Are electronic cigarettes safe?
Of course, there are risks associated with using e-cigarettes - nicotine can raise your heart rate and have a few other side effects. These side effects are very similar to those associated with caffeine and compared to the harm caused by real cigarettes they present a far lower risk. Real cigarettes contain around 600 ingredients which, when combusted, change to over 3000; 76 of which are known carcinogens.
E-cigarettes contain 3 main ingredients, Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine (or PG and VG as they are more commonly known) which produce the vapour, and nicotine, which produces the throat hit or feel of smoking. A few flavourings are also added, which will vary depending on the type of e-liquid being used, bringing the total to an average of about 16 ingredients. None of the ingredients used are known carcinogens. There is no combustion in an e-cigarette; it is an electronic good, therefore the ingredients do not change chemically to create other more harmful ingredients.
Although nicotine is addictive, it is relatively harmless on its own, as are Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine, which are used in many products such as asthma inhalers and smoke machines. Since e-cigarettes were brought to market, many global tests, studies and reports have been published to prove the safety of e-cigarettes. A simple Google search will bring up plenty of results, or check out the UKVIA's industry news.
E-cigarettes cannot be considered truly safe due to their nicotine content and the lack of longer term studies (as they are still a relatively new product) means there is no long term scientific data to reference. Compared to smoking, however, they offer a large advantage as they do not contain tar, carbon monoxide, and all the other extremely harmful by-products of a tobacco cigarette.
Public health organisations are coming round to the importance of e-cigarettes as part of a broad tobacco control mix, with Public Health England stating that e-cigs are 95% less harmful than smoking.
Are electronic cigarettes regulated?
The TRPR includes rules surrounding the kinds of products vendors are allowed to sell (with restrictions on tank and bottle sizes and nicotine strengths), as well as limits on advertising. Records covering batch traceability and emissions testing are also required, among a number other things.
In addition, all e-cigarette vendors should have ROHS (The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and CE (Conformité Européene) certification for hardware, and this should be checked by Trading Standards.
Customer safety is of the utmost importance, and all electrical equipment sold in the EU is subject to these regulations so that chargers and batteries are deemed safe for use. An e-cigarette is subject to the same standards and regulations as all electrical devices sold in the EU, from phones to mp3 players.
E-liquid should also be CLP compliant and tested to confirm its contents.
JAC Vapour comply with all legal requirements and regulations.
Is your e-liquid safe?
CHIP (Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations) has been replaced by CLP (European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008) starting June 1st 2015. Compliance refers to the container and labelling used for the safe transport of a product. For further information on CLP regulation, see here.
In the case of JAC Vapour, this means that the bottles used for e-liquid comply with EU CLP regulations.
To meet these standards, JAC Vapour’s bottles feature the relevant safety symbols, and a child safety lid. In addition, the bottles themselves are manufactured using materials that are deemed safe for the storage of e-liquids.
CLP labelling needs to be independently assessed in order to ensure that they comply with all relevant regulation.
At the manufacturing end, nicotine bases and ingredients are tested prior to being used, to ensure that they meet product safety standards and that they are fit for human consumption. Production batches are then also tested to verify contents and percentages are all correct.
All e-liquid is labelled with a production or batch number and expiration date. EC labelling regulation according to ENICS: 200-193-3 is also complied with.
JAC Vapour is also bound by Weights and Measurements legislation and as a result test and log liquids to ensure stated quantities are correct and within the required tolerance.
JAC Vapour is known within the industry for its high quality products and the reputation of the company rests on it carrying out the due diligence listed.