Common Vaping FAQ

What is vaping?

Vaping is the process of heating an eliquid into vapour and then inhaling. The e-liquids used can be with or without nicotine.

What is an Ohm (Ω)?

An ohm is the measure of electrical resistance of the coil inside an atomizer or tank. It is normally shown using this symbol - Ω.

Are there different types of vaping?

There are two types of vaping - Mouth to lung (MTL) and direct lung (DL). MTL is similar to how you would smoke a cigarette whilst DL resembles smoking shisha.

How do I know if what I am buying is genuine?

For hardware, most brands that we distribute have a scratch-off verification code (sometimes called "Scratch & Verify") which you can use to verify that products from our website are genuine. It's not a legal requirement, therefore not all products have the code. Most e-liquids do not come with a verification code, therefore the best way to know that they are genuine is to purchase through a registered, official retailer like our vape shop, UK ECIG STORE. All our products are 100% authentic, we only purchase from official distributors and suppliers whose products comply with industry legal standards.

What are the health implications of vaping?

Studies from the British Medical Association have shown that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. The NHS are supporting the use of e-cigarettes in their quit smoking / Stoptober campaigns. There is no carbon monoxide or tar within the vapour, as confirmed by doctors and recent studies by the Royal College of Physicians.

Why is e-liquid coming out of the tank and going in my mouth?

If the coil is over saturated the excess e-liquid within the atomiser may flood the tank and you could end up with droplets of liquid on your lips / in your mouth. If you get e-liquid in your mouth, it is advised to rinse your mouth out with plenty of water.

Is vaping cheaper than smoking?

Vaping can work out to be between 50 - 90% cheaper than cigarette smoking.

How old do you have to be to buy a vape product in store and online?

To purchase any vape product or any e-liquid you have to be above 18 years old by law. You may need to verify your age with a driving licence or passport if you visit a store if you are lucky enough to look under 18! When ordering online you may need to pass an age verification check before purchasing products.

Will vaping help me to quit smoking?

Some people use these as a tool to cut down the amount of tobacco they use and others can completely come off of tobacco products using electronic cigarettes. Please be aware that as with any product that replaces smoking. completely coming off of tobacco requires willpower. "There is growing evidence that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. Using an e-cigarette can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the best out of it, make sure you're using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid. You won't get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely. You can get advice from specialist vape shops or your local stop smoking service." - NHS, 2018.

Is it legal to vape indoors? Are e-cigs affected by the UK smoking ban?

Some places have starting banning use of electronic cigarettes indoors, there may be No Smoking signs up in public places and a lot of these now include e-cigarette

Am I allowed to take my vaping products on a plane if I am going away?

It is ok to travel with an e-cigarette depending on your destination. It is advisable to check with the local customs office of the country you are visiting to find out if they permit the carriage of electronic cigarettes. If you do take a tank on a plane then it would be best if you remove as much e-liquid as possible as the air pressure can cause tanks to leak and e-liquids can be transported with your toiletries bag. You are not allowed to use your electronic cigarette on the plane.

Does vaping taste the same as smoking tobacco?

The flavours differ widely, so if you have a blueberry flavour, it will taste of blueberries but you may be able to taste the nicotine if the strength is quite high or higher than you use normally. There are also tobacco flavoured e-liquids available, which resemble the taste of cigarette smoke.

Do e-cigarettes and e-liquids produce a smell?

Yes, the vapour can leave a small amount of smell depending on the e-liquid and type of device. Some smells can be pleasant to you but not to others, so please take this into consideration if you are using the electronic cigarette in confined spaces.

How often can I vape? Can I use vaping products as often as I would if I was smoking?

Some people will use their electronic cigarette very regularly, taking a couple of puffs every hour, whilst others may use it in the same way as if they were smoking cigarettes. If you would normally smoke a cigarette then you can use your vape instead in the same pattern as smoking.

Is there a danger of secondhand smoke from electronic cigarettes?

As electronic cigarettes give out vapour there is no second hand smoke, but people may experience second hand vapour inhalation if you use your electronic cigarette in a space that is not ventilated or is confined. According to NHS, there is no evidence that exposure to e-cigarette vapour is harmful for bystanders.

How do I choose the vaping product that’s right for me?

The best way is to speak to one of our customer service advisors, they are trained to help you make a well informed decision and you can reach them via email, phone or live chat. All the details you need are in the Contact Us section of the website.

What am I actually inhaling when I vape on an electronic cigarette?

You are inhaling the vapour produced from heating a mixture of water, vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), artificial and natural flavourings and nicotine if you choose to have this in your eliquid.

Do you sell clones?

At UK ECIG STORE, we made the decision very early on to not sell fake or copied products - more commonly known as clones - for several reasons. Not only do these products sit in a very grey area in the legal zone, they also undermine the efforts of hard-working manufacturers and mod makers around the world.

For those unfamiliar with the buzz around 'clones', it's similar to how high-cost designer handbags are copied, ever-so-slightly modified, mass-manufactured, and sold at a tiny fraction of the cost of the genuine product. The world of vaping has grown so rapidly that we're seeing more and more premium manufacturers cropping up, creating unique devices from amazing materials and using engineering techniques so good that the end result is, what many vapers would call, a piece of artwork. This is often reflected by a premium price for the product. With such a device, you'd often find a serial number engraved on the device, a presentation box, and perhaps even a certificate of authenticity. It's not always the expensive devices that get cloned, though. As with most consumer goods out there, almost anything with a recognisable brand name can be recreated in anonymous factories and sold cheaply enough to entice consumers to buy their clones instead of the real thing.

Now, whilst we recognize we could make good revenue on clones, it's not the kind of business model we want to have. As vapers ourselves, we love the work that manufacturers put into their products, and we want to support them. There's also the biggest issue of all: safety. No one knows what batteries are being used in these clones. No one knows the materials used in clones of atomizers, and many of them come to you still with machine oil on them. We've even seen mechanical mod clones without vent holes. There's not a chance we'd ever risk selling something so potentially dangerous, even if it yields massive profit margins. You can be sure that whenever you buy anything from UK ECIG STORE, you're buying genuine and full authorized products that we received directly from the manufacturer. Don't for get we have over 5 local vape shop's so have a look for a vape shop near me and our dedicated staff will help you with any quires you may have.