Synthetic Nicotine Vs Tobacco-Derived Nicotine
Nicotine is a naturally occurring compound that is found in many plants. The reason we associate nicotine with tobacco is that, while other plants have trace amounts of it, the tobacco plant has a high concentration of nicotine reaching up to 15%. Traditional combustible cigarettes and most vaping products contain the nature tobacco-derived form of nicotine whether in its freebase form or in salt form. However, recently a new form nicotine is produced and has gain traction within the vaping community: Synthetic nicotine.
Synthetic nicotine, also known as Tobacco-Free Nicotine is basically a lab-derived copy built with chemicals such as ethanol, niacin, sulfuric acid among others. Although the actual molecular form in both synthetic nicotine and natural nicotine is the same, synthetic nicotine is not marred with impurities like the one derived from the tobacco plant. Synthetic nicotine is NOT derived from nor does it use any part of the tobacco plant.
Many questions still looms as synthetic nicotine makes into the market: Will synthetic nicotine be the star of 2021? Are manufacturers willing to implement this alternative? and should big disposable vape companies and new brands start using synthetic nicotine? We’ve already witnessed some brands reformulate their recipes to adopt this new synthetic nicotine, while others kept their traditional nicotine line yet introduced new collections under the same brand.
A lot of vapers are relieved to know that they’re no longer ingesting any other impurities or compound with their nicotine. FDA laws still apply to synthetic nicotine and a warning is still have to be attached to the product declaring how it contains nicotine and that this substance can be harmful and carcinogenic.