So, the majority of e-cigarette users are former (or current) smokers and usually tend to smoke an e-cigarette the same way. However, an e-cigarette is not meant to be used that way! They are actually closer to how a cigar is generally smoked—you slowly and gently pull the vapor into your mouth, using your cheeks as a vacuum. Do not do a hard pull, or pull directly into your lungs. Once you have the vapor in your mouth, you can either inhale then, or just exhale through your mouth or nose. If you choose to exhale immediately, you are still getting nicotine through the membrane in your mouth (people with emphysema find this particularly helpful).
If you smoke it like a normal cigarette (as in, a hard pull directly to the lungs) the heater coil won't work properly, so less nicotine will end up vaporized, and if you pull TOO hard you may end up with some e-juice in your mouth/throat (yuck!). Just remember: slow and steady wins the race!
Well, I prefer smoking it slowly, because I'm able to enjoy the taste more this way. I'm not into fast smoking, and never been. But it's a matter of preference of how you smoke an e-cig. And the way you smoke it doesn't really matter, right?
It truly is a matter of personal preference. But either way you are quite correct in that it is in no way the same as smoking a cigarette! Personally I find the best, for me, is a long slow draw. I always seem to get the most vapour and flavour this way. It was very awkward to me when I first switched over. Probably in part due to the fact that I was looking for that cigarette feel. Once I was able to let go of that mindset and accept it was different in every way. It became my choice! I don't think I could ever go back!
Well, my preference is slowly inhaling it and blowing the smoke through my nose. It looks pretty bad-ass, and also feels nice. I've always loved doing that.
I prefer to slowly suck the vapor into my mouth and then inhale/exhale. That seems to work best for me.
Well, I think one could use any inhaling technique, as the vapor is not as stingy as cigarette smoke is. That's why we all do smoke tricks easier with vapers.
I always draw then inhale, cigar style. I think that's the same way I smoked analogs but I'm not sure.
However, I use a pen-style unit and think it would be impossible to just inhale right off the unit. The bigger rigs with buttons might lend themselves to a direct inhale because you can fill the chamber with vapor before your lips even touch the mouthpiece.
Well, I think that the cigar style is the most common inhaling technique. I agree with you, depends on which kind of e-cig you own.