Vaporshark Test Every E-Liquid They Stock – The Results Are “Severely Problematic” Says Dr Farsalinos

In an incredibly bold and presumably very expensive move, Vaporshark have taken it upon themselves to lab test every brand ofVS e-liquid they sell for potentially harmful diketones and have published the results on their website, giving their customers the chance to decide if they want to inhale chemicals such as diacetyl and acetyl propionyl.

Diacetyl (DA) is a chemical used in the food industry to give a buttery or creamy flavour and it’s absolutely fine and dandy to eat, but to inhale may be another question – it is believed to cause popcorn lung (bronchiolitis obliterans), a serious and irreversible condition in which the tiny air sacs in the lungs become scarred.

Acetyl propionyl (AP) can similarly cause severe respiratory hazard.

Here are some of the results Vaporshark have made available:

Alpha Vape – Sweet Tooth – DA 3.42 – AP 815ppm

Beard Vape Co. – #51 – DA 9.59 – AP 1843ppm

Cosmic Fog – Milk & Honey – AP 425ppm

Cuttwood – Sugar Bear – DA 1.95 – AP 468ppm

Cyclops Vapor – Colossus – DA 3.94 – AP 1042ppm

D Squared – Gritz – DA 8.08 – AP 520ppm

Hurricane Vapor – Papaya Milkshake – AP 484ppm

KILO – Tru Blue – DA 17.5 – AP 711ppm

Mr Good Vape – Dabble Dooyah – DA 4.74 – AP 243ppm

Must Vape – Pencil – DA 7.58 – AP 759ppm

Omega Vape – Santeria – DA 9.76 – AP 671ppm

Space Jam – Starship 1 – DA 8.84

The Vape Kitchen – Pineapple Whip – DA 14.7 – AP 12.0ppm

Traditional Juice Co. – Indian Giver – DA 12.86 – AP 1487ppm

It’s important to note that TGV hasn’t had time to go through all 42 brands that Vaporshark carry on the website, the above are a selection that I have chosen from likely high DA/AP content based on flavour profiles such as custards, bakery, creams, etc

If you so wish, you can go here to the Vaporshark website and read all the results from each e-liquid they stock:

You have to give Vaporshark huge amounts of credit for taking the time and massive expense to do these tests and giving their customers the chance of making an educated choice themselves when presented with scientific analysis, rather that the gossip we’ve had in past months surrounding a company like Suicide Bunny.

It is also important to note that Vaporshark’s own brand line contain no DA or AP, or at least undetectable amounts,

What Vaporshark have highlighted is that we need further regulation to the point where e-liquid manufacturers must get each of their e-liquids in their line extensively lab tested and those tests need to be standardised in labs across the world to ensure absolute fairness and accuracy.

TGV got in contact with Dr Farsalinos of earlier today to guage his opinion on the Vaporshark lab test results. I asked him if he could comment on the possible implications of exposure to DA and AP through vaping at the levels detailed above.

His response was stark:

“With the exception of two liquids Space Jam and Pineapple Whip, all samples are severely problematic.”

But that got me thinking. We all vape very differently and different amounts. I probably vape around 10mls per day, but I know a lot of us vape less, some of us vape a lot more. So, I got in touch again and asked him for clarification, again the response was incredibly worrying. Severely problematic with any level of vaping?

Dr Farsalinos responded, “Yes. Unless you know anyone vaping less than 1ml per day” and that the results are, “extremely worrying.”

I do not know anybody that vapes less than 1ml per day.

With this response in mind maybe it’s time Vaporshark made a stand, returned their stock and stopped selling these “severely problematic” e-liquids.

TGV hopes to update this article later with a response from Vaporshark.

This has now been updated with comment from Vaporshark, Cyclops Vaper and Dr Farsalinos here –

  • thedesigntailor

    What do these figures mean? What is an ok amount to see in a liquid?

    I have no idea if these are scarily high or mildly worrying.

    • Which is why I asked for comment from Dr Farsalinos – I’m no scientist.

      Basically, if you’re vaping over 1ml per day then you should be extremely worried about it according to him.

      • thedesigntailor

        Thanks for the reply

    • Karyyl

      There is an hour-long interview with him from a few months ago, ask about it in forums. I don’t remember. Basically, he said if you vape 3 ml/day, your DA should be 22ug/ml or lower, and the AP weighs twice as much per molecule as DA so the limit would be 44 ug/ml. But that is not to ADD! So if the DA is 8, then the AP must be under 28, so 8 + (28/2) = 8 + 14 = 22. Since then, the NIH has told him the levels could be a little bit higher because those were calculated for people who are resting and not breathing as much, but then again, since then a lot of people have started vaping more than 3 ml/day, so maybe it comes out in the wash.

  • Liam Bryan

    According to JoBo from UKV, commenting on a paper by Dr F (linked to in first post): “NIOSH TWA limit for daily inhalation:Diacetyl (DA): 65ug/day
    Acetyl propionyl (AP): 137ug/day”. So for Beard Vape above for instance 1843 ppm of AP would mean just 137/1843 (=0.07) ml of eliquid before you were above those limits. UKV thread here:

    • thedesigntailor

      Wow – thats scary

  • Alan Banks

    Interesting to read that Dr F feels that Spacejam and Pineapple whip are not problematic, even though some DA and AP was detected. Do we know at what levels the levels of DA and AP do become problematic?

  • Liam Bryan

    Yes, taking the figures below, if you vape 3mls a day amounts up to 22ppm of Diacetyl and 46ppm of AP keep you below the NIOSH limits.

  • Maddie Kennedy

    Sweet Tooth, Santeria and Sugar Bear…you will get a big “Wow” from me. I started vaping 3 years ago and the companies I bought vapor from at first were the “house liquid” stores with the high PG that literally “burned” my lungs when I vaped it. Those 2 Alpha Vapors were a couple of of the few I could inhale without any “pain” in my throat or chest so either this guy is lying or my lungs are.

    • Steve Baker

      You probably wouldn’t notice the DA or AP Affecting you, just because it’s not good for you doesn’t mean it burns your lungs or hurts to inhale it, In fact thats one of the rather insidious things about DA, That lovely soft buttery taste like warm popcorn is actually destroying your lungs…

      • jonuk76

        Yes I agree. Something like “PG sensitivity” you will know about straight away. I’ve vaped high PG stuff for years and have no problem with it. But some do. The harms suspected to be caused by AP or diacetyl are cumulative and likely to only be known after years of repeated exposure.

      • Maddie Kennedy

        OK. well, usually if a vape is bad I get instant feedback like coughing but I’m open to any opinions and information!

        • Yeah, that probably won’t be DA/AP that gives you a reaction.

  • jonuk76

    Thanks for writing this up and contacting Dr F. Nice work. It’s a brave move by Vaporshark but definitely a good one. My only worry is how many people will know how to interpret the analysis? Some are extremely high in AP. I think now this is all out there, the pressure on juice makers to improve their formulas will increase.

  • Generals Juices

    Great to see that Vapor Shark are following our lead by not only getting juices tested but also posting result on their website. We have independently tested almost our entire range and placed the results on our website. Our three new juices have all been tested pre-release too. We strongly believe that you can make great juices AND manage the harmful ingredients, as our test results have shown – all our juices are free from diacetyl and acetoin and the results confirm that.
    Generals Juices

    • Gav, this is great to hear. It seems in the UK our larger brands are very pro-testing whereas in the US they seem somewhat shy of going the extra mile.

      Would you agree with that?

    • Blog Dog

      Because you guys test your juices, I would definitely be interested in buying your juice. However, I vape 36 ml and you don’t offer this strength.

      • jonuk76

        Could use a more powerful device! I used to use 36mg years ago but don’t have the need now – it would be very harsh on most current hardware I reckon.

        • Blog Dog

          It’s not just the power of the device. I use 36 strength to enable me to get the hit I want without having to inhale large quantities of vapour. Until there is better toxicological information about the various flavours, I’d rather inhale as little as the stuff as possible. I believe this is also the rationale of Dr Farsalinos for his use of high strength juices.

    • General, your juices are exceptional and although I knew about your rigorous testing procedure, I’m even more respectful of your approach now. Glad to hear you’ve got some new liquid in the pipeline also.

  • Thanks for this blog TGV 🙂 I am all for testing and I think EVERY e-liquid manufacturer should be doing it by now.

    I must also ask the question, “Are these levels less than what we find in cigarette smoke?” If so, this information needs to be highlighted. In most cases, the answer will probably be, “Yes.” and in those cases that the levels are indeed lower, I am more than fine with vaping liquids that contain lower amounts of DA or AP in them.

    On the other hand, this is important information and companies should be vigilant in disclosing this information immediately to their customers.

    I am extremely disappointed in both the US and EU/UK market that MORE testing is not being done as quickly as possible.

    • Cross blog pollination heaven!

      Thanks for your comments VMS.

      I’m on this already and will be updating this article, probably tomorrow now.

  • Would be interesting to know how these figures measure up against normal tobacco cigarettes. My guess is it’s lower.

    Still, juice manufacturers should look into minimizing the DA & AP content of their juices – or at the very least list it on the bottles so we can make an informed choice when buying liquid.