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  2. The Tennessee Department of Health issued a “public health advisory” last week about “electronic nicotine delivery systems, ENDS, including electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers and similar emissions-producing devices.” The 13-point warning covers plenty of ground, and contains the all the usual concerns, along with the expected number of “mays” and “mights.” Nicotine can be toxic, they say. Flavors may be attractive to children. Vapor can contain “formaldehyde, propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, acrolein and tobacco-specific nitrosamines.” Apparently, they get the wording for their public health advisories from Google searches. Big deal, you’re probably saying. We see hilariously bad warnings from public health agencies all the time. Normally, we pay about as much attention as the actual public does (none). Why is this one different? Well, the Tennessee DOH has come up with an exciting new concern — one that showed creativity rarely seen in an office full of people who probably consult a manual before thinking. They could contain strychnine too. They might contain anthrax, for that matter. “Persons should not use ENDS devices offered to them by friends or acquaintances to prevent the spread of illness,” they say. And “more importantly, ENDS can be delivery systems for incapacitating agents such as gamma butyrolactone, GBL, more commonly known as the date rape drug.” Date rape! Winner, champion, best of show, blue ribbon! That’s a worry even Tom Frieden has missed. And no wonder, because there has never, ever been a report of any such thing happening. Could it happen? Yes, and that gum or soda or ice cream a stranger hands you could contain the very same things. Hey, they could contain strychnine too. They might contain anthrax, for that matter. And let’s not forget radioactive polonium while we’re at it. The point is, if someone wants to dose you with anything, there are a million ways. These are the Reefer Madness-level scare tactics the anti-vaping zealots think they need to make an impact on public opinion at this point. They know that Americans have been vaping now for a decade, and none of the frightening outcomes they’ve warned about has come to pass. They’re getting desperate.
  3. Well after my experience with a eGo pen a friend of mine suggested I try a actual mod, so we traveled down to the local the B&M on a Saturday morning, after the better part of a hour debating on either the Snow wolf, or the SMOK Alien I settled on the Alien and haven't looked back. Now down to the good stuff, 7 months later through countless falls from 3' to 5' the mod would hit the ground, battery door would pop open, batteries flying out in every which direction. The mod I would love to say. Still works, the pain on the other hand is something less then desirable but that's only cosmetic. Screen still intact, mod fires all the time in all conditions. For a good mod thats entry level to get you onto the road to vaping weather you want it as a hobby or as a quit smoking concession I would recommend the SMOK Alien 220 hands down. It has proven itself in the work field (Landscaping, Snow clearing during the winter) and just keeps on going!
  4. There "almost" good enough for a try before you buy because there THAT cheap. If you start with one of these its a good chance you won't have a pleasant vaping experience. I would suggest spending a few extra dollers and get the T18 or even T22. At least then you get a bit more of a vaping experience and will enjoy it a bit more.
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  6. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 10ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Cake-Yellow (Flavor West): 3% Cake Batter (Capella): 2% Vanilla Bean Gelato (Perfumers Apprentice): 2% Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Capella): 3% Shisha Raspberry (Inawera): 3% Black Currant (Perfumers Apprentice): 1% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Cake-Yellow (Flavor West) 3.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Cake Batter (Capella) 2.0% 0.20 5 0.21 Vanilla Bean Gelato (Perfumers Apprentice) 2.0% 0.20 5 0.21 Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Capella) 3.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Shisha Raspberry (Inawera) 3.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Black Currant (Perfumers Apprentice) 1.0% 0.10 3 0.11 PG 16.0% 1.60 40 1.66 VG 65.8% 6.58 165 8.29 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 0.42 11 0.52
  7. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 10ml Final Strength: 2mg Final PG/VG: PG: 40% / VG: 60% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Kentucky Bourbon (Perfumers Apprentice): 4% Koolada 10 PG (Perfumers Apprentice): 2% Ethyl Maltol (10%): 1% Caramel (Flavourart): .5% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Kentucky Bourbon (Perfumers Apprentice) 4.0% 0.40 10 0.43 Koolada 10 PG (Perfumers Apprentice) 2.0% 0.20 5 0.21 Ethyl Maltol (10%) 1.0% 0.10 3 0.11 Caramel (Flavourart) 0.5% 0.05 1 0.05 PG 29.7% 2.97 74 3.08 VG 60.0% 6.00 150 7.56 Base Nicotine Liquid 2.8% 0.28 7 0.29
  8. I realize this is a high % of watermelon but it is needed to carry the peppermint, koolada and EM. I've tried many other percentages and found 15% is where it makes this recipe special. A light, refreshing and cooling juice but not short on flavour. Big Melons Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 25ml Final Strength: 6mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients TFA Watermelon: 15% TFA Bubblegum: 3% TFA Koolada: 1% TFA Peppermint: 0.2% TFA Sweetener: 1% Ethyl Maltol (10%): 0.6% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams TFA Watermelon 15.0% 3.75 94 4.01 TFA Bubblegum 3.0% 0.75 19 0.80 TFA Koolada 1.0% 0.25 6 0.27 TFA Peppermint 0.2% 0.05 1 0.05 TFA Sweetener 1.0% 0.25 6 0.27 Ethyl Maltol (10%) 0.6% 0.15 4 0.16 PG 9.2% 2.30 58 2.39 VG 61.7% 15.42 386 19.43 Base Nicotine Liquid 8.3% 2.08 52 2.58
  9. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 50% / VG: 50% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Espresso (TFA): 6% Hazlenut (Capella): 3% Caramel (TFA): 2% Bavarian Cream (TFA: 2% Vanilla Swirl (TFA): 4% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Espresso (TFA) 6.0% 1.80 45 1.93 Hazlenut (Capella) 3.0% 0.90 23 0.96 Caramel (TFA) 2.0% 0.60 15 0.64 Bavarian Cream (TFA 2.0% 0.60 15 0.64 Vanilla Swirl (TFA) 4.0% 1.20 30 1.28 PG 33.0% 9.90 248 10.28 VG 45.8% 13.75 344 17.33 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 1.25 31 1.55
  10. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 100ml Final Strength: 5mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 100mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Tutti Fruitti (Flavor West): 15% Sweetner Tfa: 5% Marshmallow (Flavourart): 5% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Tutti Fruitti (Flavor West) 15.0% 15.00 375 16.05 Sweetner Tfa 5.0% 5.00 125 5.35 Marshmallow (Flavourart) 5.0% 5.00 125 5.35 PG 0.0% 0.00 0 0.00 VG 70.0% 70.00 1,750 88.20 Base Nicotine Liquid 5.0% 5.00 125 5.18
  11. Minimum of 2 weeks steep, preferably more if you can. Two hours in Ultrasonic Cleaner @ 55° also works with 2 days in a dark cupboard after. Bourbon overpowers if not. Delicious creamy inhale with a subtle bourbon exhale. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 31% / VG: 69% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Bavarian Cream (Perfumers Apprentice): 6.3% Vanilla Custard (Perfumers Apprentice): 4.7% Kentucky Bourbon (Perfumers Apprentice): 4% Sweet Cream (Perfumers Apprentice): 1% Vanilla Cupcake (Perfumers Apprentice): 6.3% Vanilla Swirl (Perfumers Apprentice): 8% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Bavarian Cream (Perfumers Apprentice) 6.3% 1.89 47 2.02 Vanilla Custard (Perfumers Apprentice) 4.7% 1.41 35 1.51 Kentucky Bourbon (Perfumers Apprentice) 4.0% 1.20 30 1.28 Sweet Cream (Perfumers Apprentice) 1.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Vanilla Cupcake (Perfumers Apprentice) 6.3% 1.89 47 2.02 Vanilla Swirl (Perfumers Apprentice) 8.0% 2.40 60 2.57 PG 0.7% 0.21 5 0.22 VG 64.8% 19.45 486 24.51 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 1.25 31 1.55
  12. Vanilla Custard + Strawberries and Cream Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Vanilla Custard (Flavor West) (VG): 27% Strawberries and Cream (Perfumers Apprentice) (VG): 6% Ingredient % of total ml grams Vanilla Custard (Flavor West) (VG) 27.0% 8.10 10.45 Strawberries and Cream (Perfumers Apprentice) (VG) 6.0% 1.80 2.32 PG 25.8% 7.75 8.04 VG 37.0% 11.10 13.99 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 1.25 1.29
  13. Made a 10ml tester, which was nice but I have tweaked slightly. Lowered the maple and upped the Strawberry shortcake and I'm loving it. 50ml now steeping an getting better by the day!!! Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 50ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Waffle (Capella): 8% Strawberry Shortcake (Flavor West): 5% Maple Pecan (Flavor West): 1% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Waffle (Capella) 8.0% 4.00 100 4.28 Strawberry Shortcake (Flavor West) 5.0% 2.50 63 2.68 Maple Pecan (Flavor West) 1.0% 0.50 13 0.54 PG 11.8% 5.92 148 6.14 VG 70.0% 35.00 875 44.10 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 2.08 52 2.15
  14. Steep for 3/4 weeks shaking twice a day Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Pink Lemonade (Capella): 11% Sweet Strawberry (Capella): 6% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Pink Lemonade (Capella) 11.0% 3.30 83 3.53 Sweet Strawberry (Capella) 6.0% 1.80 45 1.93 PG 13.0% 3.90 98 4.05 VG 65.8% 19.75 494 24.89 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 1.25 31 1.55
  15. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 2mg Final PG/VG: PG: 40% / VG: 60% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Apple Fuji (Flavourart): 5.5% Sour Wizard (Flavourart): 4% Sweetener (Perfumers Apprentice): 1.5% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Apple Fuji (Flavourart) 5.5% 1.65 41 1.77 Sour Wizard (Flavourart) 4.0% 1.20 30 1.28 Sweetener (Perfumers Apprentice) 1.5% 0.45 11 0.48 PG 29.0% 8.70 218 9.03 VG 57.2% 17.17 429 21.63 Base Nicotine Liquid 2.8% 0.83 21 1.03
  16. B01 FLV Cream 0.32g C07 FLV Mango 0.73g C13 FA Marshmallow 0.32g D03 FLV Peach 0.73g E14 FE Sweetener (Sucralose) 0.21g Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 50% / VG: 50% Base Nicotine Strength: 50mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Cream (Flavorah): 1% Mango (Flavorah): 2.25% Marshmallow (Capella): 1% Peach (Flavorah): 2.25% Sweetener (Flavor West): .65% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Cream (Flavorah) 1.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Mango (Flavorah) 2.3% 0.68 17 0.73 Marshmallow (Capella) 1.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Peach (Flavorah) 2.3% 0.68 17 0.73 Sweetener (Flavor West) 0.7% 0.20 5 0.21 PG 36.8% 11.04 276 11.46 VG 50.0% 15.00 375 18.90 Base Nicotine Liquid 6.0% 1.80 45 1.87
  17. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 6mg Final PG/VG: PG: 40% / VG: 60% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Banoffee Pie (Vapemate): 5.5% Strawberry Milkshake (Vapemate): 3.5% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Banoffee Pie (Vapemate) 5.5% 1.65 41 1.77 Strawberry Milkshake (Vapemate) 3.5% 1.05 26 1.12 PG 22.7% 6.80 170 7.06 VG 60.0% 18.00 450 22.68 Base Nicotine Liquid 8.3% 2.50 63 2.59
  18. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 2mg Final PG/VG: PG: 20% / VG: 80% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Banoffee Pie (Vapemate): 6.5% Strawberry Milkshake (Vapemate): 4.2% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Banoffee Pie (Vapemate) 6.5% 1.95 49 2.09 Strawberry Milkshake (Vapemate) 4.2% 1.26 32 1.35 PG 6.5% 1.96 49 2.03 VG 80.0% 24.00 600 30.24 Base Nicotine Liquid 2.8% 0.83 21 0.86
  19. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 2mg Final PG/VG: PG: 15% / VG: 85% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Irish Coffee (Inawera): 6.6% Rich Pipe Tobacco (Vapemate): 5.6% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Irish Coffee (Inawera) 6.6% 1.98 50 2.12 Rich Pipe Tobacco (Vapemate) 5.6% 1.68 42 1.80 PG 0.0% 0.01 0 0.01 VG 85.0% 25.50 638 32.13 Base Nicotine Liquid 2.8% 0.83 21 0.86
  20. Best after 2 weeks steeping Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 30ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Pear Drops (Vapemate): 3% Lemon Sherbet (Vapemate): 6% vamp toes: 2% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Pear Drops (Vapemate) 3.0% 0.90 23 0.96 Lemon Sherbet (Vapemate) 6.0% 1.80 45 1.93 vamp toes 2.0% 0.60 15 0.64 PG 14.8% 4.45 111 4.62 VG 70.0% 21.00 525 26.46 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 1.25 31 1.29
  21. Zesty refreshing rhubarb vape ideal for warmer weather for icy rhubarb add 1 tto 1.5% ws-23(30%) this is a shake and vape and make it in small quantities as the flavour can drop off as it gets older Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 10ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 100% / VG: 0% Ingredients Lemonade (LorAnn): 6% Cactus (Inawera): 1% Rhubarb (Inawera): 0.5% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Lemonade (LorAnn) 6.0% 0.60 15 0.64 Cactus (Inawera) 1.0% 0.10 3 0.11 Rhubarb (Inawera) 0.5% 0.05 1 0.05 PG 18.3% 1.83 46 1.90 VG 70.0% 7.00 175 8.82 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 0.42 11 0.44
  22. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 10ml Final Strength: 2mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Bavarian Cream (Perfumers Apprentice): 1.5% Sweet Cream (Capella): .5% New York Cheesecake (Capella): 5% Graham Cracker Clear (Perfumers Apprentice): 2% Key Lime (Perfumers Apprentice): 9% Sweetener (Perfumers Apprentice): .5% Cold Pressed Lime Tahity (Flavourart): 2% Cold Pressed Lime Tahity (Flavourart): 2% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Bavarian Cream (Perfumers Apprentice) 1.5% 0.15 4 0.16 Sweet Cream (Capella) 0.5% 0.05 1 0.05 New York Cheesecake (Capella) 5.0% 0.50 13 0.54 Graham Cracker Clear (Perfumers Apprentice) 2.0% 0.20 5 0.21 Key Lime (Perfumers Apprentice) 9.0% 0.90 23 0.96 Sweetener (Perfumers Apprentice) 0.5% 0.05 1 0.05 Cold Pressed Lime Tahity (Flavourart) 2.0% 0.20 5 0.21 PG 7.5% 0.75 19 0.78 VG 67.2% 6.72 168 8.47 Base Nicotine Liquid 2.8% 0.28 7 0.35
  23. Was using kiwi double and it just didn't taste right. Fa Kiwi made it so much smoother and gave it a nicer taste. I think All the other flavors could be subbed out but not the kiwi or Fa watermelon. Recipe details Mix levels Final Amount: 10ml Final Strength: 3mg Final PG/VG: PG: 30% / VG: 70% Base Nicotine Strength: 72mg Base Nicotine PG/VG: PG: 0% / VG: 100% Ingredients Watermelon (Flavourart): 3% Watermelon (Perfumers Apprentice): 3% Peach (Juicy) (Perfumers Apprentice): 2% Kiwi (Flavourart): 1% Marshmallow (Perfumers Apprentice): 1% Cactus (Inawera): 0.5% Ingredient % of total ml drops grams Watermelon (Flavourart) 3.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Watermelon (Perfumers Apprentice) 3.0% 0.30 8 0.32 Peach (Juicy) (Perfumers Apprentice) 2.0% 0.20 5 0.21 Kiwi (Flavourart) 1.0% 0.10 3 0.11 Marshmallow (Perfumers Apprentice) 1.0% 0.10 3 0.11 Cactus (Inawera) 0.5% 0.05 1 0.05 PG 19.5% 1.95 49 2.02 VG 65.8% 6.58 165 8.29 Base Nicotine Liquid 4.2% 0.42 11 0.52
  24. Aspire Vape Co. released an official statement on their website today claiming that roughly 10% (exact number unknown) of “Aspire” products sold in retail stores are actually fake. They attribute this to a rogue distributor who is mixing fakes in with the real ones to help lower costs. From the statement: Yikes. So how can you tell if your Aspire product is genuine? The statement went on to show you how you can verify the authenticity of your products: If you’re using an Aspire tank or mod (let’s be real, almost everyone has at least one), it’s definitely worthwhile to find out if it’s actually genuine. If you’re about to buy a product and the price seems a little bit too cheap, you should probably pass on the deal. As always, if it seems too good to be true it probably is.
  25. The state of California has been examining whether or not second-hand vapor is a serious public health concern. While smoking has been banned in many public places in the Golden State and across the country, many people have argued that vaping should not be subject to those same bans. New studies conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) aim to look at the prevalence of harmful chemicals in second-hand vapor. Straight to the Source Over the last several years a number of studies have been conducted into the first-hand effects of vaping. However, few studies have looked into the effects of second-hand vapor. Moreover, no studies have looked at the effects of second-hand vapor in a highly concentrated environment. NIOSH sought to test the most extreme scenario by testing chemical levels inside of vapor shops where large crowds of people are vaping at once. The goal was to test the air inside of vape shops for formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and signs of chemicals that cause “popcorn lung” like diacetyl. The Findings Early summaries of the two studies show that even with a room full of people actively vaping, chemical levels were well below harmful levels. In fact, the air inside the vape shops was equivalent to the air outdoors or inside the average home. Signs of diacetyl were almost entirely absent, except for a few samples that were significantly below harmful ratings. Taking Action As a result, many within the vaping community are looking to share this data and inform voters about why vaping should be allowed in public places. As California tightens restrictions on smoking, and seeks ways to reduce the prevalence of smoking all around, many vapers are concerned that lawmakers will not appreciate the differences between second-hand tobacco smoke and second-hand vapor as shown in this study. Dr. Michael Siegel has spoken out in favor of e-cigarettes as a useful tool for harm reduction, and hopes that legislators will take this into consideration when they write new laws. Ultimately, vapers are hoping that these studies will help people understand that vapor clouds are not the same as cigarette smoke, and that there is no public health crisis surrounding vaping. They argue that allowing vaping in public will actually incentivize smokers to make the switch, rather than punishing them while they are trying to quit. As California continues to fund anti-smoking campaigns, this research deserves the attention of lawmakers who could be supporting the vapor industry as a whole.
  26. PG (Propylene Glycol) vs. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) When it comes to e-juice, two terms constantly crop up: PG and VG. This can seem confusing to the newcomer, but knowledge of these two ingredients can vastly improve your vaping experience. Here’s our easy-to-follow guide on everything you need to know about PG and VG. What are PG and VG? In simple terms: Choosing the wrong PG/VG ratio can put first-timers off so be careful to choose the right level for your equipment. Now let’s take a look at each in more detail. PG and VG are the odourless liquids that are combined with flavour and nicotine to create e-juice They produce vapour when heated, which allow them to be inhaled. The two fluids have a different consistency to each other, and also have a slightly different taste. They have distinct mouth and throat sensations when vaped. Most modern e-liquid uses a combination of the two fluids, though the ratio can vary dramatically. Some vaping set-ups can only work with a certain level of PG and VG. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG) What exactly is it? Propylene Glycol Chemical Structure PG stands for Propylene Glycol, a petroleum by-product. The fluid has no odour or colour, and is less viscous than VG. In vaping it is used to provide a ‘throat hit’, which some users claim is similar to the sensation experienced when smoking tobacco. It also carries flavour more effectively than VG, meaning it’s the most commonly used suspension fluid for flavour concentrates and nicotine. How is it used? Propylene Glycol can be found in various common household items. Amongst others, these include: Asthma inhalers Pet food Medical products used orally, injected or as topical formulations Beauty products, including make-up, shampoo and baby wipes Is it safe? Studies have shown that PG is safe to ingest orally, and the FDA has deemed it “generally recognized as safe” to be used as a food additive. However, most studies into the safety of propylene glycol look at ingestion, rather than consuming it in aerosol form. Of the limited studies that exist, a long-term experiment held in 1947 judged that inhaling PG was ‘completely harmless’. A 2010 study looking at PGEs (a mixture of propylene glycol and glycol ethers) suggested an increased risk of developing respiratory and immune disorders in children, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. However, it was judged that glycol ethers, and not PG, are the more likely cause. Looking at the evidence, it is sensible to assume that PG is safe to be inhaled, but there is a need for more comprehensive studies to confirm this. Many misinformed scaremongering stories in the media claim that PG is a toxic substance used in anti-freeze. However, the dangerous substance referred to is actually ethyl glycol, a chemical which is closely related, but not used in vaping. While PG is regarded as safe for humans, it can cause serious harm to pets. It is generally regarded as safe as a food additive for dogs, but has been linked to Heinz body anaemia in cats. Be careful when vaping around pets, particularly if you have cats and use PG in your e-liquid. What should I be aware of when vaping PG? Some people find a high level of PG irritating to the throat. Allergies to PG are rare, but have been reported. If you find yourself coming out in a rash, or suffering other unpleasant reactions after using PG-based e-fluid, you should look at using 100% VG juice instead. Many vendors are starting to offer this as an option. The most common side effects of using e-liquid containing propylene glycol are: dry mouth, sore throat and increased thirst. These symptoms usually last anywhere from a few days to a week as the body gets used to the propylene glycol. It is advised to drink more water and liquids then usual for the first few weeks of using your e-cigarette. Be aware that any unusual reactions could be side effects from quitting smoking, and not necessarily because of the PG. VEGETABLE GLYCERIN (VG) What exactly is it? Glycerin Skelett VG stands for Vegetable Glycerin. It is a natural chemical, derived from vegetable oil, so is safe for vegetarians. It is commonly used in e-liquid to give a ‘thick’ sensation to vapour. VG has a slightly sweet taste and is considerably thicker than PG. The hit from a high VG fluid is a lot smoother than with PG, making it more suitable for sub-ohm vaping. While nicotine and flavourings are commonly suspended in PG, some vendors are offering a VG alternative, to enable 100% VG mixes. What is it used for? Again, it can be found in numerous medical, food and personal care products: Sweetener as sugar replacement Beauty products, such as make-up, mousse, bubble bath, aftershave, and deodorant Pet food Soap and hand cream Food such as baked goods, to increase moisture To provide thick gel for certain medicinal creams, capsule pills and jellies Toothpaste and other dental care products Is it safe? The FDA has classified VG as “generally recognized as safe” and it is widely regarded as one of the most benign substances known to man. The SIDS assessment profile show it to have low toxicity when consumed, and of low potential to irritate the skin or eye. This, along with the widespread use of VG in food and medicine suggest it is safe for humans. However, as with PG, there are limited studies on VG being inhaled as opposed to ingestion. A 2008 study of the toxicity of inhaling aerosolised glycerol found minimal risks. We can assume the use of VG in vaping has no serious impact on health but, as with PG, we would welcome more detailed studies. It is important to note that the risk of being allergic to vegetable glycerin is very low, making it a useful alternative for people who have issues when vaping e-juice containing PG. If you are allergic to palm oil or coconut oil then VG could prove a problem, but this is relatively uncommon. Diabetics could possibly experience problems with metabolising VG, but this would not be an issue at the levels used in vaping. What should I be aware of when using VG? The increased thickness of VG means it can reduce the life of atomisers quicker than PG-based juice. High VG liquids clog up coils more rapidly, and will not work well, if at all, in certain tanks. Older products are especially susceptible, particularly models that use smaller coils such as clearomizers. The Nautilus range, Innokin iclears and eGo tanks are some of the more well-known tanks that are known to have difficulties dealing with high VG fluid. The most common side effect of vaping high VG e-liquid is a dry mouth, sore throat, and increased thirst. Again, be sure to drink plenty of water and take a break from vaping if necessary. What PG/VG ratio should I use? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this. It depends on the kind of vaping experience you prefer. Many people use various levels of PG and VG for different purposes: Throat Hit – If you enjoy a sharp throat hit when vaping then you’ll prefer a high PG vape. The ‘kick’ at the back of the throat, is something many ex-smokers crave, and PG (along with the nicotine) provides more of this than VG. PG carries flavour marginally better than VG, so the flavour will be slightly improved. Smoothness – High VG fluid tends to give a much smoother feeling on the throat, with a more substantial ‘thicker’ mouthfeel. The flavour is slightly muted in VG fluids, but this can be countered by using more power to produce more vapour. Be careful to stay within the voltage/wattage limits of your atomiser, or you risk dry hits, or even damaging your equipment. Stealth Vaping – If you want to keep your vaping lowkey in public then high PG is the way to go. Less vapour is produced when exhaled, making this ideal for the less ostentatious vaping enthusiast. However, you should always apply common sense. Vaping in certain places, such as waiting rooms and on public transport, is often outlawed and is simply bad manners. As vaping is relatively new, we have a duty to be aware of public opinion and behave responsibly. Cloudchasing – A growing trend in vaping circles is ‘cloudchasing‘. This simply involves exhaling dense clouds of vapour, the thicker the better. There are even competitive events based around this activity, where the person producing the biggest clouds wins. If this appeals then high VG is the only option – the higher the better.
  27. The four basic rules of netiquette are summarized below: New users on the Internet are sometimes called "newbies". Everybody was a newbie once. It is considered to be very good netiquette to share your knowledge and help others who ask questions by email, in news groups, on mailing lists, and in chat rooms, thereby passing on some of the knowledge you have gained. Help the newbies as you wish you were helped. Research Before Asking People on the Internet often get far more email than they can deal with. As a common courtesy to do your part to minimize this email, you should always check the Frequently Asked Questions files, search the Internet, and search the newsgroups for the answer to a question before sending email to a human being. If it turns out that the question was easily obtainable in an obvious place, you may annoy the other person and embarrass yourself. Remember Emotion Don't use capitals unnecessarily in email -- it designates shouting, and is considered rude, as in the following: I THINK THE FACTS PROVE THIS POINT. If you want to emphasize a word, use stars or underlines sparingly. I think the facts *prove* this point. I think the _facts_ prove this point. You can use smileys sparingly to signal emotions like smiles, winks, sadness, surprise, etc. I wish I'd read this before! ;-) I wish I'd read this before. :-( Remember that subtle emotions and meanings do not transmit very well over email. Satire and humour is particularly hard to transmit, and sometimes comes across as rude and contemptuous. Particularly avoid sarcasm, which rarely communicates well. Similarly, don't over-react to email or postings you receive. What looks to you like an insulting or mean message may only be an absent minded and poor choice of phrasing, and not meant the way you perceived it. Be particularly polite when disagreeing with others. Wherever possible, acknowledge good points made, and then respectfully describe the areas where you disagree to produce the most productive conversation. People Aren't Organizations Many people send email from their work email accounts because that is the only email account they have. Never assume that a person is speaking for the organization that they work for. To ensure that people can make this distinction, some folks put a sentence in the signature of their email at work that says something like the following:
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