Vaping 101: A Guide For Beginners

Last Updated on 2 years ago by Nicky Johnson

Not everyone who wants to quit smoking has been successful. It would be nearly impossible to quit once you start lighting your first stick. A few succeeded in quitting cold turkey, but it took great resolve and heavy inspiration. 

Some thought about the health of their families who were subjected to second and thirdhand smoke, while others were deeply affected by the death of somebody close to them because of nicotine addiction. 

As early as the 1930s, there was an intention to create electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help curb addiction and come up with a safer smoking alternative. But it wasn’t until 2003 when a Chinese pharmacist, inventor, and, not surprisingly, a smoker successfully created a device after the death of his father, a heavy smoker, from lung cancer. Since then, electronic smoking devices have become hugely popular. 

In Australia, nicotine products’ sale, distribution, and use are illegal without a nicotine prescription. So, even if you have the vape itself, you won’t be able to find a store that sells liquid cartridges. If you’re traveling to Australia, make sure you bring a nicotine prescription from your doctor. 

Smoking Cessation

Whether you’re a smoker and considering vaping to help you quit smoking or just want to give it a try, here’s a beginner’s guide for you:

Vaping Device

A vaping device consists of a battery, atomizer, and e-liquid. All types of vaping devices should have all three essential components. Most slim vaping devices use automatic batteries that can be charged through a USB port, the same one you use for your android smartphone. But bigger vaping devices like mods use manual batteries that are often interchangeable.

Vaping Guide For Beginners

Considered an essential part of the vaping device, the atomizer consists of coils, a heating element, and a wick. The atomizer is responsible for transforming the liquid into an inhalable vapor. 

The e-liquid, also known as e-juice, comprises four ingredients: water, nicotine, flavorings, and a propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerine (VG) base, or a combination of the two. PG is an odorless and colorless petroleum byproduct that gives vaping the signature throat hit, similar to smoking tobacco. It’s the same chemical found in artificial smokes during theatrical performances. VG, meanwhile, is a natural chemical byproduct of vegetable oil that gives vaping a smoother throat hit.

Different Types Of Vaping Devices

There are several vaping devices to fit the needs of a vaper. Each has its own vaping experience to deliver.

  • Cigalike

Cigalike is a small cylindrical device that copies the actual size of a regular cigarette. They’re the first vapes known commercially.

  • Pod System 

Slightly larger than cigalike, the pod system stores e-liquid in a removable plastic pod.

  • Vape Pen 

The vape pen is a longer device that stores e-liquid in a plastic pod. The device typically has a glass tank with a replaceable atomizer coil.

  • Vape Mod

The device often used by experienced vapers is the vape mod. It’s the most significant and most potent type of all vaping tools. It’s usually shaped like a box and holds one or more high-capacity cells that can deliver more than 200 watts of power. 

Choosing Nicotine Strength

 Many e-liquid sellers when asked about nicotine strength, would answer you with a question as well, what is your smoking habit? To make it easier to understand, nicotine strength is divided into four categories:

  • Low-Level 

This is the ideal nicotine strength for those in the last stage of a smoker’s quitting process. It contains three milligrams (mg) of nicotine, which is also recommended for those who only smoke occasionally.

  • Low-Level With Buzz 

This is still considered to be on the lower level but will give you a slight buzz. Low-level with buzz is compatible with those who smoke at least 10 sticks in a day.  It has six mg of nicotine.

  • Mid-Level  

This is compatible with the average smoker, who can finish a pack of cigarettes a day. It contains about 12 mg of nicotine.

  • High-Level 

This nicotine strength is for smokers who can finish more than a pack a day. It contains 18-20 mg of nicotine. 

Cleaning Your Device

A vaping device needs to be maintained and cleaned for it to last. A dirty and gunky device will not deliver the best vaping performance for you.

  • Wash the tank in warm water with dish soap and dry thoroughly.
  • Replace the coil when worn out.

Vape coils that are not replaced will result in a burnt taste when vaping.


If you’ve tried various methods to quit smoking, but nothing seems to work for you, it may be time to try vaping as a cessation tool. Research has shown that vaping is a considerably safer alternative to smoking. With a nicotine weaning schedule provided by a medical professional, you may be able to give up smoking and live a better life.