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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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