Electronic Cigarettes: Is the nicotine found in e-liquid harmful?

Did you know that there are more than 250 dangerous chemicals in a single traditional cigarette? Compare that to the limited number of ingredients in an electronic cigarette, and the difference becomes immediately obvious. Electronic cigarettes only include nicotine, water, propylene glycol and glycerin. Propylene glycol is perhaps best known for being present in mouthwash, and glycerin is already found in a variety of safety-tested beauty products. Many e-cigarette users understand the safety of those components, but they worry about the nicotine content in the e-cigarette liquid.

Should you be worried about overdosing on nicotine while using an electronic cigarette?

The answer is a resounding “no.” As long as you are using the e-cigarette appropriately – vaporizing the liquid instead of drinking it by the liter, for example – you do not have any reason to worry about nicotine poisoning from e-cigarette liquid. It is important to remember that nicotine is a stimulant that can be dangerous in large doses, but e-cigarette users will not encounter such massive amounts unless they intentionally ingest the entire liquid in cartridges.

Some consumers worry about small droplets of e-cigarette juice that might end up on their lips while they are smoking. The minute amounts of nicotine in those tiny droplets will not cause serious side effects.

Can an e-cigarette deliver dangerous levels of nicotine?

White Cloud XX strength products contain about 5.4 percent nicotine per volume. That means that there is 5.4% of nicotine PVB (percentage by volume) in a 1 milliliter juice cartridge. Unlike traditional cigarettes, however, only a fraction of that nicotine actually ever reaches a user. That is because the majority of the liquid is not absorbed by the end user.

Traditional cigarettes have an efficiency rate of about 14 percent; that means that a smoker would be able to absorb about 14 percent of the total nicotine in the cigarette. However, we suspect the absorption rate of nicotine by e-cigarette users, is even lower.

To put this in perspective, you would have to consume 500 ml of nicotine to experience ill health effects. A single juice cartridge for our e-cigarette model contains only 5.4% nicotine, and those cartridges are designed for extended use. That means that you would probably have to smoke upwards of 15 to 20 full cartridges in a row in order to experience even minor ill health effects.

If you end up with e-cigarette juice on your lips, you may experience an unpleasant taste, but you should not be alarmed.

If you notice that your e-cigarette is leaking flavored liquid, you can likely fix the problem by simply taking several short puffs. If you continue to experience problems, contact our White Cloud customer service representatives to find out about obtaining a replacement unit.