Welcome to Lucky 8's Vaping 101!
In this page we will go through the ins and outs of vaping and will essentially be covering all aspects associated with not only tje vape industry, but the community as well. In this article we will discuss some history, the science and mechanics, potential health concerns and questions, and the industry and its growth! At Lucky 8 Vapes we believe that information is power and hope that through this class you can not only make an informed and educated decision, but have the power to stick with it and spread your knowledge to the people you care about!
So what is a vape? It's essentially an electronic nicotine delivery system or an electronic inhaler meant to simulate and substitute for tobacco smoking. It generally utilizes a heating element known as a coil (made up of kanthal wire) that vaporizes a liquid solution. Solutions typically contain two major ingredients; propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin.
Propylene Glycol (PG) is an organic solution which is colorless, translucent, nearly odorless and possesses a faintly sweet taste. Propylene glycol is considered to be non-toxic and is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a safe product for ingestion. Propylene Glycol is used in a variety of products including the preservation of food and cosmetics, and however is widely used in pharmaceuticals including oral. injectable and topical formulations.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG), also known as Glycerol, is a simple polyol (sugar alcohol) compound. Like PG, It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulas. VG is also sweet tasting; however not as sweet as PG.
As far is vaping is concerned, only one is mandatory to create a functioning solution; however many e-liquid manufacturers and DIY'ers ("Do It Yourselfers") prefer a balanced mix of both solutions together. Typically Solutions will come in a mix of 60/40 - 60% VG and 40% although many ratios are seen such as 50/50 and 80/20. The real differences noticed when changing the ratios are seen in vapor production and the throat hit. Solutions with more VG will see greater vapor production; however solutions with higher PG will experience harder throat hits. Like most things in life, every user has their personal preference so the best way to find yours is through experiencing the many options already available.
Apart from the VG and PG, most e-liquids contain water, flavoring and nicotine as well. Although neither are mandatory, it is extremely common to see both flavoring and nicotine in the mix as most users enjoy the flavors and are vaping as a substitute from their original tobacco/nicotine addiction. The e-liquid flavor world is almost like space. With never ending seas of options users can find everything from their favorite tobacco brand to fruits like mangoes, fruit punches and green apple. Users with a sweet tooth can enjoy deserts like chocolate cake, cookies & cream and caramel sundae's without the calories. Even beverage flavors like pina colada, DR. Pepper and cappuccino are available. Although the later may seem extensive, the list is ongoing and new original flavors are being created daily. Take a look at our e-liquid selection to get a better idea!