Electronic Cigarettes and E-Liquid – Everything You Need To Know
Is using an electronic cigarette like smoking? An e cigarette, or electronic cigarette, can deliver an amount of nicotine similar to that of a cigarette, depending on the strength of the E-Liquid. An e cigarette is similar to smoking but there is no combustion and the vapour produced gives only a very slight odour. Unlike ‘stop smoking’ products, an e-cigarette still provides a smoker with the satisfaction of holding something, and taking the same ‘inhaling’ action. Is it safe to use an e cigarette? As yet, there has been no credible research carried out, and the research that has been conducted has been discredited by some scientists. However, what is known is that the constituents of E-Liquid are completely safe in themselves, those being Vegetable Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, flavourings and of course nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and classed as a poison in its pure form as most smokers know, but is not carcinogenic. It is one of thousands of chemicals produced when tobacco is burnt, but in itself is harmless. What are the benefits of using an e cigarette? Health - Dr Martin Siegel, a Professor at Boston University School of Public Health reports that the majority of people who use e cigarettes find an immediate and dramatic improvement in their health. Personally, since the team at Viking have changed to ecigarettes we’ve noticed our lung function has improved and we feel fitter and cleaner – but try one for yourself, and see how you feel? Money - Not only that a 30ml bottle of E-Liquid which equates to at least 300 cigarettes costs 90% less than the cheapest low brand cigarettes. Family and friends – no stale tobacco smells and no residual carcinogens. How do I choose an E-Liquid? E-Liquid comes in different strengths from 0 to 36 mg per ml. E-Liquid comes in a variety of flavours including fruit and tobacco and is made up of known non carcinogenic products.
What is the shelf life of E-Liquid? E-Liquid should be kept in a cool dark place and is best kept in the fridge where it will last for at least two years. How do I know when to refill my cartridge? Most cartridges are clear plastic and you will see whether it is getting low on E-Liquid. Do not allow your cartridge to run dry or you will burn the wick and render your atomizer useless. Can I smoke electronic cigarettes anywhere in the UK? In theory it is legal to use an e cigarette anywhere. However it is entirely a matter of discretion for the owner/manager/staff of pubs, clubs, cinemas, cafes etc. We ask that you are sensitive to the wishes of those in charge of such premises who may not want people using e cigarettes in their premises as other customers may object. Are electronic cigarettes smoking cessation products? E cigarettes are not officially classed as a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) but should be viewed as an alternative to smoking tobacco. We are not allowed to market them as NRT. Are electronic cigarettes healthier than regular cigarettes? We are not allowed to make any claims that electronic cigarettes are healthier than normal cigarettes as there is not yet any definitive evidence that they are. What we can say is that there are somewhere between 4000 and 10,000 chemicals produced when burning tobacco, 60 or so of which are cancer forming. We know that smokers die younger, that 80,000 people a year in the UK alone die from smoking. You therefore have to use your own judgment as we have. Do electronic cigarettes require any maintenance? E cigarettes respond well to some simple maintenance to keep the products working well, and full instructions are provided upon purchase. Are there health issues I should be aware of regarding electronic cigarettes? You should consult your Doctor if you are unsure about e cigarettes and your health especially if you are pregnant, suffering from high blood pressure or any heart disease or respiratory problem. How Does an Electronic Cigarette Work? Electronic cigarettes use a small battery powered atomizer which contains a small metal coil that heats up to vaporize a drop or two of E-Liquid held in a cartridge. The vaporized liquid is inhaled just like smoking a real cigarette and the effect is very similar to that of smoking a "real" cigarette. The vapour that's inhaled may or may not contain Nicotine, depending on what E-Liquid you are using. If the E-Liquid you've chosen contains Nicotine, it will be inhaled with the vaporized liquid as well. E-Liquid is a mixture of mainly Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerine or a mixture of both with Nicotine and various flavourings added. E-Liquid is supplied in various Nicotine strengths from 0mg to 36mg.
Some electronic cigarettes have automatic batteries that contain an airflow sensor which turns the battery on when air is drawn through the atomizer. Others have a manual battery with a switch but work the same. The smoker draws air through the electronic cigarette's body and a vapour is produced similar to the smoke produced by a traditional cigarette. On many electronic cigarettes, the tip glows red or more commonly blue to indicate it is not a cigarette. Just like smoking a cigarette the vaporized liquid is drawn into your lungs, giving you the sensation of smoking a "real" cigarette but without the thousands of chemicals produced in the combustion process of tobacco smoking. About the Author: Viking Ecigs are a UK based online retailer of e-cigarettes, e-liquid and other accessories. If you would like to find out more about the benefits of electronic cigarettes in then why not visit their website at www.vikingecigs.co.uk.