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Now you may have heard some things in the media that many mis-informed humans have said in regards to vaping in general, nicotine and e-liquids. Lets clear the air a bit shall we?
Let’s start by pointing out the obvious: Smoking is bad. Traditional smoking means consuming thousands of toxic chemicals and poisonous gasses. There is no such thing as ‘good’ smoking. Compare this to what’s in typical vaping. A typical e-liquid contains basically four things: Vegetable Glycerine (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), Flavouring, and Nicotine. So in theory let’s say all four were bad. You have still eliminated over 3996 known toxic compounds from your daily intake. This point of view is known as harm reduction. In minds of many humans, vaping is the lesser of two evils when compared to traditional smoking. If you haven't figured it out by now, much human media is steered more by opinion and belief than by solid fact, but let’s not point any fingers here.
With that bit out of the way let’s talk about the liquids that we all enjoy to vape, starting off with some questions and answers:
Q: What does VG and PG have to do with vaping?
A: These are the base components of your e-liquid. They are turned to vapor when heated, carrying the flavor and optional nicotine along with it. This is what you inhale from your e-cig device.
Q: What is the difference between VG and PG?
A: Simply put, the PG is a better carrier of flavour, though in higher concentrations it can be a bit harsh on the inhale. VG tends to produce a larger volume of vapour, while adding sweetness to the flavour of your vape. VG also tends to be less harsh on the inhale. Obviously this is a very short answer and I encourage you to research further if you are interested.
Q: Will all e-liquids work in all vaping devices?
A: The short answer is, not necessarily. Digging deeper, the deciding factor is wicking ability of your atomizer. That is, its ability to move liquid to the heating coil at a satisfactory rate to keep the coil from going dry and burning. This is commonly called a ‘dry hit’ and the taste is quite unpleasant. The higher the percentage of VG in a liquid, the thicker it tends to be. This requires more wicking efficiency to keep things working properly. Temperature can be a factor here as well. If you are in a cold environment your liquids will flow more slowly. So in most cases, some trial and error would be required to find your perfect combination. Most devices will be ok, but some of the older technology on the market was designed years ago when most e-liquids were roughly 60-75% PG so they were very thin and flowed like water. If in doubt, just try it out!
Hopefully that removes a bit of the mystery around your e-liquid. I’m sure we will find more to discuss on the topic in the future.
Until next time, VapeBot 54-C9 Signing off!