E-juice with Nicotine is set to jump by 35% + come the new financial year and some vendors have already increased the prices as there is a GLOBAL NICOTINE SHORTAGE WHEN IT COMES TO E-CIGS /VAPES.
The story that is being hidden that Big Tobacco companies, seeing the sales of cigarettes declining rapidly have invested big money into research and development of alternative products to smoking the most popular is the Juul pod.
These are the Tobacco Companies answer to the various vapes that are on the market from various vape shops. They are flooding the markets with these where nicotine vapes are legal and have bought up humongous supplies of pure nicotine as well as Pharmaceutical companies with their manufacture of Nicotine chewing gums, patches and Oral Sprays so much so that a major manufacturer in China the main source of nicotine is having trouble not only keeping up with the demand but had to also expand to meet this demand.
Production costs increased dramatically and hence the price rise. I am not certain of how many American companies manufacture pure nicotine which these companies need. From my limited exploration of this led me to believe most in USA is imported from China (Far cheaper labour costs) as are most vapes sold in the USA and Australia for that matter. This pure nicotine is then broken down to what is known as Freebase solution which can vary from 75vmg/ml to 200 mg/ml and this is then sold of to DIY e-juice makers.
One of my good friend in NZ is a compounding chemist and he does manufacture e-juice He uses 99% Pure nicotine in his manufacture of the e-juice,
UNLESS YOU ARE A QUALIFIED CHEMIST OR ARE TRAINED IN HANDLING EXTREMELY TOXIC SUBSTANCES DON'T EVEN THINK OF USING PURE NICOTINE HALF A TEA SPOON WILL KILL YOU AND IT IS A VERY SLOW AGONISING DEATH.
My friend has advised me that his costs of pure nicotine have almost doubled since his last purchase three months ago from China, however as not much is needed in E-juice manufacture like 4 drops for a 30ml bottle and 14 drops for a 24mg bottle he is only raising his prices by 35%.
Our prices for Nicotine E-Juice under 12mg/ml will remain the same. Over 12mg and up to 24 mg and freebase nicotine will increase by 35%
So friends there is the sad news and the more sadder news is that since the Scott Morrison government has been returned to power the chances of Australian Vapers seeing Nicotine E-Juice becoming legal in Australia remains almost ZERO. The health minister remains to be Greg Hunt MP and as he is amendment that e-cigs/vapes with nicotine will not be legal in Australia under his watch.