Monthly Archives: November 2012

Patterns of electronic cigarette use and user beliefs about their safety and benefits: An Internet survey

A new study name “Patterns of electronic cigarette use and user beliefs about their safety and benefits: An Internet survey” has been published.  The study was an Internet survey aimed at gathering scientific data regarding how e-cigarettes are used and how those users perceive them. The summarized conclusion from the study authors reads:

The participants primarily used e-cigarettes as a stop-smoking aid or as an alternative to conventional cigarettes, and the majority reported that they successfully stopped smoking. More data on e-cigarette safety and its efficacy in harm-reduction and smoking cessation are needed.

Bill Godshall from SmokeFree Pennsylvania added further details:

Survey of 179 Polish e-cigarette users finds 66% of users no longer smoked any cigarettes and 25% smoked fewer than 5 cigarettes per day, 41% primarily used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, 41% primarily used e-cigarettes to reduce harm associated with smoking, and 82% believed e-cigarettes to be less hazardous than cigarette smoking.

The survey results are not surprising to most vapers or those familiar with e-cigarettes or those who use them.

The study details can be found here.

Coupon Code For E-Cigarettes at SmokeInstead.ca

e-cigarette coupon codeWe are pleased to offer our readers a discount code for 15% off all orders at www.smokeinstead.ca, the premier website for e-cigarettes and vaping accessories in Canada.  When checking out you will see a space to type in a coupon code.  Just use the code 15discount and a 15% discount will automatically be calculated from your order total.  The code can be used on any products including the Aurora PV One kit, the Joyetech eGo-T kit, cartridges or e-liquid.

If you live in Canada and smoke tobacco cigarettes, you will be happy you tried an electronic cigarette.  Not only can they generally be used where smoking is prohibited, but they are also cheaper than “analogue” cigarettes.  Try one today at www.smokeinstead.ca using the code 15discount!

Free Electronic Cigarettes?

electronic cigarette free trialIf you are looking for electronic cigarettes online, it is hard not to come across an offer for “free electronic cigarettes” or “free starter kit” or some sort of trial offer.  Tempting to be sure, but two old adages come to mind; if it seems to good to be true it probably is and you get what you pay for.  These so called freebies can turn out to cost you more time and money than you think.  Here is how most work, although I am sure there are other methods with the same outcome.

You sign up with your information and credit card with the promise of receiving a free e-cig starter kit.  These kits may or may not be quality.  You also agree to a monthly subscription to receive cartridges on a monthly basis.  This is analogous to the old buy a CD for a penny scam.  At first glance it seems like a great deal since you will of course need new cartridges for as long as you continue vaping.  The issue arises when you decide to not continue receiving cartridges for one reason or another.  It may be because the unit broke or you moved on to a different model or you simply don’t vape anymore.  When you try to cancel you subscription and subsequently monthly billing, you can’t get a hold of customer service or even if you do the billing doesn’t stop.

This is compounded when you compare the cost of cartridges for “free” starter kits compared to those provided by reputable companies or especially compared to the cost of buying e-liquid and refilling your own cartridges.   Companies don’t make money by giving away electronic cigarettes and they do make money.  So obviously they make enough from the cartridges to cover the cost of the kits.

Don’t get fooled.  E-Cigarette kits cost money.  If you want to vape, buy one.  If you want a free one, dream on…..maybe the best things in life are free but electronic cigarettes are not.

If you are looking for electronic cigarettes, here are some companies with good product and good reputations:  V2 Cigs, Green Smoke, Dragonfly Ecigs, Aurora Cigs, Joyetech.

The Biggest Misconceptions About Electronic Cigarettes

Here are the most quoted and wrong ideas about electronic cigarettes:e-cigarette misinformation

1.  It’s water vapour

No….it’s not.  Creating water vapour would mean boiling water, which e-cigs do not do.  The majority of the vapour is made up of propylene glycol lesser amounts of other compounds such as glycerin, nicotine (if nicotine e-liquid is vaporized) and the make up of the flavoring.  He is a study done on the second hand vapour produced from an electronic cigarette.

2.  The FDA found cancer causing chemicals in e-cigarettes.

They found trace amounts of smoke TSNAs in some samples.  They quantities they found pose no threat to human health.  Detectable levels of TSNAs can also be found in nicotine gum.  An analysis of the FDA testing on e-cigs can be found here.

3.  E-Cigarettes are banned in Canada.

No, only e-cigarettes with cartridges that contain nicotine are banned.  E-Cigarettes work just fine with no nicotine e-liquid.

4. Without nicotine, electronic cigarettes serve no purpose.

If smokers just wanted nicotine, then the nicotine gum would have 100% success rate helping smokers quit.  But they don’t.  So is it the action of smoking they want?  Is it the “break” they get when they smoke?  Whatever the answer is for each individual smoker; the e-cigarette does closely mimic the action of smoking…..with or without nicotine.

5. Flavored e-liquid and cartridges entice children to use e-cigarettes.

I suppose flavored vodka gets kids drinking?   I doubt it.  Kids don’t smoke or drink because it tastes good.

6.  We just don’t know what’s in an electronic cigarette.

Yes we do.  Many tests have been done.  Click here for some e-cig testing.  Or just know that e-liquid must contain a majority of propylene glycol and/or glycerin in order to work at all.  The rest of the ingredients are water and optionally flavoring and nicotine.

 

If you hear of other misconceptions, drop us a note or leave a comment here and we will try to further curb the mass amount of mis-information about electronic cigarettes.

Former Smoker Wants End To E-Cigarette Ban In Canada

no vapingRussell Daikens is not alone.  He wants Health Canada to end it’s ban on electronic cigarettes that contain nicotine.  He smoked for 50 years at two packs per day.  Quick math tells us he smoked about 730,000 tobacco cigarettes over this period….and that is at 20 cigarettes per pack, while many come in 25.  But in January he found the e-cig and never turned back.  The story appear in this news article on metronews.ca.

It’s not hard to see why Russell is an advocate for the new vaping technology.  He is a retired sailor who’s health was obviously adversely effected by smoking.  But now, Russell says “I’m done hacking and coughing, and haven’t touched a cigarette since.”  But he, like other former smokers, is concerned about the supply of nicotine e-liquid for their e-cigarettes.  Although none nicotine liquid and the vaping units themselves can be found online at such retailers as www.smokeinstead.ca, the nicotine refill liquid is banned.  And those attempting to import across the Canadian border risk having Canadian Customs seize their shipment.  Hardly seems far to those who gave up smoking.  Russell speculates why Health Canada is against the new “smoking” product, “You’re up against Big Tobacco, and you’re up against the government, too, because they want their revenue.”  The real reason may never be known, but let’s look at their current reasoning:

Although these electronic smoking products may be marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco products and, in some cases, as an aid to quitting smoking, electronic smoking products may pose risks such as nicotine poisoning and addiction,” Health Canada said, in a statement.

Funny that Health Canada is worried about nicotine addiction when they authorize the sale of tobacco cigarettes, which have nicotine.  They also approved many other products with nicotine in them such as nicotine gum and patches.  And the concern over nicotine poisoning is unlikely.  In fact it has never happened.  E-Cigarettes have been used in North America for over 5 years without one case of nicotine poisoning.  This is not to say it is a none issue.  If a user where to drink a bottle of e-liquid with nicotine, it would be very, very dangerous.  But banning (rather than regulating) e-cigarettes because of potential consumer misuse is analogous to banning mouthwash because of the off chance someone would drink it in quantities that would harm them.  Reasonable regulation and labeling would seem to be a more logical course of action.

So will Health Canada re-consider it’s ban on electronic cigarettes with nicotine?  It seems unlikely until someone ponies up the money to make it a pharmaceutical product.  And even then, sales would likely be limited to pharmacies.  For Russell’s sake, and  for the sake of every other smoker in Canada, we hope Health Canada looks at the e-cigarette as a blessing, not a danger.