Is it Safe?
Firstly, Vaping is not smoking
Ecigs / Vaping is intended for current adult smokers , that wish to continue enjoying their nicotine habit at a reduced risk.
Vaping utilizes a Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin based liquid, mixed with small amounts of nicotine and food grade flavoring that then get vaporized in a small battery powered atomizer, simulating the experience of smoking. The vapor created is inhaled and exhaled much like cigarette smoke hence the term “VAPING” as opposed to “SMOKING”
Vaping is not proven 100% safe. Although there are now more promising studies out there like the Clearstream study, and IVAQS. Additionally Dr Farsalinos has dedicated a lot of time and money into studying the effects of e-liquid and vaping on his website ecigarette-research.com . Certainly feel free to do your own homework regarding things like PG / VG and nicotine and decide for yourself if vaping is a road you want to go down. I can categorically say that after 2 years of being tobacco free myself. I have never felt better.
Keep in mind that vaping and electronic cigarettes are not designed to be 100% safe. They are tobacco harm reduction. As I said above, they are designed for adults to continue enjoying nicotine at a reduced harm.
Additionally while not categorized as a carcinogen nicotine (in it’s pure raw form) is still essentially a poison and can increase blood pressure and heart rate in humans. So please be careful and use at your own risk.
About the Liquids or “Juice”
Liquid is generally categorized in “milligrams” of nicotine. Ranging from 0mg up to 24mg, stronger nicotine will create a stronger throat sensation that is commonly referred to as “throat hit”. It’s up to the user to decide how much nicotine they want to use. I would suggest starting low, and working your way up to a level that will satisfy your nicotine cravings. Depending on the format I enjoy using anywhere from 2mg to 6mg. Your mileage may vary. Juice is made up of VG and PG. Vegetable Glycerine and Propylene Glycol. PG gives more of a “throat hit” sensation and carries the flavor very well. VG is thicker, gives less throat hit, but will produce more vapor. Juices come in all ratios of VG and PG. I personally prefer a nice 70% VG / 30% PG blend when creating my liquid. It carries flavour and offers an excellent, smooth hit.
About the Hardware
E-cigs come in all shapes and sizes ranging from cigarette looking devices like the Bloog, the VaporTitan and the Volt , to larger more powerful devices like the ProVari, the MVP V2 and the VaporShark DNA.
These larger devices use a bigger battery, and a bit more care and know-how regarding their operation. They also look nothing like a cigarette, which as you will find, the more your device looks like a cigarette, the less performance and satisfaction you will get out of it.
The world of vaping can be confusing and overwhelming for new people not sure where to start. Trust me when I say that we have all been there. Look around at a few products. Watch some review videos. Think about what you want your device to look like, and feel like. Think about battery life, size and form factor. There is no wrong way to vape. If you vape sometimes, but still feel the need for a cigarette, DO NOT FEEL BAD ABOUT THAT. Quitting smoking is literally one of the hardest things you will ever do, but stick with it. I promise you that vaping is a very rewarding experience, and makes the transition away from tobacco that much easier.
Best of luck, and let me be the first to congratulate you on taking the first step toward getting away from tobacco.