‘NICOTINE-FREE’ E-LIQUIDS CONTAINED NICOTINE

The TGA has warned consumers about dangers associated with purchasing electronic cigarette liquid, following a study which found harmful ingredients

This week the Medical Journal of Australia published an article by Emily Chivers, Maxine Janka, Peter Franklin, Benjamin Mullins and Alexander Larcombe, which reported on the analysis of “nicotine free” e-liquids.

The authors purchased 10 e-liquids in a variety of brands and flavours, all of which purported to be nicotine-free. These were bought online and over the counter from Australian suppliers.

“None disclosed ingredient information beyond vague reporting of the excipient mix and the absence of nicotine,” the authors wrote.

They had the liquids analysed quantitatively by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC‐MS) in a commercial laboratory.

Six turned out to contain nicotine; in three, the levels (1.3, 1.4, 2.9 mg/mL) were comparable with those of commonly available low dose nicotine e‐liquids.

Nicotine-containing liquids may not be legally sold in Australia.

The authors warn that the presence of nicotine in the “nicotine free” liquids had “important implications for additions and health”.

Sixteen known chemicals were identified, plus seven which could not be quantified.

“Of the other chemicals we detected, 2‐chlorophenol, classified as acutely toxic by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, was identified in all e‐liquids,” they write.

Read more at https://ajp.com.au

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