Vape is a modern term now used for E-cigarettes. The highstreets of all major cities are now flooded with vendors encouraging Vape over cigarettes; after all Smoking isn’t the healthiest of habits. These are now available online as well, but what most of you might not be aware of is that Vaping has been around for much longer and is more than just the ‘Latest trend’.
Vaping experiences vary for different people depending on the kind of flavours chosen, strengths an ingredients used right through to how media influences our outlook on Vaping. As per the latest study by Aquavape, 200 people of the Great British public were asked questions on the use of e-cigarettes and the trend of Vaping. The results were resounding and based on the following a trend pattern was discovered.
Whether you are a fruity girl or the traditional tobacco guy, Vaping comes in all flavours. Four prominent flavours stood out; namely, Tobacco, Fruit, Mint & Menthol and Sweet. People even went as far as saying they would be completely put off by Vaping if their particular choice of Flavour wasn’t available. It has become like Sheesha or Hookah in that respect – A Fashion statement just as much as a trend or ‘healthier’ alternative to Cigarettes.
Of course, we all have our own flavours that tickle our fancy and there are more than a few to choose from, even for those non-smokers who love a good sheesha occasionally.
So what really goes into making the juice that constituents the flavour component of the E-cigarettes?
Interestingly, nearly 80-90% of us really don’t know or have never bothered to ask even or even know the difference between MODs, APVs and Pen-style E-cigarettes.
Most Vape Juices contain Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Flavours, Propylene glycol and/ or Nicotine
- Water: Many “vape juice” flavours include good old H20. A reservoir for liquid and a heating element are the basic components of e-cigarette devices. A wicking material such as cotton pulls the liquid towards a metal coil, where heat turns it into droplets that are tiny enough to inhale.
- Vegetable glycerine: You’ve probably consumed this sugar alcohol in food as a low-glycemic sweetener, a preservative, or a texture enhancer that boosts thickness. (It’s also an ingredient in moisturisers.)
- Propylene glycol: A tasteless, odourless, colourless alcohol used in antifreeze. Although it’s considered safe for topical use and consumption, it’s also an active ingredient in many fog-machine juices, which can act as allergens and cause eye and airway irritation. It can also cause headaches, dizziness and drowsiness.
- Flavouring: The names of e-cig flavours are amazing: Unicorn Milk, Black Jack, Cookie, Krispy Krack Doughnut, Pony on Acid! Manufacturers usually don’t reveal ingredients on the grounds that they’re “trade secrets”. Many assert that their flavourings are food-grade and safe.
- Nicotine: In its inhaled particulate form, nicotine itself is pretty safe – unless you’re a child or a gestating foetus in a vaper. But in liquid form, even tiny amounts that are ingested or make contact with skin can induce vomiting, seizures and even death. Wear gloves when you refill.
Many studies claim that e-cigarettes were invented to dissuade people from smoking, as a way to quit the habit. A majority of the Vapers surveyed said they go for a 6mg strength which sits pretty low on the scale. This does go to suggest that people are using it as a long-term alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. Nearly 86% of people view Vaping as being better than normal smoking.
And therefore, whether for health reasons, or finding an alternative or actually quitting smoking, people Vape and have now hooked into the latest trend of Vaping.