Vaping is a truly 21st Century phenomenon. Invented in 2003 by Chinese pharmacist and nicotine addict Hon Lik, the e-cigarette quickly spread worldwide. Although there is still some controversy attracted to any product that contains nicotine, the vapor is certainly better than cigarettes and has been used by countless people to help them give up smoking. From China, vaping quickly spread around the world. It no longer merely represents a way to ween yourself away from tobacco but is a completely different activity indicative of a lifestyle choice, and for some, an identity. While the number of cigarette smokers has been steadily declining for several years, the opposite is true of vape users. There has been a rapid increase in the number of people using e-cigarettes. By 2018, 41 million people worldwide were inhaling electronically.
The actual vapor that is inhaled during the use of an e-cigarette is produced by heating a liquid with a coil until it evaporates. As vaping became more and more popular, companies began to produce more and more innovative liquids with more ambitious flavors. Here are some of the kinds of e-liquid dominating the market. Almost every e-liquid production company creates variants on these themes.
PG and VG
Propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) are both food additives that are used in a large number of consumable products from medications to haircare, and beauty products. These make up the bulk of the liquid and each has its own properties.
PG is generally thinner and carries more flavor, while VG is thicker and has less flavor, but it does create more vapor. It is down to personal preference as to which product that you choose.
Being a substitute for traditional cigarettes, nicotine is a given in the basic makeup of most kinds of e-cigarette vapor, though the level of nicotine can vary from product to product, and it is even possible to determine how much nicotine you ingest when you vape. There are even nicotine free products available for those who want to vape but might not have been smokers in the past.
The tobacco plant has been a global phenomenon. First smoked by Native Americans, it swept the world during the colonial age of expansion. When Hon Lik first released his pioneering e-cigarette in 2003, he envisioned the invention as a direct replacement for tobacco products, and today some of the most popular e-liquid flavors emulate the warm, woody taste of tobacco.
Selling wholesale e-liquids has become a huge industry, with companies competing to offer the best flavors and the most variety to shops. Strangely, pudding flavors command a large part of the modern e-liquid market. Flavors like custard or strawberry shortcake might sound unusual to some people, but they have found a huge market, largely comprising young adults.
The cannabidiol vape oil market is growing at a rapid pace. Cannabidiol – or CBD for short – is a derivative of the cannabis plant that contains no THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, so CBD has no psychoactive effect and is not considered a recreational drug. It has been claimed to have all sorts of positive effects: from combatting anxiety to promoting alertness. E-liquid inhalation is one of the most common ways for people to consume cannabidiol. CBD vape oil often contains no nicotine whatsoever and is therefore not addictive in itself. Almost all e-liquid shops offer CBD products alongside more traditional flavors, and many vape users add CBD concentrations to their nicotine-infused mixes. Scientific research on the benefits of CBD cannabidiol ingestion is being undertaken at an accelerated pace, with many researchers confident that many positive effects will be found.
Nicotine and caffeine have always been a winning combination, so taking the two together makes a great deal of sense to many people. Coffee flavored e-liquids are remarkably popular and make up a similar proportion of the industry as pudding emulators.
Fruity flavors are selling by the bucketload. Popular with the more sweet-toothed electronic cigarette users, berry, citrus, and apple-tinged e-liquids offer a more tasteful smoking experience and can be an encouraging factor for people who want to quit because of the taste of tobacco but are still having trouble with the nicotine addiction.
Recently, e-liquid manufacturers have begun marketing fruit salad style ‘mix’ vape oils. These liquids taste like a combination of fruits, often claiming to be possessed of completely novel and complex flavor profiles.