The Science of Vaping
Have you tried to quit tobacco smoking without any success? Then you are not alone since there are thousands of other smokers out there trying to stop it but they just won’t. Quitting smoking is possibly one of the biggest achievements you’d make in your life. This is because smoking is a real life threatening habit – harms nearly all the organs of the body causing lifelong diseases or even death. An alternative to smoking tobacco could be the ultimate intervention is alleviating the problem of smoking. Vaping is that all important alternative.
If you are thinking of trying out vaping, you might have several questions lingering in your mind concerning it. Well, to get answers to your questions keep on reading the article and learn more about vaping.
What is vaping?
Vaping is a term derived from the word ‘vapor’. It basically means inhaling and exhaling of vapor that is produced when a vaping liquid is heated by the battery-operated e-cigarette. The vaping liquid is commonly referred to as the vape juice, e-liquid or e-juice.
What are the components of the e-cigarette?
Although vaping devices come in different shapes, designs and sizes, majority of them have some basic components, which include:
The cartilage or mouthpiece
• The cartilage or mouthpiece has a plastic cup which contains the vape juice. The cartilage is fixed at the end of a tube and it can either be replaced with a pre-filled cartilage or refilled.
• The atomizer is the heating element which contains a soft wick and a coil. It heats the e-juice until is attains boiling point and turns into vapor. The function of the wick is to absorb the e-juice and in so doing regulate the amount of liquid entering the coil. It also ensures that the e-liquid burns at a reasonable rate so as to prevent production of excess vapor.
• The battery powers the atomizer (heating element). It is normally a lithium ion battery and may be recharged via USB adapter.
The Pressure sensor
• The Pressure sensor activates or turns on the heating element when the user of the vaping device sucks it.
The color Indicator
• The color Indicator shows the battery level and glows when in use.
What is contained in the vape juice?
This is the juice heated in the cartilage to produce vapor. The e-juice may contain a variety of ingredients depending on your tastes and preferences. However, there are some basic ingredients that you find in the liquid which are: Vegetable Glycerin (VG) which acts a base and creates a heavy vapor, proplylene glycol (PG) which is also a base and contributes to throat hit and product’s flavor, flavoring made of a combination of several safe chemicals to provide the product with a tasty touch and finally the e-juice might contain a percentage of nicotine.
Your vaping experience majorly depends on your selection of the e-liquid. There is an array of e-liquids to choose from depending on your habits, preferences and budget. However, it is advisable to get your e-juice from a trusted and legitimate manufacturer as low-quality juices may contain unlisted and harmful ingredients.
How does the e-cigarette work?
The e-cigarette operates on the principal of vaporization. When the user sucks the device the sensor activates the atomizer which in turn excites the vape juice by increasing its internal energy. As the temperature increases molecules of the liquid start to vibrate faster and faster. Eventually, the molecules break off and the liquid atomizes forming a vapor which the user inhales and exhales. Constituents of the e-juice will determine the chemical reactions that occur as well as the temperature at which vapor forms.
What else do you need to know?
There are two way of vaping: the direct lung (DL) and mouth-to-lung (MTL) methods. For the direct-lung methods the following is recommended:
• Draw the vapor directly from e-cigarette into the lungs
• The atomizer should be below 1.0 ohms
• Use e-juice with 50% or above vegetable glycerin (GV)
• Recommended ratio for ingredients is 80 VG/20 PG or 70 VG/30 PG
• Nicotine level should be in the range of 1.5mg-6mg
• It is best for bigger cloud production and uses less nicotine
For the MTL method the following is recommended:
• Once the vapor is inhaled, it should be retained for a moment in the mouth then drawn into the lungs
• Atomizers should be above 1.0 ohms
• Recommended ratio for ingredients is 50 PG/ 50 VG or 70 PG/30 VG
• Nicotine level: 6mh-24mg
• It is best for throat hit and optimal flavor