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The e-cigarette offers a number of advantages to consumers, but it also has some disadvantages. It’s those pros and cons that we will take a look at here.
NicotineE-cigarette liquids may contain nicotine, but not in combination with dangerous substances such as tar and other carcinogenic compounds that are produced by burning tobacco. After all, nicotine does not cause cancer.
Evaporation is Possible without NicotineE-liquids are available with or without nicotine. The consumer can buy liquids with different nicotine strengths. There are products with 16 mg, but also ones with only 3 mg, thus allowing the user to gradually reduce the strength. Many former smokers have managed to reduce their nicotine consumption to zero by using liquids without nicotine.
British Study Proves: E-cigarettes are Much Less HarmfulA study carried out in the UK has shown that e-cigarette vapor releases far fewer pollutants than a traditional tobacco cigarette. One reason for that is a lower temperature. While tobacco is heated to several hundred degrees when burned, the combustion of an e-liquid reaches a temperature of 150 degrees Celsius at most.
Many “Switchers” Feel HealthierOf course, the best solution is to stop smoking altogether, but very few people are able to do this and steaming does not suit everyone. On the other hand, however, smokers who switch report feeling fitter and healthier after switching to vaping. Increased endurance in sports is also a factor.
E-cigarettes are CheaperAnyone who consumes tobacco cigarettes on a regular basis knows how high the expenses can be. Compared to the cost of cigarettes, the expenses for liquids and vaporizers are significantly less. The purchase of the battery and the evaporator is expensive, at least in the beginning, but there are now cheap entry-level models on the market. Cheap devices are available for an initial budget of €20. As far as the liquids are concerned, the costs amount to €40 per month. These expenses can be reduced further if the consumer mixes their liquids themselves, the ingredients for which they can purchase online at reputable vendors.
E-cigarettes are CleanerSmokers know: full ashtrays look unappetizing and spread an unpleasant odor. Smoke from a tobacco cigarette leaves unsightly yellowish deposits on wallpaper and curtains. With steaming these problems are a thing of the past. In addition, the change to steaming has another positive effect: No unpleasant nicotine smell sticks to clothes and hair and the harmful yellowish plaque disappears, which also greatly reduces the risk of dental disease. The aesthetic improvement is clearly visible.
No Long-term Studies AvailableSince the e-cigarette is still a fairly new product, there have been no studies performed over a longer period. Therefore, it is not yet known whether steaming causes long-term health damage.
Teenagers Can be Tempted to Consume NicotineCritics believe that steaming is drawing more young people into nicotine addiction, acting as a gateway habit of sorts. The devices sometimes look pretty stylish and chic, and the liquids have appealing tastes like strawberry, woodruff and toffee. This fact alone could attract young people.
On the other hand, these products are not legally allowed to be sold to people under the age of 18. The same laws that apply to cigarettes also apply to both evaporators and liquids. There is also no evidence to suggest that steamers switch to tobacco cigarettes.
Electronic Cigarettes are not RegulatedAnother disadvantage of these products is that they are not regulated, at least not yet. There are no quality controls of the type that exist for tobacco cigarettes. However, the first steps towards such regulation have already been taken and this may be a non-issue in the near future.
As mentioned above, the sale of the products to young people is prohibited. Furthermore, there are products available on the Internet which can be classified as dubious. Evaporators of inferior quality can lead to explosions causing serious injuries.
ConclusionThere is still no final and definite proof whether electronic cigarettes are harmful or not. Long-term studies have to be undertaken before we can know for sure. However, many smokers have managed to break free from their addictions due to the e-cigarette, and that’s a benefit that can’t be overlooked.
In reality, things don’t quite work out as planned. Most resolutions fail within the first few days – if they get started at all. If you wake up with a headache and hangover on the 1st of January, chances are you won’t feel like starting a new active lifestyle.
The biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they usually don’t involve a plan and are merely wishful thinking. Few people actually have a strategy for implementing resolutions into their day-to-day life.
This is also the main issue with the most common New Year’s resolution: quitting smoking. It always sounds easy and achievable, but once the new year rolls around, it is much harder than anticipated.
However, there might finally be a cure for this problem. A few years ago, a new tool to help smokers quit was invented and has since helped countless smokers to kick their habit. As you might have guessed, we’re talking about the e-cigarette. If it is used correctly, it can offer smokers a relatively easy way to quit. So, if you finally want to stop smoking next year then make sure you have this tool on your side and you may actually succeed.
Quitting Through E-Cigarettes—does this actually work?There has been a lot of criticism of e-cigarettes in the past, but we know one thing for sure: These devices are by far the most effective way to quit smoking.
Any smoker who has ever tried to quit with the help of nicotine patches or chewing gum knows how difficult it can be. Even if the physical addiction is satisfied, the psychological desire remains. Smokers often underestimate the mental side of addiction, failing to realise that it can be stronger than the physical addiction.
The e-cigarette manages to satisfy both components of addiction at the same time. Depending on the chosen liquid, e-cigarette users get their nicotine and at the same time the satisfaction of inhaling smoke (or in this case vapour).
Since the invention of the e-cigarette, there have been numerous reports from smokers confirming how effective it is as a cessation aid. According to these reports, electronic cigarettes have many advantages over other tools to quit smoking. That’s why they could deliver the help you need to finally make your New Year’s resolution come true.
The Optimal StrategyIf you want to finally quit smoking next year, you should develop a strategy for it right now. And we're here to help you. After all, everything is easier if you have a well thought-out plan and concrete goals. They not only provide the necessary structure, but also the right motivation.
When creating your strategy for quitting, the first thing you should consider is that there are e-liquids with different nicotine levels. For instance, the liquids for the Cigalike are available in the following strengths:
- 19 mg nicotine—strong and good to start with.
- 11 mg nicotine—less strong and good to reduce nicotine dependence.
- 0 mg nicotine—when you still need the “activity” but not the nicotine.
After one week, you should change to a liquid with less nicotine. This approach will allow you to lower your nicotine dependency step by step. Alternatively, you could simply use your e-cigarette less frequently.
For the final step, you should then switch to a nicotine-free liquid. That way you can conquer your physical addiction to nicotine before you finally quit vaping as well, living smoke-free forever after!
The health benefits of switching from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes have been confirmed by various studies, but this technology is now facing a new form of criticism, with suggestions that it poses a threat to teenagers. According to new reports, many teenagers begin vaping and then later make the switch to normal cigarettes.
But is there any truth to these claims or are they merely opinions formed through dubious online articles (as was the case with the rumours about the dangers of e-cigarettes)? This is the question we’ll answer today, because the sooner rumours like this are addressed, the sooner millions of smokers in the UK can kick their addiction.
What’s behind the new claims against e-cigarettes?The new controversy surrounding e-cigarettes began after statistics emerged suggesting vaping devices were popular with teenagers. In countries like the US, they are already more popular than normal cigarettes.
Many people now suspect that teenagers use these devices because they view them as harmless. They start vaping without thinking about the dangers to their health and eventually, according to these reports, they switch to normal cigarettes.
Study reveals: while teenagers are using e-cigarettes, they don’t become smokers later onA recent study by Georgetown University Medical Center revealed some interesting facts about the controversy surrounding e-cigarettes. According to the study, regular cigarettes were almost three times more popular than e-cigarettes among teenagers in 2013. By 2015, these numbers were flipped. At this time, around 2.39 million young adults had vaped in the past year, compared with 1.37 million who had smoked regular cigarettes. By 2016, 1.7 million young adults in the US stated that they had used e-cigarettes in the previous month.
The study confirmed that many young adults have made the switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes since 2013. At the same time, the number of young smokers has declined significantly. According to the experts at Georgetown University Medical Center, it’s obvious that e-cigarettes don’t turn young people into smokers, otherwise the share of young smokers wouldn’t have declined the way it has.
The reality: e-cigarettes stop young adults from smokingThis study should prove once and for all that e-cigarettes don’t turn large numbers of young adults into smokers. In fact, the opposite is true. While there have always been young adults who smoke, many of them are now switching to electronic cigarettes. The share of young adults who start vaping and then later become smokers should be extremely small.
Together with promising results from various studies, which have confirmed the fact that e-cigarettes are much less harmful to human health, we should embrace this new technology. Even though vaping isn’t healthy and the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes haven’t been established, it is almost a certainty that making the switch from regular cigarettes will greatly reduce the risk of smoking-related diseases. If all young smokers made the switch to e-cigarettes, millions of lives would be saved in the long run.
Nonetheless, e-cigarettes remain an extremely controversial technology. It seems that many people are fundamentally against this technology, no matter how many new studies prove its advantages. There are even rumours that the tobacco lobby in the US is spreading negative reports to stop smokers from quitting their products. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to prove whether this is true, but there has been one interesting development: Phillip Morris is now selling e-cigarettes, albeit with a slightly different technology. Instead of vaporising a liquid made of different chemicals, their devices turn actual tobacco into vapour. And they openly admit that their new electronic devices are much less harmful to human health than their previous products.
This is precisely what makes e-cigarettes such an effective method for quitting smoking. There are many success stories of former smokers who have switched to electronic cigarettes. The interesting thing is that most of them reported how easy it was to make the switch. From one day to the next, they became non-smokers without any symptoms of addiction.
Despite this, the e-cigarette still has a very bad reputation. Many people still consider this new technology to be at least as dangerous as normal tobacco cigarettes. These opinions are almost always based on outdated online reports, which were spread in the early days of e-cigarettes.
However, we now have results from several long-term studies that conclusively prove e-cigarettes are not nearly as harmful as normal cigarettes. In addition, extensive research has been conducted on the ingredients in e-liquids. As a result, we know that they contain hardly any substances that are harmful to the human body. In fact, most liquids consist of substances that are used in food production.
The misconceptions regarding e-cigarettes are therefore not only wrong, but dangerous. After all, these prejudices lead to many people refusing to switch from normal cigarettes to electronic ones. And that could cost many lives in the long run.
Experts advise active use of e-cigarettesLuckily, public opinion on e-cigarettes is slowly changing. Health experts are increasingly making statements that encourage people to trust this new technology and to view it as a safe alternative to normal cigarettes. This was the conclusion of a new study by the University of Exeter and the University of Melbourne which was funded by Cancer Research UK.
The scientists involved in the study made a recommendation for stop smoking services to use e-cigarettes more actively. Many of these organisations, even though they were aware of the importance of e-cigarettes, failed to pass on the new findings to smokers.
Dr Hannah Farrimond, a professor at the University of Exeter, organized the research together with Prof Charles Abraham, stating that smoking cessation services have many ways to incorporate e-cigarettes to help smokers quit. However, in order to achieve this, the policies in the UK have to be made more consistent. People have to share their best practices and exchange information. This is especially important since the services have been greatly reduced after the council budget was cut.
According to researchers, many non-smokers are nervous about the health consequences of e-cigarettes. Through studies such as theirs, they want to help alleviate this nervousness and finally change the general consensus about this technology. And they are not alone.
Many other institutions in the UK, such as Public Health England (PHE) as well as the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT), recently stressed that e-cigarettes should be used more actively among smoking cessation services. According to them, some of the most effective ways to help people overcome addiction are behavioural support and pharmacotherapy.
According to Dr Farrimond, it can be argued that smoking cessation can only succeed if it moves beyond special clinics that are only visited by a small number of smokers. Instead, stop smoking services should engage vulnerable populations in the communitiy. Examples for where to conduct smoking cessation are psychiatric units, community mental health settings, addiction clinics, community centres and smoke-free hospitals. Electronic cigarettes could offer new opportunities for stop smoking services to treat smokers who are marginalized and harder to treat.
It will probably take a while until the advantages of e-cigarettes are completely accepted in modern society. But the sooner this happens, the more lives could be saved along the way.
Let’s find out.
What are the flavourings used in e-liquids?The liquids used in e-cigarettes and similar devices usually consist of two components: the base liquid and the flavouring. The base liquid generally contains the nicotine, while the flavouring adds the specific flavour, such as tobacco or strawberry.
When buying ready-to-use liquids, the base liquid and the flavouring are already mixed. However, both components are also available separately. Many people use them to mix their own liquids, allowing them to control attributes like nicotine content, smoke development, and flavour potency.
Are children allowed to buy nicotine-free flavourings?As surprising as it may sound: Children are allowed to buy nicotine-free flavourings for e-liquids in the UK. Even though the use of e-cigarettes, as well as the purchase of the devices and ready-to-use liquids, is forbidden for children, the flavourings don’t fall under these laws (provided they don’t contain any nicotine).
A recent court ruling in Germany confirmed this situation. An online e-cigarette shop was sued because it had sold flavourings to minors. According to the plaintiff, the shop had violated sections 10(3) and (4) of the German Youth Protection Act. These sections state that e-cigarettes and their accessories may only be sold to persons of legal age and only after age verification.
At first glance, the lawsuit makes sense. After all, these flavourings are clearly sold as additives for e-liquids. That’s why the ruling of the 4th Civil Senate of the Higher Regional Court Hamm from 7th March, 2017 is surprising. It confirms an earlier ruling by the District Court Bochum, according to which nicotine-free flavourings for e-liquids can be sold without age restrictions.
What is behind the ruling?In order to understand the ruling, it is important to know a little more about the characteristics of the flavourings in e-liquids. Interestingly, these substances are almost always food grade. They are often conventional food flavourings, which are also used in food production and can be found in many homes worldwide.
The flavourings for e-liquids are therefore completely safe for human consumption and do not contain any chemical toxins. This was the basis for the court ruling. According to the ruling, the flavourings don’t fall under the Youth Protection Act because the act only includes the prohibition of e-cigarettes, e-shishas and base liquids (with or without nicotine).
The only exception to this rule is tobacco flavourings, since they are not used in food production and are clearly only suitable for use in e-liquids. Unfortunately, however, the legislation on tobacco flavourings is not known.
Does this ruling make sense?Whether this judgement makes sense or not is more a matter of opinion. No one can deny the fact that children should be allowed to buy food flavourings. Otherwise, no child would be allowed to bake cakes with vanilla flavouring.
The question becomes more difficult when the flavourings are sold specifically for use in e-liquids. Obviously, no minors should use e-cigarettes or similar devices, nor should they be allowed to mix or buy e-liquids. The real issue is therefore the marketing of a product that is generally completely safe for children.
Ultimately however, the issue is irrelevant because children cannot mix e-liquids nor use an e-cigarette with the mere flavourings alone. As long as children aren’t allowed to buy these products, there is generally no danger.
The ruling from Germany is still interesting though, because it shows what legal problems new technologies like e-cigarettes can bring. It will probably take years until every aspect of e-cigarette law is clarified.
Most smokers know exactly how detrimental their habit is to their health, but they are just not able to stop it. Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking knows how difficult it is.
First of all, there is the psychological factor. After years of smoking, you get used to smoking a cigarette at certain times and on certain occasions. The social element is also of great importance, because if your circle of friends continues to smoke then you’re forever surrounded by temptation. In these moments, it can be very difficult to stay strong and say no. If you combine this with drinking alcohol, your willpower can disappear in seconds.
The biggest problem, without a doubt, is the physical dependence, but this may be a thing of the past. Researchers may have found a relatively simple way to eliminate the physical dependence of smoking. By reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes, their addictive potential could also decrease.
This is the result of a study examining the effects of nicotine reduction on smokers. But is it really that easy? After all, people have been trying to quit smoking for a very long time. Can it really be true that scientists have discovered such a simple and logical method?
Let’s get to the bottom of this question.
What Is This Theory About?The study in question examined the effects of reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes on regular smokers. The examined group consisted of so-called "exposed" smokers, women living in poverty and people with mental health issues. The results have been very promising: Researchers saw an improvement in the addictive behavior of the examined persons.
Since nicotine is the main reason cigarettes cause physical dependence, this seems only logical. Therefore, reducing the nicotine content must inevitably lead to an improvement in addictive behavior.
Problems Regarding This StudyThere are some problems with the practical implementation of the proposed solution. The nicotine content of cigarettes cannot be reduced that easily. After all, cigarettes are produced by companies that benefit enormously from the addictive potential of their products. Therefore, it is unlikely that tobacco companies like Philip Morris will voluntarily reduce the nicotine in their cigarettes.
Legal requirements seem to be the only realistic solution. In fact, the US Food and Drugs Administration recently began a process of enacting new legislation on the nicotine content of tobacco products. In only a few years, stricter requirements for tobacco companies could apply.
Obviously, this doesn’t provide help to current smokers at all. Anyone who wants to quit smoking today either needs an iron will or has to look for alternative solutions.
Alternative SolutionsThe easiest way to quit smoking at the moment is to use electronic cigarettes. These devices not only provide a less detrimental alternative to conventional cigarettes, but can also bypass the psychological component of addiction.
Based on this study, it’s also worth mentioning that e-cigarettes offer the opportunity for the consumer to decide for himself how high the nicotine content should be. There are products by FairSmoke with a nicotine content of 19 mg, 11 mg and 0 mg. In that way, strong smokers can easily reduce the nicotine content incrementally and avoid extreme withdrawal symptoms.
Even though many people remain suspicious of electronic cigarettes, these concerns could be completely eliminated. Several studies have examined the long-term effects of e-cigarettes and found that these products are not nearly as detrimental to health as regular tobacco products.
As evidence about the dangers of smoking became common knowledge, the consensus changed, society began to view cigarettes differently, and there was a huge boom in the smoking cessation industry.
But as many smokers soon discovered, it’s not an easy habit to kick. As a result, many cessation aids were invented to help people in their fight against addiction. There were nicotine patches and chewing gum, low-nicotine cigarettes—even acupuncture was considered as a potential aid.
The problem with smoking cessation is that the psychological side of smoking is at least as important as the physical one. In other words, a smoker is not only missing the nicotine during withdrawal, but also the act of smoking itself. But there is now a product that can cover both the physical and the psychological, helping the smoker to incrementally reduce their nicotine intake while still giving them something to smoke. That product is the e-cigarette.
For several years now the electronic cigarette has grown exponentially around the world. But despite this, some users still have concerns about whether the consumption of e-cigarettes is really better than smoking tobacco cigarettes. To alleviate these concerns we want to discuss the biggest benefits of smoking electronic versus conventional cigarettes.
These can be easily summarized in one sentence: E-cigarettes save lives.
E-Cigarettes Are Far Less Detrimental To Your HealthThe biggest prejudice against e-cigarettes is that they are almost as detrimental to health as regular cigarettes, but this is simply not the case. This misconception is based on some dubious reports influenced by the tobacco industry and published shortly after e-cigarettes began to grow in popularity.
There have been many independent studies on electronic cigarettes and the general consensus is that e-cigarettes are not as detrimental to our health as tobacco cigarettes are.
For example, one study found that months after switching to electronic cigarettes, people had a significantly lower amount of toxins and carcinogens in their bodies compared to regular smokers.
Another study showed that steamers (e-cigarette consumers) had 97% lower levels of NNAL (a chemical toxin with a strong link to lung cancer). This and other publications should prove that the change to electronic cigarettes can dramatically reduce the risk of lung cancer and other diseases in the long term.
E-Cigarettes Are CleanerAnother benefit of the e-cigarette is that it’s much cleaner than smoking, so the times of foul-smelling clothes are over. What’s more, the consumption of e-cigarettes does not irritate people nearby. In fact, many people consider the smell of the steam to be pleasant.
People who have smoked inside their apartments for years have yellowed wallpaper and curtains, as well as tar residue on furniture and appliances, but this is a non-issue with e-cigarettes. In addition, there is no issue with overfilling ashtrays, burns in the carpet or clothes, dropped ash, and other such issues that have plagued smokers for hundreds of years.
E-cigarette smokers also have nothing to worry about when it comes to yellowed fingertips and teeth.
E-Cigarettes Are Cheaper In The Long TermSmoking is a very expensive habit and as taxes increase, it’s only getting more expensive. Taxes on tobacco products has more than doubled over the past 15 years, and in some countries it has increased even more than this. If you smoke a lot, you can easily spend hundreds of Euros a month—enough to feed a family of four!
However, things are different when it comes to e-cigarettes. Though the devices are relatively expensive for purchasing, the liquids and replacement vaporizers are quite cheap compared to tobacco products. Therefore, even regular steamers typically don’t spend more than 20 to 50 euros a month. Occasional steamers spend even less.
In conclusion, electronic cigarettes are not only the better choice for your health, but also for your wallet. Actually, there is not a single advantage over e-cigarettes which traditional cigarettes can still offer. The e-cigarette may be the best option for smokers to get rid of this useless habit without sacrificing indulgence.
Since the invention of the e-cigarette, this technology has spread all over the world. Almost every country is now steaming, and quite a few smokers have stopped smoking regular cigarettes in favor of this electronic alternative.
From a legal point of view, new technologies like these always raise some interesting questions. Since smoking is prohibited in public places in many federal states, it had to be decided whether electronic cigarettes should also fall under the same prohibition. The result is that e-cigarettes can generally be consumed in public places as they do not produce smoke.
But despite this legal standpoint, there are some issues. All owners of public and private facilities, such as bars, restaurants and even public transport, can decide themselves whether to allow the consumption of e-cigarettes or not. And most of them quickly opted for a ban, largely because of the erroneous assumption that steaming was "just as harmful to health" as regular cigarettes.
Today we will take a look at this issue and discuss whether bars, trains and public places should reconsider the ban on e-cigarettes. After all, electronic cigarettes are an integral part of modern culture, and this is not going to change anytime soon.
Where Are E-Cigarettes Still Prohibited?Although e-cigarettes may legally be consumed almost everywhere, there are many exceptions to this rule. Many bars, restaurants and other private institutions have introduced a ban on e-cigarettes. Most of the owners and operators argued that electronic cigarettes were just as detrimental as traditional tobacco cigarettes, and that passive steam could harm other patrons.
The railroad companies also banned steaming on all trains and on all platforms as it is displayed in their rules of conduct: "Welcome to our station! We want all our guests to feel comfortable with us. For this reason, the following rules must be observed in our stations and on our forecourts: Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes outside the designated smoking areas are prohibited."
Steamers are being treated in the same way as regular smokers. The question is whether these prohibitions are reasonable or whether they are unfair.
Are E-Cigarettes Really As Detrimental As Regular Cigarettes?This question can be answered with a very clear "No". Numerous studies have been conducted in recent years and have arrived at the same conclusion: The consumption of e-cigarettes is not nearly as dangerous as conventional smoking. The results even indicate that long-term steaming causes minimal physical damage.
Even more pointless are the concerns about "passive steaming". In fact, electronic cigarettes only produce water steam, thus there is no danger for those in the vicinity. Any non-smoker who has ever stood next to a regular smoker and next to a steamer will be able to confirm that the steam of e-cigarettes is not nearly as invasive as the smoke of tobacco cigarettes.
Steaming is not only less detrimental, but also a lot cheaper. Steamers are not only protecting their lungs, but also their wallets.
ConclusionThe ban on e-cigarettes in many locations may sound harmless, but it has a decisive effect on many steamers: It makes them equal to regular smokers, causing many of them to switch back to regular cigarettes.
Many doctors and even politicians understand that e-cigarettes can save millions of lives in the long term. However, this only will be possible if the technology is fully accepted in our society. Prejudices and unreasonable prohibitions, which are mainly based on half-truths and unproven assumptions, are extremely obstructive to the e-cigarette movement and therefore even could cost lives in the long term.
But are these preconceptions justified or are these people misinformed? This is the question we’ll try to answer today, eliminating the prejudices that stop smokers from finally kicking their habits with the help of electronic cigarettes.
What’s behind the prejudices against e-cigarettes?The main reason e-cigarettes have such a bad reputation is that countless articles have been published putting electronic cigarettes in a bad light. According to these reports, e-liquids contain carcinogenic substances that are at least as harmful as tobacco.
If you search for articles on whether vaping is a safe alternative to smoking, you will come across many negative reports. It’s therefore no wonder that e-cigarettes have such a bad reputation.
However, none of the articles are based on long-term studies and they are reporting on the negative effects of vaping without providing proof. The reports are simply assumptions that have no scientific foundation and basically no meaning.
What’s even worse is that there are rumours suggesting these negative reports were published by the tobacco industry. Whether these rumours are true or not isn’t clear, but it’s safe to say that the manufacturers of traditional cigarettes feel threatened by this new technology.
Is there any truth to the prejudices against vaping?The first results of long-term studies on the effects of vaping have been published already. The verdict is that E-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than normal cigarettes.
A study published in 2017 examined the effects of e-cigarettes on human health over a period of 16 months. The study was paid for by Cancer Research UK and monitored two different groups. One group replaced cigarettes with vaping and the other continued to smoke normal cigarettes.
The results were astonishing. The vapers showed significant reductions in carcinogens and other toxic compounds, but only if the persons stopped smoking completely.
A different study analysed the vapour of e-cigarettes and compared it to regular cigarette smoke. According to health experts, the data suggests that cancer risk from vaping is only around 1% that of smoking.
The fact is that inhaling burned tobacco — as well as chewing it — is extremely damaging to human health and causes a number of health problems. As we know, this problem doesn’t exist with electronic cigarettes, since they merely vaporise a liquid. Even though this liquid isn’t exactly healthy, the simple fact is that e-cigarettes are in a completely different league to conventional cigarettes, as these studies prove.
What are the dangers of the bad reputation of e-cigarettes?The dangers of misinformation about the effects of e-cigarettes on human health go beyond a bad reputation. Not only do they keep countless smokers from finally switching to a less harmful alternative, but they also lead to other problems in our society. For instance, vaping is still forbidden in many restaurants, bars and similar establishments, even though it is legal. The reason for these bans is that the owners assume e-cigarettes are just as harmful as normal cigarettes.
And it gets worse: E-cigarettes are actually illegal in many countries. That means that many people don’t get the chance to change their lives and improve their health, all because of political agendas.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Countries like England, Canada and New Zealand have realised that e-cigarettes can save millions of lives in the long run. In these countries, there are many developments to not only legalise e-cigarettes, but also to encourage smokers to make the switch to vaping.
Of course, like many other electronic devices, e-cigarettes also use batteries to power the evaporator. The battery is one of three main modules that are installed in most electronic cigarettes: evaporator (also called vaporiser), liquid tank and battery. The performance and quality of a rechargeable battery determines how good the vapour development in the e-cigarette is and how long it can be used before it has to be recharged. Therefore, it is always advisable to use a battery from a known manufacturer.
Options for activating batteries
In most models of electronic cigarettes, the battery is activated in one of two ways. A method is that the user simply sucks on the mouthpiece and the resulting suction via a vacuum switch the battery and evaporator activated (FairSmoke battery). The other method, the battery is activated in the old-fashioned way via a switch. As soon as the user presses the button, the evaporator and battery are activated and the device starts to evaporate liquid in the tank.
Battery units and battery carriers
For e-cigarettes there are two types of construction: battery unit and battery carrier. With the battery units, the battery is firmly connected to the evaporator and the other components of the e-cigarette. As a result, the individual components of the device can not be replaced, and if, for example, the evaporator is worn or the battery has a faulty fault, the entire device must be replaced. Thus, this design is usually used only in disposable models that are quite cheap to buy and only for temporary operation. The battery units also have other disadvantages: the user has no control over the wattage or the temperature development in the evaporator. The advantage of rechargeable battery units is that the devices are very user-friendly and the user does not have to worry about the compatibility of rechargeable battery and e-cigarette.
In the case of the battery carriers, however, all components of the e-cigarette can be replaced. For example, the user can decide for themselves which type of rechargeable battery or evaporator they want to use in their device. In addition, the battery carriers (also known by the English term Mods) offer many more advantages. For example, the user may control many parameters of the electronic cigarette. By controlling the wattage, for example, the electrical resistance of different evaporators can be compensated. This is expressed in ohms (Ω) and is different for each evaporator. The higher the resistance, the more wattage the battery should deliver to the evaporator. By controlling the temperature development in the evaporator, the user can also perfectly control the vapor evolution depending on the liquid used. Since each mixture of PG and VG at a different temperature reaches the optimum vapor development, the battery carriers are therefore by far the most popular variant with experienced steamers.
Battery types for electronic cigarettes
There are generally two different types of rechargeable batteries for e-cigarettes. On the one hand, there are models in which the batteries can be replaced and look like large batteries, which are known from flashlights or other electrical devices. Of course, these have the advantage that the battery can be easily replaced when worn. In addition, the user can decide for himself, from which manufacturer the battery comes. For example, such a battery from Samsung or Sony can be used for a device from another manufacturer. However, it is very important that the user always uses the right battery for their own device. Otherwise, it can lead to dangerous malfunctions.
In the other variant of the battery is connected directly to the evaporator of the e-cigarette. As a result, the battery can not be replaced, and in case of wear or other defects, the entire device must be replaced. On the other hand, there is no danger that a wrong battery will be used in the device. This method is mainly used in entry-level models, in the so-called "mods" are always used interchangeable batteries.
Another distinction between the different battery types is whether the battery is clocked, clocked or regulated. With clocked batteries, the exact same output is always produced, regardless of the duration of use and residual charge. This type of battery is most commonly found in electronic cigarettes. In the case of uncalculated batteries, on the other hand, higher power is produced at the beginning, which then becomes weaker and weaker until the battery is completely discharged. This type of battery is rarely found in e-cigarettes. Finally, there are still regulated batteries in which the power can be adjusted manually. Thus, the steam evolution for different evaporator heads (so-called "coils") can be regulated. Higher resistance coils (expressed in Ω) require higher battery power to produce the same amount of vapor. This type of battery is mainly used in more sophisticated models such as the mods and preferred by many fans of e-cigarettes, because it gives them much more freedom to produce the optimal steam development.
While there are many different types of batteries, almost all of them today are lithium-ion batteries. This type of battery is used today in almost all electrical devices, from cell phones to laptops to electric cars. It provides several advantages over older technologies. Not only can lithium-ion batteries store significantly more energy, they are also lighter, but also have much longer lifetimes and, moreover, do not need to be completely emptied each time to deliver optimal long-term performance. For older technologies such as NiCa or NiMH batteries, the user had to completely empty and then fully charge them with each charging cycle in order to avoid faster wear. Another advantage of lithium-ion batteries is that they can be used directly after receiving the product and do not have to be fully charged. Although some manufacturers still recommend this, there is basically no reason for it, because it makes no difference to the technology.
When unloading, however, users should pay attention to lithium-ion batteries that they never completely empty them. Namely, as soon as the voltage drops below about 2.5 volts, problems with the detection by the device can occur and the life of the battery can be extremely shortened. Thus, such a case can already cause a reduction of the service life of up to 20%. To avoid this, it is advisable to fully charge the lithium-ion batteries every day as possible. The maximum charge for these batteries is usually 4.2 volts, at the level of 2.8 volts they should be recharged at the latest. When used regularly, most e-cigarettes should have an average lifespan of two to four hours.
Even if the battery is not used for a long time, it should be recharged before using it for the first time, as it will automatically deflate over time. Furthermore, it is recommended for longer storage times that the battery is not previously charged to 100%. This can affect the life of the battery, because a higher voltage accelerates the aging process. In addition to these tips, batteries should of course always be stored in cool and dry places and also not together, but always separated from each other.
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