What is.. Explained


What is Vaping?


By definition, ‘vaping’ is the act of inhaling water vapor through a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette. Vaping eliminates 4000 chemicals and carcinogenic compounds that come from real cigarettes, without compromising the act of ‘smoking’ itself. Vaping can also contain nicotine as an option for maximized effect of cigarette smoking



What are e-cigarettes?


E-cigarettes are battery operated nicotine inhalers that consist of a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge called a cartomizer and an LED that lights up at the end when you puff on the e-cigarette to simulate the burn of a tobacco cigarette. The cartomizer is filled with an e-liquid that typically contains the chemical propylene glycol along with nicotine, flavoring and other additives. The device works much like a miniature version of the smoke machines that operate behind rock bands. When you “vape” — that’s the term for puffing on an e-cig — a heating element boils the e-liquid until it produces a vapor. A device creates the same amount of vapor no matter how hard you puff until the battery or e-liquid runs down.



How much do they cost?

The average person who faces an hour-long commute every day, can typically smoke half a pack on the way to work and the same amount, if not more, on the way home.

During the day you may get very limited time for a smoke let alone being rushed and unsatisfied.

If you smoke half a pack per day, that means you’re spending between $155 to $230 per month (depending on where you live and the taxes they add on to cigarettes) for smokes or over $2,000 per year.

Electronic cigarettes can range from $12-$200. Now it comes down to what you want in a e-cig. Just remember that not all are created equal.

Electronic cigarettes can range from $12-$200. Now it comes down to what you want in a e-cig. Just remember that not all are created equal.

The $12-$15 are called disposables. They only last about a day or 2 and then you throw them away.

The $20-$40 range a called limited starter kits.

The $60-70 Kits are a higher end product for moderate smokers.

By comparison, ecigs cost around $800 per year, including the cost of your first starter kit and the occasional need to buy new accessories such as atomizers and batteries.



What is an atomizer?


In order to turn flavored liquid nicotine into smooth inhalable vapor, e-cigs must contain a component that heats the liquid to the point of vaporization. This component is known as an “atomizer” in the industry. Atomizers are located within an e-cig cartridge, or any other attachment containing the liquid nicotine that connects to the lithium-ion battery.

There is a variety of atomizers to pick and choose from nowadays, and each differs in design and objective. For instance, some atomizers produce bigger vapor clouds, some are built to enhance e-cig flavor, and some strive for a stronger throat hit. Ultimately, deciding the best atomizer type depends on your particular preference.



What does an atomizer do?


When a user takes a puff on an e-cig, a microcomputer smart chip signals the battery to send a charge of power to the atomizer. The atomizer then receives this charge and coverts it to heat via the heating coil. A wicking material draws liquid into the heating coil and viola! You have mouthful of delicious vapor.



What is e-Juice?


So now that you understand that vaping isn’t smoking, the next question most people have is whats in that liquid that’s being atomized into vapor?

e-Liquid or e-Juice is normally composed of up to 5 ingredients (not main ingredients with a giant list of other stuff, all ingredients) :

VG (Vegetable Glycerin) The Base makes up 80-90% of e-juice and is composed of 100% VG or a mix with PG. Common ratios are 100% VG, 50/50 PG/VG, and 80/20 PG/VG. It is widely used in all types of food and personal care products like toothpaste. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol

PG (Propylene glycol) Commonly mixed with VG as the base for e-juice. This is a solvent that’s used in all sorts of things. Along with being a solvent, its mainly known for its use in fog machines.  A higher PG mix e-juice will produce thicker clouds of vapor. However PG can dry out your throat and even cause mild allergic reactions in some users. If you have any issues with PG, just use a 100% VG e-juice like those from Virgin Vapor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol

Flavor 10%-20%. All the e-juice I’ve seen uses Food grade flavorings originally intended for baking or candy making. Here is an excerpt from the LorAnn website: “All of our materials are food grade (where applicable) and adhere to standards set down in the USP, NF or FCC (U.S.Pharmacopoeia, National Formulary, and Food Chemical Codex).”

Nicotine 0%-2.4% depending on strength. Any large supplier of e-juice is using pharmaceutical grade pure nicotine.

Distilled water is sometimes used to dilute if needed.

That’s it. From as little as 2 ingredients (VG and flavor) to as many as 5, and theories on nicotine ingestion non withstanding, all used regularly in food products. Remember, the important thing is what e-juice doesn’t contain: the 4000 chemicals in a cigarette.