What to Consider when Choosing e-Liquid

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There are two main factors to consider when choosing e-liquid: flavor and strength. It’s important to find just the right type of e-liquid in order to have a satisfying vaping experience. As with food, trying new e-liquid flavors can be enjoyable. It’s good to be exposed to different taste possibilities so that you know what you find enjoyable and can switch it up from time to time. Changing e-liquid flavors is a small shift that can make a big difference in your day, and being sure to keep the appropriate nicotine level ensures vapers that they’re vaping in the most satisfying way possible.

 

E-liquid flavors:

With the wide range of e-liquid flavors available, choosing one that’s right for you can be difficult. When experimenting with new flavors, it’s always best to make sure to keep in stock some of the old flavors that are guaranteed to be enjoyable, as it would be unfortunate to be stuck without any other option for however long it takes to order new cartomizers should the new flavor be unpalatable.

New vapers might have a hard time switching if their e-cigarettes don’t taste like tobacco, so starting with a full-flavor or menthol-style e-cigarette is usually ideal. As the sense of taste is restored/ heightened, most vapers find the array of flavors enticing. Generally, the most enjoyable flavors can be guessed based on those that sound the most appealing to the individual. However, many vaping shops and mall kiosks allow potential customers to sample flavors they’re interested in before investing in their product. If your trusted e-cigarette distributor is online exclusively, or you’re not in range of their walk-in store, it might be a good idea to try flavors at a kiosk or store near you that are similar to those provided by your preferred e-cigarette vendor in order to get a sense for the flavor.

Once an appealing flavor is identified, consumers can take advantage of bulk discounts from many distributors. Nuvocig, for instance, offers a reduction of 30% per package when 5 packages are purchased at once. The savings Nuvocig offers increase according to the number of packs bought together.

 

Choosing nicotine strength

Nicotine strength is an important choice for vapers. Too little nicotine can lead to less satisfying vapes, which can cause you to feel the need to vape more than you’d like, meaning cartomizers won’t last as long and you’ll have to order them more often. Too much nicotine can be overwhelming; the throat hit can be too strong, and the vaper could feel light-headed and dizzy. Unfiltered cigarettes correspond to the highest nicotine strength in e-liquid, and ultra-lights correspond to the lowest. No-nicotine options are available as well, when you feel ready to be free from nicotine altogether. Many vapers enjoy flavor options so much, and are so taken with vaping that they continue to use the product without nicotine. It allows them to fulfill the social and tactile functions that vaping (and at one time, smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes) fulfilled for them in the past, without the chemical addiction.

E-Cigarette Safety: Safe in More Ways than One

When discussions of e-cigarette safety take place, they usually concern the health of the individual “vaper” (since e-cigs don’t produce smoke, the term “smoker” is a misnomer). This, naturally, is the first question surrounding the safety of e-cigarettes. While individual health is an important element in a responsible answer, there are other aspects to consider: are e-cigarettes safe for my family? Are they safe for the environment? Will they be conducive to a better social life? When these questions are answered, a truer, bigger picture of electronic cigarette safety shows itself.

E-Cigarettes and Your Health

Vapers who decide to consume e-cigarette liquid with nicotine added will experience the usual side-effects of that drug: primarily temporary blood pressure and heart rate changes and neurological effects that could be both positive (increased focus) or negative (lightheadedness). Thankfully, e-cigarettes allow the amount of nicotine intake to be controlled so that the user can establish their optimal amount. Looking at the contents of e-juices, the safety of e-cig devices is relatively clear when compared to the contents of traditional cigarettes. However, some products, particularly those which are mass-produced abroad, come with a slight risk of additional trace ingredients that could be harmful. The studies that have tested this indicate that harmful trace chemicals are quite rare.

 

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Friends, Family, Relationships

The secondhand “smoke” produced by e-cigarettes is anything but. Rather, it is exhaled water vapor, which will have a mild smell and is many magnitudes less complex and harmful than secondhand smoke from tobacco cigarettes. A vaper’s breath is unaffected by their e-cig, as are their clothes, and the inside of their homes. On dates, at family outings, when socializing, a vaper is easier to spend time around. Many smokers with children or non-smoking spouses and friends have a difficult choice to make when faced with road trips or other time spent together in a small space: do they light up in the car and risk the health of their loved ones, or sacrifice efficiency by making smoke break pit stops? With e-cigarettes, this is no longer a concern; not only do e-cigarettes make you and the space around you healthier, they’ll improve your social life as well!

 

Environmental Safety

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Fire: Smoking is one of the largest causes of house fires in the United States. Most start in the bedroom or living room, and certain household furnishings that are particularly flammable, like curtains, tend to allow the fire to spread more quickly. Cigarette butts can also start forest fires when the wooded areas are dry due to drought or natural aridity. The chemicals in cigarette butts pollute waterways, and filters are not easily broken down in nature. The amount of paper used in cigarette production is very high as well. In this article, we took a more in-depth look at the environmental impact of cigarettes and the increased sustainability that’s possible with e-cigarettes.

Safety Concerns

Like any electronic, battery-operated device, there are some risks with e-cigarettes. Misuse of the battery, particularly if it’s punctured, dropped, or otherwise mishandled, or if paired with the wrong charging source, can cause dangerous malfunctions. As with any other product, there’s also a risk of malfunction due to a production error; these events are unfortunate and infrequent, and in order to prevent their occurrence reading manufacturers’ instructions and ensuring device compatibility is always the best choice.

Scientific Research on Electronic Cigarettes : Stay Informed

Critics of the e-cigarette industry tend to claim that there has been insufficient research published on the safety of electronic cigarettes for mass consumption. While it’s true that scientific literature on e-cigarettes is not as comprehensive as that for traditional tobacco products and nicotine replacement therapies, it is by no means accurate to say that no scientific research has been conducted.

What’s out there generally falls under two distinct types of studies: experiential surveys and follow-ups from people who have vaped in order to reduce their nicotine habit or eliminate it completely/studies that track the short-term health effects paired with using electronic nicotine delivery systems (often abbreviated to ENDS in scientific & industry literature), and studies that analyze the chemical composition of e-cigarette vapor and track how those chemicals are processed within the body.

Current research is lacking, however, on certain subjects related to e-cigarette consumption. The long-term health effects have not yet been fully analyzed because the industry is young and even the first vapers haven’t yet been pursuing their habit for ten years. Little is known about the social effects of electronic cigarettes; some claim that they influence young people and non-smokers, but without scientific backing these claims are tenuous at best. Studies that analyze the contents of e-cigarette vapor and the exhaled product exist (to varying degrees) but none are able to make an industry-wide claim, as lack of quality regulation has led to products of variable quality. Some e-juices might have more trace amounts of heavy metals than others because the place and quality of their production can vary so drastically. Let’s take a look at some important research on electronic cigarettes that has already been conducted:

 

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Examples of Key Industry Research

  • Researchers in Italy recently conducted a study on E-Cigarette usage which concluded that e-cigarettes were an effective means of smoking cessation. The participants of the study were normal smokers who hadn’t expressed the desire to stop smoking. Similar studies conducted with other nicotine replacement methods yielded similar results, furthering the notion that e-cigarettes are effective in cessation therapies. The hope is that, instead of classifying them as medicinal devices, they will share a legal status with nicotine patches or gum, and will remain freely exchanged over the counter.
  • In May of 2013, a study called ClearStream-LIFE analyzed the toxicological effects of e-cigarette vapor, concluding that some e-liquid formulas contained toxins, but the worst-performing among them was still “795% better” than traditional tobacco cigarette chemicals. The test was conducted on living tissue samples and suggested more clinical trials involving humans should come about.
  • A study by the British Psychological Society reported that e-cigarette use could possibly improve memory and mood alongside craving reduction.
  • In April of 2010, the American Association of Public Health Professionals released an official approval of e-cigarette sales to adults. Their report claims that “the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of tobacco-related illnesses over the next twenty years.”
  • Research conducted by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos in Greece showed that e-cigarettes did not have any adverse effects on ventricular function in the heart (where analog cigarettes showed acute impairment), and lower elevations of blood pressure from e-cigarette use than with tobacco cigarettes.

More information about recent studies on e-cigarette composition and consumption can be found here.