Thousands of do-it-yourself vapers are learning how to make e-liquids at home. Users on forums describe the process as simple, fun, cheap and, with the proper precautions, safe. But if not done carefully, it may pose risks including accidental exposure to high doses of liquid nicotine
Some vapers are making their own e-cigarette liquids to avoid bans on the sale and use of tobacco-free products. The risk of contaminated products is high, experts say. What's really needed in this situation is actual regulation of these products, they say.
Reddit's e-cigarette forum has over 52,500 members sharing recipes for flavors such as "chocolate chip cookie" and "watermelon". Members are also asking for tips on how to store supplies in case of a ban on flavored e-liquids.
Poison control centers have received 3,583 calls about exposure to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine this year. About 50 percent of the calls are for children 5 years or younger. DIY e-liquids made at home for personal use don't fall under FDA jurisdiction.
Danielle Jones made her own flavor-by-flavor e-liquid at home.
The process takes about 15 minutes. "The air smells candy sweet, like inhaling a box of Nerds," Jones says after taking a deep hit.