Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What you may or may not know about the e-liquid?

It is very interesting that even though this fashion of “healthy smoking” is rather new, there are already several types of e-liquids that can be used with an e-cig model. For example, depending on the model of e-cig you have, you may be using single-use cartridges or little bottles where the liquid is stored.
If you are using cartridges, then at the purchase of an e-liquid you would normally get five cartridges out of which one is filled with a random flavor of e-liquid. There are electronic cigarette models in which the liquid is introduced directly into the atomizer.

People claim that the benefits outcome the risks, but no matter the general belief, you need to inform on the risks.

The most important benefit would be that you are going to smoke in a healthier way. Because nothing is burned, you will inhale less dangerous substances. The next best thing is that you will be allowed to smoke in closed spaces, in non-smokers rooms or restaurants, or practically whenever or wherever you are. A third advantage is that, because nothing burns, no ashes remain. 

Thus, you will not have to worry that you could burn your clothes or that the ugly smell of smoke will stick to your hair, clothes, breath, or hands.

Because it is a new product, the risks or health effects of smoking e-liquid are yet unknown, but because of the great freedom of manufacturers to use a large palette of ingredients, the chances are that the e-liquid does not always contain what it says on the label. In order to be sure that you are smoking what you are told, only buy trusted brands of e-liquids. Make sure to buy electornic cigarettes accessories from professional manufacturers only. 

E-liquid bottle in number of cigarettes

There are two main measurements of e-liquid nicotine, divided into US and non-US.  The US eLiquid carries the following measurements: High – 24mg nicotine, Medium – 16-18mg nicotine, Low – 6 mg nicotine and Zero – 0mg nicotine. The Imported eLiquid carries a similar measurementse but it may varry a little.

It is said that a bottle of e-liquid should normally last for about a week. This means that during a week you will be smoking the equivalent of 300 cigarettes of different nicotine levels.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tips and facts about the e-liquid

What is the e-liquid?

As the name suggests, the e-liquid is a type of solution which is introduced into an electronic cigarette and then used as a nicotine replacement. It is not electronic in the sense that you plug the liquid in (obviously), but it is electronic in the sense that it accompanies the electronic cigarette (which you do plug in in order for it to charge).

Why was the e-liquid invented?

Just as the electronic cigarette, it was designed and invented by scientists as an alternative to the traditional cigarettes. People are becoming increasingly aware of the harm done by intensive tobacco smoking, among which skin, neck and lung cancer are the most dangerous. Therefore, they started looking for other ways in which they can satisfy their need for nicotine and pleasure of smoking.

What users need to keep in mind is that, while anyone can smoke e-cigarettes, they are aimed at current smokers who want to give up smoking and have failed trying other methods. It is also a healthier alternative to traditional smoking – therefore people are not necessarily giving up smoking, they are smoking but the e-liquid allows them to eliminate all the harmful substances from traditional tobacco.

The period needed to give up smoking using this method is undetermined yet, but it all depends on the ambition of the smoker. The only tip scientists, former smokers who have given up smoking by using e-cigs, and manufacturers can give is to stick to your e-cig whenever you feel the need of smoking.

What are the ingredients that are to be found in the e-liquid?

Because there are no strict rules and laws regarding the manufacturing and merchandising of these products, each producer can vary the ingredients of his brand. However, in the majority of cases the e-liquid contains water, PG (or Propylene Glycol) and a certain amount of nicotine. The PG is generally used in many industries, starting from that of skin care – including shampoos, soaps and lotions –, in the food industry as a food additive and in tobacco cigarettes. It is thus an ingredient which does not pose any immediate threat to the health of an e-cig smoker.

Apart from these traditional substances, the e-liquid can also contain citric acid, vegetable glycerine,  distilled water, vinegar or lemon. To these are added the natural or artificial flavours and voila! You have the liquid ready.