Misinformation in vaping

Misinformation in vaping is a common thing. Usually its negative misinformation like “vaping will give you popcorn lung” (more on that bollocks here) or “people are dying from vaping”, when it turns out people are actually dying from vaping Pods filled with goodness knows what they bought off the street. In this instance vaping is purely the verb, like for example, people are dying from driving. No, people are dying from crashing. Driving won’t kill you on its own. Anyway, I digress…

Positive misinformation is just as bad if you ask me. People need to know what it is they’re doing and then they can make informed decisions on whether they really want to do it.

Here’s a post that gets circulated on social media regularly, often by people who should know better:

When people ask why you vape or when people say “there’s no proof it’s better for you”

Just look at the list of ingredients.

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List of ingredients in Eliquid 

•vegetable glycerin 

•propylene glycol 

•flavour concentrate 

•nicotine

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List of ingredients in a cigarette 

• Acetanisole 

• Acetic Acid 

• Acetoin 

• Acetophenone 

• 6-Acetoxydihydrotheaspirane 

• 2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine 

• 2-Acetyl-5-Methylfuran 

• Acetyl pyrazine 

• 2-Acetylpyridine 

• 3-Acetylpyridine 

• 2-Acetylthiazole 

• Aconitic Acid 

• dl-Alanine 

• Alfalfa Extract 

• Allspice Extract,Oleoresin, and Oil 

• Allyl Hexanoate 

• Allyl Ionone 

• Almond Bitter Oil 

• Ambergris Tincture 

• Ammonia 

• Ammonium Bicarbonate 

• Ammonium Hydroxide 

• Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic 

• Ammonium Sulfide 

• Amyl Alcohol 

• Amyl Butyrate 

• Amyl Formate 

• Amyl Octanoate 

• alpha-Amylcinnamaldehyde 

• Amyris Oil 

• trans-Anethole 

• Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil 

• Anise 

• Anise Star, Extract and Oils 

• Anisyl Acetate 

• Anisyl Alcohol 

• Anisyl Formate 

• Anisyl Phenylacetate 

• Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins 

• Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate 

• 1-Arginine 

• Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil 

• Ascorbic Acid 

• 1-Asparagine Monohydrate 

• 1-Aspartic Acid 

• Balsam Peru and Oil 

• Basil Oil 

• Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil 

• Beeswax White 

• Beet Juice Concentrate 

• Benzaldehyde 

• Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal 

• Benzoic Acid, Benzoin 

• Benzoin Resin 

• Benzophenone 

• Benzyl Alcohol 

• Benzyl Benzoate 

• Benzyl Butyrate 

• Benzyl Cinnamate 

• Benzyl Propionate 

• Benzyl Salicylate 

• Bergamot Oil 

• Bisabolene 

• Black Currant Buds Absolute 

• Borneol 

• Bornyl Acetate 

• Buchu Leaf Oil 

• 1,3-Butanediol 

• 2,3-Butanedione 

• 1-Butanol 

• 2-Butanone 

• 4(2-Butenylidene)-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One 

• Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil 

• Butyl Acetate 

• Butyl Butyrate 

• Butyl Butyryl Lactate 

• Butyl Isovalerate 

• Butyl Phenylacetate 

• Butyl Undecylenate 

• 3-Butylidenephthalide 

• Butyric Acid

• Cadinene 

• Caffeine 

• Calcium Carbonate 

• Camphene 

• Cananga Oil 

• Capsicum Oleoresin 

• Caramel Color 

• Caraway Oil 

• Carbon Dioxide 

• Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder 

• Carob Bean and Extract 

• beta-Carotene 

• Carrot Oil 

• Carvacrol 

• 4-Carvomenthenol 

• 1-Carvone 

• beta-Caryophyllene 

• beta-Caryophyllene Oxide 

• Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract 

• Cassia Bark Oil 

• Cassie Absolute and Oil 

• Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute 

• Cedar Leaf Oil 

• Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana 

• Cedrol 

• Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin 

• Cellulose Fiber 

• Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract 

• Chicory Extract 

• Chocolate 

• Cinnamaldehyde 

• Cinnamic Acid 

• Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract 

• Cinnamyl Acetate 

• Cinnamyl Alcohol 

• Cinnamyl Cinnamate 

• Cinnamyl Isovalerate 

• Cinnamyl Propionate 

• Citral 

• Citric Acid 

• Citronella Oil 

• dl-Citronellol 

• Citronellyl Butyrate 

• itronellyl Isobutyrate 

• Civet Absolute 

• Clary Oil 

• Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract 

• Cocoa 

• Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder 

• Coconut Oil 

• Coffee 

• Cognac White and Green Oil 

• Copaiba Oil 

• Coriander Extract and Oil 

• Corn Oil 

• Corn Silk 

• Costus Root Oil 

• Cubeb Oil 

• Cuminaldehyde 

• para-Cymene 

• 1-Cysteine Dandelion Root Solid Extract 

• Davana Oil 

• 2-trans, 4-trans-Decadienal 

• delta-Decalactone 

• gamma-Decalactone 

• Decanal 

• Decanoic Acid 

• 1-Decanol 

• 2-Decenal 

• Dehydromenthofurolactone 

• Diethyl Malonate 

• Diethyl Sebacate 

• 2,3-Diethylpyrazine 

• Dihydro Anethole 

• 5,7-Dihydro-2-Methylthieno(3,4-D) Pyrimidine 

• Dill Seed Oil and Extract 

• meta-Dimethoxybenzene 

• para-Dimethoxybenzene 

• 2,6-Dimethoxyphenol 

• Dimethyl Succinate 

• 3,4-Dimethyl-1,2 Cyclopentanedione 

• 3,5- Dimethyl-1,2-Cyclopentanedione 

• 3,7-Dimethyl-1,3,6-Octatriene 

• 4,5-Dimethyl-3-Hydroxy-2,5- 

Dihydrofuran-2-One 

• 6,10-Dimethyl-5,9-Undecadien- 

2-One 

• 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octenoic Acid 

• 2,4 Dimethylacetophenone 

• alpha,para-Dimethylbenzyl Alcohol 

• alpha,alpha-Dimethylphenethyl Acetate 

• alpha,alpha Dimethylphenethyl Butyrate 

• 2,3-Dimethylpyrazine 

• 2,5-Dimethylpyrazine 

• 2,6-Dimethylpyrazine 

• Dimethyltetrahydrobenzofuranone 

• delta-Dodecalactone 

• gamma-Dodecalactone 

• para-Ethoxybenzaldehyde 

• Ethyl 10-Undecenoate 

• Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate 

• Ethyl Acetate 

• Ethyl Acetoacetate 

• Ethyl Alcohol 

• Ethyl Benzoate 

• Ethyl Butyrate 

• Ethyl Cinnamate 

• Ethyl Decanoate 

• Ethyl Fenchol 

• Ethyl Furoate 

• Ethyl Heptanoate 

• Ethyl Hexanoate 

• Ethyl Isovalerate 

• Ethyl Lactate 

• Ethyl Laurate 

• Ethyl Levulinate 

• Ethyl Maltol 

• Ethyl Methyl Phenylglycidate 

• Ethyl Myristate 

• Ethyl Nonanoate 

• Ethyl Octadecanoate 

• Ethyl Octanoate 

• Ethyl Oleate 

• Ethyl Palmitate 

• Ethyl Phenylacetate 

• Ethyl Propionate 

• Ethyl Salicylate 

• Ethyl trans-2-Butenoate 

• Ethyl Valerate 

• Ethyl Vanillin 

• 2-Ethyl (or Methyl)-(3,5 and 6)-Methoxypyrazine 

• 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, 3-Ethyl -2 – 

Hydroxy-2-Cyclopenten-1-One 

• 2-Ethyl-3, (5 or 6)-Dimethylpyrazine 

• 5-Ethyl-3-Hydroxy-4-Methyl-2 (5H)-Furanone 

• 2-Ethyl-3-Methylpyrazine 

• 4-Ethylbenzaldehyde 

• 4-Ethylguaiacol 

• para-Ethylphenol 

• 3-Ethylpyridine 

• Eucalyptol 

• Farnesol 

• D-Fenchone 

• Fennel Sweet Oil 

• Fenugreek, Extract, Resin, and Absolute 

• Fig Juice Concentrate 

• Food Starch Modified 

• Furfuryl Mercaptan 

• 4-(2-Furyl)-3-Buten-2-One 

• Galbanum Oil 

• Genet Absolute 

• Gentian Root Extract 

• Geraniol 

• Geranium Rose Oil 

• Geranyl Acetate 

• Geranyl Butyrate 

• Geranyl Formate 

• Geranyl Isovalerate 

• Geranyl Phenylacetate 

• Ginger Oil and Oleoresin 

• 1-Glutamic Acid 

• 1-Glutamine 

• Glycerol 

• Glycyrrhizin Ammoniated 

• Grape Juice Concentrate 

• Guaiac Wood Oil 

• Guaiacol 

• Guar Gum 

• 2,4-Heptadienal 

• gamma-Heptalactone 

• Heptanoic Acid 

• 2-Heptanone 

• 3-Hepten-2-One 

• 2-Hepten-4-One 

• 4-Heptenal 

• trans -2-Heptenal 

• Heptyl Acetate 

• omega-6-Hexadecenlactone 

• gamma-Hexalactone 

• Hexanal 

• Hexanoic Acid 

• 2-Hexen-1-Ol 

• 3-Hexen-1-Ol 

• cis-3-Hexen-1-Yl Acetate 

• 2-Hexenal 

• 3-Hexenoic Acid 

• trans-2-Hexenoic Acid 

• cis-3-Hexenyl Formate 

• Hexyl 2-Methylbutyrate 

• Hexyl Acetate 

• Hexyl Alcohol 

• Hexyl Phenylacetate 

• 1-Histidine 

• Honey 

• Hops Oil 

• Hydrolyzed Milk Solids 

• Hydrolyzed Plant Proteins 

• 5-Hydroxy-2,4-Decadienoic Acid delta-Lactone 

• 4-Hydroxy-2,5-Dimethyl-3(2H)-Furanone 

• 2-Hydroxy-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One 

• 4-Hydroxy -3-Pentenoic Acid Lactone 

• 2-Hydroxy-4-Methylbenzaldehyde 

• 4-Hydroxybutanoic Acid Lactone 

• Hydroxycitronellal 

Make your choice…. !

So what’s wrong with this post?

First of all, it implies that chemicals are bad.

It always cracks me up when people describe a flavour as tasting like chemicals. I always think “of course it does mate, that’ll be because it’s made of chemicals”. Everything is made of chemicals. Even things that aren’t tangible, like feelings. They are purely a release of different chemicals in the brain. The sun turns hydrogen into helium via nuclear fusion. Chemicals. Oranges are made up of carotenoids, flavonoids, aldehydes and esters. Guess what they are… CHEMICALS!

Chemicals can be good or bad for you. The word should not be used as a derogatory term for something.

Secondly and I guess this is the biggest point, a lot of the chemicals in that list above can be found in the flavour compounds used to make recipes for e-liquid. Here’s a few obvious ones off that list that can be found in some e-liquids:

  • Acetoin 
  • Ethyl Alcohol 
  • Ethyl Vanillin 
  • Citric Acid 
  • Acetyl pyrazine 
  • Butyric Acid
  • Ethyl Maltol 
  • Ascorbic Acid 
  • Coffee
  • Ethyl Butyrate 
  • 3-Hexen-1-Ol 

In fact, there aren’t just 4 ingredients in e-liquid. There are 3 main ingredients – Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol and nicotine, but then there are lots of small amounts of chemicals like the ones listed above which make up the flavourings. There’s likely to be at least 30 of these in any e-liquid recipe. That’s not to say they are dangerous in any way, they are just the chemicals used to create flavourings.

I’ve seen that post above shared by vape company owners and mixologists alike and I always think to myself “how in the fuck did you get where you are without a basic understanding of what you are doing?”

Of course flavourings aren’t just made up of… flavour. What? Everything in the world is made up of chemicals but flavourings are made of… Magic!

I don’t think so.

With vaping being as new as it is and companies and governments so intent on fuckery, I implore you all to do your own research about what we are doing here. That way, when the bull shit boomerang comes back around you are armed with cold, hard facts to defend this hobby we have worked so hard to build.