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Madvapes Master Guide of vaping – What is Vaping -Part One


Welcome to Madvapes’ Master Guide to Vaping! This series of blogs will be an in-depth resource for potential vapers, or vapers of any level looking to expand his or her knowledge. From the very basics to more advanced and technical information, this guide will provide you with a go-to knowledge base for all things vaping.

Part 1: What is Vaping?

These days, most would assume that everyone has an idea as to what vaping is. Ignoring that assumption, what is it really? In the simplest form, it’s when a battery provides power to a coil in order to turn a liquid solution into vapor. That vapor is inhaled with the purpose of simulating a smoking experience. The vaporized liquid may or may not contain nicotine and/or flavoring as well.
Some might wonder if there’s a difference between vaping and e-cigarettes. The answer isn’t that simple, being that there are no concrete dividing lines between some terms. Generally, e-cigarettes more closely resemble an actual cigarette (generally referred as “analogs” in the vaping community) than a “vape,” “mod,” or “vaporizer.” Granted, you still vape an e-cigarette, but upon observation of more advanced devices, it becomes more and more awkward to refer to them as “e-cigarettes.”
You may have heard the term “mod,” thrown around as well. Before writing the term off as ridiculous, you should know the history. In the very early days of e-cigarettes, circa 2007, there was only one type of e-cigarette available: the cigalike. As the name would suggest, cigalikes looked like cigarettes, inheriting a similar size and shape and mostly differing only in color. Generally, these were not good enough, offering only a glimpse of the true potential of vaping. They had poor flavor, anemic vapor production, short battery life, and questionable build quality.
As a result, some of the more crafty early adopters looked to devise their own e-cigarettes to address these shortcomings. The most obvious solution was to modify a flashlight. Torches used a larger battery which could be removed and recharged, and already had all the electronic components built in. Only a few changes were needed, including replacing the light bulb with some threading that was compatible with e-cigarette hardware, and modifying the switch so that it wouldn’t stick in the “on” position. The result was a “mod.” The term stuck, and even though we’re well beyond the era of tinkering with flashlights, modern mods still retain some features from early versions, such as the battery.
Moving on, the term “vape,” can be used as a noun or as a verb. As a verb, “to vape” is to use the e-cigarette, vaporizer, and/or mod. As a noun, a “vape” is the device you are using to vape. It’s a general term that can be used for virtually any e-cigarette or mod. The sentence, “I’m vaping my vape,” is not technically incorrect, even if it sounds a bit absurd.
Lastly, we arrive at the term “vaporizer.” While it’s not incorrect or refer to any mod or e-cigarette as a vaporizer, it’s generally a term reserved for the cannabis market, which is an entirely different animal from the e-cigarette market. To the casual observer, it may appear as if these two markets are closely related, if not one-in-the-same, but make no mistake; there is a clear separation here, with remarkably little overlap.

_Every e-cigarette and mod uses the same

Now, let’s talk about the anatomy of an e-cigarette. Every e-cigarette and mod uses the same three components, no matter how simple or advanced they may seem: a battery, a coil, and e-liquid. The battery provides power to the coil, which causes it to heat up. The heat from the coil vaporizes the e-liquid, turning it from a liquid to a vapor to be inhaled. The part that heats up is referred to as an “atomizer.” The atomizer is comprised of the coil, a housing or way to contain the liquid, and some kind of wicking material, which ensures that there is always liquid making contact with the coil. There are many different types of atomizers, including dripping atomizers, tanks, and cartomizers. Although each can be drastically different in how they work, they all serve the same purpose, which is to vaporize the e-liquid.
Batteries come in different styles as well. Some are removable, and some are permanently inside the device. Some can be recharged within the mod, some must be removed and charged in a dedicated charger, and some give you the option of both. Some confusion arises when it comes to batteries and beginner-style devices. For example, consider the cig-a-like. The part with the button is often referred to as the battery. However, the battery is actually inside that housing, along with circuitry such as a switch and possibly an LED. Sometimes, it can be difficult to be clear when referring to batteries, so it’s important to pay attention to context, especially if you’re not quite sure what you’re shopping for.

E-liquid is the component that is heated into vapor. There are only two ingredients that are absolutely necessary in order for a device to work, and they don’t even need to be used together. These ingredients are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, or PG and VG respectively. PG is thinner than VG, has a slightly bitter taste, is somewhat harsh on the throat (which is sometimes desirable), and carries any added flavorings very well. VG is a thick liquid with a syrupy viscosity. It has a slightly sweet taste, is very smooth when inhaling, and doesn’t carry flavor quite as well as PG. VG produces a thick vapor which can linger in the air, while PG produces less vapor that dissipates quickly. Most liquids use a mixture of PG and VG to get the best characteristics of both, but the specific ratio that’s “best” is purely personal preference. Some people prefer a crisp flavor and pronounced “throat-hit” over vapor production, which more accurately simulates smoking, and use liquids with more PG to accomplish this. Others value vapor production over flavor, and use liquids that are heavier on VG. Over time, vapers find their preferred balance of vapor production, flavor, and throat hit.
In addition to PG and VG, many liquids contain nicotine. Like caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant, and many people start vaping in order to supplement or replace the nicotine they may be getting from other sources. Nicotine is relatively benign, and like caffeine, is safe when used properly and in proper amounts.

The last component that the majority of e-liquids incorporate is flavoring. While these flavorings have, historically, been the same flavorings used in food, many flavoring manufacturers have started offering flavorings that are designed specifically for vaping. The flavoring is what makes vaping so appealing to so many people. There are literally infinite possible flavorings, and therefore, infinite possible variations of e-liquid flavors. Some people stick to one flavor, and others change flavors frequently. There is no right or wrong way to choose liquid, and the flavor, PG/VG ratio, and nicotine strength are all variable so that the person vaping can choose whichever combination is preferable to them.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea as to what vaping is. What you just read is a very brief overview pertaining to just a few of the aspects of vaping. The selection of e-cigarettes and vaping products out there is just as varied as the people who use them. Our goal at Madvapes is to simplify all the information out there into an easy-to-use guide that makes it as easy as possible to learn more and find answers to any questions you might have.
We’ll be continually adding more to this guide, so be sure to check back periodically as we talk about everything from starter kits, to rebuildables, to the current state of FDA regulation.

Happy (Mad)Vaping!

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Madvapes Master Guide of vaping – Table of Contents

Madvapes Master Guide To Vaping

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Recent News: What You Need to Know

Recent News in the Vaping Industry

Consumers are likely aware of the recent reports of respiratory illnesses — including some resulting in deaths – following the use of vaping products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains deeply concerned about these incidents and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health partners to investigate them as quickly as possible. 


“Instead of simply acknowledging that a large number of cases in the recent outbreak of severe, acute respiratory failure are due to black market THC vape carts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is undermining that key information and continuing to do everything it can to pin the outbreak on the use of traditional, nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes.” – Michael Siegel, Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health1 


The Facts on “Vapor-Related” Lung Illnesses  

In April of 2019, FDA released a special announcement that both new and experienced e-cigarette users were experiencing seizures. As of late, CDC has stated that they are investigating over 450 cases of “vaping related” lung illnesses in the United States, of which, 215 have been confirmed. 6 total cases have resulted in death in California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Oregon. The cases in California, Minnesota and Oregon report THC use, while the other half disclosed no additional details.2 

Dr. Daniel Fox, a pulmonologist with WakeMed Health Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, stated in the telebrifing with CDC on Sept 6th that “During the work-up and the history, all the patients that we saw had used or consumed THC through their vaped, vaping devices through the e-cigarette.  And that seemed to be a common feature.”3Of the 8 patients that were treated for lung-illness in New Mexico, all reported that they were vaping THC oil.4In Minnesota, 17 patients have been classified as confirmed or probable cases of lung illness and an additional 15 potential cases are under investigation. “Of those cases who have been interviewed, all reported vaping illicit THC products.”5 


How Have FDA and CDC Responded?  

Following their telebriefing, CDC released a warning urging people to stop their use of e-cigarettes altogether.6 They failed to mention the fact that public health professionals are turning their heads towards specific THC products, a common denominator in many of the lung-illness cases.    


The same day CDC released their statement, FDA posted their own announcement, which goes into far more detail. Rather than warning against all vapor products, FDA urges the public to avoid buying vapor products from illegitimate sources, and specifically tells people to refrain from using THC oils and modifying/adding substances to products purchased in stores. They specifically state that “most of those samples with THC tested also contained significant amounts of Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is a substance present in topical consumer products or dietary supplements, but data are limited about its effects after inhalation. While the FDA does not have enough data presently to conclude that Vitamin E acetate is the cause of the lung injury in these cases, the agency believes it is prudent to avoid inhaling this substance.”7 


What Have Studies Revealed?  

The New York Department of Health released their own update on these cases on September 5th. “At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing. Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested.”8 The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on September 6th that delved deeper into 53 pulmonary illness cases in Illinois and Wisconsin. Of those patients, 41 were extensively interviewed, and 80% reported using THC products. Furthermore 24 patients reported using the same illicit THC oil marketed under the “Dank Vape” label.9 


How Can the Public Protect Themselves?  

It is best to avoid buying nicotine and THC based vapor products from illegitimate sources. Since CDC’s statement, many states are initiating their own public warnings against all vaping, while fewer are warning against illicit THC products specifically. This has caused widespread panic in ex-cigarette/current e-cigarette users who are under the impression that their conventional cigarette use is safer than vapor product use, initiating a switch back.  


Just to be clear, there has been no concrete link between legitimate nicotine-based vapor products and these lung illnesses, and keep in mind that correlation does not equal causation. As investigations continue, the percentage of patients that report using only nicotine products is getting smaller, as more are admitting to THC-oil use. 

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Donald Trump, along with HHS secretary Alex Azaar, announced that the administration would be banning all flavored vapor products from the market. In spite of an incredible 28% decline in youth smoking–according to early data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)–the administration is citing a 25% increase in vaping among young people as justification for taking such an extreme action.

The White House needs to hear from adult vapers and anyone who loves a vaper! A flavor ban won’t protect our children, but it will kill their parents.

Click the links below to start!





How many years did you smoke before quitting? What flavor helped you to quit? Share your story with us on Instagram or Twitter @madvapes ! Tons of people have quit smoking thanks to vaping and studies show that you have a higher likelihood of quitting if you use flavors. We produce and sell high-quality eLiquids that are safe for consumption. The problem is NOT flavored eLiquid!#WeVapeWeVote



  1. Siegel, Michael, The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary, Sept 10, 2019. 

  1. American Vaping Association, The Facts on Vaping Related Lung Illnesses, Sept 10, 2019. 

  1. CDC, Transcript of September 6, 2019, Telebriefing: Investigation of Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes, Sept 6, 2019. 

  1. New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Department of Health Reports Eight Cases of Severe Lung Disease Associated with Vaping of THC Products, August 29, 2019. 

  1. Minnesota Department of Health, Health officials report death in a patient hospitalized for vaping-related lung injury, Sept 6, 2019. 

  1. CDC, Outbreak of Lung Illness Related to E-cigarette Products, Sept. 6, 2019. 

  1. FDA, Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products, Sept 6, 2019. 

  1. New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Health Announces Update on Investigation into Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illnesses, Sept 5, 2019. 

  1. Layden, Jennifer E. et al. Pulmonary Illness Related to E-Cigarette Use in Illinois and Wisconsin — Preliminary Report, Sept 6, 2019. 




Other Relevant Literature  

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Nebraska Area Senators

There is currently a bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature that would impose a 65% tax on vapor products in the state.

This would cause the price of Juice, Devices, Coils, and more to skyrocket. If you don’t want to pay more, let your Senators know!

Tell them vote “NO” on AM1569, Vote “NO” on LB397. Vapor is NOT Tobacco, and should NOT be treated as such.

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Feel free to express your feelings about AM1569 and LB397 to other Senators in Nebraska. 

Below you’ll find a list of the Senators near your favorite Alohma location.

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Click Here to Download & Read the Bill

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Smok Tech Warranty Center

ATTENTION: Please do not send in any accessories, tanks, batteries or other items with your device.

Alohma will not be liable for missing items.


  1. Print and Fill out the RMA form entirely.
  2. Provide a copy of the original receipt or proof of purchase.
  3. Ship the item securely to the following address along with the RMA form and receipt
  4. We cannot ship to P.O. boxes, please include a physical address to ship your device to
  5. You may also visit one of our participating locations for replacement. To find the store closest to you, CLICK HERE

    Attn: SMOK Warranty Service
    130 Oak Park Dr. Suite A
    Mooresville, NC 28115


There is a three month warranty for most battery operated devices. Some items may not be eligible for service due to misuse, damage, or other failures caused other than by manufacturer defects or premature failure. There is no warranty on cartomizers, atomizers, tanks, coils, drip tips, disposables, or any similar product unless it was DOA when you received it.



At this time we are not servicing any items that are out of warranty. Please ensure that your device is within warranty prior to shipping your item.



Turnaround time for evaluation and service is between 3-4 weeks from the day Madvapes receives your shipment.

For out of stock items, please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.



You are responsible for the cost of shipping your item to Madvapes. If your item is covered under warranty, return shipping will be provided at no charge. If your item is not covered under warranty, you will be responsible for any costs associated with return shipping.



Some items may not be eligible for service due to misuse, damage, or other failures caused other than by manufacturer defects or premature failure. Alohma reserves the right to deny any warranty service. Please check the warranty prior to shipping. You are responsible for shipping costs to Alohma, and you understand that you will forfeit your item if you do not wish to pay for return shipping once Alohma has received your item, and it has been deemed that it is not covered under warranty. We do not accept international warranties. Please contact SMOK for assistance if you are located outside of the US. 

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FDA Info

FDA Regulations & what it means to your vape

On May 4th, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, released  its final regulations clarifying vapor products and vaping accessories as tobacco products.  These regulations also states that any product introduced after February 15, 2007 will be subject to very strict regulations.

The FDA regulations went into place  August 8, 2016. Although there are some changes made in the stores, let us reassure you we are not going anywhere and we are still your one stop shop for all things vape. Under the new regulations things like juice sampling, re-cottoning your coils, and cleaning your tank have new guidelines. We are proud to still be able to help you with your journey through vaping and we will continue to give you the best of what we have to offer everyday.

What to expect when you visit an Alohma store

Under the FDA regulations electronic cigarettes are now considered a tobacco product.  Due to this change we can no longer allow free juice sampling. There is a .50 cent charge for a day pass that will allow you to sample as many juice as you would like or you can purchase your very own Alohmaverse member card for $5 that will you the ability to try juices 12 different times.  

Although we have always had a strict policy of only selling to people 18 years of age or older, 21 and older in certain states, the rule has been taken a step further. No one under the age of purchase is allowed in the store with out  a parent or legal guardian.  Also, no minors are allowed to be in the testing area.

What about mail orders?

We still do mail orders only now we have streamlined it!  To get a mail order please call (402)671-5758 Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm or email us at  You can call after hours and a member of our shipping team will call you back the next business day. However, due to state laws there are certain states we can no longer ship to or they will require different packaging or showing ID upon arrival.  When you call us to place your order we will walk you through what the laws are for your state.

There are now certain states we cannot ship to California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Arkansas, Montana, Utah, and Washington DC.  We cannot ship to these states because of the laws created by these states.  If you live in one of these states email, write, or call your local representatives and ask them for help.  Ask them to support H.R. 1136 to over turn the laws for your state. 

How do the regulations effect the juice?

On July 26, 2016, the Children’s Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (CNPPA), Pub. L. 114-116, 130 Stat. 3 (Jan. 28, 2016), will become effective and will require manufacturers of nicotine-containing e-liquids to comply with the child-resistant packaging and testing requirements set forth in the Poison Packaging Prevention Act of 1970 (PPPA), Pub. L. 91-601, 84 Stat. 1,670 (Dec. 30, 1970).

This means all juice containers must be child safe, be certified as such, and have an FDA & CNPPA approved advisory statement about nicotine being an addictive substance.  Although we are still able to get you all of the amazing juices you have come to expect from us, the bottles sizes have changed.  Currently 30ml and 50ml bottles are available and we will honor the 120ml and 500ml pricing even if you do have to get a bit creative as to how many bottles you get :).

Although more regulations and rules are coming (different package and labeling) when it comes to juice there is a possibility of flavors outside of standard tobacco and menthol tobacco being banned from the market.  Earlier this year FDA officials were looking at to ban all flavors beacause they saw that the flavors as a way of marketing to minors.  The vape community stepped up to fight this ban and the motion has been set aside for now but, the FDA has said it will revisit this topic at a later time.  

What happens next?

August 8th,2016-no new product can be introduced for sale unless a Pre-market Tobacco Application(PMTA) is processed & approved. The market will freeze.  Although we can still get in things that are new to alohma, new devices, tanks, and juices being introduced on the the vaping scene will not be allowed unless they have a PMTA which is a long and expensive process.  

3-24 months (after 8/8/2016)-based on information project by vape advocacy groups, some vendors will exit the market due to excessive fees & application time requirements.  Even if manufactures can raise the money needed for the PMTA it does not guarantee approval.  The FDA can still deny the product.  

24+ months-it has been estimated that by 24 months after the FDA regulations begin 99% of vendors and shops will be closed because of failure to obtain PMTA.

How do we help?

HR 2058 can help

HR 2058 will change the predicate date from February 15, 2007 to August 8, 2016.  Although it will not stop the FDA from regulating future vaping products, it will prevent 99% of products currently on the market from getting banned. Call your local representatives, congressmen, and senators and write them explaining why vaping is so important to you and why they need to support HR 2028.n your next visit to alohma ask the team for more information and what else we can do to save the vape industry.  We will help give you  a good place to start and let you know what the next step is.

HR 1136

The Cole/Bishop Bill

The Cole Bishop Bill. also known as H.R. 1136,  was introduced on February of 2017 and like HR 2058 it is looking to change the date on the FDA regulations.  With the FDA’s approach of regulating every device and juice on the market pry to 2007.  For more information about the new bill please click the link below.  

H.R. 1136

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives is a documentary about the 1 billion people that will be killed by traditional tobacco.  The documentary has been screened in multiple countries and through out many cities in the US.  A Billion Lives doesn’t just look at the tobacco industry it also looks at the governments role in the fight for vaping.  A Billion Lives has reached the Top 5 on iTunes.  To find out more about the documentary check out the link below!

A Billion Lives

Want more information?

Visit these sites and articles and see what else can be done.


Not Blowing Smoke

No More Casulties

New Law on “Liquid Nicotine Containers”

The FDA’s Misguided Nicotine Crusade (WSJ)

FDA Assigns Zero Value To Smokers Who Die Because Of Its E-Cigarette Regulations (Forbes)

The tobacco control high command has lost its way – what we learn from its views on FDA priorities (

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