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Symptoms you may experience when you start using electronic cigarettesWhen you begin using electronic cigarettes as a tobacco alternative, it’s common to experience symptoms as your body reacts, adapts to the changes and rids itself of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke. Some symptoms will come and go over a period of a few days. Most are gone within a few weeks and everyone’s experience is different.
It is important to know about and properly attribute symptoms to tobacco withdrawal as these symptoms are widely known, reported and studied. Symptoms experienced by e-cigarette use are most commonly the result of this process and experienced by anyone ridding their system of tobacco.
Some people do experience symptoms from e-cigarettes most commonly due to allergies of ingredient compounds and throat irritation. Those will be covered in a separate article.
The effects of nicotine withdrawal are mitigated if you are using nicotine-containing cartridges for your electronic cigarette, but due all of the tar, carcinogens and other chemicals in tobacco smoke and the years of buildup, some of these symptoms may still occur.
It is important to remember that your body is undergoing a change. Usually, symptoms that result from the switch to e-cigarettes are a response to that change and go away eventually, usually within a week or so. If you experience severe or prolonged symptoms, consult your doctor.
These are the most common symptoms you may experience as you transition away from tobacco smoking. The amount of time you will experience them depends on how heavy a smoker you were.
Coughing is most commonly caused by the cilia that line your lungs cleaning out the tar and mucus. Your body is in the process of cleaning out all of the junk coating the surface of your tissues and will cough it up in the form of phlegm. It’s not pretty, but think of it as a makeover on the inside. This is a good thing.
Studies have shown that this process begins within a few days. You will most likely experience a morning cough for about a week, and clearing for up to a month. Recommendation: Consume lots of water to help this process along. For sinus congestion, take an over-the-counter medication until it dissipates.
Related to the coughing and throat clearing process above, all of that tissue regeneration can give you a froggy-sounding voice. Recommendation: Suck on throat lozenges and drink lots of water to sooth your throat.
Increased instances of the common cold:
Studies have shown that colds are more prevalent during this period (see reference). As your body is ridding itself of toxins and adapting to change, your immune system is working overtime. Recommendation: Take it easy, drink lots of water and take vitamins to help your body along.
Also known as the “quit zits”, mild breakouts are a common occurrence. They are the result of the body releasing toxins and more prevalent with those who experienced breakouts at a young age. This will pass as your body adjusts.
A scientifically studied symptom that can occur when you quit tobacco, mouth ulcers are small legions on the roof of your mouth, gums and the inside of your cheeks (see reference). Smoke is an irritant and your gums and mouth tissues build up a “crust” over time. As your body sloughs off and replaces damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue, these small lesions may develop.
Recommendation: Rinse your mouth often with water to help control irritation and promote healing.
This annoying symptom has been documented in the use of cessation aids like nicotine gums as people swallow nicotine into their stomach. While not damaging, it can be very annoying.
This may also occur with e-cigarettes if you hold the vapor in your mouth and the nicotine finds its way into your saliva. Recommendation: To prevent this, avoid holding the vapor in your mouth and breathe it in instead.
Heartburn or acid reflux symptoms can be attributed to quitting smoking, but it can also be caused by too much nicotine. Recommendation: Try lowering your nicotine strength. If the problem persists for over a week, consult your doctor.
When switching to e-cigs, you are most likely experiencing some change in your nicotine consumption. It may be more or less than your body is accustomed to. This fluctuation can cause these symptoms which shouldn’t last more than a few days. Recommendation: Try different nicotine strengths until you settle into one that suits your needs and make adjustments slowly.
Insomnia and dreams
Your body is going through changes and this life change also can affect you psychologically. Many people find an increased sensitivity to caffeine during this time. Recommendation: Try drinking less coffee and tea or make them weaker until the sleeplessness subsides.
Switching away from tobacco can cause dizziness as your circulation increases. Your brain is getting more oxygen! This should only last for a brief period of time until you adjust.
A second cause of dizziness can be attributed to too much nicotine from your e-cigarette. If you find yourself puffing on it all day, you may need to alternate between high and low nicotine strengths. Or you may be using a nicotine strength that is too high for you. If the problem persists, consult your doctor.
Itching, tingling, prickling
Have patience. These symptoms (if mild) are only due to increased circulation. They should disappear in a few weeks.
Changing sense of taste:
As your body rids itself of tar, chemicals and tissue buildup, you will notice an increased ability to taste and smell. Things that were good before may taste too salty or too strong and foods your previously found bland may all the sudden taste delicious. This holds true to your cartridges flavors. You may suddenly dislike your favorite flavor and enjoy flavors you found awful the first time around! This is an ongoing process.
Another change in taste can occur if you use menthol cartridges heavily. The properties in menthol can dull your sense of taste temporarily; giving you something called “menthol mouth”. This can make your carts seem tasteless. Recommendation: If your experience this, stop using menthol for a little while until your taste buds recover. Cough drops have also been reported to help.
As more oxygen enters your system and circulation improves, you may experience some aches and pains. This is a normal part of flushing out your system and regeneration after you stop smoking tobacco.
It can also be a symptom of dehydration. E-cig ingredients can have a drying effect on your mouth and body. Drink lots of water to counteract any dehydration.
This may last a few weeks. Recommended: Stay away from gassy foods like beans, cabbage and broccoli.
You may experience this when you stop using tobacco, but it could also be intolerance to PG (propylene glycol). Try switching to a VG (vegetable glycerin) based
Monday, March 11, 2013
Calling it quits: Action star Michelle Rodriguez reaches for an electronic cigarette in effort to give up smoking habit
After a night of partying with the likes of Katy Perry and Diddy, actress Michelle Rodriguez didn’t opt for her usual pack of cigarettes to help her relax.
The action star appears to be looking after her health and the environment by choosing to unwind with an electronic cigarette.
Spotted leaving Robin Thicke’s birthday party at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Saturday night, the 34-year-old actress looked fresh-faced and makeup-free—a suggestion that she’s started to take better care of herself and her skin by avoiding a former nasty habit.
Known for being in tip-top shape for her roles in films like Avatar and the Fast & Furious series, Michelle slipped into skinny grey trousers which hugged her svelte legs.
Always one for the tomboy look, she draped an oversized grey scarf over a black blazer and studded blouse, and finished off her party outfit with trendy Isabel Marant sneaker wedges.
Tucked into the back seat of a car, relieved from the party, Michelle reached for a smokeless cigarette.
The device's green tip suggests health benefits come with choosing an e-cigarette.
With no tar and no ash, the star can now smoke wherever she pleases.
Perhaps the smokeless alternative will keep Michelle looking fresh alongside her Fast & Furious 6 co-stars.
The series’ sixth installment is set to hit theatres on May 24 of this year.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Joyetech Stocks New Intelligent Electronic Cigarette
Blackburn, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/01/2013 -- Innovative Electronic Cigarette producer Joyetech have released a new state-of-the-art E Cig that allows total freedom to the vaper. The eVic V1.2 houses an electronic display screen with various setting modes allowing the vaper to completely customise their experience.
Available from trusted supplier Joyetech; the eVic (an acronym for electronic-Vapour Intelligent Cigarette) monitors the vaping behaviour of its users and records all of the information onto their PC daily, weekly and monthly.
The eVic V1.2 allows the vaper to set the number of inhalations that can be taken at one time. This customisation is so accurate and precise that even a single inhalation can be personalised. These restrictions will allow the E Liquid and battery to last considerably longer.
The screen displays both the current inhalation number and the remaining inhalations number. With these factors, the users can witness how far through the experience they are. The intelligent technology will measure the resistance of the atomizer that is being used and recommend the ideal output to use.
Furthermore, the eVic allows the user to view the battery life and current voltage of the Electronic Cigarette. This provides total transparency in regards to what the Electronic Cigarette is producing and how it is producing it, allowing the user greater confidence in the control of the device.
It is incredibly simple to increase and decrease the output voltage of the eVic. The display also contains a warning, should the temperature be rising too high. This allows for greater care to be taken of the product which can increase the life span of the Electronic Cigarette. All of the information is provided on a screen known as the eVic Control Head.
All of the settings can be customised by the user from their computer. This makes it a lot simpler for users to receive the vaping experience that they desire.
In a rapidly growing industry; the eVic V1.2 uses software updates to allow the user access to new technologies and breakthroughs. This will allow those who invest in the eVic to stay abreast of the newest electronic cigarette innovations.
This innovation marks another step towards TECC’s ultimate goal of creating an Electronic Cigarette that caters personally for each and every customer.
Joyetech supply a wide range of Electronic Cigarette products and kits from high-quality, respected producers.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|Electronic cigarettes do not have tar, the harmful part of a normal cigarette|
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 normalise 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 inhalator's," 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 atomiser. When the user sucks, the liquid nicotine is vaporised and absorbed through the mouth. What looks like smoke is largely water vapour.Because there is no tobacco in e-cigarettes, there is no tar and it is the tar in ordinary cigarettes that kills.
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 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 effects 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 adverts glamorise 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.
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 don't think there's any difference between going for a caffeine break and having a nicotine break”
"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.
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 normalise 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.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Electronic cigarettes seem to work, psychologically and physically
Since many of my patients have reported using electronic cigarettes to successfully stop smoking, I now recommend the devices to anyone who has tried to quit smoking cold turkey and failed.
And I think it is time that other doctors do, too.
Electronic cigarettes combine a mouthpiece, which contains liquid (including nicotine), an atomizer (which heats the liquid and turns it into vapor), a battery and an LED tip that glows like the tip of a lighted cigarette.
While early versions of the electronic cigarette date back to 1963, with a patent awarded to inventor Herbert Gilbert, the modern versions of electronic cigarettes—the basis for big brands in the industry, such as LOGIC and Blu—were introduced at the beginning of this century.
The reason my patients tell me electronic cigarettes work better than the patch or nicotine gum is that they simulate the act of smoking, but not perfectly. They are good enough to substitute for real cigarettes, but they aren’t good enough to become an addiction, in and of themselves. An analogy in the arena of food addiction would be something low calorie that fills you up enough to prevent bingeing on sweets, gives you some distance from that addiction, but then becomes forgettable, because it isn’t really all that compelling.
It is, of course, imperative that the electronic cigarette be a good-enough fake. And, on this count, LOGIC seems to have a slight psychological advantage, given what patients tell me is a very realistic smoking experience—but not too realistic, as noted above. Interestingly enough, the LOGIC brand seems to be the best-selling one in New York City, perhaps because of these factors.
There is certainly controversy about whether electronic cigarettes are harmless. Critics note that they do, of course, contain nicotine (which is the whole idea, after all). And critics have also found other substances in the vapor released by electronic cigarettes—even cancer-causing substances, but in tiny, tiny amounts that proponents of the devices claim would have no negative effect on well-being at all.
What no one seems to argue about is that electronic cigarettes—from LOGIC or Blu or any leading brand—are not nearly as dangerous as smoking real cigarettes. LOGIC claims its device avoids 4,000 toxins that are found in cigarettes.
Given my experiences and those of numerous clinicians I have spoken with, it would seem to be a good time to conduct large scale clinical trials in which patients who smoke are given electronic cigarettes by their doctors, encouraged to use them and then quizzed on their use of real tobacco weeks and months and years later. If the data generated support the product, then it may be wise for medical insurance companies to offer electronic cigarettes to smokers for free. My bet is they would save lots of money—from the costs of treating heart disease and cancer—down the road.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at
Monday, February 4, 2013
Restocked, New Liquid Flavour and New ProductsHello vapers, we have restock our white eRoll, White eGo Twist and some new liquid flavours. We also offers original eVic 2600mAH battery now. Check out our Product sections and grab some before we go for a long Chinese New Year break.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio lights up an electronic cigarette to get his nicotine fix on film set
He reportedly tried to help friend Robert Pattinson quit smoking at the end of last year.
And Leonardo DiCaprio is seemingly becoming an expert at quitting the bad habit himself as he was spotted puffing on an electronic cigarette on the set of his new movie.
The actor – who is filming The Wolf of Wall Street – could be seen with the nifty device in his hand as he sat inside an eatery in East Harlem, New York.
Leo seemed in good spirits in between recording scenes at Rao's Restaurant, smiling as he got his nicotine fix in a healthier way than using a normal cigarette. The star happily blew out rings of smoke between takes while filming on his last day for new movie.
The 38-year-old was dressed in a suit which he wore a blue shirt and red tie under.
He also hung on to the electronic cigarette as he traipsed the streets in the more casual ensemble of loose blue jeans and a maroon jumper.
Hopefully his Twilight star friend has had the same will power with trying to give up the bad habit himself.
Robert has been close with him since Leo reached out following his Kristen Stewart cheating scandal, asking if he wanted to party.
He was also seen smoking the same thing last May on the set of DJango Unchained.
Unfortunately for him, he plays the role of chain-smoking villain Calvin Candie in the Quentin Tarantino film so it must have been a hard battle between tasting the real thing.
DiCaprio plays a deranged plantation owner in the movie which is about a man trying to rescue his wife from the hands of Leo’s character.
It also stars other big names including Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Want to Quit Smoking? – Big Tobacco Is Ready
If you vowed to stop smoking in 2013, Big Tobacco won't be caught off guard. The industry is quickly moving into the manufacturing and sale of electronic cigarettes, a business which Bonnie Herzog at Wells Fargo said brought in $400 million to $500 million in sales in 2012 and will "at least" double in 2013.
"We're actually predicting that consumption of e-cigs could surpass consumption of traditional cigarettes in the next decade," she said. The technology used in making these tobacco-free, battery-powered products is increasingly making them more lifelike.
"I'm a smoker and I could not quit smoking," said John Cameron, brother of Oscar winning director James Cameron.
About the time James was releasing "Avatar," John decided to get healthy. He took his first puff of an e-cigarette and got hooked. Now he's CEO of Safecig, an e-cigarette company.
"I can tell you that this is a revolutionary product. It will change the human race," he said. "It will change our relation to technology. It will change our relation to addiction."
Safecig uses technology and components which Cameron said are often found in cellphones. These help recreate the look, heat, taste, smell, and feel of smoking tobacco. Even the packaging mimics a regular pack of cigarettes. But instead of "smoking," users inhale liquid nicotine heated into a vapor, without tobacco or tar.
Why bother, when you can buy nicotine gum or patches? Often it's hard to quit because smokers miss the act of smoking. "It's probably 60 to 70 percent — the experience," Cameron said.
Other brands in the space include Njoy and Vapor Corp., which trades as a penny stock. China-based Joyetech has been a pioneer in electronic cigarettes, but as rivals began multiplying last year, the company filed suit against ten American firms, including Safecig, alleging patent violations.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
With New Year right at our door step, many of us are making new resolutions to be fulfilled in the coming year. For those who aim to quit smoking, e-cigarettes are a good deal.
Quitting smoking or any kind of addiction is not really easy. It requires lots of efforts, power, changes in lifestyle and get adapted to daily doings without seeking help of cigarette. However, there is good news for the smokers who always wanted to quit smoking but were not able to do so.
E-cigarette will help you to quit smoking habit in a much better way. Studies suggest that risks linked to the Electronic cigarettes are much lower than that of smoking. Another study carried out by the American Association of Public Health Physicians asserted that it can help in saving about four million people from the tobacco-related sickness in coming twenty years.
Its basic ingredients are propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, the natural flavors, and nicotine. It's comparatively cleaner and isn't toxic at all. It will also help non-smokers escape the second-hand smoke as vaporizes the smoke and eliminates all the smell.
"I definitely enjoy it. When I come down here it's kind of an irritant and your clothes kind of smell. It's usually just a hassle", said Daniel Weatherby, a resident and non-smoker from Morgantown.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
When I used to smoke, I only knew that I was addicted to tobacco cigarettes and that’s it. Little did I know, I was addicted to much more. If you’re a tobacco cigarette smoker, then here’s a list of what you’re addicted to.
The act of blowing smoke from your mouth
The act of inhaling smoke
The act of holding a cigarette
The act of placing a cigarette to your mouth
The reason it’s so hard for smokers to quit smoking is because they’re addicted to a cigarette is so many ways. Not only do you have to remove yourself from the many chemicals that make up a tobacco cigarette, but you also have to deal with not doing something you’ve made a part of your life for so long.
Trial & Error
If you’re serious about quitting smoking, then I’m sure you’ve tried other ways of tobacco harm reduction. There are many products like lozenges and patches, including other means by undergoing acupuncture and even hypnosis. Though it is great that you’re persistent this trial and error tends to result in failure. There isn’t anything wrong with the trial and error to quit smoking, but the best advice anyone can give you is research thoroughly before taking action.
To get an edge on the process to quit smoking is becoming aware of your surroundings. And, not to make you feel bad or anything, but look at those around you that have to deal with your habit on a daily basis or even on occasion. Once you’ve completely removed yourself from tobacco cigarettes you’ll become a bit more aware and find yourself saying “I can’t believe I used to smoke!”. Remember, this is your habit and none of your family, friends, co-workers and other bystanders asked to deal with it. To someone who isn’t a smoker, you smell like burnt chemicals and the smoke coming from your cigarette smells horrible and is very offensive (in my opinion). A bit blunt, but this is something you need to be aware of.
In order to quit smoking, you must have the want to quit smoking. Saying you’re going to quit is easy, but really and truly wanting to quit is what will push you through the journey. To quit smoking it takes a lot of dedication, will power and most of all… the want.
Discover Electronic Cigarettes
After you’ve tried many other tobacco harm reduction products, you’ll soon discover electronic cigarettes, especially now more than ever. Electronic Cigarettes have become very popular even with big tobacco companies, one being Lorillard (makers of Newport), who has recently purchased blu Ecigs. First off, Electronic Cigarettes is what finally did it for me. I’m satisfying all my addictions excluding the 4000+ harmful chemicals that are in tobacco cigarettes. I’ve now been using electronic cigarettes for almost 2 years now and not once have I picked up a tobacco cigarette nor needed anything else to crave my nicotine addiction. E-Cigs have no foul oder and contains no harmful toxins or carcinogens. I could go on and on about electronic cigarettes, but the best thing to do is to discover them yourself.
Now that you’ve read what you’re addicted to, how people around you feel about it, some things you may go through to quit, having the want and discovering electronic cigarettes, the next step for you is to… quit smoking. Good luck on your journey.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Some people are not sure how to find the best electronic cigarette for their intents and purposes. If you want to find the best one, then you have to take your time. Think about what you need in life. Do you want to quit smoking with less withdrawals? Then take your time and figure out what you can do to make this into a good situation.
Think of Your Family With the Electronic Cigarette
Finding the Strength Within
There are a lot of ways that you can find the strength that you need. You want to find the ways that you can figure out this type of situation for the future and so that you can figure out how to smoke less or not at all. Having the electronic cigarette gives you the choice of being able to have nicotine while not being too dependent on it and also having a good situation for yourself and you can feel great about it.
Making The Right Choice
Think about the various brands of electronic cigarette. You can find that there are a lot of different ones and you want to find the one that is right for you. This means that you should figure out what is right based on the things that you can read online. Can you find reviews about various ones so that you can end up with the best type of thing? This is a great way to make a good choice.
You should always think about the things that matter most. This is a good way to make a good thing happen for your future when it comes to quitting smoking. You want to quit without too much hardship if possible.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
By Rodger Mullen
Andy Stockert loves his cigars. But he can't smoke them in the Harnett County barn where he keeps his horses.
So a couple of years ago, Stockert switched to electronic cigarettes. He puffs them when he can't light up the cigars he prefers.
Beyond the practical benefit of being able to smoke in places where it's normally outlawed, Stockert says e-cigarettes have other advantages over traditional smoking.
"They don't leave that nasty breath," Stockert said. "They don't leave an odor when you use them."
Since North Carolina banned most indoor smoking in January 2010, e-cigarettes have emerged as an alternative. Smokers have been lighting them up in bars and restaurants, where tobacco is not permitted.
"I see people walking around smoking them all the time," said Ben Anstead, manager of Anstead's Tobacco Co. in Cross Creek Mall. "I've had a number of people who say, 'If you're going to smoke, smoke an e-cigarette.' "
Electronic cigarettes are electrical or battery-powered inhalers that vaporize a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, which the user inhales. They contain no tobacco, but most do use nicotine.
The amount of nicotine in an e-cigarette varies depending on the type of liquid used. Some solutions contain no nicotine, while others have as much or even more than regular cigarettes.
The cigarettes come with chargers that can be plugged into home or car adapters. Many companies offer a variety of flavors, including tobacco, menthol or even grape and strawberry.
Anstead said he started selling e-cigarettes a few years ago. He said there was an initial flurry of interest in the product, but it gradually subsided over time.
"We used to have a waiting list," he said. "We couldn't get them in fast enough."
Anstead said he attributes the drop-off in sales to the fact that more places, including many convenience stores, are now selling e-cigarettes. Today, Anstead said he probably sells four or five kits a month of Encore brand e-cigarettes.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Anti-Smoking Advocates are Widely Misleading the Public into Thinking that Electronic Cigarette Use is a Form of Smoking
In BBC News article about electronic cigarettes, anti-smoking advocates from three leading national tobacco control organizations are misleading the public into thinking that vaping is a form of smoking and that electronic cigarette use is essentially the acceptance of, and adoption of smoking.
According to the article, here are the reactions of three of the leading national tobacco control organizations to the emergence and skyrocketing growth of the electronic cigarette market:
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
"'It feels like what they're trying to do is re-establish a norm that smoking is okay, that smoking is glamorous and acceptable,' says Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights."
American Legacy Foundation
"The blu advert stokes the spirit of rebellion that appealed to smokers when they first started as adolescents, says David Abrams, executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy, an anti-tobacco organisation. This time around, instead of defying parents and teachers, the ad encourages smokers to rebel against more recent anti-smoking social norms. 'They're capitalising on that with adult smokers by basically saying 'don't let society tell you what to do',' Abrams says. 'You have the freedom to smoke. Thumb your nose at the anti-smoking policies and the FDA.'"
The Rest of the Story
What all three of these national tobacco control organizations apparently fail to understand is that using electronic cigarettes is not smoking. On the contrary, it is avoiding the use of cigarettes. The overwhelming reason why smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes is because they want to reduce or eliminate the number of cigarettes that they smoke. Every time a vaper uses an electronic cigarette, he or she is passing up an opportunity to smoke. By definition, using electronic cigarette use reduces cigarette use. Far from promoting smoking, advertisements that promote electronic cigarette use are urging smokers not to smoke -- but to switch to electronic cigarettes instead.
In fact, the emergence and growth of electronic cigarettes is not a boon to cigarette smoking, it is a serious threat. To successfully market electronic cigarettes, companies need to get smokers to switch away from smoking and towards vaping. Electronic cigarettes are primarily designed for smoking cessation or cigarette use reduction. In the first clinical trial of these products, 54% of smokers who were unmotivated to quit were successful in either quitting smoking completely or cutting down on their smoking by more than half.
In exactly what way does the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and American Legacy Foundation consider this tremendous reduction in smoking to be a rebellion against the idea of not smoking and an encouragement of smokers to continue to smoke.
Nothing could be further from the truth. It's exactly the opposite of what each of these three organizations is saying.
How could these organizations be lying to the public in such a blatant manner?
The answer appears to be ideology.
Each of these three anti-smoking organizations appears to be blinded by an ideology that defines smoking as going through the hand motions associated with holding and smoking a cigarette, regardless of whether the person is actually smoking. Apparently, even if the person has quit smoking completely, she is still smoking if she goes through the hand motions.
Are these organizations really committed to saving lives, or are they just trying to prevent hand motions? Sadly, it appears that it is the hand motions that are bothering them. We can't have those hand motions going on that look like smoking. Even if those hand motions are saving hundreds of lives by getting smokers off of a product that may well kill them.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Electronic cigarettes do not utilize combustion to produce vapor. They heat a liquid comprised of vegetable glycerin (I guarantee you are within 50 feet of a product containing vegetable glycerin as you read this), propylene glycol (used in the medical field for non-water soluble medications and in respiratory treatments for decades upon decades) and flavoring that have been used in foods as well as electronic cigarettes.
If you read through these articles and the studies they are talking about (links are in the articles), you'll find that not only are the amounts of nicotine and other chemicals not harmful to bystanders, but that they were, in fact, immeasurable by the instruments used to conduct the studies.
I also feel that it is simply incorrect, let alone unfairly biased toward unfair views of electronic cigarettes, to refer to the second-hand vapor as "smoke." It is not smoke. There is no burning. There is no fire. What you put into an electronic cigarette is exactly what you get out.
Nicotine in and of itself is not harmful. It is actually a fairly mild cousin of caffeine. The only real negative affect of nicotine is its addiction potential. which, in tobacco products such as cigarettes, is increased due to MAOIs produced through the combustion of some of the thousands of chemicals in tobacco smoke. Electronic cigarettes are, as far as the studies show us so far, about as dangerous as drinking a cup of coffee in a humid room.
I hope you take the time to read this and really look into the studies and articles I've provided you. The amount of negative coverage about electronic cigarettes lately makes me absolutely infuriated. It is unfair for these factually incorrect, ignorant claims to be circulated while the media does its best to ignore all of the positive aspects of electronic cigarettes which are, as you may have guessed, actually true. We can't say for sure, at this point, that electronic cigarettes are 100 percent safe, but they can never be as bad as tobacco. Leading people to believe that tobacco is the preferable option to electronic cigarettes will cost millions of lives, and it's up to people like me and other electronic cigarette users to stand up to all of this negativity.
Brad Ganley • Belleville
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Aug. 28, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- Electronic cigarettes do not appear to be bad for your heart, according to the first study to look at the effects of smoking e-cigarettes on heart function.
The devices -- battery-powered metal cartridges that simulate the effect of smoking by heating nicotine-containing liquid into vapor -- can be helpful to smokers trying to kick the habit, says researcher Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece.
"Considering the hazards associated with cigarette smoking, currently available data suggest that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful, and substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes may be beneficial to health," he says.
Speaking here at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, Farsalinos acknowledges that the study was short and small -- only 22 people were studied immediately before and after using the devices.
Another small study shows that e-cigarettes may have short-term harmful effects on lung function, he says.
Many more people have to be studied for much longer before any firm conclusions can be made about the safety of electronic cigarettes, Farsalinos says.
Still, e-cigarettes are the only smoking cessation aids that satisfy both sides of addiction: the chemical craving for nicotine and "the psychological addiction that comes from having something in your hand, lighting it, and inhaling and exhaling it," he says. "Preliminary studies show this [two-pronged attack] helps people to quit."