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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Element Far Neon Green Slushie E-Liquid - Money Off!

Element Far Neon Green Slushie E-Liquid - Money Off!

£1.60
(RRP: £3.99)
Available
  • Tangy lime flavour
  • Strength: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg
  • VG: over 75%, PG: under 25%
  • Made in the USA
Eco Vape Dripping Killa Custard V2 High VG E-Juice

Eco Vape Dripping Killa Custard V2 High VG E-Juice

£6.99
Available
  • Smooth American vanilla custard flavour
  • Available with a 3mg or 6mg nicotine strength
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Nicocig Electronic Cigarette High Strength Menthol Refill Cartridges (Pack of Six Cartomisers)

Nicocig Electronic Cigarette High Strength Menthol Refill Cartridges (Pack of Six Cartomisers)

£9.03
(RRP: £9.50)
Available
  • Refills for rechargeable Nicocig Electronic Cigarettes
  • Exclusive double pack sizes with six cartridges per box
  • Free batteries provided with packs of 10, 20, 30, and 40 boxes
  • Limited time offer – only available while stocks last!
Humo Lemon Meringue E-Liquid - Money Off!

Humo Lemon Meringue E-Liquid - Money Off!

£2.00
(RRP: £4.99)
Available
  • Sharp citron with creamy whipped meringue
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • VG: X%, PG: X%
  • Made in the USA
Eco Vape Dripping Blue Slush Max VG E-Juice

Eco Vape Dripping Blue Slush Max VG E-Juice

£6.99
Available
  • Classic blueberry slush flavour
  • Available with a 3mg or 6mg nicotine strength
  • VG: 80%, PG: 20%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Element Frost E-Liquid

Element Frost E-Liquid

£3.99
Available
  • Menthol flavoured
  • Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the USA
Domin8 North E-Liquid

Domin8 North E-Liquid

£9.99
Available
  • Peach mango citrus smoothie flavour
  • Strengths: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg
  • VG: 75%, PG: 25%
  • Made in Canada
DOT Berry Nice Refill Pods

DOT Berry Nice Refill Pods

£5.99
Available
  • Juicy mixed berry flavour
  • Strength: 6mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Vype eTank Blended Tobacco E-Liquid

Vype eTank Blended Tobacco E-Liquid

£4.99
Available
  • Smooth roasted tobacco flavour
  • Available in 0mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg nicotine strengths
  • VG: Medium (36% - 59%), PG: Low (1% - 35%)
  • Combo packs available
Simple Essentials Deluxe Tobacco E-Liquid

Simple Essentials Deluxe Tobacco E-Liquid

£2.99
Available
  • Tobacco and caramel flavoured e-liquid
  • Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 9mg, 12mg, 18mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the UK
Simple Essentials Deluxe Tobacco E-Liquid (50ml)

Simple Essentials Deluxe Tobacco E-Liquid (50ml)

£10.99
Available
  • Tobacco and caramel flavoured e-liquid
  • Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 9mg, 12mg, 18mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the UK
Vivid Nicocig Refill Cartridges Medium Strength Menthol Cartomisers

Vivid Nicocig Refill Cartridges Medium Strength Menthol Cartomisers

£4.75
Available
  • Refill cartomisers for Vivid Nicocig and Nicolites Rechargeable Electronic Cigarettes
  • Menthol flavoured cartridges with medium nicotine strength
  • Available in packs of 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 boxes
  • Also compatible with Nicolites electronic cigarettes