What Should You Expect As a New Vaper?
Making a switch to vaping can be pretty difficult. Well, picking up any new habit requires a certain amount of commitment. Picking up vaping is especially difficult as most of the time your goal is to replace another, more addictive (and certainly more deadly) habit – smoking. New vapers don’t have an easy task, that’s true – be prepared to have to learn a lot of different new terms, such as Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), and a slew of others.
- Link to VG and PG posts
But don’t let that deter you!
Here’s a #1 tip that you should keep in mind and that will help ease your transition:
It all comes down to managing your expectations. As a new vaper, the first thing you need to realize is that things are going to start to change. Vaping is not smoking and while it can be used to substitute it there will still be considerable differences between the two.
At the beginning, vaping will be a conscious effort for you. That’s fine. Smoking is a habit you’ve probably been building and nurturing for years (good for you if you haven’t). Thinking that it can be broken overnight is a bit foolish.
Here are five things all new vapers should expect when switching to vaping:
- Physical changes
- Increased temptation
- Challenging adjustment period
- Socially awkward situations
- Increased maintenance
As soon as you stop smoking and switch to vaping, your body will start changing. Most of those changes can be attributed to smoking cessation – they will include headaches, mood swings, and increased appetite. You can also expect to start coughing more – this is usually because your lungs are starting a slow process of recovering.
However, coughing can also be attributed to VG and PG, base liquids used in the manufacture of vape juices. VG and PG dry out your throat and can cause coughing fits. This cough goes away after a few days (a couple of weeks at the most) as your body adjusts. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of fluids, especially while vaping.
Vaping doesn’t get as much nicotine into your body as smoking does. To get to the same level of nicotine in your blood that you have after 5 minutes of smoking, you will have to be vaping for around 30 minutes.
This can be rather frustrating, especially when you’re looking for a quick nicotine fix.
To sidestep this problem (and avoid giving into the temptation of lighting a cigarette) make sure you’re vaping high-nicotine vape juice when you’re in a pinch and don’t have the time to savour the vapor. Heavy smokers (more than 1 carton per day) should consider starting with 24mg nicotine vape juices and then slowly scale back. You can also read our informative post about nicotine levels to find out more about what to choose when you’re starting out.
- Link to nicotine levels post
Challenging adjustment period
The heart wants what the heart wants – and a smoker’s heart wants the soothing familiarity of their smoking routine – the motion of getting a cigarette out of the carton and lighting it, drawing in that first puff: that’s all very, very addictive. And, it’s built into your muscles! The first couple of weeks are going to be difficult to adjust, even though you’re getting all the nicotine you need. The important thing to remember is that you’ll ultimately be healthier as a vaper than you ever were as a smoker and that should count for a lot!
Socially Awkward Situations
Believe it or not, these will happen more often now that you’re vaping as opposed to when you were smoking. It’s weird but it’s true. People, generally, equate vaping with smoking and some will even go as far as suggest that vaping is far more dangerous than smoking.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth!
In addition to not breathing in more than 4,000 different compounds, you’re also not exposing anyone to secondhand smoke. However, that can be difficult to explain to people when you’re blowing huge clouds of vapor out of your mouth! Be ready to educate people but also respect their opinion and their choices.
Here are 5 simple rules for vaping in public:
- Don’t assume, ask
- Stop if you’re asked to
- Don’t vape around children
- Be discrete
- Be ready to challenge assumptions
Vaping will become normalized when people learn more about it. As a new vaper, you have an obligation not to demonize vaping further by not following common sense rules – blowing clouds in someone’s face just to prove them that it’s safe is not the smartest of tactics.
When a smoker craves nicotine he simply lights up a cigarette.
When you’re a vaper, it’s not so simple. Vaping comes with a bit more maintenance. Even if you use rudimentary vaping devices, such as this Kanger SubVod kit, you still have a lot of things you need to think about – refilling your tank with vape juice, making sure your atomizer (or coils) are in a working condition, and cleaning your tank when you’re switching between liquids. More complicated setups (think Limitless mod with an RBA) will require even more fiddling.
Also, there’s that pesky battery life. New vapers tend to forget that vaping is more than reaching into their pocket and lighting one up. It’s important to charge your device regularly and to carry spare batteries (if external). If you’re travelling, make sure you pack your charger and use a car charger when you’re on road trips.
All this fiddling with your equipment might seem tedious at first but it will give you a greater appreciation for vaping as you go forward. You will start learning more about the devices that you use and how flavour and vapour are impacted with smallest of changes to your setup. Eventually, you might even start getting a thrill from tweaking things and playing with your gear!
A Final Word for New Vapers
Now that you know what to expect when switching to vaping, it’s going to be a lot easier to stay persistent and not allow those small roadblocks to stand in your way. As a new vaper, you now have an opportunity to turn your life around and get rid of a very nasty habit. Make sure you take that opportunity! You’ll progress from being a new vaper to being a veteran power user in a blink of an eye!