Nicotine salts are amongst the hottest vaping trends out there. Pax Labs, also known for pioneering the vape pod system and developing the JUULpod, holds the patent for nic salts. These were officially released into the market in 2015, and now they’re readily available and steadily rising in popularity.
Vaping with nic salts results in a much stronger nicotine hit without being harsh on the throat. In fact, many vapers who have also been smokers find these so much more satisfying than normal e-liquids and, as a result, it has huge potential to ease the transition from smoking to vaping.
Sub-ohm vaping is among the most popular types of vaping that you’ll notice today. Much of its appeal lies in how it produces large amounts of vapour without too much effort (there are even vapers called cloud-chasers who push this to the extreme, dazzling audiences with impressive stacks of vapour in competitions all over the world).
Vaping, in its most basic form, seems straightforward: you press a button and inhale from your vape device, before blowing out a cloud of vapour. The main point is the taste and feel of it, the drag of the vapour against your throat. But as the vaping community has grown, so too has the emergence of a form of vaping that’s visually appealing and even bordering on performance art. Through vape tricks, vapers can transform vapour into fascinating shapes, from classic O-rings to jellyfish like shapes and even the outline of a Batman archvillain.
Back in 2015, the UK government announced a landmark report that made waves throughout vaping community. Commissioned by Public Health England, the report “E-Cigarettes: An Evidence Update” studied the impact of vaping on health and made recommendations regarding regulations and health advice. The report made several conclusions but the most stark and attention grabbing was that e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful than tobacco and that they can help smokers quit.
Even though vaping has only become popular worldwide over the past decade, there are already thousands of device models available on the market today. These come in different shapes and sizes, and they cater to a wide range of experience levels, from beginners who want something simple and user-friendly to advanced vapers who can tinker directly with the device’s wiring. Let’s put some order into the chaos by looking at the four general types of mods out there:
If you’re looking to quit smoking, vaping is one of the most effective and safest ways. Despite the presence of nicotine (itself not the harmful substance in tobacco), Public Health England even reported that it’s up to 95% healthier, without the carcinogens and toxins produced by traditional smoking. In fact, e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine patches or gum at getting smokers to stop. Aside from the health benefits, vaping is also cheaper than smoking and gives you more options to customize.
Every component of your vaping device can affect the quality of your vaping experience. This includes your device’s coil, which heats up inside the atomiser to turn e-liquid into vapour. Change anything about your coil, such as its material or its thickness, and your overall vaping experience will change noticeably as a result.
The first modern e-cigarette was created in the 2000s but in just under twenty years vaping has exploded to become a global industry worth billions. As innovation continues to flood the market, demand is ever-increasing, with both physical and online shops thriving.
There are three countries leading the pack in terms of fondness for vaping: the US, Japan, and—of course—the UK.
Flavour chasing is a term that has come off the back of ‘cloud chasing’. Unlike cloud chasing though, this isn’t about showmanship or competition, but getting the best tasting vape you can from your favourite e-juices.
Cloud-chasing is just shorthand vaper speak for producing massive clouds of vapour when you vape. This might sound a lot like sub-ohm vaping, which is a more common technique that also results in bigger vapour production, but cloud-chasing takes it to the extremes.
It’s also called stunt vaping because of the degree of skill and technical knowledge required as well as the performance aspect (vapers compete to blow the most interesting clouds, as well as the largest, such as rings, streams or shapes like ‘the jellyfish’).