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How to Vape Properly

How to Vape Properly

If you are a beginner vaper or a cigarette smoker thinking about making the switch to vaping, you might be a bit curious about how it all works. You might be wondering if there’s a correct way of vaping or not. After it’s just inhaling vapor, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. 

There are two vaping techniques used to vape correctly, and they all depend on the type of device you use and the type of nicotine you pick. But, let’s not get too far ahead; for now, let’s start at the beginning.  

Table of Contents

  1. How to Start Vaping: Quick Review
  2. How to Inhale a Vape Properly
  3. Conclusion

How to start vaping: Quick review

There’s no wrong or correct way to start vaping, but typically those that do their research beforehand usually have a better experience when vaping. In this section, we’ll go over everything you need to know to start vaping; although we won’t be able to go over all the small details, you’ll be on the right track with these basics of vaping. 

Types of Vapes

The first thing you must learn is that there are different types of vapes; there is no better or worse vape since they all have their weaknesses and strengths, but they serve their purposes, so it’s better to learn what each of them is for. Below you can find some of the most common types of vapes. 

  • Pod Systems: Pod systems are low power devices that use nicotine salts (more on this later). They are small, compact, and lightweight and are perfect for stealth vaping. They are also currently the most popular vapes in the world (JUULs, anyone?).
  • Disposables: Disposables come ready to be used. They came pre-charged with a predetermined amount of e-liquid for use. Now, most disposables come with nicotine salts.
  • Box Mods: Box Mods are for more experienced vapers. They usually come with LED screens and allow the user to adjust the temperature, the wattage, and even put the vape in low battery mode.

Picking the Right Ejuice

Picking the Right Ejuice

If you’re new to vaping, then you might be wondering what creates the vapor that people vape. The answer is easy, and it’s called e-liquid. E-liquid is a combination of four ingredients: nicotine, natural flavorings, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin. 

Ejuice comes in various degrees of nicotine strengths, and this is important to remember since you will need to know the type of strength you want when vaping. Some of the most common nicotine strengths include 0mg of nicotine (yes, you can have e-liquid with zero nicotine), 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg. The higher the milligrams, the bigger the dose of nicotine. 

We recommend for smokers who are just switching to vapes to use a higher nicotine number like 12mg or 18mg to see if you like it and if it helps to curb your cravings; from there, you can move to a lower number or higher. 

The Difference Between Freebase Nicotine vs. Nicotine Salts

For the last four years or so, there has been a change in the commonly used nicotine. Lately, instead of freebase nicotine, which is the nicotine used in cigarettes, nicotine gum, and e-juices, manufacturers have experimented with nicotine salts.

Nicotine salts are the same as freebase nicotine except that it’s more potent and is more easily absorbed by the body. So, while freebase takes a while to reach the brain and create the buzz that cigarette smokers chase, nicotine salts achieve this just as fast as cigarettes.

Which vape is right for you?

The difference between what vape to buy nowadays falls on what type of nicotine experience you want to have. As mentioned above, now you can choose between freebase nicotine and nicotine salts, and there are specially made devices for each. 

For example, pod systems and disposables almost exclusively use nicotine salts since they are low powered and create the perfect temperature to replicate smoking a cigarette. 

Box mods with higher wattage are better used on traditional e-liquids than freebase nicotine.

It depends on what kind of experience you want to have. Do you want to create large clouds of smoke, tasting the flavor and aromas of the e-liquid? Freebase nicotine and box mods are best suited for you.

Or do you want to create small clouds but get a quick nicotine rush similar to smoking with an easy to use the device? Pod systems and disposables are better for you, then. 

How to Inhale a Vape Properly 

How to Inhale a Vape Properly

In the world of vaping, there are two ways to inhale vapor properly-mouth-to-lung or direct-to-lung. The way you decide to vape is often dictated by the type of device you have and the type of nicotine you choose. Let's get started with mouth-to-lung or MTL.


Mouth-To-Lung puffs work best for low-powered devices that use nicotine salts, including most disposables and pod systems. The draw of the hit should feel tight when inhaling from a disposable or a pod system and should mimic smoking. 

The mouth-to-lung technique has two steps. First, you’ll want to inhale the vapor into your mouth, hold it for a few seconds, then in the second step, you’ll want to open your mouth and breath the vapor into your lung; first mouth, then lungs. 


Direct-To-Lung puffs work best for high powered vape devices or box mods that use traditional e-liquid or freebase nicotine. Direct-to-lung should feel broader and fuller than mouth-to-lung draws and should feel more like taking a deep breath.

Direct-to-lung has only one step. You take a deep inhale and let the vapor directly hit your lungs until they fill with vapor, then you let the vapor go. It's pretty simple. 


While the type of vaping techniques you’ll use depend on the kind of nicotine and device you have, you can try using both methods to see which one suits you best. Remember, though, that you could have an adverse reaction when inhaling e-liquid with large amounts of nicotine since it can be harsh on your throat, especially when you are just starting. All in all, we hope you found this blog helpful and that you now know the correct way to vape properly.  


DISCLAIMER: EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.


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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.