How to switch to vaping: advice from experienced users
Posted on February 17, 2019
Smokers wishing to switch to vaping should first do their research, find the right combination of device and liquid, and allow for a period of time to adjust to vaping.
This is the advice of 384 experienced Australian vapers in a study published this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review by Australian researchers.
Information for smokers wanting to make the switch to vaping is not readily available in Australia as vaping is discouraged by many health organisations or government sources. Here are the key tips from those who have already made the transition:
1. Do your research
Starting vaping can seem a little overwhelming. New vapers need to decide what device to use, whether to purchase nicotine, where to buy it, which flavouring to understand and the legal regulations that apply in their state.
The best sources of information are local vape shops and other vapers
Most people find that the online vaping community is very helpful and supportive.
2. Find the right vaping product
Most vapers recommend starting with a pod or pen-style device and using nicotine e-liquid, at least initially. Learn about battery safety. Test different nicotine concentrations and flavours and find one you like.
'It is important to find the right combination of device and liquid for you and this may take some experimentation or trial and error'
Most users said they started at 12, 18 or 24mg/ml nicotine and reduced their nicotine concentration over time, in some cases to nicotine-free liquids. Experienced users said that the wide variety of flavours was a key aspect of vaping, making it enjoyable and easier to switch.
It is illegal to sell nicotine in Australia, although it can be imported legally if you have a prescription from a doctor. Experienced users said it was important to buy it from a safe and trustworthy source.
3. Allow for an adustment period
Some people switch effortlessly to vaping, but others can take some weeks to adapt, so some perseverance may be required. There may be a temporary cough (which usually settles quickly), a dry mouth and there is a longer delay to feel the effect of nicotine from vaping compared to smoking.
But it is all worth it. Many vapers reported being very satisfied with vaping and improved health. As one vaper said
‘My health has improved a lot since I started vaping. I can run around with the kids, I don’t feel tired all the time, I have money to be able to pay bills and take the kids out to do things. Vaping has saved my life and improved my health’.
Posted by Colin Mendelsohn, firstname.lastname@example.org