Why Package in Glass Instead of Plastic?

August 29, 2011

At Virgin Vapor, we are constantly researching how to bring you the finest and purest electronic cigarette e-liquids available. As part of the results of that search, we have made it our policy to only package our e-liquids in glass, never plastic. The reason? Bisphenol A, also known as BPA.

BPA is a chemical that, in the presence of heat or hard use, leaches out of plastic containers. This is why you may have heard that it’s not a good idea to drink out of plastic water bottles and to never leave your plastic water bottle in a hot car. This is because BPA leaches out 55 times faster than normal when exposed to hot liquids.

BPA acts as an estrogen mimic. That means that it binds to the same receptors in the body that estrogen binds to. Studies have shown that BPA can promote human breast cancer cell growth as well as cause decreased sperm count and reduced fertility in rats. BPA has also been linked to prostate cancer, altered menstrual cycles and diabetes.

While the research and debate about just how bad BPA is for human health continues, we don’t want our customers to be among the lab rats. Although it costs us a bit extra, we package our e-liquids only in glass.