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A Quick Guide to Health Risks and Safety Concerns Of Electronic Cigarettes

Without a doubt the safety and health risks of electronic cigarettes is one of the most hotly debated topics in today’s media outlets. With politicians and newspapers across the country mostly basing opinions on little facts, it is hard to come up with an overall idea of the health risks involved with e-cigs. Let’s face it, second hand smoke smells awful and harms are loved ones around us. While studies are still being done on the long term effects of electronic cigarettes let’s get to the bottom of some of the biggest safety concerns surrounding e-cigs.

Quality control is one of the main issues health experts have with e-cigarettes. They argue that manufacturers may not disclose all of the chemical ingredients used in their products. This means it may be impossible for users to know exactly what they’re consuming. There is also not much known about the short- or long-term health effects of exposure to nicotine vapor.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a small study in 2009 to analyze a sample of nicotine cartridges from two manufacturers. The results showed that the amount of nicotine delivered did not always match the amount stated on the label. The study also revealed that some cartridges labeled nicotine-free in fact contained nicotine. And cancer-causing compounds found in tobacco were also found in some e-cigarette cartridges, along with other toxins. One of the toxins found was diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze.

Despite these findings, electronic cigarette manufacturers claim that their products may have the potential to improve the health and lives of people addicted to nicotine. But many health experts say e-cigarette makers haven’t conducted the research needed to back up their claims. The World Health Organization (WHO), for example, says there is not enough evidence to show that e-cigarettes are safe.

Health experts are also concerned about companies marketing e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products like the nicotine patch or gum have been tested for their safety and effectiveness as smoking cessation aids. E-cigarettes have not. Some experts have expressed concern that marketers’ claims — or positive word-of-mouth from e-cig users — may convince people to use e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking, instead of a method that has been proven effective.

Another question is whether nonsmokers will be attracted by the novelty or the perceived safety of e-cigarettes and take up the habit, thus becoming addicted to nicotine. This is especially important where younger consumers are concerned — the candy-like flavors may particularly appeal to children and adolescents. And because e-cigarettes are sold online, young people may have easy access — most companies don’t check or confirm the age of their Internet customers.

While e-cigarettes may help consumers avoid many of the health risks of smoking tobacco, they still give users a dose of an addictive substance. Regulatory authorities are struggling to classify electronic cigarettes and introduce the right controls. If e-cigarettes continue to gain popularity, they may become a common sight in restaurants, movie theaters, offices and other venues. Is that a good thing for the public?

While we are in no position to comment on the health risks of smoking electronic cigarettes on a daily basis, one thing is for certain, the amount of toxins that are in regular cigarettes compared to electronic cigarettes is enormous.

Debunking The Myths Surrounding Electronic Cigarettes. Part 1: The Double Smoking Theory.

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Many politicians and uninformed citizens out there are under the guise that electronic cigarettes are being used as a crutch to “double down” on nicotine so to speak. As e-cigs do in fact supply the user with a superior non-toxic inducing nicotine experience, to the uniformed it could look like users will not only smoke their regular cigarette, but have puffs of their e-cig on top of it. This could not be farther from the case.

Reuters recently reported on a study done in the UK to see if this was actually the case. Researchers from the UK surveyed about 1,400 e-cigarette users on the Internet, 76 percent of whom said they started using their devices to replace cigarettes entirely. A much smaller percentage said their goal was to quit smoking or to improve their health.

One researcher who has studied e-cigarette users said the findings allay fears that people are using the devices to get more nicotine on top of what’s already in tobacco cigarettes, instead of for smoking cessation.

“This study really indicates people are using them specifically to try to quit smoking or try to get off cigarettes. This dual-use idea is simply not a tenable idea anymore,” said Boston University’s Dr. Michael Siegel, who was not involved in the new research.

Overall, 1,123 ex-smokers and 218 current smokers from 33 different countries took the survey. About 16 percent of participants were from the U.S. and another 77 percent were from Europe. Seventy percent were men.

About three quarters of respondents said they started using e-cigarettes as a “complete alternative to smoking,” and 22 percent said they started using the devices for “other reasons” – including stopping smoking (7 percent), for health reasons (6 percent) and to get around smoking restrictions (3 percent).

Some 86 percent said they had either not smoked cigarettes for several weeks or months since using the e-cigarette or that the amount they smoked had decreased dramatically.

The researchers also found that the majority of people responding to the surveys felt their health had improved since using the devices.

“Most people reported great health benefits. Their cough was reduced and their breathing was improved,” said Dawkins, who added that the benefits are most likely from people smoking fewer cigarettes and not an effect of the devices or vapors.

Still, Dawkins told Reuters Health that more research is needed on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.

Siegel said there’s no question that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking, but there are concerns over some of the vapors’ ingredients – including propylene glycol, which irritates airways, and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk when it’s inhaled.

While Siegel’s health beliefs are those of his own and are still up for question it is obvious that e-cigs do not contain the same amount of toxins as regular cigarettes do. What has been proven, however, is that this myth that e-cigs will just be a gateway to users piggybacking there regular nicotine intake is in fact just that, a myth.

There are many great benefits from electronic cigarettes and we have just opened the envelope on further discussions. Keep checking back to this space as we debunk more common misconceptions surrounding electronic cigarettes.

Understanding The Regulatory Issues Surrounding Electronic Cigarettes

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Unfortunately in recent months electronic cigarettes have come under much scrutiny and unfairly labeled. Many media outlets and cities have cast a negative shadow on e-cigs due to their lack of knowledge and understanding. Here is a beginner’s guide to the regulation of electronic cigarettes and what is being done about them.

One of the main problems of regulating e-cigarettes is deciding how to classify them. Are they similar enough to tobacco cigarettes to be regulated in the same way? Or are they not cigarettes at all but drug-delivery devices like nicotine patches or gum? Because they don’t fit easily into either category, e-cigarettes may require a new set of regulations.

Many people want to know if they can use electronic cigarettes in places that restrict tobacco smoking. Manufacturers and e-cigarette users argue that because the vapor presents no health risks and no offensive odor, e-cigarettes should be permitted everywhere.

E-cig opponents argue that allowing e-cigarette use everywhere may discourage people from cutting back or quitting smoking by making it easier and more socially acceptable to get a nicotine fix. Inconveniences like shivering outside in the cold to enjoy a smoke may actually contribute to some smokers’ desires to quit. And until the vapor that e-cigarettes emit is proven safe, harmful effects from secondhand vapor can’t be ruled out.

Individual countries and states have adopted a wide range of rules governing e-cigarettes. Australia, Canada and Hong Kong have banned e-cigarette marketing and sale. In the United Kingdom, e-cigarettes marketed as a smoking-cessation aid must be licensed and regulated as a medicine, but their use as a recreational smoking alternative is unrestricted. Brazil regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco products. In the United States, the FDA has confiscated e-cigarette shipments coming into the country on the grounds that they are unapproved drug-delivery devices. Two e-cigarette manufacturers took the FDA to court to oppose this action and won .

Regulations will continue to evolve as electronic cigarettes grow in popularity and experts seek to gain reliable information about them. In the meantime, users around the world are relishing the experience of smoking cigarettes without the smoke.

How Do Electroic Cigarettes Actually Work?

Now that we have already talked about the positives benefits from switching to an electronic cigarette it is time to dive into how e-cigs actually work. How is the vapor created? What actually goes on while you are taking your puff?

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As well all know lighting a traditional cigarette causes the tobacco to burn, releasing smoke that contains nicotine. The user breathes in the smoke to deliver nicotine to the lungs. An electronic cigarette doesn’t rely on this process of combustion. Instead, it heats a nicotine liquid and converts the liquid to a vapor, or mist, that the user inhales. Depending on the e-cigarette, the user may simply inhale from the cartridge to begin the vaporization process, though some devices have a manual switch that activates the vaporizer inside.

An e-cigarette has three main parts:

• a rechargeable lithium battery
• a vaporization chamber
• a cartridge

The lithium battery powers the e-cigarette and can be charged using a charger similar to those used for cell phone batteries. The charged battery is connected to the vaporization chamber, a hollow tube that contains electronic controls and an atomizer — the component that creates the vapor. Before the user activates the device, he or she attaches a cartridge containing nicotine liquid to the vaporization chamber. The tip of the cartridge serves as the e-cigarette’s mouthpiece.

E-cigarette users inhale the way they would with a regular cigarette. This inhalation activates the atomizer to heat the liquid in the cartridge and convert the liquid to a vapor. Inhaling this vapor through the mouthpiece delivers nicotine to the lungs, and the user exhales vapor that looks much like a cloud of cigarette smoke.

Fans of e-cigarettes say they enjoy many of the same sensations as tobacco smokers — holding the device in their hand, inhaling and exhaling. Many e-cigarettes have a light-emitting diode (LED) on the end that lights up when the user inhales, simulating flame. But please do not try to light your electronic cigarette as it could ignite and explode.

The liquid or “smoke juice” that fills the cartridges is usually propylene glycol, an additive that the FDA has approved for use in food. (Fog machines that create a smoky atmosphere at stage shows also use propylene glycol.)

5 Leading Benefits Electronic Cigarettes Have Over Traditional Cigarettes

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We here at topecigcritic.com invite you to read about 5 of the leading benefits electronic smoking has over traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are indeed an exciting new alternative to traditional cigarettes. They’re a suitable choice for many because of the benefits they have over “smoking.”

Electronic cigarettes are no different than other products in that in order for someone to switch brands or consider alternatives they need to clearly see the benefits of the new approach.

Many, if not the vast majority of those interested in electronic smoking, are current smokers. Chances are you’re one of them – searching for an alternative but wanting to understand the benefits of switching from your current brand is something that you are interested in researching.

Reason #1 – E-cigarettes do NOT have that distinctive odor that you find in regular cigarettes.

Just about everyone knows that cigarettes smell and most can be disgusted by it. When you walk into someplace be it a class, a date, or a business meeting it is the first thing someone notices about you.

Scent from cigarette smoke gets into, and clings, to just about anything it comes in contact with. Not only does the odor cling, many consider cigarette smell offensive and avoid close contact. The problem is if you are a smoker you do not notice it as much because you are immersed in it all of the time. To non-smokers, and especially ex-smokers, this smell is very noticeable.

One reason cigarette smoke smells so bad is because you’re burning chemicals and tar in addition to the tobacco itself. Properties from burning these substances make them cling to clothing, hair, walls, furniture, leaving you with an undesirable odor.

E-cigarettes on the other hand do not have this ominous odor because instead of exhaling smoke, you’re exhaling a vapor that evaporates almost immediately. Customers and non-smokers/vapers report the smell from an e-cigarette to be close to nonexistent.

At the end of the day there is no denying that the odor displaced from the vapor is much more subtle and clings on for a shorter period of time than regular cigarettes.

Reason #2 – Electronic smoking is MUCH cheaper than traditional cigarettes.

If you’re a smoker reading this, you can certainly relate to this point – cigarettes are expensive these days.

Today, a good quality pack of cigarettes will cost you anywhere from $7 to $12 depending on which state you’re in.

Some of this increase in cost can be attributed to regular inflation or rising prices of production (tobacco) and even distribution (fuel). Taxes, however, play the biggest role. In 2009 for example, the federal tax was raised from $0.39 to $1.01 per pack. Add in varying state taxes and out the door at minimum taxes can be attributed to 20% of the cost of the pack. This could eventually lead to a smoker spending upwards of $300 a month not including incidentals such as lighters.

E-cigarettes do not share this dilemma. While some of the entry costs of a starter kit may be a little bit higher, the month-to-month cost of electronic smoking is typically about half when compared to traditional cigarettes. VERO Electronic Cigarette for example will only put you back $9.95 for the starter kit and $34.95 for the equivalent of 30 packs per month.


Reason #3 – E-cigarettes are safer for those around you.

First and foremost since everything is automated there is no fire hazards involved in smoking electroic cigarettes. Cigarettes are in fact the #1 cause of fire-related death in the United States and 7 other countries. Worldwide, fires started by lit cigarettes constitute 10% of all fire-related deaths.

With e-cigarettes, you’re not burning an open flame and don’t have a hot cherry that can burn you, your clothes, your furniture, and so on.

Reason #4 – Health.

While we can’t make any claim that e-cigarettes are healthier, we can point out how traditional cigarettes are harmful to your health.

You don’t have to take our word for it – there are countless studies out there showing how smoking traditional cigarettes can put you at a higher risk of a whole host of conditions, including (but not limited to) – stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, throat cancer, pneumonia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and countless others.

Traditional cigarettes contain a litany of chemicals as well, many of which are considered carcinogenic, or cancer causing.

Reason #5 – Social.

Last but not least are the social impacts of traditional cigarettes, which is in a way related to reasons one through four. Over the years, smoking has increasingly been viewed negatively by society at-large for a variety of reasons.

The smell, the health consequences, and even the healthcare costs all combine to give traditional cigarettes a bad name these days. If you’re a smoker, you’ve certainly noticed an increasing amount of restrictions around where you can light up, even at private parties where the host is a nonsmoker.

Also, traditional cigarettes can have impacts on your social life, literally. Take dating for an example – it’s pretty rare for a nonsmoker to be with a smoker. Also, smoking can also impact job prospects since more employers are taking a more critical eye toward traditional cigarettes.

As you can see, e-cigarettes and electronic smoking carry many benefits over traditional smoking. Many have discovered how they can still enjoy smoking and get the nicotine they crave without using methods that are increasingly seen as intrusive and irresponsible.

How To Choose What Electronic Cigarette Is Right For You?

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Rechargeable vs one time use? Cartridges vs liquid? Starter kits? With all this new lingo and wealth of information it is easy to see how overwhelming it can be for a first time electronic cigarette user. Do not get bogged down by all this “newness” as electronic cigarettes offer many great opportunities to start your year off as a healthier human being. Great for the environment, and even better for the loved ones around you, look at this guide as a jumping off point towards a fuller understanding of what e-cigarettes can do for you.

With so many choices of styles where do I begin? Do I have to use one of those tanks that make me look like I am from some far off planet?

The difference between electronic cigarettes that look like a real cigarette and larger, modded ones that look you are smoking something straight out of an old science fiction film is for another discussion entirely, but know this, with today’s technology electronic cigarettes such as Vero e-cigs with their replaceable cartridges take out all the hassle of looking weird while at the same time bringing the quality of nicotine found in the larger, liquid based models.

Now that we got that out of the way electronic cigarettes are not much unlike all your other products you buy in life. They are marketed to a specific type of person through branding. Different colors for different folks with packaging to match any style of person out there.

Should I just then buy a pack of single use electronic cigarettes or get one of those rechargeable ones?

Well thankfully in the last few years technology has almost merged the two into what we have today; real life look with a rechargeable battery. While you can still buy the one time use electronic cigarettes at a store near you, technology has made it so now we have these smaller lifelike cigarettes that can be recharged from any usb output.

So what are these starter kits all about? I see these products like Blu-E Cigs go for around $79.99,that is not exactly cheap?

Well to answer your first question starter kits for electronic cigarettes are almost exactly like starter kits for other things you purchase such as your phone that bundle together a bunch of things you need for a cheaper price than buying each individual aspect separately. For instance Vero Electronic Cigarette includes the battery, two cartridges and a charger. These are all things that will get you on your way to smoking your electronic cigarette.

Now while the price of these starter kits vary like other products in life it is easy for you to get a good deal if you shop around. Pretty much with Blu-E Cigs you are paying for their massive marketing campaign and all that comes with being a huge brand. They have to pay for all that advertisings somehow and it gets passed onto their customers.

Don’t let this fool you though; starter kits are definitely the right way to go. With all the discounts and first time freebies it would be wise to go with one of these kits. Right now at Vero Electronic Cigarette we are doing a promotion where you not only get the starter kit, but 5 extra cartridges (equaling a whole carton of cigarettes) and free shipping.

So now what do I do about all these flavors?

Ahh, to the most important part. The flavors mimic actually taste’s and brands that you find in everyday conventional cigarettes. You would never go in and buy a menthol or a light if you were into Marlboro Reds would you? Take the time to study the product you are buying and match it up with a flavor that resembles what you like in a cigarette.

Hopefully all this was helpful and will point you in the direction towards wherever your smoking needs will take you. Here is to a great and healthier year for all of us!