A lot of people today are turning to electronic cigs in order to curb their nicotine habits, and the best way to do so is by slowly adjusting yourself to puffs from a vaporiser. A lot of young people take this a step further and indulge in what is called “dripping”. A lot of articles on newspapers and the internet have vilified dripping as if it is the new drug hit out there, but is it actually so? Some reporters, without actual firsthand knowledge have started bashing “dripping” as if it is going to destroy a generation.
When you purchase vaping supplies in Australia you will find most of them will have a tank. Dripping is the act of soaking the wicks which are made of either silica, or cotton and other materials with an e liquid that has a nicotine concentration of about 3-4 mg/ml. The coils are heated to release thick clouds of vapour which are thicker and richer, because the tank is not put in use while dripping. When a person drips, he will manually soak the wick with a few drops of the flavoured nicotine liquid of his choice instead of refueling from the tank. But reporters on the other hand, due to poor research, have established a poor image of dripping in our minds. They claim that dripping is the act of applying the e liquid directly on the heated coils of the atomizer and thereafter immediately inhaling the thick plumes of vapour that emanate.
Reality is that by dripping, you can actually get to experience a better flavour, a thick cloud of smoke as well as a stronger throat hit. So according to these “smart” reporters, dripping is like taking in a whole cigarette at a go. That is absurd at best; research shows that if the nicotine levels in two or three drops of e juice cross the recommended level of 3mg/ml, the hit would taste very unpleasant and make you feel nauseous. And more amazingly, the authors of the report admit that they did not verify whether nicotine was actually present in the e liquid!
Research shows that in the people who use e cigs only one in five actually use nicotine. Some articles went overboard with names of scary chemicals, like acrolein, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. This happened because the methods used in the study were not correct in the first place. The test subjects were made to puff at durations of 8 seconds, along with a puff speed of 19.1 ml/sec and an interval of 10 seconds between consecutive puffs. This is far from the normal, relaxed scenario, and when you consider this skew, along with the fact that the so called “researchers” forgot to use the latest dripping atomizer. If you’re a regular with vaping, you can jolly well go ahead and try dripping. It’s nowhere as scary as it sounds.