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Many people are switching from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) because it's healthier for them.
What are e-cigarettes?
It's an electric tobacco smoking substitute that creates a vapor mist that replicates the experience of smoking a cigarette. There are many models out now for those starting, on a budget, or those looking to splurge on a lifetime hobby.
What are the benefits of e-cigarettes versus instead of regular analog traditional cigarettes?
E-cigarettes contain no ash, no smoke, no tar, and does not smell as bad as traditional cigarettes.
What's an atomizer?
It vaporizes a liquid that uses heat. It's usually self contained with a liquid so they're disposable.
What's a cartomizer?
A cartomizer is the burning unit that's in clearomizers or tanks.
What's a clearomizer?
A clearomizer is a name for a whole unit that consists of a tank and cartomizer. Most people will start with clearomizers such as the CE4 or Mini Vivi Nova that contains a wick. All you have to do is put the juice in, let it soak for a bit, and should be ready to use. Other tanks that use a cartomizer, the cartomizer needs to be primed first.
What is priming a cartomizer?
A cartomizer contains a burning wick and cotton. When e-liquid/juice is absorbed into the cotton, the wick heats up and burns the liquid soaked in the cotton. If the cotton is not wet before first using, the wick will burn the cotton and make a very bad taste. It is very hard to fix and so usually the cartomizer is simply thrown away. Luckily they are not expensive so you will have a few to practice.
The liquid inside consists of 3 things: a liquid such as PG/VG, flavor, and nicotine. There are unlimited combinations of liquids but eventually everyone finds something they like. They may prefer more PG, VG, flavor (tobacco, menthol, fruits, vanilla, caramel, strawberry), some, lots, or no nicotine at all.
WHAT NICOTINE STRENGTH SHOULD I USE IN MY E-LIQUID/JUICE?
The nicotine strength listed for e-liquid is the number of milligrams of nicotine per milliliter in a bottle. That means a 10ml bottle of 24mg nicotine e-juice would have 240mg of nicotine in it (24mg x 10ml).
If you smoke Regular cigarettes (like a Marlboro Red), there are approximately 1.2mg of nicotine in each cigarette, or 24mg of nicotine per pack (1.2mg x 20 cigarettes).
If you smoke Light cigarettes (like a Marlboro Light), there are approximately .7mg of nicotine in each cigarette, or 14mg of nicotine per pack (.7mg x 20 cigarettes).
If you smoke Ultra Light cigarettes (like a Marlboro Ultra Light), there are approximately .5mg of nicotine in each cigarette, or 10mg of nicotine per pack (.5mg x 20 cigarettes).
After you have made the transition to e-cigarettes, you may want to try flavors of e-liquids until you find a favorite to use. These include many fruits like strawberries, oranges, peaches, combined with cream, other fruits, tobacco, and many other possibilities.
Regular Cigarettes = E-cigarettes
Unfiltered = 24 mg
Regular = 18 mg
Light = 12 mg
Ultra-light = 6 mg
None = No, 0 mg
WHAT IS PG (PROPYLENE GLYCOL)/VG (VEGETABLE GLYCERIN)?
E-liquid juices typically contain 4 ingredients: PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin), nicotine, and some flavor extract/concentration. Besides the different amount of nicotine you can have, juice makers use different percentages of PG/VG that you'll commonly see labeled as 50/50, 60/40, 70/30, etc. This is the percentage (%) of PG/VG or VG/PG depending on how it's labeled, but we've seen most common listed as PG/VG. So 50/50 is 50% PG/ 50% VG.
PG and VG is the liquid that helps burn the nicotine to vapor and are both recognized as safe by the FDA and are in many processed foods and cosmetics.
What is PG (Vegetable Glycerin)?
PG (Propylene Glycol) is tasteless and derived from plants. It is used in baked goods, medicines, and cosmetics. The liquid is thinner than VG. While VG produces more vapor, PG produces more throat hit, that some customers may or may not prefer. It may also cause some throat dryness.
What is VG (Vegetable Glycerin)?
VG (Vegetable Glycerin) tastes a little sweet but the flavor is too small for most people to detect. It's used in baked goods, sweeteners, and a filler in foods. The liquid is a bit thicker which helps produce a thicker and a lot more vapor cloud.
Most people should start out with a 50/50 mix which has been determined to be a very optimal blend. As you experience more with different juices that use different blends, you may want something with more VG for more vapor or more PG for throat hit with 60/40 mixes or even 70/30.
An important consideration though is if you have allergies or reactions to either PG or VG, although more common with PG, to buy a blend that uses less of that item.