It’s NOT SMOKE
Vaping: To inhale vapor from a personal vaporizor (PV), commonly referred to as an electronic cigarette or e-cig. The term “smoking” doesn’t apply because a PV doesn’t produce any smoke, only vapor.
Vape: Used to describe the act of vaping as well as the vaporizor itself. e.g. I love being able to vape in the airport.
When a PV is triggered (either by an inhale or with a button press) the battery is connected to the heating element (atomizer) which boils a tiny amount of liquid (e-Juice). This creates a vapor which is inhaled by the user. At no point is anything burned through the process of combustion so no smoke/ash/tar is ever created.
Comparison to a cigarette
Just the simple act of burning something creates all sorts of stuff you really don’t want to be inhaling on a regular basis. In addition to all that, here are some other goodies that are added to cigarettes:
For those of you who don’t want to read the whole list, here are some of the good ones (credit to http://www.provape.com/E-Cig-FAQ-s/32.htm):
• Acetone – ingredient in nail polish remover
So the next time someone tries to tell you that vaping isn’t any better than smoking…Well, lets just say you can feel confident in correcting them.
• Methanol – used as rocket fuel
• Naphthylamine – a carcinogen
• Pyrene – a carcinogen
• Naphthalene – moth repellent
• Cadmium – used in batteries, a carcinogen
• Carbon monoxide – poisonous gas
• Vinyl Chloride – used in plastic materials
• Cyanhydric acid – poisonous gas
• Ammonia – industrial cleaner and detergent
• Arsenic – lethal poison
• Dibenzacridine – a carcinogen
• Polonium 210 – a radioactive element
• DDT – insecticide
• Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
Conclusion -- No one can tell you 100% that there are no consequences to vaping as sufficient studies haven’t been done, but at least you know the vary few ingredients and can make an informed decision.
Try this simple test: Take a drag on a cigarette, hold a paper towel over your mouth, and exhale sharply. Pretty gross huh. Do the same with a PV. When I did this test, the paper towel was a little damp but totally clear. I let it dry for a few min and the wet spot was totally gone. No discoloration at all even when I held it up to the light.
Can an electronic cigarette help me stop smoking?
As of August 8, 2016 the FDA and Federal government has made it to where you can no longer tell someone that ecigs are a way to stop smoking. They have classified all ecig products as tobacco including the 0mg nicotine juices. So now the proper terminology is ecigs are a alternative to smoking but can not be said that it is healthier.
Are electronic cigarettes healthier for you?
As stated above we can no longer tell you that ecigs are healthier for you than real cigarettes, but we have given links to websites that show you all the chemicals in ecigs and real cigarettes and we leave it to you to make that decision.
What is e-Juice?
So now that you understand that vaping isn’t smoking, the next question most people have is whats in that liquid that’s being atomized into vapor?
e-Liquid or e-Juice is normally composed of up to 5 ingredients (not main ingredients with a giant list of other stuff, all ingredients) :
- VG (Vegetable Glycerin) The Base makes up 80-90% of e-juice and is composed of 100% VG or a mix with PG. Common ratios are 100% VG, 50/50 PG/VG, and 80/20 PG/VG. It is widely used in all types of food and personal care products like toothpaste. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol
- PG (Propylene glycol) Commonly mixed with VG as the base for e-juice. This is a solvent that’s used in all sorts of things. Along with being a solvent, its mainly known for its use in fog machines. A higher PG mix e-juice will produce thicker clouds of vapor. However PG can dry out your throat and even cause mild allergic reactions in some users (less than 5% of the population). If you have any issues with PG, just use a 100% VG e-juice like those from Virgin Vapor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol
- Flavor 10%-20%. All the e-juice I’ve seen uses Food grade flavorings originally intended for baking or candy making. Here is an excerpt from the LorAnn website: “All of our materials are food grade (where applicable) and adhere to standards set down in the USP, NF or FCC (U.S.Pharmacopoeia, National Formulary, and Food Chemical Codex).”
- Nicotine 0%-2.4% depending on strength. Any large supplier of e-juice is using pharmaceutical grade pure nicotine.
- Distilled water is sometimes used to dilute if needed.
That’s it. From as little as 2 ingredients (VG and flavor) to as many as 5, and theories on nicotine ingestion non withstanding, all used regularly in food products. Remember, the important thing is what e-juice doesn’t contain: the 4000+ chemicals in a cigarette.