Many tobacco users are looking into how electronic cigarettes work. Whether smokers are looking to quit, save money or just explorer their options, it may be worth learning more about the ecigarette. This device is simply a reusable cigarette, with many options.
What is an Electronic Cigarette?
This type of product is often referred to as an ecigarette and there are many various brands to choose from, all offering the same mechanism. The device is battery operated and it offers many ways to recharge it, as needed.
The product can hold either non-nicotine or nicotine solutions, which put out a vaporized substance for inhalation. The device was created to offer the same sensation of smoking a real cigarette, however; the benefits are much better.
With this device, individuals do not have to deal with ashes or tar and this product isn’t prohibited in many public facilities, like regular cigarettes often are. One major benefit is that individuals can slowly wean themselves off of their nicotine habit, by choosing lower strength nicotine solutions, eventually using non-nicotine solutions all together.
The solutions available not only come in many various strengths, but many types were created to mimic specific cigarette brands, like Marlboro and Menthol. For those looking to spice it up a bit, they also offer many various flavors to choose from, as in fruity, chocolate or coffee. Continue reading
Although fewer people smoke cigarettes today than in previous generations, the rate for smoking in the United States continues to run in the 20% range, according to the American Heart Association. The Association also notes that more than four out of every five smokers express a desire to quit smoking with many actively or passively trying to kick the habit at any given time, especially with the extra government cigarette sin taxes pushing the price of a pack of cigarettes over $5 a pack and considerably more in some areas.
Most Smokers Start Before Age 20
According to The Teenagers Guide to the Real World, almost all smokers begin smoking before the age of 20. Reasoning and decision-making abilities are not fully developed during these years, and a simple act of rebellion or an attempt to “fit in” with peers, for many teens, leads to a long-term physical and emotional addiction to nicotine.
Once an addiction to nicotine is established, it is very difficult to break the habit as noted by the U.S. Library of Medicine. A certain level of nicotine and at fairly consistent intervals is required to feel “normal” once nicotine dependence is established.
So, teenagers who experiment with smoking cigarettes enter adulthood with an actual physical dependence on a drug – nicotine but also with a number of psychological and social attachments to smoking. Continue reading
According to the smoke ban laws, it is legal to vape pretty much anywhere you want. You can whip out your electronic cigarette in your car, in a bar, in a classroom, in a theater, in outer space, and even in airplanes (except for Southwest which allows you to take them on planes but not use them). There simply is no legal language that explicitly says that you cant vape places. Anywhere besides New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania does not have laws that prohibit e-cig usage and sale. And to me, this is completely logical. Vapor does not project second hand smoke and there is no lingering or offensive odor, nor a fire or burn hazard.
But does this mean that you should go to a club and start blowing fat plumes of vapor in peoples faces? Definitely not. If a security sees you smoking something out of a strange device, he will most likely think you are smoking weed. This has happened to me on numerous occasions. When I explain to him its merely an electronic cigarette, they always back off.
I personally dont believe people should be vaping conspicioulsy in public establishments in general. Its simply obnoxious. It will annoy people. As vapers, we dont want to be considered annoying people.
In short, I think that we should all feel free to vape pretty much anywhere we want, but do so discretely. I take ghost hits on the BART (The bay areas subway system), in bars, in clubs, restaurants pretty much anywhere, but I do so discretely and respectfully.
And theres another plus side to forcing yourself to vape discretely: when you step outside you will no longer have to limit yourself and it will allow you to have that fresh air break that you used to take when you smoked analogs. Continue reading
No smoking signs abound – in hotel rooms, workplaces, movie theaters and restaurants. Electronic cigarette smokers can often bypass these bans since personal vaporizers are just that, vaporizers. They are not cigarettes. This, and the fact that electronic cigarettes give off no smell and no secondhand smoke, allows the smoker to enjoy a peaceful smoke anywhere he pleases.
E-Cigarettes Save Money
With cigarette prices soaring, the average pack-a-day smoker can expect to spend well over $100.00 a month on cigarettes. Consumers can purchase a high-quality electronic cigarette online for less than $40.00. The cost of additional batteries, atomizers, cartridges and e-liquids may initially add up to equal the cost of a month’s worth of cigarettes, but last the electronic smoker far longer than a mere month. Thus, the money saving potential of e-cigarettes cannot be ignored.
Consumers interested in purchasing an electronic cigarette are strongly encouraged to do their research before making a decision. While mall kiosks and gas stations frequently sell starter kits, the electronic cigarettes found in these places are often of low quality or can be purchased online at half the price. In addition, some models appeal more to heavy smokers than light smokers and vice versa. Continue reading
The sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is illegal in Australia. Therefore, customs officials can seize any shipment of e-cigarettes into Australia.
In the United Kingdom, the use of e-cigarettes is legal and unrestricted by government authorities. This may explain why the UK already has a company that makes its own brand of e-cigarettes, while other jurisdictions including Canada and the United States are bogged down in bureaucratic red tape and government posturing.
On March 27, Health Canada issued a statement informing Canadians that “Persons importing, advertising or selling electronic cigarette products in Canada must stop doing so immediately.” In Canada, electronic smoking products are governed by the Food and Drugs Act and therefore require federal government approval.
Back in March, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blocked 17 shipments of imported electronic cigarettes due to concerns about abuse and addiction to e-cigarette nicotine delivery systems.
The FDA issued a press release on July 22 reporting that trace amounts of tobacco-specific carcinogens plus a chemical used in antifreeze were found in a study of 2 e-cigarette brands. The press release went on to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes and repeated concerns that electronic cigarettes lacked health warnings, particularly to younger adults. Continue reading
Some countries have been imposing extra duties on products from low-cost nations like China accused of dumping. Dumping describes a situation when many inexpensive products that a foreign government unfairly subsidizes put local businesses at a disadvantage because they cannot produce those same goods at a comparable price.
Importers should check with their local customs authorities to see whether e-cigarettes from China are currently marked for dumping penalties. The Canadian Border Services Agency publishes an online SIMA Monthly Index that identifies specific products and their countries of origin that are subject to anti-dumping tariff duties.
Electronic Cigarette Labeling and Packaging Requirements
Given that the FDA and Health Canada are studying electronic cigarettes and their health effects in detail, one might expect that government authorities will one day require specific wordings on e-cigarette labels and packages.
Even if not as onerous as the required wording on the packages of tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may be subject to expensive relabeling and repackaging at the importer’s expense.
Canadian importers should check with the Competition Bureau of Canada for labeling and packaging requirements well in advance of signing a purchase order with a Chinese e-cigarette supplier. Continue reading
This has probably happened at least once to any vaper. Everything is going great. Youre in control of your life. Maybe you just got a new job offer or you just got an A on your exam. Or maybe your life isnt going so well. Youve just lost your job or maybe youre failing all your classes.
But then, it happens. Your last atomizer breaks. Your battery stops working all of a sudden. You misplace your charger. Or (like me), you gave away your backup device and you left your Mod in the back of a taxi cab.
Your life spirals into crisis. You think to yourself: How the hell am I going to get through this 15-page paper without nicotine?
Nonetheless, you must adapt and cope.
Clearly, the best thing to do is to have a backup device. I always have backup attys and juice so thats never the problem, but when I lost my only device, things were difficult. Continue reading
While almost all non-smokers find the smell of cigarette smoke unappealing, many smokers feel the same way. Electronic cigarettes provide a realistic smoking experience without the unpleasant odors associated with smoking. Electronic cigarette smokers don’t have to leave the window open, burn incense, or spray air freshener on a regular basis to diffuse the smell of cigarette smoke in their homes. The water vapor released by personal vaporizers dissipates in the air almost instantaneously – leaving no odor behind.
No Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke may not be as toxic as actually smoking, but it still presents a clear danger to exposed individuals. Secondhand smoke contains the same carcinogens smokers inhale – making it a clear cancer risk. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, secondhand smoke is responsible for roughly 3,000 cancer cases each year. Electronic cigarettes, however, give off water vapor rather than secondhand smoke, making them harmless to friends, family members and passerby. Continue reading
Even though we don’t think we are harming ourselves by consuming only nicotine (which science has yet substantiate any material health consequences), we are still ADDICTED.
When we are addicted, nicotine is no longer a booster. Rather, we are just staving off withdrawal. Nicotine may not be carcinogenic in itself, but it still can lead to health problems. For example, it is a known vasoconstrictor, which leads to higher blood pressure.
After the first day of not vaping, I abstained from nicotine for about four days. My tolerance went way down and I knew that the next time I vaped, I would actually feel it again. After returning, I lowered the nicotine level of my juice from 2.4% to 1.6% (ml/g I believe).
Taking a break from ANY SUBSTANCE, whether it’s meth, alcohol, cocaine, caffeine, or nicotine, will help someone assess the relationship they have with that drug. The same is true for any compulsive behavior, such as playing video games, fapping, or gambling.
I’m not really sure if I had the willpower to quit outright. Regardless, vaping is my hobby and I enjoy it for more reasons than simply addiction. Yet, taking a break will lower one’s tolerance and make them truly understand the effects a drug has on one’s body. Continue reading
Electronic cigarettes aren’t truly “cigarettes” at all. They’re small machines designed to look and feel like a cigarette. Rather than tar, chemicals and smoke, however, e-cigarettes produce water vapor through the use of an atomizer. The smoker inhales and exhales the vapor just as he would the smoke from a conventional cigarette. Electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity as more and more smokers recognize the considerable benefits they offer.
E-Cigarettes Are Less Toxic
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that some e-cigarettes may contain a toxic substance known as diethylene glycol, conventional cigarettes contain over 4,000 known carcinogens – making electronic cigarettes a clearly less-toxic alternative.
See: How Safe is the Electronic Cigarette Nicotine Inhaler?
E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers Quit
Electronic cigarettes were originally marketed as smoking cessation device until FDA restrictions dictated that personal vaporizers were not officially approved as a medicinal device. Regardless, users of electronic cigarettes can opt to purchase “e-liquid” for their vaporizers that does not contain nicotine.
This provides a clear benefit to smokers who aren’t only addicted to the nicotine, but to the motions associated with smoking. E-cigarettes allow smokers and former smokers access to the psychological needs that go along with smoking without exposing those individuals to the cigarettes themselves. Continue reading