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Will The FDA Rules For E-Cigarette Effect Canada?

If you follow the new in the electronic cigarette world, you know that the FDA has been hesitant, to put it nicely, about the e-cigarette. They have attempted to block it’s market categorization of a tobacco product, unsuccessfully.  They have attempted to deter smokers from using it using their own brand of science….with partial success.  But with the court cases over and their mandate handed down from Congress, they will soon be enacting rules and regulations regarding the use and sale of electronic cigarettes.  The specifics of these rules are not yet clear including the means by which they are available for sale, whether the regulations will encompass all parts of the e-cigarette (batteries, atomizers, cartomizers, e-liquid, bottles of e-liquid, etc), or even if they will be taxed similar to other tobacco products.  Some industry experts are skeptical about how the FDA will proceed.  As Bill Godshall of SmokeFree Pennsylvania states:

FDA issues notice of intent to propose “deeming” regulation by April of 2013 (to apply Chapter IX of FSPTCA to e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, shisha/hookah and other tobacco products not currently subject to Chapter IX regulations) “and to specifiy additional restrictions.”
The question for Canadian vapers and current smokers looking for a change should be, “will this change the current situation  and stance of Health Canada regarding e-cigarettes in Canada?”  If history is a factor, then yes, it will.  US law often affects Canadian laws.  Our border is long and trade is free.  This creates a situation where adopting US laws is often easier and cheaper than creating our own from scratch.  Another factor are the companies involved is such products.  Since the e-cigarette will be officially a tobacco product in the US, US tobacco companies will be taking advantage of the situation (Lorillard and Reynolds already are).  These companies may push for entry into the Canadian market under the same regulations they operate under south of the border.
And our thoughts?  It is likely in the future Canada will classify and allow e-cigarettes with nicotine as a tobacco product.  We do hope they consider the science behind different tobacco products to allow the greatest possible exposure of electronic cigarettes to current smokers in Canada.  And remember, we’re all in this together. (Red Green)

Puff Count Per E-Cigarette – The Real Story

We have been in the e-cigarette business for many years now, in one form or another.  And during that time one thing has been consistent – the inconsistency of puff count claims.  Many e-cig suppliers make outlandish claims of “200 puffs per cartridge” or more.  Although in recent years there have been some developments in cartomizer technology that have allowed for higher puff counts, the vast majority of electronic cigarettes contain far less puffs than advertised.  This discrepancy may come from marketing hype or direct from a manufacturer who based their count on a machine test, which rarely indicated real world use.  Below are some general guidelines to figure out how many puffs your e-cigarette cartridge should realistically give you.  Please remember the exact puff count will vary based on the exact e-cigarette model and user habits.

If you have a three piece e-cig model such as the original Njoy or Smoking Everywhere then you likely have a cartridge that can be detached from the atomizer.  Inside you will see a cotton wick to soak up and hold the e-liquid.  These cartridges can be refilled multiple times and usually hold enough e-liquid for 12 to 20 puffs.

If you have a cartomizer style electronic cigarette, then the atomizer and cartridge are one piece.  These “cartomizers” should really only be used once.  Multiple uses by refilling them can lead to burning of the wick on the inside, which means you will be inhaling stuff as bad as tobacco cigarettes.  Cartomizers hold more e-liquid than regular cartridges.  Puff counts range, depending the on the actual size of the cartomizer, between 20 and 40 puffs.  Many newer brands sold in convenience stores use this cartomizer system, including disposables.

The last style is a tank system.  This is where the e-liquid is contained within a tank with no wick.  Models range from the Joyetech eGo-T to those with “clearomizers” which is a tank system with the heating element enclosed within the tank.  Tanks hold much more e-liquid than either cartridges or cartomizers.  Normal puff counts range from 50 puffs and up, depending on the tank size.

We hope these general guidelines help you pick the right e-cigarette model for your needs and help you avoid being disappointed with purely marketing driven claims.

E-Cigarette Cartridge and Atomizer System

E-Cigarette Cartridge and Atomizer System

E-Cigarette Cartomizer System

E-Cigarette Cartomizer System

E-Cigarette Tank System

E-Cigarette Tank System

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.

Prefilled Cartridges or Use E-Liquid?

Other than the many models, styles, and sizes of electronic cigarettes, there is also the question of whether to use already filled e-cig cartridges or to use e-liquid and fill your own cartridges.  Here are some pros and cons of both options:

Prefilled Cartridges:

Pros: convenient to use, less mess than filling with e-liquid, ensures cartridges are completely full

Cons: more expensive than filling your own cartridges

Using E-liquid to Fill Cartridges:

Pros: cheaper than buying new cartridges every time they run out, can try different e-liquids easily

Cons: can be messy until you have experience filling cartridges, chance of over/under filling which can damage your electronic cigarette

Both options for vaping your e-cigarette work much better than smoking tobacco cigarettes 😉 Make your decision and start using an electronic cigarette today! And remember, you can always start with prefilled cartridges to make life easier and move to filling your own cartridges at your leisure.