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Sunday, August 14, 2016

FDA: Air Fresheners Meet the ENDS Standard

(NOTE: Though the tone here is "sarcastic" the science is not...)

As if convenience store "manufacturing" of tobacco weren't bad enough there's a second, more serious issue:

Air fresheners.

A few examples include:

"Scent Warmers"

"Essential Oil Diffusers"

These devices contain warmers that heat chemicals or use atomizers to disperse chemicals for you to inhale.

Yes, indeed, if you smell something you are inhaling it.  Molecules that pass through your nasal passages enter into your lungs after you smell them, hence inhalation.

According to this blog twenty or more million Glade plugins are sold each year.  And there are many manufacturers, e.g., Air Wick, besides Glade.

These units are ENDS systems.

Plain and simple and match exactly the words of the FDA regulations (see page #8):

"The following is a nonexhaustive list of examples of components and parts used with electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) (including ecigarettes): e-liquids; atomizers; batteries (with or without variable voltage); cartomizers (atomizer plus replaceable fluid-filled cartridge); digital display/lights to adjust settings; clearomisers, tank systems, flavors, vials that contain e-liquids, and programmable software."

But, you say, nicotine is not in these products.  Er, well, bear with me...

First off what's in this "Fresh Citrus Blossom" Glade product (remember, designed for inhalation) would be this:

"(e)-1-(2,6,6-trimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)-2-buten-1-one; [(3,7-dimethyl-6-octenyl)oxy]acetaldehyde; [1-methyl-2-[(4,4,5-trimethyl-3-bicyclo[3.1.0]hexanyl)methyl]cyclopropyl]methanol; 1-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)2-buten-1-one; 2,4-dimethyl-3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde; 2,6,10-trimethylundec-9-enal; 2,6-dimethyl-7-octen-2-ol; 2-phenoxyethyl isobutyrate; 2-t-butylcyclohexyl acetate; 3.alpha.,4,5,6,7,7.alpha.-hexahydro-4,7-methano-1h-indenyl propionate; 3-hexenol; 3-methyl-2-butenyl acetate; 4,4.alpha.,5,9.beta.-tetrahydroindeno(1,2-d)-1,3-dioxin; 4-methylanisole; 5-methyl-2-(2-methylpropyl)-1,3-dioxane; amyl cinnamal; benzaldehyde; benzyl acetate; benzyl butyrate; butyl ester of pvm/ma copolymer; cyclamen aldehyde; decanal; dimethyl heptenal; dipropylene glycol; ethyl 2-methyl-1,3-dioxolane-2-acetate; ethyl 2-methylbutyrate; ethyl 2-methylvalerate; ethyl butyrate; ethyl isovalerate; ethyl linalool; ethyl methylphenylglycidate; ethyl salicylate; ethyl trimethylcyclopentene butenol; ethyl vanillin; gamma-decalactone; gamma-nonalactone; gamma-undecalactone; geranyl acetate; hexenyl acetate; hexyl 2-methylbutyrate; hexyl acetate; hexyl butyrate; hexyl propionate; indole; isoamyl acetate; isoamyl allylglycolate; isobutenyl methyltetrahydropyran; isobutyl methyl tetrahydropyranol; isopropylphenylbutanal; lauraldehyde; linalool; methyl anthranilate; methyl benzodioxepinone; methyl Ionones; methyl n-methylanthranilate; nona-2,6-dien-1-ol; nonadienal; phenethyl alcohol; ppg-2 methyl ether acetate; terpineol; trans-hex-2-en-1-ol; undecylenal"

Considerably more ingredients than an e-cigarette.

And remember, these are in the rooms of your small children and family.

So what if I had, say a Walmart, where I sold both Vuse and Glade products?

Certainly a Glade product that atomizes fragrance for inhalation with heat would be considered an "atomizer" in the FDA regulations sense (the Glade site says its an atomizer).

And Walmart is, in fact, a "vape shop" by any stretch of the imagination because it sells a variety of e-cigarettes right at the "tobacco" checkout.

And these Glade things contain ingredients like "ethyl vanillin."  This is a "fragrance" sold as such to giant companies like SC Johnson (who make Glade) and is also exactly what you might find in a "big tobacco" vape...

SO it must be safe to inhale, right?

What about "ethyl trimethyl cyclopentene butenol" (see this - its a synonym for "(E)-2-ethyl-4-(2,2,3-trimethyl-1-cyclopent-3-enyl)but-2-en-1-ol").  Why, its a perfume agent, just like you might by from, say, a standard vape flavor source.  (I can't seem to find it under the FDA GRAS list for food much less for "inhalation..."

(You and your kids are inhaling it right now - day in and day out - probably for years or decades...)

And certainly the FDA requires any ENDS-based products for inhalation, whether they contain nicotine or not in a "vape shop," to be properly marked as "tobacco products."

But I see that air fresheners are not...

So what's going on here?

Bullshit is what's going on...

Regulatory fraud is what's going on...

Vape shops have been singled out for targeted enforcement.

Trust me, no FDA inspector is going to Walmart and start seizing the Glade plugins or Vuse.

But if you should mix a simple nicotine-free e-liquid and not charge someone to sample it its prison for you....

So here's the plan:

1) Go out and buy a Glade (or AirWick or whatever) plugin system (make sure it has an atomizer or "heats" the fragrance).

2) Hook it up so that it runs and then buy a pack or two of refills and add them to your shop's inventory (and yes, in Pennsylvania at least, add 40% of the retail price to your tobacco tax form).

3) Now sell one to someone.

So now several things are true:

A) You and your vape shop are just like Walmart (or Target or K-Mart) - same products for sale, same ingredients, etc.

B) Your Glade product, because you also sell nicotine, must be marked as such because anyone who walks into your shop is now "vaping," i.e., "inhaling" a chemical mix of non-nicotine vape (this would include the FDA inspector).

C) You must therefore demand payment before the inhalation of the "vaping" compounds in your shop.

(If you are interested check out the Youtube videos for refilling air freshener cartridges... Put some e-liquid in one ... er, wait - you probably wouldn't want to inhale what's in an air freshener...)

WARNING (Adults only past this point...)

These FUCKING IDIOTS are putting Fabuloso into their Glade plugins...

There are many, many youtube videos of this.

(I assume a bottle of Fabuloso is far cheaper than a Glade plugin hence this mania...)

Gee, I wonder what inhaling C9-11 Pareth-8 does (here's the MSDS if you've got a strong stomach...)  More here.  Irritates mucous membranes...  No wonder little Johnny has asthma.

Better yet, at least one video had some kid sitting in the room no doubt enjoying the "fresh smelling" house.

Where's the FDA?

Fabuloso as an inhalant.

No outrage...

Not nicotine so no problem...

Where's the outrage?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you VERY much for this post. Vape on, vape strong.