What do you call the people you see vaping? If you aren’t familiar with the practice, you might label them “e-smokers”. This is really an inaccurate designation, because vaping is far removed from smoking.
The confusion has come about because of the way that vapers have evolved. In the beginning there were disposable and real basic electronic cigarettes. They were a way for smokers to "smoke" without the necessity of an actual burning cigarette. While not smoking, the fact that these were called e-cigarettes led people to call the people using them “e-smokers.”
Vaping has evolved quite a bit from those meager beginnings. Today many people vape. In fact, some vapers have never smoked at all. The difference between the two habits is night and day. Unfortunately, the use of the term e-smokers has led to a discouraging social view of vapers. Calling them by what they are could help change the way vapers are viewed by society.
Smoke and vapor are 100% different!
Smokers use cigarettes or cigars, which release toxins in the air and into the person's body, and SMOKE. While the contents of different e-liquids vary, none hold the identical chemicals as cigarettes. It is also important to note that none of these chemicals are released into the air by vaping. Only VAPOR is released.
Vaping is also superior to smoking because it doesn’t have the harsh consequences that smoking has for the user. Vaping will not tear up your throat or make it hard to breathe. In the beginning though, you might experience coughing, but that is because your lungs are getting rid of the tar that was built up as your lungs get adjusted to the vapor. Thus far, the effects of vaping have been inconclusive, and there have been no connections to cancer.
When you know the facts, it is easy to see that vapers aren’t anything like smokers, and shouldn’t be referred to as such. Calling vapers “e-smokers” puts a negative light on what they do. Vaping is most certainly not smoking. It is imperative that you call them “vapers”, so that society can get better knowledge for how it isn’t the same as smoking. With enough awareness, perhaps vaping can become socially acceptable.
One of the biggest bubble busters in vaping is spit backs. Most vapers tend to underestimate this issue until one day they are busy billowing clouds or simply doing some leisure vaping, and all of a sudden it is ruined by hot droplets of e-liquid getting into the mouth. This not only ruins your vaping experience, but could be pose a danger both to you and your tank. So, let us look at what spit back is, its effects on the vaping experience, and how it can be avoided.
What is a Spit Back and How Does it Affect the Vaping Experience?
As the name insinuates, spit backs are those droplets of hot liquid that spit up to the mouth piece and into your mouth, when you are vaping. Spit backs happen when e-liquid gets to the actual coil. This is instead of going through the process of being wicked and then being vaporized. When the e-liquid leaks to the coil itself, it begins to get boiled instead of being vaporized. Therefore, just like other boiling substances, it will start to sputter and that is how it get to your mouthpiece. In most cases, e-liquid leaking to the coils is caused by flooding. However, sometimes spit backs might occur even without flooding.
Now that we have understood what spit backs are and what causes them, it will be easy to understand the solutions to this dreaded issue.
How to Avoid Spit Backs
Spit backs might not totally be avoided, but it is worth trying everything to reduce its chances. Through the years, vapers have creatively devised some ways to get around spit backs. Here are some of the most common ways used to get rid of spit backs.
Try an E-Juice with a Higher VG Ratio
A very light e-juice might be the reason why your coils are flooding. Throat hit and flavor chasers are particularly vulnerable to flooding because they go for higher PG ratios. Besides, propylene glycol is known as a flavor carrier and enhances throat hit. By going for higher VG ratios, you will be increasing the viscosity of your e-liquid, which tends to slow down the wicking.
Another way to avoid the spit backs is by increasing your wattage. Low power prevents e-liquid from being heated and vaporized rapidly, which leads to flooding. Thus, if you increase the power, more liquid will be vaporized instead of leaking into the coils.
Change your Inhaling Technique
Inhaling too quickly and hard is one of the most common reasons for spit backs. If you are inhaling too hard, chances are that you will pull more e-liquid into the coil chamber and this increases the chances if flooding. Therefore, you are advised to pull slower and gently and allow the wick to do the hard work for you.
Priming is great for the coils. However, if you happen to over-prime, e-juice will definitely get to the coils and cause spit backs. Therefore, always be careful while priming. Also, ensure that you fire your device a few times before you can begin inhaling. This will clear spit backs, in case you over-primed.
If you experience regular spit backs and would like to avoid them in the future, then you should try the above techniques. But, if you have tried everything and you are still getting the spit backs, then you might need to get a new mouthpiece. Invest in an angled mouthpiece, maybe spherical or rotatable drip tips. This will prevent juice from getting into your mouth even when spit backs are inevitable.
If you finally made the change from cigarette smoking to vaping, or are considering a change, you do not need someone to criticize vaping, claiming that they know everything and that it is just as harmful as cigarettes. Of course there are so many misconceptions about practically any subject, but when one hears errors about something that comes “close to home” for them such as switching to vaping, it can be a lot to deal with so these myths must be cleared up.
The process of vaping (or using an e-cigarette) is totally different from a cigarette. For one thing this electronic piece filters out no smoke and is noncombustible, releasing a vapor that is free from an odor (unless you choose to purchase an e-juice with a strong smell and taste from The Sauce LA) that vanishes promptly. Another important factor is that e-cigarettes are free from having any tobacco in them, so by vaping, there are no dangerous health risks from those toxic chemicals that are found in tobacco, leading to disease.
Another fable about vaping is that some feel it is similar to smoke. To comprehend this more truthfully, one must understand that vapor changes its form by a liquid being heated from the coil to the precise temperature as it evaporates, better known as steam (or vapor), similar to a steam room. One must understand that burning tobacco initiates smoke, prompting carcinogens into the environment, thus leading to health hazards.
Yet another misconception is that second-hand vapor threatens individuals who do not practice vaping. Compared to smoking a cigarette with its mounds of tobacco smoke resulting, vaping produces far less nicotine exposure. An e-cigarette does not alter the amount of gases or carbon monoxide found in the air and it is much safer when compared to the harmful toxins found in traditional cigarettes. When an individual who is not vaping is near a person who is, it does expose them slightly to nicotine but not as much as to those toxins found in the traditional cigarette.
By understanding the common myths surrounding vaping, those that are knowledgeable can assist individuals who are sure that they know everything about vaping. Individuals who understand those vaping myths that circulate, can spread the truth that vaping and of how they are not harmful as smoking traditional cigarettes. Using e-cigarettes or other types of vaping devices are tobacco free and various research has indicated that they have less impact on our respiratory system and general health.
It is common knowledge that smoking and working out do not go well together. Smoke causes your lungs to feel heavy and seriously undermines your efforts to workout and stay healthy.
With this thinking in mind, many people assume that vaping is a better alternative and perfectly fine to do after a workout. The problem is that while the vapor in e-cigs is certainly gentler on the lungs, it does nothing about the nicotine, which can be just as detrimental to a good workout as smoke. This is especially true if the e-liquid you are using contains a high nicotine level.
First off, nicotine is a stimulant, which means it is going to make your heart beat
much faster than it should be. This is bad while working out because it is going to cause you to burn through your energy far quicker than normal. The same applies for after a workout. If you are vaping after a workout, you are preventing your body from cooling down. You may feel relaxed while vaping, but in reality the nicotine is actually preventing your body from resting.Nicotine also reduces the level of oxygen in your blood. Your muscles need high levels of oxygen after a workout in order to grow. Therefore, if you are vaping after a workout, you are reducing your gains from that session.
What's more, nicotine also negatively affects the cells that produce testosterone, which is also essential for muscle growth. If you are vaping after a workout, you are bottle necking two of the essential ingredients of muscle growth.
You should also keep in mind that while vaping is less irritating to the lungs, it can still cause some heaviness. This really depends on how often you are vaping, but if you are a frequent vaper, then you will notice yourself breathing harder on cardio workouts.Vaping is an undeniably better alternative to smoking, but should be done cautiously before or after working out. If you have to vape after a good workout, try to wait a good half hour or so, so that your body has enough time to cool down. If you vape the moment you're out the gym door, then again, you are seriously undermining yourself by reducing your gains.