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What are e-liquids made of? Myths and reality

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This is a question that we have all asked ourselves, especially when we take our first steps in the world of vaping. There is usually a lot of misinformation on the subject, from people who affirm that “it is only water vapor” (which is not true), to tobacco advocates who defend themselves by saying that “we do not know what e-liquids contain”, when the truth is that we do know. There are myths and doubts everywhere, so we have decided to shed some clarity on the subject, especially for those of you who are just starting out. For new comers to vaping visit Vapemall for the best e-liquids and vape price in Pakistan.

 Fortunately, there is no mystery about the components of e-liquids. In fact, the ingredients must be indicated on the labels themselves, following current Spanish and European regulations.

It’s easy to figure out what’s in your liquid, but do we know what each ingredient is? Most of them are chemical names, which to someone who is not very into the subject can seem intimidating, and they don’t say much about what they really are. This makes it possible to invent stories to scare people, such as that e-liquids contain antifreeze (which is absolutely false and we are going to proceed to demystify throughout this article).

Most e-liquids contain four main ingredients in varying proportions: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavorings, and optionally nicotine. There may be some variant to them, but it is not usual. If you know the basics, it will be easy for you to see the differences quickly. Meanwhile, here we leave you the composition of what you are using in your atomizer.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

The liquids manufactured for the most modern Pod (usually for use with high-power electronic cigarettes and which have resistances with wide drains) contain a higher proportion of vegetable glycerin (VG), which can account for up to 80% of the liquid. If you’re wondering why e-cigarettes have gone from producing little vapor to creating huge clouds, vegetable glycerin is the answer.

Glycerin is a naturally occurring substance that can be processed from most fats. The glycerin used in e-liquids comes from vegetable oils, which is why it’s called VG, but it’s not that different from them. One of the important differences is that, despite being processed from oils, it is not an oil at all. In fact, it is an alcohol, which makes it safe to inhale.

Vegetable glycerin is a colorless, non-toxic and odorless liquid, but with a slightly sweet taste. It is very thick, which means that liquids with a high concentration of vegetable glycerin (High VG) may not work properly with old or small atomizers (they are so thick that they do not absorb correctly). Some liquids use aqueous glycerin to dissolve it.

Many common products in our day to day contain VG. It is used in the food industry as a sweetener, and it is also added to some foods to keep it moist and prevent it from drying out or hardening. It is also a common component in medicines. Scientists have been studying it for years and to date it has never been associated with health problems.

Higher VG liquids produce a denser vapor and less throat hit.

Propylene glycol

The other main component of liquids is propylene glycol or PG. Some liquids have more PG than VG, which makes them work better in older atomizers or resistors that have a smaller drain, since they are less dense liquids, with a lower viscosity.

PG is an alcohol, just like VG, and it’s also nearly odorless. It has a very slight sweet taste, although not enough to be used as a sweetener. It is also used in food and added to medicines and other products to maintain its moisture.

Another use for PG is in antifreeze. This is why many people mistakenly claim that e-liquids contain antifreeze. In fact, it is an absolutely false statement. PG is just an ingredient in antifreeze, and it’s actually there because it’s non-toxic. PG-based antifreeze is less harmful to children and pets. It’s worth noting that water is also a component of antifreeze, and just because something is used in a product that is reputed to be hazardous to health, doesn’t mean that substance is harmful or harmful at all.

It is true that there have been certain minor health problems related to PG. It has been studied since the 1940s and is generally classified as safe; swallowing or inhaling it won’t do you any harm. There is a small percentage of the population to which this component can cause allergies, so if you notice that a liquid with a higher concentration of PG makes you feel bad, perhaps you should switch to liquids with more VG.

The PG produces less amount (or perhaps it would be more accurate to speak of density) of vapor than the VG, so it is not very popular among vapers looking for huge clouds, but more among people who are looking for a type of vape more discreet. It also conveys the flavors better and provides a greater throat hit. It is usually ideal for users who enjoy a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vape with a puff more similar to what we could find in a traditional cigarette.


One of the advantages of vaping is the number of possible flavors that we can enjoy, and that is thanks to the aromas. Liquids are practically tasteless on their own, so food flavorings are added to them.

If there is any health concern in vaping, it is usually related to the aromas. There are ingredients that are safe to eat but not to be inhaled. However, the industry has done well to remove additives about which there was some concern. However, it is important that you never use supermarket food aromas, as some may contain oils, which can be harmful when inhaled. Stick to scents from vape manufacturers, as these have been selected to provide maximum safety when inhaled and used in our devices.


To conclude, many liquids contain nicotine. This is what makes vaping an effective substitute when it comes to quitting smoking, making it possible for your body to absorb nicotine without the need to burn tobacco leaves (plus a host of other chemicals). Nicotine also provides a good throat hit so people who need a bigger throat hit look for liquids with higher levels of nicotine.

Although it has always had a bad reputation, nicotine is actually a fairly safe substance: it is the cigarette smoke that is harmful, not the nicotine itself. Nicotine can be toxic in high doses, but it’s virtually impossible to get intoxicated by vaping. Before you can get to harmful levels, you’d feel nauseous, have a headache… Vapers (as well as smokers) are aware of the nicotine their bodies need, and don’t go beyond that.

It is always best to avoid liquids that contain anything other than these four ingredients. Components such as vitamins, dyes, or supplements such as caffeine, do not contribute anything to the quality of your vaping and, unlike aromas, they have not been selected as safe to be inhaled. So if you focus on the ingredients that we just discussed, you can be sure that you will enjoy a fantastic and safe vaping experience.

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