The notion that vaping e-liquids containing propylene glycol is the same thing as vaping antifreeze is a complete falsehood. There are reams of scientific evidence documenting the many health benefits of vaping. The most significant is the 2015 study published by Public Health England which says vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. Nowhere in that document is word antifreeze eve mentioned.
So, where did this notion come from and who is responsible for spreading the myth? It all started when some irresponsible anti-vaping activist discovered that e-liquids and antifreeze contain the same ingredient of propylene glycol. While this is true, the reasons for its inclusion as an ingredient in antifreeze essentially disproves the fictional theory entirely. Of course, they vaping haters tend to leave that part out.
Propylene glycol is not antifreeze
Antifreeze manufacturers only recently started including propylene glycol in their products to make them safer in cases where pets or small children accidentally ingested them. Propylene glycol is so common that it can be found on the ingredients labels of many of your favorite grocery products. If you have ever eaten an Entenmann’s chocolate or lemon sponge cake, then you have eaten propylene glycol. Here are some other products that contain this mysterious ingredient.
- Duncan Hines chocolate and yellow cake mixes
- Betty Crocker ready-to-eat frostings
- Several McCormick’s food colorings
- Eddy’s ice cream
- Coldstone Creamery ice cream
- Entenmann’s pastries
- Artificial sweeteners
- Many soft drinks
- Dog and cat food
- Skin care products
- Baby wipes
- Even certain medications contain propylene glycol
Many people may be surprised to learn that scientists have been researching the health benefits of propylene glycol since before the 1940s. One highly regarded scientist from that period, a Dr. Theodore Puck, determined that vaporized propylene glycol is a very effective antibacterial agent. In fact, vaporized propylene glycol has been proven to kill such noxious bacteria as pneumococci, streptococci and staphylococci.
Ingesting small portions of propylene glycol will not kill you. If it did, then the FDA would never allow Entenmann’s to use it in your favorite bakery items. And vaping e-liquids with propylene glycol is not the same thing as vaping antifreeze. Using that logic, eating a bowl of Eddy’s ice cream would be deadly. So, the next time you hear this ridiculous story, fight back by quoting the products in this article. The vaping haters will be dumbfounded!