Author: Danilo Delos Santos

ChAFTA: A Win for Business and Consumers

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A follow up symposium was held in Economic Centre of China, Shanghai just recently, January 25, 2016 to gather Chinese and Australian businessmen to strengthen its partnership in commercial trading and exportation.

Last June of 2015, the ChAFTA (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement) was officially signed in Australia’s Capital, Canberra by Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister, Mr. Gao Hucheng. It was then entered into force last December 20, 2015.

HiLIQ as a company dealing day-to-day business in Australia was invited in the Symposium. Our Top Management attended the event to participate in the discussion of current market conditions, opportunity exchanges and even cultural and political consideration.

 
ChAFTA 1It was a day fulfilled with good news, in general, for both countries as there will be no tax imposed to major products coming from the two borders. What’s even more positive is that the possibility of lowering down shipment fees from China to Australia has been introduced and HiLIQ will be the very first one to implement and pursue this once it materializes. HiLIQ will work hard to make this happen together with its international logistic partners in order to benefit our Australian consumers.

The symposium was led by the the Australian Consul General, Graeme Meehan under the theme; China Australia Free Trade Agreement: A win for Business and Consumers.

WRAP UP: THE VAPING SCENE IN 2015

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The Vaping community have had witness a fair share of ups and downs in 2015. We have seen several researches and studies proving the safety and dangers of E-cigarettes and E-liquids, we’ve heard conflicting claims of the pros and the antis. We’ve watched some government agencies and top-rank officials acknowledge the presence and help of Vaping. Others regulated them as tobacco and others are still in fight whether to ban them or not. We are there when the news broke out that Big tobaccos are going down the arrow while Vaping are on the rise. We are there when the community celebrates occasions and gatherings that solidify the community and have shown pure passion and love for the industry.

We have been a witness to both beauty and pain of the scene – But all of which had led to a better market understanding, community harmony and general public awareness.

Let’s reminisce the news that impacted the Vaping Scene in 2015 as well as the gatherings that solidify us, Vapers and Pro-Vaping!

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The start of the year 2015 is not as good to Vaping. News broke out that Formaldehyde are being hidden in E-cigs. Then Dr. Farsalinos refuted the claim as formaldehyde levels found in the NEJM study were associated with dry puff conditions.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/you-vape-high-levels-formaldehyde-hidden-e-cigs-n290826
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/2015/192-form-ver

Vape Event: TPC Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo 2015, Las Vegas January 28-29, 2015.

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It has been a talk of the nation if Vaping are rather worst than Smoking.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/e-cigarettes-toxic-chemicals-research-finds-lung-damage

Vaping Event: VCCT2015 Vaping Convention Circuit Tampa 2015, Pitsburg February 28-March 1, 2015.

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More and more studies has been done and one of those confirms that E-Cigarettes generate virtually no toxins. However, some states are still into putting stricter laws pertaining to the sale and use of E-cigs.

https://reason.com/blog/2015/03/04/study-confirms-that-e-cigarettes-generat#.uw6tzyk:silZ
http://legacy.kgw.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/wash-e-cig-rules-could-become-toughest-in-us/24925489/

Vape Events: Vegas Vape Fest 2015, Las Vegas, March 6-7, 2015
VaperSlam 2015, North Carolina, March 20-21, 2015

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As one article header says; the war over vaping’s health risks is getting dirty. Group of German reseachers found out that E-cigs are less harmful to Lung tissues.
It has been reported too that the use of E-cigs in Teens has tripled in one year.

http://www.wired.com/2015/04/war-vapings-health-risks-getting-dirty/
http://www.askmen.com/news/sports/study-finds-e-cigarettes-are-less-harmful-to-lung-tissue.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cig-triples-adolescents-cdc/story?id=30366153

Vape Event: Vape Bash 4, Illinois April 17-18, 2015

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Well, let’s take some things lightly as the “Vape” word has been added now to Scrabble’s Official Wordlist along with other interesting words such as Lolz, Sexting, Emoji and hashtag. Yes, to add, “Vape” has been hailed the Oxford’s Word of the year in 2014.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/38-surprising-words-added-scrabbles-official-wordlist/story?id=31214455
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/11/18/vape-oxford-word-year/19212351/

Vaping Event: Arizona VapeXpo, Arizona, May 2-3, 2015
World Vapor Expo, Florida May 29–31, 2015

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It’s getting good as congress moves to protect the vapor industry from the FDA deeming ban.

http://vaping.info/news/2015/congress-moves-to-protect-the-vapor-industry-from-the-fdas-deeming-ban

Vaping Event: Vaping Convention Circuit, Pittsburgh June 13-14, 2015

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As the FDA sees more and more “emergency call” for kids poisoning, a new liquid nicotine regulations is being drafted and the FDA is asking the public for feedback.

http://fox21news.com/2015/07/01/potential-new-liquid-nicotine-regulations-could-change-vaping-industry/

Vaping Event: Vaping the Coast, Alabama July 31 – August 2, 2015

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The Community went ablaze with joy as a study by an agency of Britain’s Department of Health concludes that Electronic cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than tobacco.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-britain-ecigarettes-idUSKCN0QN2AC20150818

Vaping Event: ECC, California August 13-16, 2015

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The debate continues as the recent news update are positive to Vaping, Academics at war over E-cigarette claims.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/19/vaping-benefits-hyped-by-smoking-lobby-claim-acadamics

Vaping Event: VapeMania, North Carolina September 4-6, 2015
Vape Expo France, Paris September 20-22, 2015 (We‘ve been here!)

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Since the election is coming, Vaping can surely swing elections. Politicians who are anti-Vaping do have a place, outside voting ballots.

http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/10/the-big-swing-issue-thatll-decide-the-elections-vaping-says-grover-norquist.html/

Vape Event: Vapor Dynasty Expo, Arizona October 16-18, 2015
TabExpo London, London October 26-28, 2015 (We’ve been here!)
Vape Nights, Ontario Octber 30-31, 2015

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Sad news for our folks in Canada especially in Quebec as its bill 44 takes effect. It enforces strict rules in Tobacco and Electronic cigarettes. Tagged as Vaping Wonderland in Asia, Malaysia is regulating the sales of E-cigarettes and E-liquids.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2364248/quebec-toughens-tobacco-laws/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-to-regulate-sale/2248560.html

Vaping Event: Vaporpalooza 2015, Michigan Nov 22, 2015

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Ending the year 2015 with solid positive news about vaping. UK’s prime minister publicly gives E-cigaretter ringing endorsement. The bill 45 and E-cig ban in Ontario got delayed. Malaysia Vaping Community Shouts for a Better Vaping Regulation instead of a ban. Finally, Smoking rate collapses down while Vaping rate rises.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/12/17/ontario-delays-ban-on-e-cigarettes-and-vaping-in-public.html
http://themalaysianreserve.com/new/story/call-better-regulation-instead-banning-vape
http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/11/gallup-poll-shows-smoking-rate-collapsing-as-e-cigarette-use-soars/

Vape Event: Vape Fair Malaysia 2015, Kuala Lumpur December 5-6, 2015

2016 is another year to conquer, another story to tell and another fight to win. We do not know what the future may bring but we are confident, with solid love, support and patronage to our industry and community, it would be just another successful-vaping-year.

Thank you for 2015, Vapers and Pro-vaping! We are counting on your continued support on 2016!

Factors involved in Nicotine Discoloration

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THE FACTORS INVOLVED IN NICOTINE DISCOLORATION

Nicotine has an unpleasant smell, bitter taste, transparent liquid color, when in contact with air and light sources can easily change to dark red color due to oxidation. It is soluble in water and alcohol,when in contact with the nose and mouth it can be easily absorbed by the skin.

‘The Nicotine’ added into the e-liquid for vaping should be clear to light yellow and usually those which are not anymore recommended for vaping (e-cigarette) use are dark yellow or red in color.
Your nicotine color can affect the the final color of your E-liquids, since the Flavor concentrates you’ll use in mixing may come with their own distinct colors.

When the nicotine is exposed into certain temperature and light sources or not stored properly over a period of time, the color can progressively change to yellow then eventually to red color.

Nicotine as an alkaline solution will experience a change of color from clear to light yellow to red during the mixing process with other acidic substances. This phenomenon is normal and will not affect the quality of the e-liquids
After a long-term Test and Experiment conducted at HiLIQ FlavorLab, we found some of the reasons why nicotine color changes.

1. AIR: OXIDATION BY AIR CHANGES THE NICOTINE AND THE DEGREE OF CHANGES DEPENDS MOSTLY WITH ITS CONTACT TO IT.

The longer the exposure of the nicotine with air the higher degree of changes with the color we will obtain.

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Observation: On the picture we can see that bottle A in the left side is filled with air and the bottle B in the right side came sealed with no air. After 2 months experiment we can see clearly the difference that the bottle A is more yellowish than Bottle B. Pure Nicotine follows the same process too!

2.CHEMICAL REACTIONS WITH OTHER SUBSTANCES.

Nicotine as an alkaline solution will experience a change of color from clear to light yellow to red during the mixing process with other acidic substances.

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Observation: On the picture, we can see that bottle A contains nicotine diluted into VG and on the right side we can see it is diluted in PG. Both were kept in the same experimental environment for two months – We can see the color of the nicotine diluted into VG is more yellowish than the one diluted in PG. Therefore, VG reacts with nicotine more easily and accelerates its oxidation process faster. In this note, we highly recommend using PG when diluting nicotine and storing them properly.

3.TEMPERATURE: IT’S A KEY PLAYER IN NICOTINE DISCOLORATION, THE NICOTINE IS NOT HEAT RESISTANT, THUS, AT A HIGH TEMPERATURE, NICOTINE QUALITY CAN DEGRADE FASTER.

The nicotine has to be kept in an absolutely low temperature, especially in summer or tropical areas where the weather is usually hot!

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Observation: On the picture, bottle A have the diluted nicotine solution kept at a constant, normal room temperature while bottle was kept under 5℃ low temperature with the same conditions applied to other experiments. We can see that the color of the liquid on Bottle A is darker than bottle B, therefore, the right temperature to store your nicotine is very critical in Nicotine Discoloration.

4. STORAGE CONTAINERS: NICOTINE IS A STRONG SUBSTANCE. IT IS VERY CORROSIVE AND CAN EASILY CHANGE ITS CHEMICALS FORM WHEN IN CONTACT WITH VARIOUS SUBSTANCES THAT RESULT WITH CHANGING OF ITS MOLECULAR ASPECT OR COLOR, SO CHOOSING THE RIGHT CONTAINER IS VERY IMPORTANT.

we recommend that you store it in glass bottles as they don’t interact chemically with organic substances, or processed fluorine containers.

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Test date: 2015.9.23-2015.12.1

Observation: On the picture, we can see three different types of bottles kept for 2 months and we can see vivid results. The brown glass bottle on the left rejects lighting and is perfect for long time storage, the middle is general transparent glass bottle suitable for observing the color changes but need to be stored in dark place to avoid contact with light sources, on the right side we have a PE plastic bottle that is made from organic materials , if nicotine is stored in it for long time will have some reactions and is definitely not fit to store nicotine.

5.TIME: IT HAS DEFINITELY AN IMPACT ON THE NICOTINE DISCOLORATION AS ANYTHING HAS A WARRANTY PERIOD ESPECIALLY IF USED OVER TIME.

The longer you keep it the more likely it will change color.

4444_15In the precedent picture, we can see some samples of nicotine that we saved during the production period over the year under experimental conditions and we can see a clear changes on the color. Therefore, storing nicotine for a long time is not a good idea and we highly recommend to use the nicotine as fresh as possible to ensure the quality and the safety of the product.

HiLIQ on VAPE EXPO Paris 2015

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Held for the first time in March 2014 with 3,780 vistors from over 25 countries, Vape expo is expecting 6,431 visitors this year from over 57 countries to visit the 125 exhibitors in city of light, Paris.

As expected to double the numbers of visitors and exhibitors from the first organized event, Vape Expo Paris is now ready to stage its biggest exhibition yet to date in Grande Halle de la Villette starting tomorrow, September 20 to 22, 2015.

This will give way to connect manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, reviewers, customers and even health professionals and journalists in an instant. They will have to enjoy fully loaded activities, competitions, talks and presentation and Vape celebration, nonetheless, all throughout its run.

Exchanges, respect, conviviality and discovering are the key words at the Vape Expo. It aims to elevate the vaping sector, answer and solve substantial current issues and heighten up opportunities and security all for the Vapers’ benefit.

In this unique occassion, HiLIQ presence is a must – our team of professionals are sent to experience first-hand the Vape Expo Paris and to share our brand ideals and promise of quality products with an honest price. The Nicotine and Cooling agent will be showcased as our featured product in the entire run of the show. Expect flyers, giveaways, free trials and samples from HiLIQ on site!

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Not only that, we are bringing the fun and experience online as we are offering FREE products at our website: www.hiliq.com. For every order placed from September 20 to 25, 2015, all International customers can claim 30ML 10%Nic90%PG base and 1ML cooling agent.

This is another event that will carve history for the Vaping Community. Visit Vape Expo Paris website for news and updates.

www.ipadr.xyz

PROBLEM SOLVED: D-I-Ying helps you reduce Vaping Costs

To many of us who actually use and Vape religiously, Vaping is just more than an occasional leisure. It is one of the hobbies we’ll subsequently pay more and more attention, time, money and enthusiasm.

As the Vaping industry progresses and evolves along the way especially with the development of electronic cigarettes and liquids, we become more engage and hands-on with them to such point of collecting new hardware and doing our own juices.

All these could be very demanding and expensive. It may all worth it but there’s another option where we could find enjoyment and fulfillment while saving a lot of money. D-I-Ying your own hardware and e-liquids is the answer to reduce your Vaping costs.

Let’s get on work and see how DIYing works! Let’s start with doing your own E-liquids.

Usually, DIY E-liquid Kit includes the following materials:

diy_2_11*100ml USP VG,
1*100ml USP PG,
1*100ml 10%Nic90%PG diluted e-liquid
1 to 3 bottles different flavor with 10ml each
1*100ml PE Empty Bottle with Measurement
1 piece of Disposable Sterilized Mask
1 pair of Disposable Gloves
6 pieces of 3ML E-Liquid Drippers
6 pieces of 30ML E-Liquid Storage Bottles

These materials are good to go in order to create an e-liquid perfectly tailored to your taste. Just a simple note to remember: While DIYing E-liquids can be fulfilling, it could also be dangerous. Ample research and knowledge-gathering is a must.

So, how many E-liquids in quantity we can get from these materials? Let’s figure out!

Say, we’ll be doing 50ml with 50%VG 50%PG, 0.6% (6mg) nicotine and 10% (Medium Strength) flavor.

First we need to remember the mixing order:

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Then, we should have our formulas and professional DIY Calculator:

Flavor Concentrate Formula

First focus: put your flavor concentrate. Depends on your desired Flavor intensity, you may want to start with 10% as the recommended flavor percent.

FlavorconNicotine Formula

Second Focus: Dilute Nicotine 100mg/ml Base to make it 6mg/ml for your 50ML E-liquid Target.

A. The Nicotine 10% (100mg/ml) in PG base is from 10ML 99.9 Pure Nicotine (999mg/ml) diluted to PG USP Liquid base.

B. To make 6mg/ml nicotine density E-liquid, you need to put 0.3ML Pure Nicotine to your bottle.

Nicotine Formula

E-Liquid Base Formula

VG / PG = ( 50ml – 5ml – 3ml ) ÷ 2 = 21ml

50ML apportionment

To sum it up, one set of a usual DIY E-liquid kit will give you at least 4 bottles 50ML freshly- mixed-by-you E-liquid or a total of 200ML just in the cost of $38.90. Comparing it to the ones you often buy in your retail B&M or online shop with at least $10.00 price per 10ML, you will be saving $161 for the 200ML combined cost alone.

This means you are just getting $0.19 per ML when you do your own E-liquids unlike when you buy the expensive pre-mixed ones with around $1.00 per ML.

Breaking it down to yearly savings, you can be able to save $511 a year supposing you only use a moderate 2ML per day (1ml = 120puffs). $511 is not bad for bank savings or for donation to lung cancer foundations, right?

Not only you were able to save but you were able to achieve freedom on putting your own preferred ratio of E-liquid base, density of your nicotine and strength of your flavors.

There you go! Have a wonderful DIY journey ahead!

CHINA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT SEALED

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Last 17th of June 2015, the groundbreaking China-Australia Free Trade Agreement also known as ChAFTA was finally signed in Canberra by Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.

This is a another FTA sealed as the months-old FTA in Korea and Japan are doing well in terms of the number of export records they obtained as compared to last year.

This is a monumental event as it will open more opportunities to both countries especially for Australia since majority of its export market in terms of goods and services are coming from China.

Australia’s Trade and investment with China accounts nearly third of its total exports and continues to be a growing source of foreign investment.

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Read the complete article: Landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

On full implementation, ChAFTA is expected to cover 95% of Exported Australian goods to be tariff-free. Australian businesses and households can expect cheaper priced goods from China starting from home furniture, car engines, clothing and electronics, among others.

In the Electronic cigarette and liquid market, while it is not specified on whether the ChAFTA will provide better opportunities to Vapers and the businesses behind it, Australia continues to be a big market to the Vaping industry. In HiLIQ experience alone, sending E-liquid products to Australia has never been an issue.

The sales of nicotine based e-cigarettes are prohibited by Australian Federal Laws. Shops in Australia may only sell ecig with no-nicotine. While the retail sale of Electronic cigarette is illegal, federally, consumers can purchase nicotine-based E-cigarettes/ liquids for their own personal use as long as it is from international online vendors like HiLIQ. Under the Therapeutic Goods Personal Importation Scheme — a consumer is allowed to import up to 3 months supply per delivery and no more than 15 months supply imported over a 12-month period. There will be no GST (Goods and Services Tax) Fee once the order is placed over international supplier and under $1,000 purchase threshold. So, if not all, most of our Australian customers enjoy tax and duty free package delivery with door to door service.

*Check your most recent state laws governing the purchase of E-cigs with nicotine content from international sources as it varies per state and from time to time.

You may wanna read more: Importation Rules Per Country That You Must Know

HiLIQ continuous to be a dependable supplier of Electronic Cigarette Juices solutions to Australia even before the ChAFTA became a done deal. With this historic move of the two countries, it will unlock substantial benefits we will enjoy in the future.

HiLIQ will persistently commit to a 100% customer satisfaction thru product quality, pricing, service and international export delivery.

Photo credit to: Australia Government DFAT website

Getting to Know Nicotine

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As a Vaper you probably heard the word “NICOTINE” as much as E-liquid or E-juice or E-cigarettes, — and all its accompanied pros and cons. But what is it really?

Let’s make an introduction to nicotine:

A family rich in alkaloids. About 5 percent (by weight) of the tobacco plant is nicotine (C10H14N2),
A naturally occurring liquid alkaloid. An alkaloid is an organic compound made out of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sometimes oxygen and it can have potent effects on the human body. The morning cup of coffee you enjoy, for instance, contains another type of alkaloid: caffeine. Cigarettes typically contain about 10 milligrams of nicotine (sometimes up to 20 milligrams, depending on the brand); when you smoke a cigarette, about 1 to 2 milligrams get absorbed by your body.

Meanwhile, in Electronic Cigarettes, the e-liquid where you get your refill to Vape can contain 3 milligrams of nicotine up to 36 milligrams (depends on personal usage). The regular nicotine content is at 12milligrams to 18 milligrams and based on the study conducted Ecigarette Research Advocates Group, the results showed that nicotine absorption from e-cigarettes was significantly lower compared to tobacco cigarettes.

Little bit of history:

Nicotine was isolated from tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum) in 1828, but the powerful effects of nicotine were already well recognized. The tobacco plant is native to America and its use as a medicine and stimulant goes back at least 2000 years and most likely many millennia before that and It was not until 1994 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially determined that nicotine was a dependency-producing drug. The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently ruled that the FDA could not regulate nicotine as a drug.

However, all this attention did encourage legal action that resulted in the tobacco companies paying billions of dollars to cover health care costs of tobacco-related diseases. On June 22, 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, landmark legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of tobacco. While tobacco consumption is declining in North America and parts of Europe, it continues to increase in many parts of the world. For instance Developing countries in general and China in particular but that’s another story.

Blogg pictureBefore electronic cigarettes rises in the year 2005 Nicotine is already well known among scientist and agricultural professionals because of its use as an insecticide. One reason for the rapidly growing market that developed for nicotine products was that entomologists and veterinarians who joined agricultural pest-control agencies relied more and more on the products in the fight against increasing infestations. They suggested that the sources of tobacco then available be improved. Tobacco solutions that once were poured away after having served their purpose in tobacco factories were reclaimed and sold for insect control. The effective control of sheep mites and ticks with nicotine dips created a large market for nicotine products. Outbreaks of the parasites during the 1890’s brought about federal regulations in the United States and made sheep dipping mandatory for interstate shipments. Important markets for nicotine had also been developed in other sheep growing areas. The chemist and chemical engineer were brought into the tobacco business in order to manufacture concentrated products more efficiently. The expanding demand for nicotine caused the development of methods for recovering the alkaloid from tobacco extracts. The alkaloid was removed in whole or in part from such extracts, which thereby improved in quality because nicotine was neither desirable nor required in flavoring extracts. Continued progress was made in purifying and concentrating the insecticide product.

Before 1880 tobacco flavoring sauces and home-made tobacco extracts were in general use. In 1881 extracts carrying 2 to 3 percent nicotine were offered. The alkaloid content was increased to 6 and 10 percent by 1885. A 40-percent solution of free alkaloid appeared in 1895: an 80-percent solution, primarily for greenhouse use, was put out in 1898. Nicotine sulfate appeared in 1900, first with 10 percent alkaloid and later with 40 percent. It has since become the standard nicotine solution of the agricultural trade. Nicotine tannate appeared in 1929 as the first fixed nicotine compound. It was followed in 1933 by nicotine bentonite. The alkaloid of 99.9 percent purity was offered for commercial use in 1940.

Conclusion:

Some expert says if it weren’t for nicotine, people wouldn’t smoke tobacco. Why? Because of the more than 4,000 chemicals contained in the tobacco smoke, nicotine is the primary one that acts on the brain, altering people’s moods, appetites, and alertness in ways they find pleasant and beneficial. As the noted tobacco researcher M.A.H. Russell once wrote:

“There is little doubt that if it were not for the nicotine in tobacco smoke, people would be little more inclined to smoke than they are to blow bubbles or to light sparklers.”

Unfortunately, as it is widely known, nicotine has a dark side: It is highly addictive. Once smokers become hooked on it, they must get their fix of it regularly, sometimes several dozen times a day. Cigarette smoke contains 43 known carcinogens, which means that long-term smoking can amount to a death sentence. In the CHINA alone, more than 2 millions Chinese die every year from tobacco-related illnesses.

Nicotine may give the users certain satisfaction they need and feed the cravings, however it is important to remember that what is in excess brings harm. As per the use of nicotine in E-liquid, we always suggest to our end users to choose the lowest concentration of nicotine possible to be able to enjoy the flavors to the fullest. web analysis The same applies in DIY-ing E-liquids; it is a must not to sacrifice the flavors for a higher nicotine level. Smart nicotine use is the answer for an enjoyable and Fruitful Vape Journey.