Best Tips For Switching From Smoking To Vaping Best Tips For Switching From Smoking To Vaping

It can be difficult when you’re first starting out with e-cigarettes, but making the switch can prove extremely positive for your health

Vaping continues to grow as an option for cigarette smokers looking to quit. The mounting peer-reviewed evidence finds vaping is not only 95% safer than smoking, but the statistics also support e-cigarettes as one of the most effective tools for helping people successfully quit smoking. With these facts supporting it there is no wonder why so many smokers are turning to vaping to help them quit. While many find this transition smooth, there are others who have not had such an easy transition. Some have had negative experiences in the past and are looking not to repeat any mistakes. Sometimes the language and culture around vaping can seem impenetrable. There is a lot of information to keep straight from different tools, brands, and measurements. Even help from experienced vapers can be overwhelming if you don’t already have some basic knowledge. So in an effort to help make vaping more accessible, we’ve compiled a list of common mistakes and how to best avoid them.

Getting The Wrong Vaporizer

Finding the right vaporizer for you and your style can be a challenge. But it’s one of the most critical choices you’ll make affecting your vaping experience. Ask yourself what aspects of vaping are most important to you: portability? Battery life? Thick bodied clouds? Each vaporizer has their strengths and weaknesses, so prioritizing what elements are most important to you is the first step. Start with how you plan to use your vaporizer most and work out from there.

Budget is also vital to keep in mind. Like most products, the more an item costs the higher quality it tends to be. This doesn’t mean simply buy something just because it’s expensive. Research the products while keeping your priorities in mind. But remember, a vaporizer is an investment. More expensive models often end up saving you money in the long run, so we suggest opting for a higher end model if possible. They last longer, run more efficiently, and many times offer money-saving features not found on cheaper models.

It’s always good to do your research no matter what product you’re looking to buy. Look at reviews, both professional and from other users, for well-rounded information before making your final decision. Expert reviews provide technical details and comparisons. User reviews offer more insight into how a product works in real-world situations.

Using The Wrong E-Liquid   

When first stepping into the realm of tasty sounding and exotic flavors it’s easy to go a little overboard. Awkward aftertastes are something to be wary of. Also, you need to pay attention to the VG and PG balance in your e-liquids as well as the nicotine levels.

PG, or Propylene Glycol, and VG, or Vegetable Glycerin, are what e-liquids are made out of, carrying flavoring and nicotine. Liquids with a high PG content produce full-bodied cloud, while juices with a higher VG content offer a smoother pull. For many vapers finding the balance that works for you takes some time and some experimentations, so as you try various liquids keep track of what balance satisfies your needs best.

Nicotine levels are the other key factor in choosing an e-liquid. Most flavors are offered in a variety of nicotine strengths ranging between 0 and 24 mg. One of the best things about this is it’s easier for smokers turned vapers to gradually reduce their nicotine levels without giving up the flavors they enjoy. By steadily moving down in nicotine strengths you can eventually remove it all together. When selecting the correct strength you want to make sure your nicotine level is high enough to satisfy you, but you also don’t want the nicotine to be too strong. Many new smoker-turned-vapers make this mistake and end up suffering from mild nausea and headaches. A good rule to follow: light smokers should aim for a 6mg nicotine level, moderate smokers 12mg, heavy smokers would want to start around 20mg.

Vaping Like You Smoked

Long-time smokers will tend to take long hard drags. After all, it’s more satisfying to smoke cigarettes this way. However with vaping the focus should be a long, soft draw. Standard pulls from a cigarette will likely lead to coughing with a vape mod. The recommended method is to, after waiting for your device to become adequately heated, taking a long but natural pull. This should be sufficient for producing thick and full vapor clouds and be satisfying to even heavy smokers. Softer pulls, in this case, tend to produce more vapor.

Failing To Lock Your Vaporizer

Many of the most common incidents happen when a device is accidentally engaged while not in use in your pocket or bag. It could ruin your battery, cause extreme heat, start a fire, or even cause an explosion in the most extreme cases. That’s why it’s imperative to lock your device when it’s not in use. Most vaporizers on the market have safety features that are meant to prevent these accidents from occurring, but every device, no matter the price range, will have some type of simple locking mechanism. Being diligent about locking your device whenever it’s not in use is the best defense against any of these outcomes.

Not Learning the Fundamentals

Any longtime vaper can tell you it’s awful when you run out of new coils or e-liquid right when you need it.  Worse than that can be not understanding how to fix things that may have gone wrong. While learning and understanding the components of a vaporizer can be overwhelming, for the most part, they aren’t overly complicated. With some simple research, you can learn what the different parts are, and how to upkeep them. For example, switching out an old coil for a fresh one makes a significant difference in how satisfying your vaping experience is. So make sure to learn about your specific rig and how to properly care for it, so it continues to work for years to come. Don’t allow what could have been a simple fix, ultimately be the thing that sends you back to cigarettes.


Making mistakes is a part of life, but you shouldn’t let them prevent you from creating a better you. So whether you are just starting out or you’ve run into these issues in the past, keep these tips in mind. Some mistakes are a simple fix, like remembering to charge your battery, or maintaining clean parts. Others, like what PG/VG balance and nicotine level you prefer requires experimentation. Please learn from our mistakes, so you don’t have to make them yourself. Keep these points in mind, and you will be well on your way to a healthier life with vaping.

Were any of these problems something you had issues with? Anything you think we may have missed? What was the most challenging part of making a switch to vaping? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.


Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.