Vapor is the substance produced by e-cigarettes for inhalation. Vapor is created when the liquid inside the e-cigarette (known as e-liquid) is heated. After inhaling, the vapor is then exhaled by the person using the e-cigarette. Here, we take an in-depth look at how vapor is formed and what it’s made of.
E-cigarette vapor is created when e-liquid is heated by the coil inside the clearomizer or tank. Once heated, the liquid turns into vapor, which can then be inhaled through the mouthpiece by the person using the e-cig (also known as the vaper). After being inhaled into the lungs, the vapor is then exhaled through the mouth or nose.
Similar in appearance to a small cloud (hence the term “cloud chasing”), e-cigarette vapor is comprised of small droplets of water which evaporate a few seconds after being released into the air. The other ingredients found in e-cigarette vapor are largely the same as those found in e-liquid, namely propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, water, flavorings and nicotine. For more information on the ingredients in e-liquid, check out our blog on what e-liquid’s made of and how it gets made.
E-cigarette vapor will typically carry the same smell as the flavor you’re vaping. However, e-cigarette vapor won’t leave a smell behind after it evaporates. This is because the particles that make up the vapor do not latch onto objects in the same way as other substances. This means you can vape inside without worrying about a lingering smell on your clothes or furniture.
E-cigarette vapor will hang in the air for a few seconds before it starts to evaporate, although the amount of time it stays in the air will depend on the weather. On more humid days, you may find that the vapor may last for slightly longer before dissipating. The ingredients in your e-liquid will also make a difference; a higher percentage of PG in your e-liquid creates thinner clouds of vape that will evaporate more quickly, and more VG in your e-liquid will mean it takes longer to disappear.