What is Propylene Glycol and What Are the Dangers?
As vaping steadily rises in popularity, its safety has become a topic of serious conversation among vapers and non-vapers alike. As with any new idea that involves ingesting a substance of any kind, people are asking a long list of hard-hitting questions. Is vaping safe? Can vaping harm you? As with anything, there is a lot of chatter – but being informed is your best option.
Many of the questions are well worth asking, and getting the answers can help you make an informed decision. Whether you are already a frequent vaper or you are considering trying it out for the first time, educating yourself is always a smart move. One of the topics at the forefront of the vaping conversation is e-juice and the nature of its ingredients.
Understandably, the public is curious about the content of the liquid that is inhaled by vapers.
Interestingly enough, vape juice isn’t the complicated cocktail of a mile-long list of ingredients that many people may imagine. Most vape juices actually contain only three to four ingredients:
The one ingredient on this short list that most people have questions about is propylene glycol, mainly because it isn’t a name that most of us are familiar with.
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What is Propylene Glycol?
Propylene glycol is a mostly tasteless, colorless liquid with a creamy consistency, and you may see it referred to as “propane-1, 2-diol” or even “PG” on ingredient labels and other sources. Propylene glycol is completely water soluble, which means that it will totally dissolve in water.
What is Propylene Glycol Made From?
Making propylene glycol is a three-step chemical process, with each step being responsible for producing a different, useful byproduct. Propylene glycol is the third product in this string of chemical actions, created through a hydrolyzation process.
What is Propylene Glycol Used for?
Propylene glycol is a very common ingredient in a large number of products that we use every day. Because of its high efficiency as a solvent, propylene glycol can be found in a number of topical products. Another common product that counts propylene glycol among its ingredients is medication, many of which use the chemical as a way to support your body in the efficient absorption of the active ingredients.
You can also find it in a variety of processed foods. To give you an idea of the prevalence of propylene glycol in your everyday supermarket, here are just a few of the items that use it: flavored iced tea, hand soap, deodorant, toothpaste, salad dressings, pre-made cake frostings, and even ice cream. In vape juice, propylene glycol is used to generate a smoother smoke, as well as to contribute to the flavor.
What are the Side Effects of Propylene Glycol?
The effects of propylene glycol are still being studied, with many scientists unable to come to a solid agreement about its safety level. The studies that do label it as a harmful ingredient are normally testing the ingestion of massive amounts, which is going to be the case for most chemicals that are taken in a huge dose. Also, keep in mind that ingesting a lot of propylene glycol when vaping is very difficult and rare.
That being said, there are a few conclusions that have been drawn so far about the side effects that you might notice from propylene glycol. Most commonly, possible itchiness and skin irritation are reported. Some people have an allergy to propylene glycol, and ingestion and inhalation can cause a mild allergic reaction.
Overall, propylene glycol is “generally considered to be a safe chemical,” according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. This is especially true when you compare it to ethylene glycol, a compound that is used for many of the same purposes. Ethylene glycol is considered a poison, and ingestion requires serious medical attention. Because of the danger of ethylene glycol, propylene glycol is often used instead.
Be an Informed Shopper Today
Now that you’ve learned more about propylene glycol, you have the information you need to make the right decision for you. VaporFi offers a high-quality selection of vape juices, each made with our trademark commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. You can browse our selection of pre-formulated flavors and blends and choose from mouth-watering flavors like Berry Limeade, Classic Tobacco, and Deep Fried Apple Pie. Or, if you’re feeling creatively inspired, design your own custom blend.
The VaporFi team of experienced professional is always here to answer any questions you may have about vape juice or other vaping products. Whether you are wanting to know more about e-juice ingredients, or looking for help finding the right e-juice for you, we invite you to shop our products or contact us today.
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Gianna Del Monte is the Brand Manager at VaporFi. She has been in the vaping industry since June 2015 and has extensive experience in successfully managing and marketing a variety of new vapor product launches. Originally from New Jersey, Gianna has lived in the Miami area for the last 5 years.