What are electronic cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes, also called personal vaporizers(PV) or smoking simulation devices deliver an e-liquid solution made up of propylene glycol, flavoring and nicotine. The vaporization process is carried out by a battery-powered heating element called the "atomizer". The act of "smoking" an electronic cigarette is popularly referred to as "vaping"; it mimics smoking, but does not involve combustion. The individual inhales vapor, not smoke
Are they safe?
Any substance containing nicotine is not 100% safe, but electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco; a carcinogenic ingredient and they do not produce smoke. Numerous studies support that an overwhelming majority of tobacco related deaths are a result of the smoke produced and inhaled by users, not nicotine.
Can electronic cigarettes help me quit smoking?
Electronic cigarettes are not approved to be marketed as a nicotine cessation product, however, that does not mean that some smokers have not found them as an effective way to wean from nicotine. Some surveys show that up to 80% of electronic cigarette smokers quit smoking traditional cigarettes with the use of an electronic cigarette. One study showed that they worked better than the nicotine patch.
Do Electronic cigarettes cause cancer like regular cigarettes?
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration(FDA) discovered trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamies in electronic cigarettes, which are known to cause cancer with high exposure. The amounts found were far too low to be definitively labeled as cancer-causing. An electronic cigarette contains nearly the same trace level of nitrosamines as the FDA-approved nicotine patch and about 1,300 times less nitrosamines than a traditional cigarette.
DO ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES contain formaldehyde?
Using a variable power e-cigarette at excessive temperatures can create formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen. As such, Formaldehyde is not safe to inhale and can increase the risks of cancer. It's produced when you have “dry hits”. Dry hits occur when the coils of a tank are dry and there is no liquid to vaporize. To prevent this Vapers need to keep their tanks at least partially full at all times when vaping.
Are there any e-liquid flavors I should avoid?
Some e-liquids contain flavors that have been shown in studies to be toxic for inhalation. These flavors include the following: Cinnamon - This flavoring contains Cinnamaldehyde which has been shown to be toxic for inhalation as well as a respiratory irritant. Citrus and sour flavors - Most of these flavorings have a chemical called Limonene which has been shown to be toxic for inhalation as well as being a respiratory irritant. Avoid flavors with lemon, lime, orange, and pineapple in them. Dessert flavors (buttery, milky, creamy, custard, cake, cookie, waffle, muffin, pie, etc...) These flavors most often contain a chemical called diacetyl and/or its substitute acetyl propionyl. These chemicals have been shown to do permanent damage to lungs at high quantity over time. Wintergreen, Rose and Banana - these flavors may contain oils in them or be substantially more viscous than the rest of the liquid's ingredients which can cause separation. This can prevent the liquid from properly dispersing in the lungs.
What is PG & VG?
PG (Propylene Glycol) is a chemical used in asthma inhalers and the fog machines you see in Broadway shows and in some dance clubs. It's the component of the liquid that gives the throat hit. PG can also cause throat irritation, mouth sores, muscle aching, and dry throat. Some people have sensitivities and allergies to PG and find it to be something they cannot vape. Liquids with more PG will produce a stronger throat hit. VG (Vegetable Glycerine) or other plant glycerines are another base ingredients in eliquids. VG is more viscous (thicker/more syrupy). It's used in the food service industry as a thickening agent and sweetener. It's also used in many toothpastes, mouth washes and cough syrups. It can cause a bit of phlegm buildup and can also cause heartburn if the liquid’s acidity level is not correct. Most e-liquids are a mix of both PG and VG.