If you are a regular vaper or a big fan of vaping, then you are probably inclined to believe anything positive that anyone says about e-liquid vapour inhalation or e-cigarettes. But is that really the right approach that you should take as a consumer of this product? There is absolutely nothing wrong with being in love with e-liquid vapour. In fact, you are not the only one who loves it. More and more people are taking up e-cigarettes and labelling it as the perfect alternative to smoking. That being said, it is very important for you as a consumer of e-liquids to know as much as you can about this product. This will help you in arguments against the critics who will bombard you with anti vaping information. More than anything, improving your knowledge of e-liquids and vaping in general will give you the peace of mind that you need to thoroughly enjoy your e-cigarette. With that said, it is time that you find out whether there is anything wrong with your e-liquid flavourings or not.
Your Right to Question the Flavourings
The list of ingredients in an e-liquid container is very simple to say the least. In fact, most e-liquids are made up of four basic ingredients. This includes nicotine, water, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine and flavouring. While the other three ingredients are pretty much constant in quantity and quality, the flavouring is the variable that you should take a close look at. The flavouring in one particular e-liquid product is usually completely different from the flavouring in another product. The variation in flavourings is needed to keep up with the rising demand for e-liquids that can excite the taste buds of the vapers. The flavouring part, due to the numerous variations involved, leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
Asking about the safety of the chemicals that go into the flavourings is a very valid question that should be on the mind of every consumer. It is in a way your right as the consumer to question the flavourings and dig up as much information as you possibly can about it. No vaper should have to compromise with safety standards.
The Study that “Exposed” E-Liquid Flavouring Chemicals
A study was conducted on the safety of chemicals used in e-liquid flavourings and was published in the journal Tobacco Control. According to the study, exposure to high levels of certain chemicals found in specific e-liquid flavourings could cause a person to suffer from respiratory irritation. Whenever information such as this is brought out in the open, the critics of e-cigarettes find a new excuse to place question marks over the safety of e-liquid vapour inhalation. Doing that in this particular case would be an act of foolishness. This is because the chemicals that are generally used for e-liquid flavourings are approved by the FDA for consumption in food. In other words, these chemicals are safe for consumption. But this did not stop certain researchers from putting a twist in the tale. They have come up with the hypothesis that these FDA approved chemicals can prove to be harmful when inhaled through e-cigarettes as opposed to consumed through foods.
Can You Believe in the Research?
As a consumer of e-liquids, this study should raise some concerns in your mind. However, you need to look deeper into the study and analyze its findings to realize that there is no real reason to get worried about e-liquid consumption all of a sudden. There are a lot of problems with the study, one of which is the fact that it was conducted on only 30 samples of e-liquids. These 30 samples form a very small percentage of the growing e-liquid market in the world today. In other words, the research was designed to generalize findings with the worst case scenario in mind.
Why Does the Research Lack Credibility?
When the researchers claimed that e-cigarettes expose you to twice the occupational limit of the chemicals, they were basically talking about the one e-liquid that had the highest percentage of potentially harmful chemicals in its flavourings. In addition to that, the researchers have made the horribly faulty assumption that the average vaper is inhaling about 5ml of e-liquid on a daily basis. The reality is that the average vaper consumes no more than 3ml. There was an overestimation of the average consumption of e-liquid by a staggering 40%!! Massive errors like these spread a shroud of doubt over the legitimacy of a particular test.
Even if a person was to consider 5ml as the average consumption rate for the sake of agreeing with the researchers, it would still mean that only one liquid out of the 30 used in the experiment exposed vapers to more benzaldehyde (harmful chemical) than the occupational limit. In simple terms, the researchers used one bad apple as an example to generalize all the apples in the lot.