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1 E-liquid Ingredients
1.1 What is PG/VG en why does the ratio matter?
In e-liquids, PG and VG are the liquids that provide the intensity of taste, the throat feeling and the clouds.
PG (Propylene Glycol) serves as an emulsifier for the aromas in e-liquids and mimics the throat feeling of inhaling tobacco smoke. PG is also one of the many ingredients used in tobacco to keep the dried leaves moist. PG is used in wide range of medical and consumer products. It falls under the chemical group 'alcohol', but is not comparable with the type of alcohol that influences the state of consciousness. Cough syrup, fog machines, sauces and beverages, bread or injectable medication are products that make frequent use of PG.
VG (Vegetable Glycerin) is a viscous liquid that is usually extracted from a.o. soybean, coconut or palm oils.The liquid is inherently sweet and water-soluble (In contrast to the oily vitamin E acetate found in deadly illegal e-liquids in America).VG is used as a natural thickener and sweetener in, for example, biscuits and liqueur, but is also applied medically in the treatment of (burn) wounds, where it has an antiviral and bactericidal function.
1.2 What are nic salts?
Nic Salts are a vorm of nicotine that has a lower PH value than the purified vorm of nicotine generally found in e-liquids. Different than the name suggests, e-juice containing nic salts doesn't taste salty. The reduced harshness of this nicotine vorm allows for a higher dosage without the body giving the resistance that is commonly experienced using higher levels of the standard purified nicotine.
Nic salts are favorable for vapers who need a strong nicotine buzz in order to battle the temptation of smoking tobacco.
Vaping nic salts needs some guidance in order to not over-use, often resulting in headaches, dizziness or nausea.
Please read our dedicated nic salt guide if you'd like assistance in which nic salts e-liquids are suitable for which devices and more general nicotine salt info.
2.1 Is vaping worse than smoking?
Vaping, e-smoking, electronic smoking is not healthy when the inhalation of clean air (meaning air entirely without harmful substances) is taken as a benchmark.
The Dutch Trimbos Institute states (translated from Dutch):
"Although the e-cigarette is less unhealthy than tobacco cigarettes, the vapor from e-cigarettes contains a number of ingredients and chemical impurities in quantities that are harmful to health. These include nicotine, propylene glycol and glycerol and aldehydes, nitrosamines and metals. Inhalation can lead to irritation and damage to the respiratory tract, heart palpitations and an increased risk of cancer. These health effects are much less serious than those of tobacco smoking "
This simple statement is quoted from the 'ikstopnu' site of the Trimbos Institute on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (2020).
3 Pod Systems
3.1 Where can I buy a Juul in Groningen?
A Juul e-cigarette is not legally for sale in the Netherlands. And to be honest, the ban on Juul in the NL is not a dramatic loss in our opinion. Juul is a hype in America, but apart from the health/dependency risks of their absurdly high nicotine concentrations, it's quality is below the current standard of many other affordable pod systems.
Want a Juul because you just want a Juul? Read no further, we can't help you.
Want a Juul because you don't want to smoke? Carry on and let us shed some light on the subject...
In our Vape Store Limbo in Groningen we sell open pod systems instead of closed (pre-filled) systems. Open systems allow the user to determine the type of e-juice and nicotine content and give the user the opportunity to decrease nicotine content in the smallest of increments. In addition, it is simply more sustainable to use. The pods can be refilled many times before the coil in the pod is worn out. So with a Juul, or any other closed pod system for that matter, you don't only let someone else decide what e-liquids you vape, you also throw out a still perfectly working pod and coil. Feel free to drop by for a cup of coffee and advice on the different available refillable pod systems in our shop.