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NUMBERS DON’T LIE: YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO BE POISONED BY TOOTHPASTE THAN E-LIQUID

Over the past two weeks, there has been a virtual firestorm as outraged vapers protest a recent article in the New York Times, which described e-liquids as dangerous and even deadly. Like most coverage from the mainstream media, The Times focused on electronic cigarettes as a lethal option and completely ignored the benefits that vaping can offer smokers.

Forget the fact that electronic cigarettes eliminate thousands of carcinogens. Ignore the fact that there is no tobacco, no tar, no ash, and no smoke. All they want you to think about is e-liquid and the fact that it contains – gasp! – Nicotine.

There is no denying that nicotine is a stimulant and drinking e-liquid could theoretically kill you. However, there has never been a single death by accidental e-liquid ingestion. The Times ignored the lack of fatalities and focused on e-liquid related calls to Poison Control, which totaled 1,300 in 2013. Around a quarter of those calls resulted in visits to a hospital. If you look at the booming electronic cigarette industry and the massive sales volume of electronic cigarettes last year, the number of calls to poison control is actually very minimal.

If you take a look at the 2012 report from the National Poison Data System, there are a number of substances that case far more poisoning emergencies and fatalities. There were 193,443 reported cases of poisoning from household cleaners. Alcoholic beverages led to 54,445 calls to Poison Control and believe it or not, toothpaste led to 20,206 reported cases of poisoning.

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When you think about over 20,000 people poisoned by toothpaste, those 365 hospital visits related to e-liquid seem almost insignificant. If the incidence of e-liquid poisoning increased to 15 times higher than 2013, it would still be less common than toothpaste poisoning. So if we are going to depict e-liquid as deadly and ban it out of fear of poisoning, it’s only fair that we outlaw the more deadly substances like household cleaners, alcoholic beverages, and yes – even toothpaste.

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 INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE INDUSTRY

  1. Paul Bergen

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Paul Bergen was an important member of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Institute of the University of Alberta (Canada). He’s an active blogger on the “News and Opinions” section of the harm reduction site. In an interview, he pointed out that “some people… are vehemently anti-smoking and will fight any product that makes smoking more acceptable.” This is precisely why logical voices like his are increasingly valuable to the industry.

4: Dr. Murray Laugesen

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Dr. Murray Laugesen is the founder of Health New Zealand, has over 18 years’ experience as a researcher in tobacco policy and is the author of over 40 research papers. He‘s the founder of End Smoking NZ, a charitable organization dedicated to ending the use of combustible cigarettes by 2025 in New Zealand. His research on electronic cigarettes has established him as one of the foremost individual voices in the industry today.

3: Scott Ballin

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Scott Ballin makes this list for different reasons. He’s a tobacco and health policy consultant in Washington, and runs Tobacco at a Crossroads alliance. He’s an outspoken advocate of modernizing tobacco laws to account for products like electronic cigarettes as long as they take into account the “relative” risks. He’s currently advising at the University of Virginia on a series of harm reduction dialogues.

2: Professor Michael Siegel

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It’s hard to find somebody who spends more time scientifically dispelling myths about electronic cigarettes than physician Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health. A prominent figure in the tobacco harm reduction field, his Tobacco Analysis blog regularly gives his readers “the rest of the story” regarding any new studies or media reports. He’s been featured in the media numerous times and also conducts research into electronic cigarettes.

1: Professor Carl Phillips

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Carl Philips is a world-renowned expert on tobacco control, and he also ran the Tobacco Harm Reduction Institute at the University of Alberta in Canada. He’s a vocal supporter of electronic cigarettes, often attends panel discussions on tobacco harm reduction methods and is widely quoted online and in the media. He’s an ardent supporter of electronic cigarettes, frequently arguing that they are significantly less dangerous than tobacco.

 

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.