First off, congratulations for deciding to switch to vaping! But before you dive in, here is our handy list of do’s & don’ts, to set yourself up for success, and avoid common pitfalls.
Do: Find A Reputable Vape Shop
A reputable vape shop specializes in vaping and usually carries only vaping devices, eLiquid, and vaping accessories. As much as we love convenience stores for their convenience, it’s not the best place to start your vaping journey if you want to succeed. A good shop will have a wide variety of products and cater to all levels of vaping from beginner to hobbyist, and a reputable shop will take the time to discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have, and ensure that you are knowledgeable and comfortable with your new electronic cigarette. Your success is their success so a good shop will only recommend products suited to your needs. As well, you can feel good about supporting a local small business that is passionate about helping people switch to vaping!
Do: Sample eLiquid Flavours
We like when people come into sample eLiquid flavours, not only because we like to ensure our customers are satisfied, but also people are often surprised by flavour profiles they might have not otherwise considered. It is especially true with vaping that you won’t know what you like until you try it. Sample many different brands and flavours, keep an open mind and be confident about your choices before you spend your money.
Do: Ask Questions
It is important to honestly examine your smoking addiction, and use eLiquid with an appropriate nicotine level to suit your needs. Ask questions about what nicotine strength would work best with your device, and suit your needs. Make sure you understand how to operate your particular device. Most vape shops have comfy chairs and a lounge area set up; you can take your purchase home, or you can unbox and assemble your device right in the shop, with knowledgeable and experienced professionals close by to offer tips and assistance.
You are here, so you’ve already got a jump on things, but you can go further. Devices, eLiquids, even accessories will usually have a wealth of unbiased reviews and helpful information, all just a google search away. As well if you’re planning to visit a vape shop, narrowing down to one or two devices you are interested in, or a few particular features you’d like your device to have, will give you a good place to start when you arrive at the shop.
Do: Connect With The Vaping Community
The vaping community is a group of people with one core commonality; we were all newbies once. Getting linked to the community online via social media is a great way to network with other vapers, ask questions, and find the most trusted reviews, tutorials, and vape shops.
Do: Get Rid Of Your Analog Cigarettes
Alright, don’t panic. If you can’t bring yourself to part with them right away, then just toss them in the freezer and forget about them. You’ll find them fossilized in the freezer frost a year from now. Trust me on this.
Do: Take Good Care Of Your Vapourizer
A pack of cigarettes gets used and tossed, but a vapourizer is an investment. Protect your investment by keeping it clean and in good working condition.
Do: Get Backups
Once you’re confident about vaping and you’ve found a device that suits you, it’s wise to invest in a backup device. Keep a spare battery/tank setup or, when you upgrade, keep your old unit as a backup. Set yourself up to succeed, and you will.
Don’t: Overdo It
It may be tempting to go for maximum strength eLiquid when you’re first starting out, to make sure it’s strong enough to work. Don’t do this. E-Liquid can be strong, and if the nicotine level is too high, it will be difficult to vape. We believe that it's easier to vape a lower nicotine strength than a higher one.
Don’t: Dual Use
Some people are so astonished by how easy it is to switch to vaping. After the first pull from their vape, they have said goodbye to smoking forever! For others, it may not be such a quick transition. Either way, it’s worth at least trying to quit smoking completely when you switch to vaping. Let your body go through the adjustment without dragging it out by continuing to smoke. Let your body clean out all the gunk and chemicals from decades of smoking and allow yourself time to get accustomed to receiving nicotine via this new method. Enjoy your sense of taste and smell. You should start to notice them in about 24 to 48 hours.
Don’t: Get Discouraged
Most people find it easy to switch to vaping, but some don’t. Maintaining a vapourizer is an adjustment from buying smokes all the time, as well it may take your body some time to adjust to the switch physically. It shouldn’t feel like a huge struggle, though. If you’re having difficulty, check to see if there are any changes you can make to give yourself an easier time. You may need to try a different setting on your device, or a different strength of eLiquid, or it may be time to clean your device and change your atomizer head. Issues are most likely to occur at the onset before you’ve got a handle on things. Commit to giving this a fair shot and don’t let a rough beginning keep you from having a happy ending.
Do: Enjoy Your Vaping Experience, And Your New Lease On Life!