Vaporizer/ E-Cigarette Information
Vapes, also coined an “e-cigarette” or “e-cig”, are known to the vaping industry as Electronic Vaporizer Devices (EVDs), or “Vapes” for short. Vapes are a tobacco free smoking alternative device providing small amounts of nicotine with each inhalation in a vapour that has no combustion, with accepted scientific evidence from Public Health England that vaping is 95% safer than smoking combustible cigarettes. It’s even displayed on the UK government website. With PHE’s Latest Independent Review 2018 right here.
Electronic Vaporizer Devices provide a similar sensation as that of smoking traditional tobacco, but with fewer carcinogenic substances such as tar. The No.1 reason why there is so much HARM REDUCTION is due to no combustion of matter taking place in the process.
Sadly even the name of these devices has been tuned by media to be known as “E-Cigarettes”, which assists with confusion and misinformation, where in reality and their common name in New Zealand is an Electronic Vaporizer Device or Vape. Disassociation from this term is difficult, I’ve even had to title this page, “e-cigarette”, so google and search engines can help direct you to “Starter Vape Kit” information. Vapes are not cigarettes and they do not produce any smoke from combustion.
There is a lot of misinformation and historical false research out there injected through media by tobacco companies, pharmaceutical companies, councils, and states who realized they lose $$ in revenues and taxes from population use of these Harm Reduction devices. Be wary of what you believe.
Governments, states, and councils need to decide whether Harm Reduction for the population is to be granted, over keeping their $$$ in taxes and supporting other “mates” in big business. The world is waking up to the misinformation, deception, and forced confusion being delivered to the general population. Can we save a billion lives?
So what do vapes do? Lets get back to their functions and how they work sailors.
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What are E-Cigarettes?
An “E-Cigarette” (VAPE) performs similarly to a normal cigarette. Some e-cigs can look, feel or taste like a cigarette or cigar. However, instead of lighting tobacco and inhaling the smoke, the user activates an electric switch that heats a nicotine-bearing liquid until it becomes a vapor, which is then inhaled.
“E-Cigarettes” (EVDs) are composed of a battery, a pod cartridge or tank, a heating coil (or atomizer), and e-liquid. The batteries are usually rechargeable, the tanks can be re-filled, and modern microprocessor technology governs the regulation of heat to the vapor-producing heating coil. All this hardware supports the vaporization of the e-liquid, which contains mostly water, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and nicotine, as well as flavouring agents. Unlike tobacco, the vapor from electronic cigarettes can smell and taste quite pleasant, and e-liquids come in all flavors, including tobacco, nut, floral, menthol, fruit, candy, and even dessert flavors.
The reason e-cigarettes are so effective is that unlike nicotine replacement methods such as the patch and the gum, the act of using an e-cig is very much like using a standard cigarette. Many users often find that inhaling the vapor is similar to tobacco smoking, and they recieve their nicotine in a form that lets them satisfy their cravings without many of the dangerous secondary by-products of setting fire to organic material. In brief, e-cigs are a safer alternative to smoking that are effective at reducing cravings and exposure to toxic chemicals while helping smokers quit in a satisfying way.
How it works – E-Cigarette (Vape for real term)
Once the e-cigarette is ready for use, the user simply inhales through the mouth piece. At this time, the atomizer (coils) vaporizes the nicotine liquid and turns it into an inhalable vapor. The user will experience a similar sensation to that of traditional smoking, only safer.
1. Atomizer (Coils)
The atomizer is responsible for vaporizing the nicotine liquid.
The battery powers the atomizer. If the vapor produced is weak, or there is little to no vapor, simply recharge the battery.
The mouthpiece usually has a type of cotton material inside. This is where the nicotine liquid is. Once it becomes dry, please replace the cartridge or refill it. For sanitary reasons, we suggest you replace the cartridge with a fresh one after it becomes empty.
Please note, when you receive your vaporizer, it is advisable that you charge your batteries until full before first use.
Why is it better to use “E-Cigarette” as compared to Traditional Cigarette?
- No burning, no combustion, no tar, and no real smoke.
- No air pollution.
- Virtually odorless; Odors are very pleasant. Your home, clothes, and car will be without unpleasant tobacco odor. .
- No teeth discoloration. Improved breath.
- Typically less expensive than traditional tobacco smoking. Save up to 80%!
- Generally not offensive to others (Please be considerate of others and ask if it is okay for you to use your e-cigarette, we are sure they wont mind!)
- It may be permitted in places where smoking is forbidden* Please respect non smoking zones as the e-cigarette emits a vapor that looks just like smoke.
Nicotine E-Liquid is available in many strengths to suite each user.
- High Nicotine – 18mg
- Medium Nicotine – 12mg
- Low Nicotine – 6mg
- Very Low Nicotine – 3mg
- No Nicotine – 0mg
How do I know which strength of nicotine to use?
This is a very popular question. The simple answer is only you will know that. It is wise to start with a low strength and work your way up until you find your satisfaction level. If you continue to have tobacco cravings, it could be due to a low nicotine level. Many want to know if 18mg strength is equal to Red Pack full flavor. This is quite possible, but we cannot provide an accurate answer. Your best plan of action would be to get several nicotine strengths. Once you find the one that suits you, then you know which level you require.
How many cigarettes are equal to one filled E-Cigarette with E-Liquid?
This is a common question from new e-cigarette users. This varies greatly depending on device used and the individual habits of the e-smoker. One fill may last 1 day for a light/ medium vaper, or it may last a few hours for a heavy vaper. Only you will know the answer to this. If you only take a few puffs every few hours, it will last for a long time. However, if you are puffing on it non stop, the Vaporizer will need to be filling and the coil replaced more frequently.
How long do the Coils last?
Again, this varies depending on use. Manufacturers say these will last up to two weeks, though we find a weekly change gives you the flavour back nicely. The best way of knowing when to change is seeing the E-liquid change to a darker colour or notice the taste wearing off/ slightly burnt taste. If you look after your coils by priming, refilling the device before it becomes empty with the cotton dry, you will gain a better life.
How long do the batteries last?
This varies depending on use. A heavy user could need a couple of battery swaps/ recharges per day, while a light user may only need to recharge just once overnight. The Vape device batteries have come a long way over the years, and device manufacturers understand the need to recharge during use is not appropriate. If you need them to last a specific amount of time, do some research. Most smaller units are charged via a USB phone cord, allowing charging almost everywhere. If out and about have a look at a USB power bank, otherwise carry some 18650 batteries in a dedicated container.
Suitable users and non suitable users
- Current tobacco smokers wanting to try an alternative.
- Tobacco smokers who would like to smoke in places they cannot.
- Adult smokers over the age of 18.
Not Suited Users
- Non adult, minors, under the age of 18.
- Non smokers should NOT use an e-cigarette. Nicotine is very addicting and this could result in a new addiction. (Though new evidence shows other nicotine results.)
- People allergic to nicotine or sensitive to the fragrance.
- Pregnant women should not use e-cigarettes. Nor should breastfeeding women.
- Patients with conditions or diseases that make nicotine hazardous. Vaping may be contraindicated in patients with diabetes, hypertension, as well as other medical conditions. Please consult your physician before using an e-cigarette.
More vaporizer information can be found by searching the web and we recommend learning as much as you can to help make the correct choices.
Abbreviations can be found in our Glossary & Terminology Page.
E-Liquid / E-Juice information can be found in our E-Liquid/ E-Juice Information Page.
How do I know e-cigarette/ vaping is for me?
There is only one way to find out. That is by trying it. E-cigarette smoking is becoming very popular so it is quite possible that you can witness someone e-smoking first hand. There are also many resources on the internet that will review the act of e-smoking, often times in video format (youtube.com). Many users of e-smoking report that e-smoking is more enjoyable than tobacco smoking because of the benefits listed here. One month of e-smoking is generally much less expensive than traditional smoking, this makes this venue much more appealing to many people.
The internet is the best place to start. Our tip is don’t believe everything you read, especially historic outdated science claims from Media and “Interested” organisations set to lose $$$.
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