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Debunking the myth that vaping propylene glycol is like drinking antifreeze

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There are lots of rumors and false facts floating around on the Internet concerning vaping, but the idea that propylene glycol is antifreeze is just plain ridiculous. Yes, propylene glycol is an ingredient of antifreeze, but chemical engineers only include this substance to make it safer for children and pets who might accidentally consume it.

In fact, propylene glycol, otherwise known as PG for vape juice consumers, is a safe and very common ingredient in many of our favorite foods. From ice cream to Entenmann’s pastries, you can find it located in many grocery store food items. The fact that it is also used in antifreeze is perhaps the leading reason that this nasty rumor got started in the first place.

Common foods that contain propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is a common ingredient in most e-liquids. It has a slightly sweet taste and aroma, but not enough to be overpowering. It is also non-toxic to ingest in nominal amounts, which is why you can find propylene glycol listed on the ingredients labels of the following brand names and foods.

  • Entenmann’s pastries: If you have ever eaten one of the Entenmann’s chocolate cakes, delicious brownies, or lemon sponge cakes, then you have ingested small amounts of propylene glycol.
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix: Both the yellow cake mix from Duncan Hines and the chocolate variety by Betty Crocker contain powdered propylene glycol. Next time that you’re in the grocery store, sneak a peek at the labels.
  • Betty Crocker Cake Frosting: Who makes cake frosting from scratch these days? Chances are that when you’re biting into that birthday cake, you are actually enjoying propylene glycol-infused, ready-made cake frosting from Betty Crocker.
  • McCormick’s food colorings: This top-selling brand of food colorings also contains propylene glycol. McCormick’s can be purchased by itself, and it is also commonly used by food manufacturers in nearly every kind of product.
  • Eddy’s ice cream: Both Eddy’s and Coldstone Creamery ice creams contain small amounts of propylene glycol, too. And ice cream goes wonderfully with that propylene glycol-enhanced chocolate cake by Betty Crocker.

The myth that e-liquids used in electronic cigarettes is laced with antifreeze is simply not true. Still, many anti-vaping organizations have continuously spread this lie in an effort to dissuade the American people from switching to vaping. Even the Royal College of Physicians in the UK claims that vaping is up to 95 percent less harmful than smoking. So, don’t be fooled. Propylene glycol is NOT antifreeze. 

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