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Recent Outbreak of Lung Disease in the USA

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The team here at PodVapes™ trusts you are well and living a healthier, smoke-free life.

Some people still ask us about the mysterious outbreak of lung disease in the USA in 2019. They are worried that this lung disease is caused by vaping, and that vaping is not safe. 

At PodVapes, we believe that only smokers should start vaping. If you don't smoke, then don't start vaping. Breathe fresh air instead!

But... if you are a smoker looking to quit, then vaping is a much less harmful option for you. That is, as long as you stick with high quality vape ingredients and don't vape poor quality or counterfeit products. If you do, then you might have problems. 

When the lung disease problems happened in the USA in 2019, the research performed by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that the big majority of victims in 2019 had been vaping counterfeit versions of cannabis-containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) oil together with traces of Vitamin E acetate which was found to be present in all patient samples.

Vitamin E Acetate is an oily agent found in black market THC products. It creates a greasy layer in the lungs when inhaled causing severe lung inflammation.

New York's health department said laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all 34 people in the state who had fallen ill after 'vaping'. Research in the USA has also found that Vitamin E has never been found in any legal nicotine-based e-liquids.


The nicotine e-liquids manufactured by reputable well-known brands sold at PodVapes™ never have and never will contain Vitamin E acetate.

Nicotine e-liquids at PodVapes™ contain the following 4 main ingredients: 

  1. PG (Propylene Glycol): A colourless, odourless liquid that is completely water-soluble. It is the fluid that provides the ‘throat hit’ and creates the sensation that is similar to traditional cigarette smoking. It also carries the flavouring more effectively than VG. 
  1. VG (Vegetable Glycerin):A clear, natural odourless liquid produced from vegetable oils that gives a thick sensation to the vapour. The throat hit from VG fluid is much smoother than PG.
  1. Food Grade Flavouring: The PG/VG base is flavourless and therefore food grade flavourings are added to the solution.
  1. Nicotine Salt: Nicotine salt is a more natural state of nicotine - closer to the nicotine found in tobacco leaf. It is made up of freebase nicotine bonded with one or more organic compounds to create a more stable molecule.

Rest assured that millions of people have been vaping nicotine e-liquids for well over a decade without any evidence of serious lung damage.

So, the real question is, should you continue buying and using nicotine e-liquids from PodVapes™?

Yes absolutely, we pride ourselves on the quality of the brands we sell and we  personally sample all our e-liquids before making them available to you.

The outbreak of lung disease from vaping illicit THC products and black-market additives is not relevant for the many thousands of vapers who shop with us and use our pre-mixed high quality authentic nicotine e-liquids every day on their journey to remaining smoke-free.

For further details on the ingredients of the e-liquids in our pod range and advice on nicotine strength selection, we encourage you to read our other article, "E-liquid - What's in my pods?".

From all the team at PodVapes™, we hope this has put your mind at ease.

Recent Outbreak of Lung Disease in the USA-PodVapes™ Australia

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