5 Tips to Get Maximum Enjoyment From Electronic Cigarettes
Many smokers say that smoking a real cigarette is one of life’s little pleasures and while they all know the health consequences of inhaling the smoke, it’s not enough to put them off the experience and nicotine rush. Given that it takes so much effort to stop smoking and while electronic cigarettes can be a replacement for smoking without many of the dangerous chemicals, it’s important to follow a few tips to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit and are not tempted to go back to real cigarettes.
The first thing you should look at is to buy a high quality, branded starter kit. Since the introduction of smokeless cigarettes in 2009 the market has become awash with competitors and businesses looking to make a quick buck. As the market starts to compete on price the quality of the smoking experience decreases as businesses put profit margins before quality. Not only this, but some of the cheaper firms tend to cut corners and don’t have as rigorous safety procedures and the market leaders like Green Smoke. Since the industry is still in its infancy, opting for a branded e-cigarette is recommended over a generic version, even if it means paying a higher initial price.
The second thing to consider is the flavours that you will smoke. The electronic cigarette uses a cartridge which contains a liquid. The liquid is usually nicotine and other chemicals but it can also contain flavors like chocolate, menthol and even coffee. The ingredients and manufacturing process to make the liquid has a direct bearing on the quality and taste of the water vapor that you inhale. Just like different tobacco cigarettes have different flavors and taste, so do e-cigarettes. Therefore, just because you don’t like the taste of one brand, doesn’t mean you should give up straight away. Similarly, don’t think that just because the e-cigarettes come in a variety of flavors that they are just a novelty, many companies offer cartridges with high, medium and low amounts of nicotine so you can still get the same fix.
All electronic cigarettes use a small lithium battery to power the atomizer – the part that turns the liquid in to water vapor. The battery should be able to last all day for a regular smoker, but some companies are a little unscrupulous and don’t allow you to buy additional batteries and you have to buy another starter kit just to have a replacement or spare battery. There is nothing more annoying than having a battery give up on you with no way to replace or recharge it, so make sure you always carry a spare one.
In a similar vein to the point above, ensuring you have enough liquid left in the cartridges is very important. Some top brands like Green Smoke offer cartridges that last for the equivalent of 40 regular cigarettes, other cheaper brands do not have this longetivity. Just like the battery, ensure that you keep a couple of spare cartridges otherwise you might have to resort to going back to real tobacco cigarettes.
Finally, one way to keep the costs down is to refill the cartridges yourself rather than buying new ones each time. Just like refilling your printer ink cartridges can save you money, some firms allow you to buy the liquid in wholesale amounts which saves you money in the long term. Not all brands offer this option, so it pays to shop around before buying, not to mention you should see if you like the taste before buying a whole container of the liquid!