When you work in the e-liquid industry, you realise that there are always lots of changes. New products emerge, new types of electronic cigarettes are created and those who arenít in favour of vaping find new ways to demonise it. One of the big discussion topics at the moment is about nicotine salts but what are they and how do they work?
Thereís little doubt that e-liquids are now widely accepted as being a great way to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes and reduce the possible health risks. Public Health England has said that it is 95% safer than smoking and are recommending it as a way to stop smoking entirely.
One of the reasons that some people donít make the switch is because they donít feel like they get a big enough hit from the vaping liquid to satisfy their nicotine needs. Thatís where nicotine salts have come in.
To understand nicotine salts, hereís a quick lesson on nicotine itself. It is found in tobacco leaves amongst other sources and it comes in the form of salts. But the salts arenít pure nicotine Ė they contain other compounds too.
In order to make freebase nicotine that is used in cigarettes and in e-liquids, salts are stripped down by soaking them in ammonia. They then turn into gas-phase nicotine which is deposited into the lungs and travels to the brain quickly for that nicotine hit.
At first, it was thought that nicotine salts wouldnít work with e-liquids but some companies in the US have found a way by adding Benzoic acid. This lets the salts vaporise at a lower temperature and makes them more absorbable. This means they get into the blood quicker.
At the moment, there is limited research that has been carried out on vaping with nicotine salts liquids. That means most wholesale suppliers are a little cautious about offering these products until more tests have been done. But what are the pros and cons if you are considering using them?
At the moment, there is interest in the concept of nicotine salts but also some caution. Suppliers are looking to do more testing to ensure they are safe before offering to customers, so we will let you know what we find out.
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