Edit: Added vaping information.
How they work:
E-Juice (or E-Liquid) is made of VG and PG. That stands for Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). Both are FDA approved. Then, nicotine (in varying strengths depending on your needs - even 0 mg is offered for those who just want to taste the deliciousness) is added. This is your basic flavorless juice. Now, flavoring is added. Most commonly, candy and cake flavorings are used. Again, this is also FDA approved. All products in the juice are individually FDA approved. You’ll often hear supporters of Big Tobacco make claims that it’s not “FDA approved”, but they mean the combination is not FDA approved. Neither is broccoli and cauliflower being mixed together, but no one tries to stop it.
Nicotine by itself is not actually “bad for you”. It has health benefits! Ultimately, it is as bad for you as caffeine is. If not a little less. It is linked to many health benefits, and Big Tobacco has pointed this out for YEARS to help keep cigarettes legal. Nicotine took a lot of flack for what it was associated with. When separated from all of those deadly chemicals though, it is a perfectly fine thing when consumed in the very moderate portions of e-cigs.
This E-Juice is then applied to an atomizer (in a multitude of ways, I will explain in depth shortly) which then heats the liquid into a vapor. This works in a similar manner (actually, the exact same way) as nebulizers and fog machines. It’s effectively just a breathing treatment with nicotine added.
Atomizers, Cartomizers and Cartridges. An atomizer (or atty/addy) is the basic heating component, and many people (myself included) prefer a method known as “direct dripping”. This means dripping juice directly onto the atomizer in order to vape. This produces a very clean flavor. Other methods include cartomizers. A cartomizer (or carto) is an atomizer which has been inserted into a tube with filler materials for absorbing the juice. This juice then slowly wicks itself to the atomizer, allowing you to vape longer without having to drip often. A cartridge (or cart) is prefilled with juice and works like a cartomizer, only prefilled.
There is no scientific data to suggest vaping is harmful in any way whatsoever. There is, however, much data to suggest it is healthier than NOT vaping!
As most of you would most likely be in your early teens now, it’s safe to assume at least some of you are now smokers. Most of you know I was a devout smoker and defender of smokers and smoker rights. Arguing that cigarettes were not nearly as bad for you as the media would have you believe. I still believe this, however, this is no arguing that E-Cigs are better in every way.
I have recently started “vaping”. I now vape 24mg nicotine strength e-juice in my Saber Touch VV (at about 5 volts to 6 volts generally) and have not craved a cigarette in over a month. I’m no expert in comparison to the guys at ECF, but I’d be happy to help walk any RSR members here through the process (including helping get you deals and sales since I know so many people in the vaping community of the world - and am well respected).
Feel free to ask any questions about vaping if you are a smoker. I’d love to help recruit even more people to vaping!