Vaping has fast replaced smoking as the Habit of choice for nicotine addicts. Vape juice contains far fewer chemicals and so is likely to be safer than tobacco.
Nevertheless, even though it's safer, this doesn't mean that you should take up the habit without any further research. You need to understand what it is that you're putting in your body so that you have a good appreciation of the risks. From there, you can make an informed decision about whether it's the right choice for you or not.
We have created this article to give you a brief overview of vape liquid. This will help you to develop a full appreciation of what it is that you're consuming.
The Many Different Names
Some people become confused when they first start vaping because the vape juices have so many different names. People call it different things depending on their own personal preference. It's one of those things that goes by so many different names that it can be confusing and people can assume that the different names refer to different things.
Here are some of the names of people used to describe vape liquid:
Wherever you see these names, they refer to the same thing. It refers to the liquid you put in a vape device. You might also people see people referring to their juices by the actual brand name, such as cosmic fog E Liquid.
The different ingredients in vape juice
In general, there are four ingredients in a vape. Let's look at each end turn:
For a juice to be legal for sale in the UK, it needs to adhere to certain legislation. For example, they are not allowed to contain more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per 1 ml of juice.
When you're new to vaping, you tend to make mistakes. This is the same as any new venture – you have to learn by your mistakes. However, you don't always have to make these mistakes yourself; you can learn from other people's mistakes instead.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the things that you should be paying attention to when buying new juices. Ejuices come in a range of different flavours and types. You need to understand what these are in order to choose the ones that are right for you.
Understanding how the ratio of propylene glycol to vegetable glycerine affects the vape
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are two of the main ingredients in vape juice. You can occasionally find juices that substitute vegetable glycerine for aqueous glycerine, but it isn't very common so we won't explore the latter in depth here.
Different juices have differing amounts of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. You will see in a product description two numbers separated by a slash. For example, in the description for The Milkman e juice it says 99vg/01pg. This means that for every 99 units of vegetable glycerine there is one unit of propylene glycol. Some juices will just list the numbers, for example 99/01.
Normally the vegetable glycerine is the first number and the propylene glycol is the second, but this isn't always the case. In addition, the largest number usually refers to the vegetable glycerine.
The more vegetable glycerine there is in a juice the thicker the clouds it will produce. This means that The Milkman e juice produces thick clouds, because it contains 99% vegetable glycerine. Vegetable glycerine is also sweet, so the more it contains, the sweeter the juice will be. It is also gentler on throat, so a high VG juice will produce a gentle hit at the back of your throat.
The more propylene glycol there is, the thinner the juices, and so the less thick the clouds. Some people prefer smaller clouds when vaping in public because it draws less attention to them. Propylene glycol has no flavour so it does not affect the taste of the juice. However, it is quite harsh and it will give a harder throat hit. The more PG there is, the harsher it will hit that back of your throat.
When choosing a juice, you should be thinking about which of those qualities you prefer. If you're a cloud Chaser, you'll prefer a higher vegetable glycerine content. If you're an ex-smoker, you'll prefer a higher PG content. If you're both a cloud chaser and an ex-smoker, you'll probably like something in between.
The nicotine content
You will need to match the nicotine content to your current nicotine addiction. The more addicted you are, the more likely you are to prefer a higher nicotine juice. Juices that contain more than 20 mg of nicotine can cause anxiety and for this reason, they are illegal for sale in the UK. Most smokers prefer less than 20 mg so this law affects only a very small number of people.
Vaping is considered a safer alternative to smoking. And it’s not just vape shops that make this claim, Public Health England does too. While they do not advocate taking up the habit, they do believe that it is safer than smoking is.
Nonetheless, there are some persistent myths around that claim vaping is dangerous and that it should be avoided. We have even heard of people saying that smoking is better than vaping, despite the vast number of carcinogens and known issues with smoking.
Today, we are going to debunk some of the myths that people claim about vaping. This will help some of you to put your mind at ease and hopefully swap the more dangerous habit of smoking for that of vaping.
Myth 1: Vaping Is a Gateway Drug
Some people appear to view vaping in the same league as drugs such as cocaine and heroin. We’re unsure why people have made the connection – perhaps it’s something to do with crack pipes? While they don’t look the same as vape devices, there are some similarities, we suppose.
The truth is that vaping is not a gateway drug. It will not cause you to seek to get higher and higher by participating in ever more dangerous drugs. The worst that can happen when you vape is that you develop (or maintain) a nicotine habit. Whilst that isn’t great for your health, it also isn’t anywhere near as bad for you as other drugs. Plus, you can cut down your nicotine intake overtime by choosing to vape low nicotine liquids, such as Dinner Lady Vape.
Myth 2: Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung
Popcorn lung is not what you probably imagine it to be. People imagine that you somehow develop popcorn looking growth in your lungs. Popcorn lung is a serious condition and it does damage your lungs, but it is not linked to vaping yet.
There is an ingredient in popcorn that when microwaved gives off dangerous fumes. Some workers in factories making popcorn developed a chronic lung condition because they inhaled some of these fumes. It wasn’t all workers.
Why is this relevant to vaping? Well, the ingredient that is found to have caused popcorn lung, was sometimes used in vape juices. However, this has now been BANNED. If you buy juices in the UK, they will not contain this dangerous ingredient.
Myth 3: Vaping Isn’t Regulated and So Is Dangerous
Following o closely from the previous myth, some people believe vaping is dangerous because it is unregulated. Well, that’s simply untrue. Vaping is regulated by the Tobacco Products Directive (2014). This legislation comes from the EU and will hopefully be transferred once we leave. Currently, the vape industry is heavily regulated. As well as dangerous ingredients, the TPD places conditions on nicotine content (no more than 20mg per 1ml of juice) and tank sizes (no larger than 2ml).
Whilst vaping is not a health-promoting habit, it certainly isn't as dangerous as smoking and it’s less dangerous than some people like to claim.
It has become less and less fashionable to go to dinner in evening dress for ladies and tuxedo for gents.
Just like weddings, it often seems an effort to dress formally, but the strange thing is that during and after the event it always feels satisfying.
That old Victorian vision of ladies retiring to the drawing room after a meal, leaving the men to their cigars and brandy may seem sexist to us now, but it was right at the time.
Today, the sexes would never split apart and fewer men than ever smoke cigars. The drinks are probably the same, but more and more people are likely to either not smoke or suck on a vaping device.
Vaping has become increasingly popular with ex-tobacco users trying to drop the habit. It’s a transient journey to the point of neither smoking nor vaping.
As an e cig aficionado, you can still sit in evening dress and vape on a brand called tuxedo vapes. Inhaling on this flavour whilst wearing your tux is a blend between the old and the new.
Incidentally, I recently read a letter in one of the national newspapers in which the contributor said he still could not get over the experience of walking past three big and ugly football supporters and getting a strong whiff of strawberry mouse.
They had just left the pub and two of them were on inhalers. Presumably their particular favourite juice was some strawberry one.
Tuxedo is just one advertised juice available to vapers. But there are many thousands of others. They are mostly food flavoured and consequently most fruits and vegetable additives are used.
When switching from tobacco smoking to vaping, the first message to get is that there are a number of different devices. But perhaps the more difficult part is finding a juice you like out of those thousands available.
Although it is easy to buy online, a beginner will benefit by visiting a retail outlet and get some initial advice on choosing the equipment and juice. You never know, you might end up with the tuxedo.
Vaping has been around a relatively long time now. I started vaping around 7 years ago and was one of the early pioneers. I’ve seen the industry explode into a multi-billion pound industry. Given that, there are so many e-juice flavours available nowadays.
This has its positives and its negatives. Negatives are that it’s difficult to find great flavours because you have to experiment so much with different juices – the choice can feel overwhelming. Positives are that you get to experience many deferent flavours. Over the years, I’ve developed a nice collection of my favourite flavours, from the newer juices, such as Riot Squad e liquid to older juices, such as traditional orange or lemon.
Today, I’m going to share some of the things that I've learned about discovering new flavours. I feel that I have some decent advice to share with you guys and that by reading this blog you'll be able to more easily find flavours that you love.
Go and Visit a Vape Shop
Many of my fellow vapour friends just buy their juices online. Yes, it is definitely more convenient, but it doesn’t help with discovering flavours. Visiting a vape shop is much more productive. The vast majority of vape shops that I've visited are run by some awesome people. They’ll gladly let you sample juices before you buy.
This is such a great way to discover new flavours – you can even make some new friends! Give it a go if you’ve never done it before.
I would give you one word of caution here, though: make sure you sample non-nicotine juices. Otherwise, you can get way too much nicotine in your system and you'll literally come away buzzing.
Buy Sample Boxes
I know that for many of you, visiting a vape shop is out of the question because they're either too far away or they're only open during the workday. You can still sample a decent amount of juices when buying online. All you need to do is invest in some of the sample boxes. Here, the juice manufactures will send you boxes of up to 10 flavours, which you can sample as and when you want to.
The good thing here is that they usually contain nicotine, so you get to continue your habit and still get your fix. Because you don’t have to sample them all at the same time, you won’t get buzzed either.
Another tip: use a notebook to document what you think of each juice. It’s easy to forget which one you liked the best and which one you didn’t like at all – nothing worse than putting an order in and realising you mixed your favourite and your worst and now you're stuck with a juice you don’t like.
Ignore the Names
There are too many fancy names in the juice market. For instance, what does Riot Squad e liquid possibly taste like? A group of people rioting? No, it’s gorgeous and has tones of fruit, but you wouldn't know that by reading the name!
The only real way to tell if you'll like a juice is to try it.
There are thousands of different flavours when it comes to e-juice. This is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it keeps the habit interesting and entertaining, but on the other hand, it can be difficult to find flavours that you love amongst all the many options.
But, it is possible to find the best flavours for your tastes. These are flavours that you'll come to love. They aren’t just OK, they’re amazing, and the feeling you get when you finally find those juices will improve your vape habit tenfold. Below, you'll find a few tips and techniques to help you find the perfect flavour.
Don’t Pay Too Much Attention to Names
I’ve noticed that some juices have awesome names and because of this, I’m naturally more attracted to them – who doesn’t want to vape “Extreme Energy” – the name alone makes you think of it as a juice that will put your life in to the fast lane.
Unfortunately, the juices rarely live up to their names. Instead, they don’t seem to bear any resemblance to their descriptors. Tuxedo vapes won’t suddenly turn you into a top hat wearing, high-flying, city dweller. The juice might taste amazing, but there’s no guarantee from the name alone.
Instead, when choosing a juice, read the ingredients. Are they flavours you tend to like? If so, give them a go.
Take a Trip to Your Local Vape Shop
Vape shops are a great place to go to experiment with flavours. The vast majority of shops will let you sample a range of products. This allows you to experiment without having to go to the expense yourself, and that in turn allows you to sample a broader range of flavours.
Some of my favourite vape juices were discovered by sampling the local vape shop juices. Plus, you get the added bonus of potentially making some new friends.
Keep Notes on the Type of Flavours You Enjoy
I like to keep a little diary and keep notes on juices. I have different sections. First, I have a section for the juices, e.g. with Tuxedo vapes, there are entries on each of their various flavours and how I rank them. Next, I have a section for the various ingredients. For example, I know that I’m fond of orange flavoured juices, but that I never enjoy the lemon flavours.
Keeping notes makes it easier to work out which flavours you are likely to enjoy and which are likely to be a waste of money.
Order Sample Boxes
Sample boxes are a great way to try different flavours. The juices are smaller, but you get a wide selection. You can then decide which of those flavours, if any, it’s worth buying. Experimenting with sample boxes is one of my favourite things to do.
If you vape, but you haven’t bothered to understand how the various ingredients in vape affect your experience, then you are likely to have different experiences each time you vape. For example, you might find that sometimes you can make big clouds, while at other times, you can’t, or you might find that it sometimes hurts your throat, while at other times it’s mild. The ingredients in a juice affect the way it feels to vape in many ways. Today, we have written this article as a way of teaching you how the various ingredients affect your experiences. Understanding this will help to provide you with a much better vape experience that you can tailor specifically to your tastes.
Vegetable Glycerine – What Does It Do?
In most vape juices, VG is the most prominent ingredient. For example, a juice such as Loaded e liquid contains 70% VG. This is no accident. It plays a very important role and it has several effects on your vape.
First, VG creates a thick plume of vapour. This means that it allows you to blow fat clouds. If you’re into cloud chasing, then choose a vape that has a high amount of VG and you will be the envy of all your friends.
Next, because the vape cloud is thicker, it tends to be gentle on the throat. For ex-smokers, this may seem counter intuitive because with smoke, the larger the cloud, the more it irritates. However, vape – as the name implies – is just vapour, water droplets effectively. This means it actually helps to lubricate the throat and keeps it nice and soft. If you’re having trouble with the vape and its effects on your throat, then try choosing a high VG juice.
Finally, VG has a sweet taste, and so it will make your ejuices taste sweeter. For some people, e.g. those who are into musky and earthy flavours, this can actually be a downside, but for those of you who are into sweet flavours, VG enhances that.
Propylene Glycol – What Does It Do?
PG is almost the opposite of VG. It is the second most prominent ingredients. For example, in Loaded e liquid, there is 30% PG.
PG is much thinner than VG, and so it helps the liquid to pass through your vape device and reduces the amount of stickiness, therefore making it easier to keep your device clean and free from gunk. High VG juices will require you to clean your device more often, so if this has been an issue, choose a juice that is higher in PG.
The effect of PG on your vape experience is to provide you with a harsher hit to the back of your throat. For this reason, many ex-smokers prefer a high PG juice as it is closer to the feeling of smoking. However, a high PG juice is rated at less of a percentage than a high VG juice. For example, 30% is considered high PG, whereas 30% is considered low PG. This is because the effects of PG are much stronger, and so you require less to achieve a particular effect.
PG will also have an effect on your clouds. The higher the PG, the smaller your clouds will be. For this reason, it’s good for people trying to keep their vape low key. For example, if you vape at work, you might not want your boss to see you blowing huge clouds whilst stood outside the front of the building as it’s considered unprofessional.
We hope that we have taught you everything you wanted to know about VG and PG. However, if you have any further questions, please visit https://www.noblevaping.com/.
Come on, admit it – you were a cloud chaser, weren’t you? And now you’ve settled down a bit, grown up in your vape habit as it were, you’ve realised that the sweetness of high VG liquids just doesn’t cut it for your taste buds anymore. Now, you're moving away from the clouds – you want to concentrate on the flavour instead. You want to become an e-juice connoisseur.
You’re bored with the cloud chasing. Today, for you, it’s all about the flavour. Maybe you fancy yourself a little bit of a sommelier, but for vaping? Well, if this sounds familiar – and it will for many of you because vaping is coming of age, and with it, a sophistication is emerging – you’ve come to the right place. We are going to explore the various things that you can be doing to achieve deeper and more delicate flavours from your juices.
Tip 1: Know Where to Buy Your Juice
Cloud chasing is big news, and clouds are helped along by high VG juices. Therefore, you will find that many of the juices for sale on the market have a high VG content. Twelve Monkeys e juice, for instance is quite high at 70%.
You need to shop around in order to find the lower VG content juices. A juice of around 50% VG will be less sweet and this will have an impact on the flavour profile, bringing out subtler flavours.
If you find it particularly difficult to find low VG juices, then get in touch with the vape shops and ask them which of their juices low VG are.
Alternatively, you can always consider making your own e-juices. This allows you to control everything, from the VG content to the flavour.
Tip 2: Adjust Your Flow
No, not the way you blow your vape out (although that can affect flavour). We mean adjust the flow on your mech device. If you decrease the amount of air coming through it will reduce the size of your clouds, but it will also enhance the flavour and the intensity of the nicotine content.
If flavour profile is important to you, then you should definitely play around with the air settings on your mech device.
Tip 3: Stronger Coils
Your coils should be highly resistant. These are more expensive to buy, but they create more heat and this enhances the depth of the flavour of the juices.
Play around with different types of coil. Different people have differing preferences when it comes to coils and the way they affect the flavour, so spend some time experimenting.
Tip 4: Mix It Up
If you consistently smoke the same flavour, you will find that it tastes less potent over time. It’s well known phenomena. To avoid this issue, you need to mix your flavours up. For example, vape Twelve Monkeys e juice for a week, then swap to Dinner Lady e juice, then a week later swap to Tuxedo vapes – keep circulating your juices so that your taste buds don’t become accustomed to the juice.
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As a vaper, it’s important that you understand what the ingredients in your e-juice are and what they do. Without this knowledge, you will have no idea if what you're vaping is even safe.
Sure, in the UK, we are heavily regulated and UK-based e-juice sellers must ensure that their product safe, but nonetheless, it’s always better to at least have some understanding of the constituents of e-juice – and if you're buying your juices abroad, it’s even more important.
Today, we are going to explore the main ingredients found in e-juice. We would recommend that you stick to ejuices that contain only the following ingredients. These are the tried and tested ingredients and they are known for being safe.
There are three key ingredients in all e-juice liquids:
OK, so let’s now look at each in turn.
It can be difficult to work out exactly what the flavours are made from, but most generally consist of a carrier, which is usually vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol (both of which are also diluters, interestingly enough). To the carrier, we add flavour. The flavour should be derived from a natural ingredient, for example, cinnamon flavouring comes from cinnamon root.
The manufactures of e-juice generally buy their flavouring from a third party. They should be food grade, so that they are safe for consumption. If they aren’t, then choose a different brand of e-juice.
You can contact the manufacture of your e-juice and ask for detailed information on their e-juices. They may not always be as forth coming as you might like – they like to keep their recipes close to their chests in order to prevent imitations – but they should be able to prove that the ingredients they use are safe.
You can also ask your local vape shop for more details. For example, a vape shop in Shoreditch should have information about kilo e liquid. They are selling the product, so they must ensure that the product is safe for use. Vaping is regulated by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in the UK, and all Vape Shops must ensure their products adhere to the rules.
Most e-juice uses two diluters. Each diluter has a different function. Let’s take a closer look at each:
This is rather self-explanatory. Nicotine is a stimulant and many people are addicted to it. They like to vape it, rather than smoke cigarettes, because it’s safer.
Again, in the UK, the TPD regulates the amount of nicotine in a juice. For instance, you will not be able to find Shoreditch e liquid with more than 20mg of nicotine per 1ml of e-liquid because that is the legal limit in the UK.
We hope that you now have a good idea about the contents of your liquids because it’s important that you understand what you are vaping.
Finding a decent vape shop can be a lot of hard work. Vaping is relatively new – it’s been around for ~5 years. This means that the degree of expertise and knowledge on all things vape is relatively sparse still, making it hard to find a decent seller.
Fortunately, there are some great sellers out there. Finding them isn’t always easy, but we have written this article to help teach you how to find a decent vape shop. Vape shops are a common feature in the UK’s highstreets, but that doesn’t mean that they are all the same. Use the advice we have outlined below, and it will help you to find a good supplier for your vape.
One of the best things about vaping is the range of experiences that it can give you.
First, you have a huge range of flavours available, making the vape experience fun and interesting. Next, you have different ways of vaping and these various methods give you different experiences. For instance, one might help you to make huge plumes while another might give you a good throat hit.
The important thing to understand is that the vape experience is enhanced by experimenting with different options, and the wider the range of stock sold by a particular vape shop, the more you can experiment.
You'll have a much better time being a customer of a well-stocked vape shop Liverpool Street, than a poorly-stocked vape shop Oxford Street. The location of the latter shop may give the impression that it’s better (i.e. it’s the UK’s best shopping street), but if the stock is limited, it won’t be as good as a vape shop that sells a better range.
When you visit a vape shop, the staff should be able to explain the ins and outs of vaping. If you have a problem with your vaporiser, e.g., it doesn’t make big plumes, they should know how to fix the issue, e.g. by changing vape juice or changing the unit.
Staff that can answer your questions and that can help tailor your vape experience to your preferences are invaluable. You can tell who they are because they have a lot of knowledge, and it’s accurate.
You should expect to pay a little more when shopping with a decent vape shop. You're paying the extra because they’re good at what they do. However, prices shouldn’t be exorbitant. You should compare prices between vape shops to establish who is offering value for money – remember to add a little extra when they’re adding value of their own by way of their expertise.
Finally, the vape shop should be convenient. For example, if you use a vape shop Liverpool Street, you should at least live nearby, be able to reach the shop easily, or ensure they have a decent delivery option. There’s no point ensuring the first three points are met if this point cannot be met.
We hope that you now understand how to find a decent vape shop. If you would like to visit such a shop now, please visit https://www.noblevaping.com/.
If you vape, you’ve no doubt had people approach you asking all sorts of nonsense questions. You're on your break from work, all you want to do is have a quick vape, but instead, you have to engage in conversation and talk to people – “well, grr, let us get our nicotine hit out the way so we can be more sociable, and then we’ll answer your questions”.
Maybe it’s just me, but I get questions all the time. They usually involve the same questions too. Over time, I’ve learned how to answer these questions. Below, you will find a list of common questions and some ways to answer them.
Because many of us have moved from smoking to vaping, other people assume that it’s part of the process of quitting nicotine altogether. They view smoking the same way they view nicotine patches or gum.
Well, if you ever tried patches or gum, you'll already understand this: they’re addictive as anything. I literally chewed nicotine gum for 5-years once – no joke!
Just explain to them that you aren’t planning on quitting (unless you are) and that you’ve decided to vape because it’s safer than smoking as far as we know.
Why would you go to the expense of buying your e cigarette London if you were going to quit in a few weeks? Explain to them how expensive it is to vape – the juices are cheap, but the set up costs (buying your tank, etc. is expensive).
Look, if people are complaining about the vape, then you probably should go outside. It’s not fair to force people to inhale your second-hand vape. Sure, there might not be any dangers for them in doing this, but if they don’t like the smell or taste, they’re not going to appreciate it. Just step outside.
There aren’t many rules about vaping, so unless you're at a private establishment, and they want you to stop vaping, or you’re on public transport, then you are legally allowed to vape. However, just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you should annoy people. Stepping outside will save a lot of agro for everyone.
So many people will tell you that vaping is going to turn out like smoking. Give it twenty to forty years and we’ll realise that it gives us all sorts of horrid diseases. That’s what people will tell you.
Is it true? Well, we really have no way of knowing until we get to that point. However, we can make an educated guess that the effects of vaping are likely to be far less severe than the effects of smoking were.
The reason for this is the lack of carcinogens within e-liquids. Cigarettes use hundreds of chemicals in order to ensure that they burn correctly. Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens. In e-liquids, we know of none.
However, it’s important that you buy all of your vape equipment from a reputable UK source, such as e cigarette London. These businesses are regulated and they must sell safe products. If you buy the cheaper liquids from places like China, there are few guarantees that they are safe.
We hope that you can now answer some of those questions. If you would like further help and advice about vaping, please visit https://www.noblevaping.com/.