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e-Liquid 101

e-Liquid consists of three basic parts: nicotine, liquid and food-grade flavoring. Nicotine is extracted from tobacco plants in a pharmaceutical lab and diluted to workable levels with propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerine (VG). The solution is then combined by the factory or individual making the final product with more PG or VG and the flavorings.

Nicotine

Nicotine content in e-liquid is generally measured in milligrams per milliliter. Common nicotine levels in commercial generally ranges from 0 – 24 mg/ml with a few vendors selling slightly higher concentrations. Concentrations may also be expressed in percentages. An e-liquid with 18mg may be referred to as having 1.8% nicotine.

Choosing the right level of nicotine can be tricky as it will depend on each individual and how dependent they are on nicotine. It’s fairly common for people to start high using 24 or 18mg and then working down to a more comfortable level. If you’re just starting out it may be a good idea to get some liquid or pre-filled cartridges in a higher and lower level until you can determine what works for you.

Propylene Glycol

e-Juice made from PG tends to be a thin and runny liquid. PG liquids are know to produce an OK amount of vapor but provide an excellent throat hit. Throat hit is the sensation you get in your upper chest and throat when inhaling, similar to the experience of smoking an actual cigarette. Some also feel flavors are transferred better in PG liquids.

Vegetable Glycerine

VG is a very thick solution and is often thinned out with pure grain alcohol (PGA) or distilled water to make it easier to work with and perform in e-cigarette hardware like cartomizers. Glycerine’s biggest advantage is a significantly higher volume of vapor than PG based liquids. VG, however, notably lacks in the throat hit department.

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E-Cigarettes Less Addictive than Regular Cigarettes?

According to studies conducted by the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health – or PATH for short – those who vape using e-cigarettes are far less addicted to that action than those who smoke regular tobacco cigarettes. This will come as no surprise to a lot of regular vapers, but with the pervasive lies that are spread concerning e-cigarettes it is a study worth completing – for those who sit on the fence about e-cigarettes being an effective method of quitting smoking it’s vital this news is spread far and wide. Continue reading “E-Cigarettes Less Addictive than Regular Cigarettes?” »

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Health Benefits of…Nicotine?

For years, nicotine was blamed as the ingredient that caused cancer in cigarettes, however research has since shown that is absolutely false. Newer studies are now even showing that nicotine may have some health benefits, which is quite the opposite of what people have thought for years. Showing the major differences between traditional cigarettes and the newer electronic variety.

Did you know that nicotine can be found in quite a few things you may never think it would be in? Tomatoes? Eggplants? Why isn’t the public discussing the harmful nicotine in these foods?

Nicotine has been found to be relatively “innocuous” and there is actual science that backs up the notion that nicotine can have benefits that are slowly being recognized in the medical field.

The most recent report comes from Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. The study pinpointed nicotine as a way to combat late-life depression when antidepressants have proven ineffective. Which is why a lot of former smokers can tell you firsthand that they turn to nicotine when they’re depressed.

We’ve seen some progress with the vaping industry this year, looking at nicotine and vaping in a different light, but will it be enough to highlight any potential benefits?

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Planes: Vaping & Electronic Cigarettes

To begin with, let’s talk about where your vaping device will need to be for the duration of your flight. The recent changes in the laws and rules regarding vaping means that your electronic cigarette can no longer be stored with all of your other luggage in the hold of the craft. This is because there have recently been reports of the devices overheating inside the luggage and then exploding, which can be extremely dangerous in a pressurised aircraft that is so many miles up in the air. To ensure that this does not happen, passengers are asked to make sure that their vaping devices are stored inside their hand luggage and then brought with them onto the aircraft, where they will remain in the luggage racks for the duration of the trip.

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There are also things you should consider when it comes to travelling with a vaping device. To begin with, it’s critical that you remember that current laws prohibit the use of vaping devices while the aircraft is in motion. This is because the vaping device can potentially set off the smoke alarms present inside the aircraft, and this could cause unwarranted panic among the other passengers. As well as this, both the vapour from your device and the noises of the alarms can cause distress to your fellow passengers and could become a source of irritation.

Regarding travelling with e-liquids in bottles, it is advised that you make sure they’re around half full when you board the plane. This is because the air pressure changes will cause the e-liquid to expand, so you may find yourself dealing with a leak if you do not take the correct steps beforehand. This leakage can also be prevented by removing some of the air from the bottle using just the pipette, to allow the sufficient liquid room to expand.

Overall, these are the things you should know if you’re going to be travelling on a commercial airline, or any airline. Making sure that you follow all the rules and regulations which have been laid down is key to ensuring that you have a hassle-free and smooth flight to wherever it is you’re going. As a general rule, the vaping supplies you take with you on a flight should comply with any and all regulations which are in force, as to ensure that you do not cause any undue hassle and fuss.