E-cigarettes and vapers use battery-generated heat to vaporize e-liquids to create the illusion of smoking. The e-liquids have a base and flavor. If you handle them correctly and follow the directions, you can use e-cigarettes or vaporizers safely.
Smoking either way lets you quit smoking at your own schedule or enjoy a different experience at your convenience. But, making that work means knowing the technology of the devices and what type of e-liquid is right for you.
What’s in e-liquids?
Most e-liquids are composed of nicotine, Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and flavor. The liquids come in small bottles, and most users have a variety of flavors. They taste like cola, fruit, spices, chocolate, and more. Or, you can opt for cigar, pipe, and cigarette tobacco tastes.
Vaper novices have a choice between PG, VG, or combined bases. Veterans say PG produces a weaker vapor but more flavor. VG produces clouds of smoke but has a sweet taste that may mask your flavor of choice. So, you might start with a PG: VG balance of 40: 60.
Scientific American describes PG as “a syrupy synthetic liquid added to food, cosmetics, and certain medicines to absorb water and help them stay moist.” But, some people have allergic anaphylactic reactions to Propylene Glycol with hives, itching skin, and difficulty breathing. If you’re one of them, you should switch to Vegetable Glycol or blends with higher VG content.
Tobacco smokers who are trying to quit the habit will likely select tobacco flavors, especially mentholated ones. Some will also look for a nicotine-spiked wholesale e-liquid. But, even if you have been a regular smoker, you should start low with 6-11mgs. In time, you can increase the nicotine content to 18-36mgs, or you can taper off to zero-content nicotine.
What’s best for you?
What’s best is largely a matter of taste. There is a wide enough selection of flavors, bases, and nicotine content. CPS Daily News reports, “there are more than 3,000 electronic-cigarette flavor options in the United States and an average of 300 flavors being added to that list every month.” So, most first-time users invest in a half-dozen bottles from which they can pick a favorite or even mix liquids together to customize their content.
Given the reasonable prices on e-liquids, you might start with the highest quality to test and determine your own tolerance and preference. Once you have narrowed your choice of flavors and/or nicotine intensity, you can select at will.
Some vaping fans create their own e-liquids with supplies available at vape stores or online. But, until you are that sophisticated, you should approach things carefully. Quality is always an issue because standards are not in place. But, those products with the most detail on the label are a better bet.
They are so well-priced that buying cheap isn’t necessary or prudent. Then, you can chill out and test fluids until you are pleased with what you chose. Beyond that point, you are your own expert chef in mixing and matching the flavors, strength, and price you think is right for you.