Cigarette Ingredients – What’s in a Small Electronic Cigarette?

One of the arguments that are popular amongst healthcare professionals in regards to electronic cigarettes is that you do not really know what is in them because they are not regulated. It is believed by some that you do not know what you are getting, chemical wise, when it comes to purchasing the e-juice to be used in your e-cig. This is simply not true. As shocking and scary as it sounds, you can definitely rest assured that customer safety regulations are set in place and their products are often, if not always, tested by a third party before going out to the consumer.

Tobacco cigarettes have over 5,000 dangerous  chemicals in them, and in contrast an electronic cigarette only has a handful of chemicals in them. Check here!

Propylene Glycol

This is an FDA approved substance that is used in the production of e-juice. The liquid is colourless, odourless and tasteless, and its widespread use means it’s been studied extensively. It neither irritates the skin nor causes cancer, and its use in asthma inhalers is testament to its safety.

Nicotine

Nicotine has a bad rap because it is associated with tobacco products, which are the number one killers in America. What few people realize is that with all the 5,000 different chemicals in cigarettes, nicotine is considered one of the less harmful. It can be compared to caffeine in coffee and as long as it is not overused it poses no more of a threat than those who do not use nicotine. A study was done exposing rats to nicotine for twenty hours a day, and there was not a higher risk for developing tumours than those who were in a controlled group that did not receive nicotine.

Water

There is nothing fancy about this. It is just plain water. The vapours from inhaling water through your e-cig are no different than if you were in a sauna.

Flavouring

Malic Acid

This is what helps create the flavours for your e-cig. The flavouring mix can vary, but all have been approved for human consumption. It is often used in flavouring for soda and cough medicine.

Acetylpyrazine

You will often find this ingredient in chocolate flavoured electronic cigarettes. It is well known for its nutty flavour and is sometimes found in fragrances.

Vanillin

Obvious by its name, this ingredient is used to add vanilla flavouring to e-juice. It is made out of vanilla beans and is used for flavourings in food as well. For more information visit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/marijkevroomendurning/2013/08/06/what-are-electronic-cigarettes-and-do-they-actually-work/#3eefb1ed2f53

Small Traces of Nitrosamines

Nitrosamines are carcinogens found in tobacco cigarettes, and because nicotine is derived from tobacco plants, trace amounts will make it into the nicotine used for the e-cig cartridges. The amount is similar to the amount approved by the FDA in nicotine patches.

Electronic cigarettes are not for everyone, but they are a great, healthier alternative to those who do not want to have the harmful effects of tobacco cigarettes, or for those who are looking to quit smoking altogether. Keep in mind when using these products, that there has not been enough time to study the lasting effects of the new product, and all that is known is that there is a lot less chemicals in e-cigs than tobacco cigarettes, but even with fewer chemicals, it is predicted that using e-cigs will still be harmful for the lungs.

 

Resource : (http://ecigarettereviewed.com/whats-in-an-e-cigarette/)

 

Janice Phelps
Janice Phelps