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With an uncertain deluge of E-cigarette restrictions on the horizon, coupled with the rise in popularity and profitability of the E-cig industry in general, there are more than a few E-cigarette manufacturers and companies who are attempting to conform to not-yet-codified standards.  At first glance, this might seem like a good idea, but it carries with it the same dangers most of us are trying to get away from.  ISO 9001 (International Organization for Standardization… I know.  It’s dyslexic.  Probably a subsidiary of DNA, or the National Dyslexics Association) and the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards are two seemingly innocent certifications that one might be comforted to know hangs on the wall of their nicotine provider’s President’s office… but in reality they are nothing short of a horrifying manipulation used by larger tobacco-based corporations to keep their customers hooked on their products.

Essentially, these so-called “standards” center around the concept of consistency in production.  That word consistency sounds good on paper, doesn’t it?  But think about it for a moment… how hard could it be to ensure consistency in stuffing rolls of paper full of dead, shredded leaves?  And if those leaves come from different farms, why not celebrate the differences in flavor (like they do with wine in Napa Valley) rather than attempt to force all of the distinctiveness in flavor out of the product entirely?  Let’s take this a step further and ponder how hard it could be to ensure consistency in E-juice, where all ingredients (vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavorings) are generally all ordered from exactly the same supplier CONSISTENTLY?  These, of course, are rhetorical questions mainly because the answers are self-evident.  When the ISO and GMP standards utilize the word “consistency” they are actually talking about the inclusion of foreign chemicals in order to create new, man-made ingredients such as the “reconstituted” tobacco found in the vast majority of the analog cigarette packs found in your local tobacco shop, convenience store, and/or gas station (etc.).

What’s scary about this, for those of us who’ve successfully escaped the hardcore addiction to chemicals like formaldehyde, arsenic, etc. found in the cancer sticks we used to suck down into our lungs on an hourly basis, is that there are a few E-cigarette/E-liquid manufacturers out there who have already assumed that these standards will be required of the E-cigarette industry in exactly the same way that they are required of the analog cigarette industry.  In response to this assumption, these companies have begun to produce their products with reconstituted nicotine (read: nicotine with dangerous and extremely addictive chemical additives) in order to “ensure consistency.”

The following is not a comprehensive list of E-cigarette companies who’ve potentially “switched to the Dark Side.”  Also, I’d like to stress that these are “potentially” compromised companies.  Many of them do not publish the steps they’ve taken to achieve “consistency,” although the ISO 9001 and cGMP standards strongly suggest the inclusion of reconstituted elements.  So, without further adieu, here is the list:

  • American E-liquid Store (AmericaneLiquidStore)- on their website under the header of “certifications” this company announces that they are certified under both ISO 9001:2008 and cGMP standards.
  • Nu Mark’s MarkTen E-Cigarettes (Altria Group, Inc)- This is Philip Morris’ foray into the E-cigarette market, so it makes sense that they would utilize the same underhanded methods to keep users addicted to their products that they use in their analog tobacco offerings.
  • CN Creative- (Vype, Intellicig, ECOPure E-Liquid, Actistix)- This company was recently acquired by British American Tobacco, and all of their E-cigarette products (Vype, Intellicig, and Actistix) use their ECOPure E-juice, which reports cGMP compliance on their website.
  • SafeWay E-Cig- (E-Drop Source)- On their website, SafeWay E-Cigs announces that they are an “industry-leader” in cGMP compliance.  WHen they elaborate on it, they mention normal, good laboratory practices… not reconstituted ingredients.  This doesn’t mean that they use, or don’t use those ingredients.  It is, however, cause for further investigation and caution when considering using their products.
  • Vuse Digital Vapor Cigarette- (R.J. Reynolds contribution to the E-cigarette market)- Given the history of Big Tobacco’s unabashed use of reconstituted tobacco in their products, it’s a fair bet that Vuse E-cigs will also utilize the same technology.
  • Blu E-Cigs- Now owned by Lorrilard (Newport Cigarettes), Blu is another sure bet to use reconstituted tobacco/nicotine in the manufacturing of their E-liquid.

As stated above, this is not a complete list, and I invite anyone else to add to the list in the comment section if you find any other companies that are suspect in this manner.  Also, let me reiterate: Just because these companies admit to being cGMP/ISO 9001:2008 compliant, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are adding dangerous chemicals to their E-liquid… it simply suggests that they may be doing this, just as the Big Tobacco corporations used GMP and ISO standards as a veil for their adding of dangerous chemicals to their analog tobacco cigarettes.  More research needs to be done, which I plan to continue doing myself, but it’s important that we all be armed with as much information as possible going into the upcoming FDA E-cigarette regulations.

 

Sources:

-American Eliquid Store: Certifications

-US SEC Form 10-Q by Altria Group Incorporated

-CN Creative: Our Brands

-SafeWay E-Cigs: E-Drop Source

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. Something to note:
    The standards set by ISO regulations have nothing to do specifically with the use of one type of nic or another. They are standards and practices set forth to ensure that consistency in manufacturing of products happens. For example you expect the soda you buy today to taste the same as the one from yesterday.. Simple enough in theory but with the complexity of supply chain management and outsourced production a standard practice QC or quality control is the most important and most overlooked part of the manufacturing process..

    The issue here is that some tobacco companies in order to maintain consistency use wired and nasty chemicals to do so..

    The standards are in place for the protection of the customer and are valiblie.

    • I’m not necessarily opposed to industry standards, especially when they truly do have customer safety in mind, but this is America and we tend to take everything too far and abuse every rule. I’ve seen what tobacco/nicotine corporations have done with these standards in order to increase their profits, and I think it’s important that we be especially cautious about potential abuses of the standards regarding everything and anything nicotine-related.

  2. Just keep on thinking that the government has our best interests at heart. Be like all the other sheeple out there. It has absolutely nothing to do with “standards” and “consistency” in products, it has to do with how they can control us, and TAX us even further…we the people – that and the fact that the tobacco industry, cancer and pharmaceuticals are big money that line the pockets that create the “laws” that we are supposed to abide by and take as truth. If the Government can’t make money off of it, then they will oppose it. If you are old enough to remember the old commercials for cigarettes, they used to say something like 9 out of 10 doctors smoke “X” brand….hummmm. All the politicians smoked too. While you are at it, keep eating the genetically modified foods that the government says is okay. Yep, they have us right where they want us. Why is it that the government requires food manufacturers to list every ingredient with nutrition labels – yet the only thing they have to have on a pack of cigs is a TAX STAMP and the warning that cigarette smoking has been found to cause cancer? Why don’t the cigarette companies – or they pharmaceutical companies have to list every ingredient? Why doesn’t the government tell us (the people that they WORK for), that there really is a known cure(s) for cancer that are inexpensive and work? Maybe because there is no MONEY in that. It’s all about the money. Lies, lies, lies…..and plenty of people willing to believe them.

    • If I were to have my way, I’d disband the government completely and wait for the resulting anarchy to settle into a series of city-states designed to run things how they see fit. I don’t like anything that the government imposes on us… but my purpose in this article wasn’t to argue for the dissolution of the Federal Government. It was to call attention to the ways some of these regulations can and WILL be abused, and to give some examples of current companies positioned to perpetrate this abuse.

    • There’s always a question of whether or not a company really is certified the way they claim to be. Hell, I’ve put certifications down on some resumes that I technically do not have. The point here is that the certifying organizations themselves have been corrupted by their involvement with Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, etc. Big Tobacco (in the form of official, public statements by board members of Altria, R.J. Reynolds, and Lorrilard) has stated that they fully support FDA regulations regarding E-cigarettes and E-liquids IF they include standards which require the use of reconstituted ingredients, because that’s where they (Big Tobacc0) likes to hide those “4,000 other chemicals” that have been found in their cigarettes, making them more dangerous and also more addictive.

    • True… sort of. Johnson Creek produces Blu’s E-juice separately and exclusively for Blu E-cigs. They are not allowed to sell that juice individually bottled, as they do with their other juices, per the agreement they have with Blu and Lorrilard.

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