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What is E-Liquid?

What is E-Liquid?

E-Liquid is what is used to produce the vapor in an electronic cigarette to simulate the experience of smoking without the combustion of tobacco cigarettes.  The liquid is heated by the atomizer to deliver the sensation, taste, and feel of smoking. E-Liquid is the most essential part of the vaping experience and even if you have the best electronic ,cigarette unless you use a quality E-Liquid you wont get the best flavor, vapor taste and throat hit you deserve.

E-liquid is made with or without synthetic nicotine, distilled water, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG)/.  It comes in strengths of 24, 21, 18, 12, 8, 4 and 0 milligrams. 

 

What gives E-Liquid it’s flavor?

Natural flavorings from flavor concentrates are usually added to the liquid to give its distinctive flavors. These flavors are usually the same flavoring used to flavor food and candies. 

 

What is E-Liquid made of?

E-Liquid is usually made up of mostly a propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG) mix. The most common mix of the two is 70/30 in favor of (PG). Some people may be allergic to propylene glycol, so a vegetable glycerin base is better suited to their preference. These E-Liquid bases, flavorings, and sometimes a small amount of distilled alcohol or water that are added all contribute to the flavor and throat hit of the E-Liquid.

 

About the nicotine 

 
E-liquid is diluted with PG and/or VG to a safe concentration between 0mg – 24mg per milliliter of liquid. A typical traditional cigarette contains around 18mg of nicotine. The nicotine concentration desired varies among people, but a normal typical range for most smokers is around 18mg. As the concentration of nicotine increases, the throat hit is substantially increased. 0mg e-liquid usually feels more like inhaling warm flavored air, whereas 24mg may be more suitable for experienced or extreme vapers. Every nicotine concentration is unique for each person based on their tolerance level, years they have smoked, and what type of tobacco they have smoked. Typically, it is recommend that new vapers begin with 18mg to determine tolerance for a few weeks, then slowly decrease or increase the strength depending on how they feel.

 

Is E- Liquid safe?

E-Liquid has been used for nearly a decade by large numbers of people.  It is estimated that there are 2.5 million users of the electronic cigarette in the US.  While propylene glycol can cause allergies and irritation in a minority of people, no significant risks to health have been recorded despite intense monitoring.  The long term effects of vaping are not yet known. Current opinion of tobacco harm reduction is that it is likely to be in the region of 100 times safer than inhaling cigarette smoke.

Most of the components in E-liquid are well known and are used in many food products.  Only pharmaceutical grade (USP) or food grade propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are safe to use.

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