What are ingredients of e-juice? By now you must have heard or even used an electronic cigarette or simply e-cig. Fact remains that vaping (smoking e-cigarettes) has changed the smoking experience. No longer do you have to put-up with offending tobacco smells, chances of burning stuff due to the fire embers/ashes, stained teeth, unpleasant smell, or consuming too much nicotine. All you need is just vaping.
However, did you know e-juice is what gives you the “high”? Also known as e-liquid, e-juice is the solution that is introduced into the cartomizer. After being heated up by the built-in heating element that is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the e-liquid vaporizes and produces the white smoke.
E-juice comes in different flavors and can contain nicotine or be nicotine-free. Different types have been developed overtime each coming with its unique features. Nonetheless, the following are the key ingredients:
1. Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
80 to 90% of e-juice is base which is mixed with other ingredients which can be either artificial or natural. Vegetable glycerine (VG) is a type of base and its proportion varies from 50% up to 100%. VG is a common product and is used in food items, beauty products, health products, and more. The base is quite thick and has to be mixed with other ingredients such as Propylene glycol (PG) to create the right blend and flavor. It is also non toxic.
2. Propylene Glycol (PG)
To create the smooth flavor, VG is also mixed with another base known as Propylene Glycol (PG). Common proportions of PG to VG include 70% PG/VG 30%, 60% PG/VG 40%, 50% PG/VG 50% and more. Propylene Glycol is popularly used as a food coloring ingredient, flavoring carrier, fog machines, as well as additive in medicines. Similar to vegetable glycerin, Propylene Glycol is also not toxic.
Flavor accounts for between 10 and 20% of the e-juice and can be artificial or natural. The food grade flavor is similar to that used in making candy, baking, food products, medicine and more. In addition to giving the-ejuice the scent it also brings out the taste. Common flavorings include vanilla, peppermint, tobacco, chocolate, caramel, cherry, grape, cinnamon, and grape among others.
Nicotine is what gives you the “kick” or “high” when vaping. It is also the same ingredient found in tobacco and is also known to be quite addictive. The percentage of nicotine in e-juice varies from 0 % up to 2.4% meaning there are some e-juices that are free of nicotine. A good brand only uses pharmaceutical grade pure nicotine. The strength of the nicotine is described in mg of nicotine and can be 0mg (nicotine-free), 6mg (Extra Light), 12mg (light), 18mg (Regular), and 24mg (high).
5. Distilled Water
Though this is an optional ingredient, distilled water can also be found in the e-juice. It is used to dilute or create the right consistency for easy vaping. Distilled water is used because it doesn’t contain any ions or elements that can interfere with the other ingredients.
The above are the main ingredients found in e-juice and their concentration varies from one brand to another. Though it gives you the same if not better effect than the traditional tobacco cigarette, e-juice contains fewer toxic substances. It is also seen as a good option when it comes to aids to smoking.