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3 Myths About E-Juice Debunked

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As a 3.5 billion dollar industry, electronic cigarettes can’t exactly be considered the new kid on the block, anymore. It is still a relatively new industry, though, and just as with anything new, there has been as much misinformation floating around as there is truth.

Some of this erroneous information is simply people parroting something they heard, while some of it is deliberate propaganda being spread by the Behavior Nazis of the world.

Luckily for you, we here at Highbrow Vapor believe that “The truth shall set you free.” So here you go, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

E-liquid Myth #1

E-liquid is just as dangerous as Tobacco, both contain nicotine.

True, some, but not all e-juice contains nicotine. It is not the nicotine in cigarettes that make them so dangerous though.


When a cigarette is ignited it releases 4000+ other chemicals besides nicotine. Tar is the one that everyone hears about, but the list also contains 100+ known carcinogens, as well as chemical compounds that have been associated with disorders ranging from Asthma to Alzheimer’s.


Provided you buy your e-liquid from a reputable dealer, it will be composed of 5 basic ingredients; all of which have been extensively studied and found safe, by regulatory agencies in the US, UK, and EU.

They are:

  • Water
  • Nicotine
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Propylene Glycol

E-liquid Myth #2

E-liquids contain antifreeze.

This oft repeated myth stems from the fact that Propylene Glycol is the common name of one of the main ingredients used to make e-juice and engine coolant. They are not the same chemical though.


The compound used in e-liquid is actually α-propylene glycol a form of Propylene Glycol that has been in use, as a preservative and filler, for over 50 years in products ranging from soft drinks and cosmetics, to cookies and Children’s Tylenol. It is completely benign and about as dangerous as tap water.

Engine Coolant

Engine coolant (Antifreeze) is manufactured from β-propylene glycol a very different and highly toxic compound also found in adhesives, solvents and laminates.

The two are related, just as oxygen and ozone are brothers, and just like them, one gives life and the other will take it away.

E-liquid Myth #3

Vaping with e-liquid is expensive.

This myth, has probably kept more people from transitioning to electronic cigarettes than any other, but only because they haven’t taken the time to crunch the numbers.


Depending on where you are located in the United States a pack of cigarettes will cost, on average, anywhere from 5.00 to 15.00 dollars, the difference being made up mostly of, your locals, tobacco taxes.

The AHA (American Heart Association) tells us an average smoker, smokes a pack a day. Taking the middle ground, we can safely say the average US smoker spends $10.00 a day on tobacco cigarettes or approximately $300.00 a month.


To start using e-juice, you will first need an open chamber electronic cigarette. A middle ground, refillable Mod will run you around $75.00

To replace a pack a day you will probably use 1, 30mL bottle of e-liquid a week, depending on its strength. This will run you about $15 a bottle from Highbrow Vapor.  So we have $75+ ($15×4) = $135.

The average US smoker will save $165 their first month and $240 every month after that. It makes that electronic cigarette seem much cheaper, doesn’t it?

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