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Switching from smoking to vaping

… is it pretty much the same thing? Well, no, but...

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What to Expect – The Real Skinny From your friends at Vapin Lizards

By Sandy Markman April 16, 2013

Switching from smoking to vaping … is it pretty much the same thing?

Well, no, but very similar in a lot of the most pleasurable ways. To be successful and make the change as easily as possible, you need to know that vaping is similar to smoking, but there are differences and new things to learn. Most of us ease into vaping by learning to vape while we continue to smoke. Depending on what kit you buy, you’ll need to learn about your battery (how long it lasts, how long it takes to recharge, how the ecig acts when the battery starts to go), about eliquids and refilling your cartridge or clearomizer. None of this is the least bit difficult, and we offer really short, but clear, how-to videos for every product we offer.

Probably more important than learning how to use your ecig is going through the mental preparation for making a change. Any habit change needs to be planned and actively worked on until the new habit replaces the old. When you reach for your cigarettes, be sure to have your ecig nearby and actively choose to use it instead. This will take positive action on your part for at least 21 days and maybe longer, but soon the habit will be to vape instead of smoke. The great news, of course, is that you won’t have to fight to get off the drug nicotine or have any physical symptoms during the transition.

One more thing to expect is the onset of cold-like symptoms anywhere from three weeks to a couple of months after you stop smoking and are only vaping. Most people erroneously think it is from vaping, but what is actually happening is your body getting rid of the old cigarette toxins. You may feel crummy for a little, but soon you’ll feel better than before, your sense of taste and smell will begin to return, and you’ll be breathing without coughing.

Is vaping lots cheaper than smoking? 

Well, no, not a lot at first. Like anything new there are some initial expenses to get started. Over time you’ll stock up on batteries and clearomizers or cartridges and eliquids, so that the weekly expense will be minimal. In the beginning, however, you will probably want to try some different makes and models of ecigs and several different flavors of eliquids. New ecig kits can run from the equivalent of a couple packs to a carton or more of regular cigarettes, but will last a lot longer. Once you have your hardware, the only item to replenish on a regular basis is your eliquid, so your weekly expense is literally 10ml ($6.99) to 20mls ($13.50) per week. How does that sound?!

What makes different than the other electronic cigarette sites?

So glad you asked! We are a true vape shop. We owe no affiliation to any specific brand, but test (for ease of use, fullness of vapor produced, durability, maintainability, and style) a large variety of brands and offer you the best quality selection at the best price. We do only offer one brand of eliquid, USA Made eLiquids, however, because we really haven’t found anything better. USA Made eLiquids contain nothing but tested and controlled ingredients, loads of true and luscious flavors, and always low prices.

Our mission is simple. Eliminate tobacco smoking through education and by offering the best alternatives available at the best price. We all have different reasons for wanting to quit smoking, but our reason is to keep ourselves and our customers – YOU – happy and healthy for as long as you choose to vape.

Electronic cigarette news from across the pond

... "If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes we would save 5 million deaths in people who are alive today" Professor John Britton, Royal College of Physicians

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Electronic cigarettes - miracle or menace?

By Sandy Markman April 16, 2013

By Graham Satchell
BBC News UK – Originally published 10 Feb 2013.
February 10, 2013

The number of people using e-cigarettes in the UK is expected to reach a million this year but while some believe the electronic alternative to tobacco could help save hundreds of thousands of lives others think they normalize what looks like smoking and may be unsafe.

Anyone walking into a busy pub in Manchester may well be confronted with a rather shocking sight. At one table it looks like a group of friends are smoking, but there is no smell in the air and no ashtrays on the table. What they are using are e-cigarettes.

One of the women, Steph, says the e-cigarette has helped her to stop smoking. "I've tried patches and inhalators," she says. "They're a lot better because you feel like you're having a cigarette."

"They're a great idea," says another woman, Lisa. "You've got the health benefits from it and it does taste like a cigarette."
The e-cigarette comes in two parts.

In one end there is liquid nicotine, in the other a rechargeable battery and an atomizer. When the user sucks, the liquid nicotine is vaporized and absorbed through the mouth. What looks like smoke is largely water vapor.
Because there is no tobacco in e-cigarettes, there is no tar and it is the tar in ordinary cigarettes that kills.

Safety concerns

The e-cigarette market is growing fast. A survey by the charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) suggests 700,000 people in the UK were using e-cigarettes last year. The charity estimates that number will reach a million in 2013 and some medical experts see huge potential benefits.

"Nicotine itself is not a particularly hazardous drug," says Professor John Britton, who leads the tobacco advisory group for the Royal College of Physicians. "It's something on a par with the affects you get from caffeine. If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes we would save 5 million deaths in people who are alive today. It's a massive potential public health prize."

There are however concerns about the safety and regulation of e-cigarettes. They can legally be sold to children. There are few restrictions on advertising. Critics say some of the advertisements glamorize something that looks like smoking.

Unlike patches and gum, e-cigarettes are not regulated like medicines. It means there are no rules for example about the purity of the nicotine in them.

Regulation call

So are e-cigarettes safe? "The simple answer is we don't know," says Dr Vivienne Nathanson from the British Medical Association (BMA). "It's going to take some time before we do know because we need to see them in use and study very carefully what the effects of e-cigarettes are."

The BMA is just one of the bodies to respond to a consultation on e-cigarettes by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. The agency is deciding whether the e-cigarettes should be licensed as a medicine and more tightly regulated. The BMA thinks they should.

"I would either take them off the shelves or I would very heavily regulate them so that we know the contents of each e-cigarette were very fixed," says Dr Nathanson.

E-cigarettes are currently classed as a general consumer product and regulated by trading standards. It means they cannot contain hazardous chemicals, for example, and that the battery in them must meet EU standards. The trade association for e-cigarettes, the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association, says they make no medicinal claims for their product. It is sold merely as an alternative to ordinary cigarettes. Attempts to classify e-cigarettes as a medicinal product have been made in Holland and Germany but the industry successfully overturned the decisions in court.

Workplace etiquette

One UK based distributor, called VIP, says over stringent regulation could see them go out of business. Nonetheless Andy Whitmore, the company's marketing director, said it would "welcome regulation that ensures the product can't be sold to anyone under the age of 18".

There are many other questions. For example, should using e-cigarettes be allowed in a public place? At the offices of UK Fast - an internet storage company - employees can use them at their desk.

"It's a tricky one," says the company's chief executive officer, Lawrence Jones. "It does look like smoking but could you stop someone from chewing a pencil or biting their nails? I don't think there's any difference between going for a caffeine break and having a nicotine break."

Other companies have banned it. But in theory electronic cigarettes can be used anywhere - on planes, trains, in hospitals.
The BMA is worried that the more people start using e-cigarettes the more it will normalize something that looks like smoking. They have called for the ban on smoking in public places to be extended to e-cigarettes. A decision on whether the regulation of electronic cigarettes should be tightened will be made in a few weeks.

As risky as a cup of coffee

… "The shocking truth is that despite the fact that e-cigarettes have the ability to save your life – as well as millions of others – they do not have the support they deserve."

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So Are E-Cigarettes Safe or Dangerous?

By James Dunworth, eCig Blogger
Originally published in Ashtray Blog: An Electronic Cigarette Blog

No, e-cigarettes are not safe or healthy. At least, not in absolute terms. Scientists estimate that they carry around 1-2% of the risk of smoking, which is about the same health risk you get from drinking a cup of coffee. They are, however, an awful lot safer for you than regular cigarettes.

So what’s the shocking truth?

The shocking truth is that despite the fact that e-cigarettes have the ability to save your life – as well as millions of others – they do not have the support they deserve.

In New Zealand e-cigarettes containing nicotine are banned. Although the government admits they are safer than cigarettes, they worry it could affect their official policy of 'de-normalizing’ smokers.

In the Middle East the device is banned, with press stories claiming the device contains 100 or more times as much nicotine as a regular cigarette.

And while the device is legal in the US, anti-smoking organizations are financed by pharmaceutical companies selling competing nicotine products to campaign against the device.

Shocking, isn’t it?

How Dangerous is Your Nicotine Dependence?

… "For the individuals out there that have gotten past the debate over how much harm electronic cigarettes do, the next argument is over how much harm is done by nicotine."

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Nicotine Dependence and Addiction

By Klaus Kneale
Ecig Advanced – Originally published 11 Feb 2013.
February 11, 2013

For the individuals out there that have gotten past the debate over how much harm electronic cigarettes do, the next argument is over how much harm is done by nicotine. Electronic cigarettes are being found to cut 99% of the harm out of traditional nicotine use by removing smoke from the equation. Some even theorize that electronic cigarettes may not pose any long-term health concerns.

So then the argument comes that nicotine is an addictive substance and should be controlled based on said addiction alone. So comes the time to take a look at nicotine addiction by itself as it compares to other (legal and illegal) drugs.

According to many researchers, nicotine is the most addictive substance available. More than 30% of individuals that use nicotine for a period of time become addicted. That beats out caffeine (just under 30%), Heroin (25%), and alcohol (15%). Where this really starts to look bad is when considering dependence (that is, how difficult it is to quit nicotine). Most researchers agree that nicotine is the most difficult habit to kick.

Nicotine ranks ahead of cocaine, heroin, alcohol, caffeine, and marijuana in dependence. This is why the smoking cessation market is such a huge one — and why pharmaceutics companies are fighting to keep it.  Simply put, it’s damned hard to quit. It doesn’t help that the withdrawal symptoms are about as bad as those of cocaine.

But then, what are the effects when you ignore addiction. Researchers rank the intoxication level of nicotine alongside caffeine (almost none). People aren’t losing control under the influence. Some research has shown nicotine use can increased blood pressure and heart rate. It’s suggested that these effects can eventually lead to cardiovascular issues — but it sounds similar to the cardiovascular issues a lifetime of caffeine use can create. Many individuals gladly take this chance in exchange for the benefits (weight loss, stress relief, reaction time and memory improvement, and others) of nicotine.

This makes the argument much harder to make for the obsessive control of clean, safe, and virtually harmless delivery of nicotine. We don’t control caffeine (a substance readily given to kids) because the effects aren’t terrible and we can obtain it without gradually killing ourselves. Providing nicotine to people the same way means we can no longer complain that individuals are killing themselves (and sticking us with the bill). We can only argue that addiction by itself is hazardous enough to warrant legislation.

By the way, we don’t control alcohol to the degree that we do nicotine or even marijuana (this is simple point, not an argument for the legalization of marijuana). Alcohol has a lower addiction rate. However, alcohol is more intoxicating than cocaine, heroin, or marijuana and its withdrawal side effects (seizures, vomiting, depression, hallucinations, and more) are worse than those of all three. Maybe addiction by itself is a good enough reason to control a substance, but even within that framework, our nation’s drug control sensibilities needs some sprucing up.

Researchers and Industry Experts Speak Out

Michael Siegel in The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary  
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Bill Godshall's presentation for SFATA's (Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association) 2013 E-Cig Summit (that wasn't presented)
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  • ACSH (American Council on Science and Health)
  • CASAA (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association)
  • ECF (E-Cigarette Forum)
  • ecig Advanced
  • SFATA (Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association)



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