Top Three Reasons Vapers Are Moving Away from PG

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Online searches for 100 percent VG e-liquids are constantly increasing and e-cig forums are overflowing with panicked inquiries about the safety of vaping propylene glycol (PG).

PG, a synthetic liquid substance derived from petroleum, is a main ingredient in most e-liquids, used as a carrier for the flavorings and often for nicotine, too. PG is largely responsible for the strong throat hit vapers experience, and does produce some vapor, though the majority is a result of the vegetable glycerin (VG). So why do more and more vapers prefer VG?

Woman Holding Up Vape Organics Branded Skateboard Reading “Vape in Peace”1. Pervasive Allergic Reactions

There is a pervasive sensitivity to PG sweeping the vape community, and detracting countless potential vapers. Reported symptoms include: sore throat, sinus irritation, nausea, hives, bronchoconstriction (constriction of the airways in the lungs, resulting in coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath), swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and even sore muscles.

Fortunately, there are 100% VG e-juices that new vapers and anyone experiencing the above symptoms can try instead. Most such products on the market would be suitable for anyone with a mild sensitivity to PG, as even if touted “100% VG,” this term is used to describe the contents of the base, regardless of whether flavorings or nicotine are carried in PG. We advise that if you have more than a mild sensitivity or simply want to completely avoid PG, look for e-liquid that’s described as 100% PG free, from suppliers that can truly guarantee the chemical’s absence (for example, Vape Organics e-liquids are USDA certified organic, which prevents the presence of PG). Read more about our ingredients here.

Hands Holding the word “SAFE” - Safety Concerns Regarding PG2. Concerns About Safety

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified PG as an additive that is “Generally Recognized As Safe,” meaning it’s considered acceptable for use in flavorings, drugs, and cosmetics, and as a direct food additive, there is no determination about heating and then inhaling the substance. It has not been adequately studied with regard to its safety when inhaled deeply and repeatedly.

One study determined that airborne propylene glycol circulating indoors can induce or exacerbate, asthma, eczema, and many allergic symptoms. Another study helps us better understand the effects of PG when heated and has found that, when heated and vaporized, PG can form propylene oxide, which is a recognized carcinogen. However, the heating conditions utilized in the study are unrealistic for vaping; vaping does not reach the heat levels or duration of heat recorded in the study. Additional research is needed to accurately and conclusively evaluate the safety of the heating and inhalation of PG under conditions akin to those experienced when vaping.

3. Increased Demand for All-Natural Vape Juice

E-cigarettes just may be the foremost smoking cessation devices; most people who become interested in vaping are smokers attempting to better their lives by quitting cigarettes. Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals and more and more vapers are trying to get away from the inundation of chemicals into products used on a regular basis.

Vape Organics 100% VG E-Liquid Bottles - All Natural Vape Juice with No Chemical AdditivesThe study focused on diacetyl and acetyl propionyl that was recently released from Harvard is compromised; as Dr. Farsalinos points out in his response, the study failed to mention that diacetyl and acetyl propionyl are present in analog cigarettes in quantities that are 100 and 10 times greater, respectively, than those in a sample of e-liquids evaluated by Dr. Farsalinos in an independent study (Dr. Michael Siegel actually argues that cigarettes have 750 times the amount of diacetyl than that found in e-cigarettes). Nonetheless, we agree with Dr. Farsalinos that it’s best to avoid any and all unnecessary risk and abstain from such chemicals additives to our e-liquids. Our commitment to crafting e-liquids that not only have a 100% VG base but are 100% free of PG is for the same reason: harm reduction. As consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about synthetic chemicals in vapor products, opting instead for natural products, it’s important that they have choices they can truly embrace and enjoy.

By | 2017-06-05T16:29:49+00:00 February 25th, 2016|General, Industry Information|29 Comments

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  1. therewillbeblo0d February 29, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I agree with this. Pg opens too many windows for infections and disease. We all moved away from smoking to get away from the health risks

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reading! Indeed, we all moved away from smoking because we found a better option, and there are definitely superior options within our better option of vaping 🙂

  2. therewillbeblo0d February 29, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Risk for infection is the reason I’m moving away from pg as much as possible. That’s the reason I quit smoking cigarettes, was the health risks.

  3. Sam The Vaper March 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I hope the rest of the companies catch on. They, seriously, need to get rid of PG in their liquids. We need to inform them of this. For those of you reading this post, I hope you’re reading this, too. I will be sharing this blog post with every e-liquid company I know of, and you should, too! It’s your choice, though. If you want to get allergic reactions from vaping, be my guest. Haha!

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Sam, many thanks for caring about this important topic and for sharing our post. Raising awareness is our main prerogative! Vape in peace, Sam 🙂

  4. Brenda G. March 2, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I really appreciate this article. I tried to smoke a cigarette but didn’t get much into it. I do smoke socially -using vapes. I think I’m always looking for a healthier alternative and have to try this sometime.

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Hi Brenda, thanks for writing to us! Yes, we certainly hope you will give our products a try sometime in your quest to find the best alternative!

  5. Britney Nichelle White March 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I have always enjoyed vaping 100% and its very difficult to find an ejuice without pg. So thank you for catering to people like me!!!

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Hi Britney,
      Thanks for your feedback… We are so thrilled to offer you an option that meets your high standards! May you vape in peace!

  6. Paopao March 3, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Been reading a lot of this issue on PG mixture. Also been vaping 60/40 & 70/30 VG/PG ratio and i like it

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Hi Paopao, thanks for adding your thoughts to this mix! Have you ever tried 100% VG?

  7. Tyler March 3, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Is your vegetable glycerin palm based?

  8. Abi Adams March 3, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for the informative article. I haven’t had any adverse reactions to PG myself but I am always looking for products that are simpler and more natural. I like that you presented the facts and not just what would make your liquid sound superior. Vape in peace!

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Abi,
      Many thanks for reading and for your positive feedback! We are all about spreading information and raising awareness and if it can help someone, we feel fulfilled! If you ever hear someone having an adverse reaction to “vaping,” you’ll be able to offer them helpful advice about different options. Indeed, vape in peace 🙂

  9. Nathan H March 3, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I too find that PG can be irritating. Good for you guys for shifting your forumlas

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nathan, for reading! We have actually always been 100% free of PG 🙂

  10. Daniel N March 5, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I’ve always seen new concepts and an array of technology when it came to vaping, but I rarely come across an advancement in juice besides for flavor. Will VG be the future of vaping?! I certainly hope so.

    • Vape Organics March 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Daniel, thanks for reading! We feel everyone should have the option to vape whatever makes him/her feel BEST. Thanks for sharing your support for 100% VG e-liquids!

  11. Daniel P March 5, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

    High PG liquids have caused me sinus irritation and even lead me to stop vaping for a while. Took another swing at it with 80/20 and 90/10 VG/PG blends and have been vaping again with no issues. I think the introduction of SubOhm tanks capable of allowing high VG juices to wick well has been paramount in making this possible for me. I’ve never used a 100% VG solution but the MaxVG has been wonderful. Looking forward to trying out more and more products as the industry expands.

    • Vape Organics March 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading! Indeed, it is so exciting to watch the constant innovation in our industry. We would love to hear your thoughts or any differences you notice when you try 100% VG! Let us know! Vape in peace.

  12. denise low March 11, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

    This sounds very interesting. I will check into it more. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Amber Coniglio March 13, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I recently quit smoking weed in any form other than vapeing due to lung issues. This article is fascinating, I learned so much!

  14. Chad Henry March 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    pretty awesome that you actually do the research and apply it to your product

    • Vape Organics March 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Chad, for reading! We appreciate people who appreciate research 🙂

  15. Txema March 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Hi! Do you know any store in Mexico City who’s importing you e liquids?


    • Vape Organics March 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Txema! We do not have any retailers in Mexico, yet… if you have any stores you’d like us to reach out to, please let us know!
      Thank you for your interest 🙂 All the best to you, too!

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