One of the latest e cigarette studies performed by the National Jewish Health in Denver has some bad news for vapers. The study looked at the effects of e liquid on what the researchers considered to be otherwise healthy cells. They extracted cell from non-smokers and used a device that would mimic vaping to introduce the cells to e liquid. Their conclusion was that e liquid itself can increase the level of viral infection in the cells after ten minutes of exposure. Even though it is not what we want to hear as vapers, it is important to give the research a closer look in order to better understand how vapor affects our bodies.
We cannot find a report from National Jewish Health or any other entity that is reporting on this study that really breaks down the findings. We do not know which liquids were used for testing, or which ingredients of the juices were responsible for the damage. They do report that even nicotine-free blends that were tested seemed to have the same result, so the ingredients that caused the damage would have most likely been propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin or one of the ingredients that comprised the flavorings. These are the basic ingredients in all juices, however it is important to note that some blends do include other elements.
As much as we do not like these findings we do think that, if they are confirmed, they could lead to improvements in liquids. Propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and the majority of flavorings used are already approved by the FDA for consumption in foods. It would be helpful to have the same process applied to individual ingredients. This would help to determine if juice blenders need to replace one particular element, or if it is in fact the cocktail of all these ingredients that does the damage. We would also like to hear what other researchers who took a look at the findings or performed similar studies have to say. We do love vaping, and findings like this are realistically more of a speed bump than a road block. They can present viable reasons to improve vapor, and truly make it the undisputed better option.
This also helps to justify the argument that we should all be looking at vendors who make their juices in the United States. A lot of the devices and juices that are currently on the market are made in China. China lacks the regulations and oversight will soon be required in the United States. As a result there are probably multiple vendors looking to put out juice as quickly as possible so that they can get it to market. They care about profit, not putting out a safe product. This attitude has long been associated with Chinese manufacturing, just look at the lead paint toy scare that surfaced just a year or two back.
We hope that research such as this drives improvement of vapor as opposed to fueling the opposition’s arguments. If reputable juice manufacturers incorporate scientific findings into their blend, we as vapers will benefit. We would love to see big names like NJOY E Cigarettes, South Beach Smoke and Mount Baker Vapor look into the conclusions provided by these researchers. We are not calling out any particular brand or saying that any of the brands that we mentioned sells unsafe liquid. We are saying that the Big names can take to the front lines to fight for all of us.