If you are fairly new to vaping it is entirely possible you do not know what the main ingredients of the e-liquid in your vaping device are, but this is normal. As with many things in life we do not always know as we should. I would like to use this short article to inform you as to all the necessary facts concerning vape liquid which I hope you can then use to further your vaping enjoyment.

A Good Way to Give Up

Vaping is now firmly established as a viable and significant form of nicotine replacement therapy which can aid people in stopping smoking. A vital part of this success is the e-liquid which is heated to form the vapour that is an excellent substitute for the much more harmful cigarette smoke. E-liquid comprises of four main ingredients, these components are –

  • Vegetable Glycerin (VG) – a clear, thick, odourless liquid produced from plant oils such as soy or palm oil, it has been used in the cosmetics and food industries for many years
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) an organic food additive that is a superb carrier for flavour, it has been used for over 60 years and is also used in medicines.
  • Nicotine – The nicotine in e-liquid will be one of two different types – more on this shortly.
  • Food-Based Flavouring – these are the typical food industry flavourings.

The Different E-Liquids Available

Most e-liquid in disposable vapes and used by newer vapers in starter kits are typically mixed to an even PG/VG ratio and is referred to as 50/50 liquid. It suits most vapers with good all-round flavour and vapour production. It is also possible to purchase e-liquids mixed to different levels which are more suited to specific ways of vaping, they are –

  • 70/30 – is the term for e-liquid with a high VG content; the thicker liquid, when combined in a device with a sub-ohm coil, allows the production of super large clouds of vapour.
  • 80/20 – this is the opposite and is an e-liquid higher in PG for vapers who prefer more flavour and a better throat hit (the feeling on the back of your throat).

The Two Different Nicotine Types

Nicotine in its natural form has the chemical makeup of a salt and is not easily absorbed by the body. Two forms of nicotine are currently used in vaping, the more common type of nicotine, known as freebase nicotine, is created using a harsh chemical process developed by tobacco producers over 50 years ago. The other newer type of nicotine is Nicotine salt or Salt nic, it is becoming much the preferred option as its production uses a more natural different method without chemicals. The outcome is a product that delivers a much smoother vaping experience with no decrease in performance.

So, there you are, all your vaping liquid basics. I hope you feel a bit better informed about what is in your e-liquid and has given you some ideas on possibly changing your current e-liquid. From there, you may even move on to mixing your own e-liquid, but that is a whole different story.