HOW SOME ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USERS AVOID HIGHER RATES ON HEALTH INSURANCE

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It’s really not surprising that insurance companies charge higher rates for smokers. After all, smoking puts you at increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke. This year, the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has caused premiums to go even higher for smokers with insurers sometimes charging 50% more if you use tobacco products.

However, once you switch to electronic cigarettes, is it fair that you should continue to pay the higher rates? After all, electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and they reduce the health risks associated with smoking. These products do not emit smoke and do not contain tobacco, tar, or any of the many carcinogens known to exist in combustible cigarettes. For many vapers, the potential surcharges are reason for pause when filling out insurance applications.

Typically, consumers are asked two key questions that determine if they will have to pay the higher rates: Do you currently use tobacco products? Are you currently using any smoking cessation products? Vapers must think carefully before answering these questions. On one hand, electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco so technically, vapers can easily answer no to the first question. However, the second question can make things a little tricky.

The FDA has not approved electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation, but many people use them in that way. So if a consumer has completely stopped using cigarettes and is only vaping, then the answer to both questions might be “No” and the surcharge would be waived. In fact, the only way the insurer will even know that the consumer uses electronic cigarettes is if the information is volunteered.

Ultimately, each consumer will have to decide how to answer application questions until the FDA officially regulates electronic cigarettes and forces a legal definition. At that point, insurers will most likely be forced to automatically classify electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, forcing vapers to pay the higher rates.

 

HOW TO SAFELY TRAVEL WITH YOUR ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Don’t Forget Your Electronic Cigarette!

If you’re the proud owner of an electronic cigarette, you should take your device on vacation with you. Some people assume it’s too difficult or too much of a hassle to transport their electronic cigarette, but in reality it’s quite easy. Bringing it along will allow you to enjoy flavoured (or non-flavoured) nicotine without exposing others to dangerous second-hand smoke.

How To Pack Your Electronic cigarette

Don’t just toss your electronic cigarette into a backpack or suitcase, but instead make sure it’s properly secure to reduce the risk of damage. They are generally produced with durable materials, but electronic cigarettes may still break when enough pressure and weight is pressed against them.

It is recommended to place your electronic cigarette and e-liquid in a hard-shell case and wrap it up in some laundry or clothes. Some electronic cigarette starter kits are sold with their own cases. Alternatively, you can use a basic sunglasses case.

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Travelling By Commercial Airplane

Granted, electronic cigarettes aren’t technically considered tobacco cigarettes, you should still check with a flight attendant before using the device on a commercial airplane. The bottom line is that rules and regulations vary depending on the airline. When in doubt, ask for permission to use your electronic cigarette to ensure a safe and smooth travelling experience.

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Brush-Up On Local Electronic Cigarette Laws

Another travel tip I recommend for electronic cigarette users is to brush up on local laws and regulations governing the use of these devices. If you’re travelling to a specific beach or city, hop online and do a little investigative research to determine whether or not your vacation destination has any specific electronic cigarette laws you need to be aware of. A quick Google search will often reveal city regulations.

After travelling with your electronic cigarette a couple of times, you’ll soon realize what’s allowed and what’s not. Most importantly, though, be courteous and respectful of those around you. While there’s no second-hand smoke associated with electronic cigarettes, it’s still a good idea to ask before using the device around other people.

 

5 TIPS TO HELP YOU AVOID ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE SCAMS

Scam companies and bogus free trial offers are unfortunately common in the world of electronic cigarettes, and if you want to avoid falling prey to one of them there are several important tips you should keep in mind. These tips will help you make sure you don’t hand your payment details over to the wrong people.

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  1. Things Are Never Free

If any company is claiming to offer you something for nothing, you should be suspicious. Always ask yourself what the company is getting from the situation. If you’re faced with an offer of a rechargeable electronic cigarette starter kit for “free,” you can pretty much assume that you will be charged for it at some point and you’ll probably be signed up for a monthly cartridge order too.

  1. Be On The Lookout For False Claims

One thing about many scam sites is that they repeat many often-heard mistruths about electronic cigarettes. A website making false claims isn’t definitely a scam, but it’s a good indication that the company knows virtually nothing about electronic cigarettes. If this is combined with a “free trial” offer, you know to definitely stay away.

  1. Check The Terms And Conditions

The thing about nefarious business practices is that selling something under obviously false pretences is illegal, so scamming companies ordinarily spell the entire trick out for you in the “Terms and Conditions” page for the offer. Reading the terms and conditions for an offer is absolutely vital.

  1. Compare Prices

Some electronic cigarette scams are nothing other than products which are shamelessly overpriced. The best tip to avoid falling into this type of trap is to check the prices across several companies.

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  1. Don’t Subscribe

It might seem easier to subscribe for a regular shipment of cartomizers than to go through the effort of ordering each time, but you shouldn’t jump into a subscription readily. If they have a good product, they’d know that you’ll be back for more and wouldn’t be particularly interested in strong-arming you into a commitment.

NICOTINE-FREE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

They may be designed as a safer method of getting the nicotine you crave, but there are nicotine-free electronic cigarettes on offer from many manufacturers. The reasons for this are simple, although it may seem confusing and counter-productive at first. Offering different levels of nicotine in the cartridges is commonplace, and the majority of manufacturers do have a nicotine-free option. The companies don’t claim that electronic cigarettes can help users quit, but research into the area does suggest that they can. As a result, many people use electronic cigarettes for that reason, and a nicotine free electronic cigarette is a useful tool for those trying to quit.

Why Use a Nicotine Free Electronic Cigarette?

You may be wondering, if you get to the point where you no longer need nicotine, why use an electronic cigarette at all? The answer comes from the fact that nicotine addiction isn’t just a physical dependence on a substance. When somebody smokes a cigarette, the nicotine fix becomes tied to the sensory experience of smoking, and they therefore become (in a sense) addicted to the sensation of smoking too. That’s why electronic cigarettes are so popular, because they’re the only alternative method of getting nicotine which is relatively similar to smoking a cigarette.

The reason somebody would use a non-nicotine electronic cigarette should now be clear. Even though they’ve managed to entirely remove their physical dependence on the substance itself, the sensation of smoking has its own addictive pull. This is why you see smokers holding pens between their fingers like a cigarette and even chewing or sucking on the end. The nicotine-free electronic cigarette preserves the sensory experience without fuelling the physical addiction. The user can still enjoy electronic cigarette flavours and the experience of inhaling vapor, and will usually strive to do it less and less as time goes by.

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TOP 5 ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE TIPS

  1. Fully Charge Your Battery

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The amount of vapour you can get out of your battery depends on how much power is in it, so when you re-charge, make sure you do it all the way. Wait for the light to turn solid green, or if it keeps flickering leave the battery charging for the manufacturer’s recommended amount of time (around three hours).

  1. Prime the Atomizer

The atomizer is a small heating coil which turns the liquid solution into the vapor that you inhale. It needs to warm up a little before it works at peak efficiency, so one of the best electronic cigarette tips is to activate the battery prior to taking your main drag. On a manual battery, simply hold the button down for a couple of seconds before taking a puff. Take a couple of short, introductory puffs to prime the atomizer with an automatic battery.

  1. Don’t Store Your Electronic cigarette with other Metals

Storing your electronic cigarette in your pocket where it can come into contact with other metallic objects could potentially short out the battery and cause damage or cause the atomizer to be activated and potentially overheat in your pocket. The best tip for storing electronic cigarettes is to get a carry case.

  1. Take a Long, Slow Drag

One of the main differences between using an electronic cigarette and using a tobacco cigarette is that sharp, strong puffs aren’t ideal when you’re vaping. Instead, you should take a slow, gentle and long drag; this activates the battery without causing undue pressure and risking flooding the atomizer. This electronic cigarette tip is particularly useful for beginners, and you’ll get used to the new method pretty quickly.

  1. Don’t Use the Atomizer “Dry”

You’ll notice a burnt, unpleasant taste when the cartridge you’re using is running low on e-liquid, and you shouldn’t continue to push the atomizer in this state. If your cartridge runs out of liquid, activating the atomizer can cause it to overheat.

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PROS AND CONS OF REFILLABLE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

Advantages Of Refillable Electronic Cigarettes

  1. Right away, one notices that refillable electronic cigarettes are cheaper than the disposable cartomizers. You do not have to buy a new battery or atomizer when the liquid in the cigarette has been exhausted. You just refill the blank cartridges with e-liquid and keep reusing it as often as five times before replacing the blank cartridge.
  1. You can also play around with the flavours of the e-liquid being ‘smoked’ or even the strength of the nicotine in it. All you have to do is refill it with the nicotine solutions that suit your preference. Be sure to check with the manufacturer before combining your e-liquids.
  1. Many people have started creating their own e-liquids because they’re not entirely satisfied with the flavours available in the market. In this case, refillable cartridges can not only save you more money but also allow you to create the e-liquid that best suits your preference.

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Disadvantages of Refillable Electronic Cigarette Cartridges

  1. Even though it takes only a minute to refill the nicotine solution in the blank cartridges, many people have become used to throwing away their disposable cartomizers after use. While this is certainly very wasteful, it is undeniably more convenient.
  2. Since not many local retail stores carry e-liquid, you’re forced to buy them online. There is nothing worse than running out of e-liquid and having to wait a week or more for your next order to arrive. So it’s important to make sure you’re never left without your e-liquid for too long.

As you can see, the advantages of using refillable electronic cigarettes outweigh the disadvantages. So it’s only a matter of personal preference. But if you’re just starting out with electronic cigarettes we recommend the regular cartomizers (disposable cartomizers) as they are more convenient to use.

DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGES VS. E-LIQUID

Compared to smoking, vaping is an excellent way to save money, but some vapers try to maximize their savings by refilling cartridges instead of using disposable ones. Although you have to manually refill the cartridges, the potential for cost savings is much greater. Many users are left unsure as to whether it’s actually worth the effort, given the ease of disposable cartomizers. This guide will help you make a decision.

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E-Liquid Benefits

The biggest and most obvious advantage is the cost-saving, thanks to getting more out of each atomizer. The specific figure can vary, but the difference will be substantial, as a 20 per day smoker will use two or three 30ml bottles per month, compared to a cartridge or more per day. It’s cheaper to work in larger amounts, but even the 10ml bottles represent a potential cost saving.

There are numerous additional positives to using e-liquid:

  • Eliminate waste – no more constantly disposing of cartridges.
  • Plenty of flavour options and nicotine strengths, as well as the potential to mix your own blends!
  • You can change from propylene glycol to an alternative ingredient like vegetable glycol if you’re allergic.
  • The liquid can be used across brands, increasing flavour options for the refillable brands.

Cartomizer Benefits

Although many more budget conscious and tech-savvy vapers opt for the refillable liquid, there is still something to be said for going disposable. The most obvious is the ease of use – the most difficult thing you have to do is screw the cartridge on and take it off again when it’s drained. This means no contact with liquid nicotine, no carefully dripping solution into cartridges and no atomizer replacement. It’s the perfect entry-level option because no real knowledge is required.

The cartomizer-style cartridges also have more room for liquid, which means you get more puffs out of each. They’re also the industry standard, so virtually all companies provide them, as opposed to the select few which offer e-liquid. The cost of electronic cigarettes is much lower than smoking anyway, so most users won’t prioritize any additional savings straight away.

 

 

 

HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE LIQUID FROM LEAKING

Electronic cigarettes have been hailed by many as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, but a persistent problem still dogs users of the vast majority of electronic cigarette brands.

Electronic cigarettes use a nicotine-infused solution to produce vapour, and this can occasionally leak out of the mouthpiece and give users a hit of bitter-tasting liquid. This is far from pleasant, and if consumed in large quantities it could lead to nicotine poisoning.

Taking a few simple precautions can reduce the amount seeping through or stop the cartridge from leaking altogether.

Things You’ll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Cloth
  • Cotton swab

Instructions

Don’t over-fill the cartridge. This is one of the major causes of leakage, and it’s easily avoided. Most “cartomizer” (a combined cartridge and atomizer) style cartridges only need five to seven drops of electronic cigarette liquid. Cartridges of differing sizes and from specific manufacturers can vary, but this is a good general rule to avoid leakage. Wipe any excess liquid away with a cloth or cotton swab before vaping.

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Remove the offending cartridge and blow through the side which connects to the battery attachment. Leaking cartridges can be caused by liquid that wasn’t vaporized hanging around near the atomizer. Blowing through the opposite side of the cartridge causes this to be pushed out of the mouthpiece, where it can be safely wiped away.

Store your electronic cigarette with the mouthpiece elevated. This is a simplistic approach, but it can be very effective. Instead of gravity pulling the liquid towards the mouthpiece, it works to keep it safely inside the cartridge.

Hold the electronic cigarette horizontally while you vape. Holding the electronic cigarette vertically with the mouthpiece pointing downwards makes seeping liquid much more likely. Make gravity work for you, not against you.

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Don’t inhale too hard on the electronic cigarette. Tobacco cigarettes produce more smoke when you inhale more sharply, but electronic cigarettes don’t work in the same way. Inhale gently to avoid sucking out any unwanted liquid.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES ABSURD ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE LEGISLATION

The arm of the EU responsible for proposing legislation has proposed a vastly disproportionate approach to regulating electronic cigarettes. It’s so extreme that it isn’t going too far to suggest that, if enacted, it would constitute a ban of the vast majority of electronic cigarettes on the market. If you’re an EU vaper and you happen to vape delicious flavours, buy anything from other countries, use tanks or refillable cartridges or buy e-liquids of over 20 mg / ml of nicotine, you can kiss your electronic cigarettes goodbye. Needless to say, opposing this proposed legislation is essential for any concerned EU vapers.

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What The Commission is Suggesting

There are a wide range of disturbing suggestions in the EU Commission’s proposed legislation, including:

  • A maximum e-liquid nicotine concentration of 20 mg / ml (despite the EU Parliament’s suggested 30 mg / ml limit).
  • No refillable cartridges or tanks will be allowed – single-use cartomizers only.
  • No more than 10 mg of nicotine in any single cartridge.
  • No flavours which aren’t already available in NRT (for example, Nicorette gum is available in a pathetic four flavours), “unless such a flavour is particularly attractive to young people and non-smokers.”
  • Demands that electronic cigarettes only “deliver nicotine doses consistently and uniformly.”
  • Only high-purity ingredients free from contaminants are to be used in e-liquid manufacture.
  • Bans any cross-border sales (so, no buying components from other countries online).
  • Bans advertising except in trade publications, or “any form of public or private contribution to any event, activity or individual with the aim or direct or indirect effect of promoting electronic cigarettes” so long as they involve or take place in several member states.
  • Requests that manufacturers and importers collect and provide a wide range of information, including annual sales volumes, information on the preferences of consumer groups such as non-smokers and young.
  • Manufacturers, importers or distributors would have to establish and maintain a system to collect information about all suspected adverse effects.

NEW STUDY: THE BENEFITS OF SWITCHING TO VAPING FOR ASTHMATIC SMOKERS

With the global push to regulate electronic cigarettes as if they’re some huge threat to public health, it’s important to remember just how much damage they could help avert. For asthma-sufferers, smoking is associated with more exacerbations of their condition, their lung function declining more quickly and the corticosteroids used for treatment creating less of a positive effect. The widespread use of vaping as a smoking substitute has understandable potential to reduce the problems among asthma-sufferers, but there was previously no research to support this assertion.

A new study from Professor Riccardo Polosa and colleagues investigates the improvements seen in asthma-suffering smokers who either notably reduce or entirely quit smoking due to vaping.

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Summary

1. Researchers looked at data from 18 asthmatic smokers who were vaping at two consecutive follow-up clinic visits between late 2012 and 2013. Baseline and pre-baseline data were also used to show that any changes weren’t part of a trend from before the individual started vaping.

2. Asthma control questionnaires, Spirometry tests and airway hyper-responsiveness tests were conducted, and any exacerbations in condition were noted.

3. After a year, statistically significant improvements were seen in Spirometry data, asthma control and airway hyper-responsiveness tests in both the full-switchers and the dual users.

4. 10 of the 18 participants quit smoking entirely by vaping, and the dual users reduced their average daily cigarette consumption from 22.4 to 3.9 after a year.

5. No participants needed to be admitted to intensive care or hospital during the study period, and the number of exacerbations decreased overall, but this difference was not significant.

6. The benefits observed in participants’ conditions are expected to be related to quitting smoking rather than vaping itself, but the research does indicate that electronic cigarettes are well-tolerated in asthmatics.

7. The small sample size in the study is an important limitation, but the findings corroborate existing knowledge about the benefits of quitting or substantially reducing smoking for asthmatics.