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Made in the USA E-Liquid – Well, Sort Of …

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Every single month I am contacted by at least one e-liquid supplier, claiming they have the best e-juice on the face of the planet and that people are lining up the world around to buy their products.

Even though I know I’ll likely never purchase from them, out of curiosity I tell them all, “by all means, send me some samples – whatever you believe to be your very best flavors.” Some companies send a dozen; others send me several dozen flavors to try. Oh, I forgot to mention something – they are all American E-Juice “Manufacturers.”

 

As much as I’d like to support companies here in the good old U.S.A., I’ve struggled initially with the cost of the “American-made” juice. Even after factoring in the high cost of shipping e-liquid from China to our business here in Florida, the USA e-juice is twice as expensive as the liquid I get from FeelLife Bioscience – one of the only manufacturers who has applied for FDA certification.

Now, I could probably pass half that extra cost to customers and eat the other half myself if it was truly outstanding stuff. The big problem, though, is that it is always absolutely horrible tasting. I’ve thought about sending it for free to my customers who are living on very strict budgets but frankly, it is so awful, that you couldn’t pay me to use it. I simply couldn’t do that to them!

I’m not sure what the deal is with all of the “Made in the USA” e-juice I have tried. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that every one of these companies is using a mix that has at least 50% vegetable glycerin. The liquid we sell has, at most, 10% VG and is mostly or entirely propylene glycol based. Maybe it’s the overpowering presence of vegetable glycerin and I’m just not accustomed to an aftertaste reminiscent of old french fry oil.

There is an even bigger, far more serious problem with American e-liquid that nobody ever talks about, though. As you may have noticed above, I have placed words like “American-made,” “manufacturer” and “Made in the USA” in quotes for a reason.

Despite adamant assertions that their E-liquid is “100% American made” (there I go with the quotes again), not one of these companies has been able to answer the questions I always ask when the whole U.S.A. made e-liquid claim is made …

“How exactly do you go about extracting the liquid nicotine from the tobacco? Where is your factory that does that? What is its address? Can I tour your factory?” If you aren’t actually manufacturing the nicotine, where does it originate from?”
When pressed, many of them will admit that they don’t actually manufacture the liquid nicotine portion of the e-juice, adding, “but we add flavors made here in the USA and we are the ones who are doing the mixing.”

If I wanted to, I might even question whether the flavors, themselves, which may have been bought from a U.S. company, were actually manufactured in the United States. If I really want to nail them down (which I rarely do anymore – I’ve grown bored with the game), some of them will admit that they are buying either unflavored liquid nicotine from China or unflavored propylene glycol-based e-liquid from China (which they then cut with the cheaper vegetable glycerine).

In other words, “Made in the USA” really means “flavored in the USA.” Ironic, isn’t it, that the one and only component in e-liquid that has the potential to be toxic – the nicotine – is still being supplied by China – especially when you consider the fact that so many people are purchasing the “USA E-Juice” because they are uneasy about how well the e-liquid in China might be regulated?

Now, I could be wrong; there very well could be some plant here in the United States that is producing pure liquid nicotine. I’ve never found such a place and I have searched! Even if that place does exist, it still does not solve the most worrisome problem.

Now, I could be wrong; there very well could be some plant here in the United States that is producing pure liquid nicotine. I’ve never found such a place and I have searched! Even if that place does exist, it still does not solve the most worrisome problem.

Pure nicotine is an incredibly dangerous substance – nearly twice as toxic as cocaine! I have no problem agreeing with the point that we may have less corrupt regulators here in the U.S.A. and that the regulators here might have more stringent guidelines than the regulators do in China.
That is if there was any actual regulation of e-liquid being done in the United States. The fact is, there is nobody at all regulating the stuff being produced in this country.

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