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Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s ‘Parts Unknown’, recently claimed that Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, vapes. Although we tried, we couldn’t find any concrete evidence to back up Tony’s statement, but we did find confirmation of some other A-list celebrity ecig vapers.

Celebrity Ecig Vaper, Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl is hands-down the leader of our list. ‘Izzy’ of Grey’s Anatomy appeared on Letterman in 2010 and introduced us to her e-cigarette. We actually wondered if she was on the PV payroll, as she showed us the working parts of her device and gave us a thorough demonstration of how it worked. She even offered Dave a drag, and he accepted!  Later, in Parade Magazine, Heigl credited e-cigarettes with helping her stay tobacco-free for six months. Bravo Katherine!

Leo DiCaprio vapingLeonardo DiCaprio used to enjoy the occasional cigarette and rumour has it he still puffs fine cigars. But recently Leo has been spotted in public using his PVD, perhaps hoping, like Heigl, to wean himself off tobacco cigarettes for good. Leo is an avid defender of ecigs, and is credited with convincing many Hollywood personalities to give them a try – among them Dennis Quaid,, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen,  Cristina Ricci, Ashton Kutcher, Sienna Miller, Colin Farrell and (wait for it …) Jack Nicholson!

Celebrity ecig vaper, Johnny DeppJohnny Depp  The first time an electronic cigarette was seen on the big screen was in the film, The Tourist. During a train journey to Venice ‘Frank’ (Depp) smokes an e-cigarette while reading his book as ‘Elise’ (Angelina Jolie) approaches and introduces herself. Johnny vaped correctly!

Susan Cameron (not really a celebrity, but …), CEO of Reynolds American Inc. (Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes), is a former smoker who now vapes. Before quitting smoking, Ms. Cameron used to suck on Camel Strips (dissolvable tobacco wafers) while chairing Reynolds board meetings. What’s interesting about Susan Cameron is that under her leadership, Reynolds is testing the smoke-free waters with Camel Orbs, small oval-shaped lozenges, and Camel Snus, a spit-free, smoke-free, mess-free tobacco in a pouch.

Reynolds recently bought Niconovum AB, a Swedish manufacturer of nicotine gums and sprays, making it the first Big Tobacco company to transition into NRT products. We’re not surprised at that, and you shouldn’t be either, as we all know it’s only a matter of time until e-cigarettes will outsell regular cigarettes and tobacco-related products.

We’re not saying that just because celebrities are vaping you should too. What we are saying is there’s a lot to be said for seeking alternatives to cigarette smoking, and the e-cigarette is certainly at the top of that category … and growing fast!

Tell us which celebrity ecig vapers you’ve spotted recently!

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As promised, here’s the continuation from our last post, 10 Vaping Myths Exposed, Part 1

#5 E-juice vapour is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke.

Tobacco smoke contains at least 69 confirmed carcinogens, along with over 7,000 chemicals.  A 2012 study noted “electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures (to unsafe chemicals, sic) relative to tobacco cigarettes. “ Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

# 4 Public vaping is a scourge that must be legislated.

This one goes hand in hand with #5. Isn’t it possible that government is more concerned about tax revenues than our health, and about staying in bed with Big Tobacco and Big Pharma? The tobacco companies don’t want to get rid of the current vaping trend – in fact, they’re watching it, learning from it and plotting their takeover of it, putting ‘the little guy’ out of business  and providing governments with even larger tax proceeds. At least, that’s how we see it. We’ve been wrong before. Tell us what you think.

#3 Vaping doesn’t really help smokers transition from tobacco products.

LOL! Just looking at our own inner circle of friends and customers we know this is a fallacy. A large international survey showed “72 percent of users reported that e-cigarettes helped them to deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms and 92 percent reported reductions in their tobacco smoking. Moreover, 96 percent reported that e-cigarettes helped them to stop smoking.”

#2 E-cigarettes can explode while being used.

Yes, and so can cell phones, cars, blow dryers and airplanes. These unfortunate incidents are all known as ‘accidents’. Under the right (or wrong) circumstances, almost anything can explode, or for that matter, implode. If you leave your e-cig charging on the kitchen counter next to the sink, it could  blow up if exposed to water. If you leave it in your car on a hot sunny summer day, it could have a melt-down. Use common sense, and don’t be careless with your e-cigarette.

#1 Not enough vaping studies have been done to prove it’s safe.

Tons of studies have been done by reputable scientific groups and the real problem is that none of these studies have shown anything concretely negative about e-cigarettes. Fact is almost all of them show vaping to be far less toxic than smoking tobacco, much more effective than nicotine replacement therapy products, and no danger to bystanders, children, pets and/or the environment.

Have you heard any outrageous vaping myths? Share them with us in the comments!

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vaping mythVaping continues to be frowned upon by the powers that be. While we in the industry know that vaping can be the gateway to a smoke-free lifestyle, it seems there are quite a few other less informed opinions floating out there. In no particular order, here are some of the most common vaping myths.

Myth #10  An e-cigarette and an AVP (Advanced Personal Vaporizer) are the same animal.

Incorrect!  E-cigs look like regular cigarettes, are made by tobacco companies and are not commonly carried by vape shops.  They have limited flavours, and most vapers do not use them.  AVP’s, on the other hand, are the more sophisticated cousin of the e-cigarette, and contain electronics and components that allow the user to adjust vapour levels and flavour intensity.

Myth #9  E-liquid ingredients are mysterious, dangerous and (oh, the horror!) contain antifreeze.

No – there are only four ingredients in e-juice – vegetable glycerin or VG, propylene glycol or PG (not diethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze), food-grade flavouring and pharmaceutical-grade nicotine. That PG is safe for human consumption!

Myth #8 If there’s nicotine in e-juice, you’ll get cancer, just as you would  if you smoke regular cigarettes.

Definitely not! It’s not the nicotine that’ll kill you … it’s the tar in tobacco cigarettes.  And, vapers may start out with nicotine in their e-juice, but most gradually step down until they are vaping totally nicotine-free flavoured e-liquid.

Myth #7 Vaping is an introduction to smoking real cigarettes and is aimed at teenagers.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Vape shops, both stand-alone and online, are not interested in putting themselves in jeopardy by selling to minors, and as a matter of interest, 95% of our customers are adult ex-cigarette smokers.

Myth #6 The vaping industry is non-regulated – there could be anything in that e-juice!

Fact – Our industry is more concerned with the health and safety of our customers than the tobacco companies are. We believe that vaping has helped more people quit smoking tobacco than all the nicotine replacement therapies put together. Our products are labelled – ‘for use by adults over the age of 18, keep away from children and pets’ and e-liquids are sold with child-proof caps.

Stay tuned for the next five vaping myths coming up next!

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e-Juice flavoursJesse has been vaping for over two years now. We asked her about her favourite e-juice flavours, and how she chooses them.

“When I first started vaping, I thought I’d want tobacco flavoured e-juice. I was buying online, so I checked the customer reviews and chose one I thought I’d probably like. I also ordered a mint e-juice, figuring I could mix it with the tobacco flavour if I wanted to, to create menthol. My friends managed to persuade me to order a ‘fun’ flavour, despite my insistence that I wouldn’t like it. I ordered Banana Bread and guess what – it turned out to be my favourite!”

Jesse did a lot of things right when she was selecting her beginner e-juice flavours. Her first choice was a tobacco flavour because she was giving up cigarettes in favour of vaping, and she didn’t want to miss the taste she was used to. Before ordering, she read customer reviews and asked her vaping friends for their recommendations. She also realized she could mix e-juice flavours and blends, so she chose a mint e-juice to compliment the tobacco flavour.

When Jesse realized the tobacco flavour she ordered wasn’t what she really wanted, she traded it with a friend for an equal amount of Double Chocolate e-liquid, mixed a bit of her Mint with that, and created Peppermint Patty!

Mix ‘n Match Dozens of Flavours

E-juices are generally divided into several flavour categories – Dessert and Bakery, Candy, Fruit, Drinks (including Cocktails) and Mints. Remember you can mix and match any and all e-liquid flavours, so when you order Strawberry and Vanilla, blend them and you’ve got Strawberry Shortcake! How about Cherry and Cola e-liquids to make Cherry Coke, or Chocolate and Coffee e-juices to create your own Mocha Latte!

As you can see, the possibilities are endless, and that’s why vaping is so much more creative and fun than smoking regular cigarettes, to say nothing about being healthier. Jesse told us she has tried several cocktail flavours and is currently on a Pina Colada kick.

Choose smaller trial size e-liquids at first. If you like one, order the larger size next time. Ask your vaping friends to share their e-juice with you so you can try new flavours before ordering. Ask your supplier what’s popular and what’s new. Above all, be adventurous and open to new e-juice flavours and combinations. Have fun and enjoy!

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We can’t say this is an old question, because it’s not. E-cigarettes have only been around since 2003, so although the jury is still somewhat out on whether vaping is actually healthier than using tobacco, the current slant gives vaping a definite thumbs up over the noxious products tobacco smoke emits.

What are you inhaling?

Vaping involves the inhalation of vapourized e-liquid consisting of water, nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and flavouring. The lack of tobacco smoke inhalation is what leads many e-cigarette users to believe vaping is a safer alternative to smoking. Instead of heating e-juice to a combustion or burnable temperature, it’s heated only to around 400 degrees F, thus producing vapour, not smoke – a kinder, gentler ‘cigarette’, if you will. Vapers aren’t inhaling over 4000 toxic chemicals (69 of them cause cancer!) like cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon monoxide and tar.

In 1994 the US government approved the addition of almost 600 additives to regular cigarettes, even though they were never tested for safety as combustibles – unbelievable! In fairness to our comparison of e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes, there has been a small concern about the propylene glycol in e-juice, as it has been known to irritate the eyes of a few, and possibly to cause respiratory infections. But most e-cig users agree they’ll take their chances with that versus lung cancer and heart disease.

It goes without saying that your health is the most important consideration when comparing vaping to smoking tobacco. But, there are other perks than your health you can consider as well.

Vaping is hands down less expensive than regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes have superior flavour and purity of taste.

In August 2014 the American Heart Association (AHA) endorsed the use of e-cigarettes, saying “E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with regular cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. E-cigarettes also present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”

If the AHA is down with vaping, so are we!

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Every industry has a garbage problem. It could be about reducing the amount of trash collected from business offices and manufacturing plants. It might be about finding cost-efficient ways to segregate and process the recyclable and bio-degradable materials. The e-cigarette industry is no different.

A researcher by the name of Hoshing Chang scoured library archives, online repositories of scientific journals, and authoritative websites and other resources for a comprehensive review of available literature on the impact of e-cigarette manufacturing and consumption to the environment. Here’s a summary of the information she found.

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Components of an Electronic Cigarette

Component Manufacturing and E-cigarette Assembly

Although the bulk of electronic cigarettes are manufactured in China and in other countries, several small factories that handle the production and assembly of the e-cigarettes are located in North America. Unfortunately, collection of individual and cumulative e-cigarette pollutant emission information from all manufacturing sites isn’t possible at this time. Many of these small-time manufacturers aren’t required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to submit emission information each year because they didn’t meet the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program criteria.

Nicotine Extraction, Synthesis and Purification

Some e-juice manufacturers boast that they only use USP-grade nicotine in all their products. Other companies that weren’t as vocal with the quality of their ingredients are probably using nicotine that’s either derived from a natural source, such as tobacco leaves, or chemically synthesized using organic solvents, such as formaldehyde and dichloromethane.

Companies involved in extracting and producing liquid nicotine are likely to have the highest emissions and waste products. Without proper regulation and control, the total emissions from these manufacturing companies would be substantial in an industrial scale setting.

The Wall Street Journal Market Watch reported in 2013 that Virginia Tobacco Company, a subsidiary of Universal Corporation, a leading global leaf tobacco supplier, has joined Avoca, one of the world’s premier botanical extraction companies, to form AmeriNic, which will produce liquid nicotine for the e-cigarette industry.

Indoor Air Quality and Secondhand Aerosol Exposure

Several research studies were done on the chemical components and side effects of secondhand aerosol that remained in the air after volunteers used their electronic cigarettes in different indoor areas, including a small testing chamber. The researchers found that particulate matter as well as traces of nicotine and flavoring components were detected in each testing area.

It’s obvious that the indoor air quality had changed significantly after the volunteers filled those areas with clouds of vapor using different types of e-cigarettes and vaping different brands of e-liquids. Unlike secondhand and third-hand smoke from cigarettes, the chemicals found in the vapors didn’t stick to surfaces or become absorbed into fabric, or even remained in the air for long. The chemicals that were detected came from the exhaled breaths of the vapers, captured aerosol samples, and trapped air in places that didn’t have a ventilation system.

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Make sure you properly disposed your e-cig batteries, empty cartridges, and discarded atomizers.

The Proper Disposal of OTC E-cigs, Empty E-liquid Cartridges, and Depleted Batteries

A comprehensive review of the available literature on the environmental impact of electronic cigarettes revealed that there aren’t any guidelines in place that would instruct companies on how to properly dispose of the empty cartridges, depleted batteries, broken atomizers, and disposable e-cigarettes, as well as the expired and unused products from their warehouses.

When a pharmaceutical product with nicotine as the sole active ingredient (e.g., nicotine patches, gum and lozenges) is discarded without being used for its intended purpose, it is classified as a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous substance.

However, a discarded used product is not included under RCRA. E-cigarettes are not a pharmaceutical product; therefore, the disposal of e-cigarettes is not regulated under RCRA or any other programme. This means that the unused and the used cartridges containing residual nicotine can be disposed of without treatment to remove nicotine.

Although many manufacturers have initiated recycling programmes for their e-cigarette cartridges and batteries, the prevalence and frequency of recycling for these used products are largely unknown.

Because there’s no standard procedure for the proper disposal of disposable cig-a-likes, these types of e-cigs and their batteries and components were often sent to landfills as they were found. As a result, heavy metals from disposable e-cigs and nicotine residue from crushed batteries would seep into the earth. Most of the metals and chemical would pass through the underground striata of sediment, sand, soil and rock until those toxic substances reached the water bed and contaminated the water supply.

The Promise of Sustainability and “Green” Vapor Products

I guess, a shift towards a more sustainable approach to manufacturing and the adoption of eco-friendly packaging for vaporizers and e-juice products would be too much to hope for at this point. Vaping businesses might not survive for long if the FDA were to gain the power and authority to regulate and heavily tax the industry before the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058) was finally approved.

Blaming one-time users who bought disposable cig-a-likes and e-cigarettes that made use of replaceable, but non-refillable cartridges won’t change things. Do you know what would make a difference? Everyone should promote drip and tank rebuilding, coiling and dripping as environment-friendly vaping practices.

A true-blooded vaper understands the value of investing in rebuildable drips, tanks and atomizers, and in the essential gadgets and tools for rebuilding. The time and effort they spent in refilling their clearos with e-liquid, in building their coils, and in concocting their own e-juice recipes also contribute to the cause. Vapers are also famous for recycling their rebuilding materials, reusing e-cig parts, and upcycling their old box mods by accessorizing with vinyl stickers and repainting the bodies or skins of their vaporizers. All of these methods were effective in reducing a goodly chunk of their carbon footprint.

FINALLY – Some countries get it! According to a recent Reuters news article, “the United Kingdom endorses e-cigs for the first time,” saying they are 95 percent safer than tobacco equivalents and even suggesting doctors should be able to prescribe the ‘game-changing’ devices to tobacco smokers who are trying to quit.

Do you hear the angels singing?

In December 2012 the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the European Union Tobacco Products Directive, which included proposals to introduce restrictions on the use and sales of e-cigarettes. Ten months later the European Parliament voted down the Commission’s proposal to introduce medical regulation for electronic cigarettes, and introduced a series of marketing and advertising restrictions (formally approved in February 2014) for e-cigarettes that are similar to tobacco products. The restrictions involve maximum concentrations of nicotine in liquids, child-proof packaging, purity of ingredients and disclosure of ingredients and nicotine content.

But wait … in October 2014, UK-based e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked won the right to challenge the directive at the Court of Justice of the EU. The hearing is expected to take place in 2015 – so stay tuned!

In April 2014, the FDA proposed new regulations which were similar to those in Europe for tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. The FDA-proposed regulation would also ban the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine to any individual under 18 years of age. With the absence of federal regulations, many states and cities have adopted their own e-cigarette regulations, most commonly to prohibit sales to minors. Some states permit e-cigarettes to be taxed as tobacco products and have extended their indoor smoking bans to include e-cigarettes.

What’s Canada’s take on e-cig vaping?

In Canada, anti-smoking groups are calling for tighter restrictions on e-cigarettes, including The Canadian Lung Association, calling them “a gimmicky, unproven method” of tobacco smoking cessation, and urging tobacco smokers to use other cessation methods. In August 2015, Health Canada weighed in with the following gem, “To date there is not sufficient evidence that the potential benefits of e-cigarettes in helping Canadians to quit smoking (tobacco products – sic) outweigh the potential risks.”

It would be wonderful, if not downright sensible, if Canada and the USA would fully legalize e-cigarettes as have the following civilized and reasonably sophisticated countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

“If we get all tobacco smokers to switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, we would eventually reduce the US death toll from more than 400,000 a year to less than 4,000, maybe as low as 400.”  – Dr J Nitzkin, American Association of Public Health Physicians, aaphp.org, 2010-04-02.

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