In the past few weeks, there has been a significant rise in health-related concerns around vaping. This concern has been accentuated by recent national news coverage about a mysterious vaping related illness. This illness has affected vapers in 29 states and counting. In a report published by Kaiser Health News, it has been estimated that over 350 people have succumbed to serious respiratory illness. Understandably, it has sparked a lot of discussion about allergic reactions from vaping. Not to mention, the safety and regulation of e-cigarettes, and the vape juice market as a whole.
Former FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, weighed in on the matter last week stating that he suspected counterfeit pods were likely the cause of the illness due to the geographic clustering of cases. Furthermore, legitimate FDA registered companies are subject to regular inspection and regulation by the agency. With legally-registered e-cigarette and vape juice manufacturers being held to strict guidelines, non-registered knockoffs like many of the pods on the market today are a likely culprit.
The importance of knowing what goes into your e-liquid has never been more critical. So we’ve put together a guide to help you make informed decisions before making that next vape juice or nic salt purchase. We’ve also covered some common allergies to e-liquid ingredients, as well as frequently documented non-allergenic issues that users can experience when vaping.
Allergic Reactions to Vaping E-Liquids and Nic Salts
Conventional e-liquids are full of additives like propylene glycol, sugar, artificial flavorings, benzoic acid, and other synthetic chemicals. It’s no wonder that we have a ton of customers asking us about the ingredients we use in our USDA certified organic e-liquids. They want to eliminate harsh ingredients that they just don’t want to be inhaling. For some, this is a personal preference. But, for some, it is out of necessity because they have realized they are allergic to a
The most common allergen in your average e-liquid is propylene glycol (PG). Often touted as a “necessary” flavor carrier, most companies will use it to decrease the amount of the more costly flavorings that need in a formulation. Derived from petroleum, propylene glycol has been shown to cause numerous allergic reactions in vapor products.
Side Effects & Symptoms
The most common symptoms are dry mouth and throat, headaches, sinus congestion, and nausea. In some cases, there are reports of nosebleeds, numbness in the face, tongue, and upper respiratory system. The numbness can also be accompanied by irritation that manifests in redness as the tissues are reacting to the chemical PG. It is also important to note that PG is a synthetic chemical and cannot be certified organic.
Reactions to Sugar/Sweeteners in Vape Juice
Sugars are also a common culprit for a lot of vapers. Often used in large amounts to sweeten flavors, two common sugars are used in e-liquids; sucrose and sucralose. In recent years, there’s been an increase in reported cases of vapers suffering from allergies to sugars like artificial sucralose and sucrose.
Unfortunately, these are ingredients conventional e-liquids almost always contain. When inhaled, these sugars have been reported to cause stomach cramps, nausea, and fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms while vaping, trying switching to a cleaner certified organic e-liquid.
Issues with Other Additives
Some artificial flavors utilize additives that contain benzoic acid, aliphatic aldehydes, aliphatic carboxylic acids, aliphatic amines, aliphatic aromatic thiols, sulfides, and alpha or beta-unsaturated aldehydes and ketones. These additives can also manifest in allergic reactions when vaping. Conventional e-liquids that contain artificial flavorings in order to make them sweeter, stronger, or more sour are more likely to irritate the respiratory system when inhaled. Inhalation is a direct pathway into the bloodstream and nervous system. So these allergenic effects can be more pronounced than they would be when ingested orally or sublingually.
Non-Allergy Related Issues with Vaping
One consideration that is often overlooked when vaping is dehydration. When vapor is inhaled, moisture is drawn from the tissues in the mouth, throat, and lungs that is then exhaled and released from the body. If dryness of these areas is an issue for you, increase your water intake as a preventative measure. Often times, simply increasing your fluids intake can solve dryness of the mouth, throat and/or airways. According to the most recent studies, your daily water intake should about 3.7 liters/day for men, and roughly 2.7 liters/day for women.
Another issue is too much nicotine. This is more common than ever with the advent of nicotine salts, or “nic salts”. With strengths ranging from 20mg – 50mg, nic salts deliver a much higher dose when inhaled compared to traditional e-liquids. When vaped at the same rate as an e-liquid would be, users can easily succumb to a sort of nicotine overdose. Similar to an allergic reaction, symptoms like shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, nausea, headache, and a general feeling of being sick or unwell. Nicotine overdose can be extremely dangerous. If you experience these symptoms, you should stop vaping immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
Stop Using E-Liquids That Make You Feel Unwell
Your body knows what works for you and what doesn’t. Listen to it! If you are using an e-liquid that makes you feel unwell or sick, you should seek a cleaner alternative. E-liquids that are free from propylene glycol, artificial flavorings, sweeteners, colors, additives, and other junk ingredients often are the solution that vapers are seeking. With high-quality, USDA certified organic, MAX-VG e-liquids available, you are bound to find that perfect flavor to replace what you are using.