When you’re new to vaping, it can seem like there is a lot to learn. There are hundreds of devices to choose from, thousands of e-liquids and lots of terms that most none vapers will never have heard of. Fear not, we’ve all been a vaping novice once, and like anything new, it takes a bit of time to work out what’s what. In this post, we look at some of the most common mistakes new vapers make and what you can do to avoid them. Getting Advanced too Soon Many new vapers start with a device that has far too many bells and whistles than they need. When you start vaping you want to keep things simple and purchase an easy to use device. If you’re in the process of quitting smoking and switching to vaping the last thing you want is a complicated mod that you don’t know how to operate. Once you’re used to the experience of vaping you can head down to your local vape store and pick something which allows for more customisation. Choosing the Wrong Nicotine Level One of the most common mistakes that new vapers make is selecting the right nicotine level. The nicotine level that is right for you will depend on the number of traditional cigarettes you used to smoke. If you choose a nicotine level that is too low, you are likely to feel unsatisfied and are more likely to go back to smoking for your nicotine fix. If you choose a nicotine level that is too high then you can experience a nicotine overdose. Picking the correct level is not an exact science as everybody is different. The best approach is to seek advice from friends or colleagues who vape or visit your local vape shop. Choosing the Wrong Flavour There is a bewildering array of e-liquids on the market and picking just one to start your vaping journey might seem impossible. Many smokers initially switch to a tobacco e-liquid as the flavours most closely resemble cigarettes. In terms of offering advice here, we would always suggest you go for a high quality and trusted brand. Do your research and look at reviews from other users. One great thing about the vaping community is that lots of people will feedback on products they have tried. If you can afford to, spend a little more on your e-liquids. As with most things in life, you have to pay more for a quality product. Not Getting Support Research has shown that new vapers who are attempting to quit smoking as part of a supported program are far more successful than those that go it alone. Speak with your doctor for advice on NHS support and also let friends and family know what you’re doing and why. Listening to the Media Fear Machine Vaping is in the media a lot, and nine times out of ten, the stories published are negative. The positive impacts of vaping are largely ignored as is the support that vaping has from Public Health England, Cancer Research and the Royal College of Physicians. The perception of vaping in much of the general public is heavily influenced by the mainstream media, and they do an excellent job of scaring people away from the potential benefits that vaping has to offer. Not Drinking Enough Water Most e-liquids contain ‘propylene glycol’ (PG), which can cause dehydration in some people. The simple solution to this is to increase your fluid intake. Failure to properly hydrate can also lead to headaches and tiredness, so it’s important that you drink plenty of water. Mixing E-Liquids Everyone’s tried mixing e-liquid flavours, sometimes on purpose, sometimes through laziness! If you enjoy your tobacco e-liquid having a hint of strawberry cheesecake or like menthol mixed with custard crème then mix away. If you prefer your e-liquid to taste the way the manufacturer intended then clean out your tanks and let them dry thoroughly before adding the new flavour. Not Changing Your Coils on a Regular Basis As coils age, they gradually build up gunk. A burnt coil impacts the flavour of your e-liquids and is also bad for your health. Make sure you change your coil regularly and give your tank a good clean.