The staff at your bricks-and-mortar vape shop can’t install your new kit, or fill it for your order. This is one of the most absurd ‘laws’.
This is certainly true in the USA, where staff can be penalized if they give even the smallest ‘hands-on advice’. It could be both absurd and dangerous.
The other day, I was at my local shop and saw an elderly man mumbling over the purchase of a starter kit.
He was confused when he asked his young assistant if it could work for him. The assistant replied that he was not allowed to.
The guy replied, “I’ll leave it there then” and left the shop looking very annoyed.
A sale is made, but it’s more important that another person smokes to get another pack of cigarettes.
You can even test drive a car next to the salesman. Or, you could walk around a shoe shop and try out your new stilettos.
As I said, stupid.
Sites like this one can help you assemble, fill, and vape an entire range of vape and e-cigarette devices.
The basic premise of all vape devices is the same. Get to know these basics and you’ll soon be ready to use any e-cig starter kit that you choose.
The coil, or atomizer, is typically screwed into the tank’s base. This is what converts the e-liquid to vapour.
You should fill the tank with e-liquid from either the top or bottom. The central chimney should not be filled.
Always read the instructions manual and reviews.
You’ve scoured the internet for a few kits that you like.
You’ve read plenty of reviews and you’re fairly certain that this is the right device for you.
You can find it at your local vape shop UAE and they can have it ready for you to collect.
However, there is still that little doubt in your head.
What is the best way to vape?
Do I like the flavor of the eliquid?
What if I look like a steam locomotive?
It’s easy to do the steam train bit – you won’t look like Thomas the Tank Engine if your basic kit is straight from cigarettes.
Vape Shop Experience for First Timers
There are three vape shops within my area. Two of them are small independents, the third is a well-known franchise.
One is very high-end and caters mainly to the so-called ‘enthusiast vapor’. It has lots of expensive devices, such as tanks and coil building equipment.
The next one is mid-range and has a small number of starter kits. The third is a household name in vaping.
These two can be seen as a bit daunting for vapers new to the hobby, especially older people.
The franchise however is a completely different setup.
Staff are dressed in matching polo shirts. They vape with common sense. Cloud chasers may not be in the office, but they smoke in the workplace.
If these sound like you, I am sorry. But don’t be afraid to ask questions.
My experience is that it’s the suits-wearing men who are trying to “screw you”.
The beauty of #VapeFam is that we are all ex-smokers, regardless of race, creed, political beliefs, sexuality or fashion sense. So come in with the knowledge I have and the questions I will list later.
You’re a smoker and you want to quit. Once you have that mindset, don’t let anyone stop you from quitting.
What to tell the Vape Shop Assistant
It is important to tell them how many cigarettes you smoke.
This is crucial as it will ensure that you get the correct amount of nicotine in your eliquid.
Okay, you’ve done your research. Now it’s time to look at the device and decide if it looks and feels good.
Your First E-Liquid
Many people start with tobacco flavours. But, it is important to know how many cigarettes you are able to smoke each day.
This is crucial as it will allow the assistant to give you the right amount of nicotine.
For a heavy smoker, 20 mg should satisfy your cravings. It will also give you a throat hit which is something many new vapers are looking for.
This brings us to the important questions that you need to ask.
Can I Taste It?
The short answer is yes.
Okay, you are happy with the device and have taken a look at it in person.
The assistant cannot set it up, but they can advise you/sell you some eliquid.
Although taste is subjective, most shops offer samples or taster bars to help you decide before buying.
You’re shown some and given a hygienic tonguepiece.
Strangely, in my two independent shops, you must ask to taste. Even then it is begrudging on their side to say the least. This frustrates me as a veteran vaper.
The staff encourage you to experiment with e-liquids in the franchise shop.
E-Liquids Nicotine Levels
Find out the right nicotine level for you.
You might need more if you smoke heavier.
You can get the nicotine you need when you start your smoke-free journey at 12mg to 16mg.
You can use tobacco flavors if you want – that’s how most of us got started.
Some can be brutal and some can even be as bad as smoking, but it is not as severe as cigarettes.
I would recommend that you get at least 3 to 4 10ml bottles. Mix them up and use different nicotine strengths.
Vaping has many wonderful flavours, from fruit and desserts to menthol, tobacco and other flavors.
You should be commended for even considering an e-cigarette to help you quit cancer.
You should read both sides of this debate. It is confusing and can cause confusion among the “experts”.
One thing is certain – vaping is 95% safer that smoking. This is according to the Royal College of Physicians.
You have the right to choose an alternative to smoking.
[I would like to suggest a healthier option there, but I don’t believe I’m allowed to lol]
You might find some high-street vape shops imposing, but you can go in earlier in day to avoid fogging.
Ask questions and treat your first vape kit as if it were anything else.
How much do I have to pay for running costs? For example, coils and e-liquid.
The vape shop staff is just like other assistants, they are there to help.
If they don’t, then move your business elsewhere. But don’t let one bad experience of nervousness stop your from making the best possible health decision for your life.
Welcome to the Vape Community!