Friday, August 26, 2016

E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online


Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body.

The UK's Royal College of Physicians says there is resounding evidence that e-cigarettes are "much safer" than smoking and aid quitting.

With the right checks and measures, vaping could improve the lives of millions of people, it says in a new, 200-page report.

It says fears that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking are unfounded.

But, by and large, people who want to use electronic cigarettes will still need to buy them rather than get them on the NHS.

Do e-cigarettes make it harder to stop smoking?

Are e-cigarettes safe?

Should we switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes?

UK doctors can only prescribe e-cigarettes if they have been licensed as a "quit smoking aid" - something that requires strict regulation.

Few manufacturers go down this route and instead sell products to satisfy users' desire for nicotine without the harmful chemicals produced by tobacco.

Best way to quit?

Sales of e-cigarettes have been rising steadily since the first went on sale in 2007 in the UK.

Since 2012, they have replaced nicotine patches and gum to become the most popular choice of smoking cessation aid in England.

Around one in 20 adults in England uses e-cigarettes, and nearly all of these are ex-smokers or current smokers who are trying to cut down or quit.

E-cigarettes have remained controversial and this year ministers in Wales attempted to ban them from public places.

The Royal College of Physicians says smokers who use e-cigarettes or prescribed medications - with support from their doctor - are more likely to quit permanently

1. On some e-cigarettes, inhalation activates the battery-powered atomiser. Other types are manually switched on

2. A heating coil inside the atomizer heats liquid nicotine contained in a cartridge

3. The mixture becomes vapour and is inhaled. Many e-cigarettes have an LED light as a cosmetic feature to simulate traditional cigarette glow.

Different brands of e-cigarettes contain different chemical concentrations.

And in terms of long-term health hazards, e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than regular cigarettes - something Public Health England has also said.

But that does not mean they are entirely risk-free.

Prof Simon Capewell, of the Faculty of Public Health, said there were still many unknown factors.

"We don't know enough yet about the long-term effects of vaping on people's health, which is why we need more research.

"The best thing anyone can do if they want to quit smoking is talk to their GP: there's solid evidence that NHS quit-smoking services help people kick the habit for good."

But Prof John Britton, who co-authored the RCP report, says e-cigarettes are extremely positive for public health and should be "encouraged and endorsed".

He said: "The public need to be reassured this is not a new nicotine epidemic in the making. E-cigarettes have very little downside and a lot of potential benefit."

According to Public Health England, smokers should consider using e-cigarettes alongside NHS quit-smoking services.

Around a third of UK smokers try to quit each year, but only one in every six of those succeeds.

New EU laws are due to come into force in May that will set safety and quality standards for all e-cigarettes and refills. Manufacturers will be required to disclose the purity of their products to consumers.

Dr Tim Ballard, from the Royal College of GPs, said: "Moving forward we would be looking for clear evidence that making e-cigarettes available on prescription as part of a wider smoking cessation scheme is a wise use of both scant NHS funds and GP practice resources, before the College could get behind it.

"It is not just the cost of the product that needs taking into account, but the time and resources that are involved in assessing patients, and monitoring their progress over a prolonged period of time.

"We reiterate our calls for NICE to take a leading role in establishing whether making e-cigarettes available on prescription is the best way forward."

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit smoking.

"We know that there are now over a million people who have completely replaced smoking with e-cigarettes and that the evidence indicates that they are significantly less harmful to health than smoking tobacco.

"We want to see a wide range of good quality e-cigarettes on the market including licensed products whose safety, quality and effectiveness are independently assured."

Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine. From Fox news


Health officials warn that e-cigarettes and Vaporizers are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum.

Only a fraction of young vapers were inhaling nicotine, a nationwide survey showed. The majority — two-thirds — said they vaped "just flavoring."

Nicotine is considered harmful to the developing teenage brain. But the finding raises big questions about how U.S. health officials are portraying the threat of e-cigarettes to youths, said Richard Miech, the study's lead author at the University of Michigan.

Federal estimates of how many youths are using any nicotine-containing tobacco products — including traditional cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes — may be inflated because of mistaken assumptions about how much vaping involves nicotine, he said. That figure is around 25 percent. Health officials and an advocacy group questioned the study's findings. More on this...

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Low cost, flavors, convenience turn teens on to vaping: study

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E-cigarettes began to appear in the United States roughly 10 years ago. At first, they were battery-powered devices resembling cigarettes that heated liquid nicotine into a vapor. They were promoted to smokers as a less dangerous alternative since they don't contain all the chemicals and tars of burning tobacco.

But the market has evolved, and a lot of vaping these days is done with devices that can be loaded with flavored "e-juice" that comes in both nicotine and nicotine-free versions.

"Strawberry. Watermelon. Passion fruit. There's a churros — you know, like cinnamon toast?" said Hosam Essa, manager of Brooklyn Vape in New York, rattling off some of the most popular flavors on his shop's shelves.

Kids love the flavors and blowing vapor into rings and other shapes, said Jennifer Alexander, an RTI International researcher who has interviewed about 50 teen vapers.

Michigan's national survey last year included 3,800 students who had vaped at some point. It was the first time the respected annual survey asked what was in the vapor — specifically, they were asked what they inhaled the last time they vaped. Results were published online Thursday by the journal Tobacco Control.

Miech said he was curious how many kids vaped marijuana. But it was the nicotine findings that surprised him.

Only about 13 to 20 percent said they last vaped nicotine, with the highest percentages in older teens; about 7 percent used marijuana and roughly 10 percent didn't know.

The boom in youth vaping has coincided with steady declines in teen cigarette smoking. Vaping is now more common than smoking.

The federal government, as well as most states, restricts sales of electronic cigarettes or vaping products to minors. But kids still get them, sometimes through online purchases or other people. Essa said parents bring their kids into his shop because they'd rather the kids vape than smoke.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have lamented the growing popularity of vaping products, often focusing on nicotine dangers for teens.

Asked about the new study, CDC officials sent a statement questioning whether many teens know the exact content of what they're vaping. They cited a small study suggesting mislabeling of e-juice containers was not uncommon. Further research is needed, the statement said.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued a statement making similar points. The organization's president, Matthew L. Myers, was also critical of how the flavor question was posed.

Miech said he agrees that youth vaping is a problem. But he said the focus should be on other research that suggests that teens who vape are more likely to later smoke conventional cigarettes and use other tobacco products.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The American Heart Association Says Vaping Is Safer Than Smoking


The American Heart Association isn't known for being all that into smoking. But vaping? It can get down with it, in certain cases.

The group has taken a remarkably measured stance on e-cigarettes, suggesting in a lengthy statement this weekend that the technology could help smokers quit, and refraining from outright condemning the tech, like other organizations have.

It's something of a win for the industry, which is expected to top $5 billion in revenues this year. At every turn, health groups and politicians have taken shots at vaping and the companies who make e-liquid, suggesting that they are every bit as dangerous as cigarettes, despite there being some evidence (and the common sense-argument) that they're leaps and bounds safer than combustibles.

The AHA had avoided making any sort of statement until now. In a 20-page policy paper, the association cites research that suggests vaping is less dangerous than smoking and suggests it can be used as a smoking cessation aid.

"E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with cigarettes and smokeless tobacco," it states. E-cigarettes also "present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes."

That's not to say that the AHA wholeheartedly endorses the use of e-cigarettes. Like many other health organizations (and like some in the industry itself), the group suggests that e-cigs should be regulated much like tobacco products are now, and it also cites the oft-stated worry that e-cigs could "renormalize" tobacco use and serve as a gateway for children and teens to get into smoking.

Those worries were to be expected, coming from a group that has spent decades trying to get people to quit smoking. But the levelheadedness of the policy statement overall has to be seen as a win for vapers and e-cigarette companies—it would have been easy for the organization to condemn e-cigarettes outright.

Instead, the group said that more longitudinal and long-term studies on their effects are needed (an idea that few would disagree with), and that secondhand exposure to e-cig vapors is likely to be much less dangerous than exposure to tobacco smoke.

The AHA said that it supports FDA regulation of e-cigarettes, but that it doesn't want the regulations dominated by "major US cigarette manufacturers," who could "promote dual use to sell more conventional cigarettes" and could "steer e-cigarette users to combustible products and thereby increase rather than recreate nicotine and tobacco addiction."

That's not an unfounded fear, either, as big tobacco has spent millions lobbying to make the barrier to entry so high in the e-cigarettes market that the small companies pushing innovation in the space will be smoked out.

Finally, the group suggested that e-cigarettes should be taxed enough so as to discourage children from buying them, "while retaining or increasing differentials with combustible products by increasing taxes on combustibles." In other words: Tax smokers more, tax vapers less.

The move puts the AHA in the company of the FDA, which, earlier this year, suggested that it's certainly not a good thing to encourage people to take up vaping—but admitted that the habit is most likely much safer than smoking.

Is vaping safer than smoking?

There’s an ongoing debate on whether vaping is safe or not, and if it is an effective smoking cessation method or not, however, we know one thing for sure and that is: vaping is definitely safer than smoking.

According to a report sponsored by UK’s Department of Health and published by Public Health England – a prestigious group of highly qualified scientists, researchers and public health professionals – electronic cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than tobacco cigarettes. The report also recognizes their potential as a viable approach to quitting smoking.

In the US, however, electronic cigarettes are looked upon nearly as evil a product as tobacco cigarettes. Quite interestingly, the American Heart Association (AHA) took a rather cautious stance in contrary to the popular belief in the country. In the 20-page statement published in 2014, the AHA suggested that e-cigs are less hazardous than tobacco cigarettes, and vaping can actually help smokers quit. Here’s a small section copied from the report:

"E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with cigarettes and smokeless tobacco… [e-cigarettes] present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Truth About Vaping


CULLMAN – No ash, no tar, no second hand smoke and no smell are just a few of the obvious benefits of vaping. Some claim that electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking, while some claim since the long term effects of vaping are unknown, it’s safer to stick to traditional cigarettes. If you or someone you know is a smoker, it’s important to know the truth about vaping.

Electronic cigarettes are devices that contain a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled. They all work the same way: inside the device is a battery, a heating element and a cartridge containing the liquid. Some are disposable and others have rechargeable cartridges and batteries.

These devices are also customizable. You can control the amount of nicotine which goes into your cartridge and how much vapor you get per puff. This will vary from person to person depending on preferences and how many cigarettes they smoke daily. This means you can change the amount of nicotine you want in your cartridge each time you change it, giving you the option to wean yourself from it.

This customizable option has allowed many people to kick their deadly habit of cigarette smoking. According to a recent study, 44 percent of people chose to switch to vaping exclusively within the first 6 months after trying it for the first time.

There are several advantages vaping has over traditional cigarettes. It is obvious that vaping is a much healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco, no tar, no carbon monoxide and no smoke. An e-cigarette contains about five chemicals, while a traditional cigarette contains about 5,000. While cigarettes destroy your dental health, most dental professionals report that the tooth and gum health of users who have switched to e-cigarettes are indistinguishable from those who have quit smoking all together.

Additionally, vaping is a much less expensive habit than smoking. A pack-a-day smoker can save about $1,200 per year by switching to vaping.

There are several other advantages from switching to vaping. For example, they are much more considerate to non-smokers. There is no ash, no smell and no smoke. So, you can vape indoors and in no-smoking areas. Electronic cigarettes produce no pollution, while about 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are tossed each year.

People who have switched to vaping claim to experience higher stamina, productivity and efficiency. The benefits of switching from smoking to vaping are bountiful, but there are a few drawbacks.

Since e-cigarettes have only been around about 10 years, there have been no long-term studies, so no one actually knows the long-term effects. Even though they don’t contain nearly as many chemicals as cigarettes, they do contain a few. On their website, the FDA says that “E-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.” The biggest drawback to vaping is that some of the effects are unknown.

Though there are some drawbacks to vaping, most agree that despite the fact that the long-term effects are unknown, it is a much healthier alternative to cigarettes.

The Vape Shop is an e-cigarette distributer here in Cullman. Owners Stacey and Paul Collins opened after discovering vaping for themselves.

“I smoked for 21 years,” stated Stacey. “But when my grandson was born I knew something had to change. The minute I tried e-cigarettes I knew I had found the answer. So, we did some research and started selling our products from the flea market.”

The Collins’ found so much success at the flea market that they outgrew it. They are now located in a shopping center on Highway 31 North. This shop is unique because they create their own liquid that goes inside the cartridges.

“Our juice is better than anything else we’ve tasted,” said Stacey. “And that’s because we’re not cutting it with alcohol.”

These business owners are passionate about vaping. They believe it can save even the heaviest smokers from a lifelong addiction.

“It’s a beautiful thing to see someone come in for help,” Stacey said. “Someone came in here who had been smoking for 30 years. I got her set up with an e-cigarette here, and she came back 2 weeks later and hadn’t smoked a cigarette since."

“It’s our calling,” added Paul. “It’s our life path.”

The Collins stated that though it’s safe to vape forever, they encourage their customers to kick the nicotine habit eventually.

“You can continue to vape,” said Stacey. “But we have juice without nicotine in it.”

“It can become a hobby,” added Paul.

Stacey and Paul feel blessed with the success of The Vape Shop and see big things in their future.

“Whatever God has in store for us is what I want to do,” Stacey stated. “We feel blessed. We just want to love it and live it and help people who need help.”

If you would like to learn more about The Vape Shop, visit their Facebook page or reach them at 256-620-0588.

Know the truth about vaping. If you smoke, consider switching to this healthy alternative. This popular device might be a trend, but it might just save your life.

Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms: Study

On the contrary, allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the researchers concluded after reviewing 81 prior studies on the use and safety of the nicotine-emitting devices.

"Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use," said study researcher Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

The study, partly funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was published July 30 in the journal Addiction.

Whether e-cigarettes should be regulated, and how strictly, is being debated by regulatory agencies around the world. Several medical organizations have called for restrictions on use of the increasingly popular devices.

Although long-term risks of e-cigarettes remain unknown, the new study concluded the benefits of e-cigarettes as a no-smoking aid outweigh potential harms.

"If there are any risks, these will be many times lower than the risks of smoking tobacco," said senior author Dr. Hayden McRobbie, from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London.

"We need to think carefully about how these products are regulated," he said. "What we found is that there is no evidence that these products should be regulated as strictly as tobacco, or even more strictly than tobacco."

No evidence has shown that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is harmful to users or bystanders in contrast to cigarette smoke, he added. It's not the nicotine in cigarettes that kills people, he said. (Nicotine is the addictive agent in cigarettes).

"Use of e-cigarettes by people who don't smoke is very rare," McRobbie said. Furthermore, there is no evidence to support arguments that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking tobacco, he added.

"There is evidence that e-cigarettes enable some users to quit smoking or reduce their consumption," McRobbie said. "If there is evidence that e-cigarettes reduce smoking-related harm, then they need to be easily obtainable and not regulated more strongly than tobacco products."

Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior medical consultant for the American Lung Association, disagrees. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should have authority over all tobacco products and e-cigarettes, said Edelman, a professor of medicine and physiology and biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

"It is imperative that the FDA finalize proposed e-cigarette regulations by the end of 2014," he said. "The FDA needs to crack down on quit-smoking and other health claims that e-cigarette companies are making," Edelman said.

Edelman said it's too soon to know if e-cigarettes will cause long-term damage. "So far there hasn't been very much chronic use of e-cigarettes. So it's not possible to say there will be no harm," he said.

"Since we are talking about a recreational drug -- it's not essential to life, it doesn't cure any illness -- it would only make sense to regulate it rigorously until we find out whether it's good or bad," Edelman said.

Earlier this month, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, which includes more than 70,000 members worldwide, urged governments to ban or limit e-cigarettes until more is known about their health effects.

The Health Benefits of Vaping Over Smoking

Many claim vaping, or using electronic cigarettes, to be a healthier choice than smoking cigarettes. Without words, the figure above explains one of the biggest reasons to choose vaping over smoking: CIGARETTES ARE TOXIC.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. The lungs take the most damage when a smoker inhales over 4,300 chemicals, including 69 carcinogens, or cancer causing chemicals, from a cigarette. In the figure above, the pink lungs and heart on the left are those of a non-smoker. The black lungs and yellow heart on the right are those of a daily smoker.

One in five deaths in the United States are smoking-related, about 443,000 Americans a year, including babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and those inhaling second-hand carcinogens. Over 10 times more people have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars in American history COMBINED. Smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary disease and stroke from 2 to 4 times, and of developing lung cancer by 25 times!

Vaping is definitely the healthier alternative. There are four main ingredients in an e-liquid: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine, and flavoring. The first, Propylene Glycol (PG) is a common food additive. Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a thick, sweet oil derived from vegetables like corn. Pharmaceutical-grade nicotine is an addictive liquid derived from the tobacco plant, the same liquid that makes one addicted to cigarettes. E-liquids are available without nicotine and multiple strengths of nicotine so one can ween themselves off of their addiction without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Flavoring for e-liquids is the same flavoring used in foods you eat every day. (NOTE: Flavr Vapor Lounge does NOT carry e-liquid containing diacetyl, a harmful substance found in low quality juices.)

The American Lung Association has publicly stated that nicotine replacement products, such as vaporizers and custom e-liquid blends, help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Just one year after quitting smoking, one’s risk for a heart attack drops sharply. Within 2 to 5 years, risk of stroke drops to that of a non-smoker. Within 5 years, the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer drop by half. After ten years smoke-free, the risk of lung cancer drops by half.

Remember: quitting smoking is tough, but it is the #1 action you can take today to improve your health and reduce your risk of serious health problems in the future. Visit V-2 e-cigarettes you will see how thousands of people have quit smoking with vaping and electronic cigarettes.

Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

Ecigs - "Won't Someone Think Of The Children?"


The anti-vaping cry of "what about the children" is shouted all too often.

It has a flip side. 

Those who are against ecigs for the sake of "the children" really need to think this through a little more.

Bearing in mind a percentage of the smoking population will not be able to quit using currently "approved" NRT's and other methods, if we're going to talk about the impact of vaping and ecigs on children; consider the points below.

The following is not directed towards smokers, but those who are getting in the way of smokers switching to vaping and allowing them to reap the many benefits for themselves and consequently, for their children. 

Economic

What about the children living in the household of someone who is spending huge amounts of money to feed their nicotine habit via smoking?

This is a habit that with some modification can cost up to 90% less (depending on where you live) by simply switching to vaping. This can redirect a substantial amount of money back into a household for other purposes; such as better catering to the needs of children.

Comfort

Think about the children with reddened eyes and choking in the back seats of vehicles or in lounge rooms on their parent's smoke. I remember those days very well.

E-cig vapour dissipates quickly and is usually not irritating.

Quality time

What about the children who don't get to enjoy enough quality play or other time with their parents as the parents are too tired or out of puff to fully participate as a result of their smoking? 

People who switch to ecigs often experience a marked improvement in energy levels.

Stink

Think about the children whose clothes adopt the often unpleasant smell of their smoking parents.

Ecig scents also tend to dissipate rapidly.

Addiction 

What about the children who are physically set up for tobacco addiction through their parents smoking? 

I was probably one of those children. I lived in a house that was often heavily tainted by cigarette smoke.

However, with ecigs; so-called "second-hand" vapour contains next to no nicotine.

Health

Think about the children whose health is being negatively affected through second-hand smoke.

Second-hand ecig vapour does not carry anywhere near the risk of second-hand smoke.

Death

What about the children who have lost a parent to lung cancer or other diseases as a result of smoking?

A child without a parent is often at a disadvantage. If vaping can extend life as well as improve the quality of it; then that is worth something to not just the smoker, but also the child.

In summary.. 

If people want to raise the "won't someone think of the children" argument; then they are better off making it in defense of vaping, not in an attempt to abolish it. Failing to do so will only leave them with blood on their hands of smokers, and that of the next generation - the children of now.

Yes, there needs to be safeguards in place to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children and any responsible vaper takes the necessary steps. Yes, the industry needs to also play its role in this regard.

However, banning ecigs based on "what about the children" arguments is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

This generation could be the last generation of smokers - if ecigs are given the chance and support they deserve. I believe history will judge electronic cigarettes as one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century.

The focus of discussion around switching to ecigs should be one about harm minimisation benefits rather than forcing a utopian result in a less than utopian environment - the world we live in. 

Like all long journeys, the road to quitting begins with a single step and vaping is a step that can have benefits for all; including children.

This article is from Electronic Cigarette Alternative

E-cigs and vaping side effects


Just about any substance introduced to the body can cause side effects - whether it's ingested, inhaled or even just touched. The custom e-liquid blends used in association with vaping are no different.

However, it can be hard to pin down exactly what the side effects of the liquid can be - or whether anything being experienced is actually from vaping.

This is because when we stop smoking, regardless of the method, our bodies undergo major changes during a readjustment period.

"Cold turkey" quitting side effects

Many people who quit cold turkey without any sort of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) report all sorts of strange physical effects, including:

  • "Quit zits" 
  • Bleeding gums,
  • Susceptibility to colds, the flu 
  • Various skin issues
  • Anxiety
  • An increase in coughing (a good sign usually)
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry throat

Side effects of vaping

While many people appear to have a side-effect free experience with ecigs, aside from the general issues with continuing the usage of nicotine, the following are some of the side effects that may occur while vaping that can probably be attributed to in whole or part to vaping. These tend to be temporary.

  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Rash/burning sensation on face
  • Itchiness
  • Puffy/dry eyes
  • Caffeine sensitivity
  • Minor blood nose issues

The dry mouth side effect is very common due to the nature of eliquids. 

One of the major components of most e-liquids is propylene glycol, more commonly referred to as PG. 

As well as e-liquids, PG is also widely used in pharmaceutical and personal care products. One of PG's attributes is that is it a hygroscopic liquid; meaning it attracts and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment; such as your mouth.

The dry mouth side effect is usually easily rectified by increasing water intake; i.e. small sips of water often. This doesn't mean to say you'll necessarily be sipping water non-stop, just that your water consumption may increase.

The dry skin issue can often be addressed with a hypo-allergenic moisturizer until such time that the body adjusts.

What appears to be a minority of people suffer minor blood noses. Again, this could be due to the drying effect of e-liquids; particularly if they are high in PG. 

In all the reports I've seen, the issue rectifies itself. Something that may help is to not exhale e-cigarette vapors through the nose; particularly during the initial weeks.

Sometimes side effects may occur due to simply vaping too much and will disappear when e-cigarette use is reduced.

In other instances, it may not be the e-cigarette at all, but how your body is now reacting to other substances.

For example, I found after a few days into my electronic cigarette journey, I was getting a little anxious at times - just very brief flashes. I was concerned I wasn't vaping enough, or too much. It was neither.

It turned out that how my body was now reacting to caffeine was the the culprit. After I reduced my caffeine intake (I used to drink at least a gallon of strong coffee a day); this symptom disappeared immediately. I still enjoy coffee and reducing my consumption of it certainly hasn't done me any harm.

Other reactions may occur due to an allergy to any or all of the custom e-liquid blends - such as the propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine, flavourings or the nicotine itself. Adjusting levels of any component can sometimes bring relief.

As mentioned, some who have reported mild side effects have persisted with vaping and found the issues disappear after a short while without taking any sort of action. Others find they worsen; however it does appear rare for people to have to cease vaping altogether due to side effects.

The possibility of side effects and allergic reactions is why I recommend making the switch to e-cigarettes under medical supervision if possible.

Smoking vs. Vaping: The Rundown


The Rundown Components: Cigarettes vs. Vapes According to American Lung Association, a single traditional cigarette contains 600 ingredients that, when burned, produces more than 7,000 chemical substances. Out of these, 69 substances are known to be cancer-causing and a host of more substances are known to be toxic and poisonous. Included in the long list of cigarette’s chemical components are acetone, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, formaldehyde, lead, Napthalene, nicotine, and tar. These chemicals are also used in the production of common household items, rubber, rat poisons, and batteries.

Vapes, on the other hand, are electronic devices which contains batteries, tanks, and e-liquids. When the battery heats the e-liquid inside the tank, the liquid turns into vapor. The e-liquid is composed of four basic ingredients: glycerin, propylene glycol, flavorings, and nicotine. Glycerin and propylene glycol are rated by the FDA to be “Generally Recognized as Safe” while the other ingredients are of food grade quality.

Health Concerns: Smoking vs.Vaping The biggest battle that both smoking and vaping have to win is rooted in the user's health. It has already been established that smoking is dangerous for human health, both for the smoker and the people around them. Link Between Smoking and Cancer

The CDC warns that smoking is the leading cause of 1 out 5 deaths in the United States every year. Smoking also affects all parts of the body. It increases the risk of lung cancer by 25 times in both men and women, the risk of coronary heart disease by at least 2 times, and the risk of stroke by 2 to 4 times. Smoking also impacts the numerous organs of the body and increases the risk of cancer in the following body parts: oropharynx, trachea, stomach, bladder, lungs, kidney, liver, blood, colon, and pancreas.

Smoking is also known to increase risks of premature delivery & stillbirth in women, infertility in men, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and decreased immune function. Smoking is also a leading cause for unhealthy gums and teeth as well as increasing the risk for developing cataracts.

Secondhand Smoke Meanwhile, both the CDC and American Lung Association also warn about the risks associated with secondhand smoke. Each year, there are 33,950 people who die of heart disease and 7,330 people who die of lung cancer brought about by secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of hazardous chemicals that can trigger heart attacks.

Vaping: The Healthier, Safer Alternative Vaping is still a young industry and there are no authoritative long-term studies for its impact on human health yet. However, many experts agree that vaping is relatively less harmful than traditional cigarette smoking.

In fact, vapes and personal vaporizers are now being pushed as better alternatives to other existing stop smoking items, like nicotine gums and patches, in helping smokers reduce and eventually eliminate their nicotine habit. Since vaping uses e-liquid that has been proven safe and the vapor that comes out of these devices are colorless, odorless, and chemical-free, vaping also does not produce harmful secondhand vapor that can endanger public health.

In fact, the Public Health of England has given its seal of approval for vaping being the safer and healthier option than traditional tobacco smoking. According to PHE, vaping is 95% less harmful and that it “could one day be dispensed as a licensed medicine in an alternative to anti-smoking products such as patches.”

Vaping Helps Smokers Quit According to the Public Health England, smokers who have tried to quit smoking without success and those who currently have no desire of quitting can use the aid of electronic cigarettes in reducing the health and death risks associated with tobacco smoking.

There is no claim that vaping and e-cigarettes are guaranteed of 100% safety, but they offer relatively lesser harm to users. Placed side-by-side with cigarette smoking, vaping is by far the lesser evil and while most people agree that vaping still has a large gap to fill in long-term researches and studies, it is the most viable means to help people quit smoking available on the market today.

According to researchers from Steven A. Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies and Rutgers School of Public Health, 13% of the people who smoked were able to kick the habit with aid of e-cigarettes. It was also found that using e-cigarettes is more prevalent among former smokers who stopped the habit within the past year and among current smokers. According to the study’s lead researcher, Cristine Delveno, “this study is in line with other recent evidence that regular, daily e-cigarette use may help some smokers quit cigarettes.”

Safety Concerns: Smoking vs. Vaping The main risks of smoking lie within the fact that it produces harmful chemicals that can endanger the health and life of the smoker as well as that of the general public. For instance, one of the combustion by-products, tar, is a highly dangerous substance that can cause emphysema and a host of respiratory diseases. Secondhand smoke, especially among infants and young children, is also a legitimate cause for safety concerns. The fact remains that no matter how careful you are with smoking, you cannot do away with its health risks unless you quit.

Vaping on the other hand, is not 100% devoid of safety issues; however, the concerns are more on mechanical handling of the e-liquid and the device. The nicotine in the e-liquid is highly concentrated that when the juice is mishandled during transferring, mixing, or steeping, can come in contact with the person’s skin. Such exposure can put you at risk of nicotine poisoning.

It is also unsafe to charge your vaping device unattended and to use the incorrect batteries and chargers. This can cause the batteries to explode and put you at risk of injury and property damage. Lastly, you shouldn’t exceed the recommended voltage of your device as this can put a strain deal of strain on the device and also become potential for explosion.

There’s an enormous degree of care of caution required when handling a vaping device. As long as this is exercised, vaping will continue to be safe and risk-free both for the user and other people.

Cost Comparison: Smoking vs. Vaping Smoking costs more money than vaping. Vaping devices nowadays are rechargeable and most of what you’ll have to spend would on the e-liquid. The device is going to be a one-time expense that you can enjoy for a long time, given proper care and maintenance.

According to the vaping community, you only need 2ml of your favorite e-liquid to match a pack of cigarettes. Meanwhile, a pack of cigarettes in most states are typically sold at $6. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day at $6 of daily expense, your total annual expense is $2,500 on smoking alone. However, a 10ml bottle of e-liquid will last you for 5 days, costing you only $7. Vaping 2ml of e-liquid per day now will only cost you $1.40 with an annual expense of $511. That’s a solid $1,500 in annual savings.

The Bottom Line Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and it is present in both traditional tobacco products and vaping products, but you can vape e-Liquids that don't have any nicotine in them. However, the issues of health and safety do not inspect the amount of nicotine in these products. In traditional cigarettes, there are other chemicals that are highly toxic, poisonous, and cancer-causing.

While it is difficult for many people to quit smoking cold turkey, you can significantly reduce the health risks by taking up vaping. Vaping also provides plenty of savings when used as a smoking alternative. While vaping is still new and has been a hot topic of debate, people who have since switched to it have enjoyed vaporizing pleasure without a host of health risks associated with traditional smoking. V2 E-Cigs

Differences Between E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers

E-Cigarettes

E-cig look-a-likes vs. personal vaporizers. Which is best?

It's clear that vaping has many benefits over traditional smoking, but what about standard e-cigarettes vs.Vaporizers ? Just a few years ago, you were lucky to find any e-cig supplies whatsoever. But nowadays, when walking into a vape shop or browsing online, vapers are faced with literally thousands of options from custom e-liquid blends to different batteries and brands. It's enough to make a vaper dizzy...

Another one of these options is a standard e-cig versus a personal vaporizer. Standard e-cigarettes, which are the cigarette look-a-likes most commonly associated with vaping, are still the more popular smokeless devices, but vaporizers are increasingly becoming more mainstream and fashionable amongst experienced vapers.

So the question is, e-cig look-a-likes or vaporizers, which is the best option for you?

The basic e-cig is where it all got started back in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik. His idea was to create a nicotine delivery device that produced inhalable and flavored smoke-like vapor. Thus the modern e-cig was born, designed to evoke the look and feel of smoking cigarettes.

The basic e-cig look-a-like is very similar in size, shape and weight to a traditional cigarette, and contains three parts: the battery, the cartomizer (a combination of the cartridge and the atomizer) and a silicone mouthpiece. An LED light on the end of the battery glows when the user inhales, resembling the burning tip of a cigarette. The cartridge within the cartomizer holds the e-liquid and is usually disposable once empty.

Advantages:

  • Look and feel more like traditional cigarettes (can be a pro or con depending on whether that is something you find desirable)
  • Many come with prefilled cartridges like the nicotine delivery devices made by our friends over at V2 E-Cigs so users don't have to worry about messy refills

Disadvantages:

  • Can be difficult to tell when the cartomizer is almost empty
  • Limited battery life and tank capacity due to their size
  • Often mistaken for traditional cigarettes, which can result in an awkward confrontations when vaping in public
  • Inconsistent nicotine delivery
  • Restricted to buying e-liquid and cartomizers from the same manufacturer as the brand of your battery

Vaporizers

Personal vaporizers only hit the e-cig world within the last couple years, yet they have quickly gained traction and become one of the most popular vaping devices on the market. Data from a recent Wells Fargo study suggests that vaporizers are growing twice as fast as standard e-cigs, now approaching nearly 50% of total e-cig sales,according to the Wall Street Journal.

Vaporizers, which resemble a large fountain pen more than a cigarette, are considered a step-up from the first-generation Chinese e-cigs, and offer vapers more advanced, customizable options. The vaporizer is composed of a large battery on one end, a clear reservoir tank in the middle and a mouthpiece. By pressing a small button on the side of the battery, the user engages the heating element which vaporizes the e-juice and releases tasty vapor.
Advantages:

  • Longer battery life span
  • Far more choice of flavors, tastes, and e-liquid supply (able to mix and match)
  • Greater customization
  • Smoother delivery of nicotine
  • See-thru clearomizer makes it easy to tell how much e-liquid you have left in your reservoir tank
  • Refillable, therefore cheaper in the long run than disposable e-cigs

Disadvantages:

  • Larger than standard e-cigs
  • Look less like traditional cigarettes
  • Must refill e-liquid
  • More costly to get started than basic e-cig look-a-likes

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E-Cigarettes vs. Vaporizers Conclusion

Ultimately, your choice between a standard e-cig versus a personal vaporizer will depend on which experience you feel most comfortable with. E-cigarettes are smaller and look more like cigarettes, but are limited in battery life, nicotine consistency and flavor experimentation.

Vaporizers, on the other hand, are bigger and don't resemble traditional cigarettes quite as much, but can deliver more consistent nicotine delivery, battery longevity and a much larger variety of flavors and features. You have to decide what is most important to you and make your choice.

If you're ready to give vaporizers a try, start shopping by browsing through our selection of high-powered, high-functioning vaporizer cigarettes and virtually limitless e-liquid options. And continue browsing our Our vaporizer blog.

Smoking vs Vaping

If you have walked on any college campus in the past few months, then you are no stranger to the latest trend infiltrating the student body known as, “vaping”. Vaporing has only existed since 2003, since then, many studies have attempted to tackle the big question, “Is vaping or smoking cigarettes better for your health?”

The biggest question that was on my mind is, “why would you even want to vape?” It is time to take it to the UAH students to figure out what the big idea is about smoking a cigarette vs. using an e-cigarette.

Cade Minor, a sophomore at UAH, feels differently about the vaping trend. “I do not vape. Vaping kills my throat and makes me cough a lot.” He goes on to say, “Also, a lot of the initial studies that have come out recently on the health effects of vaping have found that vaping could actually be worse for your long-term health than actually smoking.” Cade says he probably will not ever change over, he does not believe that it is as satisfying. “Plus, I roll my own cigarettes with natural tobacco that are less costly and much less of a health risk than any cigarettes on the market.”

How “healthy” is vaping though? Since many people do not know much on the subject, it may be a good idea to read up on the Huffington Post. According to the video in Huffington Post, Vaporing is relatively healthier at this time, but they still both have bad side effects. Scientists for years have told their patients that there is a correlation between cigarettes and lung cancer. Smoking changes the cells in the lungs, which leads to lung cancer. Aside from that, cigarettes are linked to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases because of the toxic chemicals that cigarettes contain. The Huffington post listed the components of a cigarette including cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, methanol, acetylene, ammonia, tar, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide.

Another student from UAH, Sam Walters, spoke about why he vapes, “I vape because it’s a more convenient method of satisfying my nicotine addiction while also giving me the option to ween myself off nicotine all together. I do feel healthier. After a few weeks of switching from cigarettes to vaping, I noticed improvements in my breathing and feel better waking up in the morning.”

Senior, Kyle Brakke, weights in on the subject of vaping, “Vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking mainly because there are no carcinogens in vapor. Cigarettes contain around 7000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.” Brakke also goes on to say, “There are only 4 components to custom e-liquid blends. None of which are known to be immediately harmful. That’s not to say vaping is completely safe.”

Before you ditch the pack and run to the store for an e-cig learn about what all goes into e-cigarettes. Many believe that vaping is determined as healthier because of the lack of smoke inhalation. However, due to the newness of this invention, many of the studies have been unable to say cannot if it is healthier.

How does e-cigarettes work exactly? There is an atomizer that heats the liquid to a boiling point and that becomes the vapor inhaled. Unfortunately, e-cigs have caused irritate in the eyes and infections in the respiratory tract. What many people do not know is, according to the Huffington Post, inhalation of vaporized e-cigarette consists of nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and occasionally, flavoring.

So, what do you think about this? Would you rather vape, or smoke cigarettes?