There is endless discussion on the changes in the eCig industry, and what regulations mean to manufacturers. The cost behind regulations falls on the manufacturers and sellers, so obviously major brainstorming has started as to how it should be managed. The innovators in the industry have begun developing technology of all kinds, ranging from consistency in atomizers to the eLiquid itself. One innovation that has peaked my interest is synthetic nicotine.
If eLiquid is no longer derived from tobacco, is it still a "tobacco product"!? See? Interesting.
There is a chemical formula to nicotine, so why not recreate it and make synthetic nicotine? There is hardly a difference between tobacco derived nicotine and synthetic, since their chemical makeup is the same formula. This may turn away some users, but it's not likely since majority of eLiquids on the market contain some sort of synthetic product in their mixture. There are very few companies out there which produce "natural" and even "organic" eLiquid for use in vaping, but to me that seems like kind of a stretch, and honestly I don't think it's important to too many consumers. But contrarily - the compounds which may be used to create this synthetic nicotine may concern consumers, like the chemical ethanol.
Aside from no longer being classified as a tobacco product though, the use of synthetic nicotine in eLiquid would also produce a more consistent, pure flavor. Have you bought the exact same eLiquid you always use, but the color or after taste is just a smidge "off"? Well this is due to the margin of error during the natural tobacco extraction process. There are not enough impurities to make it unsafe for use, yet it messes with the final product and flavor of the eLiquid. It would also cease the taste difference between a 24 mg bottle and a 6 mg bottle of eLiquid because the synthetic nicotine would be tasteless. This is the other thing the FDA is looking for though! Consistency in vaping! Since one puff to the next, and one coil to the next, and one bottle to the next is always different during your use, the FDA cannot currently regulate or approve use. So even though it wouldn't fall under the proposed regulation, since it is not a tobacco product, synthetic nicotine would be more easily regulated if that some day became an issue. Especially since there is so much uncertainty as to what they need to regulate, since articles are evaluated on a case by case basis.
There is always a downside though - and with this, it is the process and cost behind creating this product. There are few companies who do it, and they supply to a very small percentage of eLiquid producers, because the process and labor costs far exceed that of natural nicotine extraction.
Would you be willing to pay a little bit more for tobacco free nicotine? What if it was the only way for the eCig industry to stay afloat after FDA ruling? Would you be okay with a cost increase? Would you be okay with a chemical recreation? How important are all natural ingredients? How important is consistency in your eLiquid flavors? Would you feel better knowing there is no tobacco in your eCig? Like I said, this one question brings up so many points, it's an interesting thought.