ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES –
A BASIC INTRODUCTION
Ever wondered what this is all about? What is a mod? What’s in e-liquid? How is it safer? How has vaping helped so many people quit smoking? The following article will answer these questions.
Electronic cigarettes came to be as a safer alternative to smoking, and as a smoking cessation aid. E-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes vary in many ways. The first, and most important difference between the two is that e-cigarettes don’t contain the 4,000+ carcinogenic bi-products that cigarettes do. This provides a safer way of ingesting nicotine while still maintaining the same physical act of inhalation as smoking. That is one reason e-cigarettes have helped so many people (millions) quit smoking successfully. The term for it is “oral fixation” and it refers to the portion of the smoking addiction which is actually more associated with the act of smoking rather than the nicotine itself. This is why so many smokers attempt to quit by chewing gum (with or without nicotine added) and why quitting smokers have been known to snack more than they did as smokers (also because nicotine is a natural hunger inhibitor). The act of using an e-cigarette is widely labeled as vaping.
The basic function of an e-cigarette is rather simple. A power source (usually a lithium-ion battery) applies power to an atomizer, which heats up and vaporizes the e-liquid (also known as e-juice or juice). Types of atomizers vary greatly, as the industry has advanced by leaps and bounds since its inception. There are simple disposable atomizers, atomizers with replaceable heating elements, and on the higher level, rebuildable atomizers, where the user actually creates their own heating element and wicking material assembly themselves.
Most e-cigarette users use some form of a tank, which the atomizer itself is mounted inside. This provides a convenient vape, because the liquid can feed from the tank directly into the atomizer, allowing the user to vape for up to days at a time (depending on usage level) without having to fiddle with their device. There are many forms of tanks on the market, with varying features and applications. Tanks are the industry standard for the average user in today’s market.
So what’s in this “e-liquid”?
This question has stirred up a lot of controversy over the past few years. Between anti-nicotine and tobacco campaigns (which typically lump vaping in with smoking), financial quarries (on tobacco companies’ behalf) due to the current unregulated status of the vaping industry, and a plethora of both factual and bogus studies, there is a LOT of confusion about what is really going on inside of a bottle of e-liquid. It’s really rather simple. At its core, e-liquid has 4 main components:
Nicotine – Nicotine is an optional ingredient in e-liquid. Many users slowly reduce the amount of nicotine in their liquid blend in order to “ween” themselves off of the habit, and many have had great success doing so. The nicotine used in our liquid is pharmaceutical grade and 99.86% – 99.93% pure.
Propylene Glycol – PG is used as a flavor carrier in many food products. It is also used in food coloring and as an additive in some medicines. It can be found inside your average asthma patient’s inhaler. This is a thin liquid. PG is deemed by the FDA as safe for human consumption* and is non-toxic. The PG used in our liquids is USP grade. PG has a harsher hit than VG and carries flavor better.
Vegetable Glycerin – VG is a sweet, thick, vegetable based liquid. It has many commercial uses, and can be found and purchased over the counter easily at any normal grocery store. VG is deemed by the FDA as safe for human consumption* and is non-toxic. The VG used in our liquids is USP grade. VG is a smoother liquid than PG and provides more vapor production.
Flavoring – The e-liquid market uses flavorings primarily from the food industry. That means that these flavorings have been deemed by the FDA as safe for human consumption* as well. There are a wide variety of flavors available for use in e-cigarettes. Anything from tobacco, to coffee, to sherbet!
All of these components combine to form your average e-liquid. There have been many tests over the years, and the general result is that vaping is a much healthier alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. When used properly, e-cigarettes and e-liquid have the potential to save millions of lives around the world. Unfortunately, some manufacturers may not live up to the general standards presented by most, but any reputable e-liquid manufacturer has high quality and purity standards for not only their ingredients, but their mixing processes. All of our e-liquids are hand crafted in an ISO 6 Class 1000 certified cleanroom by an experienced staff dedicated to quality and accuracy.
*It should be noted that although the ingredients of our e-liquid are FDA approved for human consumption, that does not mean that they are approved for inhalation. The FDA has not yet made moves towards this issue.
So what’s the deal with mods, clouds and vaping enthusiasts?
The vaping revlolution has changed lives for many. For most, vaping is an escape from the hazardous and unappealing habit of smoking, but for some, it has become a hobby. Vaping hobby-ism came about shortly after the first big jump in vaping technology, which was about a year after it gained mainstream popularity. A wide array of high end devices (mods) and customizable features have brought a whole new underground fan base to the vaping world. These devices allow the user to actually build their own coils (heating elements) and use any wicking material they want. The most commonly used wicking material is organic cotton. They then place these higher end rebuildable atomizers on high powered devices which provide huge amounts of vapor. This allows you to lower your nicotine level due to the higher intake volume of vapor, so your vape is much more flavorful. This ability to fully customize the vaping experience has led to a massive following of vaping enthusiasts.
Is that really all there is to it?
This article serves as a general outline to the many facets of the vaping industry. There is much more information on the topics associated with vaping. If you have any further questions, please send us a message via our Facebook page or e-mail us at email@example.com.