So you want to vape and do not know where to start. Hopefully, this will provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions and to get started with vaping on a positive note. First, let's start off with some of the health related issues that have been argued repeatedly and some of the side-effects that you can expect when you quit smoking and start vaping. The New York Times, Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking? (Dated Jan 27, 2015) ...."The Portland State study fits right into this dynamic. It is, on the one hand, factually true that vaping at an extremely high voltage will cause formaldehyde-releasing agents to develop. But this conclusion is highly misleading. People don’t vape at a high voltage because it causes a horrible taste — “a burning taste that occurs from overheating the liquid,” wrote Konstantinos Farsalinos, a Greek scientist and vaping expert, in an email to me. Farsalinos has done human studies of vaping and discovered that above a certain voltage — lower than the high voltage test on the Portland State study — people simply couldn’t inhale; the taste was unbearable. ... There is a lot we don’t yet know about e-cigarettes,” said Peyton toward the end of our conversation. He is right about that; e-cigarettes are still so new that they need to be studied carefully. And he and his co-authors are planning further studies. Perhaps the next time, they will produce something that doesn’t serve mainly as a scare tactic to keep smokers away from e-cigarettes." _____________________________________________________________________ Ecig vaping and side-effects "'Cold turkey' quitting side effects Many people who quit cold turkey without any sort of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) report all sorts of strange physical effects, including: "Quit zits" Bleeding gums, Susceptibility to colds, the flu Various skin issues Anxiety An increase in coughing (a good sign usually) Dizziness Insomnia Dry throat Side effects of vaping While many people appear to have a side-effect free experience with ecigs, aside from the general issues with continuing the usage of nicotine, the following are some of the side effects that may occur while vaping that can probably be attributed to in whole or part to vaping. These tend to be temporary. Dry skin Dry mouth Rash/burning sensation on face Itchiness Puffy/dry eyes Caffeine sensitivity Minor blood nose issues" ____________________________________________________________________________ Vaping is healthier than smoking, as eJuice does not contain all the other chemicals found in cigarettes. So basically you would be getting Propylene Glycol (found in products such as Aveeno, Arm & Hammer and Nivea), Vegetable Glycerin (increases moisture in baked goods, sugar substitute and as a thick gel used in gel capsule pills) and Flavoring (flavor extract oil *not used for cooking) __________________________________________________________________________________________ It is recommended that you do some research on the type of equipment that is available to you. There are as many vendors and models of vape gear as there are reviewers websites to tell you which one is the best. If you can do some basic research on the internet first, familiarize yourself with the terminology that you will encounter at your local vape shop, which is also referred to as a Brick & Mortar or B&M) and get an idea of what you like or want to see more of. @BombVapes (BombVapes) has an excellent review website that covers every aspect of vaping, from hardware to eJuice and recommendation for your online shopping. @DailyVapingNews (The Daily Vape) is a great website to visit to find the latest information about the vaping industry, health issues, legal challenges and advocacy groups. After doing your basic research, visit your local B&M's and ask as many question as you can think of. One thing to remember (and this applies to cars as well), DO NOT BUY WHAT THEY ARE SELLING, BUY WHAT YOU ARE SHOPPING FOR. This basically means do not buy the first thing they shove in your face, unless that just happens to be what you were looking for. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Parts, Piece and Entire Set-Ups. Vape Pens come in a variety of styles and sizes. This a mostly cheap and inexpensive units. Some are disposable and some can be refilled with eJuice and battery recharged. There are mechanical and regulated versions of vape pens that are more of the 'high end' of vape gear that is available. Whether you choose a vape pen style or a box mod style is your choice and preference. Everything has it's own advantage and disadvantage. Look through some of the hardware reviews and online shops and "get a feel' for what fits your style and needs before actually going to the B&M and seeing how the unit fits your hand and needs.