Are E-juices Safe?
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Ecig battery mod atomizer and ejuice splashToday, people are more health conscious than ever before. Reading labels and buying organic is now common. So, people are also concerned about the safety of e-juices. Many people think that if you’re “smoking” something, it’s unhealthy. Not necessarily true. Here’s why:


E-juices contain propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and natural flavoring? Can these ingredients be harmful to your health? What about allergies and side effects?  


E-cigs are sometimes used as a way to quit smoking tobacco. Obviously many smokers are concerned about their health. They are also concerned about switching from one bad habit to another. Vaping and e-juices are safe. First off, you are not “smoking”. You are vaping steam.


E-juices are made with propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, and natural flavorings. Nicotine can be added at the request of the consumer. Nicotine is sometimes the same dosage as a cigarette and weaned down gradually. Some people prefer to begin at a lower dose and adjust accordingly. Vaping can also be a nicotine-free experience.


Some e-juices contain water and/or a sweetener. The amount of PG to VG varies by brand. Most e-juices are organic (meaning no pesticides or other harmful ingredients) and are considered safe.


How Much or How Little VG/PG?


Vegetable glycerin (VG) is thicker than propylene glycol (PG). If the e-juice you select contains more VG, it will produce lots of vapor. This is a personal choice. E-juices that contain more PG have a more robust flavor and can deliver a greater throat hit. This is especially important for people who are quitting tobacco. You can also purchase e-juice in a 50PG/50VG formula. 


How Can Something Inhaled Be Safe?


Both PG and VG are used in many food products, and in medical and pharmaceutical items. Asthma inhalers often contain PG, and it is generally recognized as safe (G.R.A.S.) by the FDA. This information can be found on the FDA website.


Some people mistakenly assume that PG is harmful because they think it's used in anti-freeze. Wrong! PG is actually used as a safer alternative to the harmful ethylene glycol. PG produces a more non-toxic anti-freeze. It’s important not to confuse the two. 


Are There Side Effects Associated With E-juices?


Many consumable food products are made with these ingredients. You’ve probably already consumed some of these products, so you would most likely already know if you are allergic. The most common allergic reactions from PG would be eczema, throat irritations, and nausea. If you are concerned about PG allergies, switching to 100% VG is recommended.  Of note, PG is also used in numerous cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, and many other products. Check the labels on some of your health and beauty items. You might already be using PG. 


Other side effects from PG and VG are dry mouth, sore throat, and increased thirst. Drinking more fluids can help. These same symptoms can also be attributed to withdrawal from tobacco products.