How Do I Know If E-juices Are Safe?
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Ecig battery mod atomizer and ejuice splashThese days, people are more health conscious than ever before. Down grocery aisles you’ll find people reading labels. Buying organic produce is also common. People are also concerned about the safety of e-juices. People often think that if you’re “smoking” something, it has to be unhealthy. But this is not necessarily true.


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


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


As stated earlier, e-juices contain propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, and natural flavors. Nicotine is added by request. Nicotine can be the same dosage as a cigarette and weaned down slowly. 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 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 VG/PG Is Used?


Vegetable glycerin (VG) is thicker than propylene glycol (PG) and produces more vapor. This is a personal choice. E-juices that contain more PG have a heartier 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. 


Can Something Inhaled Be Safe?


Both PG and VG are used in many food products including medical and pharmaceutical products. 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’ve been told it's used in anti-freeze. Wrong! PG is actually now 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.


What Are The Side Effects Of E-juices?


Many consumable food products are made with the same ingredients that you’ve probably already consumed, so you would most likely already know if you are allergic. 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 products. 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.