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New study confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose minimal health risk – source, CASAA.org
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Terminology
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Frequently asked questions
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Stainless steel mesh
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Kanthal ribbon wire
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Vapers bad day
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Employers and E-Cigarettes
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Absinthe concentrate
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Mixing
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Safe Vaping chart

New study confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose minimal health risk – source, CASAA.org

E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today. A study just released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) pose no health concern for users or bystanders. This is the first definitive study of e-cigarette chemistry and finds that there are no health concerns based on generally accepted exposure limits. Read More

Terminology

E-Cigarette– An electronic cigarette is also known as ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System), it looks like a real tobacco cigarette, it feels a little heavier, however, when you exhale this emulates real smoke but is in fact, water vapor. Most e-cigs use 2 or 3 parts.

Mod– An electronic cigarette that is often bigger than your average cigarette. This is because a mod device has a removable battery that is much bigger and allows for longer usage time before battery recharges. Most of the the time a modded electronic cigarette allows for more voltage to the atomizer or cartomizer. This increases vapor production and less draw. Higher end mods are variable voltage usually ranging from 3 volts and up to usually 6 volts. Any mod that is no variable voltage usually run at about 5 volts which is an optimal voltage for most 2 ohm and 3 ohm.

E-juice/E-liquid- When using an electronic cigarette or as it is commonly known, an e-cig, you may be using a clearomizer or tank cartridge. You will need to use e-juice or e-liquid, in a flavor of your choice and choosing the right one comes down to quality and of course your own personal taste. There are other e-cigarettes which use pre-filled cartridges, and therefore you don’t need e-juices to use these as they simply screw on and when used, are disposed of (please note: when disposing of one of these cartridges, it may contain nicotine residue, so please dispose of the cartridge responsibly)

Tank- A cylinder that slides onto a cartomizer. The tank is a storage for e-juice that gets sucked into the bottom of a cartomizer when it needs it. When using a tank the cartomizers must have either pre-cut holes in the bottom incisions made by the user after purchasing or e-juice will not flow through to the coil making the tank useless. Tank capacities range from about 3 ml to about 6 ml of e-juice.

Atomizer- Also known as “Atty.” A cylinder with threads that screws into an electronic cigarette that houses a coil to vaporize e-juice. The atomizer is the main component in an electronic cigarette because its sole purpose is to vaporize the e-liquid and provide vapor to the user. Atomizers come in different resistances and come in single coil and dual coil atomizers.

Cartomizer- Also known as “cart” or “carto” Similar to an atomizer is houses a coil for vaporizing e-juice. The main difference is that cartomizers are much taller and have a cloth like material that absorbs e-juice allowing for more hits before having to refill. Unlike, atomizers cartomizers are meant for tanks as well which prologs the need to add juice for even longer.

Coil- A coil is the heating device in an atomizer or cartomizer. The coil receives the voltage coming from the mod and heats up e-juice until it’s vaporized. Coil’s come in all different resistances which mean the user must adjust voltage depending on resistance. If you are running 3-ohm atomizer or cartomizer the ideal voltage to be using ranges from about 5 volts to 5.4 volts. For a 2 ohm atomizer or cartomizer the ideal operating voltage is about 4.5 volts. Often times you will see a dual coil cartomizer or atomizer. This means there are two coils the heat up to vaporize e-juice. Just like a light bulb the coil inside heats up to high temperatures.

Bridge- A bridge is found in only atomizers and is what is connected to the coil. The bridge is what is touching the cloth material in pre-filled cartridges and sucks the e-juice toward the coil. The bridge is made up of a cloth like metal material that is easily seen when looking down into an atomizer. If a bridge is broken, dry hits can occur because no juice is getting to the coil and thus, nothing can be vaporized.

Variable Voltage (VV)- An e-cig mod that allows for variable voltage to the atomizer or cartomizer. Voltage is key when using different resistance cartomizers or atomizers.

Drip tip– A mouthpiece meant to be placed on the top of an atomizer which has a big enough hole to drip drops of e-liquid into the atomizers. Also used on cartomizers.

PG- Propylene Glycol, an ingredient in e-juice or e-liquid. Some juices come in different ratios of PG and VG

VG- Vegetable Glycerin, an ingredient in e-juice or e-liquid mixed with flavorings and nicotine.

Throat hit- A term used by e-cig users which mean how well you can feel the vapor going down your throat. A strong throat hit or feel is usually what people want as it replicates smoking cigarettes better. The main cause of a throat hit is nicotine content. PG and VG levels can also play a role.

510, 306, 801 connections – These are all form factors for different electronic cigarettes. This connection really refer to the thread style. For example, a 510 connection has the male threads on the atomizers or cartomizer. A 306 connection has the male threads on the electronic cigarette and not on the atomizer or cartomizer.

Analog- Term used to describe a real tobacco cigarette.

Cartridge- A pre-filled unit that holds e-juice in a cotton like material and that plugs into an atomizer.

Dripping- A term used to drip a few drops of e-juice into an atomizer. Dripping mainly refers to dripping into an atty through a dip tip.

Flooding- A term used to describe an atomizer or cartomizer that has too much e-juice in it. This will allow juice to gurgle through the drip tip and into the user’s mouth. Signs of this area gurgling sound or juice in the mouth.

Leaking- A term used to describe when too much juice has been dripped into an atomizer or cartomizer and leaks through the bottom and gets all over the users mod.

Low Resistance or LR- A term used to describe the resistance of a cartomizer or atomizer. Low resistance describes the coil within the atomizer. Low resistance atty’s are especially needed for 3.7-volt devices.

Passthru- A device that doesn’t run on a battery but instead plugs into usually a USB port in a computer. Some mods will allow on the go battery usage but a cable for also plugging into the computer.

PCC- A term used to describe a personal charging case for on the go charging.

PV- A term used to describe a personal vaporizer.

Starter kit- A term used to describe an electronic cigarette that includes all the necessary hardware to begin vaping.

Vape- A term used to describe the act of smoking and electronic cigarette.

Wick – A term used to describe a material the is used to carry the juice into the heating coil of the atomizer or cartomizer.

Frequently asked questions

Below you will find some frequently asked questions and answers. Thank you for visiting.

Q: What is an electronic cigarette?

A: The ones we sell, unlike other, more complicated electronic cigarettes, consist of a two-part unit; a lithium ion battery and cartridge. It uses modern technology to atomize nicotine and produce a very satisfying smoke-like “vapor”.

Q: What is the vapor, or what are you inhaling?

A: Food flavorings, water, propylene glycol, nicotine. Propylene glycol is a preservative that is found in many foods and medicines. Electronic cigarettes use no flame, do not burn, and can be smoked virtually anywhere.

Q: Does the vapor have an odor?

A: Yes. There is a faint smell to the vapor, often pleasant. It is not the nasty, stale cigarette smell. It varies depending on the flavor and the age of the cartridge.

Q: How does it work?

A: When air is inhaled through the device, it is detected by a microprocessor. This microprocessor then activates an atomized cartridge which injects small amounts of the nicotine solution into the flowing air. This produces a vapor mist which is inhaled by the user. The addition of propylene glycol (the same as a fog machine at a concert of play) to the liquid makes the mist resemble normal cigarette smoke. The microprocessor also activates an indicator lamp at the tip which glows orange/blue to simulate a real cigarette.

Q: How long do the cartridges last?

A: Many companies tell you the cartridges are equal to 1 pack of traditional cigarettes. This is not entirely false, but somewhat misleading. The nicotine content of one 24mg cartridge is about equal to 1 pack’s worth of nicotine in traditional (analog) cigarettes depending on the brand. Our experience has been that 1 pack of 5 cartridges lasts about 2-1/2 packs of traditional cigarettes or half a pack per cartridge.

Q: Will electronic cigarettes help me quit smoking?

A: Electronic cigarettes are not a smoking cessation aid. They are a smoking alternative containing nicotine, designed for smokers who want to enjoy the smoking experience without the chemicals and burning smoke found in cigarettes. Our items are for those 18 and above.

Q: How long do the batteries last?

A: Our batteries are long lasting, of course, usage will determine the recharge cycle needed. On average, 2-4 hours is normal. Some have reported longer use, some shorter.

Q: Do Electronic cigarettes taste like a normal cigarette?

A: Short answer – no. No one has ever been able to reproduce exactly the flavor in traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes do however offer a variety of similar tobacco flavors, as well as other pleasant and unusual flavors for your enjoyment. Flavors do include your favorite candy and ice cream to soda, wine and whiskey drinks.

Q: How do I know when the cartridge is empty?

A: With an empty cartridge, there will be reduced vapor and taste. If there is a “burning” taste to the cartridge it is either empty or near the end of its life cycle.

Q: How long does it take to recharge batteries?

A: Normal recharge time is 3 to 4 hours.

Q: Do you have a warranty?

A: We offer a complete 14-day warranty on defective batteries and chargers.

Q: Can the cartridges be refilled?

A: Electronic cigarette cartridges are disposable, just screw on a new one. Some have reported refilling the cartridges with e-liquid, keeping them “in service” for a few extra days. We don’t recommend this as a standard practice. The internal atomizer of the cartridge functions at its peak performance for the “normal” life of the cart. Every time you screw on a new cartridge, you are getting a fresh atomizer. This will give you the best performance.

Stainless steel mesh

I bought some 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Mesh 400 grade from stealth vape.

This was to be used on my AGA-T+.

It came well packaged and was delivered fast.

First impressions were that it looked like some quality mesh but the proof would be in the pudding as they say.

I cut a piece at 45mmx45mm and oxidized it. I used a paper clip to help me roll it to create a straw like a wick.

The rolling was easy enough and with a couple more oxidization and a few juice burns it was ready to try out.

I inserted it with ease into the AGA-t+ and wired it up with a .2 Kanthal wire coil.

I gave it a couple of dry burns to make sure the coil was even, and then filled it with juice. I let it sit for 15 minutes so the juice could wick.

After the 15 minuets, it was time to try it out.

Excellent, it created loads of vape, there was no burnt taste, no coil issues and it seemed to be wicking well.

I have now been using the same wick for over a month hassle free. If I change juice I whip out the wick and give it a burn and place it back in the AGA.

I would highly recommend this stainless steel mesh from stealth vape.

Excellent product and excellent service from the company.

Kanthal ribbon wire

I bought this from LT ecigs.

This heating wire is slightly different to your average heating wire as it has a flat edge.

When I have made my coils in the past with standard Kanthal I have always had issue with hot spots.

This wire with its flat edge makes coiling so much easier than before, it makes it easier to wrap the wire to your wick.

The dimensions of the wire I bought are 0.1 mm x 0.4mm and asker making my first coil with it I suffered no hot spots at all.

There is more surface area to the wire so you are gaining more heat to your wick producing more vapor.

I hope you found this review of Kanthal ribbon wire helpful.

On my first coil with this I made a fresh SS wick and manged 5 wraps of wire on the wick, this resulted in a 2.2 Ohm coil.

I can not really say that using this has made the end product of vapor and better, nor can I say that the flavours are any different but what is noticeably different is the ease of making the coil using this product.

This wire is now and will be for along time my wire of choice for making my coils, I do not think I will revert back to standard wire and feel that this will become more readable available for vendors very soon.

The wire was priced at £1.14 a meter and I bought 2 meters of it , I do not think I will need to recoil to often so the 2 meters will last me a long time.

My advice to anyone who builds their own wick and coils to give this stuff a go I am sure you will not look back.

Vapers bad day

I had my parents over for the weekend and whilst talking to my dad he let me know my mom of 59 years has been old by her specialist that she has emphysema.

She has been told that she can only expect to live for another 5 years.

She has smoked all her life and is a smoker that could never give up. she has 5 grandchildren and 2 children, myself and my brother.

After receiving this news I was a bit selfish and when out for a few beers to think things over.

I feel for my dad most of all, he has always relied on mom and to here him talk about making his plans for a life without her upsets me.

It kind of puts things into perceptive for me, it makes me more determined to stay off the stickies and keep on vaping.

My children are too young for me to explain to them about the nana but the time will come that I have to speak with them about it.

There is a link here for anyone who would like to read about Emphysema.

The damage cigarettes do to people is terrible and yet they are still legally sold to anyone old enough to buy them, and once you are hooked you are hooked.

My mom has not spoken with me yet about it, apparently, she would find it too difficult to do and my younger brother is in denial about it all.

Things will get easier and life goes on.

I just wanted to share this here, sometimes it is easier to write something down than to speak about how you feel about it.

I want my mom to spend as much time with my children as possible there is a bit of distance between us but we will make all the effort we can to spend as much time together over the next few years as possible.

Employers and E-Cigarettes

“Employers and E-Cigarettes” With the ever growing amount of ex smokers using w cig devices  is important to employers to understand all things e-cig so that can make an informed decision on whether or not to let employees vape at work.
“Employers and E-Cigarettes

An information PDF for employers, from the Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association of the UK.

This Information Sheet from ECCA UK examines e-cigarette use in the workplace. It lays out some of the issues together with the positives and negatives surrounding the topic, with the hope that this will allow you to make an informed decision regarding your own premises.

The issues

Can an employer permit or prohibit e-cigarette use on their premises, indoor or outdoor?

Yes, an employer can do either. E-Cigarettes are not covered by smoking legislation since they have no connection with tobacco cigarettes except a visual similarity: there is no tobacco, no ignition, no combustion, and no smoke. An electronic cigarette creates a form of low-temperature steam. It has more similarities to a medical nicotine inhaler than a tobacco cigarette, although there are significant differences; for example, a visibility ingredient has been added to the vapor so that it can be seen; and as the vapor is designed to feel like smoke, the device heats the vapor.

Employers can prohibit any activity on their property as that is the right of any property owner. Employers can also allow e-cig use without penalty since there is no applicable legislation.”

Safe Vaping chart

what is safe vaping? I often get asked what watt/ volts should I vape at. Here is an easy to follow the chart.

As long as you know the Ohms of your head/wick coil then this chart will give you the suggested vaping watts/volts.

For example, if your wick and coil is 2 ohms then 4.5 to 8 watts is recommended or 3 to 4 volts.

Obviously, this is just a guide and you will find your own preferred watts/volts but this chart is just to give you a starting point.

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