A comprehensive analysis of the ingredients in nicotine e-liquid , electronic cigarettes and possible health effects.
What Are the Ingredients in E-juice? The most common ingredients in e-juice are vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine liquid, and flavorings. Here’s a detailed breakdown of e-juice ingredients.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
- What is Propylene Glycol? Propylene Glycol (PG) is a frequent main ingredient in most e-juices and eliquid. PG is considered a diol (or double alcohol compound). Diols are most commonly used in binding with polymers to aid in the production of plastics. Despite use in plastic production, PG itself is rated as food-safe by the FDA.
- How does PG affect the content or quality of my vape? PG is a less viscous substance than VG is. PG is renowned as an excellent carrier in chemistry. This translates to is prevalence in e-juice. It brings out more of the specific flavor profiles of certain eLiquid. An e-liquid with higher propylene glycol content will be harsher on the throat and will also produce less vapor than one with higher VG.
- What is a PG allergy? Some people might have “negative” reactions to eliquids that contain higher concentrations of PG. This is frequently referred to as a PG allergy. It may cause certain symptoms: sore throat, sinus problems, headaches, or nausea. Many of these symptoms may result from smoking withdrawal, Sometimes, switching to a higher VG juice may reduce these symptoms as will reducing tobacco consumption.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
- What is glycerin? Glycerin: An organic compound which consists of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is taken from oils and fats. Glycerin is used in a huge variety of pharmaceutical applications, including soap, botanical extracts, skin products, and cough mixtures. There arent any chemical differences between vegetable glycerin and any other form of glycerin — the “vegetable” part means the glycerin was derived from plant oils.
- How is VG used in e-juice? In Electronic Cigarette eJuice Manufacturing, VG is used mainly to dilute substances, meaning it dilutes other main components of Eliquid: nicotine and flavoring. VG also acts as a carrier, spreading the flavor evenly throughout a given Eliquid Solution. The Flavors profiles in VG heavy eliquids tend to become more pronounces as the liquid is aged.
- What affect does VG have on my overall vaping experience? Eliquids that contain VG content produce a less intense, smoother throat hit when inhaled ass opposed to those containing propylene glycol, PG. VG produces inherently more vapor than does PG. VG also has a slight sweet taste to it. Higher VG contents can increase the sweetness of the inhale. At the same time, VG can reduce or slightly mute the specific flavor of a juice. For example, you may taste a less pronounced strawberry flavor with a higher-VG juice. For many vapers, this flavor-reduction effect is negligible, and is worth the benefits of using higher VG. Among vapers who drip their juices and use more advanced rebuildable atomizers, there is generally a preference for the subtler flavor and higher vapor production of aged, high-VG juices.
- From where does liquid nicotine originate? Liquid Nicotine is extracted from the tobacco plant. It can be flavorless depending on the method of extraction; however, with the addition of artificial or natural flavorings it may emulate the taste of the tobacco leaves from which it was derived. Nicotine is seriously ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCE. Nicotine is a Toxic substance.. Exposure to high doses of Nicotine in Humans can cause SERIOUS HARM AND POSSIBLE DEATH.
- How does nicotine affect vaping? Higher nicotine concentrations increase the buzz that accompanies vaping such solutions as well as enhancing the perceived “throat hit”. E-juices that reference the concentration of nicotine in an e-juice refer to the amount of milligrams of nicotine per total milliliter of eliquid. If you get 24 mg nic or 24mg, there 24milligrams of nicotine in every milliliter of e-juice. The nicotine level in e-juice ranges from 0 to 36mg/ml. Many individuals within the industry feel as though 12mg/ml is an equivalent nicotine concentration as the standard tobacco cigarette.
- What are flavorings? Flavorings are the natural or artificial flavors use to create eliquid flavor profiles and scents. Some flavors are naturally extracted from original, organic sources; however, others use esters and other ingredients to replicate flavors like “captain crunch” or “Hawaiian punch.” PG and ethyl alcohol are the most frequently used carrier fluids used in flavoring, these components are known in the production industry as G.R.A.S.( FDA – generally recognized as safe)
- Other ingredients occasionally used in flavorings are:
- Triacetin: food grade flavor carrier. It is occasionally used in e-liquids. No conclusive evidence regarding the nature of its health effects on humans via inhalation. The government says it’s safe to use in cosmetics…for what its worth
- Acetyl propionyl and acetoin are used to create creaminess in flavors like custard, cream or peanut butter. NOLA VAPE doesnt have a Peaunt Butter Flavor. Thats not Hot, Ew! Diacetyl has been removed from some vendor’s e-liquids because it has been shown to cause bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung.” Acetyl propionyl and acetoin are virtually always diacetyl-free, except for tiny amounts in some rare scenarios.
- Caffeine is sometimes included in e-liquids…But this is done for stupid Marketing Purposes meant to sell “snake oil” to people who actually believe you can feel the tradition effects of caffeine using inhalation as a means of administration. Go pick up a chemistry text book or pick around google and figure out out why you cant get “high” from smoking caffeine. Cudos to whoever decides to break the Caffeine chemical structure down in to a freebase form, bottle it up, and sell it as an Eliquid. Rofl….People Freebasing Caffeine out of an Electronic Cigarette? Time to Start Breaking Bad.
Is E-Liquid Safe? Examining the Health Effects of E-Juice and the Devices Used to Inhale them
Some of the elements inhaled when vaping an e-cigarette can be harmful to one’s health. Below are some of the common e-juice health concerns and some quick discussions of them.
- The Most Popular Metal in the Vaping industry is known as Kanthal. Kanthal is used to build custom “coils” for mods and is a component in the majority of electronic cigarette heating elements aka Atomizers. Kanthal is composed of Aluminum, Chromium, and Iron, which can be dangerous elements given exposure in certain contexts
- relevant heavy metals include tin and lead
- An article published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE found a presence of these metals in the vapor produced by an e-cigarette.
- Is this something to worry about? A large portion of those in the industry would say “no”. The amounts these metals were found to be in safe levels for frequent workplace exposure.
- However, We at NOLA VAPE disagree because:
- This Argument Fails to consider that what is considered safe levels for workplace exposure may not correlate with safe levels for direct inhalation.
- This Argument Takes for granted that if certain metals are found to be in safe concentrations for workplace exposure then one should not worry about the consequences of repeatedly inhaling them into our lungs.
- Is it harmful? Because nicotine is the chemical most often associated with cigarettes, many people think that it causes cancer or is otherwise harmful. In fact, nicotine itself, while physically addictive, may or may not be carcinogenic.
- Can you overdose? It would be extraordinarily difficult to overdose on nicotine by vaping low concentrated nicotine. A human would need to consume around 500mg of nicotine or more to overdose, and this would essentially require consumption by drinking, or spilling nicotine liquid on your skin without washing it off. On that note, while e-liquid has nicotine in greatly reduced amounts, it’s important to be extremely careful about handling your e-liquid and keeping it away from pets and children.
These studies do indicate that vaping is not a perfectly safe habit. At NOLA Vape, we believe it is imperative for both consumers and the general public to be alerted of the potential health effects electronic cigarettes – Most People believe that eLiquids are the most vital determinant regarding ecig health effects; However, nearly all mass produced and commercially sold electronic Cigarette Hardware is imported from china where quality control standards are virtually non existent. Such should be the cause for great concern as poor quality control standards in the production of mass produced prefabricated Clearomizers, Tankomizers, Kanthal Wire, and such can all lead to the exposure of certain well known carcinogens, especially when Heated up and Inhaled.
- Lets be real here Vaping Isn’t Safe or HEALTHY for you. YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T DO IT; BUT, HUMANS DO ALOT OF THINGS WE PROBABLY SHOULDNT DO ANYWAY.
- Life is all about Choices and Consequences. I know vaping is bad for me, but I do it anyway. I drink whiskey even though its bad for me because it takes the edge off and I eat pizza even though its bad for me because it tastes freakin’ awesome. I love the freedom to choose; but, live with the consequences of those choices. I vape because id rather vape than smoke a cigarette. In this sense Vaping is the lesser of two evils. Nonetheless I love that we have a choice! Protect that above all!