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Face it, we LOVE flavoring! As vapers, our tastes vary from one end of the spectrum to the other, and the more there is to try, the more we want to try! Are we right, or are we right? We, at HiggyCigs, want to give you the opportunity to try as many different flavors as you can come up with, without all the work of investing in DIY tools.

However, there has been some buzz lately about certain chemicals that are used in the making of flavors. Here is where we want to make sure you are informed and aware of everything you are getting in your HiggyJuice!

The flavorings used to make e-juice are FDA approved as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) for consumption. This is limited to actually eating them, because the human body has several “filtering” methods in the digestive tract designed to eliminate elements from the body that it does not need. Inhalation is very different because the inner lining of the lung is a mucous membrane, which allows anything it comes in contact with a direct path to your bloodstream, without filter. This is why a smoker will feel the effects of smoking a cigarette immediately with the first puff.

Diacetyl (DA), Acetoin (AC), and Acetyl Propionyl (AP)

The big buzz out there is Diacetyl (dahy-uh-SEET-il), so let’s just get that one out of the way. Diacetyl is the chemical most commonly used in buttery flavoring. You know that stuff that you pour all over your popcorn at the movie theatre? Yeah, that’s pretty much straight Diacetyl. It was discovered that Diacetyl can become dangerous when inhaled over a period of time when several workers at a popcorn facility came down with “bronchitis obliterans,” more commonly known as “Popcorn Lung.”

Because of this, many (not all, but most) flavor manufacturers out there have taken great steps to remove Diacetyl from their flavors. Here at HiggyCigs, we will not use any flavorings that contain Diacetyl at all. Diacetyl is still considered “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) for consumption, so don’t think you have to give up microwave popcorn! However, there are concerns about the effects of inhalation over long periods of time.

It should be noted, however, that there is a significant amount greater of Diacetyl in tobacco cigarettes than there is in e-juice, and, while cigarettes are known to cause a ridiculous number of fatal diseases, “Popcorn Lung” is not one of them.

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Next up, is Acetoin (uh-SET-oh-in). This is one of the two components that is more commonly used in flavorings to simulate the buttery flavoring one gets out of using Diacetyl. Under certain circumstances, Acetoin can “catalyze” into containing trace amounts of Diacetyl, whether during production or even during the vaping process. We have not found any correlation between Acetoin itself causing any respiratory problems due to inhalation. As we all know, vaping is a relatively new thing, and new studies are being done all the time. We try to keep up with anything new that is discovered about vaping. As we find out, we will inform you, because ensuring that our customers are getting a safe product is of the utmost importance to us!  Be sure to like our Facebook Page to see the articles that we find as more research is done.

Finally, there is Acetyl Propionyl (uh-SEET-il pro-PI-uh-nul). Like Acetoin, it is used in lieu of Diacetyl for that buttery, creamy flavor in many of the flavorings used to create e-juice. We haven’t found any evidence that Acetyl Propionyl can “catalyze” into trace amounts of Diacetyl, however all three compounds are very similar. And, like Acetoin, we have not found any correlation between Acetyl Propionyl and respiratory illness. Nothing we've seen has been conclusive concerning Diacetyl substitutes, but there is a lot of hype. We do not wish to support hype. We will proceed with caution and make sure you know the facts, enabling you to discern the truth for yourself.

What does this mean? Is HiggyJuice safe?

In short, YES! While you are the one who designates how much flavor is in your HiggyJuice, 10% flavoring is a good average for us to base these numbers on. As of this writing, only 25 out of our 95 flavors even contain Acetoin, Acetyl Propionyl, or both. Out of those 24 flavors, only 4 are reported to contain more than 1% of either. We will outline these flavors in a chart for you below. But first, let’s look at some straight-to-the-point numbers:

  • The other 20 flavors in question all contain less than 1%, and sometimes even less than .5% of Acetoin, Acetyl Propionyl, or both.
  • A 35ml bottle will, on average, contain 3.5ml of flavor (10% of the bottle)
  • 1% of 3.5ml = .035ml (about the equivalent of one liquid drop)
  • 1 35ml bottle can last 2-4 weeks, depending on use

So, in conclusion, this one drop is being consumed over several weeks’ time. We don’t mean to point out the obvious, or sound flip, but the fact of the matter is that there is probably more that you inhale in the air inside your own home than one drop of a substance, spread over 14+ days.

If you still have concerns over inhaling Acetoin or Acetyl Propionyl (remember, we are Diacetyl-free!), then here is a chart to show you exactly which of our flavors contain these compounds, and you are free to stay away from them, if you choose:

Flavor name Acetoin Acetyl Propionyl
Amaretto Less than 1% None
Banana Cream Less than 10% None
Bavarian Cream Less than .5% None
Brandy Less than .5% None
Butter Greater than 10% Less than 10%
Butterscotch Less than 1% Less than 1%
Cheesecake None Less than .5%
Chocolate Hazelnut Less than .5% Less than .5%
Custard Less than 10% Less than 10%
English Toffee Less than .5% Less than 1%
Gingerbread Less than .5% Less than .5%
Graham Cracker Less than .5% Less than .5%
Granny Smith Apple Less than 10% Less than 1%
Hazelnut Less than .5% Less than .5%
Jamaican Rum Less than .5% None
Maple Syrup None Less than .5%
Marshmallow Less than .5% Less than .5%
Peanut Butter Less than .5% Less than .5%
Pecan Less than .5% None
Pralines & Cream Less than .5% None
Pumpkin Less than .5% None
Sweet Cream Less than 1% None
Tiramisu Less than .5% Less than .5%
Vanilla Cupcake Less than .5% Less than .5%
Waffle (Belgian) Less than .5% Less than .5%

And, for even further disclosure, we would like to inform you which of our HiggyCignature recipes contain the above flavors, and the maximum amount of that flavor in the recipe:

HiggyCignature Flavor Contains 19ml Amt of
35ml Amt of
70ml Amt of
Apple Crumb Cake Vanilla Cupcake .32ml .032ml .60ml .060ml 1.19ml .119ml
Banana Pudding Amaretto .38ml .004ml .7ml .007ml 1.4ml .014ml
Banana Cream .57ml .057ml 1.05ml .105ml 2.1ml .21ml
Graham Cracker .38ml .004ml .7ml .007ml 1.4ml .014ml
Vanilla Cupcake .57ml .006ml 1.05ml .011ml 2.1ml .021ml
Total .07ml   .13ml   .259ml
Blackberry Buster Custard .95ml .19ml 1.75ml .35ml 3.5ml .7ml
Banana Cream .19ml .019ml .35ml .035ml .7ml .07ml
Total .209ml   .385ml   .77ml
Blueberry Waffles Butter .8ml .2ml 1.47ml .368ml 2.94ml .735ml
Maple Syrup .32ml .002ml .6ml .003ml 1.19ml .006ml
Waffle (Belgian) .55ml .006ml 1.02ml .01ml 2.03ml .02ml
Total .207ml   .381ml   .761ml
Boston Creme Vanilla Cupcake .67ml .007ml 1.23ml .012ml 2.45ml .025ml
Bavarian Cream .57ml .003ml 1.05ml .005ml 2.1ml .011ml
Sweet Cream .38ml .004ml .7ml .007ml 1.4ml .014ml
Total .013ml   .025ml   .049ml
Fuzzy Navel Dream Sweet Cream .38ml .004ml .7ml .007ml 1.4ml .014ml
Custard .19ml .038ml .35ml .07ml .7ml .14ml
Total .042ml   .077ml   .154ml
MistyCloudz NICD Sweet Cream .76ml .008ml 1.4ml .014ml 2.8ml .028ml
Nuttin' Custard Hazelnut .57ml .006ml 1.05ml .011ml 2.1ml .021ml
Pralines & Cream .38ml .002ml .70ml .004ml 1.4ml .007ml
Custard .95ml .19ml 1.75ml .35ml 3.5ml .7ml
Total .198ml   .364ml   .728ml
Peanut Butter Buster Banana Cream .19ml .019ml .35ml .035ml .7ml .07ml
Peanut Butter .86ml .009ml 1.58ml .016ml 3.15ml .032ml
Custard .86ml .171ml 1.58ml .315ml 3.15ml .63ml
Total .199ml   .366ml   .732ml
Pegasus Tears Custard .38ml .076ml .7ml .14ml 1.4ml .28ml
Vanilla Cupcake .29ml .003ml .53ml .005ml 1.05ml .011ml
Sweet Cream .38ml .004ml .7ml .007ml 1.4ml .014ml
Total .083ml   .152ml   .305ml
Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin .48ml .002ml .88ml .004ml 1.75ml .009ml
English Toffee .48ml .007ml .88ml .013ml 1.75ml .026ml
Sweet Cream .38ml .004ml .7ml .007ml 1.4ml .014ml
Total .013ml   .025ml   .049ml
Red Box English Toffee .42ml .006ml .77ml .012ml 1.54ml .023ml
S'mores Graham Cracker .67ml .007ml 1.23ml .012ml 2.45ml .025ml
Marshmallow .82ml .008ml 1.51ml .015ml 3.01ml .03ml
Total .015ml   .027ml   .055ml
Smokey's Chocoluacheesecake Cheesecake .95ml .048ml 1.75ml .088ml 3.5ml .175ml
Strawberry Shortcake Vanilla Cupcake .46ml .005ml .84ml .008ml 1.68ml .017ml
Tart & Sweeties Granny Smith Apple .29ml .031ml .53ml .058ml 1.05ml .116ml

As you can see, the highest amount of Acetoin and Acetyl Propionyl COMBINED in any of our HiggyCignature flavors, would be our Blackberry Buster recipe with a total .77ml in a 70ml bottle (just over 1% of the entire bottle). That sized bottle would take the user 1-2 months to vape completely. Since most of us never work with amounts this small, should you need a reference point, one liquid drop is about .03ml.

So there you have it: Full disclosure - We do not feel that the amounts of Acetoin or Acetyl Propionyl in our flavors are harmful, but we are mindful of those who wish to stay away from any risk whatsoever. Luckily, we have 71 other flavors, and 26 other HiggyCignature flavors, for you to choose from that contain neither of these components, and we look forward to seeing what recipes you will come up with using them!

We thank you for being a HiggyCigs customer, and we aim to keep you informed of all the latest vaping news! Each one of the flavors and HiggyCignature flavors will have a notation regarding these components in the item description, with a link back to this page. We have plans in the works to allow the user to completely filter these flavors out of their searches, should they wish to do so.

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Updated: 1/28/2015