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Know the Vapor you ingest (E-Cigarette)

Electronic cigarette liquids (or smoke juice) use Vegetable Glycerin (VG) or Propylene Glycol (PG) to produce vapor.

  • Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is derived from the carbohydrates of plant oils.
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) is an organic compound. Basically PG is made from organic or natural materials in a laboratory, by chemists.

Most e-cigarette companies use a mixture of both liquids in their cartridges, Vegetable Glycerin being at a maximum of twenty percent and the remaining percentage from Propylene Glycol.

The most common reason for the split in Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol is simple, VG is thicker. A thicker e-liquid will not work as well during long term usage and a daily vaporizing routine, simply because it adds stress to the atomizer.

Propylene Glycol is an odorless, tasteless, non-toxic, humectant. In fact, it is used in so many products used by consumers on a daily basis; it would be impossible to list them all. These products include items like, food coloring which we ingested, cosmetics worn on our skin which absorbs nearly seventy percent of everything we place on it. Most interestingly, Propylene Glycol is used as a solvent for injectable pharmaceuticals. A common reaction to using any e-cigarette containing PG is a sore throat. Humectants absorb liquid, therefore slowly dehydrating your body, especially your throat, where the vapors from an e-cigarette first come in contact with your body. A simple remedy is to drink more water and use throat lozenges too. This uncomfortable reaction usually lasts only a few weeks, until you’re accustomed to vaporizing.

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