DIY: electronic cigarette

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DIY: electronic cigarette
Stub out the cancer-causing carcinogens by using electronic cigarettes. (Dkal Inc./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Electronic cigarettes created a nicotine-filled vapour for you to inhale, rather than the carcinogenic smoke from ordinary cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are run by battery and have an atomiser inside that turns the nicotine filled e-juice, which is propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine based, into the vapour as you suck on the mouthpiece. Other nicotine replacement products do not replicate the feeling of inhaling smoke, but the electronic cigarette is a near simulation of the smoking experience. Although not yet officially recognised as a healthier option than actual cigarettes, the e-juice used is free from hundreds of chemicals found in the real thing and is not carcinogenic like cigarette smoke.

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Things you need

  • Electronic cigarette
  • Refillable cartridges
  • Propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine
  • 24 mg commercial nicotine fluid
  • Flavourings
  • Distilled water

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    Buy an electronic cigarette machine with refillable cartridges. The cartridges fit into the mouth end of your electronic cigarette, and the liquid inside them is vaporised by the atomiser. You can buy ready made e-juice to fill your cartridges. This is a cheaper option than buying ready-filled cartridges. It is even cheaper to make your own e-juice by buying the components from a specialist website.

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    Buy propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine (food grade). Some people might be allergic to propylene glycol and will need to buy the vegetable glycerine. One hundred ml should last you for several weeks once the e-juice is made. Also purchase your choice of flavouring from the electronic cigarette vendor. Always use flavourings designed for this purpose. These ingredients will be enough if you want to run a nicotine-free electronic cigarette. If not, also purchase 24 mg commercial nicotine fluid. You will also need a bottle of distilled water, which you can buy from your nearest hardware store.

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    Mix the three ingredients you have at a ratio of 70 per cent propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine to 15 per cent flavourings to 15 per cent distilled water. Now try your nicotine-free e-juice in your electronic cigarette.

    For e-juice with nicotine. Mix your ingredients with a ratio of 60 per cent propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine to 20 per cent commercial nicotine fluid to 10 per cent water and 10 per cent flavouring.

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