What is the issue with vaping sucralose?
Sucralose is an additive that adds sweetness to e-liquids. What sets it apart from other sweeteners is that it is much sweeter. Even a small amount will make your e-liquid very sweet, thus a lot of e-liquid manufacturers use it in their vape juices. Many vapers may be used to high amounts of sweetener due to companies using excessive amounts of sucralose to cover the imperfections in the flavour of an e-liquid.
Controversies around using sucralose aren’t something new. It all started with the ability of sucralose to run carcinogen when overheated. First of all most of the substances have the ability to run a carcinogen when overheated, eg. a steak left on a pan for too long. The problem with sucralose is that it doesn’t vaporize, but either caramelize (at 160°C degrees) or burn (above 160°C degrees). Caramelized sucralose builds up on coils shortening their life span (which may mean changing them or wicks more frequently). It also worsens the quality of e-liquid, but it isn’t carcinogenic itself. Burned sucralose is where there is an issue – it releases carcinogens at exceptionally high degrees.
Recently, news on sucralose research hit the vaping community – research claiming that sucralose even in mild temperatures of around 120°C degrades into chloropropanols and other related chlorinated compounds that are potentially harmful. Whether it’s true or not, the fact is that sucralose has become a hot topic in the industry and among the users of e-cigarettes. The whole situation is worth rethinking the way we manufacture e-liquids and – if possible – propose the new alternatives for vapers. But does it mean that we need to resign from those deliciously sweet e-liquids anymore? Well, not necessarily!