Nicotine's bad image

A bad image and figures that elevate questions

In October 2019, the third Vape Summit organized by the Sovape consumer association took place in Paris. On this occasion, in collaboration with the BVA polling institute, the association published a figure that puzzled many health professionals and industrialists in the vaping sector.

Eighty percent of French people think that nicotine is carcinogenic.

A figure that questions the quality of the information disseminated to the public and, in particular, to smokers. We could then be entitled to wonder about the harmfulness of nicotine substitutes containing nicotine (patches, inhalers, etc.)

However, nicotine is not carcinogenic. Moreover, just go to the website of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-IARC) to read it.

So why this mistaken belief?

Nicotine is above all assimilated to cigarettes, itself assimilated to multiple cancers. However, if cigarette smoke contains various harmful substances (ammonia, acetone, mercury, lead …) and indeed causes a whole series of cancers, nicotine is not responsible: combustion is!

Nicotine is a molecule naturally present in many plants, such as tomatoes and eggplants. It is found in high concentrations in the leaves of certain varieties of tobacco. The plant creates it to protect itself from insects and their aggressions..

This natural molecule suffers from a negative image because it is too often associated (wrongly) with the harmful effects of smoking due to the use of tobacco plant by humans..

To go further

Nicotine is an alkaloid, low dose stimulant comparable to caffeine. It is quickly eliminated by the body and has been used for its insecticidal properties for many years. The pharmaceutical industry also uses it, of course, as a substitute in patches or chewing gums, as mentioned above. Its application in the field of vaping is quite recent. It is an essential element in the composition of e-liquids.


To offer our customers quality e-liquids, we produce our own nicotine suitable for inhalation. It is extracted from tobacco plants grown in France and its extraction process is based on the 12 principles of green chemistry..

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