You’ll find there’s a lot of acronyms in the vaping world, one of the first ones you’ll come across is MTL vs DTL – used to describe the two vaping styles. MTL stands for “mouth to lung” which is essentially the same process you used for smoking. It’s when you draw some vapour into your mouth, then inhale down into your lungs. This style has a much tighter inhale and will give off less vapour.
DTL on the other hand stands for “direct to lung” where the inhale is much more loose and bypasses the mouth to be inhaled directly into the lungs. It’s a much deeper way of inhaling, a little like how you’d imagine someone using an inhaler. This kind of vaping will give you a lot more vapour, so if you’ve seen someone on the street blowing huge clouds, this is what they were doing.
As you might have guessed, if you’re trying to leave a heavy smoking habit behind, we’d recommend MTL vaping. You’re already familiar with how it feels given the similarities to how you’d smoke a conventional cigarette which will make the transition easier. Mouth to lung vaping is pretty intuitive to most people and it likely won’t take you long to get used to it once you’ve had a few puffs too. If you find you enjoy vaping and eventually want to give direct to lung vaping a go, there’s nothing stopping you but starting off easy will give you the best chance of a successful quit attempt.