Vaping is a safer and healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. 

A visit to your local specialty vape shop will surprise you with the amount of options available.

The Ministry of Health and vape juice manufacturers are working hand in hand to ensure each ingredient is safe for you to use. 

Today we will discuss all the specifics that go into making vape juice healthy, tasty, and safe. 

What is vape juice?

Vape juice, otherwise known as e-juice, is a liquid that is heated by a vape device to form a vapour that the user inhales into their lungs and exhales into the air. 

It is made with food quality products that are used in many of the recipes and products that you eat daily. 

The 2 main ingredients in vape juice are vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene glycol (PG).

Vegetable glycerine is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol. 

It can be found in animal and plant fats, as well as be manufactured synthetically. 

VG is found in foods like coconuts, soy, precooked pasta and baked goods. 

It is also used in cosmetics, skin care products, and many other things we use daily.

Propylene glycol is a colourless and odourless liquid that can be used as a thickener, stabiliser, antioxidant, preservative, and much more. 

It can be found in foods such as soft drinks, artificial sugars, cake mixes, and marinades. 

Rules for manufacturers

The Ministry of Health has stated that vaping is better for you than smoking cigarettes, even if your vape juice does contain nicotine. 

For the safety of the user and the public, the Ministry of Health has laid out some ground rules and regulations regarding the types of devices, vape juice, and any ingredients in vape juice that can be on the market for the public’s consumption. 

One of the major rules for vape juice includes banning any ingredients that are not food safe.

The ingredients must be notified with the Ministry of Health and be approved before the vape juice can be sold, and it can be recalled at any time.

The rules also govern how much nicotine is allowed in the vape juice, with a limit of 20 mg of freebase nicotine, and 50 mg of nicotine salt.

What is the best to start with?

The best vape juice to start with is simple or plain flavours. 

It is best to stay away from sweet flavours, creamy flavours, or strong ones. 

The reason to keep it simple is so you can get used to the drawing process without having a bad taste in your mouth as you cough, since vaping is a slightly different experience from smoking cigarettes.

Vape juice is made of many ingredients including nicotine, PG, VG, and flavourings. 

As a joint effort, the Ministry of Health and manufacturers work to guarantee all vape juice to be safe to use due to high-quality food grade ingredients and safety regulations.

Take a trip to your local specialty vape shop today to pick up one of the many flavours of vape juice — you’re sure to find a favourite or two.