So how do you smoke a vape? That’s an interesting question, and one that a lot of people are asking these days. A few years ago “vapes” – personal vaporisers, or more commonly, electronic cigarettes – were rare, and most people had never heard of them. Now “vape” is in the Oxford English Dictionary and it’s a common topic in newspapers, online discussions and even on TV. But how do you smoke a vape? Or is that the wrong question?

It’s called Vaping for a reason…

Vaping is a replacement for smoking, and a modern device can put out an impressive cloud, but it’s not smoke. Smoke is what you get when you burn something, and in an e-cigarette nothing is burning. Instead, what’s happening is that the liquid is being evaporated and turned into a cloud of tiny droplets; that’s what gets inhaled.

Although it’s common to talk about “smoking” e-cigarettes, people who actually use them don’t like that word. It’s inaccurate, and of course most vapers have cut down or stopped smoking altogether. Vaping and smoking aren’t the same thing, so it’s always best to talk about vaping a vape, not smoking it.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, if you’re interested in trying a vape for yourself, there are a few things it’s useful to know. Read on for our guide to “smoking” a vapour product the right way.

It’s not a cigarette

Most people who buy an electronic cigarette are looking for a replacement for a traditional tobacco cigarette. Often they assume it’s used in exactly the same way, and this can lead to some disappointing experiences. In fact, if you know how to use them, e-cigs can be at least as satisfying as their smoky predecessors.

The first thing you need to keep in mind about an e-cigarette is that it is not a cigarette. The name made sense when they were new, because it lets people know what they’re for, but in some ways it’s turned into a marketing nightmare. Some maniacs have even claimed that “it’s still a cigarette”.

Well, it isn’t. A cigarette is tobacco wrapped in paper – it’s the paper that distinguishes it from a cigar, which is tobacco wrapped in a tobacco leaf. E-cigarettes don’t contain any tobacco, so they’re not cigarettes. There’s no way to twist the definition of “cigarette” so a vaping device fits it; it’s simply