For those of you who haven't heard, we recently had our "official" Grand Opening on 5/14/2011. One of the local TV news stations showed up to cover the event. If you didn't get a chance to see the story, you can view it HERE
The report was a good piece until the last 10 seconds, when the reporter decided to throw in the FDA's agenda. This has spawned many questioned from our customers about what is in the liquid, and if there actually are "several toxic chemicals".
Since 2009, the FDA has been trying to eliminate e-cigarettes from the U.S. market. They determined that the devices needed to be regulated as new drug devices for the treatment of nicotine addiction (also known as smoking cessation). All along, ecigarette manufacturers, distributors, vendors, and users have contended that they should be treated as a an alternative to smoking.
The goal of the FDA was to show that ecigarettes are worse, or at least as bad for you as smoking traditional cigarettes. So they began seizing shipments that were inbound to the U.S. distribution channel, and started testing the contents of the e-Liquid.
In only a very few samples, they found minute traces of DEG (diethylene glycol - the main ingredient in anti-freeze which is known to be toxic). While we at Vapin' in the Cape believe that there should be ZERO DEG in any e-Liquid, the generally acceptable level is 0.2% In the FDA findings, they found one sample at 0.2% and another at 0.21%.
The WINK TV reporter was correct in stating that the liquid found in "some" ecigarettes was found to contain this toxic chemical. This sample was of a PEG400 based e-Liquid. Vapin' in the Cape does NOT use any PEG400 based e-Liquids. We are told that DEG is a by product of making certain custom flavors with PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) base liquid. We have steered clear of any PEG based e-Liquid to protect our customers.