Scientifically speaking, the e-liquid of the e-cigarette is too basic. It is just made up of only four ingredients. However, what makes it challenging is the most complex components of it, the flavorings. Flavors or flavorings is actually a compound of multiple chemicals either from natural or artificial origin. Food flavorings do not differ from flavors of e-liquid. Some of it originated from natural sources and there are some that are artificially extracted from the natural ones as similar with the different scent products we use today.
Identifying the flavors of the e-liquid
Mixers or producers of e-liquid just only give a bit information regarding the sources of their flavors. Data about those flavorings has been protected by writing the words “natural” or “artificial” flavorings. Moreover, most of this e-liquid flavorings are self-proclaimed as FDA-approved.
The FDA statement on e-liquid is that they are categorized as safe for eating. But, they do not say that it is good for inhalation purposes.
Because of this statement, the flavoring component of the e-cigarette is noted as the great unknown.
Diacetyl, an example of the great unknown, is approved as being safe for consumption. It has a buttery flavor which is usually used in the popcorn industry. However, those who inhaled the said flavor had found out to have “popcorn lung disease”. Despite of the fact that this is not true for all most of the time, it is a clear evidence that not all of those safe for consumption is also safe for inhalation.
Natural vs. Artificial Flavors
The natural e-liquid flavorings also entail number of advantages out of the risks involve. The reason behind this is the lack of identification of it being the cause of respiratory illness as inhalation. However, the taste would also be an important aspect when choosing the source of e-liquid.
Artificial e-liquid flavors work by selecting the main elements of the natural source mixture to reproduce the taste. For example, keep it 100 blue slushie gives a candy flavor of blue raspberry. Well, it is somehow good, however in terms of tobacco flavorings, most doesn’t get the real tobacco taste. Basically, there are slight differences and aspects of tobacco flavors to be reproduced.
On the other hand, the natural e-liquid flavors has a taste that seem better. This is due to the fact that it is extracted from the natural sources and gives the natural flavor. Controversies beyond e-juice flavors are growing in numbers but still the choice is yours.