WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE, E-CIG OR VAPORIZER?
An electronic cigarette, e-cig or e-cigarette, personal vaporizer or electronic nicotine delivery system is a battery-powered vaporizer that simulates the feeling of smoking, but without burning tobacco. ¬†Instead of cigarette smoke, the user inhales the vapor of “e-juice” or “e-liquid” contents in the form of a vapor. ¬†A serving size of e-juice is is turned into a vapor by a heating element. ¬†The user automatically activates the e-cigarette by taking a puff; other devices turn on by pressing a button manually. ¬†They are often cylindrical, with many variations. Their use is commonly called vaping. Some e-cigarettes look like traditional cigarettes, but others do not. There are disposable e-cigs and reusable versions.
E-cigarettes have 4 working components: a battery, heating element (atomizer), e-juice cartridge, and a mouth piece. ¬†The battery heats up the atomizer, which causes a small portion of the e-juice from the cartridge to turn into a vapor that is available for consumption. E-liquids usually contain 3 ingredient categories: nicotine, flavorings, and propylene glycol. ¬†E-liquids are also sold without propylene glycol, without nicotine, or without flavors. ¬†Propylene glycol is the main ingredient, and its main purpose is to dilute the nicotine and flavorings. ¬†The propylene glycol vaporizes at a set temperature, and carries the flavorings and nicotine with it. ¬†Propylene glycol is often used with vegetable glycerin as a second carrier molecule.
What is Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (GV)?
Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are very similar sugars that are used to dissolve the nicotine and flavorings. ¬†PG has two alcohol groups on it, and VG¬†has 3 alcohol groups on it. ¬†There are two¬†major differences in the two. ¬†PG can carry flavors better, and VG gives larger clouds. ¬†Some recent scrutiny has been given to PG, as claims of formaldehyde formation in the vaping process were observed.¬† This is not good, and is thought to come from vapes that have¬†heating elements at at very high temperatures. ¬†The industry has been moving towards VG as time has progressed, since VG is better¬†established in the food industry.¬† VG is present in many consumer products and is generally accepted as safe. ¬†VG is naturally found in the body, and can be fully digested. ¬†We offer brands that are mixtures of PG/VG as well as 100% Organic VG.
What is Nicotine?
Nicotine is a small drug molecule. ¬†It is the active ingredient in Tobacco. ¬†Nicotines half life in the body is around 2 hours. ¬†When Nicotine is inhaled, it passes the blood brain barrier in 10-20 seconds acting on the Nicotonic Acetylcholine Receptors. ¬†Upon Binding, Dopamine levels in the body rise. ¬†Need we say more?
What is flavoring?
Flavorings are¬†where things get interesting in the vape world. ¬†The possibilities of e-juice flavors are as vast as the food we eat every day around the world. ¬†To put it into perspective, nicotine VG and PG are 3 molecules. ¬†The flavor¬†receptors that we have in our nose are in the millions. ¬†The amount of¬†different flavor combinations with this many receptors would¬†cause an error on a calculator, excluding a supercomputer.
What is a MOD?
A MOD is a more advanced e-cig. ¬†It has a larger battery,¬†and allows variations to the atomizer. ¬†The variations adjust how the atomizer is heated. ¬†This is done through manipulating¬†the electrical current that runs through the heating element. ¬†Buttons are used on the MOD to adjust the varying electric currents. ¬†Some other variations that the MOD can have is the atomizer. ¬†For example, the heating element wrapped around a piece of cotton is easily accessible by removing the mouth piece. ¬†When the mouth piece is removed from the MOD, e-juice is dripped onto the cotton, followed by the mouth piece being re-assembled. ¬†As the atomizer vaporizes the e-juice, eventually it runs out and needs to be replenished.