• Electronic Cigarette Information

WHAT IS AN E-CIG?

An electronic cigarette is a clever alternative to traditional cigarettes, which is sometimes called a personal vaporiser. There are thousands on the market, some are designed to look like cigarettes, and other more advanced models look more exotic. E-cigs turn a flavoured liquid into water vapour, and when smokers inhale this vapour it feels a lot like taking a drag from a cigarette.

All e-cigs are made up of a rechargeable battery, a tank to hold the liquid, which is known as eLiquid, and an atomiser, the part of the e-cig that turns liquid into water vapour. eLiquids are available in a range of nicotine strengths, to suit the user, and some have no nicotine at all.

The refill liquids contain about half a dozen ingredients that are all licensed for human consumption while cigarettes contains 5,300 discovered so far in cigarette smoke of which many are known to be toxic and/or carcinogenic.

WHY USE AN E-CIGARETTE?

Lots of people are choosing e-cigs as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They prefer to get nicotine in a cool mist with a few well-known ingredient, all approved for human consumption, instead of inhaling the smoke from tobacco. We all know smoking tobacco cigarettes is dangerous, and that a lot of tobacco smokers will die young. With e-cigs there is little or no smell, no second-hand smoke, no smell of smoke on your clothes and hair, and no risk of harming anyone else.

HOW DO E-ECIGARETTES WORK?

All e-cigarettes have a battery and a head unit. Rechargeable batteries are used, and the head, the end fittings at the mouthpiece end, consists of an atomizer coil which is heated by the battery, and a cartridge containing refill liquid. In some models the last two components are combined in a 'cartomizer'. When the switch is pressed, or when air is pulled through, the heating element vaporizes the liquid and produces a mist. You draw or pull air through it just like a tobacco cigarette. The water-based vapour contains flavouring, and nicotine if desired. No combustion is involved and nothing is lit - all that happens is a liquid is heated and vaporized. It's not smoking, but looks and feels like it.

WHAT IS AN ELIQUID?

The juice comes in a huge variety of flavors ranging from popular cigarettes, fruits, drinks, alcoholic drinks, spices, and even foods. It contains Propylen Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycol (VG). PG has a slightly sweeter taste naturally, produces slightly less vapor, and is the more commonly used eliquid. VG produces denser, thicker vapor, but may cause troubles with your vaping as it is a more viscous (thicker) fluid, so the atomizer sometimes has trouble vaping it properly and you’ll get a harsh throat hit. PG and VG come in all sorts of flavors and nicotine strengths.

WHO CAN USE AN E-CIGARETTE?

Electronic cigarettes are used by smokers over 18 who are looking for a better alternative. No one else should use one.

  • Health Information

CAN I USE ONE ANYWHERE?

Definitely not - local regions such as cities can introduce bylaws that prohibit their use in public areas. Anyone can allow or prohibit anything in their own premises, and some building owners or transport authorities prohibit them.

ARE E-CIGARETTES HEALTHIER?

No one can say, because there are no long-term clinical trials or any other research that could verify or disprove such a statement. The latest version was invented in 2003 (older models exist) and have only been widely used since 2006. This is one of those things on which you have to make your own decision. However, many people regard the decision as a no brainer. Would you like to to inhale a cool mist with half a dozen ingredients, none of which are known to be toxic, or to inhale a bonfire? That's why e-cigs are taking the world by storm.

Links to recent medical research…coming soon.

ISN'T NICOTINE HARMFUL?

Nicotine is not the harmful ingredient in tobacco, it is the smoke that kills. The smoke and combustion artefacts cause lung cancer, heart disease and many other illnesses. There is absolutely no medical evidence to suggest that nicotine is more harmful than the caffeine in coffee.It also needs to be appreciated that everyone tests positive for nicotine as it is a normal part of the diet. This is so important that it should be repeated: everyone tests positive for nicotine.

Unless no vegetables are eaten, everyone has it in the bloodstream, in very small amounts, since it is present in vegetables. A related material, nicotinic acid, is a vitamin - Niacin or Vitamin B3. Without the smoke, 'smoking' is likely to be far less harmful. Nicotine is best avoided by those who are pregnant or have heart disease. You may want to avoid it if you also do not take caffeine or alcohol by drinking coffee, tea, wine or beer. Like these substances, taking more of it should probably be avoided, in a perfect world. Some people however find their lives are dysfunctional without nicotine, and an electronic cigarette is probably as good a way as any to supply it.