Lets be real….most non-vapers have many misconceptions about vaping, the vapour clouds produced, potential safety concerns about batteries, and countless more. I, the President of Vape Nation am here to clear up a few misunderstandings.
Recently, the vaping industry has experienced a lot of negative press. Like all new, emerging and growing industries there will always be bad apples – vendors that don’t do the right thing and endanger a person’s safety with potentially faulty devices and e-liquids not manufactured under proper or safe conditions. Your President is a supportive advocate for the industry and believes Australia, needs to start regulating and in turn legalise nicotine in the near future.
- Vaping devices can blow up too easily
Chances are you have seen people get injured from a vaping devices. Many people don’t realise that vaping devices use Lithium Ion batteries – the same type of battery used in mobile phones – so they are normally relatively stable. That is unless you look at investing in a cheap, unknown or ended up with a counterfeit product that does not have safety mechanisms built in. The majority of devices from the well-known, trusted global brands either have a built in battery or take external batteries – These are normally regulated devices with safety features to prevent accidental user error. The other type of devices are mechanical mods – now, these can be dangerous, and they are the mods / vaping devices that normally cause injuries. The reasons for the injuries is often a user error as a knowledge of Ohms Law is required, knowledge of battery safety and how to ensure they are wrapped correctly, and knowledge of how to test the coil resistance.
- Vaping helps smokers to quit
As time progresses and there are more testimonials, and clinical trials conducted we are seeing evidence and proof that vaping truly does assist smokers to kick their habit however quiet often people switching from cigarettes to vaping need their nicotine hit due to addiction…similar to El Presidents caffeine addition. Off topic – but starting the day with a coffee and vape is heavenly.
As our industry continues to grow, even mainstream publications are being forced to concede that there is some evidence that electronic cigarettes (vapes) might be effective in helping smokers to quit. We have known this for some time. Once again, I'll let the evidence speak for itself:
"Most participants (72 percent) were former smokers, and 76 percent were using e-cigarettes daily. At baseline, current users had been using e-cigarettes for three months, took 150 puffs per day on their e-cigarette and used refill liquids containing 16 mg/ml of nicotine, on average. Almost all the daily vapers at baseline were still vaping daily after one month (98 percent) and one year (89 percent). Of those who had been vaping daily for less than one month at baseline, 93 percent were still vaping daily after one month, and 81 percent after one year. In daily vapers, the number of puffs per day on e-cigarettes remained unchanged between baseline and one year. Among former smokers who were vaping daily at baseline, 6 percent had relapsed to smoking after one month and also 6 percent after one year."
"In a large, international survey (emphasis mine) of current, former, or never users of e-cigarettes, 72 percent of users reported that e-cigarettes helped them to deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms, 92 percent reported reductions in their smoking when using e-cigarettes, and only 10 percent reported that they experienced the urge to smoke tobacco cigarettes when using the e-cigarette. Moreover, of more than 2000 former smokers in this survey, 96 percent reported that the e-cigarette helped them to stop smoking."
"In smokers not intending to quit, the use of e-cigarettes, with or without nicotine, decreased cigarette consumption and elicited enduring tobacco abstinence without causing significant side effects."
Compare this to a truly negligible success rate for traditional nicotine replacement therapy like the patch and gum—upon which some pharmaceutical companies hang their hats—and it's easy to see where the opposition comes from. Perhaps this is why the United States Food and Drug Administration is pushing legislation that will hand the reins of our industry over to Big Tobacco—those staunch guardians of public health—while putting companies like mine six feet under.
Meanwhile, some of the actual guardians of public health are already coming around on the issue. Many of the links I've used are compiled here, and this database is added to regularly—the ever-growing pile of evidence that the media is only giving you one side of the story.
This article has been excerpted with permission fromListverse. To read in its entirety, head here.
- A lot of vapers use lower levels of nicotine compared to cigarette users
A lot of vapers use a nicotine level that is 6mg or lower. You may be wondering how or why but it is simple and easy: The high powered wattage options assists for a stronger draw back and throat hit in sub ohm devices like this. It is only recently that Nicotine Salts, which contain higher levels of nicotine have taken off and that is due to the popularity and recently released pod devices (which we currently don’t sell as your President has not found one that’s suitable for 0mg e-liquids). Additionally, a highly concentrated nicotine e-liquid will change the flavour and not always for the best (unless its meant to be nicotine salts). Sadly, there is a lot of negative media about the fruity or candy flavours that are ‘kid friendly’ and apparently ‘target kids’, well I ask you this; As adults are we not allowed to have things that taste or smell delicious?! Your President of the vapolution wants to ensure you always have an amazing selection of flavours and you can find them here.
- Its not a secret: Whats in your e-liquids
Its easy to do a google search and see what the base ingredients are for e-liquids: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) , concentrated flavourings and sometimes distilled water.
Yes, it is the same concentrated flavouring used in food products, which combined together makes a multitude of flavours,. Propylene Glycol (PG)is often wrongly referred to as a main ingredient in antifreeze, but so is distilled water, it is also used as the base propellant in asthma inhalers (albuterol). Just because a certain substance is the main ingredient in a toxic product does not make the certain substance, in this case PG toxic.
- The Vapor Is Far Less Harmful Than Cigarette Smoke
When you mention e-cigarettes to the average Joe, they will be on two camps: either it is perfectly harmless or its worse than cigarettes and is like setting off a nuke in your lungs. In reality the long term effect studies are really limited however there is a lot of physiological and short term studies.
A 2014 Greek study titled “Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device on myocardial function: comparison with regular cigarettes” found there was less toxic chemicals created when compared to combustion of traditional cigarettes, however further intensive study will be needed to be conducted in order to determine whether vaping will beneficial long term.
A 2013 study by the University of London titled, “Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapour from electronic cigarettes” found vapes produced some toxic substances however this was 9-450 times lower than smoke from cigarettes, and in some cases were trace amounts (basically none existent).
Most studies suggest vapes are less harmful when compared to cigarettes