Vaping vs smoking
13. Is vaping better than smoking?
14. What happens when you quit smoking and start vaping?
15. What’s the difference between vaping and smoking?
16. Is vaping a good way to quit smoking?
17. Is vaping cheaper than smoking?
Making the switch
1. WHAT IS VAPING?
Vaping is the process of using an electronic vaping device (also known as an e cigarette or vape pen) to heat up an e Liquid, turning it into a vapour, which is then condensed to form an aerosol, which the user then inhales.
2. HOW DOES VAPING WORK?
Vape devices contain a sophisticated electronic heating element called an atomiser. Depending on the device, the atomiser heats up when you take a puff or press the start button. The heat from the atomiser vaporises the e Liquid (held in the vape tank or pod), and the vapour then condenses to form an aerosol which is then inhaled.
3. HOW DO I START VAPING?
First things first, the use of vaping products is not risk free and nicotine is addictive. It is also against the law for vaping products to be sold to anyone under 18 years of age. If you are worried about the effects of smoking on your health, the best option is to quit smoking altogether. If you are not currently a smoker, we recommend that you do not start to smoke or vape at all.
However, if you’re keen to make the switch from smoking to vaping, you only need three things to start vaping using a closed system; a vaping device, an e Liquid pod, and a device charger.
Vuse vape starter kits come with a vape pen, a pack of e Liquid pods, and a magnetic charger, everything you need to get started. Simply pop an e Liquid pod into the device and you’re good to go. Just take a puff to activate the device and start vaping. Once you run out of e Liquid, you will need to replace your e Liquid pod with a new one to continue vaping.
If you want to see if vaping to quit smoking is for you without purchasing a rechargeable device, you could consider a disposable device. Vuse Go disposable vapes come charged and pre-filled with e Liquid, so you just need to remove the packaging and take a puff to activate the device.
4. HOW MUCH VAPING IS TOO MUCH?
If you vape too much and too often, you may experience some mild side effects from excess nicotine, such as headache, mild nausea or dizziness. These side effects will be similar to if you were to smoke too many cigarettes. These side effects should pass quickly. Stop vaping and wait for them to pass. If it happens every time you vape, you should look at your nicotine strength as it may be too high. If symptoms persist you should reduce or stop vaping completely and seek medical attention.
5. WHAT IS A DISPOSABLE VAPE?
A convenient option for on-the-go use, the disposable vape is a type of e-cigarette device. It comes pre-filled with e Liquid and pre-charged. The disposable vape device can't be reused once it's run out of e Liquid.
6. HOW TO USE A DISPOSABLE VAPE?
Disposable vape devices are very easy to use. Once you've removed the device from its packaging, it can be activated by taking a puff.
7. WHAT IS e LIQUID?
The fluid inside each vape pen is usually called e Liquid or vape juice. It’s this liquid that delivers the nicotine and gives the vapour its flavour.
8. WHAT IS IN e LIQUID?
Most e Liquids are made from 5 standard ingredients: vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavourings, nicotine, and water.
The variation comes from the different flavourings and ratios used, and some e Liquids will be made without water or nicotine.
9. WHAT IS FREEBASE NICOTINE e LIQUID?
Freebase nicotine is a form of nicotine commonly used in the e Liquid or vape juice for e-cigarettes or vape pens. When nicotine is extracted from tobacco leaves, it converts to a “Freebase” state which means it’s nicotine in its base form. We use this pharmaceutical grade nicotine for our e liquid freebase form. Nicotine as a Freebase is an alkaline, which can provide a harsher throat hit when vapourised, compared to Nicotine Salts.
10. WHAT IS NICOTINE SALT e LIQUID?
Nicotine salts are what allow vapers to closely mimic the practice of smoking. Nicotine occurs in nature in a number of plant varieties but it’s strongest in the leaves of the tobacco plant where it exists in a salt form. At Vuse, these nicotine salts are recreated in e Liquid form by adding an acid, typically Lactic acid or Benzoic acid, to Freebase nicotine. The acid reacts with the nicotine to form a nicotine salt. The result is that nicotine in “salt” form is more stable and generally delivers a smoother throat sensation than the nicotine in freebase e Liquids.
11. HOW LONG DOES e LIQUID LAST?
No two people vape the same. How long an e Liquid pod will last depends entirely on the vaping behaviour of the person. However, each Vuse e Liquid pod delivers approximately 275 puffs based on laboratory testing. The average shelf life for 3% and 4% Vuse e Liquids is 1 year and 18 months for 1.6% Vuse e Liquids from the date of manufacture. The manufacturing date is clearly indicated on the pack.
12. HOW MUCH NICOTINE IS IN e LIQUID?
Some e Liquids contain no nicotine whatsoever. However, Vuse e Liquids have been developed to deliver a smooth and satisfying taste experience and come in a range of nicotine strengths. Our e Liquid pods are available in 1.6% (18mg/ml), 1.8% (20mg/ml), 3% (34mg/ml) and 4% (47mg/ml) nicotine strengths, so you can choose the right option for you. The nicotine strength of our e Liquids are clearly marked on each pack.
Vaping vs smoking
13. IS VAPING BETTER THAN SMOKING?
Recent scientific reviews suggest that vapour products, while addictive and not risk free, are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. Those that choose to make the switch completely from smoking to vaping will maximise their harm reduction potential.
14. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU QUIT SMOKING AND START VAPING?
You can expect to spend less money on vaping than on cigarettes.
Even with the initial setup cost and the ongoing costs of vaping it’s still a lot more economical than smoking. Find out more about the potential savings below.
You could also see some improvement with your vascular health.
A 2019 study from the University of Dundee, published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluded that long-term cigarette smokers who switch to e cigarettes could significantly improve their vascular health. 
The two-year trial found that smokers (both male and female) who switched to e cigarettes demonstrated a significant improvement in their vascular health within one month. The study also found that participants who transitioned exclusively from smoking to vaping achieved greater improvement in their vascular health compared to those who continued to use both tobacco cigarettes and e cigarettes. 
The study also noted that there is no evidence from the work carried out to suggest that electronic cigarettes are safe. Electronic cigarettes should also never be viewed as harmless to try by non-smokers. The study only provides some new evidence that electronic cigarettes may be a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes from a vascular perspective. 
For those adult tobacco consumers who don’t mean/intend/choose/wish to stop smoking, switching to vaping products is a potentially reduced risk alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. If you are worried about the effects of smoking on your health, the best option is to quit smoking and vaping altogether. If you are not currently a smoker, we recommend that you do not start to smoke or vape at all.
15. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VAPING AND SMOKING?
The main difference between vaping and smoking is that the e Liquid you vape has a lower number of ingredients and does not involve combustion.
When you smoke a cigarette, the smoke that you inhale has roughly 6,500 different compounds and roughly 150 of these are known to be toxic to humans (compounds like carbon monoxide, benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde).
Vape pens and e cigarettes also create an aerosol, but it comes from heating an e Liquid consisting mainly of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and flavouring ingredients. The heat in these devices reaches around 250 degrees celsius, which means there is no combustion.
Due to the fewer ingredients and the lower heat, the aerosol produced by vape pens and e cigarettes contains a lower number of compounds than cigarette smoke and those that are present are in much lower concentrations.
16. IS VAPING A GOOD WAY TO QUIT SMOKING?
A recent study suggested that vaping is more effective than NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) in stopping smoking when administered by a community pharmacy. In another study, it was also shown that vaping is more effective than NRT in smoking cessation when both are accompanied by behavioural support.
The habitual aspects of vaping also mirror smoking behaviour. The ‘hand-to-mouth’ action of holding something in the hand, breathing vapour into the lungs and blowing out vapour, all mimic smoking behaviour. This combined with vapes that use a nicotine salt e Liquid formula further mimic the effects of having a cigarette.
17. IS VAPING CHEAPER THAN SMOKING?
Yes, even with the initial setup cost and the ongoing costs of vaping it’s still a lot more economical than smoking. If a smoker burns through a 20 pack of cigarettes a day, it will cost them over $12,500 a year.
In comparison, a Vuse ePod 2 vape pen costs $9.99. This, along with a pack of Vuse e Liquid pods is all you need to get started.
To find out just how much you could save by making the switch to Vuse, use our Cost Savings Calculator tool. Tell us what type of tobacco you smoke (cigarettes or roll your own) and how often, and we’ll tell you just how much you could save if you made the switch to vaping today. It could be up to $5000 a year. Imagine what you could do with that much money back in your wallet.
Making the switch
18. HOW SHOULD I USE MY VAPE TO HELP ME QUIT SMOKING?
Just like smoking, when you begin to vape you’ll need to work out what does and doesn’t work for you. In the first few days, you’ll start to consider when you want to vape. Many people find that the rhythm of ‘smoking breaks’ still works for them and take breaks in the day.
If you’re used to nicotine, you might want to start off with our 4% e Liquids to ensure you’re getting the hit you need. Nicotine is absorbed differently when vaping and affects people at a different speed. The key is to try out different strengths and find the nicotine strength that’s right for you.
19. CAN YOU VAPE AND SMOKE AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes, but recent studies suggest that the greatest health benefits are seen when people switch exclusively from smoking cigarettes to vaping. Some people find cutting down as a helpful step to quitting, but the goal should be to switch to vaping exclusively.
If you are worried about the effects of smoking on your health, the best option is to quit smoking altogether. If you are not currently a smoker, we recommend that you do not start to smoke or vape at all.
20. HOW MANY PUFFS IS EQUAL TO A CIGARETTE?
This is not a simple question to answer. Your vaping technique and the nicotine strength of your e Liquid all play a role in this. Typically, if it takes you 5 minutes to smoke a cigarette, you’ll need to vape for 10 minutes for a similar nicotine hit.
Make the switch with Vuse
At Vuse we have all the vaping products you need to make the switch. Our vape starter kits come with a vape pen, 2x e Liquid pods and a charger, and will be delivered to your door when you buy online. Our Vaping Hub has all the resources and information you need to start your journey. Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Vaping for more useful vaping tips.
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6: Based on smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day (365 days) at $34.50 per pack.
7: BAT: Scientific Review: Article Summary: A comprehensive evidence review of electronic cigarettes and their role in tobacco harm reduction, 2021, page 2. (See here ).