For today’s post on Mystiq Catalysts, we demystify e-juice flavorings, and identify which e-juice flavor ingredients have some evidence of being unsafe to vape.
According to dynamiccreations.com, vape juices at their base consist of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), both which are considered generally safe to inhale, relatively speaking. By this we mean that inhaling vapor or smoke is always unsafe to a certain extent, as your inhaling a foreign substance into your lungs. There are however, flavor ingredients that are known to cause serious health damage.
Diacetyl (VERY UNSAFE)
The flavoring ingredient Diacetyl was brought to infamy when a popcorn factory using primarily Diacetyl for their buttery popcorn flavor was blamed for causing a lung disease for several plant workers called Bronchiolitis Obliterans, or better known as “Popcorn Lung”. This disease results in the “obstruction of the smallest airways of the lungs due to inflammation”. This condition is not reversible, and diagnosis often result from months to years to live.
Although there are claims that vaping Diacetyl in small doses will not do you any harm by some e-juice manufacturers, and that the factory workers inhaled huge quantaties of Diacetyl, responsible e-juice producers should avoid this flavor ingredient at all costs as a precaution.
Acetyl Propionyl and Acetoin (UNSAFE)
Acetyl Propionyl and Acetoin are diketones, just like Diacetyl. Although there isn’t mounting evidence that these flavor ingredients are unsafe to inhale, or more unsafe to inhale than Diacetyl, some studies suggest that these two diketones can amplify the negative effect of any Diacetyl in the e-juice. These are additional flavor ingredients to avoid if possible.
Source: Dynamic Creations (visit website)
Although nicotine is not known to cause any lung damage or disease when inhaled in small doses on its own, it is still an unsafe ingredient to inhale due to its addictive properties. We are considering any chemical that causes damage or reliance in the body as unsafe, and better to be avoided.
When vaping e-liquid with only VG and PG ingredients, a mental addiction can be formed if vaping becomes a habit after certain activities. However adding nicotine to the solution will cause a physical addiction, meaning when you stop vaping you may experience physical withdrawal such as headache and nausea. As such it is best avoid vaping nicotine if you are not already addicted to the substance.
Are there any ingredients that we missed that you think are unsafe to vape? Tell us in the comments so we can add it to our post.