Vaping is the act of converting liquid into a vapour you can inhale. An e-cigarette or vape is a battery-powered device that heats up the e-liquid and turns it into vapour without any combustion or smoke.
The simple answer is: the act of inhaling vapour produced by any kind of e-cigarette or personal vaporiser.
For most users (called vapers), it’s an alternative to smoking, with the majority using products that contain nicotine (although nicotine-free versions are available).
The process involves applying heat to a liquid – usually containing nicotine and flavourings – which generates a virtually odourless vapour that’s inhaled by the user. And since no tobacco is burned, vapers get their nicotine without the smell of smoke, ash, yellowing, or other undesirable effects of smoking cigarettes.
Vaporisers may seem like cutting-edge technology that’s only been around for a handful of years, but the modern e-cigarette actually has its roots in a patent for an ‘electric vaporiser’ that was filed in New York in 1927.
And although inventors experimented with the idea for decades it wasn’t until a Chinese medical researcher manufactured the first e-cigarette in 2003 that vaping really took off.
Since then, more and more smokers are being introduced to vaping every month. Nobody knows what the future holds, but one thing is certain: more developments will follow.