E-Liquid Testing

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E-Liquid Testing is a critical part of what we MUST do as a responsible members of and retailers in this industry. It is our responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that the products that we provide to the Canadian Consumer is as safe as possible. We would hope that was a shared principle among all Electronic Cigarette businesses and E-Liquid Manufacturers in Canada but, unfortunately, that is not yet the case. For that reason, we wish to fully disclose our E-Liquid Testing practices and protocols so that you can be more confident and comfortable with your knowledge and ability to make an informed decision with as much information as possible.

On this page you will find details on:

Our Practice

We send a minimum of three (3) E-Liquid Samples of various flavours and nicotine concentrations for testing at least once every six months. At least one sample from each E-Liquid Manufacturer is included in each group of samples.

The laboratory that we use for our testing is accredited by Health Canada, Enthalpy Labs, located in Durham, North Carolina (USA). This laboratory was chosen for several reasons. A few of which are:

  • Accredited by Health Canada
  • Work with AEMSA so they are familiar with our needs
  • Work closely with Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, M.D. on E-Cigarette Research
  • Perform specific Electronic Cigarette research and studies for Dr. Farsalinos

Upon receipt of our test results we review each sample and take any actions that are needed. As a member of the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association (ECTA) of Canada, our results are also forwarded to a third party for audit and historical purposes. The third party auditor reviews the results, deems pass or fail for each sample and follows-up on actions taken for any issues that may have been identified in the results.

Testing Procedures / Protocols

Since this is a relatively new industry, testing procedures and protocols are evolving and expected to change as we learn more going forward. Ultimately, as a Tobacco Harm Reduction tool, we want to make these products as safe as possible and it will take the cooperation of all who touch this industry, from the Flavouring Manufacturer to the E-Liquid Manufacturer to the Retailer to the Consumer. We all play a part in our success or failure.

Currently, we are performing tests for the following:

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Also, we position Electronic Cigarettes as a Tobacco Harm Reduction tool, so our goal should be to eliminate as many harmful aspects as possible. Tobacco Cigarettes contain Diacetyl in concentrations of 250+ ppm. Therefore, whatever testing protocol is used should be expected to test to well below that level. Unfortunately, some GC/MS test results that I have seen recently are only detecting to 0.1% (1000 ppm). That's 4 times the level found in a single tobacco cigarette. So what would that test even prove?

If you are using GC/MS testing, be certain to check and understand the lower detection limit for what you are attempting to detect.

The testing protocol that we are using is what they call HPLC/UV Analysis. I do not know what that means, exactly, but it has a very low minimum detection levels for Diacetyl and Pentanedione. For that reason, you can have confidence that we DO know "what is in the E-Liquid". There is still more to learn and our testing protocols will be adjusted as needed.

Completed Tests

The Test Result Reports are anywhere from 20-40 pages in length and are extremely detailed. Except for a few of the summary pages, they are quite complicated to understand if you are not of "that" background. Even after having long and detailed conversations with Enthalpy about the results, we still do not fully understand all of the content.

We have included excerpts of the pages containing the most relevant points and listed them at the bottom of each section below. For the reports that are ours (indicated below), if you wish to obtain a copy of the full report, we can provide it to the general public, understanding the following:

  • The Report is our property and not public domain
  • The Report and it's content is being provided to you for personal use, only
  • You may not modify and/or re-distribute the report without our expressed written consent
  • A conversation with us must take place to go through the report and answer any questions
  • As stated above, we may not have all of the answers to any questions you may have
  • We may refuse to provide any report if we believe your motives are unclear
  • It may take several days for us to schedule time to send and review the report with you

Tests have been performed on the following (most recent listed first):

* indicates something of note on that flavour

  • June 6th, 2016 : 0616-517 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Carribana
    • Cinna-Crunch
    • Mothership
  • November 17th 2015 : 1115-561 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Chocolate Hazelnut
    • Watermelon Man
    • Grape Bacco
    • Mr. Cottontail*
  • October 19th 2015 : 1015-558 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Nut Tellin Ya
    • Cinna-Crunch
    • Blueberry Cheesecake
    • Banana Custard*
    • Lemon Custard
  • May 26th 2015 : 0515-561 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Melon Dramatic*
    • Vape Mate Tobacco
    • Papa Mango
  • May 18th 2015 : 0515-532 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of Funk-e-Joose)
    • Big Apple Funk
    • Canuck Custard
    • Chill Pill
    • Dancin' Queen
    • Frootie-Hoopz
    • Moonwalker
    • Magnum Pi
    • Sly Banana Pie
    • Thrust
    • Watermelon Man
  • March 25th 2015 : 0315-555 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Sour Rainbow
    • Mr. Cottontail
    • Nerd Sauce
    • Cocoa Razz
    • O.C. Fizzin'
    • Melon Dramatic*
    • Diner Floats
    • County Fair
    • Tickin' Out
    • Heaven's Gate
    • #RedGreen
    • Berry Royale
    • Grandma's House
    • Froopz (Exclusive)
    • Date Night
    • Feck Off
    • Tiger Tailz
    • Sapphire Slush
    • Secret Affair
    • Supernova
    • Fat Elvis
  • March 25th 2015 : 0315-556 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Groovy Grape RETEST
  • December 22nd 2014 : 1214-122 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Dragon Dance
    • Grape Bacco
    • Carribana
  • October 17th 2014 : 1014-180 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Carribana
    • Lime Soda
    • Coco-Nana*
    • Maple Waffle*
  • October 17th 2014 : 1017-175 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Blueberry
    • Hazelnut Cappuccino
    • Vanilla Cake
    • Strawberry
    • DK Tobacco
    • US Mix Tobacco
    • Coconut Cream Pie*
    • Honey Dew Melon
    • Pina Colado
    • Double Double Coffee
    • Full Flavour Tobacco
    • Rich Vanilla
    • Green Apple
    • Coconut Tobacco
    • Surf's Up
    • Creamy Blueberry
    • Juicy Peach
    • Lemonade
    • Chocolate Hazelnut
    • Spearmint
    • Blackberry Brandy
    • RY4
    • Creamy Strawberry Shortcake
    • Belgian Elephant
    • Chocolate Mint
    • Absinthe
    • Peppermint
    • Orange Cream
    • Red Cola
    • 555 Tobacco
    • Funky Monkey*
    • Sour Blackraspberry
    • Maple Cured Tobacco
    • Creme De Menthe
    • Milk Chocolate
    • Groovy Grape RETESTED ABOVE
    • Ragin' Raspberry
    • Green Tea
    • Red Energy Drink
  • May 16th, 2014 : 0514-132 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Navy Cut Tobacco
    • Caramel Popcorn
    • Papa Mango
  • May 16th, 2014 : 0514-129 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Earl Grey Tea
    • Watermelon
    • Black Cherry
    • Canadian Menthol
    • Banana Cream
    • Coconut Rum Balls
  • March 24th, 2014 : 0314-152 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of Theravape)
    • Vibrant Strawberry
    • Calm Watermelon
  • December 3rd, 2013 : 1213-38R : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Blackberry
    • Pomegranate
    • Creamy Menthol
  • December 3rd, 2013 : 1213-39R : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Cuban Cigar
    • Cranberry Champagne
    • Root Beer
  • July 16th, 2013 : 0713-116-03 : Enthalpy Analytical
    • Vapemate Tobacco
    • Navy Cut Tobacco
    • Dunhull Tobacco
  • July 16th, 2013 : 0713-116-01 : Enthalpy Analytical (Courtesy of FlavourCrafters)
    • Export Tobacco
    • Mac Maurier
    • Mild Tobacco
  • October 25th, 2012 : BB04203 : West Yorkshire Analytical
    • Vapemate Tobacco
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