Common Questions About Vaping

From how to spot a fake vape to whether or not an adult user can vape in a hotel room, this article answers some of the most common questions about vaping. 

Why Do People Vape?

Vape products should only ever be used by adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke cigarettes. Further to this, whether a vape device is a suitable alternative to switch to from cigarettes will depend on the product. For example, we can say that the disposable vape  VEEV NOW is a better choice than continuing to smoke cigarettes.  

Important information: VEEV NOW is not risk-free.

In fact,  VEEV NOW emits on average 99% lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.* Learn more about this vape via our VEEV NOW FAQs section.  

Important information: this does not necessarily equal a 99% reduction in risk. VEEV NOW is not risk-free.  

* 99% less” represents the average reductions in levels of a range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette. See Important Information on

How Old Do You Have to Be to Vape?

You must be over 18 years old to purchase and use a vape. This also applies to vape products that do not contain nicotine. The legislation prohibiting the sale of vape products to anyone under the age of 18 came into effect on the 1st of October 2015. Find out more on this topic through our guide ‘What is the Legal Age to Vape in the UK?’ 

How Long Does a Vape Last?

Exactly how long vapes last will depend on the product in question. The length of a vaping experience is typically influenced by the amount of e-liquid the device contains, as well as its battery life. Some devices may even specify a ‘puff count’ for the device. For example, the disposable vape VEEV NOW can deliver up to 500 puffs.* If you’re wondering more specifically about the longevity of e-liquid, head to our guide ‘How Long Does E-Liquid Last?’

* Based on the battery capacity of a newly manufactured device and a puff duration of 1 second. May vary depending on individual usage patterns.

How to Charge a Vape

When learning how to charge a vape, it’s vital that you follow the specific instructions on this as provided by the product’s manufacturer. Generally, charging a vape will involve plugging your device into an electricity source via a charging cable. In addition to this, there are also ways to possibly preserve your battery life. Find out more on this topic through our guide ‘Why Does My E-Cigarette Battery Die So Fast?

How to Spot a Fake Vape

Since vape devices come in a variety of different forms, such as disposable vapes, rechargeable vapes, larger tank devices, and box or mod vaporisers, it can be quite tricky to immediately spot a fake vape. That’s why we recommend referring to the manufacturer's guidelines when trying to verify a fake vape.  The best approach to avoid getting a fake vape is to only buy vape devices and products from reputable suppliers and manufacturers.  

There are a number of common signs of a fake vape you can take note of. For example, the absence of visible health warnings or nicotine strengths on device packaging, incorrect and/or low-quality packaging or branding, and even abnormal sounds when using the vape.

Why Is My Vape Bubbling?

Throughout your vape experience, be aware of the sounds your vape makes. It could help you identify any uncommon noises, such as vape bubbling. 

If you find that your vape is bubbling when you draw on the  device , it could be an indication that your vape tank is flooded. It’s important to resolve this issue in order to keep your device in good condition. 

We recommend that you check the product-specific guidelines that came with your device and communicate directly with the device manufacturer about the issue of vape bubbling. 

Bubbling is not the only sound a vape might make. If your vape is making a crackling or popping noise, our article ‘Vape Crackling and Popping’ explores why your device may be making this sound and what you can do to resolve it. 

Can You Vape in Hotel Rooms?

There is no straightforward answer to  the question of ‘can you vape in a hotel room?’ Whether or not you are allowed to vape in a hotel room depends on the establishment and  its specific regulations around vaping. 

Some indoor public places, such as a hotel lobby, may allow you to vape in dedicated smoking areas. We recommend checking with the establishment you are staying at if vaping in hotel rooms is permitted.

Do Vapes Set Off Smoke Alarms?

Modern fire alarm systems have been designed to ignore non-hazardous vapour, meaning your vape  may  not set them off. However, there is still a chance your vape could trigger a fire alarm. For more about this,  take a look at our guide ‘Does Vaping Set Off Fire and Smoke Alarms’.

What Is a Drip Tip?

If you’ve recently switched from  smoking  cigarettes  to vaping, you may be asking yourself ‘what is a drip tip?’. Generally, a drip tip is a reusable, hollow tube that attaches to a vape’s atomizer. It’s here that you drip vape e-liquid into the device when you need to top-up your e-liquid to continue the experience. Drip tips can be made from different materials and be different lengths.

What Is the Best Alternative to Vaping?

Vaping isn't the only smoke-free alternative to cigarettes available.  If you’d prefer another smoke free option, the best alternative to vaping will depend on your personal preferences. If you are an adult smoker looking to switch from  cigarettes, heated tobacco products such as our tobacco heating device series IQOS ILUMA could be worth considering.  IQOS ILUMA provides real tobacco taste and satisfaction. Moreover,   switching completely to IQOS ILUMA is less harmful than continuing to smoke.* 

Important information: IQOS ILUMA is not risk-free, and provides nicotine which is addictive.  

*  Based on the totality of evidence available for IQOS in comparison with continuing to smoke. See Important Information on  

If you’d like to know more about vaping in general, our ‘What is Vaping?’ guide offers more details.  

Smoke-free products are not risk-free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. Smoke-free products are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids. 

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.