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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.

 

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.

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.

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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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USE AMONG CHILDREN

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A recent national study from the US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly 1.8 million middle and high school students had used electronic cigarettes in 2012. That figure is double that of the previous year. The CDC based its findings on a questionnaire from thousands of students from grades 6 through 12.

Health and public officials are concerned the data suggests electronic cigarettes may be a gateway drug to smoking, that kids may be getting hooked on nicotine through electronic cigarettes then transition to smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes emit no smoke, but heat liquid nicotine and flavours into a vapour. While electronic cigarettes may look like the real thing, they’re not subject to U.S tobacco laws. The electronic cigarette industry is largely unregulated.

Recently, around 40 state Attorney-Generals urged the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the electronic cigarette industry the same way it regulates the tobacco industry and restrict use by minors.

The Ohio House is also considering a bill, House Bill 144 that would prevent minors from using or buying alternative tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

Part of the public concern comes from the way electronic cigarettes are marketed.  It’s been decades since cigarette commercials were on television, but now flashy electronic cigarette news and ads are on the Internet, and are advertised during late night television broadcasts. Some of the ads feature cartoon characters and celebrity endorsements.

Also of concern are the flavours of some electronic cigarettes.  While you can find traditional tobacco, you can also get electronic cigarettes with flavours that include cherry, bubble gum and blackcurrant. Critics claim that those flavours are especially appealing to children, since it would be rare to find adults who were interested in bubble gum cigarettes. This would seem to be a deliberate attempt to market electronic cigarettes to minors.

The Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to formally release its proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes.

SAFETY CONCERNS OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

Are electronic cigarettes safe to use?

Compared with smoking regular tobacco cigarettes, using an electronic cigarette is safer. However, in the absence of a thorough clinical evaluation and long term population level surveillance, absolute safety of such products cannot be guaranteed. By comparison, the harm from tobacco smoking is well established.

Toxins have been found in a number of studies of electronic cigarettes, although these are at levels much lower than those found in cigarettes and not at levels which would generally cause concern.

One small study showed that after switching from tobacco to electronic cigarettes nicotine exposure was unchanged while exposure to selected toxicants was substantially reduced. Most of the safety concerns regarding electronic cigarettes relate to the absence of appropriate product regulation and inconsistencies in quality control. The current lack of regulatory oversight means that there is significant  variability in device effectiveness, nicotine delivery and cartridge nicotine content, both between and sometimes within product brands.

Research has identified possible concerns about specific products. A recent study by the US Food and Drug  Administration (FDA)  has raised some safety concerns over the presence of toxins, released in low concentrations, from the vaporisation process of certain cartridges. There is little evidence of harmful effects in the short to medium term from repeated exposure to propylene glycol, the chemical in which nicotine is suspended. One study concludes that electronic cigarettes have a low toxicity profile, are well tolerated, and are associated with only mild adverse effects. More research is needed on long-term impact, particularly on the lungs.

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