Vaping Frequently Asked Questions

Our most frequently asked questions about vaping

What is vaping?

Vaping (using an e-cigarette) is an alternative to smoking, which doesn’t involve the tar or combustion involved in smoking tobacco.


A vaping device contains three main components:

  • The battery device. Some vaping devices have built-in batteries that are charged via USB, others have batteries which can be removed and recharged with a specialist charger.

  • The clearomiser or tank (which holds the e-liquid). This is usually made of glass or plastic and holds the e-liquid, and a coil that heats up the e-liquid that sits inside it.

  • The e-liquid

    The battery heats up the coil inside the tank, which causes the e-liquid to turn into a vapour which is then inhaled.


    How old do I have to be to buy vaping products?


    Sales and proxy purchases of vape products to/for those under the age of 18 is against the law in England, Scotland and Wales. There is currently no age of sale restrictions in Northern Ireland, although this may change in the future.



    How much does it cost to switch to vaping?


    The set up costs for a starter kit will vary depending on the type you chose. After that, the running costs would be for e-liquid to refill your tank, and replacement coils. Coils will usually last approximately two weeks, depending on the type, and cost just a few pounds each. We as a vaping shop will be able to help you choose the best type of device for your needs,  and guide you through choosing the best liquids to get you started.

    Switching from a 20-cigarette-per-day smoking habit to vaping could save up to £3,350.


    Is vaping less harmful than smoking?


    Yes  There is never a situation where it is better to smoke than it is to vape.  According to independent studies by Public Health England and The Royal College of Physicians vaping is recognised as being at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.  This position is also supported by The Royal College of General Practitioners and many other independent medical and public health bodies.


    Will switching to vaping help me quit smoking?


    Yes Vaping is recognised by the Government as being the number one tool used by smokers to help them quit. A recent study funded by the (UK) National Institute of Health Research and Cancer Research UK, found that vaping was almost twice as effective as the ‘gold standard’ combination of NRT products in helping smokers quit. 


    Do we know what is in E-liquid?


    Yes E-liquid contains: nicotine (though not always), propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavourings. What goes into e-liquids made in the UK is heavily regulated.


    Is nicotine when consumed by vaping dangerous?


    No The e-liquid on the UK market is below 2.0 per cent nicotine strength. Recently a number of bodies including ASH and the Royal Society of Public Health called for more to be done to ensure the public understand that nicotine is ‘not the deadly component in cigarettes.’ The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the MHRA have ruled that long term use of nicotine is not detrimental to the health of the user.


    Is 'popcorn lung' from vaping?


    No This is a myth that came about because of a chemical called diacetyl, sometimes used in food flavourings to give a buttery flavour. It was associated with a lung illness found in workers in popcorn factories in the USA. However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from vaping products in the UK.


    Is passive vaping a risk to non-vapers?


    No Smoking and vaping are not the same, and they don’t carry anywhere like the same risk. The Royal College of General Practitioners has said: “There are no identified hazards to bystanders.”.  In addition, research from Public Health England and The University of Stirling concluded: “The evidence to date does not support a policy to prohibit vaping in public and such policies could have significant unintended consequences by sustaining the use of smoked tobacco.”


    Are vape batteries dangerous?


    No The batteries are the same type of lithium-ion batteries that are used in products like mobile phones and laptops. If they're used, charged and stored correctly, the batteries used for vaping devices aren't dangerous. Always buy from reputable suppliers, and follow the manufacturers instructions carefully. Never charge your vaping device with a charger that isn't meant for it, and never leave your device or battery charging overnight.


    Is vaping in the UK regulated?


    Yes Vaping in the UK is heavily regulated. The primary regulation for vape products in the UK is the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.  These regulations impose legal requirements on companies to test devices and liquids and to notify the results to the authorities. 


    NE-Vapes Vaping Frequently Asked Questions, *Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) 2020