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Electronic cigarettes, or eCigs as they are more commonly known, have been around for over ten years and are becoming ever more popular as time goes on. eCigs are a fantastic way to give up or cut down smoking, leading to them becoming the UK's most popular smoking cessation product. In fact, to date, more than a million smokers have
successfully quit standard cigarettes, known as 'analogs' in vaping circles. This led to NHS research concluding that eCigarettes are an effective and safe way for smokers to kick the habit, for good. Furthermore, according to experts cited in the report, eCigs are considered to be 95% safer than cigarettes, both for the users as passive inhalers of the vapour. It is also expected that, after regulation, the devices will be made available on prescription.
What are eLiquids made from?
The main ingredients in eLiquids, or ejuices as they are sometimes called, are in varying proportions, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine and flavourings. The base for most eLiquids is usually a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, This differs from brand to brand as they have different properties. PG gives a full, satisfying throat hit whilst VG is celebrated for its vapour producing qualities. As VG is incredibly thick and viscous it can reduce the life of coils significantly. For this reason the most popular blend with cloudchasers is 80/20 VG/PG mix. Both of these base ingredients are, to date, known to be safe. PG has been in use for over 100 years, although obviously not in e juices - when you go to the theatre, the smoke you're likely to see is propylene glycol. Vegetable glycerin is a version of glycerol which is used in foods as a sweetener.
How do I prime a coil or cartomiser?
One of the biggest mistakes new vapers make is not priming their coils properly before use, resulting in a horrible burnt taste known as a 'dry hit'. If you've never experienced one, you'll want to ensure you never do as they are not pleasant. All coils and clearomisers use a cotton wick to soak up the liquid. This is then heated up by an element to produce the vapour. But if the wick is not fully soaked in liquid, it will burn.There are a few way to prime your vape. The first method is by filling the tank and leaving the juice to soak in for ten minutes. If your vaporizer uses a subtank coil, you'll be able to add a few drops of eJuice directly to the wick. Make sure it's properly soaked before you use it. The most poular method consists of filling the tank as usual, covering the air holes and sucking, as if vaping without power. This forces the juice into the coil. The best way to ensure you don't get a dry hit or burn out your coils is suck or drip, then leave for a few minutes to soak in. For more information and answers to any vaping questions, check out Planet of the Vapes.