As vaporizing, or "vaping" has exploded in popularity in the last half decade, there has been mainstream discussion of this cultural phenomenon, which proponents see as an alternative to cigarette smoking. One of the lingering questions about the use of these products tends to be "What's actually in them?" The simplicity of the answer may surprise you. |
E-liquid is the source of the cloud emitted by personal vaporizers, and if it is obtained from a reputable source, this mixture actually has very few ingredients. Also called "juice" by enthusiasts, it's the source of steam for every type of vaporizing device. However, not all devices are created equal, and before we discuss the components of juice, you should know the differences in equipment used to activate it.
E-Cigs, APVs, and Mods
Electronic Cigarettes: While many articles you'll read use the words "e-cig" and vaporizer interchangeably, they are not the same product. An electronic cigarette is similar in size and shape to its namesake and contains a pre-filled cartridge. The cartridge must be replaced after a certain period of use, and there are limited flavors available for refilling this type of device. The volume of vapor it produces is low, and the nicotine content is typically high.
Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs): APVs are commonly referred to as pens. These products allow the user to vary the voltage of the atomizer (the solid coil that heats the liquid), controlling the amount of vapor the pen emits. APVs can be refilled with the e-liquid of choice.
Vape Mods: These modified devices feature replaceable atomizers, and have the potential to produce the largest volume compared to other instruments.
The latter two styles allow you to refill with an e-liquid of your choosing. But what's the fluid made of?
E-liquids begin with a base of vegetable glycerin (VG). Many manufacturers start with a certified organic VG. This viscous base is mainly included for the production of rich vapor rather than its ability to impart flavor.
The next ingredient better serves that purpose. Propylene glycol (PG) is a thinner fluid in which flavorings are first dissolved or suspended before being added to the vegetable glycerin base.
The fluid can be infused with any flavor one desires. Some juices replicate tobacco blends to mimic popular cigar and cigarette tastes. Others achieve fruit flavors through natural or artificial food-grade extracts and concentrates. Flavors can go so far as to resemble complex desserts and drinks like cheesecake and Mai Tai.
The final ingredient in most e-liquid is diluted nicotine. Nicotine is famously the addictive component in tobacco, which is why some former smokers have credited vaping with helping them kick their smoking habit. E-juices are available with varying nicotine levels. In fact, most even offer a nicotine free option. Some people who replace their smoking with a vape find that they enjoy the taste and sensation while craving the nicotine component less, and graduate to using nicotine free juice most if not all the time.
These are the basic technologies and concepts behind the growing trend that is supplanting tobacco use all over the world.
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