If you are concerned about switching to electronic cigarettes due to all the rumors regarding what kind of chemicals and ingredients are used to create the vapor, then you will want to keep reading. Below you will find the top ingredients found in electronic cigarettes as well as a few of the 599 additives that are known to be added to tobacco cigarettes. After reading this article, you will be able to make an educated decision on whether you should switch to electronic cigarettes.
Electronic Cigarette Ingredients
Each manufacturer is a bit different however, the most common ingredients found in electronic cigarettes include:
- acetyl pyrazine – flavor and aroma
- ethyl maltol – flavor
- glycerin found in pharmaceutical products
- propylene glycol – food preservative
- menthyl acetate – flavor and aroma
- vegetable glycerin – solvent, sweetener, and preservative for food products
Tobacco Cigarette Ingredients
In 1994, the United States Department of Health and Human Services stated that five major tobacco companies reported there are 599 additives present in their tobacco cigarettes. The five companies that provided the report include:
- Philip Morris Inc.
- American Tobacco Company
- Liggett Group Inc
- Brown and Williamson
- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
One must realize when looking over the list of ingredients that some of the chemicals are approved as additives for food however, none was tested to see the effects of burning. When these chemicals are burned, it changes the properties of the chemicals and when burned in the form of a tobacco cigarette releases 4,000 chemical compounds.
Instead of providing the entire list of all 599 ingredients, this will just be an overview of a few of the harmful chemicals that are found in tobacco cigarettes.
- Acetic Acid – is a weak acid but in concentrated form is corrosive and attacks the skin, that is mainly used in the production of polyvinyl acetate for wood glue and cellulose acetate for photographic film
- Acetophenone – used as a precursor to resins such as adhesives and inks
- Ambergris Tincture – often used in the creation of perfumes but originally is found floating on the sea or washed up on beaches. Ambergris is a substance created in the digestive system of sperm whales
- Ammonia – a colorless gas that is often used as a household cleaning solution
- Ammonium Hydroxide – has various uses including in the furniture industry to stain wood that contained tannic acid
- Benzaldehyde – a colorless liquid used to confer almond flavor; however, it has been classified as a hazardous substance in a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Benzophenone – often used in UV-curing applications to prevent ultraviolet rays from causing damage to colors and scents in perfumes
- Benzyl Alcohol – often used as a solvent for paints and lacquers as well as a preservative
- Butyl acetate – used as a solvent for the production of lacquers
- Caffeine – a known stimulant drug
- Cellulose Fiber – are fibers from plants that are used in the creation of polyester, nylon, and artificial silk
- Farnesol – often found in essential oils as well as a natural pesticide for mites
- Nonanal – often found in perfume and flavors that has recently been discovered to attract mosquitoes by the University of California during a clinical study
- Rum – a distilled alcoholic beverage
- Sclareolide – often used in fragrances, recently it is being marketed as a weight loss product but no evidence has been reported at this time to support weight loss.
The above list is only a few of the additives that the tobacco companies reported are being added to cigarettes. The list is long with many of the chemicals being used for a variety of manufacturing products from glues to fragrances to pharmaceuticals.
Mikey A, a full time author in health and addiction related subjects.