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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.

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.

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.

3 COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

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The electronic cigarette is still relatively new, compared to the traditional tobacco cigarettes, but they have made such a huge impact on smokers’ lives. With new technologies and innovations, there are bound to be concerns from those that may use them.
The first common question from people who come across an electronic cigarette starter kit is “how do they work?” Many smokers who come across these devices are put off because they seem a little complicated to operate, but this is wrong.

Electronic cigarettes are quite simple to use. The devices are made up of a few components; a battery, heat coil, case and an e-liquid. The battery heats up the coil which is submersed in the e-liquid, which transforms into vapour which is inhaled. Using an electronic cigarette is nothing more than unscrewing a cap, pouring liquid into a chamber and pressing a button.
The second common query people have with electronic cigarette starter kits is what the e-liquids contain. There are many myths surrounding the devices and the liquids in question. These myths have being formulated by the press and are there to create stories to scare people out from using these devices. The liquid used in electronic cigarettes contains a small amount of vegetable oil, propylene glycol, nicotine, distilled water and flavourings. These ingredients are well known and can be easily researched if you would like to find out more about them.

The third most common question with electronic cigarettes is how to choose the right one for your needs. The most popular and widely available is the ICIGATM Premium Black pearl starter kit. This kit comes with everything a total newbie needs to start his or her vaping journey. Know the kind of flavour you want, together with your nicotine smocking levels when purchasing this kit.

CHOOSING E-LIQUIDS: FACTORS TO CONSIDER

E- Liquids are best enjoyed when you find a nicotine level that satisfies your cravings and a flavour you enjoy. However, there are thousands of different flavours available, with different nicotine levels to choose from.

Nicotine liquid, also known as e-juice or e-liquid, can be flavoured to suit any taste or mood. The strength varies from 0 mg nicotine up to 54 mg. Heavy smokers of electronic cigarettes might enjoy stronger strengths while light smokers/social smokers may enjoy the lower strengths.

Nicotine Levels

E- Liquids come in varying nicotine concentrations to suit different needs. This is an important feature, because electronic cigarette users have the option of lowering their dose of nicotine gradually, unlike tobacco cigarettes. Many users choose a nicotine-free liquid just to satisfy their smoking habit. For many, getting to 0 mg nicotine is their goal and they can accomplish this at their own pace. The actual concentration levels will usually be found on the bottle in mg/ml.

The dosing levels are not standardized and different manufacturers have different levels. However, there are general guidelines that are typically followed.

  • Nicotine free = 0mg nicotine, just flavouring.
  • Low strength = 4-8mg of nicotine per millilitre.
  • Mid strength = 10-14mg nicotine per millilitre.
  • High strength = 16-18mg per millilitre.
  • Extra-high strength = 24-54mg per millilitre.

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Nicotine Flavours

E-liquid flavours range from tobacco & cigar flavour, to sweet and sugary. Some are made to simulate actual cigarettes, and come in flavours like Benson & Hedges ICIGATM. Then there are flavours such as cherry, black currant, bubblegum and apple.

Try a flavour you think will satisfy your taste buds. Once you identify what kind of flavours you like best, you can start narrowing it down. Look for special offers such as variety packs or sampler packs that allow you to try several different flavours that come in smaller bottles. Don’t be afraid to mix some flavours together to make an entirely new flavour.

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