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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.

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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DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGES VS. E-LIQUID

Compared to smoking, vaping is an excellent way to save money, but some vapers try to maximize their savings by refilling cartridges instead of using disposable ones. Although you have to manually refill the cartridges, the potential for cost savings is much greater. Many users are left unsure as to whether it’s actually worth the effort, given the ease of disposable cartomizers. This guide will help you make a decision.

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E-Liquid Benefits

The biggest and most obvious advantage is the cost-saving, thanks to getting more out of each atomizer. The specific figure can vary, but the difference will be substantial, as a 20 per day smoker will use two or three 30ml bottles per month, compared to a cartridge or more per day. It’s cheaper to work in larger amounts, but even the 10ml bottles represent a potential cost saving.

There are numerous additional positives to using e-liquid:

  • Eliminate waste – no more constantly disposing of cartridges.
  • Plenty of flavour options and nicotine strengths, as well as the potential to mix your own blends!
  • You can change from propylene glycol to an alternative ingredient like vegetable glycol if you’re allergic.
  • The liquid can be used across brands, increasing flavour options for the refillable brands.

Cartomizer Benefits

Although many more budget conscious and tech-savvy vapers opt for the refillable liquid, there is still something to be said for going disposable. The most obvious is the ease of use – the most difficult thing you have to do is screw the cartridge on and take it off again when it’s drained. This means no contact with liquid nicotine, no carefully dripping solution into cartridges and no atomizer replacement. It’s the perfect entry-level option because no real knowledge is required.

The cartomizer-style cartridges also have more room for liquid, which means you get more puffs out of each. They’re also the industry standard, so virtually all companies provide them, as opposed to the select few which offer e-liquid. The cost of electronic cigarettes is much lower than smoking anyway, so most users won’t prioritize any additional savings straight away.

 

 

 

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.

NEW STUDY: THE BENEFITS OF SWITCHING TO VAPING FOR ASTHMATIC SMOKERS

With the global push to regulate electronic cigarettes as if they’re some huge threat to public health, it’s important to remember just how much damage they could help avert. For asthma-sufferers, smoking is associated with more exacerbations of their condition, their lung function declining more quickly and the corticosteroids used for treatment creating less of a positive effect. The widespread use of vaping as a smoking substitute has understandable potential to reduce the problems among asthma-sufferers, but there was previously no research to support this assertion.

A new study from Professor Riccardo Polosa and colleagues investigates the improvements seen in asthma-suffering smokers who either notably reduce or entirely quit smoking due to vaping.

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Summary

1. Researchers looked at data from 18 asthmatic smokers who were vaping at two consecutive follow-up clinic visits between late 2012 and 2013. Baseline and pre-baseline data were also used to show that any changes weren’t part of a trend from before the individual started vaping.

2. Asthma control questionnaires, Spirometry tests and airway hyper-responsiveness tests were conducted, and any exacerbations in condition were noted.

3. After a year, statistically significant improvements were seen in Spirometry data, asthma control and airway hyper-responsiveness tests in both the full-switchers and the dual users.

4. 10 of the 18 participants quit smoking entirely by vaping, and the dual users reduced their average daily cigarette consumption from 22.4 to 3.9 after a year.

5. No participants needed to be admitted to intensive care or hospital during the study period, and the number of exacerbations decreased overall, but this difference was not significant.

6. The benefits observed in participants’ conditions are expected to be related to quitting smoking rather than vaping itself, but the research does indicate that electronic cigarettes are well-tolerated in asthmatics.

7. The small sample size in the study is an important limitation, but the findings corroborate existing knowledge about the benefits of quitting or substantially reducing smoking for asthmatics.

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?

 

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!