Here at Quick Nic Juice, we strive to be as transparent about what is in our e-liquid as possible. We use only the highest quality base ingredients that we can use.
Recently, diacetyl and acetyl propionyl have been a highly debated topic within the vaping community. With all that has been circulating, we would like to take the time to explain these chemicals to all of you.
Diacetyl, also called also called butanedione or 2,3-butanedione, is a chemical commonly used in the food industry to give a buttery flavor or aroma to a flavoring. Its most prevalent use was in the buttered popcorn industry as the base ingredient for the artificial butter flavoring. In terms of e-liquid, it is usually found in many custard, and cream flavors. Many times it is something that is already incorporated into the concentrated flavoring that is being used to produce the flavors. When inhaled in large amounts, diacetyl was found to cause severe respiratory problems including, dry cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and airway obstruction. This inflammation later was deemed "popcorn lung" due to its use in the popcorn industry. At the current point in time, there has been no study on the effect of inhalation of diacetyl through vaping.
Acetyl propionyl is similar to diacetyl, except it has a different chemical make up. It too adds a distinct buttery flavor and aroma. Many companies transferred to using acetyl propionyl to allow themselves to claim that they are diacetyl free. However, it has been shown that acetyl propionyl has the same effects from inhalation as diacetyl. Again, there are no proven studying on the effects of acetyl propionyl in e-liquid.
So, what does this all mean for you, our consumers and us as a company? First and foremost, we want you all to be aware that this is in our liquid. We want to educate as much as we can, and allow you to have all the facts you can about what you are using. Our goal is not to hide behind a cloak of secrecy. We are open and willing to admit that our flavors do contain these ingredients. However, we would like to make it clear that we do not intentionally add this to our liquid. These ingredients are present in the concentrated flavorings we currently use, but we do not add any on our end. Secondly, we are taking steps to find flavorings that do not contain either of these ingredients. We are constantly searching for new flavorings that are diacetyl and acetyl propinoyl free. Our goal is to continue to provide lab testing on flavors, to be as transparent as possible with you.
Below you will a PDF file containing the lab results from Enthalpy Analytics Inc, for seven of our very popular flavors. We have included the entire report, include the analysis dictating the levels of diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, and acetoin, the description of terminology and markings used in the report, and the chain of custody form for the samples.
We understand there is a lot of information included in this report, and it is not the easiest to understand if you are unfamiliar with terminology. But, we have had our lab manager thoroughly explain it to us, and simplify it.
The united of measurement used is micrograms per milliliter. To put that into perspective, lets convert the nicotine from on of our juices. If you are vaping one of our liquids that has 12mg of nicotine that can be converted into 12,000 micrograms of nicotine. So as you can see even our highest juice which tested at 205 micrograms/milliliter is an extremely small amount.
When you see the mark "J" next to a set of numbers, it means the amount of that substance within the liquid is below the lower limit that they can accurately test for, but they can make a reasonable estimate. If "ND" is listed next to the number, it means that the amount of that substance in the liquid is NOT DETECTABLE in the sample. This does not necessarily mean there is none in that sample, but there is such a small amount it can not be found
We hope this will clear up a little confusion on the diacetyl and acetyl propionyl scare. We are never going to tell you that our product is 100% safe, or healthier than cigarettes, because the fact of the matter is, we do not know the long term effects of it at this time. We can simply provide the evidence for you to weigh the benefits, and risks of the product, and make your own education decision. Again, we hope this helps clear up any confusion that you may have had. If you have any questions at all, please do no hesitate to contact us, or call us!