If you’re a smoker you’re probably well aware by now that there a lot of health risks associated with the habit, and over the years there have been countless organised campaigns to encourage people to give it up, as well as the recent UK smoking ban. These restrictions on where you can smoke, paired with the growing awareness of the associated health risks has encouraged many smokers to either quit smoking or search for healthier alternatives; and one that has seen a massive serge in popularity is the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs.
In the early days of vaping (the term applied to the use of electronic cigarettes in reference to the vapour they produce) the cigarette-a-like was on trend with users screwing their cartomisers into a battery that was designed to resemble a traditional tobacco cigarette. As things have progressed, vapers have now moved onto the more advanced tank based pens and mods which produce more vapour, give a better flavour and allow for the use of a wider range of flavours. This flexability has even allowed users to experiment with mixing their own with the use of unflavoured e-liquid bases and flavour concentrates.
Flavour concentrates can be used to produce customised flavours, making using e-cigs more varied and interesting. In fact, a culture has grown online with people taking a huge interest in mixing their own original combinations.
The other great advantage to mixing your own eliquids is that you can control the ingredients that are added. Early e cigarettes were designed to contain nicotine but this no longer has to be the case with eliquids as they are available with low or even no nicotine in them, something that allows ex-smokers to continue vaping for pleasure rather than necessity.
Two other ingredients that can be controlled when mixing your own eliquids are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol, commonly referred to as PG & VG. These ingredients can be increased or reduced to control the amount of vapour produced and the throat hit you receive. Being able to control these ingredients is also helpful to those who suffer from a sensitivity to Propylene Glycol.
The main advantage to using eliquids continues to be from a health perspective as they don’t contain any of the harmful and cancerous chemicals found in real cigarettes such as Tar which is widely known to contribute to lung disease and cancer, as well as a host of other illnesses. Since people have become more aware of the health benefits of using electronic replacements instead of real cigarettes, the premixed e-liquids have also taken off in popularity. Thousands of different choices are available online with a variety of nictotine levels and PG/VG combinations. This means you can effectively choose any flavour you’d like or experiment with and cheaply mix your own e-liquid exactly as you want it.
In short, e-cigarettes and mods offer a great range of benefits, so if you’re considering vaping now might be as good a time as any to give it a try.