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How to Vape: 101

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In 2020, 12% of all New Zealanders smoked tobacco every day1. Many smokers want to quit, for health or financial reasons, and you may be one of them, but the question is – how to quit?  This article explains the basics of vaping, which could be the first step to helping you quit cigarette smoking.

Vuse New Zealand - How to Vape: 101

What is vaping?

Vaping is the act of using a vape device or vape pen that electronically heats a liquid turning it into an aerosol (vapour) that can be inhaled.


How is vaping different to smoking?

The difference between smoking and vaping is that smoking delivers nicotine by burning tobacco, while vaping delivers nicotine by heating a liquid (called an eLiquid). When you take a puff on a cigarette you exhale smoke. But when you inhale on an E-cigarette or vape pen, you’re exhaling vapour.


What is the difference between cigarette smoke and E-cigarette vapour?

Cigarette smoke contains roughly 6500 different compounds. About 150 of these are poisonous to the human body, such as carbon monoxide, benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde. All of these compounds contribute to smoking-related diseases.2

On the other hand, Vape pens and E-cigarettes create a vapour that comes from heating a simple eLiquid, consisting mainly of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and flavourings to around 250 degrees C. There is no combustion and zero smoke3.

The different ingredients and lower heat mean the vapour in vape pens and E-cigarettes contains far fewer compounds in much lower concentrations4. Check out our eLiquid guide to learn more about what’s in your eLiquid.  


How does a vaping device work?

Inside a vaping device or vape pen is a sophisticated electronic heating element. It activates when you inhale and draw air through the vape pen. The heat vapourises the liquid formulation (generally called eLiquid) and the vapour condenses to form an aerosol that you inhale and exhale.


Why has vaping become so popular?

There’s no question that sleek new vaping devices that compete with conventional cigarettes are making vaping more appealing to smokers. Rather than continuing to puff on cigarettes, many smokers find that vaping can be just as satisfying and can cost less than cigarettes. While still addictive and not risk-free, there is scientific consensus that vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking5.


What are nicotine salts?

Nicotine salts have been a big breakthrough in eLiquid science – delivering a more intense experience that closely mimics smoking.

Nicotine occurs naturally in several varieties of plants but is strongest in the leaves of the tobacco plant where it exists as a “salt”. Vuse has recreated these nicotine salts in eLiquid form by adding a special ingredient – Benzoic acid.  This organic product reacts with the nicotine to form a nicotine salt. Nicotine in “salt” form is more stable and typically delivers a smoother throat sensation and greater satisfaction than the nicotine in standard eLiquids.


What will you need to get started?

All you need is a vaping device and a flavour pod of your choice.

Next, choose your device. There are a lot out there and they’re all slightly different. The main thing to note is some are “closed system” which means you simply pop in a pre-filled flavour pod. Others are “open system” so you need to pour the eLiquid into a small, refillable tank called a clearomiser.

Once you have chosen your device, you will need to pick which flavour you want to try and what level of nicotine will work for you. It’s that simple. There are all kinds of Vuse flavours available to buy, so take a quick look at our full eLiquid range - created especially for the ePod.

Alternatively, many people find it easy to begin with our ePod 2 Starter Kits, containing a vaping device, 2x flavour pods and a charging cable. Or, if you prefer, our ePen is available as a vape pen with the charging cable included. You just select the flavour pods separately and buy the ones you want.


Preparing your vape pen

Make sure your vape pen is fully charged for the first time before you use it. Then just insert the pod.


Your first few vapes

For adult smokers, the first few puffs of vapour will be a very new experience. There are two main types of vaping devices, ‘direct-to-lung’ (DTL), and ‘mouth-to-lung’ (MTL). The Vuse ePen and the Vuse ePod 2 are both MTL devices, which more closely mirror the experience of smoking a cigarette. You draw the vapour into the mouth first, before inhaling and exhaling. The strength of nicotine will affect how the vapour hits the throat, so if you find it too strong, think about reducing the nicotine strength of the eLiquid.


Looking to make the switch from smoking to vaping?

We have compiled all the essentials into a simple vape starter kit. Our pods come in a wide range of flavours from classic tobacco to unique fruity and creamy eLiquids. Shop Vuse vape products online or visit a stockist near you today.



1 Ministry of Health. 2021 update. The New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People to Stop Smoking: 2021 Update. Wellington: Ministry of Health.

2BAT: Scientific Review: Article Summary: A comprehensive evidence review of electronic cigarettes and their role in tobacco harm reduction, 2021, page 5.

3 BAT: Scientific Review: Article Summary: A comprehensive evidence review of electronic cigarettes and their role in tobacco harm reduction, 2021, page 5.

4 BAT: Scientific Review: Article Summary: A comprehensive evidence review of electronic cigarettes and their role in tobacco harm reduction, 2021, page 5.

5 Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from cigarette smoking. These products are not risk-free and are addictive. Source: BAT: World Vape Day: BAT publishes comprehensive review highlighting 10 years of scientific evidence on vaping, May 2021.