For the novice vaper learning about e-cigarettes and everything associated with vaping, e-liquid can sometimes be puzzling. What is it, what does it contain and how on earth do you use it? It is not, as the name might appear to suggest, electronic liquid, but rather a mixture of substances used in electronic vape gear to produce vapour. Some contain nicotine — others do not — and they come in a huge range of flavours.
The first thing you need to know about e-liquid before you start using it is it's generally based on two ingredients: propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). These are substances widely used in an array of food and drinks found in most households, and are approved by governments all over the world. Nicotine of varying strengths is mixed in with flavours, while nicotine-free e-liquids only contain the flavours themselves, along with PG and VG.
The nicotine levels in e-liquids are usually available in strengths ranging from 0mg to 20mg. People who smoke a lot and who are transitioning to vaping as a way to get healthier would need to go for 20mg or 18mg, or else they might not be satisfied and return to smoking. Casual smokers should probably choose 12mg or 6 mg, while those who have never smoked and just want to vape for the flavours might opt for 0mg in their e-liquid refills.
The good news is that e-liquids will last and last — way longer than just a pack of 20 cigarettes, for example. It depends on how much it's used, of course, but generally you may get as much as a week out of one bottle, and as the price of e-liquid is low — you can get them for as little as £1 in many places, including here at Electric Tobacconist — you'll enjoy serious financial savings compared to buying expensive cigarettes.
As for using the e-liquid, it depends on the type of vape gear you're using. But usually it's just simply a matter of filling up your tank with e-liquid once it’s empty. Then vaping them will either be a case of drawing on your device to activate the heating and vapour-generating process or pressing a button to get it started. You’ll know you’re running out of e-liquid when you’re no longer able to get as much vapour as usual, or if lights or other indicators on your device signal it’s nearly empty.
It's the flavours of e-liquids that are such a big attraction for people using vape gear. Nowadays there's a large and growing range of flavours that can be used with all the various types. Among the most popular are banana, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, grape, menthol, vanilla, coffee — and traditional tobacco flavour for former smokers who still want to get the taste they're familiar with, but none of the many thousands of toxic chemicals given off by burning tobacco.
If you're just starting out as a vaper, you'll need to be aware that there's such a thing as vaping etiquette. This means you can't just vape anywhere and anytime you want because you're not smoking. People around you may still not like clouds blown beside them, even if it's just harmless vapour. They could think you're smoking, after all, and that could cause difficulties. So when you're out and about and want to vape, think of others and vape wisely. Then you’ll be all set to enjoy your vape gear and the exciting e-liquids, exploring great new flavours along the way.
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