Basic Facts About E-Juice
If you own an electronic cigarette, then you already know what an e-juice or e-liquid is. If the concept of electronic cigarettes is new to you, don’t worry because we’ll tell you all about it. Smoking is a dangerous habit to keep, and we’ve heard these warnings for a thousand times now. Even smokers are aware of the dangers that they are facing if they continue smoking tobacco cigarettes. Just like alcoholism, smoking is not that easy to give up, especially since cigarettes contain a substance that actually makes people addicted. When people are addicted to smoking, it’s not completely psychological. After being constantly exposed to nicotine, a smoker’s body now needs to smoke in order to function properly. If a chain smoker decides to stop smoking cigarettes on a whim, it could lead to the development of withdrawal symptoms. This is why smokers are advised to take nicotine patches, or other smoking cessation products. Unfortunately most smokers give up after a few weeks because the need to smoke is too intense. This is where the electronic cigarette plays its part. The electronic cigarette, or more commonly known to the masses as the e-cigarette or e-cig, is a device that aims to help people finally quit smoking. It acts a lot like a typical tobacco cigarette, except for one thing: it’s healthier. It contains no tobacco, meaning once the e-cigarette heats up, no tar or harmful toxins are released.
What Is the Role of the E-Juice?
The e-juice is perhaps the most important part of the e-cigarette. Without it, the e-cigarette will definitely cease to perform its desired action. An e-cigarette may run on batteries, but the real fuel of this device is the e-juice. The e-juice is a substance that is added into the cartridge of an e-cigarette. This substance has two main types. One type of e-juice has propylene glycol in it, and the other is composed mainly of vegetable glycerin. There are also some cases where e-juice manufacturers mix the two together. Aside from these two ingredients, the e-juice also contains nicotine and flavorings. If you’re wondering if the propylene glycol is safe to use, don’t worry, because propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are common ingredients for many types of food.
The e-juice is the source of the e-cigarette’s vapor and taste. Once the atomizer heats up the e-juice, vapor is formed and is inhaled by the e-cigarette user. The nicotine controls the cigarette cravings of the smoker, and the propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin create the vapor. The flavorings are there to provide a distinctive flavor to the e-juice.
The Difference Between the Propylene Glycol and the Vegetable Glycerin
You’re probably wondering why manufacturers had to create two different types of e-juice, or why didn’t they just mix the two together to create one type of e-juice. Many manufacturers have decided to create e-juice using vegetable glycerin because a lot of people are allergic to propylene glycol. Aside from the hypersensitivity issue, the quality of the two is also different. Vegetable glycerin produces a lot of vapor, but it isn’t that sweet. Propylene glycol on the other hand produces sweeter but lesser vapor.
By ‘strength’, we mean the nicotine content. There are different strength levels to choose from. E-cigarette users should choose an e-juice based on their capability to handle it. There are some e-juices that contain no nicotine, and there are some that contain up to 4.8%, although many experience e-cigarette smokers have reported that any e-juice that has a nicotine content higher than 2.6% is very hard to find. The nicotine content is usually indicated in milligrams/milliliter, but converting it into percentages isn’t hard. All one has to do is place a decimal point in between the digits. So for example you bought an e-juice that had a nicotine content of 26mg/mL. In percentage, the nicotine content of the e-juice is around 2.6%.
If you’ve never used an electronic cigarette before, and you don’t know what type of e-juice you should buy, we have a guide that can help you. The average nicotine content of an e-juice is around 1.2%-2.4%, but not everyone can handle a nicotine content of that magnitude. If you’re not sure on just how much you can handle, we suggest that you buy an e-juice that has a nicotine strength of about 2.4%, and an e-juice that has zero nicotine. If the e-juice with the 2.4% strength is too much for you, all you have to do is add a bit of zero nicotine e-juice to the solution to dilute the previous one.
The Taste of the E-Juice
We’ve mentioned a little while back that there are a variety of e-juice flavors to choose from. Menthol, chocolate and tobacco are the most popular choices today. Although manufacturers may claim that their e-juice tastes just like real tobacco cigarettes, in reality they don’t really taste like the actual thing. This is because e-cigarettes lack combustion. Some heavy smokers even argue that most tobacco flavored e-juice taste worse than an actual tobacco cigarette. Nonetheless, even though the e-juice may not taste like your typical cigarette stick, the world doesn’t end there. There is still a lot of promising e-juice flavors that have managed to get a lot of people hooked. Try to explore these flavors to find out which one you like the best. Don’t go for large e-juice bottles, because you might end up disliking the taste. Go for small e-juice bottles until you find a flavor that you actually like.