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  • What are electronic cigarettes?

    Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers) are an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They are battery-operated devices that create an inhalable, water-based mist instead of smoke. The rechargeable battery powers a heating element called an "atomizer." The element uses low heat to turn  liquid in the cartridge, which contains propylene glycol, glycerin, food flavoring and nicotine, into a fog-like mist.

     

    There are many models of e-cigarettes available. Some look like traditional cigarettes, others look similar to a pen and some even look like small flashlights. Some have LED lights, some have built-in liquid reservoirs, others have combined atomizer cartridges, some are tubular and some are even rectangular boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and have different features for former smokers who wish to distance themselves from anything resembling a traditional cigarette or want a longer battery life and/or better performance.

  • Do e-cigarettes contain anti-freeze?

    No. This myth was created by a 2009 FDA press statement regarding electronic cigarettes. The FDA tested 18 cartridges from 2 companies. Of those 18 cartridges, 1 tested positive for a non-toxic amount of diethylene glycol (approximately 1%). While diethylene glycol is occasionally used in anti-freeze, the chemical is not a standard ingredient in e-cigarette liquid and it has not been found in any other samples tested to date.

     

    The base liquid for e-cigarette liquid is usually propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA. While it is also sometimes found in anti-freeze, it is actually added to make the anti-freeze less toxic and safer for small children and pets. Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many of the foods we eat, cosmetics we use and medications we take. It is also used in the fog machines used in theaters and night clubs.

     

     

  • Do e-cigarettes cause cancer just like tobacco cigarettes?

    Though testing by the FDA and other labs have discovered trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are known to cause cancer with high exposure, the amounts found were extremely low and unlikely to cause cancer. To put it in perspective, an e-cigarette contains nearly the exact same trace levels of nitrosamines as the FDA-approved nicotine patch and about 1,300 times less nitrosamines than a Marlboro cigarette.

  • Are e-cigarettes safe?

    While anything containing nicotine cannot be called 100% safe, evidence from numerous studies strongly suggests that they are magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes. Harm reduction experts can point to research supporting that switching from cigarettes to a smokefree product will reduce health risks to less than 1% of smoking traditional cigarettes - nearly the same as non-smokers. For tobacco harm reduction health professionals, it is misleading and irresponsible for public health officials to tell smokers that smokeless products, such as e-cigarettes, are "not a safe alternative to smoking" simply because they are "only" 99% safer and not 100% safe.

  • What e-cigarette brand most looks and tastes like a real cigarette?

    This is the most common question on e-cigarette forums. The best answer to that question is "none" and "it doesn't matter."

     

    Since those considering e-cigarettes are usually seeking to replace tobacco cigarettes, they are under the assumption that having the most realistic, tobacco-flavored e-cigarette will bring the most satisfaction. The truth of it is that after switching to e-cigarettes for a few weeks, the vast majority of users discover that looks ultimately don't matter - performance does. And the best performing e-cigarettes don't necessarily look anything like traditional cigarettes because they require larger batteries. And the most popular flavors with experienced users are often as far from tobacco-tasting as one can get.

     

    One problem is that none of the tobacco flavors really taste like burning tobacco - they taste more like fresh tobacco smells and slightly sweet. So, experienced e-cigarette users will tell you that nothing tastes exactly like a burning tobacco cigarette. But, we know you won't believe us and insist on buying something that looks and tastes like a tobacco cigarette. That's ok - we've all been there!

     

    Read more: http://e-cigarette-forum.com

  • Who should use e-cigarettes?

    Any smoker over the age of 18 who is looking to improve health or decrease dependency on nicotine.  We also know several friends who have never been smokers and opt for the 'zero' nicotine e-liquid, and enjoy vaping for the flavor.

  • Can e-cigarettes help me quit smoking?

    There is a lot of anecdotal evidence and even some scientific research surveys that strongly indicate that e-cigarettes are an effective alternative to smoking. Surveys show that up to 80% of e-cigarette users quit smoking traditional cigarettes while using e-cigarettes.

     

    However, while some users have gradually reduced the nicotine levels down to zero, the majority of e-cigarette users treat the devices as an alternate source of nicotine and not as a nicotine cessation program. So there is not as much scientific evidence yet that show how effective e-cigarettes are when used to treat or cure nicotine addiction. Yet, anecdotal reports by users who have used e-cigarettes as a way to wean from nicotine also indicates they seem to be very effective way to break smoking triggers and dramatically reduce nicotine levels. As with pharmaceutical NRTs, it depends upon the smoker and the strength of his or her addiction and resolve to quit. E-cigarettes also appear to be a much safer option for short-term use in the event of relapse.

     

    The good news is, nicotine by itself has very low health risks, so switching to e-cigarettes can be nearly as good as quitting altogether. The most important thing for those who cannot or will not quit nicotine to do is to stop the exposure to the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke and e-cigarettes can help them do it.

  • What is a cartridge?

    The cartridge contains the nicotine that you get when you use the Electronic Cigarette. The cartridges can be refilled using e-LIQUID (The liquid that contains the nicotine). The nicotine is typically available in different strengths and various flavors.

  • How long does a cartridge last?

    This will vary depending on your vaping habits. Some will be able to use one cartridge for an entire day, some will need to refill it several times per day.

  • How do I know when to refill or replace my cartridge?

    You should replace the cartridge when the vapor released by your Electronic Cigarette reduces. This is usually an indication that the nicotine juice in the cartridge is running low. Please note that if your battery is low, the vapor produced will be diminished.

  • Is vaping cheaper than smoking regular cigarettes?

    Simply put YES !

     

    As one of the most common question we get asked by people considering the switch from tobacco to smokeless cigarettes, we can understand why. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes is usually from $6 to $7 dollars. A smoker who smokes a pack a day could spend around $2,000 a year (while inhaling toxins & carcinogens!) However, if you smoke 2 packs daily, double that amount and that you really see the costs. With e-cigs you could save at least 50% on your tobacco expense yearly.

     

    A pack-a-day smoker will save, on average about $100.00 a month.

     

    Figuring a pack a day smoker will LOSE or destroy a kit every two months and go though about $1.80 worth of juice a day. The average daily cost for hardware is less than $1.00 . Since different people will use the product at different rates lets assume

     

    1pack a day smoker = $1.80 + $1.00 hardware cost = $2.80 a day

     

    2pack a day smoker =$3.60 + $1.00 hardware cost = $4.60 a day

  • How long does the battery last?

    The average rechargeable batteries may last anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours of vape-time, depending on use and size of battery. If you are using it very frequently it will last less. To avoid being without a battery, always carry a fully charged spare.

  • Is there an odor when vaping?

    There may be a light essence. The odors produced are typically pleasant (This is subjective and depends on personal taste). If you are using strawberry flavor, you may smell strawberry.

  • Can I vape in non-smoking areas?

    Typically, yes. There are currently no laws prohibiting the use of e-cigs in non-smoking establishments. However, if a manager or owner asks you to stop, please be polite and set a good example of e-cig users and stop. If you want, use this moment as a chance to educate the person on e-cigs and how they are completely odorless and flame-less, and have no second hand smoke.

  • How do I know when the battery needs to be charged?

    On all models, you will notice a loss flavor and vapor. On the ego-C the button will flash several times.  On the 510, the end LED will blink several times when you push the button.  We recommend you have a spare battery on hand; one charging while you are using the other.  We also recommend you charge a battery while you are sleeping (much like you would with a cell-phone).

  • How much nicotine is in each puff?

    The simple answer is, it depends. It depends on the strength of the liquid, how hard and deep you pull, the charge of the battery, and the condition of the atomizer. The easy way to change if you are getting too much or too little nicotine, is to go up or down a step in strength (i.e. 24 Mg - 18 Mg if too strong and 18 Mg - 24 Mg if too weak.)

  • Which model of e-cig is right for me?

    This depends on your smoking and vaping habits.  We offer a large variety of styles and sizes to meet your unique vaping needs.  In general, larger batteries last longer between charges, and are better for heavier vapers (think pack-a-day or two-pack-a-day smokers). Smaller, more petite styles are better suited to the 'occasional' or 'social' smoker.

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