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A Quick Overview of Vaping Styles: Mouth-to-Lung and Direct-to Lung - Eliquidstop

A Quick Overview of Vaping Styles: Mouth-to-Lung and Direct-to Lung

Your Guide to Vaping Styles: Mouth-to-Lung and Direct-to-Lung


You’re on the market for vapes and trying to find what works for you. Everything is new and you most likely come across a variety of vapes and how to use them. Terms pop up on your search and you came across MTL and DTL, but what are they? MTL and DTL are acronyms for mouth-to-lung and direct-to-lung.


MTL and DTL are two styles of vaping and they’re defined by how you inhale the vapor from the e-cigarette itself.


MTL, mouth-to-lung, is when the vapor from the e-cigarette is inhaled into the mouth, then into the lungs. Like how users traditionally used cigarettes.


DTL, direct-to-lung, is when the vapor (also known as sub ohm) is inhaled from the e-cigarette directly into the lungs. It’s like taking a breath.


Like previously said, MTL is a method of vaping a vape or e-cigarette is a way where the vapor from the device is inhaled into the mouth and then to the lungs. This method resembles how traditional smokers would smoke a cigarette, making this style best for beginners.


With this method you get more of a throat hit and ex-smokers who miss this sensation will want to be able to experience it more with MTL.


E-liquid composition does affect your experience with both styles. MTL differs greatly in that you can use slightly higher nicotine concentrations because you’re using higher resistance coils. However, if you’re considering using a higher concentration of nicotine, note that your throat hit might be a bit harsh. Therefore, we suggest trying Salt Nics first because have a higher concentration count and the hits will be a lot smoother.


DTL is a vaping method where the vapor from the device is inhaled directly into the lungs, the style completely opposite of MTL. This style is not suited for beginners since it replicates the process of breathing, which needs a little bit of a learning curve. You can see this style used by experienced vapors who have learned the technique and have completely detached themselves their cigarette craving.


With DTL you’re able to get into the beauty of vaping. You can do vape tricks and dive into cloud chasing.


DTL never compromises on vapor and you’re able to truly enjoy the taste and flavor profile of the juice. DTL is also known as sub ohm vaping since the coils used have a resistance level under one ohm. These coils can heat faster and that’ll mean a better producer of vapor.


When choosing nicotine concentrations DTL is more compatible for the lower end of the spectrum. The draw for a DTL hit is longer than a MTL, drawing from anywhere between 3-10 seconds, so if you’re using a higher concentration you’ll get harsher draws and the experience won’t be as pleasant.




  • MTL vaping is best suited for beginning vapers and those who want higher nicotine concentrations.
  • MTL is great for recent cigarette smokers who want to transition to vaping.
  • DTL are for vaping enthusiastic and advanced vapers. Can produce clouds and tricks
  • Lower nicotine concentrations are better for DTL.


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