Is it dangerous when you accidentally drip e-liquid on your lips?
Electronic cigarettes are becoming more and more popular as time passes by and as more people are using them daily it’s best to answer a particular problem we all encountered: “is e-liquid harmful for my lips?”. First of all, there is no reason to panic. Accidentally getting some drops of e-liquid on your lips or tongues is something destined for any vaper sooner or later so don’t worry you are not the only one facing the issue.
Compared to the over 250 dangerous chemicals found in a single combustible analog, the electronic cigarette has only 4 or 5 ingredients that make up its e-liquid, none of which are known to be harmful to the human organism. Propylene glycol is perhaps best known for being present in different brands of mouthwash, while glycerin is already found in a variety of safety-tested beauty products (like minty mouth spray for example). The flavorings are always ‘food grade’ which means they are from the same category like the ones used to flavor your candy or sweets. The only thing you should worry about is the nicotine.
Nicotine is a nitrogen-containing chemical or an alkaloid, which is made by several types of plants, including the tobacco plant. Nicotine is also produced synthetically. In smaller doses (an average cigarette yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine), the substance acts as a stimulant in mammals, while high amounts (50–100 mg) can be harmful. A pack a day (PAD) smoker will consume 20 cigarettes of 1.4mg each for a total of 28mg/day. If electronic cigarettes delivered 100% of the nicotine contained in the liquid, this would equate to 48-72mg/day. But in reality a PAD (Pack-a-day) equivalent vaper would be using approx. 2ml of 24mg liquid to obtain approx. 28mg of absorbed nicotine, so an efficiency of about 60%.
Indeed, nicotine is also absorbed by through the skin, but the concentration of the substance in most e-liquids is of about 2.4%. This means that a drop of e-juice contains about 1.2mg of pure nicotine. The known lethal dose in humans is somewhere between 0.5 – 1.0mg per kilogram, so your skin will need to absorb a lot of eliquid drops in a small amount of time in order to pose a real threat to your life.
Know that you know the science behind it all; the answer to the question “Am I in danger after accidentally dripping e-liquid on my lips?” is a definite “No!!” As long as you are not swallowing your whole e-liquid bottle, you are in no danger what so ever from a few drops that spilled down your lips or mouth. It is important to remember that nicotine is a stimulant that can be dangerous in large doses, but e-cigarettes users will not encounter such massive amounts unless they intentionally ingest large quantities.
If you end up with e-cigarette juice on your lips, you may experience an unpleasant taste, but you should not be alarmed. Just wipe it off and rinse your mouth with some water and continue to enjoy your vaping. If however you end up ingesting a few drops of e-liquid it’s better to keep away from your e-cigarette for a while, to let your body metabolize the excess nicotine.