E-cigarettes have been a subject of much controversy lately. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, here is a list of most of those so-called “facts” you’ve seen published all over the Internet and media:

E-cigarettes contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze

The chemical which they are referring to is propylene glycol, an ingredient recognized as safe for human consumption by both the EU health authorities and the FDA. It is sometimes used in antifreeze to actually make it less harmful if accidentally swallowed. And by the way, water is being used in antifreeze as well.

E-cigarettes still deliver nicotine, a dangerous carcinogen

The reason of tobacco becoming so popular in the 1600s, along with tea & coffee (for their caffeine), was that nicotine is a powerful stimulant. Obvious enough, it affects tons of systems. Less obvious is that nicotine has many beneficial effects and is not now, nor has it ever been a carcinogen. The infamous deadliness of smoking would seem to be solely from the smoke, not the nicotine.

Second-hand e-cigarette vapor poses a health risk to bystanders

The studies done to date have found that the levels of contaminants detected in e-cigarette vapor are so low that it is highly doubtful they would even pose a health risk. Additionally, vaporized vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol are slightly heavier than tobacco smoke, and therefore do not remain airborne nearly as long as does the product of tobacco combustion.

There haven’t been any serious studies about e-cigarettes yet

E-cigarettes have been studied by reputable scientific organizations for over ten years now, and we encourage you to do your own research:

- Clinical research
- Lab reports
- Scientific opinion

E-cigarettes are a “gateway” to traditional, tobacco cigarette smoking

Considering that e-cigarettes are perceived as a health concession for adults, the high startup costs and the easy accessibility of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes are unlikely to appeal to new smokers in significant numbers. Additionally, given the fact that the current users claim that vaping makes tobacco smoke taste considerably foul, in the unlikely event that a new smoker chooses tobacco cigarettes over electronic cigarettes, the chance they will find tobacco smoking more appealing is even smaller.

There’s a big chance of an e-cigarette exploding while being used

E-cigarettes have batteries. Batteries, of all kind, under the right (and extremely rare) circumstances can explode or melt down. Cell phones have the same kind of batteries as you’ll find in e-cigarettes, and we hold cell phones up to our faces much more frequently than we take a drag off of our e-cigarette.

What is vaping?

What is vaping?

What is vaping?

Illustration by Ubin Li

The world of vaping can be confusing and overwhelming for those first hearing about this 21st century concept. But let us say that we have all been there and that the ride was completely worth it – vaping has literally changed our lives and dramatically improved our health. Here’s our short introduction:

Vaping simply means inhaling water vapor with the help of a vaporizing device, or a electronic cigarette. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a liquid (we like to call it simply “juice”) stored in a tank. Activating the e-cigarette battery heats up the juice and transforms it into vapor, which is finally inhaled. It is intended for current adult smokers that wish to continue enjoying their nicotine habit without inhaling the 4,000+ chemicals and carcinogens produced by burning tobacco leaves and paper.

The evidence is still unclear on whether vaping is completely harmless; however in spite of what we hear in the media, the studies done to date have found that the levels of contaminants detected in e-cigarette vapor are so low that it is highly doubtful they would even pose a health risk. Most certainly, they are several magnitudes safer than the carcinogens and chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

Here’s what Dr. David John Nutt, a British professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College of London and the president of the British Neuroscience Association, has to say on vaping:

If you have an interest in vaping, please take the time to consider that all of the frightening news media headlines concerning vaping might be just that: frightening headlines aimed at striking confusion into the minds of the uninformed. We encourage you to do your own research regarding e-juice and nicotine, and decide for yourself if vaping is something that you’d like to do. Here’s a good start: CASAA.

A typical e-juice consists of Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol, mixed with small amounts of nicotine and food grade flavoring. It comes in hundreds of taste-tempting flavors like mint chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and piña colada and is generally categorized in “milligrams” of nicotine. Usually ranging from 0mg (none) up to 24mg, more nicotine will create a stronger throat sensation that is commonly referred to as “throat hit”. We would suggest starting as low as possible, and working your way up to a level that will satisfy your nicotine cravings.

E-cigarettes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, ranging from tobacco cigarette looking devices like the Bloog and the Volt, to larger, more powerful devices like the Silver Bullet, the ProVari, and the VAMO. Larger devices tend to use bigger batteries, and usually require more care and know-how. They also look nothing like a cigarette, which as you will find, the more your device looks like a cigarette, the less performance and satisfaction you will get out of it.

A good device to start is the mod called Ego – it’s very compact but still offers a good battery life. There are variations of the Ego battery, best ones being the Ego Twist and the iTaste VV V3. Pair those with the simple to use EVOD tank and you will be vaping away in no time.

We wish you good luck and let us be the first ones to congratulate you on taking the first step toward quitting smoking and hopefully, joining the vaping culture!