What Are the Ingredients in Most E-Liquids?
For those who’ve decided to ditch traditional tobacco in favour of vaporisers, it’s a whole new world. There’s a wealth of different flavour options on the market, and many different nicotine strengths from which to choose in your e-liquid. Of course, most of those switching from tobacco are doing so because of the health problems that stem from smoking. Those problems come from the toxic chemicals and ingredients in smoke. It makes sense that you’d want to ensure that your e-liquid is free from those same deadly toxins. What’s in most e-liquids on the market today?
The Past Is Gone
It’s important to understand that in the very early days of the e-cigarette industry, some inferior grade products were manufactured with low-quality ingredients. That is no longer the case and hasn’t been for a number of years. Today, even lower-priced e-liquids are completely safe, although they don’t necessarily offer the best taste, vapour production or vaping experience.
All e-liquids are based on the same four ingredients. These are as follows:
Water – Distilled, pure water is usually used.PG or VG – Either propylene glycol or vegetable glycol is used as the main ingredient in all e-liquids.
Flavouring – The flavouring for your e-liquid is what gives it its taste and aroma.
Nicotine – All e-liquids have some nicotine added (even 0-mg formulations have tiny trace amounts of nicotine). That’s it.
That’s all there is in your e-liquid. Compared to the 1,000+ toxins found in a single cigarette, it’s refreshing to find an option that uses so few and such benign options. That’s not to say that e-cigarettes are completely without their risks, of course. Nicotine is still a drug, and one of the most addictive known.
Not All E-Liquids Are the Same
When choosing your e-liquid, it’s important to understand that not all ingredients are created equal. Some manufacturers use synthetic flavours and sweeteners, which can often leave a chemical taste in your mouth after vaping. If you want to avoid chemicals, make sure you purchase e-liquids made with organic vegetable glycol, as well as 100% natural flavourings and sweeteners. There are many out there that meet EU organic standards.
You should also pay attention to where the nicotine in your e-liquid comes from. The highest quality e-liquids on the market use nicotine derived from US-grown tobacco leaves. This is extracted from the leaves without including any of the harmful substances found in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Make sure your e-liquid does not use synthetic nicotine, or nicotine from a third-world country that is improperly extracted.
As a final note, many e-liquid manufacturers are now offering vegan and kosher options and utilise high-quality control standards. If this is important to you, ensure that you’re purchasing e-liquids that are certified 100% organic by a third party (not by the manufacturer, as their claims should always be suspect). If you are sensitive to propylene glycol (and some consumers are), make sure you purchase vegetable glycol-based products.