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Why You Probably Shouldn’t Vape A Tide Pod

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Ever since Youtube e-fame somehow became a legitimate career path for 14-year olds, the internet has been flooded with “trend” videos that have an entertainment level similar to a life insurance commercial. Now we have teens trying to vape a Tide pod and calling it ‘entertainment’.

One of the latest trends that has been doing the rounds at the moment is making “perfectly normal”, “level-headed” people eat Tide washing pods for a bit of that attention they longingly craved as a child.

Tide Pod

Just as you thought the vaping industry was making some pretty good progress as to how it’s perceived by the wider public, a guy came out and decided to vape a Tide pod.

Thanks, man. Fantastic.

Apart from the fact that you’ll send our industry back to where most people think it came from (read: the firey gates of Hell), it also has a bunch of stuff in it that you probably shouldn’t be putting into your body.

You thought smoking was bad? Try vaping a damn Tide pod.

Could You Not

Polyvinyl alcohol

This is the clear outer membrane that holds everything together. It looks like some sort of jelly candy, but it’s actually a water-based polymer related to glue. Not really too bad for you, but yeah, glue.

Denatonium benzoate

This is basically just a bittering agent that was intended to stop kids from eating the pods. I don’t think I’ve witnessed a bigger failure of an ingredient, even though it’s apparently the most bitter known substance in the world.

Fatty acid salts

Soap. This means soap.

Alcoholethoxy sulfate

A possible carcinogen.

Disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate

Not the fun type of triple D’s. It’s actually a fluorescent whitening agent.


An enzyme used to break down incredibly hard-to-remove stains in areas like hydraulic fracking.


An enzyme that attacks starch-based stains.


A protein enzyme that breaks down stains caused by keratin (skin cells).

Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate, sodium salt

A molecule that latches onto metals.

Calcium formate

This substance is just in it to ensure that none of the other stuff loses its effectiveness before you decide to vape it.

Seinfeld Done

Currently living in Sydney Australia, I come from a background in brand marketing and comedy writing. I’ve spent the last 3 years heavily involved in the vape industries of the USA, UK, and Oceania.

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