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November 08, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

In our previous blog, we discussed six common reasons why people start vaping. If you've been thinking of trying it for yourself but are lost on where to start, this blog will cover the basics.

Just what is vaping exactly?

If it's not smoking, then what is it? Vaping is the recreational act of inhaling aerosol via your preferred vape device and then exhaling it out. The terms "vape smoke" and "water vapor" are often thrown around in conjunction with vaping, although those are technically incorrect. The correct term "aerosol" can sometimes conjure up images of something you'd dispense out of a spray can, but I promise you vaping it is actually not that scary. Vape aerosol is simply the tiny particles that comprise the vape ingredients a vaper is taking in.

Vaping might mimic the look and feel of traditional cigarette smoking, but in practice it is actually quite different. This is because no smoke is emitted when a vape liquid is heated, making for less chemicals involved in the combustion process. And while tobacco is a flavor you can still enjoy while vaping, no actual tobacco is consumed during the vape process. This is the #1 health reason why vaping a better alternative to smoking.

What do you need to begin vaping?

The nice thing about vaping is it doesn't require a whole lot to get started. A quality, handheld vape device like the Baton V2 and your preferred e-juice flavor, and you're good to go (we sell a Starter Kit to get you vaping here). There are plenty of reviews online to assist you in making an informed decision regarding your first vape purchase. It's best to start with an easy-to-use, USB plugable vape pen and gradually work your way up to bigger, stronger, more customizable mods as you vape your way from aerosol amateur to e-juice expert. Just be sure to stick with well-known brands and avoid knock-offs so your first few vaping experiences will be quality ones.

How do you learn how to vape?

First, determine if your device is a mouth-to-lung (MTL) or direct lung (DL) vaping device. MTL means you are filling your mouth with the vapor before bringing it into your body and is similar to the act of puffing a cigarette. DL vaping, on the other hand, draws the vapor straight into your lungs, as if you were sucking in air from a party balloon.

It's best to remain slow and steady with your vape hits, each intake clocking in at around five seconds (FYI, four seconds will activate the Baton's "party mode"). Because wielding a vape pen doesn't have quite the same visual "end point" like a cigarette does, it can often seem like you're vaping more than when you smoked. It's something you need to be mindful of when you're first starting out, as nicotine headaches are no joke.

It's also important to remember that your experience will vary by device and/or juice. In time you'll grow more comfortable with taking bigger, longer hits and holding in the vapor. But you must walk before you can cloud chase.

How much nicotine should you vape?

The nice thing about vaping is that it puts you in control of the amount of nicotine that's consumed. From a little to a lot to none at all, there is an e-liquid nicotine level for everyone. Casual former smokers should shoot for 3-6mg per bottle, whereas heavy ex-smokers will want to aim for 12-50mg per bottle. Nic-salts tend to be the better option for those seeking a stronger hit when compared to traditional vape juices, as more nicotine is delivered per inhale.

If you're ready to join our vape family, check out Baton's line of superior vaping products.

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August 20, 2021

when I do intake it makes a snapping noise, what is that?

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