In an incredibly bold and presumably very expensive move, Vaporshark have taken it upon themselves to lab test every brand of 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:
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 http://www.ecigarette-research.org/ 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.
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 – https://thegrumpyvaper.com/the-vaporshark-lab-testing-saga-continues-a-roundup-of-the-latest-news/