All of the coverage of electronic cigarettes revolves around the use of e-liquid that contains nicotine, but is it safe to vape without nicotine?
All of the coverage of electronic cigarettes in national newspapers and online revolves around the use of nicotine-containing eliquids. Some users want to vape with nicotine-free juices and legitimately want to know whether or not these are safe to use. Here we will cover the facts about no-nicotine UK eliquid.
The UK Government, the NHS, and all reputable British public health organisations have all spoken out about how using vape liquid are “at least 95% safer” than continuing to smoke tobacco products. Cancer Research UK, the British Lung Foundation, and the British Heart Foundation all agree with Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians that the damage of smoking comes from the burning of tobacco – it creates thousands of toxic compounds, carbon monoxide and tar.
The other thing they all agree on is that tobacco-related diseases are caused by these chemical compounds and not by nicotine. This is the reason they are confident in supporting reduced-harm products such as e-cigs and e-liquid you can buy from UK vape shops.
But what about those people who want to gradually reduce their vape liquid nicotine content to zero? Many people question if nicotine-free vaping is a safe thing to do.
What might seem a strange concern at first glance is actually a reasonable thing to think about. Budget and premium vape liquid manufacturers must conform to exacting legal standards. All nicotine-containing eliquid sold by any UK vape shop must be thoroughly tested, registered with The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and not contain any banned substances.
But what about nicotine free vape liquid?
Currently, UK eliquid that has no nicotine doesn’t have to be tested or registered with the MHRA. While this could raise concerns, reputable brands have been testing their products anyway and premium vape liquid manufacturers use the same tested and registered base that they use in their nicotine-containing juices.
But, to give eliquid users more confidence, the law will change later this year as the UK government places new regulations on nic-free juices. All reputable brand manufacturers have already geared up for this.
Why would anybody want to use a nicotine free e-liquid?
Many believe that it is easier to quit vaping than smoking because it is possible to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine in the eliquid.
While most smokers begin vaping using 20mg nicotine salt vape juice, it is possible to swap to lower concentrations down to 3mg/ml. Quitting smoking has traditionally meant that smokers go from all to nothing, which is why experts believe they regularly fall back into tobacco use. Stepping down to zero nicotine makes the process much more manageable.
Vapers will then continue to use nicotine-free eliquid if they enjoy the taste, but also have the option to stop entirely without suffering from nicotine withdrawal.
So, in conclusion, the nicotine-free eliquid currently available is as safe to use as regulated nicotine-containing eliquids and is set to have similar regulations imposed on it by the end of 2021.