What is E-liquid
All electronic cigarettes, whether using pre-filled cartomizers or a tank system, require e-liquid to produce the inhaled vapor. The e-liquid is a simple solution that contains the following three components:
- Nicotine: The stimulant in cigarettes and the substance that is addictive in cigarettes is the nicotine. Nicotine is a relatively simple alkaloid, called pyridine. It is naturally formed in tobacco leaves and is released, along with all the related toxic products of combustion, when a cigarette is burned. The nicotine used in our e-liquid, is natural nicotine produced from tobacco leaves. It is produced by mechanically and chemically stripping the nicotine from the leaves and then under the most stringent control, distilled out of solution, using fractional distillation techniques, to produce the highest possible levels of purity – purity standards that are used in USA pharmaceutical grade regulations.
- Flavoring: While our nicotine is produced from tobacco leaves, the distillation process produces extremely pure nicotine, which has no residual tobacco flavor. To provide an e-liquid that has a taste that resembles a normal cigarette, flavors must be reintroduced to the nicotine solution. Due to the development of the e-liquid industry there are an infinite number of flavors that can be added to make whatever flavor you desire.
- Diluents: The third ingredient of e-liquid is a diluent. The diluent essentially performs two functions. Firstly it is added to dilute the mixture of nicotine and flavors to the correct strength. Secondly it adds the part of the solution that produces the vapor that is inhaled and ‘transports’ both the flavor and nicotine from the electronic cigarette to the user. The common diluents used in our products are:
- Propylene Glycol (PG): It is a colorless, nearly odorless, clear liquid with a faintly sweet taste. It is a common base solution used in a range of pharmaceutical products and a food additive often referred to as E1520.
- Vegetable Glycerine (VG): Again Vegetable Glycerine, like Propylene Glycol, is a common food and pharmaceutical additive. It is used to provide similar functions of bulking, diluting and stabilising a range of common products. It is often referred to as E422.
So there we have it. E-liquid is a simple mixture of these 3 basic components: