Minneapolis, MN -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/30/2014 -- Alchem International is now offering its premium vaping-gradeTM nicotine NicSelectTM in a 10 percent solution to satisfy the overwhelming demand by manufacturers of e-juices for e-cigarettes.
Since pure liquid nicotine is dangerous to handle, most e-juice manufactures prefer to work with a lower concentration, said Laurent Leduc, Alchem’s chief operating officer and head of U.S. operations.
“Most people making e-juices simply don’t have a GMP-certified facility, nor are they equipped to deal with hazardous products such as pure liquid nicotine,” Leduc said. “NicSelect blends are perfect for the majority of e-juice makers because they’re less hazardous and more convenient to handle.”
Blended in the U.S at a GMP- and ISO9001-certified facility with either 90 percent propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG), NicSelect blends are available through Vermillion River Supply, My Freedom Smokes and NicVape. Every batch carries its own certificate of analysis and is packed into leak-proof, secure containers as soon as it’s produced to maintain its freshness.
While nicotine itself is not carcinogenic, the impurities that can result during its manufacturing can be harmful. Not all liquid nicotine is created equal, because not all manufacturers are held to the standards set forth by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), the official authority that regulates prescription and health care products manufactured or sold in the U.S.
Extracted from tobacco plants in Alchem International’s FDA-inspected facility, NicSelect doesn't just meet – it exceeds USP standards of purity. For its NicSelect blends, Alchem has selected premium USP and kosher-grade PG and VG. PG is preferred by some manufacturers for its ability to blend with other flavors, while plant-based VG is gaining in popularity for its vapor production. Many e-juice makers blend both PG and VG together with their own signature flavors.
“We believe this is the first time nicotine blends are being manufactured on a large scale in the way they should be done: where all of the ingredients meet or exceed USP quality standards,” Leduc said.
While flavor is a key selling point, the quality and origin of the base nicotine liquid is also important to the vast majority of e-cigarette users, according to the nicotine knowledge survey conducted by Alchem International last fall. The quality of nicotine was important to nearly 97 percent of e-cigarette users, while 80 percent said they would be willing to pay a premium for the highest quality.
However, very few survey respondents knew basic facts about the origins of nicotine and how it’s produced. For example, only 9 percent knew that some nicotine was being imported into the U.S. illegally.
The vast majority – 93 percent – said they would like e-liquid suppliers to declare the source of nicotine on the e-juice bottle, and 83 percent said they would like to see a testing report for the nicotine. Over 160 participants completed the survey at two e-cigarette trade shows during September and October.
NicSelect is manufactured by Alchem International in India at its world-class, FDA-inspected plant. Alchem also manufacturers plant-based chemicals for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries.
For more information on NicSelect, visit http://www.NicSelect.com, contact Alchem in the U.S. at Laurent@alcheminternational.com or call 952-933-3822.
About Alchem International
Alchem International is a world-class, FDA-inspected manufacturer of plant-based chemicals for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries. Alchem manufactures NicSelectTM, pure liquid nicotine that exceeds U.S. Pharmacopeia standards for purity and impurity levels. Alchem has sold pharma-grade liquid nicotine for nicotine patches and gums for many years, and is now selling NicSelectTM vaping-gradeTM nicotine to e-cigarette and e-juice manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.NicSelect.com.