Electronic cigarette safety for newbies to vaping

July 24, 2013 by  
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Electronic cigarette safety is another thing you will want to keep in mind when you fist start vaping.  Especially if you have small children in your house.  The e-liquid, or smoke juice, may have nicotine in it, if you are like most of us that are moving from cigs to e-cigs.  After a while, you may start phasing out the nicotine by getting lower and lower amounts in your favorite e liquids.  However, something to remember, is that even a small amount ingested by a small child can be very harmful, and even fatal.

If a toddler eats one cigarette, it can seriously harm them.  A bottle of e-liquid contains a carton or more worth of nicotine in that small amount of liquid. Keep this in mind, and have a good safe place to keep your electronic cigarette supplies out of the reach of small children for their own safety. Little kids are curious, and will climb up things to get to something colorful that they see up high, so it is a good idea to keep them in some kind of storage box, so they are more out of sight.

Also, if you have a spill, and it gets on your skin, it can soak in and make you feel very ill.  You need to wash any skin with soap and water to keep it from soaking in too much, as soon as a spill happens.   Do not just wipe it off with a towel, or paper towel, because that will just make it spread over a larger area of your skin, and allow more to be absorbed before you get it washed off.  Keep this in mind for personal safety, as well as the safety of others, including your children and even pets.

When I am filling up my e cig with smoke juice, I normally keep everything over a small cookie sheet I bought just for this.  It keeps any spilled fluids contained, and I can easily wash it off when I am done if I happen to make a bit of a mess.   You should always have a couple of paper towels on hand as well, just to keep your e-cig cleaned off when your done, and many people use them when they are opening the parts that hold the liquids, so they do not get it on their fingers.

If you get it in your eyes…  It will freakin burn like fire!  Get to the kitchen sink and run cool water in your eye(s) for at least 5 minutes.  Longer if needed for sure.  I have never had it happen to me, but have read about it happening to someone else, and he was in pain for quite a while.  I would even suggest getting medical help after rinsing your eyes, just to be on the safe side.  But that may depend if the burning stopped or kept going too.   I can’t really say for sure, but if it hurts and it is in your eyes, it would be the smart thing to do.

I am sure there are some flavors out there, that contain real berry flavor extracts, and such, that may easily stain your cloths too, if you spill it on them, so use care, and you should be fine.  I know I have spilled a couple of drops here and there on my shirt, or pants, and have not noticed a stain, but every flavor can be different.  Again, just use your head, and you shouldn’t have any issues to worry about.

Okay, that was the bad stuff.  Now the good side of things.  If you are going from regular tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, you will no longer have to worry about your paint in your house becoming yellowed over time from the nicotine in the smoke.  There is no smoke, just water vapors that dissipate pretty fast.   You will notice that your house will start smelling cleaner, and your cloths will not smell like what your smoking.  You can walk up to non smokers right after taking a few hits off your e cig, and they will not smell it all over you.   The safety part of it, is that the vapor you breath out has almost nothing left in it for others to breath in.  Some will have a lingering smell, depending on the flavor, but many have no smell left at all in the vapor that you blow out.  Second had vaping does not look like an issue with the research that I have read, that was done by notable research facilities.

I hope you find this information helpful about electronic cigarette safety.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

First days of vaping with a good electronic cigarette

July 23, 2013 by  
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My wife and I were talking tonight after dinner, and she mentioned something that I should write about for beginners.   After she said it, it was like a no brain-er, and I am trying to figure out why it wasn’t one of my first blog posts…  But there is something important you should understand about going from smoking a pack or two a day, to vaping.  Especially when you test your first e-cig out at a vaping store.   Even more so, if you have a smokers cough or other breathing issues.

The first time you go into a vapors store to check out electric cigarettes, and test some flavors to see which one you want to start with, your going to come up to a small stumbling block if you are like most of us.  You walk up to the counter, they hand you some sampler e-cig, and you pick a flavor to test out,,,  then you take a big deep drag on it, and wallah… your choking your head off.    Don’t worry, it is completely normal at first.  It is a different thing you are taking into your lungs, and they are not used to it.  It takes a few more puffs (smaller ones) and you should be fine.

My wife was the first of us to take a trial drag at the flea market shop, then me.  She did not choke up like I did at all.  But, I have to use an inhaler a lot due to industrial lung issues from being around a boat yard that sanded bottom paint off of the boats, and I have a lot of copper dust in my lungs that will not come out.  On top of that, I was smoking a pack and a half to two packs a day.  Dhu…

Okay, so I knew I needed to get off of the cigarettes and I would breath a lot better.  Quitting just wasn’t working.  I tried patches, gums, lozenges, and even paid a couple hundred bucks once for a hypnotist.  Yeah, nothing worked for me or my wife.   Over the years, we tried everything on the market, including going to smoking cessation classes at a hospital (twice), and we still smoked.   However, these electronic cigarettes that I heard of many years before, but could never find, sounded like the ticket I needed to get away from cigarettes for good.

So far it is working very well for me.  It only took a day to say I was not going to smoke any more.  We took our cigarettes and tossed the last of them, and woke up the next day with nothing but our ego kits and started vaping.   My cough went away that day, and I use my inhaler about 1/10th as much as I used to.  I can breath a lot better now, and one of these days, I will completely move away from the nicotine.

My wife on the other hand, just hasn’t found what will work for her yet.  She keeps breaking down and buying cigarettes every month or two, and then quits again.  She just needs to sample more flavors and find one that does not hurt her throat.  Once she does, I am sure she will get completely off of regular (analog) cigs too.   Yes, I have smokes a few when she has them, but I clearly prefer my e-cigs over a real cig now days, and have no problem with not buying them at all.

I am not saying that these will for sure be the ticket for you to quit smoking.  What I am saying, is that if you really want to get off of regular cigarettes, but can’t break the habit, this may be the best alternative for you too.  If you break down and buy real cigarettes again, just smoke some, then go back to the e-cigs, and keep at it.   It is clearly harder for some to quit than others, but if you keep at it, eventually you may win.  You have the right to try, and these are clearly safer, with over 4000 less chemicals than a standard cigarette has.

If it is your time to check out electronic cigarettes, then give it a try and see how you like it.  If you do like it, spend the money to get what works best for you, so you can work away from, or stop smoking completely.  It is not a smoking cessation plan that is approved by the government yet, but it seems to have better success rates than anything else on the market, from the research and studies I have read.  At it’s worst, it is a better, healthier, or at least safer alternative to smoking actual cigarettes.

Good luck and keep up with my blog, as I will be putting all kinds of tips and reviews on this site.  I hope to start making some videos some time soon too. We will see how that goes… I am not sure how good my camera is.

Thank you for stopping by,

Tim L

Buying an Electronic Cigarette

February 19, 2012 by  
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Are you ready to buy an electronic cigarette, or perhaps just looking for info about them?

Good news:  They are definitely a healthier and cleaner, and safer alternative to conventional cigarettes or cigars. Let me help you with making a smart choice that works for you.

Where do you start?  There are so many different kinds to choose from…

Here is my list of some of the more popular types of e-cigarettes and the pros and cons of each:

1. Standard E-Cigarette. This is just a little bigger than a normal cigarette but looks very similar. Blu is an example.

pros: It is the most similar to a tobacco cigarette in size and feel. The battery life is pretty decent, and it produces a nice vapor.
Cons: The cartridge size is a bit smaller than some other types, so you may have to replace or refill it more often.  Most manufacturers tell you to replace the cartomizers with a new pack.  However, they can be refilled for a great price savings. But remember, they are disposable cartos, so they can only be refilled a few times before replacing.

2. The Mini E-Cigarette is a bit longer than the Super, and basically the same diameter. However, the main difference is the mouthpiece which is tapered.

Strength: Decent vapor and battery life.  The battery is larger so it will hold a charge for a longer time.
Weakness: A lot of people are saying it has an odd shape/feel and seems more like a small cigar rather than a conventional cigarette.  Usually they are cheaply made and intended to be tossed when finished with them.

3. The Joey EGO type e-cig is one of the most popular models out there now days.

Pros: Can find at any E-Cig store, or website. Batteries that can last all day. Capable of using many, many different types of atomizers, cartomizers and tanks, to hold more e liquid, so you don’t have to refill so often.  Customizable to get just the vape your looking for.
Cons: They are much larger than a real cigarette, so keeping them in your shirt pocket is not as simple.  They are heavier. Bulky, and long.

4. Disposable ecig. Everything is self contained. No need to change/refill cartridges, charge the battery, etc.

Pros: You can find them at most gas stations now days.  Great way to see if you like vaping without a huge investment. Usually costs less than a pack of traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Cons: Can get expensive and may seem a bit wasteful. Since you get these in 1 or 2 packs, the cost is higher per ecig.

The Joey Ego, E-Cigarette type is my personal favorite right now. I have the battery size to last me all day, a spare battery, just in case, and I use a vivi nova  tank with replaceable atomizers so I can get the vapor and flavor that I enjoy the most.  I have however been thinking about getting a larger variable voltage model to produce more vapor as I keep lowering my nicotine percentage in my smoke juices.

Now, don’t rush out and buy an electronic cigarette yet!

Not all e-cigarettes are created equal… as a matter of fact many of the early designs are prone to mechanical failure. The most common complaint is that the atomizers get clogged, or the wicks get burned. When this happens the vapor quality and volume is greatly reduced. Another problem is short battery life.  Now days, there are batteries out that will last most people 2 or 3 days between charging.  However, these go in what is called a mod, and they usually are very costly, so not the way most people start vaping.

The best way to avoid these problems is to educate yourself on the best models and brands. Unfortunately the majority of manufacturers are producing cheaply made inferior products. The good news is that there are a handful of reputable companies with top of the line electronic cigarettes that will give you a realistic smoking experience without all the headaches.   If you are looking for 100% USA made products, you can find them too.  In fact, I will make sure to put up a page in the near future, with info to US manufacturers of smoke juice/e-liquid, and products, so you can find them.

If you would like more information on where you can buy one of the best electronic cigarettes available on the market, stop by a local electronic cigarette, or vapors store in person. Most are more than happy to spend all the time you need, to help you make the right choice for you, your budget, and your goals.  Or, if you know what you want, you can go to my shop pages, to see many different kinds sold on Amazon.com.   Yes, I get a small commission, but that will help me keep this site on line and keep putting out more information.

Oh, and you would have my eternal gratitude for helping me help others.

I have been asked about the true safety of these electronic cigarettes.  Click on the links above in the scientific category, and I am posting actual test findings there. You can see the data for yourself.  I am no doctor – I leave the tests to the people that are educated in doing such things, but I can look at their findings and see clearly, that although this may not be 100% safe, it is a lot safer alternative than smoking regular cigarettes.

Blu, Electronic Cigarette Review

February 18, 2012 by  
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The Blu electronic cigarette is quickly becoming a favorite among some new “vaping” enthusiasts.  It has some distinct design differences that give the user the most realistic and satisfying smoking experience, and without the hassles typically associated with traditional cigarettes.  You are now seeing television commercials with them, as a great alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

Most companies are selling electronic cigarettes in a 3-piece design:

1. Battery
2. Atomizer
3. Nicotine cartridge

The Blu E-cig design consists of only 2 pieces:

1. Battery
2. Atomizer & cartridge combined, called a cartomizer.

Why does this make such a big difference?

With many of the 3-piece design electronic cigarettes, the atomizer gets used over and over.  This can lead to a dirty, clogged atomizer that becomes much less efficient over time.  A clean atomizer is essential for getting maximum vapor volume, and flavor satisfaction.  The more quality vapor you get with each draw is very important for a satisfying and realistic “vaping” experience.  The reusable atomizer found in 3-piece designs need to be replaced or cleaned frequently.  This will cost you in time or money – a hidden cost not mentioned in most the sales materials. They are pretty easy to clean, but you will need some spares for when they are being cleaned.

The 2-piece design as found in the Blu e-cig, and other cartomizer models, eliminates the problems associated with the reusable atomizer. Because the atomizer is built into the nicotine cartridge, you get a fresh atomizer every time you change cartridges (one cartridge is about the equivalent of 20-30 tobacco cigarettes). This is why a lot of people choose the Blu e-cig. Great vapor, and full flavor.

It’s very common for many people to initially try a 3-piece design only to be disappointed.  They are not taught how to actually use and take care of their e-cig device when they buy it.  These are the same people that go on to say electronic smoking doesn’t work well. It’s worth it to spend a few extra dollars and get a 2 piece, or 3 piece design that you will actually be happy with.  Buy a sampler kit if you are new, and find the one that is right for you.

Not all e-cigarettes are created equal. It’s important to educate yourself on the differences so you don’t end up going through a lot of unnecessary (and expensive) trial and error.  The electronic cigarette is being redesigned constantly by the manufacturers to come up with better and better models. Blu electronic cigarettes offers a technologically advanced device that will give you the most realistic and satisfying smoking experience in the industry. The highest smoke volume, convenience of use, reliability, cleanliness and an extended battery life all add up to make Blu a wise electronic cigarette choice.  They have no smell, no ash, and no tobacco smoke, but do have what you enjoy about sm0king a cigarette.  They are a little on the pricy side for what you get, but with that, you get the simplicity of just buying them and vaping.  No refilling or cleaning to worry about.

Another thing that makes Blu a great electronic cigarette to choose, is that the e-cig, and e-liquid are all made in the USA.  That is a rare thing to find at this price level, or any other. Most are made in China, and well, I don’t know about you, but I would prefer my smoke juice to be made in the USA.  It just makes me feel safer, knowing that everything in it, is following a high standard for my safety.

Your best bet, is to find an e-cig retailer in your area, and go in for a personal visit.  They will be able to help you find the correct model for you.  It is great to have that hands on information, and ability to sample different types before making the purchase.  If there is not one in your area, you may consider looking at them from my site. I have links to blu, and other products, in my store pages for you.

If you are serious about vaping, you will want a more robust personal vaporizer, or electronic cigarette.  But these blu e-cig models are great to get you started, and see if you enjoy it before spending too much money.  It is the way most of us start into vaping, and then later move on to larger batteries, like the ego, or ego-twist, and on into mods for a much larger variable voltage vaping use.  I will explain those in another post.

Tips on Using Your New Electronic Cigarette

Your new electronic cigarette is not a complicated device but with anything new there is always going to be a bit of a learning curve. Here are some tips on the best way to maximize your electronic smoking or vaping experience so you can save both time and money.

Tips for new e-cig users:    First, we are vapors, because we vape. There is no smoke with e-cigs!

1. Depending on the type of e-cig you are using, you will want to get some spare cartomizers, clearomizers, batteries, and possibly atomizers. These are the few things that are most likely to need replacing, or something you will need a spare of when your charging your battery, or cleaning your clearomizers.  A  word of caution though:  It’s a good idea to make sure you like your particular electronic cigarette model first, before buying all the extras. Once you know for sure you’re satisfied with it, get the extra hardware… you’ll definitely get good use out of them!

If you are like me, you will start trying more flavors and will want several cartomizers so you have one for each flavor your using that day.

2. Get a car charger, and a USB pass through. These will allow you to “vape” while driving or at your computer without the need to drain your batteries. Again, make sure you’re satisfied with your model before buying the extras.

3. Start off with a lower nicotine dose. Electronic cigarette cartridges typically come in several different doses: High, medium, low and none. When you first get your e-cigarette you’re going to want to be experimenting with it a lot, trying new flavors, etc. If you’re not careful you’ll end up absorbing more nicotine than you’re used to… and possibly increasing your addiction to it. Start off low and increase your dose after the novelty wears off if you feel like it.

4. Take long, slow puffs. A long, slow, puff will give you the most vapor volume. Short, hard puffs will tend to flood the atomizer causing reduced vapor production (you may even get liquid in your mouth). Trust me, that tastes terrible!

5. Switch atomizers frequently. Atomizers tend to get clogged easily and when this happens the vapor volume is greatly reduced. Switch out your atomizer daily for best performance and be sure to clean them frequently. (This tip only applies to three-part ecigs where the atomizer is a separate unit. Some  two-piece models have a built in atomizer in each individual cartridge). With some of the “cartomizers”, and clearomizers, you can boil them to clean them.

I will re-write this page from time to time, as I come up with more helpful tips to help you get started. Follow these tips and you will have a head start on being able to fully enjoy your new electronic cigarette. If you’re unsure about something, or want to hear what others have to say,  be sure to check out some of the e-cigarette forums online. These can be an excellent resource for answering nearly any question you can think of.

Here is the main e-cig forum:  http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum

and this is the other main forum:  http://www.vapersforum.com/forum.php

Congratulations on choosing a better smoking alternative… happy vaping!

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe

February 15, 2012 by  
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Now days, Electronic cigarettes are being marketed as a “safer alternative” to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

But just how safe are e-cigarettes?

Are there any health risks with an e-cig?

Let’s examine electronic cigarette vaping, and compare it to smoking a real, traditional tobacco cigarette, so you can make an intelligent, and informed decision, if this might be a wise smoking alternative for you, or a loved one.

The most harmful aspect of smoking cigarettes is the 4,000+, toxic chemicals that are inhaled when you burn a traditional tobacco cigarette. It’s the actual smoke causing lung cancer and respiratory disease, not the nicotine.  With vaping electronic cigarettes,  none of these 4,000+ toxic chemicals are produced because, there is no smoke, and there is nothing actually burning at all.  With no smoke, it means no tar, no carbon monoxide, etc.  The vapors produced have only a few ingredients, not all the additives that big tobacco put into their cigarettes to ad flavor or addiction… As a person with preparatory problems, I can feel a huge difference, now that I have been vaping with e cigs, instead of cigarettes.  And I could feel this happen after about a week, and it keeps getting better.

But what about the nicotine?

E-cigarettes still deliver nicotine.  Well, most of them do, but you can also keep vaping with no nicotine if you enjoy vaping, if you can ween yourself off the nicotine over time, like am in doing.  Start at a comfortable level, and lower it every couple of times you buy more e liquid.  Over time, if you choose, and try, you can cut your addiction to nicotine, if you have the will power and desire to do so.

How dangerous is that?

More independent studies on the effects of nicotine by itself need to be done. Right now the health risks are still inconclusive. Nevertheless, it’s obvious that a method of delivering nicotine that doesn’t involve real smoke is going to be much safer than burning tobacco.  There are studies that prove that. And that is how the patch and gums are allowed.

The FDA recently reported that traces of carcinogens where found in a sample of electronic cigarette nicotine liquid.

However, these same carcinogens are also found in nicotine delivery alternatives like the patch and gum (which are both approved by the FDA). Also keep in mind that many every day foods like peanut butter contain trace levels of carcinogens.  This is not to say that we should not be concerned about it.  Just keep it in perspective.  It’s important to remember that the dose of a particular carcinogen is an important factor in how toxic it actually is.  If carcinogens are present in e-cigarette vapor, it doesn’t not appear to be in high doses. Right now there is no evidence that these carcinogens are are even translated into the actual electronic cigarette vapor that is inhaled.  Oh, and that was just one of the samples they tested.  That one was made in China, and they did not find it in any of the others tested, from China and the USA manufacturers. Just one cartridge…

Are electronic cigarettes totally safe?

Honestly,,,   breathing our air is not totally 100% safe.  More studies are needed on electronic cigarettes and vaping.  So, until more studies are done it’s probably a good idea to err on the side of caution, and assume that they are not 100% safe.  However, if  you compare it to smoking a traditional tobacco cigarette, there really is no comparison.

One thing we know for sure is that tobacco smoking is incredibly dangerous, expensive, and inconvenient now days. The e-cigarette give smokers an alternative that appears to be much safer and will probably save countless lives. Given a choice between the two? I think it’s positively, a no brainer…

Benefits of the Electronic Cigarette

February 12, 2012 by  
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Electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, vaping, personal vaporizers… what are the benefits?

 

Electronic smoking, or vaping, as it is called,  is quickly rising in popularity & is changing the people smoke forever.  Are you one of the people wondering how, or if, this is something that can benefit you or a loved one?  Let’s look at some of the many benefits of the electronic cigarette, as a smarter, sensible and healthier alternative to tobacco cigarette smoking.

Some Great Benefits of an Electronic Cigarette:

1. A clear choice, is Health.   The most harmful aspect of smoking tobacco cigarettes is the actual smoke and the tar, carcinogens and other chemicals that are inhaled into the lungs. We are always hearing the warnings of what that tar is doing to the lungs of smokers.  With an e-cigarette nothing is lit, so there is no smoke, tar, or carcinogens.  The nicotine and flavor is vaporized into a mist that looks and feels like smoke, but isn’t smoke. This is clearly a much healthier alternative.

2. The Cost. The cost of the e-liquid cartridges is where you really save a lot of money.  An electronic cigarette nicotine cartridge is about the equivalent of 1 – 1.5 packs of tobacco cigarettes.  A package of 5 cartridges will cost you around $10. This comes out to about $1.5-$2 per pack… this is a huge savings!  And for advanced vapors that have refillable cartomizers, or clearomizers, the savings is many times greater.

3. How about the Convenience.  You can smoke an e-cigarette anywhere because there is no smoke being emitted.  You may get some funny looks if you suddenly start “vaping” in a restaurant or bar, so you may want to get permission from management first.  But technically you can do this in any public area because there is no second-hand smoke to be concerned with.  However, check your local area, because many places will not allow it, due to the lack of research done so far.

4. Great Smell.  There is no lingering odor, so no more worrying about stinky breath, hair, clothes, hands, etc. The room will not fill with smoke either, so you won’t be offending anyone with second hand smoke, and no one can complain about the smell.  Heck, most flavors that have a smell, smell great, like blueberry, banana, or many of the fruit flavors.

5. You get some peace of mind.  It is true, you’re still absorbing nicotine, but at least you’re avoiding the the incredibly dangerous smoke and 4,000+ toxic chemicals associated with tobacco cigarettes.  Not to mention, that non smokers will not smell you from 5 feet away, like they can with regular tobacco cigarettes.  You will get the peace of mind, knowing that you’re choosing a healthier alternative.

A lot of people wonder if electronic vaping can help a person quit smoking altogether. There have not been enough clinical studies to prove this one way or another so this is still a debatable subject. However, other nicotine delivery alternatives like gum, patches, etc., are commonly used as a part of many stop-smoking approaches. Common sense would suggest that the electronic cigarette has the potential to do the same.  And with the ability to choose your nicotine level, you can cut down on your own pace, with the added hand to mouth action that many smokers are so used to.

Oh, and if you slip up and have a regular cigarette, it isn’t going to have the same danger as smoking with a patch on, because a patch feeds nicotine, even up to an hour after removing it, while an e-cig delivers it on the spot, like a traditional tobacco cigarette.  If it were for nothing else, that alone makes it safer than a patch for people trying to quit smoking.  But I am sure the pharmaceutical companies are going to say otherwise, so they can keep pushing their products.

Just saying…  It just seems that the people lobbying against the e-cigarette are the people that stand to loose money from them being around, like big tobacco companies, and large pharmaceutical companies that make the patches and gums.

All I know for sure, is that using electronic cigarettes has helped me stay away from real cigarettes, and I hardly ever feel any of what I guess you would call craving for a regular cigarette.  I have so many flavors to choose from that taste and smell great too.  So I know that helps.   Not to mention, that I know I am getting a whole lot less nicotine, and over time, I am lowering it more and more.  Eventually, I am sure will make it down to 0 nicotine by mid to end of this summer. (2013)  I will keep you posted in my blogs.