be beneficial, with current estimates from PHE stating that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking.
There can be a few different factors to consider in choosing the right e-liquid to suit your preferences and needs, not to mention the lingo that you might need to brush up on too. Many people switch to vaping to try and cut down on smoking or eventually quit altogether. Whatever your reasons for trying out vaping, here is a handy guide to help you on your way.
Choosing the right e-liquid strength
If you are switching from cigarettes to vaping, the strength of your e-liquid can play an important role in preventing you from returning to cigarettes. E-liquids can vary from strengths of 0mg up to 20mg, but typically you will find options including 6mg, 11mg and 18mg.
If you’re trying to decide on the right strength to suit your preferences, it can be handy to consider your previous smoking habits. If you smoked around 5 light cigarettes per day, you could consider the lower 6mg strength. For those of you who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, try 12mg. Heavier smokers who opted for strong cigarettes and went through more than a pack a day should consider the 18mg strength.
If in doubt, it’s always better to choose a weaker strength, so you don’t overdo it. Vaping allows the nicotine to absorb into your system slower than cigarettes, but you can always take a few more drags until it feels about the right level for you.
What size e-liquid can you buy?
Government regulations mean that e-liquid bottles can’t be larger than 10ml. How long this lasts will completely depend on your vaping habits. On average, for someone who smokes 20 cigarettes a day, one bottle would last around 5-7 days. This can completely depend on usage and the power of the vape device.
You can now buy bottles known as shortfills, which are larger bottles of around 50-100ml, but filled with 0mg strength. The bottles are filled up to 80%, leaving room to add your own 10ml nicotine and flavour of choice. This is a handy option for vapes that go through a lot of liquid.
Finding the right VG: PG ratio
The VG: PG ratio refers to the different mixing agents, designed to bring out the flavour of the e-liquid and provide the vapour. Classic e-liquids are those that have a higher level of PG, which means they are often thinner in consistency. PG ratios of 70% or higher will provide the ‘throat hit’, similar to the sensation of smoking. This makes classic e-liquids a good choice for those who are hoping to switch from cigarettes.
A 50/50 VG: PG ratio offers the most versatile vaping experience, and will provide a good balance between flavour delivery and vapour production. This can be a good place to start for those who are new to vaping.
A VG content that is 50% or higher is also known as sub ohm, and will increase the thickness. This is good for devices that are designed to produce a lot of vapour. In some cases, a high VG ratio is usually preferred for delivering great flavour and huge clouds.
Choosing your flavour
The flavour of your e-liquid can be down to personal choice and whatever flavours you generally like, whether it’s savoury or sweet. There is an increasing choice in sweet and fruity flavours, like strawberry, cherry and blackberry, as well as other interesting choices like vanilla.
If you’re just starting out, it can be helpful to start with tobacco flavours first, to make the transition from cigarettes a little easier. Menthol flavours are also popular for this reason.
Whatever strength or flavour you choose, vaping can be a great step in the right direction if you’re hoping to make a healthier choice.