How Safe is E-Liquid?

Research from Public Health England (UK Government) has conducted a study, wherein they have found that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes. In other words, vaping is relatively safer than smoking tobacco-based cigarettes that contain cancer-causing tar.

According to VapingScout, anti-vapers have been trying to give vaping a bad name based on some levels of chemicals found in trace amounts of e-liquid when it is heated and misrepresented the story. The publications deem this as fear monger style propaganda created to ensure people continue thinking that vaping isn’t safer than smoking in any way. The chemicals detected in e-cigarettes are present in regular cigarettes, as well, but at a much higher level.

For the sake of an instance, traces of formaldehyde is found in e-cigarettes, and media blew this story out proportion by claiming “Cancer-causing chemical found in E-Cigarettes!”. The idea behind presenting e-cigarette as a villain is promoted by big tobacco companies that want people to believe switching to vaping isn’t a safer alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes. Interestingly, formaldehyde can be found at several hundred times higher in cigarettes as compared to e-cigarettes.

With the help of their petty tyrant, anti vapers are scaring people about another component of e-juice dubbed Propylene Glycol, which is used in antifreeze. The component can also be found in asthma inhalers. The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry had already identified it as a safe component for consumption long ago.

Furthermore, VG (Vegetable Glycerine) is used in fog machines creating vapor clouds. According to VapingScout, one of the biggest overblown studies came from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health about the chemical Diacetyl and its presence in e-liquid.

Does Vaping Lead to ‘Popcorn Lung’?

E-juice compromises multiple components including diacetyl and acetyl propionyl (diketones) which causes bronchiolitis obliterans (a.k.a. popcorn lung). Diketones are chemicals that create buttery and creaming flavors. Only one doctor has seen this disease in eight workers at a popcorn manufacturing factory.

Workers who worked closely with diacetyl, and we directly exposed to a large amount of diacetyl vapor for a long period, were making buttered flavor liquid topping. As part of the popcorn lung scare tactic conveniently ignores the fact that diacetyl is also found in cigarettes but at up a whopping 85 times, the level detected in an e-cigarette.

Dr. Micheal Siegel revealed some noteworthy exclusions from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study which was used to scare consumers. Dr. Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health. He has 25 years of experience in the field of tobacco control. “Sounds like he knows what he is talking about.

“Given the huge scare being created by the publicity around this article, it is quite likely that a large number of vapers will give up e-cigarettes and go back to smoking in fear that they may develop popcorn lung,” Dr. Micheal Siegel said.

The Harvard study tested all the juices and noted that the highest levels of diacetyl expose users to 239 micrograms vs the more than 20,000 micrograms that of heavy cigarette smokers group. As compared to cigarettes the amount is so negligible; it should relieve ex-smokers that they resorted to vaping.

It is no secret that dissatisfied or concerned consumers change their product. While neither a vaper nor a smoker has been diagnosed with popcorn lung, the possibility of inviting the disease through vaping was enough to trigger radical overhauls in recipes of e-liquids.

Keeping in line with this, some flavor manufacturers and e-liquid brands now disclose ingredients and chemical studies about the ingredients used to make their products on their official websites.

The Truth About Nicotine – It is a Poison

The chemical qualities of nicotine are quite similar to caffeine. It offers similar advantages as a nootropic but is relatively more robust as a stimulant than caffeine. It is also more addictive and harder to stop using. Anyone who tried quitting smoking can vouch for the struggles involved in kicking the conventional butt.

While nicotine doesn’t cause cancer, it is poisonous nonetheless. It can prove to be life-threatening when consumed in larger quantities through cigarettes.

Some of the first symptoms include lightheadedness as blood pressure changes, rapid pulse, and shallow breathing. Every smoker has experienced these symptoms at some time.

It is worth noting that exposure to higher levels can cause a heart attack and even death in some cases. One of the episodes of Columbo showed nicotine poisoning as a cause of death. During vaping, e-liquid and liquid nicotine allow nicotine to enter the user’s bloodstream even faster through skin contact.

Cases of accidental poisonings are increasing as children sometimes either consume or spill e-juice on them. It is therefore advised to keep your e-juice and other vape products out of the reach of children, and even pets. There are a few steps you can take to ensure the safety of the e-juice you use.

  • Check if the manufacturer has posted chemical analysis tables about the e-juice on their official website or check if they are diketones free.
  • Do not go for creamy or buttery flavored juices if you are concerned about consuming diketones.
  • Do not buy cheap juice off the street or from the black market.
  • When making your own juice, buy your supplies from popular brands.
  • If you have pets or children, keep your juice or liquid nicotine in a safe place they can’t reach.

While health officials and researchers are still trying to find the root of the vaping-linked lung illnesses that swept the United States recently, it is recommended that you avoid using vape products or at least ensure the supplies are purchased from reputable sources.

E-cigarettes have been promoted as safer alternatives to smoking traditional cigarettes, but citing government intervention, the businesses of e-cigarette giants such as Juul along with several other manufacturers are on the verge of closing. While some efforts have been made to urge the Trump administration to remove the ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, it is highly unlikely to come to fruition.

Vinay Patel
Vinay is a proactive content writer, a blogger with over 6 years of experience in writing original and high-quality content.


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