Vegetable Glycerin is the other half of the PG – VG equation. This write up will be pretty brief, as the uses of VG are relatively non-controversial.
VG is created through a process could ‘hydrolysis’, I won’t get into the details of it, but it involves water and heat in order to create a pure product. VG is useful for vaping because, like PG, it holds flavor well. However, unlike PG, which carries flavor extremely well, VG has a tends to carry a far sweeter flavor and can distort the flavors. VG is useful for those ‘cloud chasers’ (people who like large volumes of vapor), because the rule of thumb is “More VG more cloud, more PG better taste”. VG also has a weaker throat hit, making it easier to hit in larger quantities.
Ultimately, the PG to VG mixture in an e-juice is entirely personal preference. There are general rules of thumb to help retailers get the right product for their customers, but you shouldn’t let a certain thing be forced down your throat (or lungs) simply because that is what the common usage is. You should always vape what you are comfortable and enjoy using.
The Unicorn Theory
Despite the name of this article, not all is as fluffy as it seems. I came up with this theory in part, thanks to my wife, who introduced me to Pinterest. Unlike some, I will proclaim loudly that I enjoy that specific social media app. There are seemingly endless possibilities of things you can look up, whether they are for crafts as my wife enjoys, or Star Wars humor, such as I enjoy.
During one of the many times I was scrolling through the humorous section of pinterest, I came across a picture of a rhinoceros, with the caption “Rhino’s are just pudgy Unicorns.” This thoroughly amused me, but not for the obvious image of someone trying desperately to capture this large, almost prehistoric, beast in hopes of taming it to ride wildly across the sky on glitter and rainbows. Instead, it made me chuckle because of the satire hidden beneath its cute, jokey surface.
If we look at a fantastical creature, such as a Unicorn, we know what we are to expect. White coat, horse shaped and one horn jutting from its head. A rhino, a large four legged creature, such as a horse, with a horn or horns jutting forth from its head. Someone immediately drew a parallel between these two, due to their few similarities and created a sort of comedy from it. Satirising the way humans view the world, in boxes and shapes in accordance with our own experiences. Obviously, this way we view the world is based upon our evolution throughout time and I am certain it has a reason to exist, despite the reasonings downfall.
I apply the Unicorn Theory to the inconsistent way that the media and certain organizations portray vaping and smoking. These groups of people, intent upon smearing the concept of vaporizers by marginalizing them, are so certain that if one thing looks like another, it is therefore the same. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Take, for example, the rhino and the unicorn. While they both share certain characteristics, they are by no means the same. This is obvious to anyone.
Bearing this in mind, why is it that groups of people, who seemingly should know better, are intent upon grouping two things together based merely on the inhalation and exhalation of a substance that isn’t air. One is smoke, which is tiny solid, liquid and gas particles. The other is vaporized, or aerosol, liquid and gas particulates. One of these requires a flame ignition system and a constant burning ember in order to stay lit. The other has a heating element, in order to turn a liquid into an aerosol spray (commonly referred to as vapor).
To break this down even farther, it is noted in this article that smoke inhalation, on a general scale, causes between 5,000 and 10,000 deaths a year. That is because smoke, the substance we’ve all seen and some of us have used as our nicotine delivery system for years, is deadly. Contrast this to the vapor that comes out of a vaporizer, or e-cigarette. Doing an internet search, using snopes, I found only one medically documented case of a ‘possible’ death due to vaporizing. Bear in mind, the woman who died was using this in 2011, before some of the advances in the industry. There is also no mention of the type of product she is using, trust me, it matters. As an ADDED bonus, two weeks earlier her apartment was fumigated for bedbugs, which cannot be ruled out as contributing factor to the lipoid pneumonia that killed her.
Why does all of this matter? Because one of these things isn’t the same as the other. Their only true similarity is that they both are a nicotine delivery system. So is Nicorette, the smoking cessation gum. However, I don’t hear people yelling and hollering about how you can choke on gum and a cigarette if swallowed incorrectly. Anecdotally, I had friends during my installation days who used nicorette like I would smoke cigarettes. If these guys didn’t have their nicotine gum, they were grumpy as any of us would be without our nicotine or coffee. Despite that similarity, no one is chastising the nicotine gum industry for trying to hook kids with peppermint, spearmint and bubblegum flavored nicotine gum. For heaven’s sake, gum is candy. Why aren’t they being chastised? Because Nicorette and cigarettes are NOT the same. Neither are vaporizers and cigarettes.
A rhino, is not a pudgy unicorn, no matter how much we would like it to be one. As you go forward, remember that the best way to understand something is to take it as it is. Don’t push preconceived notions and certainly don’t trust a single source of information. Go forth! Google what I have said and send all the responses you want. I think you’ll find that ultimately, the legions of news agencies are only interested in ratings and the anti-vapers out there are only interested in controlling something that has nothing to do with them.
About the Author –
Justin Rawlinson is precisely one third of Erupted Vapor, the think tank and Vape Store located in Vancouver, WA.
A common question asked by smokers of me, whether at my retail store or online, “Is Vaping really cheaper than Smoking?” It is a fair question, although I would challenge that it is a fairer question to ask, “Even if Vaping was more expensive than smoking, how much are you willing to spend in order to have a longer and healthier life?” Regardless of that, the question of expenses is one that needs to be taken seriously, but not in the way most people expect.
Day to day costs –
The first part of any expense comparison should be the immediate expenses; How much does it cost to smoke day to day vs vaping day to day? Let’s break it down.
Smoking Costs: Most smokers I know smoke between one to one and a half packs per day. We’ll keep our figures even, by rounding down to a pack per day. In Washington state the average for a pack of cigarettes is $8.32. This means that the average smoker is spending $69.22 per week, or $276.89 per month.
Vaping Costs: Vaping is relatively new, compared to the age old burden of smoking, however, if I use my own personal experience, when I first started vaping I went through a 30ml bottle of e-liquid once every seven days. I use one of the brands I sell, which comes in at $18.99. This means that the cost of vaping is $2.71 per day, $18.99 per week, or $75.88 a month. As you can see, that is a substantial difference from the smoker numbers. Obviously, much about the numbers given here can be altered, based upon the e-liquid you purchase (the one above is considered a premium e-liquid, there are less expensive alternatives by nearly half), the device you are using (some devices burn more liquid, based upon wattage and ohms) and how much you vape (of course, that is a variable for smoking as well).
Lastly for vaping, there are start-up costs and these can fluctuate wildly. Given that, I will use my own experience for the numbers given. My wife and I both got a device to help us quit smoking and that device was an Evod 2. Fortunately, due to our finances at the time, the Evod 2 we purchased came with two devices in one pack for $59.99. That means this split the costs between us, making it even cheaper. Regardless of that, even had we both paid the full price, as we can see from the amount above, even in the first month with set up we would have still spent substantially less money then when we smoked.
First month costs for vaping = $135.87 vs Month to month costs of smoking = $276.89
Long Term Costs
The basic costs for smoking vs vaping aside, there are costs that no one really wants to talk about. The reason for this is likely down to basic psychology, no one is interested in pointing out their own flaws, or the possibility of their demise physically. However, there is no denying (not rationally anyway) the costs associated with smoking long term.
According to Reuters, almost 9% of all health care costs in the United States are linked to smoking. Let’s put that into perspective by putting out a dollar figured: $170,000,000,000 a year is spent on smoking related illnesses. That’s $170 billion, with a B, as they say. According to that same article, that’s just for cigarettes and does NOT include cigars, pipes or chewing tobacco. If those numbers were factored in, that $170 billion figure would increase by a fair amount.
For comparisons sake, we’ll need to look at scientists take on what vaping does to the body. To be brief, there’s been no findings to indicate that there is a substantial risk to humans from vaping. This study found “The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.” What does that mean? It means that the compounds in e-cigarettes have been and will continued to be analyzed, but at this time, no one has found anything in conventional products to indicate risk to humans on any large scale.
Are there products which are worse than others? Yes. Of course, myself and others will quickly point out that the cigarette companies have a stake in the Vape Industry and that they are not shying from creating sub-par products. To that point, we always suggest staying away from “gas station brands”, as they are euphemistically known, and stick to a legitimate vape store for all of your vaping needs. Vape stores should and will, the majority of the time, find products that are held to the highest standards, only the four ingredients necessary for vaping – Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Flavor and if required, Nicotine. Nothing else is necessary.
As we can see, the costs for smoking are well known and high, both in the immediate and far into the future. While more studies should be done on vaping, there is already a consensus that vaping is far safer and significantly cheaper in both the short and long terms.
Justin Rawlinson is part owner and CEO of Erupted Vapor LLC based in Vancouver, WA.
That’s right! We are moving as of November 1st, 2015. It’s inside the same complex, so we won’t be hard to find! We will be up front, on ground level, for easier access! We wouldn’t have been able to manage this move without the support of all our loyal customers. So, round of applause to you all and thanks from all of us at Erupted Vapor. #getvaped
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