A brief introduction to the science of Vaping

An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that creates an aerosol by heating a liquid. The user then inhales the aerosol. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called vaping. The liquid in the e-cigarette, called e-liquid, is usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, and flavorings. Not all e-liquids contain nicotine.

What is Vaping? 

For sure it is not like smoking cigarettes.

  • Vaping: To inhale vapor from a personal vaporizor (PV), commonly referred to as an electronic cigarette or e-cig. The term “smoking” doesn’t apply because a PV doesn’t produce any smoke, only vapor.
  • Vape: Used to describe the act of vaping as well as the vaporizor itself. e.g. I love being able to vape in the airport.

When a PV is triggered (either by inhalation or with a button press) the battery gets connected to the heating element (atomizer), which boils a tiny amount of liquid (e-Juice). This creates a vapor, which is inhaled by the user. At no point is anything burned through the process of combustion, so no smoke/ash/tar is ever created.

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Culinary application

Chefs sometimes use vaporizers as a method of applying controlled heat to herbs and spices to release flavors that are otherwise difficult to titrate or apply, or that might be spoiled by overheating during cooking. Grant Achatz, chef-proprietor of Alinea in Chicago, “uses the aroma-filled bags as place-mats, punctured when plates are placed in front of the customer”.

So now that you understand that vaping isn’t smoking, the next question most people have is what’s in that liquid that is being atomized into vapor?

e-Liquid or e-Juice is normally composed of up to 5 ingredients. E-juices come in a variety of nicotine strengths. Different brands offer different options, though most brands will give you several nicotine levels to choose from when you purchase your favorite flavor. Bottles of vape juice are labeled with their nicotine levels, so it is easy to find one that is best suited to your individual needs and preferences. If you want to check out different flavors, visit : www.migvapor.com/ecig-news/choose-best-vape-juice .