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Does e-liquid contain alcohol?

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  1. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    My dad asked me to buy him an e-cigarette after I told him about mine. The worry that I have is that he's a recovering alcoholic so the presence of any alcohol is a big no no for him. It wouldn't get him drunk I know but its still an issue, he can't eat food that's had alcohol in either even though it's just the taste that remains.
     
  2. yo han

    yo han Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2008
    the Dutch mountains
    There is a recipe containing 8% alcohol but I know for sure that the Ruyan, Janty and Partysmoker liquids don't contain any.
     
  3. buby

    buby Full Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    You made me wonder if e-smoking is alcool test safe, although breath analyzers should recognize "alcool in mouth" situations and all for a second try if i remember correctly.
     
  4. jigtg

    jigtg Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 4, 2008
    Sparta, Greece
    That is false, Ruyan itself has reported some of their liquids containing 5% alcohol. More so I was able to taste it in couple first puffs when dripping from new bling cart. And yes I have dripped 20% alcohol in e-cigs so I know the taste.

    You can always get a blood test if you disagree.
     
  5. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    Ok so yes potentially. That's a shame, he's definitely not going to want to run the risk with that.
     
  6. smoking gnu

    smoking gnu Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 8, 2008
    Wales
    Hi scrubdub, you should e mail Jason at totally wicked and ask him for some advises. He also has a lists with lab reports for his liquid. He’s very helpful. To answer your question about flu cured Virginia, I have tried the janty one and it tasted like sweet celery to me. YUCK!
     
  7. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    Yeah that's a good idea gnu I'll do that. I should have thought of that before really :oops:

    Sweet celery sounds horrible, I don't like celery at the best of times let alone with sugar on :)
     
  8. Kate

    Kate Moved On

    Jun 26, 2008
    UK
  9. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    Thanks for that Kate I'll take a look over it. It doesn't sound very promising though which is a shame.

    Homemade juice probably isn't that feasible as manual dexterity is a problem and he's tried NRT and snus and didn't get on with them. Ah well, hopefuly there's an alcoholic friendly liquid in there somewhere. I'll keep on investigating.
     
  10. Kate

    Kate Moved On

    Jun 26, 2008
    UK
    Did you find any commercial eliquid without alcohol Scrub? It's not easy to find out the ingredients of some brands, I guess you would have to specifically ask the manufacturer or supplier about alcohol.
     
  11. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    I agree Kate, most of the brands I checked give next to nothing away about what's in the liquid. I emailed Jason at wicked and he was certain that there was no alcohol present in his liquid and there's certainly no mention of ethanol in the lab report on his site.

    However having read around a bit this evening I've noticed that on wikipedia propylene glycol is refered to as a diol alcohol. Not really sure what this means. I think dad may need to take the list of ingredients to his liver specialist and get an opinion from him. I really hope it gets the all clear as my dad's chest is quite bad these days. Also I would be generally interested to hear what the liver guy thinks of the liquid. I'll report back with the verdict obviously ;)
     
  12. Kate

    Kate Moved On

    Jun 26, 2008
    UK
    Please do let us know, I'd be very interested to hear what's said.

    I have a problem with my liver, something to do with high levels of enzymes. It was very high a couple of years ago then I changed medication and it went back to normal but it's been going up again recently and I don't know why. I hope there's nothing in eliquid that is affecting me but I can't be sure.

    If propylene glycol is a problem then you might try asking Johnson Creek about their non pg formula. That's the only commercial eliquid I've heard of that doesn't use pg.
     
  13. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    Yes I will do Kate. My dad's enzymes go up and down a fair bit as well so it has to be monitored quite closely. That said he had almost complete liver failure eight years ago and for the most part his liver has managed to repair itself. It's a hardy organ the liver, it can take quite a bashing and bounce back.

    I'll try Johnson Creek and see what they say although from other posts I've read it appears they are being quite cagey about the ingredients. Do you know if it's VG they are using? It's a sugar alcohol according to Wikipedia. Not sure what the implications of that would be either. I wish I'd paid more attention during science classes...
     
  14. Kate

    Kate Moved On

    Jun 26, 2008
    UK
    There is much guessing over Johnson Creek, they are not giving anything away about their formula easily. If you explain the health situation and alcohol problem they might give you specific information. They say non-pg, they don't tell us any more so it's just guesswork about what creates the vapour. As far as I know the only ingredients that create vapour are pg, glycerine or alcohol. Alcohol probably wouldn't give much vapour though so it's probably glycerine.

    Maybe your dad could ask his specialist about glycerine while finding out about the other stuff. The information could come in handy later even if he can use pg for now.
     
  15. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    There seems to be quite a few references to glycerine being a safe alternative to alcohol products for alcoholics out there. They all seem to be hippy herbal shops though but still promising. I'll let you know what the verdict is.
     
  16. edisme518123

    edisme518123 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Chemically speaking, anything ending in -ol is going to be an "alcohol." Artificial sugars, propylene glycol, glycerol... are all "alcohols". The alcohol your dad needs to watch for is ethyl or ethanol. (Ethyl being a natural gas product and ethanol being a starch product i.e. corn or wheat, etc). All this means is that the structure of the molecule is a series of carbon and hydrogen i.e.:
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    Propylene glycol is basically a composition derived from the combination of propanol and glycerol. The vegetable "glycerin" we know of is just the complex alcohol composition of glycerol. This can be related to oxygen i.e. O1 (elemental oxygen), 02 (oxygen gas), or 03 (ozone). Same stuff, more complex composition.

    Even if a cartridge did contain ethanol, a full cartridge only contains 1ml (penstyle), .5 ml (mini), or .25 ml (super mini). So, even if your dad was to consume an entire cartridge in a sitting, he would not be able to discern any alcohol taste or feel. (As an example, typical moutwash contains 10-20% alcohol. This would mean that in the 15-20ml gulp you use to wash your mouth would contain as much as 2ml of alcohol... double the full capacity of the largest cartridge.)

    Hope this helps.
     
  17. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK
    Thanks very much for that Edisme, very informative. I'll pass that information along to my dad. It's all sounding very promising now which is great.
     
  18. Schroedinger's cat

    Schroedinger's cat Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2008
    North Carolina, USA
  19. Kate

    Kate Moved On

    Jun 26, 2008
    UK
    Sorry to correct you Cat but that report is about Ruyan juice, not Janty. They are not the same although they sometimes get mixed up with each other.
     
  20. scrubadub

    scrubadub Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    London, UK

    Yeah that makes sense Schroedinger. I emailed Pillbox and he was certain there was no alcohol in the totally wicked juice and his lab report seemed to back that up. Looks like glycerine isn't a problem but I'm going to get my dad to print the wicked report and take it in to show the liver guy. I'm interested to see what he says.

    *This could take a while though, my dad operates on geological time.
     
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