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Vaping explained in more detail

Vaping has taken off massively and more and more of us are switching to vaping instead of smoking cigarettes. We have outlined some details about vaping and are trying to explain in a simpler manner the terms and products involved. Please note, these vaping products and e liquid are for those who want to quit smoking and we are sure they can be beneficial if one really wants to stop smoking.

What is in an E Liquid and is at safe?

If you are new to vaping, you may have some concerns about the ingredients that e-liquids contain. Lots of people have a lack of knowledge about e-liquids and find the idea of vaporizing a nicotine containing liquid rather strange, however they can be assured that it is certainly a safer and better alternative to smoking regular cigarettes.

For years it has been documented and reported that smoking cigarettes is bad for health, this is indeed true and proven. An alternative is vaping and using E liquid to wain you away from the smoking habit. In our experience, the vaping alternative does help you get away from the smoking (willpower also needed).

While smoking standard cigarettes exposes you to toxins and carcinogens, vaping e-cigs have far fewer ingredients that can cause damage to your health.

There are only 4 or 5  of ingredients in E Liquid. Usually, you only find four ingredients in e-juice,

Propylene Glycol (PG),

Vegetable Glycerin (VG),


distilled water and sometimes nicotine

E-liquids contain just Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavouring, distilled water and sometimes nicotine.unlike regular tobacco which contains thousands of ingredients. 

While some people have concern about the safety of vaporizing Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin, they can be satisfied that these are ingredients that are commonly contained in all kinds of popular substances such as food preservatives, pharmaceuticals and makeup and so are bound to be safer than traditional tobacco products.


Propylene Glycol (PG)

USP Propylene Glycol is used to manufacture e-liquids and it is 99.9% pure, being pharmaceutical grade. The Food and Drug Administration have classified it as a safe food additive and it is used regularly in food products, cosmetics and medicines to maintain moisture.

While PG may cause a dry mouth occasionally and does not produce large vapour clouds, it does have a useful function for improving the carrying of flavour, which is why it is used to make e-liquids. PG is the component in the vape juice that gives a good throat hit and flavour retention.


Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

Just as safe as PG, Vegetable Glycerin is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. It can be either inhaled or ingested and will cause no harmful effect to any body part. This VG is what gives the vape clouds, if you want more clouds, choose an E Liquid which has a  higher VG content.

Although produces large vapour clouds, it does not carry flavour effectively, hence the reason why it is mixed with Propylene Glycol to produce the ideal combination of flavour and vapour. While PG may cause allergic reactions in some people, VG is known to be hypoallergenic.


VG is vegetable glycerin and PG is propylene glycol and these are the two most common e-juice bases. The majority of e-liquids are formed of a blend of these two ingredients although the ratio will vary, e.g. 80/20 PG/VG which is a mix of 80% PG and 20% VG.

Both VG and PG produce vapour and carry flavour in e-juice and are used in a wide range of products that are safe for human consumption. While PG produces better flavour, it makes less vapour, while VG produces impressive clouds.

There are some people who have a bad reaction in their throat to PG and therefore prefer VG liquids instead.


Nicotine is the ingredient that keeps everyone addicted to regular cigarettes and it is therefore one of the key ingredients found in most e-juices. Nicotine is addictive, but the harm caused by cigarettes is not due to the nicotine, it is due to the thousands of harmful chemicals that get produced while smoking cigarettes.

Quite simply, if you crave the nicotine, you can now curb the urge by vaping E liquids, this can keep you off the traditional smelly cigarettes and also keep your hands busy. There are however a number of differences between them. In standard cigarettes, there is no measure to the nicotine content, however in e-juice, the nicotine level is strictly measured and is able to be customised to suit the vaper’s preference and taste.

Nicotine levels vary between manufacturers, but is usually marked with a percentage, or alternatively as mg/ml. Usually the following strengths are found:

0.0% (0mg/ml) – Perfect for anyone who has stopped smoking, but wants to feel the experience of smoking.

0.6% (6mg/ml) – Slightly less than a standard light cigarette.

1.2% (12 mg/ml) – Great for those used to smoking light cigarettes.

1.8% (18 mg/ml) – An average level of nicotine, this is the perfect level for those who enjoy a nicotine hit as well as for regular smokers.