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Vaping FAQs

What is vaping?

Vaping means the use of a vaping device (aka e-cigarette/personal vaporizer/mod/APV)! There are numerous such devices available, from the cigalikes to the 3rd generation APVs, but vaping is the term that unites them all.

How do vaping devices work?

All vaping products operate using the same principals. A battery powers a coil which heats a liquid solution known as e-liquid. This produces a vapor which is then inhaled. However, these fundamentals can be applied in a large number of ways, and many products have been developed to meet the demands vapers have from their vape.

Is it safe?

Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 toxic chemicals. No actual smoke is involved with e-cigarettes only vapor. Smoke is the real health hazard. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by inhaling a vaporized nicotine solution (composed of propolyne glyclol, vegetable glycerin and flavoring) without tar, carbon monoxide, flame retardants, pesticides, etc.​ A report by the Royal College of Physicians states that nicotine by itself has not been proven to cause any long term ill health effects.

What e-liquids should I get?

Again, there is no one-size fits all answer here, so the best thing you can do is to try out a few e-liquids and see which one suits you. Interestingly, don’t assume that you need an authentic tobacco flavor. There are some good ones out there, but we find that the vast majority of vapers end up choosing a flavor other than tobacco, and this happens very quickly if they try a few different ones to begin with. In terms of PG/VG, you’ll have to try for yourself and decide what you like.

Can I save money over smoking?

Yes, absolutely. Although how much you will save depends on several factors:

  1. How much cigarettes or tobacco costs where you live
  2. The amount you spend on devices (this becomes a hobby for many!)


That said, with a good setup you should be able to save considerable amounts of money, and the more focused on saving money by vaping you are, the more you will save.

What are some of the benefits of vaping?

  1.  No flame, no burning tobacco or any other substances
  2.  No tar
  3.  No unpleasant odours or tobacco smells clinging to clothes and hair
  4.  Not banned under the UK smoking ban
  5.  Simulates smoking
  6.  Less costly than smoking
  7.  No smoke irritation to your eyes
  8.  Huge choice of flavours.
  9.  Controllable nicotine level (or zero nicotine)
  10.  More flexible – you can take one or two puffs if you want, rather than feeling you have to finish or waste a whole cigarette.
  11.  No more matches, lighters, ashtrays and dirty smelly cigarette butts.


What does the nicotine strength mean?

E-liquid is available in various strengths, from no nicotine at all, right up to very high strength flavourless liquid for mixing your own custom blends. The strength is denoted as a milligram level per millilitre (mg/ml) or as a percentage. For example, a 24mg strength e-liquid contains 24mg nicotine per millilitre of liquid or expressed as a percentage, approximately 2.4% nicotine.

Which kit/model/brand is best?

A little bit of research and experimenting will help you decide. Just remember that sometimes it's worth spending a few more dollars one time to ensure you get a high-quality device that is capable of giving you an enjoyable experience. The products at SmokeScreen are not what you've tried from the gas station. Often the more an e-cig looks like a regular cig, the more disappointing it is. We offer much larger rechargeable batteries and refillable devices. Our great selection of flavors and and nicotine strengths allows for much more customization.


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