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Vaping FAQs

What is Vaping?

Vaping refers to the use of an electronic device or e-cigarette that heats a liquid turning it into vapour which the user inhales.

Do I need to be 18 years and over to purchase?

Some vape products contain nicotine which is an addictive substance. You must be 18 years or over to purchase any product at Vape Merchant - instore or online. New online customers will need to show Govt issued identification to the delivery driver verifying that you are 18 years or older - don't worry this for your first order only.

What is a Vape Device?

Vape devices are also known as electronic cigarettes. There are two types, both of which need charging:

  • Discreet pod or pen devices are mouth-to-lung devices. Pod devices have a battery and a disposable e-liquid cartridge. Pen devices have a battery, a tank that refills with liquid, and a coil that heats the vapour.
  • More complex tank devices are direct-to-lung devices and are the ones that can make big clouds. 

Is Vaping Bad?

Studies show it to be significantly less harmful than smoking, however, there are currently no studies available that identify any long-term risks associated with vaping.

At the end of the day the best choice is not to inhale any substance into your lungs. If you don’t already smoke then don’t start vaping. If you do smoke then vaping may have the potential to help you quit.

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What is Vaping Liquid?

The vaping liquid (also called eliquid or ejuice) typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, plus flavours and the option of nicotine. 

  • Propylene glycol creates a throat sensation similar to smoking.
  • A higher ratio vegetable glycerine gives more vapour.
  • Different flavours are added for personal preference. These are regulated under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
  • Nicotine is optional, and comes in different levels of strength.
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    Is Vaping Cheaper Than Smoking?

    Aside from the initial $40-$60 approximate setup cost, vaping costs much less than smoking. Twenty cigarettes per day can add up to $9,000 a year. Vaping can cost $900 a year. Work out how much you could save by switching from smoking to vaping with the Vaping Facts NZ cost calculator 


    Is Smoking Harmful?

    In 1976, the Leader of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Movement Professor Michael Russel said that “people smoke for nicotine, but they die from the tar.” He suggested that if you could reduce the ratio of tar to nicotine it could be the key to reducing harm. While nicotine is addictive it does not cause cancer. Cancer is caused by tar in the smoke, which is generated by combusting and inhaling burning tobacco.

    Smoking is the leading cause of premature death in the world. We know that the combustion of tobacco generates tar - a combination of over 4,000 chemicals, 70 of which are proven to cause cancer. Smoking kills approximately 5,000 New Zealanders every year, and two thirds of all smokers will die prematurely from smoking related illness.