E-liquid or juice is the solution contained in cartridge of electronic cigarettes. The liquid is the life of the e-cig device and without it no vapour is produced. It is the most important component of the device and it is important that you are aware of what is really there in the liquid.
Contents in e liquid
Base of the liquid – The base of the liquid solution has hygroscopic properties. It means that substances absorb water from air and the water contents of the liquid get turned into vapor when heated. The most common hygroscopic component used is propylene glycol (PG). The other substances that are used as liquid base include vegetable glycerin (VG) and plyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400).
The three bases that are used in manufacturing the liquid are also used in other food products and are approved for use by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Apart from this they are also found in many pharmaceutical formulations.
Nicotine – This ingredient is the primary reason that most smokers swap their smoking habit with vaping. The nicotine is contained in different levels and strengths and you can make the choice depending on your individual preference. If you want to experience vaping without the effects of nicotine you can choose liquids that do not contain this ingredient.
You can choose from low, medium and high levels. The low level nicotine content contains 6 – 8 milligrams of nicotine in one millimeter of the liquid. Medium level contains 10 – 14 mg/ml and high level contains 24 – 36 mg/ml. The concentration level is indicated on the label of the container. If the level is high it can guarantee a better throat hit (it is the sensation that the user feels after inhaling the electronic cigarette).
Nicotine levels for new users – If you are using electronic cigarettes for the first time it is important that you choose the nicotine strength carefully as it can make a big difference to your experience. There are many factors that affect your choice.
One is the smoking habit. Depending on how many cigarettes you smoke each day you can choose the strength of the liquid. The brand of the conventional cigarettes you smoke can also be a deciding factor. You can start with a low level and then gradually move to the medium and high level to determine your individual preference.
Flavours – E-liquids are available in hundreds of different flavours and these can satisfy your tobacco or sweet cravings easily. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, strawberry, cherry and bubble gum are just of the popular flavours available in the market. Most of the flavouring concentrates are found in other food products.
It is important to remember that the contents of the liquid are not safe for children and pets and need to be kept away from their reach. Storing the liquid properly is important. Direct exposure to sunlight needs to be avoided as it can affect the flavour. It is best to store it in a cool and dry place. Read the expiry date of the liquids before use.