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

What is an Electronic Cigarette?

February 20, 2013 by  
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A few years back, I heard of electric cigarettes, and had no idea what they were, or where to find one.  I heard that you smoke them, but there was no smoke… It had me confused, and curious at the same time. When I first heard about the electronic cigarette, my first reaction was that this is most likely a novelty item that wasn’t to be taken seriously.

Just this last year though, I finally found what it was all about.  There were no stores selling them until recently, so there was just no information out there to be had. From what I have seen though, I am glad I didn’t find them back then.  They were shotty, and at best a poor excuse for what they were supposed to be.   They have had a few years to develop a much better product before I found them, and for that, I am glad.

Since that time, several years ago,,,  I continued smoking regular cigarettes, even though I tried to quit, I don’t know how many times, over the last 15 years.  Then, I developed a heart problem, and had to have a quadruple bypass.  The doc said I had to quit, or I would be back in a couple of years.  I didn’t want no part of doing that all again.  It is the most pain you could ever imagine…

After I healed up for 3 months or so,  I started smoking again.  Bad idea…  I didn’t want to, I just did.  I started looking for alternatives again, and finally found a egig shop in a flea market that we go to. This is where I learned about them, and got started into vaping.

Here is the scoop on them, for those of you that don’t know yet.

The e-cig is a battery powered device that is supposed to look and feel like a real cigarette.  However, the first thing we noticed it that even the small ones are much heavier than a real cigarette.  It takes time getting used to that.  The first ones we tried did look like a real cigarette, but the batteries only lasted a couple of hours, and we always had to have spares on the charger.  We upgraded…

The main type that is used by people once they get past the point of using the disposable types, or the lower cost ones that look like them, is the EGo battery and a clearamizer, or a tank which holds enough liquid to vape for hours, and the battery lasts most of the day.

This comes in two or 3 parts, depending on which type you get.  The basic parts are:

1. Battery
2. Atomizer
3. Cartridge or tank, or clearamizer.  NOTE: This part is your choice, and you find find yourself changing between one type and another to find the one that you really like.  There are a lot of different types from the basic disposables, to the reusable, and then the more advanced rebuildable ones. .

I will  go over what each component does:

1. Atomizer. This heats up and vaporizes a mixture of e-liquid, with or without nicotine. The sensation of inhaling this vapor is very similar to real cigarette smoke but without the same health risks.  It even has a warm feel to it which adds to a realistic experience. The vapor produces a cloud that looks like smoke but is actually just a vapor mist that quickly disappears. Not to mention, that the mist smells good, if it has any smell at all, and not at all like a regular cigarette stink.

2. Battery. A rechargeable battery that powers the atomizer.  You can get different sizes of these batteries, so you can get one that will last you all day, with one battery.   It is shaped to look like the body of a real cigarette, except they are about the size of a small cigar. The lifespan of batteries varies from model to model, but most of them say you will get 300 to 400 recharges with them.   I use an Ego twist, that allows me to twist the bottom and change the voltage wich lets me tweak the way the flavor tastes.  It lasts all day, from about 7 am until about 11 pm. most of the time.

3. Cartridge.   The cartridges are made out of plastic and have a section that holds e-liquid.  They look similar to a real cigarette butt.  The clearomizer is typicly about 2.5 to 3 inches long, and had a glass or plastic cover so you can see how much liquid is in it, and holds a lot more than a cartridge. A tank came out as holding more liquid than a cartridge, but had no polly fill, and was just like a mouthpiece that had the liquid in it.  Now there are other tanks that are bigger than a clearomizer and are called cartomizers.

4. E-Liquid.    The E-liquid, or smoke juice, is what you put in the above items to produce the vapor you want.  You pick the flavor and nicotine level you want. E liquid has very few ingredients… made up of a water, vegetable glycerin, propoline glycol, and flavoring, and nicotine if you choose.    Different nicotine strengths are available in high (24 milligrams), low(less than 8 milligrams), or medium about 12 milligrams).  These numbers vary from the different manufacturers.  Most manufacturers also offer a variety of flavors ranging from traditional tobacco flavor, menthol, vanilla, chocolate and fruit flavors, drink flavors, deserts, like blueberry cheesecake, and tons of other flavors…  many of them are quite tasty.  And no doubt a lot better tasting than a real cigarette ever was.

The electronic cigarette seems surprisingly similar to a regular tobacco cigarette, but without most of the same health risks. There is no lingering offensive odor. No second hand smoke to float around and get all over everything.  Vaping is also a lot less costly than tobacco cigarettes. This combined with the fact that you can use it almost anywhere makes vaping,  a sensible, healthier alternative, one that is definitely worth considering.   Remember though, that if you have nicotine in your system, your blood pressure and flow is still affected.  The best part is, you can decrease that amount over time, like I have been doing.

One of the best things about it that I have found, is that when you vape, you do not smell like a dirty ashtray.  You don’t get that stink, that people can smell 5 feet away.  I know I didn’t realize how much you could smell it, until I started vaping, and realized I could tell when someone at the checkout line in the store had a smoke before they came shopping…  Not to mention, I can vape in my house and don’t have to worry about that brown nicotine stain all over the walls and cloths.

As far as me vaping with nicotine with my heart issues –  I can feel it if I have too much nicotine, and over time, I have been able to realize some great physical health benefits that have come back over the many months I have been away from real cigarettes.  My blood pressure is better.  I feel like I have more energy a lot more than I did before.  I can taste and smell better.  And most of all, I know I will get myself off of nicotine entirely before too much longer.  I couldn’t do that with any other things I used to try to get away from cigarettes.

Note, your mileage will vary.  Everyone is different. It may work for you, and it may not.  It is working for me, but didn’t work for my wife. She gave up after a couple of months. Hopefully, she will find the electronic cigarette that gives her the satisfaction she is looking for, and will give it another try soon.

Some Electronic Cigarette FAQs

February 19, 2012 by  
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I am starting with 10 or so frequently asked questions about electronic cigarettes, and will add to it later.

There is no doubt, that the electronic cigarette is rising in popularity very fast around the world, as more smokers become aware of this healthier smoking alternative.  Now, for the first time, an alternate nicotine delivery system is available that closely simulates the real cigarette smoking experience.

Many people believe this will lead to countless smoker’s lives being saved.  Who am I to argue.  I am one of them.  The e-cig is looking very promising, at this point, and is revolutionizing the way many people handle their nicotine addiction… permanently.

However, because it’s a relatively new set of devices that are just coming into public awareness, there is a whole lot of misinformation surrounding the electronic cigarette industry as a whole.  People saying ignorant things like “they contain anti freeze” is a good example.  They don’t.

Is it safe?

Is there a danger of more kids getting addicted to nicotine?

Can it help you quit smoking?

These are all sensible questions that really need to be addressed in order for you to make an intelligent, informed decision, whether this is something you, or someone you love, could benefit from.  There is a lot of data and information out now days, so it is worth the time to check it out.

The following is a list of some FAQ’s about the electronic cigarette, and vaping:

1. How close to the real thing is it?   Very similar.  Enough to satisfy many of the most hardcore smokers. There are many reports of smokers with 1-2 pack a day habits completely switching over to e-cigarettes permanently.  I am just one of them.  The vapor tastes, feels and looks a lot like tobacco smoke. It delivers that instant nicotine satisfaction that smokers crave.  To be fair, it tastes a lot better than a real cigarette, and you can get flavors to suite you.

2. Is it really safe?   Tobacco smoke definately has over 4,000 toxic chemicals. Electronic cigarette vapor has none of these because there is no actual smoke involved. Smoke is the real health hazard. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by inhaling a vaporized water/nicotine solution without having to worry about tar, carbon monoxide, etc.

A report by the Royal College of Physicians, states that nicotine by itself has not been proven to cause any long term ill health effects. Electronic cigarette vapor has about 20 ingredients (including nicotine) all of which are considered safe as long as the proper instructions are followed.

3. Can it help me quit smoking? Electronic cigarettes are NOT marketed as smoking cessation devices. They are meant to be used by smokers who are seeking an alternative, that can be used anywhere.  That being said, common sense dictates that it definitely has potential to be an integral part of a sensible stop-smoking program (similar to how nicotine gum and patches are used).  With an e-cig, you can choose to lower your nicotine level as you wish.  It is up to you, if you want to use it to help you quit smoking tobacco cigarettes.

4. Is it approved by the FDA? The e-cigarette is a nicotine delivery device, and doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA right now. However, studies are being done to decide how, or if, it will be regulated in the future.  I am sure it will be in some way or another.

5. Why are certain groups so opposed to it?   This is a complicated question, and the answer even more so.  Certain groups may have the public’s best interests in mind, and just want more clinical studies to be done. Others have a big financial interest in trying to figure out the best way to capitalize on what is probably going to be a billion dollar industry soon.  Others feel that their will should be imposed on everyone else.  Yes, there are plenty of groups that feel that way… it is sad, but true.

6. Can it be used anywhere?  Technically, yes.  There is no burning tobacco, and no second hand smoke is produced.  Although it is totally acceptable in most public places, there are certain areas like restaurants that may not like the appearance of it, because they do not want to offend other customers that do not understand what it is.  In these cases simply check with the staff first.  I vape in my home, but for many years, I had to go outside to smoke, because I did not want my house being ruined by the smoke settling on the paint, or in my cloths in the closet. E cigs do not do that, so I can freely vape indoors.  It was sure nicer in the winter time.

7. Does the electronic cigarette market target kids?  Absolutely not!  There is a lot of misinformation regarding this topic floating around out there. Some anti e-cig groups are claiming that just because there is a variety of flavors like fruit, vanilla, chocolate, etc. are available, that this is going to appeal to kids.  That’s like saying because nicotine gum comes in a variety of flavors like mint or fruit it’s catering to a younger crowd.   Adults enjoy a wide variety of flavor choices too!  The bottom line is the initial cost for an electronic cigarette starter kit (usually around $100 or so) is not really practical for most kids. The target market is adult smokers looking for a healthier alternative to smoking choice.

8. What is the best e-cigarette?  That is a great question asked by so many.  However, it is a hard one for anyone but you to answer.  This is where you need to use a bit of discrimination, and test out several types in person.  There have been a number of cheap models coming out of China that are wrought with mechanical problems.  Luckily there are a handful of high-quality USA and China manufacturers out there.  A little bit of research will help you decide on which one you prefer.  Just remember that sometimes it’s worth spending a few more dollars to ensure you get a high quality vaping device that is capable of giving you an enjoyable, and problem-free vaping experience.

9. How much does it cost? A quality starter kit (including rechargeable battery, charger and 5 nicotine cartridges) will run you around $100 – $150. A package of 5 cartridges will run you around $5- $15.  One cartridge is about the same as 1 – 1.5 packs of traditional tobacco cigarettes. If you do the math, it is much less expensive to vape.  That’s the equivalent of paying around $1.0 – $3 per pack of cigarettes.  The price varies quite a bit, depending on where the e-liquid comes from.

10. Where can I buy one? Because they are still fairly new in the USA, not many stores are carrying them yet. Many gas stations carry the disposable singles for you to try out.  However,the best deals can be found online.  Go to  my electronic cigarette shop to check out some of the best electronic cigarettes available today. Or, if you are lucky enough to have an electronic cigarette (vapors supply) store in your area, stop in and get some real first hand information, and great support in making the right choice for you.

11.  Why do people call themselves vapors or that they are vaping?   Great question.  The reason is because you do not smoke ecigs.  You inhale vapors.  Most people that call it vaping is because you are doing just that…  it is not easy to get used to, but it is the accepted term for using an electronic cigarette.  If you vape, your a vapor.

12.  There are so many places to choose from online how do I know which one is best. Again, this comes down to personal choice.  One store will carry one thing you like and another will have better pricing on something else.  Read forums too.  Not all e-liquids of the same flavor, taste the same from one store to another.  Product reviews are very important and useful tools.  Use them, and you will be glad you did.

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!

Electronic Cigarettes and the FDA

February 17, 2012 by  
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Electronic cigarettes, the FDA talking about anti-freeze and teenagers using e-cigs… how are these four connected?

Apparently the FDA found small traces of diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, in one sample of the electronic cigarette solutions they analyzed.  It was not present in any others.  FYI: That sample was made in China.   The FDA did not include any USA made e-liquids in the test.  They are also concerned that teenagers will get addicted to electronic cigarettes.  How serious are these issues, really?

Are e-cigarettes harmful devices that should be banned?

Lets get the facts straight right now, and put all this information into its proper perspective.

Things taken out of context can mean anything you want them to mean.  You should demand all the facts, not just the parts they want to mention.

Diethylene glycol may be a toxic ingredient but exactly how toxic is it?

1. It is has one-tenth the toxicity of aspirin.
2. It has one-fortieth the toxicity of nicotine.

Diethylene glycol is also found in everyday consumable products like:

– Toothpaste
– Mouthwash
– Cough syrup
– Wine
– Dog food
– And many other products we all buy at the grocery store…

You have to wonder why the FDA is focusing so much on the very minute traces of diethylene glycol found in one sample when clearly this is a very common ingredient many of us are ingesting regularly.

That’s not to say that diethylene glycol is totally harmless and we shouldn’t have any concerns about it. But when the FDA starts focusing on words like ‘diethylene glycol’ and ‘anti-freeze’ it sure does sound scary. However, a little bit of education on the facts puts it back in perspective doesn’t it? By the way, water is another ingredient found in anti-freeze!

The FDA tends to give the impression that they have regulatory control over nicotine. That is not always the case. They regulate smoking cessation products and claims. That’s why electronic cigarettes are marketed as a smoking alternative and not as a means to quit smoking.

Another “concern” expressed by the FDA is that electronic cigarettes target underage kids. Here is an FDA quote from one of their reports:

“These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people”.

There is absolutely zero evidence that e-cigarettes target teenagers. Just the opposite… the marketing is focused on adults who already smoke and are searching for a healthier alternative they can use in their homes, cars, and public places.  Look at any vaping stores website, and you will see a nicotine warning, as well as a notice stating you must be of legal smoking age to buy any of their products.

Oh, and here is some breaking news: Adults shop in malls, and enjoy a variety of flavor choices too!  I personally have about 23 different flavors that just came in that I cant wait to test out. My favorites so far are Root Beer, Orange dream bar, one called Island, which is like a pina colloda type of tropical mixture, and banana nut bread.  I am 48 – not a teen…

Besides, the initial cost of entry for a top of the line electronic cigarette is not practical for most teenagers.

I encourage you to do your own research of the electronic cigarette, to see if this is something that will benefit you. Look at all sides of the story and try to get unbiased information from both sides of the story. Right now the FDA appears to be biased against electronic smoking for some reason. Do they have a hidden agenda? Who knows… but I think I detect more than trace elements of BS in the FDA reports!

Here is a site with some great info:  http://casaa.org/FAQS_ecig.html

Here is their main page:  http://casaa.org

There are a lot of great videos on youtube also.  I have a bunch of them linked on my videos page.  Check them out when you have time.

Can Electronic Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

February 15, 2012 by  
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Well, that is the million dollar question right now, isn’t it.

First, you have to want to get away from traditional cigarettes, or there is nothing out there short of death that will get you away from them.  The cigarettes will help you along your way towards death for sure.  That is a proven fact.

But, the real question is, can electronic cigarettes really help you quit smoking ?

Possibly…  it is really all up to you and your choice to vape instead of smoke.

They helped me, and they have helped others, but I know people that didn’t care for them, and went back to tobacco cigarettes.  The companies who sell these devices are not legally in a position to tell you that they can help you quit smoking.  The FDA has not approved electronic cigarettes as a reduced harm, or smoking cessation product, so they are not currently being sold as smoking cessation devices, but rather as a “smoking alternative“, that many people think is healthier, for people who want smoke in public places.  So far, the research is showing this to be true. They have more than 4000 less toxic chemical components than a traditional cigarette. To me, that sounds like a better choice – point blank, hands down, or however you want to say it.

E-cigs are an alternative nicotine delivery system. Common sense would tell you,  that they can be used as part of an overall smoking cessation program, much like the way nicotine gum, patches and inhalers are.  However, these don’t make me itch like the patch does, or pull out my filling like that gum did.  I get to choose from a huge variety of great tasting flavors, and now traditional cigarettes taste terrible to me. I personally enjoy my e cig much more than a regular, tobacco cigarette.

And here is an interesting fact about electronic cigarette nicotine cartridges: They come in several different nicotine levels – high, medium, low, and zero nicotine.  Some stores or sites, let you pick your nic level, even if they are different than the average that they normally offer.  These are places that make their own e-liquids that are able to make your custom order of nic and flavors.   Conceivably, a person could slowly wean themselves from their nicotine addiction by progressively lowering their nicotine intake levels. Like I am doing at this time… successfully!    And I don’t need research to tell me that what I am doing is or is not possible, because it is FACT.

It’s important to note that even a cartridge with a “high” nicotine level still delivers considerably less nicotine per inhale than a traditional cigarette. About 10% from what I have read.  I started at 24 mil of nicotine, and now I am down to 10.  It keeps getting lower, and I am actually feeling better.  I know it is due to the reduced nicotine in my system, not to mention that my lungs have cleared up considerably. It looks like I have about 2 or 3 days left of the 10 mil, then I will be down to 8 mil. of nicotine.  And the great thing, is that I can continue to lower it, until i am completely away from nicotine all together.

So how many smokers successfully quit using the electronic cigarette? I don’t have any idea, but there have been many that I have read about in the e-cig forums on line.  It’s really too soon to say for sure, and no large organized studies have been performed to date, but they are working on it.  Several smaller studies have been done that show promising results.  However, if you were to go to the major “vaping” forums you will see many testimonials of people who have kicked the habit for good using these devices. Some of these success stories are from people who have smoked over a pack or two a day, for decades, just like me.

Until in-depth clinical studies are done, we are going to have to rely on testimonials, the smaller studies, and our own reasonable judgement. Do your research and educate yourself on the real facts. Then you will be equipped to make an intelligent adult decision, if this is something that can help you quit smoking. But remember, you have to be the one to make the choice and stick to it, or nothing, not even e-cigs, will help.

Here’s the bottom line: No device, even one as promising as the e-cigarette, is going to be a “silver bullet” that can make a smoker quit overnight. Successfully quitting forever, starts with a strong conviction to quit. If a you truly want to quit, then the electronic cigarette may be a very helpful tool in realizing that goal.

But let’s face it… many smokers DON”T want to quit!   They just enjoy smoking too much. For this group, electronic smoking can be a much healthier alternative… hopefully one that will keep them alive a lot longer.  And remember – you choose your nicotine level, so how you much choose is completely up to you. At least this way, you know you are not getting the 4000+ other things that you get with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

One thing I can say for sure, is that I now make sure any electronic cigarette liquid that I buy is made in the USA, so I know it is using USDA or FDA approved ingredients.  Heck, a lot of it is “kosher”.   It may not be 100% safe, but it makes me feel safer to know I am not using industrial chemicals, instead of food grade, or pharmaceutical grade products.   From what I have found, most of the USA e liquid companies are very concerned about their manufacturing process and supplies.  Most are regulating themselves, since there is no federal guidelines in place yet, so they can make sure their products are as safe for their customers as they can be, and have taken a stand to not sell to minors. And again, that is all without federal mandate.

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.