Due to FDA’s ongoing investigation of e-cigarette test results, many of our customers have been asking us about our e-cigarette ingredients. The following is a list of the ingredients used in electronic cigarette cartridges:
80% – 92% – Propylene glycol (PG or MPG)
Propylene glycol is approved by the FDA for a wide range of practical applications, including:
- As a solvent for food colors and flavorings
- As a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations
- In saline solutions
- As a moisturizer in food, medicines, cosmetics, toothpaste and mouth wash
- As a food additive, labeled as E number E1520
- As a cooling agent for beer and wine glycol-jacketed fermentation tanks
- As a main ingredient in less toxic anti-freeze
- In smoke machines to make artificial smoke for use in firefighter’s training and theatrical productions
Numerous studies show that propylene glycol is not a skin sensitizer or a carcinogen. Because of its low chronic oral toxicity, propylene glycol is recognized as being safe for use as a direct food additive. Since 1942, it has been used in pharmaceutical products and it is listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia. It is also widely used and accepted as an ingredient in dental preparations.
0.5% – Ethyl Acetate
Ethyl Acetate is primarily used as a solvent and diluent, being favored because of its low cost, low toxicity, and agreeable odor. Coffee beans and tea leaves are decaffeinated with this solvent.
0.0% – 2.4% – Nicotine
Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the leaves of the tobacco plant. It functions as an anti herbivore chemical with particular specificity to insects. In low concentrations (an average cigarette yields about 1 mg. of absorbed nicotine), it acts as a stimulant in mammals and is one of the main factors responsible for the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking.
Nicotine content in tobacco cigarettes has actually increased over the years, and one study found that there was an average increase of 1.6% per year between the years of 1998 and 2005. This was found for all major market categories of cigarettes.
0.5% – 4% – Water
1% – 4% – Flavoring
The following is a list of a few flavoring percentages that e-cigarette companies use and its respective explanation.
- 10% – Ethanol
also called ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a colorless liquid. It is best known as the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages and in modern thermometers. In common usage, it is often referred to simply as alcohol or spirits. (Used only for our Whiskey flavored cartridges).
- 3% – Malic Acid
the active ingredient in many sour or tart foods. Malic acid is found mostly in unripe fruits. (Used for our fruit flavored cartridges).
- 2.5% – Vanillin
(also known as methyl vanillin), is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean. It is also found in roasted coffee. Synthetic vanillin, instead of natural vanilla extract, is sometimes used as a flavoring agent in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. (Used for our Vanilla flavored cartridges).
- 1% – Acetylpyrazine
used as a composition of flavoring, especially in baked foods and chocolates. (Used for our Chocolate flavored cartridges.)
- 1% – Menthol
an organic compound made synthetically or obtained from peppermint or other mint oils. It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color, which is solid at room temperature and melts slightly above. Menthol has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities, and it is widely used to relieve minor throat irritation. (Used for our Menthol flavored cartridges).
- 10% – Linalyl Alcohol
Over 200 species of plants produce linalyl, mainly from the families Lamiaceae (mints, scented herbs), Lauraceae (laurels, cinnamon, rosewood) and Rutaceae (citrus fruits), Linalyl alcohol is used as a scent in 60 – 80% of perfumed hygiene products and lotions. One common downstream product of linalool is Vitamin E. (Used for our Clove flavored cartridges).
This list contains the ingredients needed to make all cartridges. However, different flavors will receive different ingredients from this list. The percentages listed are amounts that will not be exceeded.
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