How To Inhale Vapour When Vaping

by Jemma Wolfe

By Jemma Wolfe
Published On: 06-6-24
Read time: 8 mins

How To Inhale Vapour: Learn To Vape The Right Way
How To Inhale Vapour: Learn To Vape The Right Way

How To Inhale Vapour: Learn To Vape The Right Way

When you first start vaping, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of trying new flavours and experimenting with different devices. But have you ever stopped to think, am I doing it right?

If so, you’re not alone! Vaping can be a bit intimidating, especially for beginners. With so many devices to choose from and a whole host of different vaping techniques to learn, knowing where to start can be a challenge. Understanding how to properly inhale vapour is a crucial first step that can make your vaping experience more enjoyable and efficient.

In this blog post, we'll guide you through the basics of e-cigarette vapour, from understanding how to vape to mastering the main inhale techniques. We’ll also delve into the nuances of different vaping styles, helping you find the method that suits you best. Let’s dive in!

The Difference Between Smoke and Vapour

When transitioning from smoking to vaping, you may be tempted to use the same technique you use for smoking. However, this isn’t always the best method. Unlike smoking, which involves burning tobacco to create smoke, vaping heats e-liquid to produce vapour, which requires a different approach for optimal experience and nicotine delivery.

How Smoking Works


With traditional cigarettes, smokers tend to take short, sharp puffs to draw the smoke into their mouths, then inhale it into their lungs. This method delivers nicotine quickly and provides a strong throat hit.


How Vaping Works


When you inhale a vape, the battery powers the heating element, which turns the e-liquid into vapour. This process is called vaping and is significantly different from smoking because there is no combustion involved.

Vaping offers a variety of techniques that cater to different preferences and devices, and understanding these techniques can elevate your experience. Let’s take a look at the different ways we can inhale e-cigarette vapour.


How To Vape: Different Vaping Styles

The way you learn how to inhale a vape will depend on your vaping style. The two most common vaping styles are Mouth to Lung (MTL) and Direct to Lung (DTL). Each method has its unique characteristics and is suited to different types of vape devices and personal preferences.

To find out more about these vaping styles and how they compare, head over to our in depth blog: MTL Vs DTL Vaping.

Mouth to Lung (MTL) Vaping


MTL vaping is the preferred method for beginners as it closely mimics the sensation of smoking a real cigarette. This technique involves drawing vapour into your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs. Here’s how to inhale vape using the MTL method:

1. Close your mouth tightly around the mouthpiece of your vape device.
2. Take a slow, steady drag into your mouth, as if sipping through a straw.
3. Hold the vapour in your mouth for a moment.
4. Inhale again, allowing the vapour to enter your lungs.
5. Exhale.

MTL vaping provides a strong throat hit and is ideal for higher nicotine e-liquids and vape devices with tighter airflow, including disposable vapes.

Mouth to Lung (MTL) Vaping

Direct to Lung (DTL) Vaping


DTL vaping, also known as sub-ohm vaping, is a technique that’s popular among more experienced vape fans using advanced vape kits. This method involves inhaling the vapour directly into your lungs, bypassing the mouth. Here’s how to inhale vape vapour using the DTL method:

1. Take a long, steady drag directly into your lungs.
2. Hold the vapour in your lungs for as long as comfortable.
3. Exhale.

DTL vaping produces larger clouds of vapour and is best suited for e-liquid with a high VG content. This method provides a smoother, airier vape and is less harsh on the throat compared to MTL vaping.

Direct to Lung (DTL) Vaping

How To Vape Without Coughing

For many beginners, coughing can be an annoying and frustrating part of the vaping experience. To avoid a pesky coughing fit, it’s best to start out with a beginner-friendly vape device, such as a pod system or vape pen starter kit, which are ideal for MTL vaping. These devices tend to have a tighter draw and are easier on the throat.

To avoid coughing when vaping, you could also try taking a few short puffs, known as priming puffs, before your main inhale to warm up the coil. If your vape kit has adjustable airflow, experiment with different settings to find what feels most comfortable. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can also help keep your throat moist and reduce irritation.

Vape Tricks & Other Inhale Techniques

While vaping is usually about curbing nicotine cravings and enjoying different flavours, some vapers like to experiment with different inhale techniques and tricks, such as the french inhale and the ghost inhale.

However, it's important to note that vape tricks aren't always suitable for beginners or those who have issues with coughing. These vape tricks often require a certain level of vaping experience and control over inhaling techniques.

How To French Inhale

How To French Inhale

The French inhale, also known as the vapour waterfall, is a classic vape trick that involves exhaling vapour through the nose while simultaneously inhaling it through the mouth. The key to mastering the French inhale is to exhale the vapour slowly and evenly while inhaling gently through the nose. Here’s how to do it:

1. Take a drag from your vape kit and hold the vapour in your mouth, like you would when MTL vaping.
2. Slowly open your mouth and release the vapour while inhaling through your nose.
3. Watch as the vapour cascades out of your mouth and into your nostrils, creating a mesmerising waterfall effect.

How To French Inhale

How To Ghost Inhale

How To Ghost Inhale

The ghost inhale is another popular vape trick that involves creating a ball of vapour and then inhaling it back into your mouth. This trick requires lots of breath control and good timing, so be prepared to practice! Here’s how to do it:

1. Take a drag from your vape kit and hold the vapour in your mouth.
2. Quickly release a small burst of vapour from your mouth, forming a ball in front of your face.
3. Inhale sharply, sucking the ball of vapour back into your mouth before it dissipates into the air.

How To Ghost Inhale

How To Find The Right Inhale Style

Learning how to properly inhale vape vapour isn’t always easy, especially if you’re at the very beginning of your quit smoking journey. Experimenting with different techniques and devices is key to finding your preferred vaping style.

Whether you prefer MTL for its similarity to smoking or DTL for its impressive vapour clouds, there’s a method out there that will hit the spot for you. Before you dive in, make sure your vape kit is suitable for your chosen style, and feel free to try out new inhale methods as you become more experienced.

Vaping at myCigara

Here at myCigara, we exist to make the UK smoke-free. By offering a range of high quality vaping products that cater to all vaping styles, we hope to help our customers make that all important first step on their quit smoking journey.

If you’re new to vaping, be sure to check out our handy Beginner’s Guide to Vaping to find out all the essentials you’ll need to know before you get started. Or, if you want to find out which e-cigarettes provide the most authentic experience, head over to our new guide: What’s The Most Realistic E-Cigarette?

If you require further help or advice, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. Alternatively, you can head down to your local myCigara vape store to chat to one of our friendly members of staff.


Jemma Wolfe

Lead Content Writer @myCigara

I'm Jemma, a writer and ex-smoker with a passion for vaping. Since ditching the cigs over a year ago, I've used a whole host of vaping products to help me stay smoke-free and live a healthier lifestyle.

Now, my goal is to help others along their quit smoking journey by writing expert reviews and providing vaping guidance. When I’m not writing, you can find me curled up with a good book, hanging out with my cats or watching live music.

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