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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 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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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES – TYPES OF BATTERIES

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Automatic vs. Manual Batteries

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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.

VAPING AT THE OFFICE

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In the old days of the electronic cigarette boom, nearly every vaper and vaping company boasted about rights to “smoke anywhere, wherever”.

Thanks to some notable bans and regulations, this is no longer the case. Perhaps one place that has benefited from electronic cigarette use during the workday is the standard office environment, even if they aren’t yet embracing electronic cigarettes en masse.

An employee who vapes is considerably more productive, having the ability to vape in the office and not spend 10 minutes of every hour outside.

The counterpoint is the presence of vapor in enclosed spaces. While we know it’s harmless, dissipating vapor, others might be put off by wafts of what they consider to be “smoke.” It’s an ongoing debate, and one that isn’t likely to be settled until the public receives proper education on what electronic cigarettes are, and more importantly, what they’re made of.

Many large corporations tend to take a staunch anti-electronic cigarette stance. Wal-Mart includes electronic cigarettes in their tobacco bans and does not allow vaping anywhere in their stores or offices.

In more extreme cases, companies are imposing penalties on employees who use cigarettes, adding an additional surcharge on their monthly insurance premiums. However, switching to vaping doesn’t help. These companies still issue penalties to employees who use tobacco-free electronic cigarettes. It begs the question:

Why should a non-smoker pay a smoker’s fee?

Despite companies like this, there are a few other corporations that are vaper-friendly. As of January 2014, McDonald’s was permitting employees and customers to vape, both in restaurant break rooms and in corporate offices. In fact, many companies are encouraging smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, and are even incentivizing them with free electronic cigarettes to use in the workplace.

So which is the right approach? Should electronic cigarettes be treated as tobacco products? Or should companies encourage vaping so employees will spend more time at work, and less time taking breaks?

 

PREVENTING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE ACCESS TO UNDERAGE YOUTH

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Electronic cigarettes are an adult product, and despite the endless chatter about flavours and marketing, they are positioned as such. Though most contentious anti-vaping groups will claim the industry is lurking in dark alleys, waiting to bait unsuspecting youth, it simply isn’t the case.

And, for the extremists who believe electronic cigarettes are actually a gateway to tobacco, I regret to report that scientists have confirmed there is no visible link between trying electronic cigarettes and taking up traditional tobacco smoking.

We need to come to grips with the reality of youth culture, peer pressure and the general order of things. Kids who become interested in trying nicotine products are going to try nicotine products. And, by and large, those products will be cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

Let’s face it, in the eyes of today’s youth, the “danger factor” of cigarettes likely make them much more appealing than “safe and boring” electronic cigarettes.

While disposable electronic cigarettes and e-liquid are becoming harder to get by the day, cigarettes and chewing tobacco haven’t gotten any more challenging to obtain. The same careless shop owners who sold tobacco to minors yesterday are doing it today.

Plus, let’s not forget the social aspect of cigarette smoking. I would venture to say that most underage smokers didn’t set out to buy a pack when they started. They borrowed a smoke from a friend or acquaintance. Then they borrowed another one.

It was only after realizing they enjoyed cigarettes that they bought them … and anything else like them.

Regulations are looming. The initial FDA proposals were less stringent than expected, but make no mistake, more are coming. Couple this with growing amounts of anti-vaping media coverage, reports of irresponsible, etc., and you have a mounting problem.