What Is Synthetic Nicotine?

Synthetic nicotine is becoming increasingly popular within the market, they are found in e-cigarettes or vape pens which are used when a person wants to quit smoking but still depends on nicotine.

E-cigarettes and vape pens are classed as a safer way to curb your nicotine addiction as they don’t contain all the harmful chemicals that cigarettes do.

What Is Synthetic Nicotine

Some companies will use nicotine that has been extracted from tobacco, so it’s harder to market these e-cigarettes as safer than normal cigarettes.

Synthetic nicotine was created in a laboratory and exclusively not from tobacco as a way to get around the regulations surrounding tobacco products and to get more people to stop smoking and begin using e-cigarettes.

We’ll discuss how synthetic nicotine differs from nicotine that was derived from tobacco and whether synthetic nicotine is safer than its counterpart.

What Actually Is Synthetic Nicotine?

Synthetic nicotine is specially created in a laboratory using chemicals rather than the tobacco plant.

Most manufactures still use tobacco- based nicotine, though it’s becoming increasingly popular to make synthetic nicotine as a loophole to escape harsh tobacco regulations.  

Surprisingly, synthetic nicotine is not a new idea, companies actually experimented using it in the 1960s but deemed it too expensive to manufacture.

What Is The Difference Between Synthetic Nicotine And Nicotine Extracted From Tobacco?

Nicotine is the thing that usually gets you hooked to smoking, the actual health risks posed from smoking are usually due to the harmful chemicals they include and the actual burning of the cigarette.

There are safer ways to consume nicotine, such as nicotine patches or gum, but many people miss the actual feeling of smoking and it becomes second nature to them.

This is where e-cigarettes enter, you will usually buy e-liquids separately which is good as you can pick the strength and flavor you want, which you can’t do with regular cigarettes.

Synthetic nicotine has been specially created to include no harmful chemicals or impurities that nicotine derived from the tobacco plant has, which makes it safer and makes it the purest version of nicotine available.

It should be noted that it is still highly addictive like regular nicotine and you should proceed with caution.

Synthetic nicotine also has no scent or taste, whereas nicotine extracted from tobacco will usually have a scent that manufacturers will try to mask. This is not necessary for synthetic nicotine. 

Is Synthetic Nicotine Safe?

Any kind of nicotine isn’t really safe for you, it’s a highly addictive stimulant that can alter your brain’s chemicals and can create intense cravings and side effects if you try to stop your intake of nicotine. 

That being said, synthetic nicotine compared to normal tobacco derived nicotine is much safer due to the lack of impurities from the tobacco plant regarding the creation process.

Some health professionals do speculate that it’s too early to know the true risks of synthetic nicotine due to its recent appearance on the market. 

Synthetic nicotine is also threatening to addict more young people through the guise of it being much safer, it is safer than regular nicotine. But young people shouldn’t be regularly taking in these quantities of nicotine if they haven’t previously smoked.

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Is Synthetic Nicotine Better For You?

Synthetic nicotine is much better for you than smoking a regular cigarette and using e-liquid  that contains nicotine from the tobacco plant.

Again it doesn’t have any of the harmful carcinogens that cigarettes carry and doesn’t have any impurities like nicotine extracted from tobacco has in its production process. 

It’s better for you, but the best thing for your health is to obviously not regularly consume nicotine.

Is Synthetic Nicotine Addictive?

Synthetic nicotine is just as addictive as regular nicotine from the tobacco plant.

With e-cigarettes and vaping it’s possible to lower your nicotine intake by lowering your dosage over time, which makes it much more beneficial than smoking as you can slowly lower your dosage until you hit 0 milligrams. 

Is Synthetic Nicotine Regulated By The FDA?

Yes, it is now stated within the law that synthetic nicotine must be regulated by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

When these products were first introduced on the market, many companies claimed that their synthetic nicotine products did not have to be regulated by the FDA, which was false.

Because of this, vaping is still under heavy regulation from the FDA and the regulation of synthetic nicotine has only made it harder for vaping companies to express the safety of their product over tobacco products as they’re now classed as tobacco products still, and under this law synthetic nicotine products are subject to the same federal age limit and sales restrictions of other tobacco products. 

Are There Any E-Liquids With No Nicotine?

There are many e-liquids out there that contain no nicotine, only VG and PG flavorings that are usually present in nicotine e-liquids anyway.

These products are perfect for someone that wants to vape without nicotine or be able to control their own nicotine intake by adding as much nicotine as they need into these e-liquids. 

It’s worth noting that early research into vaping without nicotine suggests that it can have harmful effects on the body. The actual e-liquid in the vape can irritate the throat due to the chemicals within it, but it’s much safer than actually smoking a cigarette. 

Final Thoughts

It’s unknown if synthetic nicotine will actually take off and become a regular contender in the vape industry, but it’s speculated due to the FDA’s regulation of it, it will most likely drop off and tobacco derived nicotine is here to stay. 

Synthetic nicotine is much better and safer for you than regular nicotine that is found in tobacco but it is still as addictive as its counterpart and you should proceed with caution if you are going to be using it.

Make sure you know the dosage of the nicotine you use within the e-cigarette to ensure that it’s the right amount of nicotine for you. 

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