AdobeStock_106653823.jpeg E-Liquid is a liquid used in electronic cigarettes. It's vaporized to imitate the smoke you get in traditional cigarettes. E-liquid comes in several flavors, with an option of nicotine. It's the fluid in the tank of a vape or e-cigarette, and it creates vapor which you inhale when you vape. 

There are many reasons people smoke e-cigarettes. For some, it could be an excellent alternative to cigarette smoking, while for others, it may be a nice way to start smoking. Electronic cigarette smoking is, however, restricted to people 18 years and older.

If you intend to explore the world of vaping, then this guide is for you.

What's An E-Liquid Made Of?

E-liquid is composed of three or four main ingredients:

Propylene glycol (PG)
Vegetable glycerin (VG) 
Flavoring 
Nicotine

Each e-liquid ingredient has a unique function in the vaping process.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

Propylene glycol (PG) is a colorless viscous liquid which is almost odorless. It's an ingredient used not just in vape juice but also in lotions and moisturizers.

Propylene glycol is used to carry the flavor of vape juice. Because it's an odorless liquid, it's ideal for infusion with any flavor without compromising the taste and scent. It also provides the cooling feeling you'd expect from smoking traditional cigarettes. Because it's pretty thin in constituency, PG is easy to vaporize. 

Propylene glycol is ideal for use in e liquids because:

It's light and easy to handle
It heats up pretty quickly
There's no build-up of gunk 
It makes vapor feel warmer when you inhale

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) 

Vegetable glycerin is also known as glycerol. It's a clear liquid usually extracted from coconut, soybean, or palm oils. Just like PG, it's odorless and has a light, sweet taste. Unlike PG, however, VG has a syrup-like consistency which makes it thicker and more viscous. Vegetable glycerin is quite popular in the cosmetic industry but has many other uses. It's ideal for use in e-liquids because:

It's smoother to inhale than the other substances, and it's easier on the throat. 
It's a thicker liquid, which makes for nice smoky clouds.
It contains a sweetness of its own that enhances the final vape juice flavor.

Flavoring 

The flavoring in e-liquid varies such as desserts. fruit, tobacco, and menthol. The flavoring is there to provide a delightful vaping experience.

Most manufacturers use a variety of synthetic flavorings for e-liquids. Otherwise, natural flavors would be distorted when heat is applied. Most flavoring used is food-based and is said to be certified as safe. 

The common flavoring used are: 

Vanillin
Ethyl 2-methyl butyrate
Limonene
Methyl cyclopentenone
cis-3-Hexen-1-ol and cis-3-Hexenyl acetate

A combination of these produces flavors such as:

Tobacco
Menthol
Vanilla
Custard
Banana 
Strawberry
Bubblegum
Donuts

Nicotine 

Nicotine is an optional additive to e-liquid. It's the addictive ingredient you'd normally find in tobacco cigarettes. If you were never into cigarette smoking, you can still enjoy a non-nicotine vape juice in your vape. Usually, you get the nicotine strength on the bottle per 1ml of juice. Most people think that nicotine is a very dangerous substance, but it's not as deadly as you think. Although it may be highly addictive, nicotine alone carries far fewer toxins than those found in tobacco.

If you're trying to quit smoking, you could slowly reduce the amount of nicotine in your vape until you've completely weaned yourself. 

How E-liquid Works

Just like other liquids, when e-liquid is heated, it changes into steam or vapor. There are different vaping kits, which heat e-liquid from between 90 to 200 degrees. When it turns into a vapor, you can inhale it and enjoy the flavor. 

How To Choose An E-liquid Flavor

There are several flavors of e-liquid to choose from, but your choice boils down to your personal preference. Most vapers trying to quit smoking seem to prefer a tobacco or menthol e-liquid so that they get a familiar taste and feel. Fruity and dessert flavors are favorites for most people who are starting on the vaping journey. As they get used to vaping, some vapers create their own recipes by blending different flavors.

How To Store E-liquid

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Like most other products, the best storage for e-liquid is a cool, dark place. The expiry date will usually be written on the bottle, but most vape juice will be fine to use for up to two years. Once opened, however, it may not last long.

Conclusion

If you'd like to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, you could try e-cigarettes and vape liquid. You may also try e-liquids without nicotine if you'd like to explore their many flavors. E-liquid is available in stores offline and online.