How to smoke e-cigarettes without coughing

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How to smoke e-cigarettes without coughing
Electronic cigarettes don't produce the carbon monoxide smoke of normal cigarettes. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette make look like a typical cigarette, but it's actually an alternative to typical cigarettes containing tar and carbon monoxide. An electronic cigarette runs on a small battery and has a small cartridge filled with a liquid containing nicotine, as well as an atomiser which attaches to the battery. The atomiser heats the cigarette and turns the liquid into a vapour that's non-toxic. Smoking an e-cigarette might be a difficult transition to make, as the entire experience, while similar to smoking, isn't identical. The less you cough when you smoke e-cigarettes, the more enjoyable the experience will be.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Charge the battery of the e-cigarette before using it. A fully charged battery will produce the greatest amount of vapour and will make the entire experience more familiar, which is the optimum starting point when beginning to smoke e-cigarettes.

  2. 2

    Select a cartridge flavour that you are used to. Many e-cigarette manufacturers produce a wide variety of cartridge flavours, from vanilla to cherry to mocha. If you're not used to these flavours but choose to smoke from an e-cigarette with such a cartridge, it could cause a coughing reaction. All e-cigarette manufacturers make a tobacco and menthol flavour, if that's what you're used to.

  3. 3

    Select a level of nicotine in the cartridge that you are used to. For example, if you smoked ultralight cigarettes in the past, select an ultralight cartridge.

  4. 4

    Take slow, shallow drags from your e-cigarette to acclimatise yourself to the taste and process. This will get your throat and lungs used to the experience and prevent you from coughing.

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