Is E-Liquid Poisonous?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016  |  Admin

If you're thinking about taking up vaping, or have already started, it's only natural that you'd try and be sure that vaping is as safe as possible (of course, inhaling anything but clean air is worse than not doing so). After all, what would be the point in switching from cigarettes to vaping if it turned out that it was just as bad, or even worse for you!?

E-liquid is not some strange and mysterious substance, though. It's a fairly simple one, and contains just a few relatively safe ingredients.

Is E-Liquid Poisonous?

Despite what some people would lead you to believe (usually people who have a vested interest in keeping people smoking cigarettes) vaping is hardly comparable to smoking at all. Is it poisonous? Only if it's abused, much like nearly every substance around. Vaping hasn't been around long enough to properly study long-term effects unfortunately, so we can't definitively say that it's safe, but all the signs point to it being significantly less of a risk than smoking, which we know has several toxic and disease-causing chemicals.

What's in E-Liquid?

  • Propylene glycol (PG) - this is an organic compound, and forms the main part of the e-juice along with VG. It is generally recognised as safe for human ingestion by the FDA
  • Vegetable glycerin (VG) - this is a natural chemical derived from vegetable oil. It is a thick, heavy liquid with a sweet taste and is used in several foods and drinks as a sweetener
  • Flavouring - food-grade flavourings are used in e-cigarettes to replicate all your favourite flavours
  • Water - you know this one
  • Nicotine - the infamous (but misunderstood) cigarette ingredient. Levels can vary, allowing you to choose a high level of nicotine or a nicotine-free e-juice

Isn't Nicotine Poisonous?

Nicotine is an addictive substance, and in high enough doses it can have negative effects, like most things. However, it pales in comparison to the other substances in cigarettes/cigarette smoke such as tobacco, tar, ammonia, carbon monoxide and arsenic, to name a few. The doses required to actually poison you are significantly higher than the amount you would get while vaping even a strong e-liquid though.

The only realistic way of getting nicotine poisoning would be to drink your bottle of e-liquid, and hopefully most people have the requisite IQ to avoid this. It raises an issue with regards to child safety though, but much like alcohol, medication and many more things, it should be up to the adult to be responsible and keep e-juice out of the reach of children. Many bottles of e-liquid now have child-proof caps too, for an extra layer of safety.

Flavourings

Another part of e-liquids people have some concerns with are the flavourings. Vaping lacks a lot of regulation at the moment, meaning we don't know what exactly is going into many of the artificial flavours in e-juice. This could be problematic if unscrupulous manufacturers use low quality or even dangerous substances to create these weird and wonderful flavours. As such, it's important that, like anything, you buy from a reputable manufacturer and be wary of any deals that seem too good to be true. If you're sensible, though, you should be able to avoid sub-par e-liquids.

Where Can I Get E-Liquids?

Have I won you over? If your fears are gone, why not head over to Vape Mountain's great selection of e-liquids?!

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Eco Vape London Blend Kensington Tobacco with Caramel E-Liquid - Money Off!

Eco Vape London Blend Kensington Tobacco with Caramel E-Liquid - Money Off!

£1.60
(RRP: £3.99)
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  • Tobacco & Caramel flavour
  • Strengths: 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
  • VG: 50%; PG: 50%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Element Dripper Frost VG E-Liquid - Money Off!

Element Dripper Frost VG E-Liquid - Money Off!

£2.00
(RRP: £3.99)
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  • Menthol flavoured 
  • Strengths: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the USA
DOT Menthol Refill Pods

DOT Menthol Refill Pods

£5.99
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  • Bold, distinctive menthol flavour
  • Strength: 20mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Logic PRO E-Cigarette Refill Capsules Menthol 6mg

Logic PRO E-Cigarette Refill Capsules Menthol 6mg

£3.99
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  • A classic and refreshing minty menthol flavour
  • Includes three UK-made 1.5ml e-liquid capsules
  • Nicotine strength of 6mg per ml
  • Bulk offers available at a reduced price per pack
Iceliqs Originals USA Original E-Liquid

Iceliqs Originals USA Original E-Liquid

£3.99
Available
  • Classic American tobacco flavour
  • Available in 0mg, 6mg, 11mg and 16mg strengths
  • VG: 30%, PG: 70%
  • Made in France
Eco Vape Psycho Bunny Well Baked E-Liquid - Money Off!

Eco Vape Psycho Bunny Well Baked E-Liquid - Money Off!

£4.89
(RRP: £6.99)
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  • Cherry bakewell flavoured E-liquid
  • Strength: 3mg, 6mg
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the UK
Liberty Flights XO Super Highway E-Liquid - Money Off!

Liberty Flights XO Super Highway E-Liquid - Money Off!

£2.00
(RRP: £4.99)
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  • Strong tobacco flavour - just like real cigarettes
  • Available in 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg nicotine strengths
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Eco Vape Dripping Zombie Astaire E-Juice

Eco Vape Dripping Zombie Astaire E-Juice

£3.99
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  • Red berry and black grape flavour with eucalyptus and aniseed
  • Available with 3mg, 6mg, 12mg or 18mg nicotine strengths
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Attitude Vapes Custard Tart E-Liquid

Attitude Vapes Custard Tart E-Liquid

£4.99
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  • Smooth custard with shortbread base
  • Strengths: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg
  • VG: 70%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the USA
Eco Vape Dripping Raspberry Liquid Do-Nuts V2 High VG E-Juice - Money Off!

Eco Vape Dripping Raspberry Liquid Do-Nuts V2 High VG E-Juice - Money Off!

£3.50
(RRP: £6.99)
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  • Fresh doughnut flavour with a raspberry glaze
  • Available with a 3mg or 6mg nicotine strength
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
DOT Tobacco Vape Kit

DOT Tobacco Vape Kit

£14.99
Available
  • Leafy, full-bodied tobacco flavour
  • Strength: 20mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Eco Vape Dripping Toffee Liquid Do-Nuts V2 High VG E-Juice - Money Off!

Eco Vape Dripping Toffee Liquid Do-Nuts V2 High VG E-Juice - Money Off!

£4.19
(RRP: £6.99)
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  • Fresh doughnut flavour with a toffee filling
  • Available with a 3mg or 6mg nicotine strength
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the United Kingdom