Your beginners guide to e liquid
If you are new to E-liquids, you no doubt have a lot of questions. We certainly did. So, today, we’ve decided to provide some answers for those of you who are curious to know more.
E – Liquid – What’s it made from?
Understandably, each manufacturer takes a slightly different approach when they make their products. They use a range of ingredients to produce a liquid that holds the flavour well and produces a good amount of vapour. Typically they are:
Propylene Glycol (PG) – This liquid is colourless and virtually tasteless, although it is slightly sweet. It is widely used in many industries, including the pharma and food industries. In the food industry, it has an “e number” of E1520.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG) – this ingredient is sometimes labelled as glycerol or glycerin. It is usually made from soybeans, coconut or palm oil. The resulting liquid is slightly thicker than Propylene Glycol, which results in a slightly different vaping experience. VG heavy e liquids generally produce more vapour than their PG heavy counterparts but deliver a softer throat hit.
Flavorings – the list of flavorings that are incorporated into vaping juice is a long one. But, most of the time, they are the same ones that are used to flavour the food we all eat.
Nicotine – some e liquids also contain nicotine. How much, varies. If you want to vape without ingesting nicotine it is easy to find vaping juices that are nicotine-free.
Water – all e liquids contain at least some water
E Liquid – Is it safe?
To date, no authorized studies into the long-term effects of vaping have been carried out. It is true to say that cigarettes contain far more toxins than e liquid does. In addition, when smoking regular cigarettes it is impossible to avoid combustion. Is apparently obvious that breathing in toxic fumes is bad for us, so when you light your cigarette with a lighter, the tobacco will burn and you inhale these fumes. This is not good for you. Vaping is inherently safer as there is no combustion process.
But, that does not automatically mean that vaping is good for you or 100% safe. Our advice is for you to read the research and decide for yourself if you want to start vaping.
What nicotine strength should I start with?
If you can, why not try nicotine free e liquids first? They taste just as good, if not better, and if you can switch to nicotine free vaping this is by far the best way to quit smoking.
Smokers who want to quit though should initially look for a product that offers them more or less the same level of nicotine as they are currently getting from cigarettes. Once you are used to vaping you can gradually reduce the strength, if you want. In time, you too may enjoy nicotine free vaping liquids.
Here are the strength guidelines we recommend for current smokers:
Up to 10 cigarettes a day – 3 to 6mg/ml juices
Up to 20 cigarettes a day – 6 to 12mg/ml juices
30+ cigarettes a day – 12 to 18mg/ml juices
Should I choose a high PG or high VG content e liquid?
When deciding whether to buy e liquids made from PG (Propylene Glycol) or VG (Vegetable Glycerin) here are the things you need to consider:
PG is a form of alcohol. So, if you do not want to use alcohol-based products you should choose VG instead.
VG is thicker and usually a little sweeter than PG. So, typically, the vapour produced is denser, some say richer.
A lot of users enjoy the throat feel of VG more than they do PG, especially when using an ecig which creates “clouds” of vapour. But, many smokers like the vapour that is produced by PG e juices because it is more like cigarette smoke.
Really, it is a matter of personal choice. Our advice is to try both types and see which one you prefer.
We would say though for quitting smoking, a PG heavy e liquid is the better option, simply because it delivers a throat hit which is sometimes what you need when moving from smoking to vaping.