There is a medical consensus now that vaping is much healthier than smoking. While both vaping and smoking give you a nicotine hit, cigarettes contain a plethora of other poisonous chemicals that substantially harm your health. But if you vape without any nicotine, is this still healthy? Or is it unsafe to vape without nicotine?
The short answer is: if you vape sensibly and vape approved e-liquid shortfills, then yes, vaping is safe. Unsurprisingly, if you vape unregulated liquids, there is more of a risk, and if you vape absurd amounts of e-liquid, there are some dangers from inhaling too much of certain flavourings. However, because the only real threat is from vaping unsafely, doing so with nicotine is about as dangerous as vaping without it! For more of an explanation, though, read the rest of our blog below.
Why Vape Without Nicotine?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to vape without any nicotine. For many, vaping is a way of slowly reducing and eliminating nicotine and smoking addiction. If you smoke a pack a day and make a switch to vaping 18mg e-liquid, you will immediately be switching to a healthier habit. If you decide to start reducing your nicotine intake to 12mg, then 6mg, then 3mg, you might want to quit nicotine altogether and move to vaping 0mg shortfills. Vaping 0mg shortfills can be how you transition from vaping to not vaping at all.
For others, smoking is addictive because it gives you something to do in your hand and breaks up your day. Vaping 0mg shortfills then is a way of doing all the things you would do when smoking without any of the harmful or addictive compounds involved. Addiction is usually more than just the chemicals, and vaping meets your social and personal needs that might otherwise convince you to start smoking again.
Finally, some people vape without nicotine because they like the social aspect and taste! When there are hundreds of available flavours on the market, vaping can be a fun hobby for ‘flavour chasers’ looking for a great taste. 0mg shortfills allow you to get all the flavour of vaping without any of the addictive chemicals.
Is Vaping Without Nicotine Dangerous?
As we covered in our introduction to e-liquids, shortfill e-liquids have at most five ingredients: water, Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and flavourings. If nicotine-less shortfills were dangerous, one of these ingredients has to be what is dangerous.
Clearly, vaping water is not going to be dangerous, so we can rule that out immediately. PG and VG make up the majority of an e-liquid, are both incredibly well known and considered safe for human consumption when ingested orally. In fact, PG is a key component for many medicines including diazepam. Likewise, VG is found in most food and drinks, including beer, pasta, and skin cream. It is often made from soybeans, coconuts, or palm oil. You would have to drink litres of PG or VG before seeing adverse side effects.
The flavourings in what you vape then are the only things which can be dangerous. For example, some flavourings include Diacetyl or Acetyl Proprionyl. Both are considered safe as food flavouring but not for inhalation. However, the important question is how dangerous these are. Flavouring makes up less than 10% of an e-liquid shortfill, usually much less, and each flavouring is a mix of a dozen to 50 different chemicals. A trace amount of any of these chemicals are extremely unlikely to cause any negative side effects.
Keep in mind that these ingredients are in both nicotine-free e-juice, nicotine-containing juice, and in conventional cigarettes. In fact, the UK has some of the strictest regulations on e-cigarettes in the world and diacetyl is banned in shortfills. Additionally, when it was found in juices, it was at a level hundreds of times lower than cigarette smoke. Even in cigarettes, diacetyl poisoning, also known as ‘popcorn lung’, is exceedingly rare, and there have been no reports of popcorn lung from vaping.
In short, there is no danger to vaping without nicotine, as long as you vape sensibly. There is nothing new in e-liquids which might harm potential vapers, and it is certainly healthier than smoking.
Can Non-Smokers Vape Without Nicotine?
If you’ve never smoked before, but you’re interested in taking up vaping, particularly to try some of the most popular vape tricks, then vaping nicotine-free e-liquids is the best way to go. Blowing large o-rings and cloud-chasing is much easier with nicotine-free e-liquids, and it is easier to practice with nicotine free e-juice than nicotine-rich substances.
Many people are still sceptical about vaping without nicotine. The truth is, there is still more work to be done on what are the best chemicals to use when making e-juices to be as safe as possible. However, nicotine-free e-liquids are never going to be more dangerous than nicotine-rich e-liquids, as they contain the same chemicals. And vaping is still 95% safer than smoking, as Public Health England repeatedly announce. So whether you’re looking to make the switch from vaping with nicotine to without, or you’re interested in picking up vaping as a hobby, take a look at our online store or juice shop in the UK for your first vapour starter kit or e-liquid today!