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LEAKED MEMO SHOWS BIG PHARMA LOBBYING AGAINST ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

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The electronic cigarette industry is rapidly growing and many smokers are choosing electronic cigarettes as a path to quit smoking. As electronic cigarettes sales boom, tobacco companies are quickly trying to recover their losses by launching their own vaping lines. Tobacco companies are not the only ones at risk for losing profits. Big Pharma is extremely invested in tobacco users with nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation drugs expected to be worth $4.6 billion per year by 2016. As electronic cigarettes cut into the potential profit margins, drug companies are actively lobbying to have the tobacco-free electronic cigarettes strictly regulated or banned.

The London Times was the first to report on a leaked memo from GlaxoSmithKline that revealed the drug company’s lobbying efforts. Glaxo offers multiple nicotine replacement products and they have a lot to lose if electronic cigarettes become the smoker’s choice for cessation. In the memo, Glaxo’s consumer healthcare division argued that electronic cigarettes should be regulated as medications instead of tobacco products. It went on to say that electronic cigarettes could act as a gateway, leading more people to start smoking.

As lawmakers debate how to set appropriate regulations for electronic cigarettes, there is no room for Big Pharma to cloud objectivity with selfish motivation. These drug companies should be required to disclose their funding and other involvement in electronic cigarette research because their studies are likely to be biased. Unfortunately, the drug companies have allies around the world including insiders at the FDA.

Lobbying is a major problem and the only way that it will stop is if the whistle is blown every time it’s discovered. Big Pharma has a lot of money to invest in making sure lawmakers take their best interests into consideration. Now that we know with 100% certainty that Big Pharma is targeting electronic cigarettes, is there any hope for fair regulation?

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.

 

NICOTINE GUMS AND PATCHES ARE JUST AS BAD AS SMOKING

Apart from electronic cigarettes, nicotine gum and patches are two of the most popular smoking cessation products on the market. Hundreds of thousands of people use these products on a regular basis in an effort to curb their smoking. However, a recent study suggests nicotine gum and patches are just as bad as smoking.

Nicotine Gum and Patches May Cause Cancer

Harold Garner, a professor affiliated with the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, found a link between cancerous cell growth and the use of nicotine patches and gum.

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Smoking vs Nicotine Gum and Nicotine Patch

There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, some of which includes the following:

  • Acetone
  • Acetic Acid
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Butane
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead – used in batteries
  • Naphthalene
  • Methanol
  • Nicotine
  • Tar

Opting to use the nicotine patch or nicotine gum in place of smoking greatly reduces the amount of chemicals a person exposes his or her body to, but this recent study reveals that traditional smoking cessation products aren’t always the best choice.

What’s The Best Way To Quit Smoking?

You might be surprised to learn that the most effective way to quit is going cold turkey. One study suggests that as many as 75% of all former smokers have kicked the habit by going cold turkey — using no gum, patch, or other cessation product. Granted, quitting cold turkey isn’t easy by any means, but it maintains the highest success rate of all cessation products.

Electronic cigarettes can also help smokers cut back or even kick the habit. These devices allow users to enjoy unadulterated nicotine without exposing themselves to the thousands of chemicals commonly found in cigarette smoke. And if a person wants to eliminate all nicotine from his or her lifestyle, they can do so by gradually decreasing the nicotine strength in the electronic cigarette.

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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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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.

NEW SURVEY: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DUAL USERS AND FULL TIME VAPERS

Electronic cigarettes don’t work for everybody. Some quit smoking entirely after starting to vape, some just continue smoking, and some do both, becoming “dual users.” Understanding the difference between those who exclusively vape and those who transition to dual use is an important priority for researchers.

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A new survey published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos) examines this issue, looking at information provided by over 19,000 vapers and dual users. The sample was largely composed of “dedicated” vapers, forum users and those active within the online community.

Summary of Results

  • 19,441 people participated in the survey, with the vast majority being from Europe and America.
  • Most found out about the survey through forums, and their dedication to vaping is expected to be responsible for the high rate of smoking cessation in the group, with 81 percent having quit smoking entirely.
  • As a result of participants’ level of dedication to vaping, the results might not be applicable to the general population.
  • Dual users reduced their daily cigarette consumption from an average of 20 to 4 cigarettes.
  • The vast majority of vapers believe that electronic cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes, this being the most common reason for using them. However, 11 percent of users (mostly former smokers) believe that electronic cigarettes are completely harmless, which is not true.
  • Out of the entire sample, only 0.5 percent (88 people) was non-smokers at the time they started vaping, and just over half of them used non-nicotine liquids.
  • Most vapers used 18 mg/ml liquids at first, and then dropped to 12 mg/ml. Over a fifth used liquids with more than 20 mg/ml of nicotine, and these were significantly more likely to have quit smoking than those using lower levels at first.
  • 58 percent of users experienced some type of side effect from vaping, with the most common being dry or sore mouth or throat, coughing (most common in dual users) and gum problems,
  • Accidents were very rare – e-liquid exposure was the most common accident, and only 1.5 percent of participants had experienced it.

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.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES – TYPES OF BATTERIES

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Automatic vs. Manual Batteries

Automatic

The automatic batteries are the ones without a button on the side of  the electronic cigarette battery itselfThis means that when you put the cartridge/filter end of the cigarette to your mouth and inhale, it kicks into action and the vapor and liquid work to give you the much needed nicotine high.

Manual

A manual electronic cigarette battery will have a small button on the side. When you put the cigarette to your mouth and inhale, you must press the button at the same time otherwise you won’t get anything out of your electronic cigarette. It’s basically only activated when the button is pressed.

There is one thing that really stands out about manual batteries and that is the fact that they will generally last longer. There is no wastage with the the button-operated electronic cigarette because  the system itself won’t work unless the button is pressed down. This means that there will be less drainage on the battery and on the cartridges and generally, you will find that they both last a little bit longer.

The automatic batteries may be smoother to the fingers and minus the hassle but there can be a lot of battery wastage and you may need to replace components of your electronic cigarette on a more frequent basis.

As far as price is concerned, there is not normally a price difference between automatic and manual batteries. They are the same price and for the most part, you can get most colours and designs in both varieties. As we have seen, there are both advantages and disadvantages for manual and automatic electronic cigarette batteries and when it comes down to it, you’ll need to make your own mind up. As long as you find yourself a decent, reputable electronic cigarette company with good reviews, you’ll be more than happy with your decision to make the switch from real cigarettes to the electronic ones.