Last updated on October 31st, 2018
EJuice Ingredients, Vapor Smells and ECig Styles – Mastervaper Tells All
It's hard to believe our Dear Mastervaper Q&A column is has come to a standstill. Where are you vapers? We'd love to hear from you. We even gave away a free Vaping T-Shirt. Congratulations to Brittany H.
In the meantime enjoy Mastervaper's answers to your most urgent e-cig questions.
First Ecig Question, submitted by Brittany H.
What sort of smell does the vapor emit?
First, let me congratulate you on winning the Mastervaper T-Shirt! I know you’ve been a fan of ecigarette news for some time now and I’m thrilled you finally won something.
To answer your question regarding smells.…it depends on the e-cigarette! It also depends on how much vapor is produced and the specific flavor being vaped. It’s not a simple question to answer, but I am not a simple man, so I will explain as simply as I can.
Some of my colleagues possess the olfactory glands of a bloodhound and will tell you all e-cigarettes give off some level of odor, but I have found that some of the high-end first generation e-cigarettes – those that look like a traditional cigarette have practically no smell. They also have less vapor. That comes in handy if you choose to throw caution to the wind and vape on an airplane.
Even the vapor from an advanced vaporizer, like Vaporfi's Vox (which produces great clouds of vapor) is again, practically odorless. The odor you will smell depends on the flavor of the e-juice you use.
Now some e-juices produce a powerful fragrance. I've known some peach flavored juices that smell like a truckload of peaches, but like all ecigs, the odor and the vapor never lingers for more than a few seconds.
I personally love the smell of Halo Cig's Belgian Cocoa. It’s like being in Willie Wonka land and how bad is that?
I must say that even tobacco flavored smokejuice never smells as foul as a tobacco cigarette. I suggest (to be on the safe side) you choose your flavors as you would choose your fragrance.
Enjoy your T-Shirt!
Second Question – Submitted by Carol S.
How much e-liquid is safe for a child to eat?
Your fan, Carol
Dear Carol, Thanks for being my fan and I'm happy to answer your poignant question.
I am assuming you have been wooed by the media into thinking eliquids are poison. They are not, in fact, no one has been poisoned from ingesting eliquid. They may have thrown up copiously, but to date, not a single child has died from drinking ejuice. If you don't believe me ask the CDC.
I’m sure you’re a smart parent who knows to keep certain products such as bleach, eliquids and toothpaste out of the reach of children. Toothpaste you ask? Indeed. Far more youngsters are rushed to hospital for ingesting a tube of fruity flavored fluoride toothpaste than e-cigarette liquids. If they ever ban e-liquid flavors, I will lobby to ban flavored toothpaste too. (and flavored Vodka as well).
Within the e-cig intelligentsia of which I am a premiere paid member, it is common knowledge that the only hazard there is to e-juice is the risk of irresponsible parenting.
Best of luck,
Third Question – Submitted By Nicolas H.
What style do you prefer? Box style or Pen style?
I prefer an e-pipe, but alas, it will be several months before my preferred brand, DirectVapor offers their new line of traditional e-pipes to customers. I do however, have a fine collection of Pen style vaporizers.
I like Halo’s Triton Tank System which comes in fabulous colors and produces excellent vapor, and I'm becoming addicted (a bad choice of words).
I'm happy that those big metal mods that looked like musical instruments have been replaced with powerful box Mods.
Fourth Question – Submitted by Jim V.
What is the difference between oils and liquids in e-cigarettes?
E-Cigarette ingredients are listed as containing nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. Some people are under the impression that PG and VG are oils, but they are not. Both are water soluble solutions.
Having said that, some of the the natural flavoring ingredients uses in ecigs such as Cineole and Ginger (to name just a few) are defined as “essential oils”. Our friends at the National Institute of Health consider them to be safe, in fact, they say they have anti-inflamatory benefits.
If you don’t trust me, (or you’re really paranoid), check out Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Balacs, 1995. It’s a good reference for understanding potential toxicity and lethal dosages of essential oils. They do not recommend eating or drinking essential oils in mass quantities.
Having said all that, oils like THC and CBD can now be safely used in vape pens! Here's a great article on that subject.