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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.

 

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.

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-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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ABSTINENCE VS HARM REDUCTION

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Every day 1,200 people die from tobacco related cancer. Smoking tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable death in the world. There are two types of thought on how to address this problem:

Tobacco abstinence and tobacco harm reduction.

 Both of these methods have their pros and cons, however in light of the recent electronic cigarettes popularity, tobacco harm reduction is gaining support from tobacco users and professionals.

Tobacco Abstinence Hypothesis

When it comes to preventing tobacco related deaths and diseases, there has always been one goal, get smokers to quit smoking, or tobacco abstinence

But there is a massive problem with this idea of abstinence. Smokers who want to quit face extremely low odds. Less than 7% of smokers this year will succeed. Of the smokers who do succeed, many risk relapsing for the rest of their life.

Nicotine is one of the most additive substances there is, if not the most addictive substance in the world. It does not help that tobacco companies adds over 601 chemicals to tobacco to make them more addictive. It is extremely difficult to keep people from smoking once they start.

But there is another theory…

Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) Hypothesis

THR splits tobacco into two parts: the harm caused by smoke and tar, and the harm caused by nicotine. Because nicotine addiction is the main problem when it comes to getting smokers to quit smoking, THR theory looks at the harm caused by nicotine itself compared to the harm caused by smoking. The good news is that nicotine is fairly safe in low doses, comparable to caffeine in effects and dangers.

So in short, THR aims to give smokers who are unable to quit smoking an alternative source of nicotine to reduce tobacco harm.

Any type of smokeless tobacco is considered a form of tobacco harm reduction because it does not involve smoke or tar. This typically includes chewing tobacco, tobacco strips-lozenges-stick-gum, and electronic cigarettes.

Nobody is going to claim these products are 100% safe, but many claim they are safer than smoking tobacco. It is another way to approach the problem, and it is gaining popularity quickly thanks to electronic cigarettes.

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?

 

PICKING THE RIGHT NICOTINE STRENGTH

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Your journey with electronic cigarettes will be much easier once you have found the best cartridge, flavour or e-liquid level for you. These things are important features of your electronic cigarette journey.

There are a few questions that you must ask yourself before you pick on the strength of electronic cigarette cartridge or e-liquid.

What kind of smoker are you?

Are you a heavy smoker or a light smoker? Do you even know the difference between the two? A heavy smoker will be one that smokes more than two and a half packets a day. If you’re an “above average” smoker, you are probably making your way through two packets. The “average” smoker will normally puff their way through one to two packets per day. You’re probably looking at around 20 cigarettes on a daily basis.

If you’re a “light” smoker, you are probably smoking just under a packet of cigarettes a day. A “very light smoker” – that’s less than half a packet daily. Finally, you’ve got the “ultra light “smokers that only really socially smoke; you’re looking at less than one packet of smokes per week.

Now you know what kind of smoker you are, choosing the right nicotine level in your e-liquid or cartridges will be a lot easier.

Now that you have figured out what kind of smoker you are, you can make an educated decision about what kind of nicotine strength you should get, assuming you’re ordering from a website.

Heavy smokers – Go for the maximum strength you can find on the website.

Above average smokers – Find the next strength down. That’s the one that you should be getting at. You’ll probably see a pattern emerging soon.

Average smokers – Check out the Full Strength.

Light smokers – You’ll want Light Strength

Very light smokers – 0.8%, otherwise known as Ultra Light Strength

Ultra light – You’re probably not even bothered about the nicotine so you may as well go for the nicotine-free stuff. You’ll be surprised at how satisfying it can be!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 13 BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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Myth 1:  Electronic cigarettes are dangerous because they contain nicotine, which is bad for your health.
Fact :  This is plain nonsense. Though nicotine is highly addictive, the effects on the human body are very small. Traditional cigarettes contain many more toxins that are harmful to the human body.

Myth 2:  Electronic cigarettes could be dangerous because nobody knows the ingredients.

Fact:  This is simply not true, as long as you choose a company that is open and honest about what they do, they should disclose a full ingredient list.

Myth 3: These devices can explode in your hands or face.

Fact: This is false, as long as you don’t mess around with the liquids or the actual device and disregard the instructions. Learn as much as you can beforehand, and you will find these devices will never explode.

 Myth 4: The cost of electronic cigarettes is very high.

Fact: This depends on the vendor. Iciga.co.uk has great offers and discount on prices. Overall, electronic cigarettes are cheaper in the long run than tobacco cigarettes.

Myth 5:  These devices cause cancer.

Fact:  There is research to totally dispel this myth. Electronic cigarettes do not contain harmful chemical likes tar and tobacco, which are carcinogens.

Myth 6: Electronic cigarettes are more addictive.

Fact: The nicotine in an electronic cigarette is no more addictive than nicotine in regular cigarettes.

Myth 7:  Second hand ‘vapour’ from electronic cigarettes is just like second-hand smoke.
Fact: Vapour is just that, vapour. Vapour does not contain smoke or tobacco by-products, and does not leave any lingering odours.

Myth 11: Electronic cigarette companies are luring in non-smokers

Fact:  Smart electronic cigarette companies don’t have to, as there is no proof of an increase in smoking due to these devices.

Myth 12:  Anti freeze is used in electronic cigarettes.
Fact: Anti freeze contains many highly toxic ingredients. PPG is a very safe and human-friendly ingredient used in antifreeze, but is in no way a toxic ingredient. It just happens that it’s used in antifreeze, just like water.
Myth 13: Minors are able to buy electronic cigarettes
Fact: Minors are not allowed to purchase these products. Most companies have an 18+ policy in place.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE-SMOKING ETIQUETTE

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Now that you have made the switch from analogue (traditional cigarettes) and entered into the digital world of electronic cigarettes, there are some simple dos and don’ts.

You no longer have to roll down the window on a cold day to let that smoke out, or step outside after a meal so as not to offend the non-smokers. You’re no longer out of breath after extraneous activity and don’t reek of stink after a few drags during your lunch break. The experience of using an electronic cigarette may feel great, but not everyone feels the same way as you do. As smokers, we must follow the basic rule: Don’t use electronic cigarettes where you aren’t allowed to smoke!

Why not? It doesn’t smell. There’s no danger of second hand smoke. Vapour dissipates and doesn’t leave a lingering smell. So why can’t we take a few puffs wherever we want? The simple answer is we want to be courteous to others.

Not everyone is informed about what exactly an electronic cigarette is. Cigarettes have been demonized for decades; the very fact that it’s called an electronic cigarette and produces an opaque vapour when exhaled scares many misinformed people.

Now some establishments have weighed in and allowed vaping indoors. Always ask the bartender or the manager on duty whether it is okay or not to smoke electronic cigarettes. It is a privilege to be able to vape indoors and like most privileges it can be taken away if it is abused.

Nothing will get indoor-vaping banned faster than the smoke detector getting set off from the huge clouds of smoke coming from your electronic cigarette.

Be smart and be courteous when vaping in public and always remember; don’t vape where you can’t smoke! But other than that, enjoy your newly found smoke free lifestyle!

ARE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE?

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The electronic cigarette, also known as a smokeless cigarette, is changing the legal landscape for cigarette smokers around the world. It offers to effectively simulate the experience of smoking an actual cigarette, without any of the health and legal issues.

While electronic cigarettes look, feel and taste like traditional cigarettes, they do not burn any tobacco. Rather, when you inhale from an electronic one, you activate a ‘flow sensor’ which releases water vapour containing nicotine, propylene glycol, and a scent of tobacco. This means electronic cigarettes allow you to get your nicotine fix while avoiding all the cancer causing agents such as tar, glue, additives and hydrocarbons.

In addition to being healthier than traditional cigarettes, there are other benefits of electronic cigarettes. One of them is that electronic cigarettes are completely legal. They do not contain tobacco, so you can legally smoke them anywhere from bars to airplanes. Furthermore, electronic cigarettes allow you to smoke without fear of inflicting harm on others due to nasty second hand smoke.

The refillable cartridges are available in a multitude of flavours and nicotine strengths. There is regular, menthol, apple and even strawberry flavours. Nicotine strengths range from full, medium, light to none. The range of nicotine strengths offers some aid to those who are attempting to quit smoking, and it is advisable for one to begin with an electronic cigarette starter kit like the CE4 starter kit.

The benefits of electronic cigarettes as opposed to nicotine patches, is that electronic cigarettes produce the same tactile sensation and oral fixation that smokers desire, while satisfying tobacco cravings as well. You still get the feeling of filling your lungs with warm tobacco flavoured smoke. When you exhale, the tobacco flavoured smoke still billows out just like regular smoking, but that smoke is actually a much healthier water vapour that quickly evaporates and therefore doesn’t offend anyone in the immediate vicinity.