You’re driving along by yourself, chilling with the flavor of your favorite e-juice. Some sweet tunes are coming through the speakers, or maybe it’s the voice of your favorite talk radio show host. The windows are down.
You’re in your world. Your element. This is the way it was meant to be.
Sound familiar? Or maybe enticing?
There’s nothing like creating just the right atmosphere to add to the enjoyment of vaping your favorite e-juice. But while the overall experience is important, it’s the quality of the product itself that makes such an experience possible in the first place.
After all, no one keeps going back to eat at a restaurant that has a great vibe but makes lousy food, do they?
Ensure that you can continue enjoying great vaping moments by exclusively using e-liquids of the finest quality. The makers of these brands are those that have followed stringent standards from the very beginning.
At the Source of Vaping Pleasure
Satisfaction. Relaxation. Flavor. A good vape may represent many things to you. But none of these should ever be at the expense of quality.
The meaning of “quality” varies, but in terms of e-juice, ingredients that have been verified for their quality or purity are essential for helping you achieve a strong and lasting peace of mind. That’s where vaping enjoyment really starts.
What constitutes a quality e-juice ingredient? Let’s look at some of the processes and ingredients that earn an e-liquid that distinction.
The best e-juices undergo thorough and complex testing, both at the development and production stages. The end product will reach or even exceed the minimum quality standards put forth by the top organizations in the industry. It’s crucial that any e-liquid testing be done by reputable, independent labs. Testing can sometimes take more than 12 months, but an e-liquid maker committed to quality considers it a worthwhile investment.
A hallmark of quality e-juices is that they are manufactured with food flavorings that are approved for ingestion by humans, in accordance with Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA/GRAS) standards. Every ingredient the maker uses — whether it be flavorings, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, or nicotine — should be United States Pharmacopeia (USP) grade. All ingredients should be mixed in a modern, ISO-rated clean room environment.
Nicotine isn’t a given for e-juices, but for those that do have it, having a quality base should be. Reputable makers use a nicotine base that meets or exceeds Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), which are minimum standards issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
These manufacturers will put their products through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR), High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), and a variety of other advanced testing methods to confirm their nicotine concentration.
No Diacetyl or Acetyl Propionyl
Let’s get it out in the open: No e-liquid maker that’s concerned with quality or customer safety allows even traces of these ingredients to be present in their products. Both have been associated with popcorn lung and other respiratory ailments, and having them in an e-liquid — however pleasant a “buttery” flavor they may add — is now considered unacceptable.
Diacetyl and acetyl propionyl (sometimes referred to as “2,3-pentanedione”) can be safely ingested, but, when inhaled, can potentially compromise the health of the user. Companies like Halo provide American-made e-liquids that are independently lab tested and verified as being free of both diacetyl and acetyl propionyl.
“Made in USA”
E-liquid makers that are deeply dedicated to providing quality products will always procure the
ingredients from well-known suppliers that are based in the United States. The fact is, it’s extremely difficult to confirm the quality of ingredients that come from other countries. Manufacturing standards, where they exist, can vary widely, and may not be stringently enforced by the local authorities. So always look for “American made” on the label.
There’s Quality in Numbers
E-juice makers that are affiliated with recognized organizations such as the Vapor Technology Association (VTA), for example, are also associated with quality products. The VTA is a consortium of industry players ranging from e-liquid and vaping hardware makers themselves to resellers to small business owners.
The organization has taken on a leadership role within the vaping industry by helping to develop new technologies that benefit public health, as well as seeking to advance responsible public policies, regulations, and the highest safety standards. Find out if your e-juice maker is a member.
Know How to Have a Good Vape
Whatever a good vape means to you, paying close attention to the quality of your e-juice can greatly enhance that experience. Read the labels. Do a little research on manufacturers’ websites. These are key to emptying your mind of concerns and filling your world with transcendent flavor and tremendous clouds.