Picking out amazing e cig batteries and atomizers is a blast.
There are so many options and combinations out there ranging from configurations simple enough for a caveman (no offense to our cromagnon readers out there) to set ups complex enough to keep a rocket scientist satisfied – and numerous options in between. However, your e cig, regardless of the type, ain’t worth nuthin’ without e juice. The e juice is how you’ll get your nicotine to sooth the beastly addiction within you, and how (if you choose) to eventually wean yourself off of nicotine.
Now, you might have heard a few things out in the wild from uneducated sources that e juice contains insane chemicals like antifreeze that are just as bad (if not worse) than cigarettes – THIS IS FALSE. Yes, all caps were necessary, but I’ll apologize for yelling at you through the computer screen nonetheless. If you buy e juice from a quality vendor who lists their ingredients, you’ll know EXACTLY what you’re putting into your body. If for some reason the vendor doesn’t list the ingredients, or they can’t/won’t tell you what their e liquid contains if asked, runaway and buy your e juice from an HONEST vendor.
Reputable E Liquids Contain a Combination of These Ingredients:
1. Propylene Glycol (PG) and/or Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
These are the two most common ingredients that you’ll find in e liquid since they’re used as the suspension agent for the flavorings and nicotine. They’re both GRAS or Generally Recognized As Safe by the FDA, tasteless, and used safely by humans every day without incident. In e juice, you’ll find blends that exclusively use 100% PG or VG, or blends that use a mixture of each.
PG is thin, carries better flavor, produces less vapor, acts as a preservative and extends the life of your e juice, but a portion of the population is allergic and/or sensitive to PG, while VG is thick, produces more vapor, is super hypoallergenic (i.e. people who have PG allergies vape VG without issue), but it’s not a preservative like PG.
2. Non-Oil Food Grade Flavorings
Yup, flavors that you might already be eating and putting into your body on a daily basis are commonly used in e juice. Most of these flavors are perfectly safe, and there’s only a few that you should avoid (we’ll list those in the next session – so keep reading). Just make sure that your favorite vendor isn’t using any oil based flavorings. If they are, or if they can’t assure you that they’re not, find another vendor A.S.A.P. – there’s plenty of great vendors out there who deserve your business.
You’re probably already familiar with this ingredient since it’s one of the primary reasons you were hooked on cigarettes. While there’s a bit of a controversy around nicotine, there’s no doubt that vaping an e cig with nicotine is MUCH safer than smoking a traditional cigarette that doesn’t only contain nicotine – but a butt load of other dangerous/deadly chemicals as well.
With e juice, you’ll find bottles commonly advertised as 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg, and 32mg – but what the heck does that mean? Basically, nicotine in an e juice solution is measured as milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml), so each milliliter of e juice that you purchase will contain the advertised milligrams of nicotine. So, depending on your daily smoking habits, you’ll probably want to start anywhere between 12mg and 24mg (I only recommend 32mg to chimneys) and then gradually taper down from there. Make sure you check out our chapter on safety to understand how much nicotine is too much and when to cut back.
50% PG / 50% VG E-Juice
Ingredients You Should Avoid
Diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, and acetoin are ingredients you should 100% avoid. In the past, they’ve been used in creamy, buttery, and vanilla-esque flavors. While they taste great, they’ve been known to give people a condition known as popcorn lung. You might be wondering how something so delicious sounding could be so sinister, but get over it because it is! Sure, it’s not as bad as lung cancer, but it’s still gross and should be avoided at all costs.
Cinnamon Is Borderline.
There was a bit of controversy surrounding cinnamon based flavors, but after the dust settled they were generally regarded as safe again. However, there are a lot of people that maintain their boycott of cinnamon flavors, but I’m not one of them – so it’s really up to you.
WOW, so Delicious!
The most important thing about e juice, is to get a variety and stock up so that you’re never without. Remember, taste is subjective and what tastes amazing to me might taste like poop in a bucket to you. It’s also good to note that some e liquids taste better with age after they’ve cured, but there are a few ways that you can use to speed up the process. The great thing about e juice is that if you don’t like it, there are places where you can sell, give away, or even trade what you have for something else.
Cinnamon is “borderline” safe