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Diacetyl in e-liquid, should we be afraid?

The news over the weekend that Diacetyl has been found in some e liquid is not good. The media has pounced on this with absolute glee coming so soon after the announcement from the WHO and their take on e cigs, and understandably many vapers will be feeling worried.

 

For those of you that have not read the papers or been on Twitter over the weekend, a TV programme called Inside Out has investigated e-cigarettes with part of that investigation being the purchase of 4 bottles of e liquid; which they then had tested.

 

3 were fine and safe to vape.

 

1 contained Diacetyl.

 

So, what does this mean and just how afraid should we be?

 

Diacetyl is a chemical used in the food industry to give a buttery flavour. It’s absolutely fine and dandy to eat, but to inhale it is another question.

 

Diacetyl arises naturally as a by-product of fermentation and cultured cream, cultured butter and cultured buttermilk owe their distinct flavour in part to Diacetyl.

 

Diacetyl though has been associated with a lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. This is a rare and serious lung condition, with some sufferers needing a lung transplant. It is often referred to as ‘popcorn lung disease’ as it was discovered after some popcorn factory workers that had been inhaling Diacetyl over a long period presented with it.

 

Diacetyl is hazardous if heated and inhaled over a long period.

 

So what else do we know about this, especially in relation to electronic cigarettes?

 

Dr Farsalinos has done some research (link at the bottom) specifically looking for Diacetyl in e-liquid, and he presented his findings at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw earlier this year.

 

Taking 159 refill e-liquids and concentrate flavourings from 36 manufacturers spread across 6 European countries, he wanted to see if Diacetyl was delivered to the vaper. If it was, he wanted to then measure the average daily exposure to Diacetyl, as compared with the respective NIOSH defined safety limits. For this research Dr Farsalinos assumed an average consumption of 3mls of e liquid per day per user.

 

The results were worrying, with 74.2% of the sweet e-liquids containing some levels of Diacetyl.

 

But this is where we need get our perspective goggles on and remove much of the fear, but admittedly not all of the concern.

 

Dr Farsalinos concludes – “ Diacetyl was found in a large proportion of sweet flavoured e liquid, at levels higher than the strictest safety limits, but significantly lower compared to smoking.”

 

Between 10 to 100 times lower than smoking.

 

Now this doesn’t make e cigs perfect, and it doesn’t make it all OK; it does though put the Diacetyl in perspective, as e cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes.

 

But there is still more that can be done to eradicate Diacetyl altogether.

 

This is an avoidable risk.

 

All the companies that tested positive for Diacetyl were contacted, all of them can (and should have) put in place methods to prevent this from ever occurring again, and simple batch testing with the removal of certain ingredients will eliminate this problem.

 

This proves yet again why it is vital to buy your e liquids from a reputable e-liquid manufacturer that does due diligence.

 

TECC, via TW has the majority of its e-liquid manufactured in house, in the UK and USA to ensure that we provide the best e-liquid we can. Managing the risk of Daicetyl is about simple control of ingredients. We manage our concentrate specifications such that we define and manage the range of ingredients and related constituents in all our flavourings. There are a number of flavours that we will not stock as we are unable to develop these flavours whilst maintaining acceptable composition. We are confident our fluids do not contain Diacetyl, if ever we became aware of any fluid containing Diacetyl at any levels that could cause any harm these fluids would be removed from sale immediately and the product recalled. As a statement of our commitment, all TECC concentrates which are used within our fluid production will be sent for immediate independent analysis to provide an absolute datum for our customers to gain the assurance of safety they should expect from our company.

The link to Dr Farsalinos’ study: http://gfn.net.co/downloads/2014/posters/122%20Farsalinos%20%20-%20DA_AP.pdf

 

 

 

Vaping smells, are they offensive?

Having just read what I found to be a well written and amusing blog post about vaping, it made me stop and pause for thought….

 

Does my vaping smell offensive?

Vaping smells, are they offensive?

Vaping smells, are they offensive?

 

As a now ex smoker, I do revel in the delights of fragrant aromas and my re energised taste buds are having a pretty good time too, but do others appreciate this? Do others appreciate my clouds of strawberry cream?

 

Now smoking, that’s a no brainer. To a non-smoker and a newly (probably evangelised) ex smoker the smell of cigarette smoke stinks – plain and simple. We won’t go into the amateur dramatics that cigarettes smoke can provoke, all that arm waving and furious wafting, we’ll leave that for another day, but there’s not many non smokers that genuinely enjoy the smell of cigarette smoke.

 

Is it the same for non-vapers and vapour?

 

The lady who wrote the amusing blog certainly feels this way. She wrote:

 

“In the case of restaurants and cafes, you are interfering with the food. Flavour is a combination of taste and smell, and with the smell of pina colada air freshener floating under my nose; I am having a hard time enjoying my coffee. Your bubble gum vapor is not welcome when I’m eating a grilled cheese. And — I may be overstepping my bounds here — but I really wish you wouldn’t exhale bacon flavored vapor around my beer. We’ve already established that bacon-flavored beer is pretty terrible. I know you can still smoke in a lot of bars, but I don’t go to those bars. Besides, that’s what the patio is for.”

 

I have been guilty of not giving much thought to this – I’ve been too busy enjoying my flavoured  e liquids to care too much about the oral or olfactory experiences of those around me. But because I think it’s nice, that doesn’t mean others will find it pleasant.

 

Said blogger was all for vaping, congratulating vapers that had switched, but I  think, on reflection, (while vaping coffee mocha and sipping my latte), that perhaps she may have a point?

 

If you are vaping in an enclosed space, and someone is giving you ‘that’ look that tells you instantly they are not pleased, perhaps you/we could, as the fab vapers that we are, politely ask them if the vapour is bothering them? And if so, maybe refrain until they have gone?

 

Link to blog mentioned: http://www.xojane.com/healthy/an-open-letter-to-the-person-smoking-their-e-cigarette-indoors

 

Does what you eat and drink alter the flavour of your e liquid?

Every body has a slightly different number of taste buds in their mouth, and some people have more sensitive taste than others. This individuality of taste will be one of the reasons why some flavours taste different to other people, and why you can get two completely different reviews about the same juice.

 

But when it comes to e liquid, there’s an added factor that depends upon what you eat.

 

Food, does it affect your vape?

Food, does it affect your vape?

This was discovered with a Gold Standard flavour.

One vaper posted that he loved Black Magic, that it was bob on, exactly as described – “ a black magical swirl of rich coffee, superior tobacco and dark dark chocolate.’

However, on the same thread another posted the complete opposite – they found it light and floral with sharp sweet notes, no hint of chocolate or coffee!

And this is the same flavour!

 

But it goes on….

 

Yet another could taste the tobacco and coffee, but not the chocolate. So is this simply a case of taste buds being different? Well no, not all of it. It’s also to do with what you eat and drink.

What was going on with the guys that couldn’t taste the coffee?

They were drinking buckets of the stuff. They stopped coffee for a few days and switched to tea, and lo and behold, they could taste the coffee flavour. And then bizarrely adding more or less sugar to their tea made a difference to the chocolate flavour!(?)

Another forum member posted that they adored liquorice and ate a fair amount, so were very excited when their GS liquorice fell through the letter box – the result – YUK! Nothing like liquorice they said. Why? Because they eat it all the time and their taste buds had adjusted.

 

So, next time you check out a flavour review and fancy buying a new flavour – just have a double think about what you eat and drink, and how it may or may not interfere with the taste of your vape.

 

 

Do the flavours used in e-liquid reduce or increase the likelihood of people migrating to smoking?

One of the hue and cries amongst those wanting e-cigs to be banned is that they are a gateway product. The argument is that people, especially children, will be lured by the array of flavours, become addicted to the nicotine, and then start smoking tobacco cigarettes. This it seems is the number one reason the anti smoking lobby have for wanting to reduce e-liquid flavours down to just tobacco and menthol.

But this isn’t reality, and I can point you to hundreds of post on various forums where people are swearing blind that once they started vaping, they then tried a cigarettes for whatever reason, and the taste was so disgusting, they threw the cigarettes away, usually half smoked.

These are folk that used to smoke 20+ cigarettes a day and enjoy it.

Dave Dorn explains it really well in this video post of his.

But let’s take this further, and lets look at some actual research. This was not a large study admittedly, 288 teenagers involved, and we have to be aware that the study was paid for by the American Cancer Society.

Out of the 288 teenagers in the trial, not one of the non- smokers had tried an e-cig. And of the ones that had tried an e-cig, they were already smokers.

When these teenagers were asked if they would try an e-cig, 67% said yes, but lets’ remember they were asked, and they were teenagers – young people out to experience life. Let’s also note that the older they were, (above 13yrs), the more chance there was that they would say yes to trying one.

Next the researchers looked at the enticement of flavours – and they found that flavours did not increase the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to teenagers.

What they found was this:

Being a smoker was the strongest predictor of willingness to try an e-cigarette. Even after controlling for other statistically significant correlates, the odds of a smoker being willing to try an e-cigarette were 10 times the odds of a non-smoker.”

So it looks like if anyone is going to try an e-cig, chances are they are already a smoker.

It doesn’t happen the other way round.

 

 

Evolution of the Mini and Super: What’s New and How it Affects You

We recently told our newsletter readers about an update to the ever-popular Mini and Super e-cigarettes. In case you missed it – both devices have been given a makeover and will now make use of cartomizers instead of a separate atomizer and cartridge.

We know that the Super and Mini have been two of our longest serving products and for some customers this change might cause some concern – but fear not. The new cartomizers systems present a number of added advantages which we hope you will find to both beneficial and an improvement to the previous cartridge based ranges.

For those still wondering, what exactly is a cartomizer when it’s at home? Well the clue can be found in the name – a cartomizer is a combination of a cartridge and an atomizer. The older Mini and Super e-cigarettes consist of three detachable items – a battery, an atomizer and a cartridge. The new cartomizer versions of the Mini and Super consist of only two – a battery and a cartomizer. The cartomizer doubles up to provide both the housing for the e-liquid and the atomizer heating element.

Some may be thinking of the old adage of ‘it wasn’t broke, why did you feel the need to fix it’?  A perfectly good question but with the Mini and Super being one of our oldest product lines and now well behind more recent additions such as tank systems from the ever developing world of electronic cigarettes, it was time to give these old war-horses some fresh legs. The new cartomizers are much larger in their liquid capacity with an overall increase of up to 75% on their cartridge predecessors. Did we mention that cartomizers are also refillable? By simply removing the cartomizer cap, liquid can be soaked into the wadding inside before you are ready to use your Mini or Super again.

So you took away my atomizer and gave me a cartridge that already has an atomizer inside and contains more liquid – that’s very nice but what else does it do? Well, exactly what it did before but more efficiently and without some of the common problems associated with separate cartridges and atomizer. No longer will you need to prime an atomizer before using your e-cig and similarly there would be no more worries about your last atomizer failing when you have a bundle of cartridges to get through and no spares atomizers available.  Not just that, cartomizers produce much richer and flavoursome vapour which is never a bad thing!

Whilst the original cartridge versions of the Mini and Super will be discontinued and no longer stocked, for those still using them we will still have cartridges and single atomizers available whilst stocks last. You also need not worry about batteries and chargers as the new ones use an identical connection so no need to buy an entirely new kit if you are still in doubt.

Remember that our customer service team are always here to help with absolutely any questions. We want our customers to feel assured that the changeover is a positive step for all Mini and Super users.  If you are an existing customer using a Mini or Super, give us a call and we will be happy to send a sample cartomizer for you to try with any order.

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