Vaping, regulations and health: It comes down to what’s in the bottle
I’ve been asked why I sometimes sign off with the quote “It’s all about the juice”. The reason is simple, it’s because it is. Not only is it how we ultimately gauge satisfaction, but much of the medical research is focused on what’s in the bottle, and what if any, are the ingredients that could be harmful long-term.
As for vaping regulations, and those that draft and enforce them, what’s in the bottle offers up a plethora of ingredients, and far too often, an opportunity to disparage and or cast doubt upon them. The status quo is to promote uncertainty, at times even fear, and one could be forgiven thinking that the message is quite clear; the risks of inhaling e-liquids are equal to that of smoking.
See our post on e-liquid ingredients
For myself, the majority of current vapers, and those reputable members of science and medicine, the message is in fact quite clear. The fact is, vaping has been proven to be at least 95% safer. It’s also quite evident that many government and medical officials opposed to tobacco harm reduction, do in fact have an agenda.
Whilst I agree with a need for oversight, as well as regulation of our consumables, when it comes to e-liquid, there’s one major stumbling block, one group of ingredients that make it extremely difficult to be 100 % certain of any possible health risks long-term. Albeit these risks will always be considerably less than smoking.
Again, probably around 95 % less.
The Secret Sauce
Concentrated flavourings are the grey area, although they happen to be the same flavours we’ve been using for decades in our everyday food supply. Whilst they’re FDA approved, they’re not for inhalation, as it’s far too early for that. Their ingredients and formulas are one of the most closely guarded secrets of any industry. It can take years before a new flavour chemist is allowed inside the lab, and years after to get a peak at the recipes.
I seriously doubt that these formulas and at least some of the ingredients will ever be known by oversight and regulatory bodies, nor the FDA or The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
One flavour group that some are wary of
Flavours that fall under the classification of custard notes (for example Diacetyl) have some spreading concern, particularly if used excessively and long-term. Diacetyl-diketones-and-custard-notes. However, daily exposure to diacetyl from smoking is 750 times higher than exposure to diacetyl from vaping.
Irrespective of what flavours we vape, and due to the lack of combustion, one can be assured that as an alternative to smoking, not only is it safer, but it’s a means to drastically reduce or even eliminate the staggering yearly death toll.
I for one will lean toward optimism.
From The Table
It’s always about the juice..