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What Is Vape?

Vaping has never been more popular than it is today. Viewed by many people as a cleaner, cheaper, and more pleasant alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. With many interesting and tasty vape juices to choose from, a whole load of powerful hardware, and a fun 'community' and culture surrounding it, it is no wonder that so many people are now doing it both to quit smoking as well as recreationally.

Vaping first came into existence in 2004 when a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik, invented the first modern e-cigarette. Since this time, it is something that has been adopted by millions of people worldwide and has proven itself to be a popular alternative to smoking dangerous, unpleasant, and expensive cigarettes.

Whilst vaping is great, many newbies find it confusing due to all the terminology used and all the different products that are available. However, vaping is far simpler than you might think.

What Does Vape Mean?

The definition of "vape" is to inhale and exhale the vapour product produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. To vape means you are vaping—drawing vapour in and exhaling it just like you would with a cigarette and its smoke.

To create vapour that can be inhaled, a device known as an e-cig or 'vape' is used. These devices come in many different shapes, sizes, and specifications with differing features, designs, and price points.

With them, you use e-liquid (or 'vape juice') which is heated up in order to create a flavoured vapour. These e-liquids are either non-nicotine (used mostly for recreation) or nicotine-inclusive (typically used by ex-smokers). Nicotine-containing e-liquids come in many different concentrations all the way from 3mg/mL up to 36mg/mL and beyond.

What Is A Vape?

A vape (also known as a vapouriser or e-cig) is an electronic device that turns e-liquid into vapour that can be inhaled. As we mentioned above, vapes come in all different shapes, sizes, and specifications, however, they generally consist of the same core components:

  • A battery
  • The main unit (often coincides with the battery)
  • A mouthpiece for inhalation
  • An atomizer or clearomiser
  • An e-liquid cartridge, tank, or container

Some vapes will have different components that can be swapped around and removed whereas others won't. Similarly, some vapes will have additional control options (e.g. airflow and voltage) whereas others won't. These are entirely dependant on each vaping brand.

All vapes work in the same way, though.

When activated, electricity from the vape's battery source is used to heat up an element within the vape's atomizer or clearomiser. When this heating element comes into contact with e-liquid, it heats it up and turns it into vapour that can then be inhaled.

What is An E-Liquid?

E-liquid components can vary from brand-to-brand, however, they are largely the same with the only variances being those necessary for certain complex flavour blends. All e-liquids have four main components:

  • Water;
  • Flavouring;
  • PG or VG (or both as a mixture); and
  • Nicotine (aside from nicotine-free e-liquid).

Water

E-liquids are a water-based substance. Without water, there could be no production of vapour because the substance is water-based.

Flavouring

The type, amount, and intensity of flavouring depends heavily on your e-liquid brand and what type of flavour it is. Natural flavours (e.g. fruits) are more straightforward than synthetic flavours (e.g. bubble-gum or cinnamon roll) and so fewer of them are present.

Nicotine

Nicotine is the addictive chemical that keeps people hooked on cigarettes. It is present in some e-liquids so that people can move themselves off cigarettes and onto vaping whilst still satisfying their nicotine cravings. There are, however, e-liquids that contain zero nicotine. We sell both here at Vaper Empire.

PG (Propylene Glycol)

PG is a petroleum by-product and in e-liquids it is used to create the 'throat hit' that mimics the smoking of tobacco. Despite it being a petroleum by-product, it is totally safe and recognised by the U.S. FDA as such.

Less viscous than VG, PG carries e-liquid flavourings more effectively and therefore most e-liquids will contain at least some PG. PG can be found in medical products, beauty products, and oral hygiene products.

VG (Vegetable Glycerine)

VG is a natural chemical taken from vegetable oils. It is used in e-liquids to create the 'thick' vapour sensation when inhaled. It is slightly sweet and provides a smoother throat 'hit' than PG. PG is often used to suspend flavourings and nicotine.

PG can also be found in beauty products, artificial sweeteners, baked goods, and dental care products.

PG/VG Proportions in E-Liquid

Whilst some e-liquids will contain 100% VG or 100% PG, it is more common for there to be a mixture of the two with a variance in the proportion (e.g. 20% VG and 80% PG) depending on how the e-liquid is intended to perform. At Vaper Empire, all of our e-liquids contain both VG and PG in a ratio that is ideal for use with our vapes.

 

How is Vapour Different to Cigarette Smoke

Cigarette smoke and vapour are two very different things; there are virtually no similarities. By looking at the definitions of the two words, we can see why.

By definition, smoke is "a visible suspension of carbon or other particles in the air, typically one emitted from a burning substance." In contrast, vapour is "a substance diffused or suspended in the air, especially one normally liquid or solid."

Smoke is the result of combustion. When combustion takes place, new chemicals are formed through oxidisation. When tobacco is burned, for example, thousands of new chemicals are formed, and some of these---such as arsenic and chromium---are known to be harmful and cancerous.

On the other hand, vapour contains the same chemicals like those found in the substance that has been vaporised---nothing new is formed.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are ready to get started with vaping and want to explore some of the exciting products that are available, there is nowhere better than the Vaper Empire online store. We are Australia's premier manufacturer and retailer of quality vaping products that includes vaping hardware, accessories, and e-liquids.

If you would like to learn more about the art of vaping before you jump in and start spending money, we recommend that you have a browse of our in-depth vaping blog.

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