What are e-juices?
What is it?
E-juice or e-liquid is a liquid used in e-cigarettes. Most e-cigs have some kind of cartridge that you put the e-juice into; the battery powers an atomizer which then heats up the e-juice and turns it into a vapor that you inhale like cigarette smoke. The vapor that you inhale is the same kind used in theatre fog and medical inhalers and has no known health risks.
What is in it?
I really hate to get all technical, but since you asked; e-juice is typically made with 5-10 ingredients, the main ones being: PG/VG, flavoring and nicotine.
- PG/VG—e-juice has propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG). Propylene glycol is an organic compound that is commonly used in medications and food flavorings. It is considered by the FDA to be safe to handle and ingest. Vegetable glycerin is derived from vegetable oils such as coconut or palm oil. It is commonly used in cosmetic products, food, and in medical products as a replacement for alcohol.
- Flavorings—e-juices come in thousands of different flavors made by many different companies. You can get almost any flavor you can conceive of, from plain tobacco to fruits, desserts, coffees, mixed drinks, etc.
- Nicotine—there is varying degrees of nicotine in e-juice. If you have just quit smoking, you should start with a greater amount of nicotine so your body doesn’t protest so hard. For me, it was surprisingly easy to cut back the nicotine to 11mg. or less in a very short time; it only took a couple of weeks.
Why is this better than smoking?
Well for one thing, there is no tobacco in e-juice. In the United States, tobacco use is responsable for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; this equals about 443,000 early deaths each year. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2012)
Also, e-juice does not contain any of the 5300+ known chemicals that are found in cigarettes. Once you cut those out of your system, you’re already making a much healthier decision.
Also, there are no known negative side effects to those around you. Second hand smoke from cigarettes is known for it’s horrible effects on children, pets and anyone else nearby.
On a strictly superficial vein, e-juice does not leave you smelling like an ashtray. It has virtually no scent at all. It doesn’t leave your skin wrinkled and old-looking, or cause you to hack up a lung every night.