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We took some of the best e-liquids and looked for the most common ingredients. This is what we found. Some interesting facts to take into consideration when hearing negative news about e-liquid.
The wide majority of e-liquids on the market today are usually made out of four main components: Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Flavorings and Nicotine. Depending on the desired viscosity and throat hit, Vegetable Glycerin or Propylene Glycol are usually the predominant ingredients.
Vegetable Glycerin or VG is also known as vegetable glycerol and it is made from plant oils. It is a colorless, thick organic compound that acts as a diluting agent. It is used as a sweetener or as in ingredient in many pharmaceutical, cosmetic or food products. In e-liquids, the higher the VG quantity, the thicker the substance, the bigger the clouds and the milder the throat hit.
Propylene Glycol is a colorless, almost odorless synthetic organic compound used as a diluting agent. It is also used in food and beverages, medicines and cosmetics. In e-liquids, the higher the PG quantity the thinner the substance and the harsher the throat hit.
Flavorings used in e-liquids can be natural or artificial and are responsible for interacting with our taste and olfactory senses. These are food grade and safe for consumption. Concentrations range between 5 - 25% but may vary depending on the amount of VG used as base.
Nicotine is a colorless, almost odorless organic compound known as an alkaloid. It occurs naturally in tobacco and other plants and it acts as a stimulant. It is responsible for both the buzz and throat hit you get from vaping ecig products.
The proportions in which these ingredients are used vary depending on manufacturer, e-liquid viscosity and strength. Some companies can also use extra components such as distilled water, alcohol or PEG400 in their liquids, however all of these are generally regarded as safe.
In conclusion, the substances used for manufacturing e-liquids are also used in diverse medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. In the small concentrations from vaping they are regarded as safe for humans but it’s always a good idea to check with your physician for certain allergies.