I remember the thoughts when I first saw one of those electronic cigarettes in action, not to mention the obligatory puff myself to test the animal, left me with a unnerving feeling of blimey, what a golden opportunity for the secret administration of pharmaceutical toxins to all those vaccine dodgers, (sensible people) and what a superb piece of technology to make a lot of cash fast.
With both angles covered it just had to be a high end military application adapted for use against the population thought I, that and the consistent attack on all things tobacco turning smokers into lepers whilst adding chemicals that are just not required to both the tobacco and the paper they are rolled in, the destruction of the pub trade in the banning of smoking, this whole agenda just has to be bigger than we give it credit.
Last year I stopped at a stall selling the VIP electronic cigarette or as they call it a Photon Tank Kit, and asked what chemicals were involved. He said it was medical nicotine which prompted a reply and a second question from me asking what chemistry made up the medical nicotine, he thought for a second and replied I don’t know.
A friend purchased one of the VIP gizmos for 40 quid a couple of days ago, he called today explaining he was not trusting of the liquid inhaled as a gas, that he could feel it sticking to his lungs. He then said he was also shocked at the warnings that come with the instructions, specific to the liquid medical nicotine. Heres why :
Active ingredient : Nicotine 24% per ml
Other ingredients : Water, Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine,& VIP Flavours
Allergy warnings : May contain traces of nuts
Toxic if swallowed
Very toxic in contact with skin
Keep locked up and out of the reach of children
In case of accident or if you feel unwell seek medical advice immediately (show the label where possible).
Ok, so we know tobacco is not the best inhale for the lungs, but to the best of my knowledge as a user for a long time I have not heard of any toxicity to skin or ingestion other than inhaling its smoke, we know the dangers to be from the smoke and dangerous chemical gases created when you burn it.
How then are we to believe that a dangerous toxic liquid to ingestion and if in contact with the skin somehow transforms into a beneficial gas mix when heated?
So thinks I the Propylene Glycol will perhaps be an inflammable to help vaporisation, and the Vegetable Glycerine to thicken the liquid, what I found :
How Toxic is Propylene Glycol
According to the Environmental Working Group, propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. It is rated a 4 by them, which is categorised as a moderate health issue. It has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption.
It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitisation in humans as low as 2% concentration, while the industry review panel recommends cosmetics can contain up to 50% of the substance.
It is used in anti-freeze and brake fluid, 45% of propylene glycol produced is used as chemical feedstock for the production of unsaturated polyester resins. In this regard, propylene glycol reacts with a mixture of unsaturated maleic anhydride and isophthalic acid to give a copolymer. This partially unsaturated polymer undergoes further cross-linking to yield thermoset plastics. Related to this application, propylene glycol reacts with propylene oxide to give oligomers and polymers that are used to produce polyurethanes.
How Toxic is Vegetable Glycerin
And how wrong was I relating to Vegetable Glycerin which we find is yet another form of Propylene Glycol :
Some individuals who have shown sensitivity to PG (such as sore throat) have found that VG does not have the same effect. One reported side effect that VG can also allay is muscle cramps and aches from PG breaking down into lactic acid. It should be kept in mind though that though these symptoms might be uncomfortable they should not be thought of as actual health risks.
Vegetable glycerin, also called glycerol, is a type of liquid derived from a variety of vegetable oils and is used in various applications throughout the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries for its potential health benefits. In the food industry, glycerin is used as a preservative and sweetener, while the pharmaceutical industry uses it as a binding agent and lubricant in various medications. Despite its potential benefits, vegetable glycerin may cause adverse effects in some people. If you believe you are sensitive to glycerin, talk to your doctor.
Toxicity While most forms of vegetable glycerin have a relatively low toxicity, some forms, especially propylene glycol, can have toxic effects when consumed in high quantities. According to the World Health Organisation, too much propylene glycol can cause excess lactate to build up in the bloodstream and can lead to coma, convulsions and cardiovascular problems such as heart attack. However, the amount required to cause these reactions is high, making an overdose unlikely.
Some forms of vegetable glycerin may cause allergic reactions, especially if you are sensitive to oils, such as coconut and palm oil. Some vegetable glycerin compounds also contain sulphites, which are infused in the oil to extend the shelf life of the product, especially in the food manufacturing industry. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a sensitivity to sulphite can cause asthma-like symptoms and a generalised allergic reaction.
Skin Reactions . Some vegetable glycerins and glycols are known skin irritants, according to the book Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine. When raw vegetable glycerins come in contact with your skin, they may cause skin allergies. Glycerin interacts with the natural oils on the surface of the skin and may cause itching and the appearance of hives or a rash. Washing your skin thoroughly with soap and water can help remove any vegetable glycerin remaining on your skin and help treat a skin reaction. .
Other Precautions. Vegetable glycerins can irritate your respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract. If vegetable glycerin is accidentally inhaled, it can irritate the mucous membranes in the lungs and cause wheezing, swelling of the tongue and upper respiratory tract infections. High amounts of oral vegetable glycerin can upset your stomach and result in nausea, diarrhoea and in rare cases inflammation of your gastrointestinal tract, called gastroenteritis.
In bold above we learn Vegetable Glycerin is a lesser yet other form of Propylene Glycol and can cause a build-up of lactate in the bloodstream. Given the lungs introduce chemistry into the bloodstream are these chemicals building up lactose?
We are then told that Vegetable Glycerin can irritate the respiratory system, and that if accidentally inhaled, it can irritate the mucus membranes in the lungs causing wheezing, swelling of the tongue and upper respiratory tract infections.
My god these things are weaponised gadgets and can be used to administer all sorts of medical concoctions.
Get out the fags
 Flanagan RJ;Braithwaite RA;Brown SS;Widdop B;de Wolff FA;. The International Programme on Chemical Safety: Basic Analytical Toxicology. WHO, 1995.
Tags : Electronic Cigarettes, Medical Nicotine, Pharmaceutical Toxins, Photon Tank Kit, Propylene Glycol, Tobacco, Vegetable Glycerine, VIP