Until recently, the electronic cigarette industry and the nicotine-containing solution used to create the inhaled vapor weren’t regulated in the United States. A popular and growing product, e-cigarettes are widespread among younger consumers, especially with e-liquid flavors as diverse as Apple and Watermelon Menthol. Before regulations of e-cigs and e-liquids, there were close to 10,000 assorted flavors on the market.
In 2016, the FDA decided to regulate vaping and e-cigs much in the same way it regulates conventional cigarettes. It prohibited sales of e-cigs to those under 18, banned free samples, and created a lengthy process to bring vaping and e-cig products to market. While the FDA has started to go to great lengths to make things safer for consumers, there are still some e-liquids on the market that contain dangerous chemicals.
Due to the burgeoning nature of the e-liquid industry, the FDA doesn’t have extensive testing on many of the chemicals used in the formulas. As e-liquid manufacturers, it’s important to research your suppliers, test your products, and make sure any product you put out is safe for consumers. Here’s how you can keep your e-liquids safe for your customers.
Follow Current and Future FDA E-Cig Regulations
Whether you’re an e-liquid manufacturer, vape shop owner, or both, following the new e-cig FDA regulations is an important part of keeping your customers safe. Make sure never to sell to customers under 18 years old and keep your marketing targeted to adults. Producing flavors like bubblegum and other candy varieties can be viewed as an effort to market to children.
The FDA regulations are new and evolving, so keep track of them and make sure to follow their documented process when submitting new products for review. While the new rules will likely lead to fewer flavors and devices, it’s important that your products and e-liquids are safe and stand out. If you sell any products that you don’t manufacture, make sure they’ve been verified and are safe.
Chemicals Used in E-Liquids
One of the largest issues surrounding vaping, e-cigs, and e-liquids is the lack of research around the ingredients that go into the flavorings. E-liquids, or e-juices, are relatively unregulated because the FDA regulates chemical ingestion, not inhalation. Many chemicals that are safe when eaten can become dangerous (or more dangerous) when inhaled in volume.
To keep your customers safe, go above and beyond in regulating and testing your company’s e-liquid flavorings. A significant percentage of e-liquids contain unsafe chemicals like diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione, and the lack of ecig regulation and testing allows this unsafe practice to continue. Even for many manufacturers who claim their products don’t contain these chemicals, substantial amounts of diacetyl and 2,3, pentanedione can be found in their e-liquid products. These chemicals can help e-liquids taste buttery, but have been found to be dangerous when heated.
The other significant issue is whether to use propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin. While the FDA recognizes PG as safe for use in food, there is less known about its effect when inhaled. Vegetable glycerin hasn’t been studied as much as PG but is regarded to be a safe substance. Whether using either of these substances in your e-liquids, make sure to consult available research and determine what is safest for your customers.
Ensure the Safety of Your E-Liquid with Avomeen
To fully ensure that your products are safe for your customers, get your products tested in an e-liquid testing lab like Avomeen. We can validate the ingredients in your product and make recommendations about how to improve your product’s safety for consumers.