Archive for June, 2015

vaping as an alternative to smoking

Smoking can be one of the toughest habits to break. There are lots of products on the market that claim to help you stop smoking, things like hypnosis, patches and pills. Oh, and of course the good ‘ole cold turkey or cutting back methods.

Now, we can’t say that vaping will help you quit smoking. But we can tell you why ecigarettes are such a popular alternative to traditional smoking.

 

Multiple Studies Support Vaping as an Alternative to Smoking

There are a number of studies that support the use of vaping as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

A national study by Forum Research found that:

  • Two thirds of people are using ecigs in place of tobacco cigarettes
  • 7 in 10 say that they’ve switched from smoking to vaping
  • Half of the people who started vapting have cut down on their tobacco consumption

A study published in the journal Addiction found that vapers were more likely to attempt to quit smoking. Studies suggest:

“65% of those who were using an ecigarette on a daily basis went on to make an attempt to give up smoking within the year, compared with 44% of smokers who were not using ecigarettes. There was no evidence that daily ecigarette users were more likely to have managed to get rid of a tobacco habit by the end of a year, but 14% had reduced their tobacco consumption by at least half.”

Why Is Vaping is a Great Alternative to Smoking?

More and more people are turning to vaping because they are seeing others around them successfully making the transition. Plus, vaping has some awesome benefits:

  1. Ecigs have fewer unsafe chemicals than regular cigarettes
  2. You can adjust your nicotine level at any time
  3. You can easily transition to 0mg electronic cigarettes to keep up the social habit of vaping with friends

Are you ready to make the transition from smoking to vaping? Take a moment to browse our store and check out some starter kits today.

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Your Guide to Electronic Cigarette Nicotine Levels

EliquidOne of the most common question people ask when trying electronic cigarettes for the first time is, “How much nicotine is right for me?”

It’s an important question to ask! Finding the right nicotine level is the key to enjoying ecigarettes, especially when you are making the transition from regular cigarettes.

If you choose an eliquid that has a low nicotine level, then it may not satisfy your cravings, and you may end up vaping more to compensate for the lower level of nicotine.

If you choose one with too high of a nicotine level, it may be too intense for you, and you could experience light-headedness or stronger than desired throat hits.

So, how do you choose a nicotine strength for your ecigs? Begin by comparing them to traditional cigarettes. The type of cigarettes you smoke will have a direct impact on the ejuice nicotine level you may prefer.

Comparing Regular Cigarettes and Eliquid Nicotine Strength

Traditional tobacco cigarettes contain 8 to 20 milligrams nicotine, depending on the brand and type of cigarette you prefer. Here is a comparison of eliquid nicotine strength and regular cigarettes to assess the nicotine level you should start with.

Nicotine Strength Traditional Cigarettes
0 milligrams (mg) Non-smokers
6 milligrams Ultra-light
12 milligrams Light
18 milligrams Regular
24 milligrams Strong
36 milligrams Very Strong (unfiltered)

Since many smokers prefer regular strength cigarettes, it’s recommended that you try electronic cigarettes with 18 mg of nicotine to start. This is the mid-level strength. Depending on your experience, you can stick with it, or increase or decrease the nicotine level until you find the perfect ecigarette for you.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the different eliquid nicotine levels in ecigarettes:

  • O mg: Eliquid with no nicotine is ideal for ex-smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • 6 mg: This is ideal for people who just want to experience a hint of nicotine. It has a very low throat hit and is ideal for casual users or people wanting an alternative to smoking.
  • 12 mg: This is ideal for people who were either casual smokers or preferred light cigarettes. This is a good introductory nicotine level.
  • 18 mg: This is a popular level for heavy smokers. It satisfies that nicotine craving.
  • 24-36 mg: This is typically used by experienced ecigarette users. It has a very strong throat hit and is not recommended for new users.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to your personal preference and tolerance level. Start out somewhere in the middle and experiment with different nicotine levels and ejuice flavours. This is one of the beauties of vaping. There is no one right way to do it–you create your experience.

Browse our eliquids to find your nicotine level sweet spot.

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In a recent article published by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a highly respected scientist in the field of e cigarette research, the studies used by the media last month to publish a sensationalist hit-piece on vaping were carefully examined by Farsalinos. During his cross-examination of the research he discovered that not only were the media and news articles blown way out of proportion, but the methods used and the facts reported were severely misleading:

“A new study published by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos on Thursday May 21st 2015 titled “E-Cigarettes Generate High Levels of Aldehydes Only In “Dry Puff” Conditions” debunks the “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols” research paper that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine back in January 2015.

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a world renowned cardiologist and leading e-cigarette and vaping researcher has been conducting scientific studies on e-cigarettes since they first became popular back in 2007.

In his latest study published today, he found that “Vapers are not exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes. My reading of the evidence is that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking. Smokers should be encouraged to switch to vaping.”

The study goes on to show that minimal levels of aldehydes were detected and that those levels were 30-250 times LOWER than tobacco cigarette smoke.

To show where the controversy first began lets go back to January 2015 when the New England Journal of Medicine published a research paper titled “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols”. The research paper concluded that e-cigarettes contain twice the amount of formaldehyde than that of a traditional tobacco cigarette. The media and politicians ran with it and it caused the public to think e-cigarettes were full of formaldehyde.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://vapeaboutit.com/study-finds-vaping-is-95-safer-than-smoking/

While it’s unfortunate that the media and “health authorities” in this country will go to such lengths to create such controversial and sensational headlines about our industry, I don’t think it should come as a surprise to anyone that they are and will continue to do this kind of thing with more frequency as the vape culture grows and the effects of the lost tax revenue to the government and lost customers for the tobacco and pharma industries becomes more obvious as greater numbers of smokers switch to vaping.

Political attacks and smear campaigns are already underway on many levels of our government agencies and health authorities.

“Senator Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) tore into executives of two major e-cigarette companies: “I’m ashamed of you. I don’t know how you go to sleep at night. I don’t know what gets you to work in the morning except the color green of dollars. You are what is wrong with this country.”

To listen to these reactions, you would never guess that e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that produce an aerosol solution of nicotine free of carcinogenic tar, offer any health benefits to smokers. In truth, e-cigarettes have the potential to ignite a public-health revolution. But thanks to alarm over speculative dangers, misleading spin on facts, and outright misrepresentations of the evidence, various lawmakers and public-health officials threaten to dash that promise.
What is driving the controversy over e-cigarettes? At its core lies a tension between two camps: the precautionists and the pragmatists.
The former have several concerns about e-cigarettes. First, that the health risks of the products haven’t been fully established. Second, that e-cigarettes will “renormalize” smoking and undo the gains of five decades of anti-smoking advocacy. Third, that vaping among teens will serve as a “gateway” to their eventual tobacco smoking. ADVERTISING What is driving the controversy over e-cigarettes? At its core lies a tension between two camps: the precautionists and the pragmatists. The critics’ anxieties are not without merit, but they need to be placed in the context of the good that e-cigarettes do by sparing nicotine-dependent individuals from carcinogenic smoke. Precautionists are unmoved by the harm that comes to smokers who have failed to quit but who cannot take advantage of less dangerous ways of using nicotine. Accordingly, this camp seeks heavy regulatory oversight by the FDA and bans on television advertising and on vaping in public.

The pragmatists, who advance a public-health approach called “tobacco-harm reduction,” support electronic cigarettes because the devices are much less harmful than the considerable harms of combustible cigarettes.

Pragmatists are not fixated on whether vaping is completely safe but on whether it is safer for smokers than cigarettes are. They are willing to make policy trade-offs on the basis of cost–benefit analyses. Some pragmatists hope that the FDA will go so far as to deem e-cigarettes outside its regulatory purview altogether — a decision that the agency could theoretically make within the next few weeks or months but almost surely will not.

Pragmatists also want states to tax e-cigarettes minimally if at all, to incentivize smokers to switch. Pragmatists do agree with precautionists about e-cigarettes on one point: The devices should not be sold or marketed to children.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418483/why-cdc-so-vehemently-anti-vaping-sally-satel

Considering the growing pool of ecigarette research that is now available, it’s hard for an educated person to be on the side of the precautionists in this case. The benefits greatly outweigh the risks and as more research is being done it will become increasingly clear that smoking is finally on it’s way out, and vaping is IN!

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What Are E Cigs?

E-cigarettes continue to grow in popularity among smokers and adults seeking an alternative to smoking. Commonly referred to by a number of terms, including e-cigs, electronic cigarettes, vaping, and vaporizer cigarettes, e-cigarettes are a device that is used as an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.

How Vaping Works

In general, vaping and the use of e-cigs in not considered smoking. They are battery operated and are considered an ideal alternative for people who do not want to inhale cigarette smoke.

These devices emit doses of vaporized nicotine, rather than smoke, which are inhaled by users. Vegetable Glycerin or Propylene Glycol based liquids are most commonly used. The liquids or juice (e-liquid or e-juice) that is used in e-cigs is generally categorized in milligrams of nicotine. They range from 0 mg up to 24 mg, with the stronger the dose of nicotine, the greater the throat sensation when inhaled. Most new users start with a lower dose to assess their tolerance and preference. They are also available in a number of different flavours.

E-Cigarette Components

There are four main components of e-cigarettes:

  1. The mouthpiece: Also known as the cartridge, this is the piece that is fixed to the end of the tube. It can be replaced or refilled with vaporized liquid.
  1. The atomizer: This is the heat element that heats up the liquid and causes it to vaporize. This piece lasts between 3-6 months, depending on how much you use it.
  1. The battery: The battery powers the atomizer. In most cases, lithium ion rechargeable batteries are used.
  1. LED light: Many new models have LED lights that signal when the e-cigarette is active.

Vaping Benefits Compared to Smoking

Many smokers are making the switch to e-cigarettes because they offer a number of benefits when compared to traditional cigarettes. Benefits include:

  • Experience a similar sensation to inhaling tobacco smoke, without the smoke
  • E-cigs are odourless, eliminating the stigma associated with cigarette smoke
  • Electronic smoking is more cost effective than smoking traditional cigarettes
  • Vapor cigarettes are safer to use
  • E-cigarettes are becoming more socially acceptable

People Switch To Vaping Because It’s Safer

Even though it is not considered to be an “approved method” to help people quit smoking, a recent study conducted by researchers at University College London (UCL) in the UK, published in the journal Addiction “found that among people who are trying to quit smoking without seeking professional assistance, those who use e-cigarettes are 60% more likely to successfully quit smoking, compared to those who use alternative methods such as nicotine replacement therapies and willpower.”

Ecigarettes continue to grow in popularity and are becoming more widely available with an increasing number of options for users to choose from. To get started, check out these E-Cig Starter Kits.

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