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101: VG/PG ratio explained!

16 April 2019 2 Views No comments

It seems like the world of e-liquids revolves around two pairs of letters: VG and PG. These letters confuse almost everyone new to electronic cigarettes, and even some seasoned vapers need a reminder from time to time. However, anyone who wants to get the most out of their vape needs to know what they mean if they’re going to get the most out of their vaping experience. So, we’ve come up with a step-by-step guide to walk you through VG and PG.

VG/PG: The Basics

First, we’re going to run through what these abbreviations stand for.

VG = Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin is a natural chemical that is based from vegetable oils. It is used in a number of medical, food and personal care products, such as:

  • Sweeteners
  • Make up
  • Pet food
  • Soap and hand cream

PG= Propylene Glycol


Propylene Glycol is a petroleum bi-product. It is used in many household items including:

  • Asthma inhalers
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Baby wipes

VG vs. PG

Consistency

The consistency of your e-liquid affects how quickly it will be absorbed by the coil in your e-cigarette which will decide how much time you must allow between filling up and vaping. It will also affect the build-up of goo there is inside your vaporiser, which will require cleaning

VG: Thick consistency

Vegetable Glycerin is a thick solution which means you have to give it more time to soak into your coil before vaping. It also causes more of a gunk build up which will require you to clean your vape more often.

PG: Thin consistency

Propylene Glycol is a thinner solution which means it is more easily absorbed your coils, and it causes less build up of goo inside your vaporiser.

Flavour

This is one of the most important things to consider when buying e-liquid; you could have your nicotine levels right, and get the right e-juice for your vaping style, but if you don’t like the taste of it then you won’t use it.

VG: Sweeter, diluted flavour

Vegetable Glycerin is naturally sweet but this causes the chemical to dilute the overall flavours of your e-liquid. This isn’t ideal if you’ve invested in an e-liquid with complex notes.

PG: No effect on flavour

Propylene Glycol is a tasteless and odourless substance. This means that it doesn’t alter the taste of the e-liquid at all, and all the lovely tastes of the e-liquid will come through.

Throat Hit

This really separates vapers in two distinct groups: put simply, there’s those who love a throat hit and those that hate it. It’s often ex-smokers that prefer a stronger throat hit because it replicates the feeling of smoking cigarettes, but the only way to find out which group you fall into is to try them both out.

VG: Less throat hit

Vegetable Glycerin gives you less of a throat hit and has a much smoother sensation. This is great for vapers who like to ‘chain-vape’ or will be using their vaporiser at more regular intervals.

PG: More throat hit

Propylene Glycol provides a stronger throat hit, which is great for vapers looking to replicate a cigarette-style sensation but can dry out the mouth and throat if used too frequently.

Cloud Production

Almost every bit of vaping advertisement you will have ever seen features someone with a thick plume of vapour coming out of their mouth, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It all comes down to the style of vaping you’re looking for.

VG: More clouds

Vegetable Glycerin has a thicker consistency means that it will produce much more vapour. This makes it great for sub-oHm vaping and for performing vape tricks such as blowing rings.

PG: Less vapour

Propylene Glycol is a thinner substance which means that it has lower vapour production, which suits people who want a smoking feel to their vape and might want to vape indoors.

Final Say

There you have it – a 101 on VG and PG. Who could have thought four letters could mean so much! Hopefully, the next time you’re quizzed on these substances, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your knowledge. It’s important to remember that there’s no right and wrongs when it comes to your VG and PG preferences, but it is good to know how they perform so you can choose the right ratio for your style of vaping.

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It seems like the world of e-liquids revolves around two pairs of letters: VG and PG. These letters confuse almost everyone new to electronic cigarettes, and even some seasoned vapers need a reminder from time to time. However, anyone who wants to get the most out of their vape needs to know what they mean if they’re going to get the most out of their vaping experience. So, we’ve come up with a step-by-step guide to walk you through VG and PG.

VG/PG: The Basics

First, we’re going to run through what these abbreviations stand for.

VG = Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin is a natural chemical that is based from vegetable oils. It is used in a number of medical, food and personal care products, such as:

  • Sweeteners
  • Make up
  • Pet food
  • Soap and hand cream

PG= Propylene Glycol


Propylene Glycol is a petroleum bi-product. It is used in many household items including:

  • Asthma inhalers
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Baby wipes

VG vs. PG

Consistency

The consistency of your e-liquid affects how quickly it will be absorbed by the coil in your e-cigarette which will decide how much time you must allow between filling up and vaping. It will also affect the build-up of goo there is inside your vaporiser, which will require cleaning

VG: Thick consistency

Vegetable Glycerin is a thick solution which means you have to give it more time to soak into your coil before vaping. It also causes more of a gunk build up which will require you to clean your vape more often.

PG: Thin consistency

Propylene Glycol is a thinner solution which means it is more easily absorbed your coils, and it causes less build up of goo inside your vaporiser.

Flavour

This is one of the most important things to consider when buying e-liquid; you could have your nicotine levels right, and get the right e-juice for your vaping style, but if you don’t like the taste of it then you won’t use it.

VG: Sweeter, diluted flavour

Vegetable Glycerin is naturally sweet but this causes the chemical to dilute the overall flavours of your e-liquid. This isn’t ideal if you’ve invested in an e-liquid with complex notes.

PG: No effect on flavour

Propylene Glycol is a tasteless and odourless substance. This means that it doesn’t alter the taste of the e-liquid at all, and all the lovely tastes of the e-liquid will come through.

Throat Hit

This really separates vapers in two distinct groups: put simply, there’s those who love a throat hit and those that hate it. It’s often ex-smokers that prefer a stronger throat hit because it replicates the feeling of smoking cigarettes, but the only way to find out which group you fall into is to try them both out.

VG: Less throat hit

Vegetable Glycerin gives you less of a throat hit and has a much smoother sensation. This is great for vapers who like to ‘chain-vape’ or will be using their vaporiser at more regular intervals.

PG: More throat hit

Propylene Glycol provides a stronger throat hit, which is great for vapers looking to replicate a cigarette-style sensation but can dry out the mouth and throat if used too frequently.

Cloud Production

Almost every bit of vaping advertisement you will have ever seen features someone with a thick plume of vapour coming out of their mouth, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It all comes down to the style of vaping you’re looking for.

VG: More clouds

Vegetable Glycerin has a thicker consistency means that it will produce much more vapour. This makes it great for sub-oHm vaping and for performing vape tricks such as blowing rings.

PG: Less vapour

Propylene Glycol is a thinner substance which means that it has lower vapour production, which suits people who want a smoking feel to their vape and might want to vape indoors.

Final Say

There you have it – a 101 on VG and PG. Who could have thought four letters could mean so much! Hopefully, the next time you’re quizzed on these substances, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your knowledge. It’s important to remember that there’s no right and wrongs when it comes to your VG and PG preferences, but it is good to know how they perform so you can choose the right ratio for your style of vaping.

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101: A Beginner’s Guide to Vaping

5 April 2019 26 Views No comments

The world of vaping can be a big and confusing place for a newcomer. Terms like atomiser, coil, mod, PG and VG make electronic cigarettes sound a lot more complicated than they actually are. In reality, vaping is quite simple and even more easy to start. However, it’s definitely best to familiarise yourself with the basic concepts of vaping to make sure that you get the most out of the experience. We’ve designed a simple three guide to walk you through the first things you’ll need to know to get yourself started.

Step 1 – Learning the basic lingo

This is a list of the essential vaping terminology that you need to know:

Mod / Device: This is the main part of your e-cigarette, where the button and screen are. They come in different sizes, colours and functionalities.

Atomiser / Tank: This is the top part of the e-cigarette, which holds the coil and the e-juice – it’s where the vapour is created.

Coil: These are the small metal pieces that contain the heat-resistance wire that vaporises the e-liquid. They come in different resistances and materials to match to the device.

E-liquid / E-juice: This is the liquid that you vaporise and inhale. It contains the flavour and the nicotine. Picking the right e-liquid is vital to your vaping experience – more about that later.

Step 2 – Choosing your device

Choosing your device becomes the main part of vaping because it determines the style of vaping you do. Many expert vapers choose to have multiple devices to rotate their vaping style.

For those that are new to vaping though, we recommend having an integrated battery device with a lower output. Basically, this type of mod will be a complete one-piece design that already has a tank and battery built into it. They normally produce less vapour than a more complex device, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on flavour.

Starting with this kind of mod will give you a basic understanding of what it’s like to vape and provide a nice middle ground where you can decide what type of vaping you want to pursue in the future. To check out some good starting options, look at our range of starter e-cigarette kits here.

Step 3 – Choosing your e-liquid

E-liquid is the heart of what makes vaping enjoyable. It can be split into three elements: flavour, mix and nicotine. We’ll go through these individually because getting the right combination of all three will make sure that you get the best out your vaping experience.

Flavour: When it comes to flavour, the vaping industry spoils you for choice. There are countless flavour concoctions out there for you to choose from so you it’s really a case of trying a few out and discovering your favourite. Lots of ex-smokers start off with a tobacco flavour to simulate a cigarette and then move onto different things. We recommend trying a flavour that you like the ‘real-version’ of and going from there.

Mix: ‘Normal’ e-liquids are made with a mix of PG and VG. The ratio of these two substances determines what kind of e-juice you use. PG (Propylene Glycol) provides a throat-hit which catches in your throat like smoke, it is odourless and tasteless which means the flavour ingredients in the liquid stand out and it produces less vapour. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) provides a smoother inhale, it is naturally sweet and slightly dilutes flavours in the e-liquid and produces much more vapour. Most starter kits are best to use with a 50/50 PG/VG mix.

Nicotine: Finding the right nicotine strength for you is very important: not enough and you’ll have to vape more to compensate, too much and you’ll feel sick and get headaches. Here’s a cigarette comparison to make it easy, but we recommend all new vapers starting at 6mg and adjusting accordingly:

  • Lower – 6mg and below – half a pack a day or less (for lighter ex-smokers)
  • Higher – 9mg to 12mg – half a pack to one pack a day (for average to heavier ex-smokers)

Final word

If you’re new to vaping and you’re looking to give it a go this 3-step guide is a good way of figuring out where you stand. It’s important to remember that vaping only has to be as complex as you want it to be. There are some vapers that like to explore the full extent of its technological limits, and there are others that are more than happy with the basics.

There is no right and wrong when it comes to vaping (it all depends on your preferences) but the only way to find out is to give it a go!

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The world of vaping can be a big and confusing place for a newcomer. Terms like atomiser, coil, mod, PG and VG make electronic cigarettes sound a lot more complicated than they actually are. In reality, vaping is quite simple and even more easy to start. However, it’s definitely best to familiarise yourself with the basic concepts of vaping to make sure that you get the most out of the experience. We’ve designed a simple three guide to walk you through the first things you’ll need to know to get yourself started.

Step 1 – Learning the basic lingo

This is a list of the essential vaping terminology that you need to know:

Mod / Device: This is the main part of your e-cigarette, where the button and screen are. They come in different sizes, colours and functionalities.

Atomiser / Tank: This is the top part of the e-cigarette, which holds the coil and the e-juice – it’s where the vapour is created.

Coil: These are the small metal pieces that contain the heat-resistance wire that vaporises the e-liquid. They come in different resistances and materials to match to the device.

E-liquid / E-juice: This is the liquid that you vaporise and inhale. It contains the flavour and the nicotine. Picking the right e-liquid is vital to your vaping experience – more about that later.

Step 2 – Choosing your device

Choosing your device becomes the main part of vaping because it determines the style of vaping you do. Many expert vapers choose to have multiple devices to rotate their vaping style.

For those that are new to vaping though, we recommend having an integrated battery device with a lower output. Basically, this type of mod will be a complete one-piece design that already has a tank and battery built into it. They normally produce less vapour than a more complex device, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on flavour.

Starting with this kind of mod will give you a basic understanding of what it’s like to vape and provide a nice middle ground where you can decide what type of vaping you want to pursue in the future. To check out some good starting options, look at our range of starter e-cigarette kits here.

Step 3 – Choosing your e-liquid

E-liquid is the heart of what makes vaping enjoyable. It can be split into three elements: flavour, mix and nicotine. We’ll go through these individually because getting the right combination of all three will make sure that you get the best out your vaping experience.

Flavour: When it comes to flavour, the vaping industry spoils you for choice. There are countless flavour concoctions out there for you to choose from so you it’s really a case of trying a few out and discovering your favourite. Lots of ex-smokers start off with a tobacco flavour to simulate a cigarette and then move onto different things. We recommend trying a flavour that you like the ‘real-version’ of and going from there.

Mix: ‘Normal’ e-liquids are made with a mix of PG and VG. The ratio of these two substances determines what kind of e-juice you use. PG (Propylene Glycol) provides a throat-hit which catches in your throat like smoke, it is odourless and tasteless which means the flavour ingredients in the liquid stand out and it produces less vapour. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) provides a smoother inhale, it is naturally sweet and slightly dilutes flavours in the e-liquid and produces much more vapour. Most starter kits are best to use with a 50/50 PG/VG mix.

Nicotine: Finding the right nicotine strength for you is very important: not enough and you’ll have to vape more to compensate, too much and you’ll feel sick and get headaches. Here’s a cigarette comparison to make it easy, but we recommend all new vapers starting at 6mg and adjusting accordingly:

  • Lower – 6mg and below – half a pack a day or less (for lighter ex-smokers)
  • Higher – 9mg to 12mg – half a pack to one pack a day (for average to heavier ex-smokers)

Final word

If you’re new to vaping and you’re looking to give it a go this 3-step guide is a good way of figuring out where you stand. It’s important to remember that vaping only has to be as complex as you want it to be. There are some vapers that like to explore the full extent of its technological limits, and there are others that are more than happy with the basics.

There is no right and wrong when it comes to vaping (it all depends on your preferences) but the only way to find out is to give it a go!

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Insider: Top tips to open a stuck vape tank!

1 April 2019 57 Views No comments

There are fewer things that are more annoying to a vaper than a stuck tank – it prevents you from topping up your e-liquid and replacing your coil, which can put your whole device out of use. For those that have suffered with this problem, you will know that a stuck tank is extremely stubborn to loosen. There are many hacks out there which claim to be the best way to deal with this, so we’ve put the tried and tested ones together for when you’re next stuck!

Prevention

Without meaning to preach, the best way to make sure your tank doesn’t get stuck is to take good care of it. A stuck vape tank is caused by an increased friction between the rubber rings and the part where the tank unscrews. There a few tips to prevent this from happening.

Regularly checking the O-rings. Old O-rings can become cracked, which means they can leak out e-juice. When the e-juice dries, it gets thick and sticky which will make your tank get stuck. So, make sure to throw away old ones and clean them occasionally to prevent e-liquid build-up.

Be careful when you top up your e-liquid: All vapers have made a sticky mess when topping up their e-liquid. If the e-juice gets between your O-rings, the glass and the tank, it makes them sticky and difficult to move. So, be careful when topping up!

Do not vape a dry tank: When you vape a dry tank, the heat from the glass, the coil and the tank results in high amounts of pressure, which will vacuum the parts together. Make sure there’s always e-juice in your tank before you start vaping.

Hacks

Even when you take special care of your tank, you can never be sure that it won’t get stuck. For when this frustrating event occurs, it can be tempting to hammer your tank, or throw it against the wall just to get it open. Before you do, we recommend trying these simple hacks first!

Rubber gloves: Put on a pair of washing up gloves and try to unscrew the tank with them on. They increase grip and make it much easier.

Rubber bands: Wrap a rubber band around the metal part of the tank. The increased grip will make it easier to unscrew in your hands.

Freezer: Only try this one when the tank has been removed from the rest of the device. Put the tank in the freezer for 10-20 minutes, the cold temperature will make the parts contract and easier to loosen.

That’s it

We know a stuck vape tank can be very frustrating, and even tempt you into a rage. So, before you start whacking the tank against the table or get the hammer out, we recommend trying our handy removal and prevention hacks. It will make the process a lot less stressful, and might save you from damaging yourself and the tank!

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There are fewer things that are more annoying to a vaper than a stuck tank – it prevents you from topping up your e-liquid and replacing your coil, which can put your whole device out of use. For those that have suffered with this problem, you will know that a stuck tank is extremely stubborn to loosen. There are many hacks out there which claim to be the best way to deal with this, so we’ve put the tried and tested ones together for when you’re next stuck!

Prevention

Without meaning to preach, the best way to make sure your tank doesn’t get stuck is to take good care of it. A stuck vape tank is caused by an increased friction between the rubber rings and the part where the tank unscrews. There a few tips to prevent this from happening.

Regularly checking the O-rings. Old O-rings can become cracked, which means they can leak out e-juice. When the e-juice dries, it gets thick and sticky which will make your tank get stuck. So, make sure to throw away old ones and clean them occasionally to prevent e-liquid build-up.

Be careful when you top up your e-liquid: All vapers have made a sticky mess when topping up their e-liquid. If the e-juice gets between your O-rings, the glass and the tank, it makes them sticky and difficult to move. So, be careful when topping up!

Do not vape a dry tank: When you vape a dry tank, the heat from the glass, the coil and the tank results in high amounts of pressure, which will vacuum the parts together. Make sure there’s always e-juice in your tank before you start vaping.

Hacks

Even when you take special care of your tank, you can never be sure that it won’t get stuck. For when this frustrating event occurs, it can be tempting to hammer your tank, or throw it against the wall just to get it open. Before you do, we recommend trying these simple hacks first!

Rubber gloves: Put on a pair of washing up gloves and try to unscrew the tank with them on. They increase grip and make it much easier.

Rubber bands: Wrap a rubber band around the metal part of the tank. The increased grip will make it easier to unscrew in your hands.

Freezer: Only try this one when the tank has been removed from the rest of the device. Put the tank in the freezer for 10-20 minutes, the cold temperature will make the parts contract and easier to loosen.

That’s it

We know a stuck vape tank can be very frustrating, and even tempt you into a rage. So, before you start whacking the tank against the table or get the hammer out, we recommend trying our handy removal and prevention hacks. It will make the process a lot less stressful, and might save you from damaging yourself and the tank!

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101: Nic Salts Explained

27 March 2019 21 Views No comments

‘Nic salts’ is a term that’s started to make a bit of noise for itself in the vaping community. Lots of you might be wondering what this means and how it could affect the way that you vape. Let’s start by saying that it could make a massive difference, however, the science behind nic salts is slightly complicated to understand: even for experienced vapers. So, we’re here to nic guide you through the world of nic salts.

What are nic salts?

Nicotine salts, salt nicotine, nic salts and salt nic all mean the same thing. It’s a crystallised form of nicotine. In other words, nic salt is a manmade version of the same nicotine that derives from a natural tobacco leaf.

How is it made?

We don’t want to bog you down with too much scientific jargon so here’s the basics:

  • Nicotine in tobacco leaves are bound to amino acids.
  • A chemical process is used to extract nicotine from these acids to give us free base nicotine, which is the type of nicotine in most normal e-liquids.
  • Scientists adjust the pH levels of this free base nicotine to create nicotine salts.

What are the advantages?

Satisfaction: The main thing that fans of nicotine salts will tell you is that nicotine salts provide a quicker delivery of nicotine to the system than ‘traditional’ e-liquids. Lots of nic salt users say that it gives you a nicotine rush that’s closer to the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

They’re smoother: The way that nicotine salts vaporise mean that they provide a much smoother delivery of vapour. This means that vapers who need more nicotine will find they can do so much more comfortably with nic salts.

What are the disadvantages?

Too much: Whilst recent ex-smokers and heavy vapers will enjoy the nicotine hit provided by nicotine salts, people who were lighter smokers or those who have become accustomed to vaping may find it too much. The instant nicotine absorption can give you headaches and nausea.

Limited options: Nicotine salt-based liquid will only suit certain mods. They are most widely used with pod systems such as JUUL. They can be used with other vaporisers, but the salt-base can burn out the coil in some tanks.

The last word

Nicotine salts are being widely discussed in the vaping community: the increase of vapers using pod systems is largely based off its rise in popularity. We hope that this 101 guide has given you some insight into this new e-liquid development. Nicotine salts may be the next step in your vaping journey, or you might be more of a traditionalist vaper, the only way to find out is to research your mod and e-juice options and try it for yourself!
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‘Nic salts’ is a term that’s started to make a bit of noise for itself in the vaping community. Lots of you might be wondering what this means and how it could affect the way that you vape. Let’s start by saying that it could make a massive difference, however, the science behind nic salts is slightly complicated to understand: even for experienced vapers. So, we’re here to nic guide you through the world of nic salts.

What are nic salts?

Nicotine salts, salt nicotine, nic salts and salt nic all mean the same thing. It’s a crystallised form of nicotine. In other words, nic salt is a manmade version of the same nicotine that derives from a natural tobacco leaf.

How is it made?

We don’t want to bog you down with too much scientific jargon so here’s the basics:

  • Nicotine in tobacco leaves are bound to amino acids.
  • A chemical process is used to extract nicotine from these acids to give us free base nicotine, which is the type of nicotine in most normal e-liquids.
  • Scientists adjust the pH levels of this free base nicotine to create nicotine salts.

What are the advantages?

Satisfaction: The main thing that fans of nicotine salts will tell you is that nicotine salts provide a quicker delivery of nicotine to the system than ‘traditional’ e-liquids. Lots of nic salt users say that it gives you a nicotine rush that’s closer to the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

They’re smoother: The way that nicotine salts vaporise mean that they provide a much smoother delivery of vapour. This means that vapers who need more nicotine will find they can do so much more comfortably with nic salts.

What are the disadvantages?

Too much: Whilst recent ex-smokers and heavy vapers will enjoy the nicotine hit provided by nicotine salts, people who were lighter smokers or those who have become accustomed to vaping may find it too much. The instant nicotine absorption can give you headaches and nausea.

Limited options: Nicotine salt-based liquid will only suit certain mods. They are most widely used with pod systems such as JUUL. They can be used with other vaporisers, but the salt-base can burn out the coil in some tanks.

The last word

Nicotine salts are being widely discussed in the vaping community: the increase of vapers using pod systems is largely based off its rise in popularity. We hope that this 101 guide has given you some insight into this new e-liquid development. Nicotine salts may be the next step in your vaping journey, or you might be more of a traditionalist vaper, the only way to find out is to research your mod and e-juice options and try it for yourself!
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The Truth Will Out: Busting five common myths around vaping

25 March 2019 19 Views No comments

Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years and as its popularity has risen, so has the level of heated discussion around it. E-cigarettes it seems, are a bit like Marmite; you’re either an old-school smoker who hates them, or a new-age vaper that loves them. It’s because of the divide over vaping that lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions around vaping have cropped up - which have in turn led to some pretty crazy myths. There are so many out there that even some vapers believe in them! So, here is a list of the five common myths that have got us most annoyed, and the logic which busts them right open!

THE MYTH: Vaping is bad because it contains nicotine

BUSTED: Yes, e-liquids often contain nicotine. However, research overwhelmingly suggests that it’s the other chemicals and bi-products such as tar and carbon monoxide from smoking cigarettes that causes death- none of which are in e-liquids. This myth popped up when several popular newspapers stated that e-cigarettes were liquid nicotine, over a teaspoon of which could kill you. Whilst it’s true that liquid nicotine is fatal in those amounts, e-cigarettes are made of a mixture of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, and nicotine. Every Liquid-Ice product is extensively examined at our labs for quality control as well as health and safety checks.

THE MYTH: E-liquid contains anti-freeze

BUSTED: No, there is no anti-freeze in e-liquids. You only have to search this myth on the internet to realise that people actually believe that millions of vapers are going around puffing on clouds of anti-freeze! This astounding myth revolves around a simple mix up of words: Anti-freeze’s main ingredient is Diethylene Glycol, and e-liquid contains an ingredient called Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is commonly found in air sanitation systems for hospitals, restaurants, airports, and commercial buildings Basically, if you’ve ever been to any of these places, you’ve been breathing in Propylene Glycol this whole time!

THE MYTH: Vaping will give you popcorn lung

BUSTED: No, there have been no cases of popcorn lung reported in people who use e-cigarettes. Every vaping sceptic out there will have popcorn lung at the top of their list of reasons to not take up e-cigarettes. Popcorn lung is the name of a condition which was developed by a small number of factory workers whilst working in a popcorn factory. The condition develops in a small number of people that are exposed to intense levels of a chemical called diacetyl.

Despite the fact that it was proven that it would take far more diacetyl than there is present in e-liquids to cause the condition, the reason that vaping gets brought up with popcorn lung is because a small number of e-liquid flavours used to contain diacetyl. However, the introduction of TPD regulations into the EU means that diacetyl is no longer allowed in any e-juice sold in the UK.

THE MYTH: E-cigarettes blow up all the time

BUSTED: As reported by the press, from time to time an e-cigarette has exploded. However, these events are incredibly preventable and extremely rare. The newspapers and social media sites are very quick to jump on a story of e-cigarettes exploding in people’s faces and pockets. Unfortunately for the unlucky people that experience these incidents, this overwhelmingly comes down to improper use and storage, or dodgy gear. It’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and battery safety guidelines when using your e-cigarette. You should also make sure that you’re buying e-cigarette equipment that is safety certified by relative UK authorities by checking for authenticity labels. All Liquid Ice product safety information is jargon free and easy to understand leaflets – a step any responsible vaping business must take.

THE MYTH: Vaping does not help people quit smoking

BUSTED: This is one, of, the, most, ridiculous myths out there because of the insane amount of evidence which suggests that vaping is one of the best ways to quit smoking. This myth is busted with two simple facts: 1. The NHS are considering schemes to involve e-cigarettes in their health campaigns against smoking. 2. The Public Health England authority state that “an estimated 2.9 million adults in the UK currently use e-cigarettes and of these 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking.” Let’s just leave it there, shall we?

So, there you have it: five common myths around vaping - busted. Authorised e-cigarettes aren’t completely risk free but it’s important to remember that they are: popcorn and anti-freeze free, safer than cigarettes, protected against spontaneous explosion and will help you give up smoking!

The Truth Will Out: Busting five common myths around vaping 2019-03-25 11:21:00 2019-03-29 13:53:12 https://www.liquid-ice.co.uk/media/magpleasure/mpblog/list_thumbnail_file/d/7/cache/1/ece9a24a761836a70934a998c163f8c8/d7b72a9640df56b04ee268849be223ee.jpg The Liquid Ice Team

Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years and as its popularity has risen, so has the level of heated discussion around it. E-cigarettes it seems, are a bit like Marmite; you’re either an old-school smoker who hates them, or a new-age vaper that loves them. It’s because of the divide over vaping that lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions around vaping have cropped up - which have in turn led to some pretty crazy myths. There are so many out there that even some vapers believe in them! So, here is a list of the five common myths that have got us most annoyed, and the logic which busts them right open!

THE MYTH: Vaping is bad because it contains nicotine

BUSTED: Yes, e-liquids often contain nicotine. However, research overwhelmingly suggests that it’s the other chemicals and bi-products such as tar and carbon monoxide from smoking cigarettes that causes death- none of which are in e-liquids. This myth popped up when several popular newspapers stated that e-cigarettes were liquid nicotine, over a teaspoon of which could kill you. Whilst it’s true that liquid nicotine is fatal in those amounts, e-cigarettes are made of a mixture of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, and nicotine. Every Liquid-Ice product is extensively examined at our labs for quality control as well as health and safety checks.

THE MYTH: E-liquid contains anti-freeze

BUSTED: No, there is no anti-freeze in e-liquids. You only have to search this myth on the internet to realise that people actually believe that millions of vapers are going around puffing on clouds of anti-freeze! This astounding myth revolves around a simple mix up of words: Anti-freeze’s main ingredient is Diethylene Glycol, and e-liquid contains an ingredient called Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is commonly found in air sanitation systems for hospitals, restaurants, airports, and commercial buildings Basically, if you’ve ever been to any of these places, you’ve been breathing in Propylene Glycol this whole time!

THE MYTH: Vaping will give you popcorn lung

BUSTED: No, there have been no cases of popcorn lung reported in people who use e-cigarettes. Every vaping sceptic out there will have popcorn lung at the top of their list of reasons to not take up e-cigarettes. Popcorn lung is the name of a condition which was developed by a small number of factory workers whilst working in a popcorn factory. The condition develops in a small number of people that are exposed to intense levels of a chemical called diacetyl.

Despite the fact that it was proven that it would take far more diacetyl than there is present in e-liquids to cause the condition, the reason that vaping gets brought up with popcorn lung is because a small number of e-liquid flavours used to contain diacetyl. However, the introduction of TPD regulations into the EU means that diacetyl is no longer allowed in any e-juice sold in the UK.

THE MYTH: E-cigarettes blow up all the time

BUSTED: As reported by the press, from time to time an e-cigarette has exploded. However, these events are incredibly preventable and extremely rare. The newspapers and social media sites are very quick to jump on a story of e-cigarettes exploding in people’s faces and pockets. Unfortunately for the unlucky people that experience these incidents, this overwhelmingly comes down to improper use and storage, or dodgy gear. It’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and battery safety guidelines when using your e-cigarette. You should also make sure that you’re buying e-cigarette equipment that is safety certified by relative UK authorities by checking for authenticity labels. All Liquid Ice product safety information is jargon free and easy to understand leaflets – a step any responsible vaping business must take.

THE MYTH: Vaping does not help people quit smoking

BUSTED: This is one, of, the, most, ridiculous myths out there because of the insane amount of evidence which suggests that vaping is one of the best ways to quit smoking. This myth is busted with two simple facts: 1. The NHS are considering schemes to involve e-cigarettes in their health campaigns against smoking. 2. The Public Health England authority state that “an estimated 2.9 million adults in the UK currently use e-cigarettes and of these 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking.” Let’s just leave it there, shall we?

So, there you have it: five common myths around vaping - busted. Authorised e-cigarettes aren’t completely risk free but it’s important to remember that they are: popcorn and anti-freeze free, safer than cigarettes, protected against spontaneous explosion and will help you give up smoking!

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101: Picking the right e-liquid for you!

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Picking the right e-liquid is vital to getting the most out of your vaping experience. Not only does your e-liquid have to suit your particular mod and provide the amount of nicotine you need, but it’s also important that it reflects your tastes. With many aspects to consider when choosing the right e-liquid, it can be a bit of a minefield – especially if you’re new to vaping. We’ve created a guide on picking e-liquids to get you off the ground.

Flavour – Always comes first

The first and most important thing to consider when choosing an e-liquid is flavour. Luckily, the vaping world has made it a personal mission to make every flavour you could possibly think of: raspberry ripple, pipe tobacco, gin and tonic, lime and lemongrass, brandy grape surprise – there really is something for everyone!

Another important bit of advice is to make sure you always have one flavour you know you like. Making sure you have plenty of your favourite e-juice, means that you can experiment with smaller samples of flavours whilst making sure that you don’t run out of e-liquid!

Also, whilst it’s very tempting (especially when you start vaping) don’t waste your money on cheaper products. Cheaper e-liquids will be chucked in the bin or left in a draw somewhere when they don’t hit the mark – trust us, we’ve all been there! High-quality products are the way to go. Simple.

PG and VG – Made easy

This is one of the more confusing parts of vaping, especially for people that are new to vaping. Here’s a really simple guide to understand all that you really need to know about the two.

PG (Propylene Glycol):

  • Thin consistency
  • Does not alter flavour
  • Stronger throat hit
  • Less vapour

VG (Vegetable Glycerin):

  • Thick consistency
  • Makes flavour sweeter but more diluted
  • Less throat hit (smoother)
  • More vapour

Those are the bare essentials, but if you want to know more you can check out our blog article here.

Nicotine – How much is enough?

Getting the right nicotine strength is very important because if you don’t have enough, you’ll vape more to compensate, and if you have too much, you’ll get headaches and feel sick. We’ve done a cigarette comparison to make it easy to know what will suit you best:

  • Zero: 0mg – not an ex-smoker (vaper)
  • Low: 6mg and below – Half a pack a day or less (for light smokers)
  • Medium: 9mg and 12mg – Half a pack to one pack a day (for average smokers)
  • High: 18mg to 36mg – Two packs a day or more (heavy chain smokers)

It’s good to remember that vapers that never smoked often vape zero-nicotine e-liquids, and ex-smokers who convert to vaping can reduce their nicotine levels as and when they are ready. A good rule of thumb is to start at a medium strength and adjust accordingly.

It can take an investment of time and effort to find the perfect e-liquid for you but remember that part of the fun of vaping is trying new things, so don’t be afraid to try out different flavours and brands. Once you’ve had a few experiments with flavours, nicotine and PG/VG, you’ll get into a rhythm and become a true e-liquid expert!

101: Picking the right e-liquid for you! 2019-03-20 11:22:00 2019-03-29 13:53:23 https://www.liquid-ice.co.uk/media/magpleasure/mpblog/list_thumbnail_file/b/c/cache/1/ece9a24a761836a70934a998c163f8c8/bc161722ab15cae26faf0bcc9a6c9dbf.jpg The Liquid Ice Team

Picking the right e-liquid is vital to getting the most out of your vaping experience. Not only does your e-liquid have to suit your particular mod and provide the amount of nicotine you need, but it’s also important that it reflects your tastes. With many aspects to consider when choosing the right e-liquid, it can be a bit of a minefield – especially if you’re new to vaping. We’ve created a guide on picking e-liquids to get you off the ground.

Flavour – Always comes first

The first and most important thing to consider when choosing an e-liquid is flavour. Luckily, the vaping world has made it a personal mission to make every flavour you could possibly think of: raspberry ripple, pipe tobacco, gin and tonic, lime and lemongrass, brandy grape surprise – there really is something for everyone!

Another important bit of advice is to make sure you always have one flavour you know you like. Making sure you have plenty of your favourite e-juice, means that you can experiment with smaller samples of flavours whilst making sure that you don’t run out of e-liquid!

Also, whilst it’s very tempting (especially when you start vaping) don’t waste your money on cheaper products. Cheaper e-liquids will be chucked in the bin or left in a draw somewhere when they don’t hit the mark – trust us, we’ve all been there! High-quality products are the way to go. Simple.

PG and VG – Made easy

This is one of the more confusing parts of vaping, especially for people that are new to vaping. Here’s a really simple guide to understand all that you really need to know about the two.

PG (Propylene Glycol):

  • Thin consistency
  • Does not alter flavour
  • Stronger throat hit
  • Less vapour

VG (Vegetable Glycerin):

  • Thick consistency
  • Makes flavour sweeter but more diluted
  • Less throat hit (smoother)
  • More vapour

Those are the bare essentials, but if you want to know more you can check out our blog article here.

Nicotine – How much is enough?

Getting the right nicotine strength is very important because if you don’t have enough, you’ll vape more to compensate, and if you have too much, you’ll get headaches and feel sick. We’ve done a cigarette comparison to make it easy to know what will suit you best:

  • Zero: 0mg – not an ex-smoker (vaper)
  • Low: 6mg and below – Half a pack a day or less (for light smokers)
  • Medium: 9mg and 12mg – Half a pack to one pack a day (for average smokers)
  • High: 18mg to 36mg – Two packs a day or more (heavy chain smokers)

It’s good to remember that vapers that never smoked often vape zero-nicotine e-liquids, and ex-smokers who convert to vaping can reduce their nicotine levels as and when they are ready. A good rule of thumb is to start at a medium strength and adjust accordingly.

It can take an investment of time and effort to find the perfect e-liquid for you but remember that part of the fun of vaping is trying new things, so don’t be afraid to try out different flavours and brands. Once you’ve had a few experiments with flavours, nicotine and PG/VG, you’ll get into a rhythm and become a true e-liquid expert!

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Day by Day: A stop smoking timeline

15 March 2019 23 Views No comments

We know – quitting smoking is a day-to-day struggle.

Whether it’s stress from work, that one annoyingly bad driver, or the smell of someone smoking as you pass them street, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is trying to get you back on the cigarettes. At these times, it’s good to remember one very important thing – smoking is terrible for you.

Whilst it’s useful to know that each day smoke-free is great for your health, it can sometimes feel like there’s no end in sight. So, we’ve written up a stop smoking timeline so that you can track your journey to quitting smoking fully against these health landmarks.

0 minutes: So, you’ve put out your last ever cigarette. Congratulations.

20 minutes: Your pulse rate will return to a level normal after being heightened due to smoking.

8 hours: Your oxygen levels start to return to normal. Carbon monoxide and nicotine levels in your blood decrease by more than 50%.

48 hours: The nicotine levels in your body are low and you have likely started to experience some (or all) withdrawal side effects such as anxiety and short temper. But your taste and smell should begin to improve – a big bonus!

72 hours: Your lungs will begin to relax, and your breathing patterns should be easier. The nicotine levels in your body are down to zero and as a result your nicotine withdrawal symptoms will be at an all-time high. But don’t worry! Stay strong – remember you quit for a reason.

5 to 10 days: On average, smokers identify this period as when they notice a reduction in the number of nicotine cravings experienced in a day. This is your body’s way of telling you that you’re getting there.

2 to 12 weeks: This is when your blood really gets pumping! At this time, your circulation starts to improve and physical activity becomes a lot easier. Towards the twelfth week mark, any intense cravings will have ended. You should be largely free from noticeable signs of addiction. Congratulations, the hardest stage of quitting complete.

3 to 9 months: Breathe it all in. Your lung function has and will continue to improve dramatically! Smoker’s cough and wheezes are a thing of the past and the risk of respiratory infections begins to decrease.

1 year: Spread the love! Your risk of heart disease decreases by around 50%.

5 years: Your risk of stroke has been massively reduced – your blood vessels begin to widen again, allowing for a good flow of blood and the chance of blood clots far less likely.

10 years: The risk of lung cancer has reduced by 50%, and the chances that you’ll develop other cancers including mouth, oesophagus, throat and pancreas are also significantly decreased.

15 years: You’ve levelled up the health playing field by this point as your risk of developing heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker.

20 years: This is the final stage in your long recovery from cigarettes. At this point, the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer is now equal to that of someone who has never smoked. And in females, the risk of dying from any smoking-related illness is the same as that of a non-smoker.

Whether you’ve never quit, just quit or tried to quit multiple times, there’s no getting away from it: quitting smoking is incredibly good for your health. Admittedly, so staying on track is tough. Just keep these milestones in mind next time the urge takes you and you’ll be fine. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Day by Day: A stop smoking timeline 2019-03-15 11:26:00 2019-03-29 13:53:31 https://www.liquid-ice.co.uk/media/magpleasure/mpblog/list_thumbnail_file/d/b/cache/1/ece9a24a761836a70934a998c163f8c8/db104d0834fb16dd98e86458332de222.jpg The Liquid Ice Team

We know – quitting smoking is a day-to-day struggle.

Whether it’s stress from work, that one annoyingly bad driver, or the smell of someone smoking as you pass them street, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is trying to get you back on the cigarettes. At these times, it’s good to remember one very important thing – smoking is terrible for you.

Whilst it’s useful to know that each day smoke-free is great for your health, it can sometimes feel like there’s no end in sight. So, we’ve written up a stop smoking timeline so that you can track your journey to quitting smoking fully against these health landmarks.

0 minutes: So, you’ve put out your last ever cigarette. Congratulations.

20 minutes: Your pulse rate will return to a level normal after being heightened due to smoking.

8 hours: Your oxygen levels start to return to normal. Carbon monoxide and nicotine levels in your blood decrease by more than 50%.

48 hours: The nicotine levels in your body are low and you have likely started to experience some (or all) withdrawal side effects such as anxiety and short temper. But your taste and smell should begin to improve – a big bonus!

72 hours: Your lungs will begin to relax, and your breathing patterns should be easier. The nicotine levels in your body are down to zero and as a result your nicotine withdrawal symptoms will be at an all-time high. But don’t worry! Stay strong – remember you quit for a reason.

5 to 10 days: On average, smokers identify this period as when they notice a reduction in the number of nicotine cravings experienced in a day. This is your body’s way of telling you that you’re getting there.

2 to 12 weeks: This is when your blood really gets pumping! At this time, your circulation starts to improve and physical activity becomes a lot easier. Towards the twelfth week mark, any intense cravings will have ended. You should be largely free from noticeable signs of addiction. Congratulations, the hardest stage of quitting complete.

3 to 9 months: Breathe it all in. Your lung function has and will continue to improve dramatically! Smoker’s cough and wheezes are a thing of the past and the risk of respiratory infections begins to decrease.

1 year: Spread the love! Your risk of heart disease decreases by around 50%.

5 years: Your risk of stroke has been massively reduced – your blood vessels begin to widen again, allowing for a good flow of blood and the chance of blood clots far less likely.

10 years: The risk of lung cancer has reduced by 50%, and the chances that you’ll develop other cancers including mouth, oesophagus, throat and pancreas are also significantly decreased.

15 years: You’ve levelled up the health playing field by this point as your risk of developing heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker.

20 years: This is the final stage in your long recovery from cigarettes. At this point, the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer is now equal to that of someone who has never smoked. And in females, the risk of dying from any smoking-related illness is the same as that of a non-smoker.

Whether you’ve never quit, just quit or tried to quit multiple times, there’s no getting away from it: quitting smoking is incredibly good for your health. Admittedly, so staying on track is tough. Just keep these milestones in mind next time the urge takes you and you’ll be fine. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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