Smoking is very dangerous to an individual’s health. It can cause irreversible damages not only to one’s lungs but also to other parts of one’s body. Smoking can increase an individual’s risk for lung cancer and can aid in the formation of arterial plaques which in turn increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases and complications. Nonetheless, due to its addictive effect, many people find it hard to stop smoking even though they already know the consequences that they will face. This quandary resulted in the invention of the e-cigarette and subsequently the ejuice. Ejuices or e-liquids contain 3 basic components which are nicotine, flavorings and diluents. This article aims to explain in detail the 2 common types of diluents used for making e-liquids.
Manufacturers of ejuices usually use Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin as diluents in their products. These diluents function as a base which carries the nicotine and flavoring in a suspended solution and enables the electronic cigarette in producing thick smoke like vapor which can be likened to the smoke that a conventional cigarette produces. Both of these diluents are non-poisonous carbon based substances which are commonly deemed as safe to the human body. These two substances are usually used as additives in a number of commercially viable food products. An ejuice manufacturer may exclusively use one of the substances, or a combination of both and some other diluents.
E-liquids that use propylene glycol as diluents are the most popular amongst e-liquids. This substance is less viscous than vegetable glycerin and makes an ejuice more easily soaked up by the poly fill material found inside the cartomizer. It also makes the liquid easier to work with. Ejuices that have a propylene glycol base also has a relatively low density which results in a somewhat slower build up of liquid residue on the electronic cigarettes heating element when compared to vegetable glycerin based e-liquids. The substance is a bland and unscented chemical which means that the falvor and odor of the resulting product won’t be affected. Propylene glycol is an absorbent substance and will leave the user with a dry mouth and parched throat especially when used constantly. Propylene glycol based e-liquids have a stronger “hit” when compared to vegetable glycerin based products. However, a number of users have reported experiencing hypersensitivity reactions when using this type of ejuice. Some users reported minor symptoms such as tingling sensations in the mouth and sometimes throat while others experienced major inflammations all around the body.
Vegetable glycerin on the other hand is significantly more viscous than propylene glycol. In addition to that, this substance has an inherent sweet taste which significantly adds to the flavor of an ejuice. Unlike propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin is a substance that does not retain water and can cause an increase of mucus production in the throat. However, vegetable glycerin based e-liquids produce thicker smoke-like vapors, has a milder effect and is less likely to cause hypersensitivity reactions when compared to propylene glycol based products.
Users have different opinions and preferences when it comes to these products. Some may say that propylene glycol e-liquids are the best as it more closely resembles conventional cigarettes in terms of its effect in the mouth and throat. Others may say the opposite and claim that vegetable glycerin e-liquids are the best as it is milder, safer and is more effective in smoking cessation. Other users may say that ejuices composed of both substances is the best as it contains the best qualities of both. There are countless predilections, beliefs and practices when it comes to “vaping” which can be very confusing especially to beginners. However, with thorough research and studying, one can formulate personal preferences when it comes to this kind of things.