In this section we cover everything that we couldn’t fit into the other 4 categories!

I’ve heard the term ‘cloud chasing’ – what is it and how do you do it?

Among experienced vapers, cloud chasing’s a popular hobby and a lot of fun! It’s basically the act – and art – of generating the largest possible clouds of vaper while using e-cig devices and, in so doing, competing against other cloud chasing enthusiasts. Cloud chasing competitions now take place around the world – at which the clouds draw crowds (yes, ‘cloud gazers’!).

Where does vaping stand in terms of legislation?<

That’s a good question because the answer’s rather thorny and complex, as you might imagine. Among the vaping community there’s continuous frustration that authorities everywhere seem too often to lump the relatively harmless activity of vaping together with the highly harmful act of smoking – the two are most definitely not the same! So, legislation-wise, vaping tends to be a moveable feast that all vapers need to keep an eye on. However, you ought to bear in mind that, right now, vaping is outright banned in Brazil, Norway, Singapore and (‘officially’) Canada./p>

What UK legislation should vapers be aware of?

Right now, as the UK is yet to withdraw from the EU and so European law in this area is legally binding in Britain, the most important legislation to be aware of is contained within the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40(EU), ratified by the European Parliament in 2014. Specifically, vapers ought to check out Article 20 of this directive, which details how e-cigs and e-liquids must be manufactured and sold; the UK’s Department of Health oversees the enacting of this directive.

So, the number of vapers is rising – but by how much?

Looking at the UK alone, the number of vapers stood at around 700,000 in 2012 (according to figures compiled by Action on Smoking and Health); by 2016, that organisation estimated the number had leapt to 2.8 million vapers. Basically, vaping’s considered cool, sexy and is increasingly popular – not least among smokers whom, thanks to vaping, tend to become satisfied ex-smokers. All the same, at present, owing to vaping’s popularity, it’s estimated that there are as many never-smoked vapers as there are those who used to be smokers.

How popular is vaping worldwide?

Due to how fast the market has grown, it’s difficult to put a definitive figure to the number of vapers in the world. What is known however, is that the industry in the UK alone has reached over a billion pounds in capital a year, whilst the United States, according to the CDC holds about 9 million vape users. The USA they go on to say, makes up about 43.2 percent of the worlds total of vape users. With this knowledge it can be estimated that there are at least 20.8 million vape users across the world.

How old do you have to be to vape?

Due to its use of addictive substances such as nicotine, the legal age to purchase and use vape products is 18. If you look under 25, much like with the use of alcohol and tobacco products, you will most likely be ID’d.

What’s cheaper – tobacco or e cigarettes?

On average, a smoker in the UK smokes around 13 cigarettes a day, taking the total per month up to 395. On average a pack will cost £9.50, making a 13 a day habit reaches £190 a month. Usually a cigarette 20 pack comes to the same price as 5 ml of e liquid which is usually about £3.50 per 10 ml bottle. If you include the price of coils and the fact that you will most likely change coils once a month, you’ll see your expenditure on vaping come to just under £300 with a good value vape device. Compare that to £190 a month with smoking and you have yourself a clear winner.

What flavours are the most popular?

This completely dependent on the vaper. There are so many vape flavours out there that it is difficult to say what the best one is, especially with everyone having their own unique tastes. What we can say is that seasoned vapers tend to go for the candy or fruit flavours whilst recent ex-smokers enjoy the tobacco and menthol flavoured e juices.

Adjusting airflow on an e-cig – how and why do you do it?

E-cigarette devices come complete with many different settings so that you might try to perfectly tailor your vaping experience according your own personal whims. One such is the capacity to alter the airflow involved on a pull on the e-cig while breathing in (and, thus, then breathing out) the vapour generated from an e-liquid. By and large, should your device’s tank come with the possibility of rotating a ring on either side or its base or just below its mouthpiece (or drip tip), it should enable airflow adjustment. Indeed, it’s arguably important to adjust your pulls’ airflows dependent on whether you’re looking to produce a mouth-to-lung or straight-to-lung vape.

Are e-cigarettes and vaping banned in any way?

If you’re talking about e-cig devices and the act of vaping in the UK, then the answer’s a resounding no. However, that’s not the case throughout the rest of the world – something to bear in mind when you set foot in foreign climes in the future; for either business or pleasure. For instance, in the nations that are Brazil, Norway and Singapore, e-cigs and vaping are entirely banned. Plus, in Canada, they’re supposed to be banned, but very easy to get hold of and, as elsewhere in North America, popular alternatives to the far, far more hazardous activity that’s tobacco smoking.

What is the EU’s Tobacco Product Directive 2014 (TPD)?

Yes, it’s something you may have heard of in relation to vaping but, although you shouldn’t, have avoided learning more about and understanding what it means to you as a new vaper because of how dry and unengaging it sounds. But don’t let that put you off; the reality is that TPD is important to you, as a vaper, in just as much a way as any (genuine) tobacco users are. To wit, you really do need to give Article 20 of the new legislation a quick perusal, given it covers everything from hoe e-cigs and e-juices are now allowed to be manufactured and sold to exactly how much nicotine a new bottle e-liquid is now allowed to contain.

Can vaping relieve stress?

It’s a newly investigated phenomenon – yes, it’s believed by academic researchers now that vaping can, indeed, go someway to reducing stress in people who regularly undertake the activity. The reason why? Well, many vapers are ex-smokers or smokers looking to quit their carcinogenic toxin-delivering tobacco habit; their bodies, therefore, sated by the nicotine content of vape juices when they access their vapour via an e-cig. Owing to the addictive craving that consuming nicotine can wrought, vaping in itself can naturally relieve stress symptoms as it sates cravings. Moreover, it’s now also believe that fantastic flavours and delicious tastes offered by so many different e-liquids are playing something of a role in getting people to reduce their regular intake of simply too many sweets and candy, too many ‘e-numbers’ and, yes, simply too much sugar. Why ‘OD’ on chocolates and over-sugared sweets when you can access sweet, sweet flavours that won’t pile on the pounds and put your body at risk? Why, indeed!