Posted February 18, 2014 by Daniel Archibald-Jones in Information & Articles

What Ingredients Are In E Cigarettes?

Electronic Cigarettes have grown hugely in popularity since their introduction, but what exactly are the ingredients in them?

E cig devices are commonly promoted as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarette smoking and this is certainly true as the ingredients have very little in common with their traditional tobacco counterparts – gone are the many thousands of chemicals that are produced when burning a tobacco cigarette which includes all of those that can cause cancer.

Nicotine is the only common ingredient between traditional and electronic cigarettes – this tends to be available in different strengths including nicotine free ranges with the idea to wean the smokers off the traditional cigarettes, however the stimulant is not one of the harm-inducing ingredients associated with lung cancer in smokers.

Ingredients In E LiquidThe main centrepiece of e-cigs when it comes to considering the ingredients is just what is in the e-juice.

Mixed with the nicotine strength of desire and a whole range of possible flavours (which may include anything from tobacco, menthol or even chocolate to just about any fruit you can think of and possibly quite a few that at first don’t come to mind!), the e-juice usually features a solution of propylene glycol which is the main base ingredient that forms the e-liquid.

There is no taste to propylene glycol and hence any flavouring that is added to the mix will not be affected. The substance is a relatively thin liquid which helps prolong the life of the cartridge.

It is the propylene glycol that is responsible for providing the hit to the throat – however the ingredient is generally considered safe and has in fact been used in a variety of food, health and skincare products and other general household items for over fifty years.

In essence, all what the makers of the electronic cigarettes are doing is steaming up food products in order to create a vapour – after all, the use of the electronic devices is commonly referred to as vaping.

There is also a possible alternative ingredient to the propylene glycol that can be used in e-cigs in the shape of vegetable glycerine, which is sometimes substituted in order to provide a solution to those who have an allergy to the former substance. This is a natural ingredient derived from plants and is also commonly contained in many household products from shampoo to pet foods. The vegetable glycerine is of a much thicker viscosity than the propylene glycol and tends to have a mildly sweet taste.