Synthetic nicotine – the new future of vaping?

There is speculation that the vaping industry may soon embrace synthetic nicotine and truly go post-tobacco.

At present, e-liquids containing nicotine source natural nicotine from tobacco plants. Now, some e-cigarette producers, like SQN, are experimenting with laboratory-produced synthetic nicotine.

Although this method is likely to be more costly, (SQN say it costs 13 times as much as the readily available natural version), synthetic nicotine may have the benefit of avoiding the FDA’s new regulations. The FDA said it would regulate ‘any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product’. Although synthetic nicotine is not yet included in these regulations, they said that ‘products will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis’.

Since synthetic nicotine will not come from tobacco plants, it will also be tasteless. When nicotine is extracted from tobacco, some tobacco-derived impurities are taken into the mix too. These impurities have an effect on the flavor of the finished e-juice. With synthetic nicotine, producers will be able to experiment with lighter flavors and tastes, since they won’t be trying so hard to cover up the taste of nicotine.

What do you think the implications of synthetic nicotine will be on the e-cigarette industry? We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions

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