Tobacco-Free Nicotine (TFN) is yet another advancement in the vaping industry that’s got the whole vape scene buzzing. It’s a synthetic alternative to tobacco that creates a nicotine experience without the use of the tobacco plant, which is arguably the ultimate goal among former smokers looking for a new way to enjoy the properties of this stimulating compound.
Because Tobacco-Free Nicotine is still new to our industry, it’s natural that vapers have a lot of questions about it, as it’s slowly making its way on the market. The biggest question among vapers is TFN e-juice’s longevity versus traditional e-juices.
For Those Who Don’t Know: What is TFN?
Tobacco-free nicotine is synthetic nicotine, meaning that it is not derived from organic sources but produced in a laboratory with chemicals including sulfuric acid, ethanol, and niacin. The nicotine compound produced in a lab setting behaves identically to tobacco-derived nicotine (TDN), offering the same exact experience when inhaled. Essentially, vapers will not notice a difference in the nicotine’s performance.
TFN’s uncanny resemblance to TDN comes from scientists’ ability to craft a nicotine concentrate that has the exact same molecular structure of organic nicotine. An advantage of TFN is that it boasts 100% purity, while even the most carefully isolated and extracted TDN will never be completely pure. Only TFN can offer a complete lack of flavor or aroma, allowing it to blend easily with flavoring ingredients used in e-liquids.
Can TFN Be More Shelf-Stable?
Another question surrounding TFN is how long it lasts compared to traditional nicotine concentrates. There is good reason to believe that TFN does, in fact, last longer because it’s more chemically stable, since it’s lacking in impurities commonly found in traditional nicotine extracts. These impurities, even in trace amounts, can degrade gradually and disrupt the stability of the nicotine compound. It allows for more rapid oxidization due to different molecules bonding to one another as the product sits on a shelf.
As a result, e-liquids made with Tobacco-Free Nicotine may last longer after they have been bottled. But nicotine isn’t the only ingredient in an e-liquid that can naturally degrade over time¾flavoring ingredients in e-juice also oxidize, and so the nature of the flavoring ingredients also plays a role in longevity.
Can TFN Last Longer in Your Tank?
In theory, e-liquids crafted with Tobacco-Free Nicotine will remain more stable in the tank. Traditional nicotine may be less stable due to its impurities. The constant exposure to the coil’s heat could cause tobacco to degrade at trace levels before you reach the bottom of the tank. TFN could potentially maintain its stability in spite of constant heat exposure.
As for burning through your e-liquid, the answer is less clear. TFN and traditional nicotine are identical molecularly, so it’s unlikely that they will differ in terms of how they contribute to the evaporation of your e-liquid each time you fire a hit. Further, because there is no difference in how they affect you, it’s doubtful that you’ll go through one quicker than the other. Higher nicotine strengths can last longer in a tank because you don’t require as many hits of vapor to satisfy your craving, thus allowing you to get more out of each drop of vape juice.
But Tobacco-Free Nicotine satisfies cravings just like tobacco-derived nicotine, and so you will probably find yourself vaping the exact same amount regardless of the source of the nicotine.
Still, there are other reasons to switch to TFN:
- 1.The purity factor makes a big difference and can give you an improved flavor as impurities commonly found in tobacco-derived nicotine can interfere with the flavor profile of your e-juice.
- 2.It allows vapers to completely break free from the tobacco plant¾so their hobby is no longer associated with cigarettes.
- 3.It may also have a smoother inhale due to its cleanliness.
TFN is Likely to Be More Stable than Traditional Nicotine
Overall, Tobacco-Free Nicotine may last longer on the shelves. Still, the question remains, “Will you find yourself desiring fewer hits after switching to this synthetic alternative?” That’s still up in the air. What we can say is that there are various reasons for trying TFN that have nothing to do with the rate at which you vape it, making it a product that’s certainly worth trying.