Welcome to the Internet's most comprehensive beginner's guide to e-cigarettes and vaping. If you've just heard about e-cigarettes for the first time -- or you've dabbled and would like to learn more -- this vaping guide will provide the answers to all of the questions that you might have. There's a lot to absorb here. We encourage you to bookmark this page and return later if you don't have the time to read the full article in one sitting. If you'd like to investigate a topic further, click the link within the topic to view a more detailed article. Scroll down or click any of the items in the Table of Contents to begin.
Electronic cigarettes -- or e-cigarettes for short -- provide an alternative to smoking that allows you to enjoy the sensation and flavour of smoking without the combustion of tobacco.
An e-cigarette uses a heating coil called an atomizer to heat flavoured liquid called e-liquid. The atomizer turns the e-liquid into vapour that resembles smoke.
The term "vaping" describes the act of using an e-cigarette. The term came about as a means of differentiating e-cigarette use from smoking.
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Unlike traditional nicotine replacement therapies, using an e-cigarette feels remarkably like smoking. Vaping mimics the hand-to-mouth ritual of smoking, and inhaling the vapour feels much like inhaling smoke.
Using an e-cigarette allows you to avoid consuming many of the harmful compounds in cigarette smoke such as tar and carbon monoxide. E-cigarette vapour leaves no lingering odour and does not carry the same social stigma as smoking.
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Opinions about the safety of e-cigarettes vary within the scientific community. In the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that e-cigarettes "have the potential to benefit adult smokers [...] if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes." The New Zealand Ministry of Health says that "there is a good rationale for people to use e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking."
Overall, most health professionals seem to agree that switching from smoking to vaping can potentially reduce the harm caused by smoking. Research into the long-term safety of e-cigarettes is still ongoing.
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E-cigarettes are not for everyone. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a health condition that makes nicotine unsafe for you to use, you should not use e-cigarettes. If you are not already a smoker, you should not use e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are for you if you are a smoker and are unable or do not want to quit. Ask your doctor if you aren't sure whether switching to e-cigarettes is the right decision for you.
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The Governments of Australia and New Zealand have not yet approved e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids.
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Absolutely. Liberty Flights XO e-liquids are available in nicotine strengths ranging from 1.8% (18 mg per ml) to 0% (0 mg per ml). E-cigarettes make it easy to reduce your nicotine intake by changing the strength of your e-liquid. If you like, you can even use an "in between" nicotine concentration by mixing e-liquids of different strengths.
Learn More: How to Choose the Right Nicotine Strength
Check with your state or local government to see if there any laws applying specifically to e-cigarettes. Many regulatory bodies have ruled that people cannot vape in areas in which they cannot smoke. When you do vape in public, be considerate of those around you. Some people may prefer not to inhale secondhand vapour.
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E-Liquid contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavours and optionally nicotine. Manufacturers create e-liquids using food-grade flavourings. Liberty Flights manufactures its e-liquid in a sterile laboratory in the United Kingdom. We use only pharmaceutical grade ingredients in the production of e-liquid.
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No. If you prefer to experience the sensation of smoking without consuming nicotine, you can buy nicotine-free e-liquid. With e-cigarettes, you have full control over the amount of nicotine that you want to consume.
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are the two base liquids that make up the bulk of e-liquid's content. PG and VG are excellent emulsifiers, so they are common food ingredients. Of the two, PG is a slightly better carrier of flavours. VG is slightly thicker, so it contributes to a fuller mouth feel and larger vapour clouds. Most people prefer e-liquids containing both VG and PG. E-liquids with a wide variety of different VG/PG ratios are available.
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Throat hit is the sensation that you feel in your throat when you inhale cigarette smoke. If you use e-liquid containing nicotine, you'll feel a similar sensation when you use an e-cigarette. Some people need to feel the sensation of throat hit to derive full satisfaction from the vaping experience.
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No. We take your safety seriously and use an independent laboratory to analyse our e-liquids with Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. The tests have detected no diacetyl or acetyl propionyl in our e-liquids. We make our test results available to the public whenever possible. If an analysis is available for a given e-liquid flavour, you'll find the link on that product's page.
Some people find it easy to fully discontinue tobacco use upon receiving their first e-cigarettes. Others replace tobacco products with vapour products gradually. Although e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, they lack many of the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke. When you discontinue your intake of those chemicals, it may take your body a few days to adjust.
Although many e-liquids simulate tobacco flavours, they do not taste exactly like cigarette smoke because they contain no cigarette smoke. With e-cigarettes, though, you can experience a variety of flavours that tobacco could never match. Most people ultimately conclude that e-cigarettes taste far better than tobacco cigarettes.
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Under the rules of the Personal Importation Scheme, it is legal to import a three-month supply of nicotine e-liquid into Australia or New Zealand for personal use. As Liberty Flights is a UK-based company, we provide you the opportunity to legally import nicotine e-liquid. It is not legal to buy nicotine e-liquid within Australia or New Zealand.
Because of the limitations on how much nicotine e-liquid you can import into Australia or New Zealand, choosing the right nicotine strength is especially important. We suggest buying the 1.8% nicotine strength first if you are a frequent smoker. Try a lower nicotine strength if you are an infrequent smoker. If you feel as though the e-liquid you've chosen contains too much nicotine, use your e-cigarette less frequently while you wait for a lower nicotine strength to arrive.
Don't forget that you can adjust the nicotine strength of an e-liquid by mixing it with an e-liquid of a different strength. Mixing equal parts of 1.8% nicotine and 0% nicotine e-liquid, for example, gives you a nicotine strength of 0.9%.
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Nicotine is a toxic chemical that is dangerous if swallowed. Keep nicotine e-liquid away from pets and children. If someone in your household ingests nicotine e-liquid, call a poison control centre immediately. Wash your hands after touching nicotine e-liquid.
Founded in 2009, Liberty Flights is among the oldest and most respected e-cigarette companies in the world. Read our over 9,450 reviews on Trustpilot to see what our customers are saying about us.
In the UK, we are among the founders of the nonprofit Independent British Vape Trade Association. As a member of the IBVTA, we help to define the safety and quality control standards for e-cigarette and e-liquid companies in the UK and around the world. Our products comply with the UK/EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
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The Liberty Flights Premier Starter Kit is the ideal choice for complete beginners. The Premier Starter Kit is small, easy to use and includes a convenient disposable tank that you can throw away when the quality of the vaping experience begins to decline.
Compared to the Premier Starter Kit, the Liberty Flights Taste Starter Kit has a slightly larger tank and a higher-capacity battery. The Taste Starter Kit does not use a disposable tank. Instead, you'll replace the atomizer coil within the tank when the quality of the vaping experience begins to decline. The Liberty Flights Taste e-cigarette is slightly larger and heavier than the Premier e-cigarette.
We ship our deliveries via two services to Australia and New Zealand. If you need short delivery time, you may choose our DHL Express Service. DHL Express shipments include tracking and typically arrive in between three and five business days. If you’re not in a hurry then we also offer Standard Air Freight Post. Standard postal deliveries typically take between three and four weeks to arrive.
Every e-cigarette starter kit from Liberty Flights includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. Since you can buy an e-cigarette from Liberty Flights for less than the price of a packet of cigarettes, you have nothing to lose!
Your Liberty Flights e-cigarette includes a charger that works with any standard USB port. To charge your battery, connect the threaded end of the battery to the threaded end of the charger. Connect the charger to a USB port. The indicator light on the charger turns red while the battery charges. When the light turns green, the charge cycle is complete. Disconnect the battery and charger. Never charge any lithium ion battery unattended.
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If you are using a Liberty Flights Premier e-cigarette:
Unscrew the black mouthpiece from the tip of the tank. Place the nozzle of the e-liquid bottle inside the top opening of the tank, avoiding the middle air channel. Squeeze the bottle gently until the level of e-liquid in the tank reaches the top fill line. Replace the mouthpiece.
If you are using a Liberty Flights Taste e-cigarette:
Unscrew the tank from the battery. Holding the tank upside down, unscrew the cap from the bottom of the tank. Place the nozzle of the e-liquid bottle inside the bottom opening of the tank, avoiding the middle air channel. Squeeze the bottle gently until the level of e-liquid in the tank reaches the top fill line. Replace the bottom cap, and reattach the tank to the battery.
When using a new tank or atomizer coil, wait five minutes for the e-liquid to saturate the coil before using your Liberty Flights e-cigarette.
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After you receive your new Liberty Flights e-cigarette, begin by charging the battery and filling the tank per the instructions above. Connect the tank to the battery, and press the activation button on the battery five times quickly. The button flashes to indicate that the battery is now on.
Press and hold the button to activate the battery. Inhale the vapour as if you were smoking a cigarette. When puffing on an e-cigarette, draw the vapour in gently. Unlike a cigarette, you cannot puff harder on an e-cigarette to create more vapour. If you puff too hard, you'll get e-liquid in your mouth. Take a long, gentle puff until the e-cigarette has created the desired amount of vapour.
When your vaping session is complete, press the activation button on the battery five times quickly to turn the battery off. Always turn the battery off when transporting your Liberty Flights e-cigarette or leaving the e-cigarette unattended. Keep your e-cigarette away from children and pets.
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You can clean your Liberty Flights e-cigarette by wiping the outside with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints and stains. If you spill e-liquid on the outside of your e-cigarette, you can dry it with a paper towel.
The constant cycle of heating and cooling stresses an atomizer coil. After a period of days or weeks, the flavour quality or vapour quantity of your Liberty Flights e-cigarette will begin to degrade. It's time to replace the atomizer coil.
The Liberty Flights Premier e-cigarette includes a disposable tank called a clearomizer. When the quality of the vaping experience begins to degrade -- or the clearomizer stops working -- you can discard the entire clearomizer and replace it. Buy clearomizers online at this link.
The Liberty Flights Taste e-cigarette includes a Kanger EVOD2 clearomizer. The EVOD2 uses a replaceable atomizer coil. Buy Kanger EVOD2 coils at this link. To replace the coil, unscrew the tank from the battery. Holding the tank upside down, twist off the bottom cap. Twist the atomizer coil out of the cap, and twist in a new atomizer coil. Refill and reassemble the tank.
Do not use your e-cigarette if no e-liquid remains in the tank. If the atomizer coil has a cotton wick, the wick could burn -- and a clearomizer with a burned wick will produce harsh, unpleasant flavours.
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The Liberty Flights Cotton Wick Clearomizer, Aspire CE5 BVC Clearomizer, Kanger EVOD2 Clearomizer and Aspire K1 Glassomizer all work with both Liberty Flights Premier and Liberty Flights Taste batteries. Try a different tank and see how it changes your vaping experience!
If your Liberty Flights e-cigarette isn't working, the first thing that you should do is confirm that the battery isn't off by pressing the button five times quickly. If the light flashes and the e-cigarette starts working, you're all set! If the light doesn't flash, try charging the battery.
If your battery is working but your e-cigarette isn't producing vapour, the clearomizer may be the source of the problem. Try replacing the clearomizer or atomizer coil. A clearomizer or atomizer coil has a finite life, so it's always a good idea to have a spare available.
If your Liberty Flights e-cigarette has never worked, contact us! We guarantee that our products will not be dead on arrival. Read more about our terms and conditions.
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You've probably seen some reports in the news of e-cigarette batteries that caught fire or exploded during charging or use. Members of the media have greatly sensationalized these stories, causing fear among e-cigarette users and potential e-cigarette users. Here's what you need to know:
To use your Liberty Flights e-cigarette safely, follow these instructions:
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