# What do e-liquids contain? The contents of e-liquids serve as the basis for the majority of contra-vaping debates all across the world. This is exactly why we thought to dedicate a whole article to introducing you the contents of e-liquids. We will also help you explain many of the health concerns that arose connected to vaping and show you the best ways to stay on the safe side.
Did you know?
E-liquids are often referred to as e-juice or as vape juice.
The laws and regulations
Ever since the new vaping related laws came in practice from May 2016 the e-liquids (or e-juices) and their lists of ingredients are heavily checked on by large authorities such as the USP (United States Pharmacopeia). This luckily decreases the number of unlicensed DIY manufacturers and other shady online companies which in fact can sell you products the contents of which can be mitigated. Today, official vaping shops can only sell products which are licensed and come from FDA approved, trusted vendors. This was a necessary steps after the fiasco that happened to e-cigarettes largely coming from China containing a toxic chemical called Diethylene glycol.
Let’s see the key ingredients of a licensed e-liquid below:
The key ingredients:
VG (Vegetable glycerin)
This is a substance that’s overall safe to consume. It is basically a natural ingredient that’s 100% derived from pure vegetable oils. Glycerin is necessary for vaping because by far it’s the safest substance that can be atomized and this way can produce a large amount of smoke/steam-like non-threatening vapour that can be both inhaled and exhaled this way. As the molecules of VG are not fit to take in additional flavors, the substance has to be mixed up with something else to make the habit itself enjoyable. Glycerin has a very specific sweet taste in itself, therefore it’s best to be paired up with a blend that either enhances or can totally cover this.
PG (Propylene Glycol)
This substance is largely used in asthmatic medicines, specifically inhalers, therefore it’s officially and scientifically harmless to breathe in. It can be easily paired up with VG and it has the extra quality of being able to take on blends very easily.
These two ingredients are the base of all e-liquids. They can come in different combinations, depending on the users’ taste and expectations. While the e-liquids with a denser PG content have a much more defined flavor, those which have a higher VG content will generate a way larger vapor.
Laboratory grade nicotine
Apart from smokers’ preferences, nicotine also adds a sharper, stronger taste to the e-liquid. There are tons of e-liquids with varying nicotine content (light, mild, strong) depending on the users’ choice.
There are thousands of different blends today, with their taste largely based on drinks (even alcoholic), food, sweets or fruits. What we suggest is to always take a trial before you purchase a whole bottle because it may easily turn out you do not like that specific flavor when you actually inhale it.