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10 Electronic Cigarette Facts

The electronic cigarette is quickly rising in popularity as more smokers become aware of this healthier smoking alternative. For the first time an alternative nicotine delivery system is available that closely simulates a real smoking experience. Many people believe this will lead to countless smoker’s lives being saved. The e-cigarette is looking very promising and is already revolutionizing the way many people smoke… permanently.

However, because it’s a relatively new device that is just coming into public awareness, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding the electronic cigarette. Is it safe? Can it help you quit smoking? Is there a danger of more kids getting addicted to nicotine? These are all sensible questions that need to be addressed in order for you to make an intelligent decision whether this is something you could benefit from.

The following are a list of 10 FAQs about the electronic cigarette:

1. How close to the real thing is it? Very similar… enough to satisfy the most hardcore smokers. There are many reports of smokers with 1-2 pack a day habits completely switching over to e-cigarettes permanently. The vapor tastes, feels and looks like tobacco smoke. It delivers that instant nicotine satisfaction that smokers crave.

2. Is it safe? Tobacco smoke has over 4,000 toxic chemicals. Electronic smoking has none of these because there is no actual smoke involved. Smoke is the real health hazard. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by inhaling a vaporized water/nicotine solution without having to worry about tar, carbon monoxide, etc.

A report by the Royal College of Physicians states that nicotine by itself has not been proven to cause any long term ill health effects. Electronic cigarette vapor has about 20 ingredients (including nicotine) all of which are considered safe as long as the proper instructions are followed.

3. Can it help me quit smoking? Electronic cigarettes are NOT marketed as smoking cessation devices. They are meant to be used by smokers who are seeking an alternative that can be used anywhere. That being said, common sense dictates that it definitely has potential to be an integral part of a sensible stop-smoking program (similar to how nicotine gum and patches are used).

4. Is it approved by the FDA? The e-cigarette is a nicotine delivery device and doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA right now.

5. Why are certain groups so opposed to it? This is a complicated question. Certain groups may have the public’s best interests in mind and just want more clinical studies to be done. Others have a financial interest in trying to figure out the best way to capitalize on what is probably going to be a billion dollar industry soon.

6. Can it be used anywhere? Technically, yes. There is no burning tobacco so no second hand smoke is produced. Although it is totally acceptable in most public places, there are certain areas like restaurants that may not like the appearance of it. In these cases simply check with the staff first.

7. Does it target kids? Absolutely not! There is a lot of misinformation regarding this topic. Some anti-groups are claiming that because a variety of flavors like fruit, vanilla, chocolate, etc. are available this is going to appeal to kids. That’s like saying because nicotine gum comes in a variety of flavors like mint or fruit it’s catering to a younger crowd. Adults enjoy a variety of flavor choices too! The bottom line is the initial cost for an electronic cigarette starter kit (usually around $100 or so) is not practical for most kids. The market is adult smokers looking for a healthier alternative smoking choice.

8. What is the best e-cigarette? This is where you need to use a bit of discrimination. There has been a lot of cheap designs coming out of China that are wrought with mechanical problems. Luckily there are a handful of high-quality manufacturers out there. A little bit of research will help you decide. Just remember that sometimes it’s worth spending a few more dollars one time to ensure you get a high quality device that is capable of giving you an enjoyable and problem-free smoking experience.

9. How much does it cost? A quality starter kit (including rechargeable battery, charger and 5 nicotine cartridges) will run you around $100 – $150. A package of 5 cartridges will run you around $10 – $15. I cartridge is about the equivalent of 1 – 1.5 packs of cigarettes. Do the math. That’s the equivalent of paying around $2 – $3 per pack of cigarettes.

10. Where can I buy one? Because it’s still fairly new, not many stores are carrying these yet. The best deals can be found online.

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Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

Electronic cigarettes are being marketed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. But just how safe are e-cigarettes? Are there any health risks? Let’s examine electric smoking and compare it to “real” smoking so you can make an intelligent decision if this may be a wise smoking alternative for you.

The most harmful aspect of smoking cigarettes is the 4,000 toxic chemicals that are inhaled when you burn tobacco. It’s the actual smoke that is causing lung cancer and respiratory disease, not the nicotine. With electronic smoking none of these 4,000 toxic chemicals are produced because there is no smoke… nothing is actually burning. No smoke means no tar, carbon monoxide, etc.

But what about the nicotine? E-cigarettes still deliver nicotine. How dangerous is that? More independent studies on the effects of nicotine by itself need to be done. Right now the health risks are still inconclusive. Nevertheless, it’s obvious that a method of delivering nicotine that doesn’t involve real smoke is going to be much safer than burning tobacco.

The FDA recently reported that traces of carcinogens where found in a sample of electronic cigarette nicotine liquid. However, these same carcinogens are also found in nicotine delivery alternatives like the patch and gum (which are both approved by the FDA). Also keep in mind that many every day foods like peanut butter contain trace levels of carcinogens. This is not to say that we should not be concerned about it. Just keep it in perspective. It’s important to remember that the dose of a particular carcinogen is an important factor in it’s toxicity. If carcinogens are present in e-cigarette vapor, it doesn’t not appear to be in high doses. Right now there is no evidence that these carcinogens are are even translated into the actual electronic cigarette vapor that is inhaled.

Are electronic cigarettes totally safe? Until more studies are done it’s probably a good idea to err on the side of caution and assume that they are not 100% safe. But when you compare it to “real” smoking there really is no comparison. One thing we know for sure is that tobacco smoking is incredibly dangerous, expensive and inconvenient. E-cigarettes give smokers an alternative that appears to be much safer and will probably save countless lives. Given a choice between the two? I think it’s a no brainer.

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Electronic Cigarette Benefits

Electronic smoking is quickly rising in popularity and may change the way people smoke forever. Are you wondering if this is something that would benefit you or a loved one? Let’s examine some of the many benefits of the electronic cigarette as a sensible and healthier alternative to “real” smoking.

5 Benefits of the Electronic Cigarette:

1. Health. The most dangerous aspect of smoking is the actual smoke and the associated tar, carcinogens and other chemicals that are inhaled into the lungs. With an e-cigarette nothing is actually lit, so there is no smoke, tar or carcinogens. The nicotine is vaporized into a mist that looks and feels like smoke, but isn’t smoke. This is clearly a much healthier alternative.

2. Cost. The cost of the nicotine cartridges is where you really save a lot of money. An electronic cigarette nicotine cartridge is about the equivalent of 1 – 1.5 packs of tobacco cigarettes. A package of 5 cartridges will cost you around $15. This comes out to about $2-$3 per pack… this is a huge savings!

3. Convenience. You can smoke an e-cigarette anywhere because there is no smoke being emitted. You may get some funny looks if you suddenly start “vaping” in a restaurant or bar so you may want to get permission from management first. But technically you can do this in any public area because there is no second-hand smoke to be concerned with.

4. Smell. There is no lingering odor so no more worrying about stinky breath, hair, clothes, hands, etc. You won’t be offending anyone with second hand smoke and no one can complain about the smell.

5. Peace of mind. You will have the peace of mind knowing that you’re choosing a healthier alternative. True, you’re still absorbing nicotine but at least you’re avoiding the the incredibly dangerous smoke and 4,000 toxic chemicals associated with tobacco cigarettes.

A lot of people wonder if electronic smoking can help a person quit smoking altogether. There have not been enough clinical studies to prove this one way or another so this is still a debatable subject. However, other nicotine delivery alternatives like gum, patches, etc., are commonly used as a part of many stop-smoking approaches. Common sense would suggest that the electronic cigarette has the potential to do the same.

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Can Electronic Cigarettes Help You To Quit Smoking?

Can electronic cigarettes help you quit smoking ? Probably. But the companies who sell these devices are not in a position to tell you that. Because the FDA has not approved electronic cigarettes, they are not being sold as smoking cessation devices, but rather as a healthier “smoking alternative” for people who want smoke in public places.

E-cigarettes are an alternative nicotine delivery system. Common sense would dictate that they could be effectively used as part of an overall smoking cessation program, similar to the way nicotine gum, patches and inhalers are.

And here is an interesting fact about electronic cigarette nicotine cartridges: They come in several different nicotine levels – high, medium, low, and zero nicotine. Conceivably a person could slowly wean themselves from their nicotine addiction by progressively lowering their intake levels. It’s important to note that even a cartridge with a “high” nicotine level still delivers considerably less nicotine per inhale than a traditional cigarette.

So how many smokers successfully quit using the electronic cigarette? It’s too soon to say for sure and no organized studies have been performed to date. However, if one were to go to the numerous “vaping” forums they would see many testimonials of people who have kicked the habit for good using these devices. Some of these success stories are from people who have smoked over a pack a day for decades.

Until in-depth clinical studies are done, we are going to have to rely on anecdotal testimonials and our own reasonable judgement. Do your research and educate yourself on the facts. Then you will be well equipped to make and intelligent adult decision if this is something that can help you quit smoking.

Here’s the bottom line: No device, even one as promising as the e-cigarette, is going to be a “silver bullet” that can make a smoker quit overnight. Successfully quiting forever starts with a strong conviction to quit. If a person truly wants to quit then the electronic cigarette may prove to be a very helpful tool in realizing that goal.

But let’s face it… many smokers DON”T want to quit! They just enjoy smoking too much. For this group, electronic smoking can be a much healthier alternative… hopefully one that will keep them alive a lot longer.

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Electronic Cigarettes and the FDA

Electronic cigarettes, the FDA, anti-freeze and teenagers… how are these four connected?

Apparently the FDA found small traces of diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, in one sample of electronic cigarette solution they analyzed. They are also concerned that teenagers will get addicted to electronic smoking. How serious are these issues? Are e-cigarettes harmful devices that should be banned? Lets get the facts straight and put all this information into perspective.

Diethylene glycol may be a toxic ingredient but exactly how toxic is it?

1. It is has one-tenth the toxicity of aspirin.
2. It has one-fortieth the toxicity of nicotine (the primary ingredient in electronic cigarette vapor).

Diethylene glycol is also found in everyday consumable products like:

- Toothpaste
- Mouthwash
- Cough syrup
- Wine
- Dog food
- And many others…

You have to wonder why the FDA is focusing so much on the minute traces of diethylene glycol found in one sample when clearly this is a very common ingredient many of us are ingesting regularly.

That’s not to say that diethylene glycol is totally harmless and we shouldn’t have any concerns about it. But when the FDA starts focusing on words like ‘diethylene glycol’ and ‘anti-freeze’ it sure does sound scary. However, a little bit of education on the facts puts it back in perspective doesn’t it? By the way, water is another ingredient found in anti-freeze!

The FDA tends to give the impression that they have regulatory control over nicotine. That is not always the case. They regulate smoking cessation products and claims. That’s why electronic cigarettes are marketed as a smoking alternative and not as a means to quit smoking.

Another “concern” expressed by the FDA is that electronic cigarettes target underage kids. Here is an FDA quote from one of their reports:

“These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people”.

There is absolutely zero evidence that e-cigarettes target teenagers. Just the opposite… the marketing is focused on adults who already smoke and are searching for a healthier alternative they can use in public places. And here is some breaking news: Adults like to shop in malls and enjoy a variety of flavor choices too! Besides, the initial cost of entry for a top of the line electronic cigarette is not practical for most teenagers.

I encourage you to do your own due diligence and research the electronic cigarette to see if this is something that will benefit you. Look at all sides of the story and try to get unbiased information. Right now the FDA appears to be biased against electronic smoking for some reason. Do they have a hidden agenda? Who knows… but I think I detect trace elements of BS in the FDA reports!

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Tips on Using Your New Electronic Cigarette

Your new electronic cigarette is not a complicated device but with anything new there is always going to be a bit of a learning curve. Here are some tips on the best way to maximize your electronic smoking experience so you can save both time and money.

Tips for new electronic smokers:

1. Get extra batteries and atomizers. These are the two things that are most likely to need replacing. A quick word of caution: It’s a good idea to make sure you like your particular electronic cigarette model first before buying all the extras. Once you know for sure you’re satisfied with it, get the extra hardware… you’ll definitely get good use out of them!

2. Get a car charger and a USB passthrough. These will allow you to “vape” while driving or at your computer without the need to drain your batteries. Again, make sure you’re satisfied with your model before buying the extras.

3. Start off with a lower nicotine dose. Electronic cigarette cartridges typically come in several different doses: High, medium, low and none. When you first get your e-cigarette you’re going to want to be experimenting with it a lot, trying new flavors, etc. If you’re not careful you’ll end up absorbing more nicotine than you’re used to… and possibly increasing your addiction to it. Start off low and increase your dose after the novelty wears off if you feel like it.

4. Take long, slow puffs. A long, slow, steady puff will give you the most vapor volume. Short, hard puffs will tend to flood the atomizer causing reduced vapor production (you may even get liquid in your mouth).

5. Switch atomizers frequently. Atomizers tend to get clogged easily and when this happens the vapor volume is greatly reduced. Switch out your atomizer daily for best performance and be sure to clean them frequently. (This tip only applies to three-part ecigs where the atomizer is a separate unit. Some newer two-piece models have a built in atomizer in each individual cartridge).

Follow these tips and you will have a head start on being able to fully enjoy your new electronic cigarette as soon as possible. If you’re unsure about something be sure to check out some of the ecigarette forums online. These can be an excellent resource for answering nearly any question you can think of.

Congratulations on choosing a healthier smoking alternative… happy vaping!

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Health New Zealand: Cancer risk reduced by e-cigarettes

Health New Zealand have gone public with their findings of research into Electronic Cigarettes and have stated that “Cancer risk reduced by e-cigarettes.”

New Zealand has, for a long time been inquisitive about electronic cigarettes and is one of the few countries in the world which has investigated deeply the health benefits rather than producing biased and inaccurate reports and banning them. They have spent time studying not only the ingredients involved in the operation of an e-cigarette but have also probed deeply into what health benefits can be gained from their use.

In a release on their website (http://www.healthnz.co.nz/cancerrisk.htm) they report that “Using e-cigarettes INSTEAD of smoking tobacco cigarettes is bound to reduce the risks of lung cancer, because the cancer-causing gases such as 1,3 butadiene found in the smoke of all cigarette brands, are no longer inhaled.”

“Switching to e-cigarettes with nicotine continued, can be expected to reduce lung cancer risk the same as altogether quitting cigarettes without e-cigarettes.”

The report also details how Health New Zealand feels the future of electronic smoking should go and asks the question ‘Is the nicotine delivered via the e-cig going to promote cancer in already existing pre-cancerous cells?’ to which the simple answer is “Not likely and not in the next 10 years.”

To progress, the industry needs governments around the world to support electronic cigarettes and not be scared of the unknown. These products are still significantly under the radar and rarely get mainstream media attention even though they offer so many benefits to so many different aspects of a users life. These products have the potential to save millions of lives every year but because the idea is new, there are very few politicians who will support them, except for governor Schwarzenegger of course who recently vetoed a bill which would have banned the sale of electronic cigarettes in California.

This latest group of medical professionals who support electronic cigarettes only strengthens the potential of e-cigs in our society.”

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New Electronic Cigarette Study Shows Exciting Results

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Dec. 3, 2009) – A groundbreaking new survey into the electronic cigarette, smokers’ health and smoking cessation, carried out by NJOY retailers E Cigarette Direct and analysed by tobacco harm reduction scientists, has shown encouraging results.

An article by researchers in the Carl Phillips research group, TobaccoHarmReduction.org research group at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, concluded:

“The majority of the respondents indicated that their general health, smoker’s cough, ability to exercise, sense of smell and sense of taste were better since starting to use e-cigarettes”.

Nearly all of those questioned had previously tried to quit smoking using pharmaceutical products, but had been unable to do so.

They had, however, been able to replace cigarettes with electronic cigarettes.

The study pointed out that the respondents were “highly motivated and passionate e-cigarette users who may have different experiences than average e-cigarette users or smokers.”

However, it also suggested that “very few e-cigarette users are not using them to replace cigarettes and there are many switchers and current smokers who could have the reported experience.”

“While we believe further research is necessary, these initial results are very encouraging,” said Jean Rasbridge, Managing Director of E Cigarette Direct.

“Previous research in New Zealand has shown that electronic cigarettes can help alleviate nicotine cravings and increase the level of nicotine in the blood.

“This new study suggests both that electronic cigarettes can both help smokers replace cigarettes, and improve health in the short term.

“We now need longer term research into the effects of the electronic cigarette to see if these results are consistent over time.”

Electronic cigarettes are devices that deliver nicotine by vaporizing a gel that also contains water, propylene glycol and flavourings.

In contrast to cigarettes, there is no combustion involved.

Combustion is, according to experts such as Dr. Phillips, the main cause of harm in smoking.

The TobaccoHarmReduction.org Project at University of Alberta School of Public Health is the leading source of information of safer alternatives for smokers who cannot or do not wish to quit using nicotine. Professor Phillips and his work group are leading advocates of tobacco harm reduction, and Dr. Phillips advises and works with many other organizations who are trying to promote it, some of which are companies that hope to profit from selling low-risk nicotine products. The TobaccoHarmReduction.org research group at the University of Alberta School of Public Health is partially supported by an unrestricted (completely hands-off) grant from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

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Do Electronic Cigarettes Reduce Harm?

Encouraging results from new E-Cigarette study


E cigarettes could be a useful harm reduction tool according to a survey carried out by UK e-cigarette company E Cigarette Direct and analysed by researchers in the Carl Phillips research group, the TobaccoHarmReduction.org research group at the University of Alberta School of Public Health.

The survey questioned several hundred e-smokers, many recruited from e-cigarette-forum.com, about their smoking habits and health prior to and after using the electronic cigarette.

“The majority of the respondents indicated that their general health, smoker’s cough, ability to exercise, sense of smell and sense of taste were better since starting to use e-cigarettes,” concluded the report.

Encouragingly, the survey also found that all those questioned had smoked prior to taking up the electronic cigarette, and many were using it as a complete replacement to cigarettes.

Researchers at the Tobacco Harm Reduction Project believe that the main cause of harm in tobacco use is caused by combustion.

Electronic cigarettes work by vaporising a gel that also contains water, propylene glycol and
flavourings. In contrast to cigarettes, there is no combustion involved in the process.

“While we believe further and longer-term research into the electronic cigarette is needed, these initial results are very encouraging,” said Jean Rasbridge, Managing Director of E Cigarette Direct.

For more information please view the abstract of the study or download the full article: Electronic Cigarettes as Potential Harm Reduction Products: Results of an Online Survey of E Cigarette Users.

The TobaccoHarmReduction.org Project at University of Alberta School of Public Health (link to be inserted here) is the leading source of information of safer alternatives for smokers who cannot or do not wish to quit using nicotine. Professor Phillips and his work group are leading advocates of tobacco harm reduction, and Dr. Phillips advises and works with many other organizations who are trying to promote it, some of which are companies that hope to profit from selling low-risk nicotine products. The TobaccoHarmReduction.org research group at the University of Alberta School of Public Health is partially supported by an unrestricted (completely hands-off) grant from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

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From Smoking to Vaping: Week 3


The transition from real cigarettes (analogs) to electronic cigarettes has been far easier than I ever could have anticipated. Smoking an e-cigarette gives you the same kind of enjoyment as smoking an analog. The nicotine liquid (e-liguid) keeps you from the physical cravings of a nicotine addiction, plus you use the same hand to mouth motions and inhaling and exhaling that you do with real cigarettes.

I am still smoking about 3 analogs per day, but there is such a noticeable difference now that I am not smoking 2 packs of real cigarettes per day. The major difference is the harshness and heat. When I smoke an analog, it feels very harsh on my throat and lungs and the heat is uncomfortable on my throat. The vapor produced by an electronic cigarette is not hot and not harsh … a much smoother smoke.

Another huge difference that I have noticed since week two is my sense of smell has returned. It’s amazing the things that I can smell now that I have not been able to smell for many years.

I’m also getting back my taste buds. Because they’ve been so desensitized by cigarettes for so many years, over time I’ve increased the amount of salt I put on foods just to be able to taste. Without thinking about it, I put the same amount of salt on food and found the food was way too salty, so I’ve decreased the amount of salt I’m eating.

My children are very positive and happy that I am giving these a go. They’ve been on my back to quit for years. Next week, one of my daughters will be coming to visit for the holidays and she also give the Super Cigarette a try. I’m hoping that it works out for her as well.

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