E Juice Information
Many who aren’t familiar with electronic cigarettes don’t know how to get started with refillable tanks and e juice. They just know that some e-cigarettes they’ve seen have tanks with that are filled with liquid, and they seem to be much more satisfying than the disposable from the corner store. This page is to help with E Juice information, please do your own research and google all the risks associated with Vaping, Smoking and E Juice, especially if you are already using vaporizers.
For those who think visually, think of it like this. As a smoker, you know how important tobacco is to the experience. Without it, there would be no experience. Essentially, e liquid and e-juice are to electronic cigarettes what tobacco is to cigarettes. They create the smoke (vapour) and can contain the nicotine.
So let’s get right down to it and look at how e liquid works, whether it’s safe, and how you can use it to enhance your e-cig experience.
Ingredients Found In Electronic Cigarette Liquid – E Juice Information
The first question anyone has about e liquid is, “What’s in that stuff?” And that’s understandable because not many people know anything about it. It’s brand new, and it just seems a little strange to be vaporizing a liquid with nicotine in it. But we’re going to break it down and show how it’s that much better than smoking tobacco.
Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin: The Base of eJuice
One of the best advantages to smoking electronic cigarettes is the fact that you are exposing your body to far, far fewer toxins and carcinogens than if you were smoking processed tobacco. E Juice typically has only four ingredients: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) (most juices these days use a combination of the two), the flavouring, distilled water and nicotine (optional).
I know it is hard to believe, especially when you consider the thousands upon thousands of ingredients in tobacco, but it’s true. Many people worry about the vaporization of the PG & VG, but both are commonly used in pharmaceuticals, makeup, food preservatives, and much more. They may not be entirely safe, but we can be almost certain that they’re far safer than the alternative. Let’s look into each of these ingredients.
Many anti-vapour critics have said that propylene glycol is used as the antifreeze, and said that e-cig users are basically inhaling antifreeze. If they had just done a quick google search on the subject, they would see why that’s not true at all.
PG used as anti-freeze is called “industrial grade” and is not pure Propylene Glycol. The PG used in e-liquids is called USP Propylene Glycol, and it is pharmaceutical grade, 99.9% pure. We will have a more detailed article on the safety of propylene glycol, but all you need to know now is the FDA’s statement on the topic:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products.
-Quote courtesy of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Abuse Registry
Regarding how it affects your e-cig use (vaping), PG typically causes dry mouth and doesn’t create massive clouds of vapour; however it is used because it carries flavours better.
Vegetable Glycerin is very similar to Propylene Glycol regarding safety. It’s non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, and studies have shown that whether you ingest it or inhale it, it has no harmful effect on the lungs or any part of your body. We’ll talk more about the details in further posts, but it would appear that Vegetable Glycerin is perfectly safe for inhalation.
In terms of how it affects your e-cig use, well vegetable glycerin typically creates larger clouds of vapour but does not carry flavour as well. This is why many juice makers will mix PG & VG in different percentages to find the right combination of flavour and vapour production. Also, some people have allergies to propylene glycol while vegetable glycerin is hypoallergenic.
Nicotine: The Source of It All
Nicotine is the reason behind everything. It’s the substance in tobacco that brought us here and the ingredient in e-liquid that keeps us here. But there’s a difference between the two worlds. Mainly, nicotine content isn’t measured or used in the tobacco cigarette market at all. You don’t know how much nicotine you’re getting per cigarette.
But in the vaping world, it is highly measured and highly customizable. Nicotine levels will vary with manufacturer, but for the most part, they are pretty standard. They will either be marked as mg/mL or %. Here are the typical strengths you will find:
- 0 mg/ml (0.0%) – For those who quit smoking but still have an oral fixation for a cigarette
- 6 mg/ml (0.6%) -Sometimes marked as 0.6% . A little below what could be compared to a light cigarette
- 12 mg/ml (1.2%) – Sometimes marked as 1.2%. This is level is typically favored by those who used to smoke light cigarettes
- 18 mg/ml (1.8%) – This can be considered an average level, for regular smokers and vapers who prefer some nicotine
- 24 mg/ml (2.4%) – A bit on the high side and preferred by people considered heavy smokers
Looking at the nicotine levels above should give you an idea of what your choices will be when picking up your e-liquid. If you don’t feel like e-cigarettes are helping with switching over completely, think about upping the strength. If you feel dizzy when you use it or any other symptoms, we’d recommend checking with your doctor and definitely going to a lower strength.
E Juice Flavours – E Juice Information
E Cigarette Liquid Flavouring
The flavouring used in e-cigarettes is a concentrate that is actually made by some manufacturers of concentrated flavours used for homemade candy. The flavouring comes in either alcohol-based extract or oil based. We don’t know much about the inhalation of flavouring but there is so little used in e juice, and no studies have reported any issues, so it appears to be on the safe side.
In terms of what this means for flavour options, it basically makes them unlimited. Juice makers can combine any amounts of the concentrate and alter the levels of PG and VG to really take flavour customization to a whole new level. Which is why you see so many flavours on the market today.
E Liquid and Safety
There have as of yet been no studies completed to show what the short or long term effects of smoking e-cigarettes might be. For the most part however, common sense would dictate that it is much safer than traditional tobacco smoking. Consider for a moment the ingredients of a tobacco cigarette. There are over 400 different chemicals and additives found in a typical cigarette. So when you smoke a cigarette, you are putting all of those things into your body, and it HAS been proven to be dangerous.
With electronic cigarettes and the e-liquid, they use there are only four ingredients as compared to the over 400 of a tobacco cigarette. In addition to that huge difference in numbers, the 4 are all safe and have been proven as such. Well, that is, with the exception of the nicotine. Regardless, when you compare the two options, it is clear to see that the electronic cigarette and the e-liquid is much, much safer than the alternative. Common sense is something that by definition we should all have in abundance, so if I am using mine, I would have to say that the e-liquid is the safer, cleaner, and tastier of the two. If people aren’t going to quit smoking cigarettes, then why not just switch to something that is probably much safer?
Steeping your E-Juice
Steeping e-liquid may sound complicated, but in all actuality, it is not. New vapers may have heard the term thrown during vape meets while experienced users know its value through and through.
At its most basic, steeping is when e-juices stored with caps open and nozzles removed to allow air to get in. Aside from getting aerated, this also allows the ingredients to settle fully. Whenever we have a batch of e-liquids, we always make sure to remove all caps and nozzles and store them in a cool, dry place for a couple of days.
By steeping the e-juice, the ingredients inside are given time to settle and interact with each other, resulting in a more flavourful product. There are times when new e-juice may seem awful at first, but after it is steeped, it may taste wholly different. Whenever you find a flavour not quite to your liking, store it for a few days and try again, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Some e-liquids get its full flavour after a few hours while others may take several days. If you are serious about getting the most out of your e-juice, some trial and error is required. It is important to note that some manufacturers pre-steep their product, so it is ready to vape in all its flavourful glory once it is in vapers’ hands.
When you decide to start steeping your e-juice, be sure to store it in a cool, dry, and safe place. Somewhere where kids or pets won’t get any access. The last thing you would want is to have all your e-liquid spilled and ruined by accident.
While steeping is not at all required, it does improve the overall vaping experience. If you have the time to do so, we suggest you go ahead. If not, you don’t lose much save missing out on your e-liquid’s full flavour potential.
All Captain Vapour E Liquid ingredients are sourced from established suppliers, and are only purchased from New Zealand or FDA approved USA stockists – this is how we got to where we are now. We vape the juice and want to be assured that what is in it is safe.
Even though E-Cigs have up to 700 times less diacetyl than analogue cigarettes, all our E Juice is diacetyl free. Our ingredients are stored safely, with food safety standards followed, maintaining equipment in a clean working environment.
- Keep locked up and out of reach of children
- In case of accident or if you feel unwell seek medical advice immediately
- Not for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- May contain nuts
- May be harmful if swallowed
- For over 18 use only
- Please use responsibly
- Made in New Zealand
Vape safely. Captain Vapour.