E liquid is the 'fuel' for electronic cigarettes. It contains liquid nicotine, which, when converted into vapour by an electronic cigarette and then inhaled, delivers nicotine in the same way as inhaling the smoke of a tobacco cigarette.
The tar, carbon monoxide and many of the other 4,000+ ingredients in tobacco smoke can and does cause cancer. The great news is that unlike tobacco cigarette smoke, e liquid vapour does not contain carcinogenic ingredients. Nicotine in any form, be it in patches, gum or e liquid, is not carcinogenic.
Besides liquid nicotine, e liquid usually contains a flavouring similar to the type used to flavour food. It also contains either food-grade PG or VG (Propylene Glycol & Vegetable Glycerine) – both of which are humectants used in a wide variety of everyday food and toiletry products.
The bulk of e liquid passed on for sale by e cigarette suppliers is produced by a handful of manufacturers worldwide. This means that as a general rule, the majority of e liquid should contain virtually the same or at least very similar ingredients. We recommend you only buy e liquid or electronic cigarette cartridges pre-filled with e liquid, from a reputable supplier.
E liquid is available in wide and ever-expanding range of flavours. Flavourings are desirable because nicotine and the other main ingredients in e liquid, Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG or just 'Glycerine'), possess virtually no taste or smell.
The ever-increasing and inventive list of e liquid flavours include many different types of regular tobacco-style flavourings alongside mint, coffee, vanilla, cola, almond, chocolate, clove and a host of fruity flavours such as strawberry, cherry, banana, peach and more!
A question we're often asked is 'which flavour is the best'? There's no easy answer to that because the same e liquid flavours can be interpreted differently by different people. Finding your own favourites usually involves a certain amount of trial and error.
For this reason, along with larger bottles of each flavour, many suppliers now offer e liquid sample packs containing a variety of flavours in small quantities.
The nicotine content in pre-soaked cartridges is labelled as zero, low, medium and high. The nicotine content of bottled e liquid ranges from nicotine-free (0mg) right up to 36mg per ml.
If you feel you suffer from Nicotine Dependence Syndrome, please contact your GP or NHS Smokefree for help and advice.
Please Note: When handling e liquid, NRT items and even tobacco cigarettes, it's important to remember that nicotine is a poison which must be treated with caution and kept well out of the reach of children and pets, preferably in a lockable container.
There are so many variables that it's difficult to reliably estimate how many mls of e liquid equates to a pack of 20 cigarettes in terms of 'puffs'.
However, as a rough guide, approximately 1 ml of e liquid provides the equivalent number of 'puffs' as a pack of 20 cigarettes. This is when using an average size electronic cigarette.
Feel free to take a 'wander' around the liberro.co.uk store if you'd like to see our own range of pre-filled cartridges, electronic cigarettes and e liquid.