What is and isn’t in your e liquid?
When compared to smoking, vaping is relatively new, which is one of the reasons that people have so many doubts about it. Vaping is not synonymous to smoking tobacco cigarettes. Vaping is the process of inhaling an e liquid and exhaling it in the form of a vapor. Unlike tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes do not have tar, which is a cancer-causing agent. Rather e cigs only have a regulated amount of nicotine.
The e liquid is one of essential components of vaping. As a great majority of people are of the view that vaping is dangerous for health, they also think e liquids are some mysterious liquids. The truth could not be further from this.
What is in e liquid?
E liquid is made up of four components: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine and flavorings. Let’s take a detailed look at all of these components.
Vegetable glycerin of VG is a diluting agent. It is used to thicken the consistency of e liquid and make it more satisfying. Vegetable glycerin is made with vegetable plants such as soy, coconut oil or palm. The property of a pure VG is that is odorless and colorless. Moreover, its taste is a bit sweet.
E liquids that have high dose of VG make bigger and denser clouds of vapor. Professional vapers opt for for e liquids with high levels of VG.
Propylene glycol or PG is a also diluent. It is responsible for giving the throat hit that vapers get from vaping. People who are chain smokers are mostly habitual of the throat hit. When they switch to vaping, PG provides them with a healthier alternative to the same throat hit. This is why PG e liquids are pretty popular among smokers who have started vaping recently.
E liquids that have high amount of PG are not much thick and the clouds formed as a result are neither big either. Although PG is labeled safe and non-toxic by FDA, some people develop sensitivity to PG still.
Just like the name, flavorings are used to add some taste or flavor to the e liquid. When you buy an e liquid and it has strawberry or lime taste, it is because of the flavorings.
What isn’t in e liquid?
Let’s dispel the myths surrounding e liquids now. There is a popular opinion that e liquids have large amounts of diacetyl in them. Diacetyl is a chemical, which is used for adding flavor in foods. Though some e liquids do have regulated amounts of diacetyl in them, not all of them have it.
Another myth is that e liquids have antifreeze in them. The reality is e liquids do not consist of antifreeze. The third myth about e liquids is that they constitute of formaldehyde. It happens when a vaper keeps on vaping even after experiencing a dry hit. Rationally any vaper after experiencing dry hit, stops vaping immediately.