The vape industry is booming. In 2014, Oxford Dictionary named “vape” the word of the year. Last year, Wells Fargo estimated that the vape industry was worth 2.5 billion dollars and growing. New entrepreneurs are entering the market daily, especially eliquid manufacturers.
Starting a new business in a new industry can be a bit trickier than usual. Standard steps such as branding, marketing and sales must balance with ever changing regulations. One thing is clear: eliquid companies need to test their eliquids for nicotine accuracy and harmful ingredients.
We expect our purchased eliquid to be the strength specified on the bottle. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
You may have experienced nicotine discrepancies when the throat hit of one brand’s advertised 6mg feels much stronger (or weaker) than another. Testing for nicotine accuracy eliminates these inconsistencies across brands.
It’s vital to keep in mind that vaping is tobacco harm reduction. It reduces the risks and harms but does not remove them completely. Currently, two chemicals found in some flavor components have been found to be detrimental when inhaled: diacetyl and acetyl propionyl (2,3-pentanedione). Although levels of diacetyl found in eliquid are 110 times lower than analog cigarettes, the further we reduce harm, the better.
Every eliquid manufacturer should test their liquids for harmful ingredients. If present, manufacturers should disclose it on their labels if not removing them completely. At that point it’s up to the consumer to decide. Transparency gives vapers the information to make a choice for themselves.
Submitting samples to a lab is inexpensive and straightforward. The entire process can be completed in a as little as 10 business days. Manufacturers that would like more information on testing can contact Enthalpy, the first contract research organization, worldwide, accredited to the 17025 Standard for the analysis of nicotine in e-liquids.
Support eliquid companies that test their liquids, publish the results and do their part in keeping our industry moving forward.