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What is an Electronic Cigarette?

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by admin No Comments

An electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette), electronic vaping device, personal vaporizer (PV), or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking. It generally uses a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution. Some solutions contain a mixture of nicotine and flavourings, while others release a flavoured vapor without nicotine. Many are designed to simulate smoking implements, such as cigarettes or cigars, in their use and/or appearance, while others are considerably different in appearance.

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Electronic cigarettes were invented in China in 2004  and have made their way across the world to the USA and other countries rather recently.  While they are not recognized by the FDA as a stop smoking aid,  most people you will talk to who use them did in fact use them to stop smoking regular cigarettes.  You will have to make up your own mind on whether or not you think they are a healthier alternative to smoking, but numerous (non-governmental) studies show that they are up to 1,000 times less deadly and are in fact about as harmful as wearing a patch or chewing the gum.

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FDA & e Cigarettes

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Q: What are electronic cigarettes?

A: Electronic cigarettes are products designed to deliver nicotine or other substances to a user in the form of a vapor. Typically, they are composed of a rechargeable, battery-operated heating element, a replaceable cartridge that may contain nicotine or other chemicals, and an atomizer that, when heated, converts the contents of the cartridge into a vapor. This vapor can then be inhaled by the user. These products are often made to look like such products as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. They are also sometimes made to look like everyday items such as pens and USB memory sticks, for people who wish to use the product without others noticing.

Q: What concerns does FDA have regarding electronic cigarettes?

A: FDA has not evaluated any e-cigarettes for safety or effectiveness. When FDA conducted limited laboratory studies of certain samples, FDA found significant quality issues that indicate that quality control processes used to manufacture these products are substandard or non-existent. FDA found that cartridges labeled as containing no nicotine contained nicotine and that three different electronic cigarette cartridges with the same label emitted a markedly different amount of nicotine with each puff. Experts have also raised concerns that the marketing of products such as e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products. Visit FDA’s Electronic Cigarettes webpage for additional information.

Q: What action did FDA take today on electronic cigarettes?

A: FDA issued warning letters to five distributors of electronic cigarettes for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). These violations included unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices.

Q: Would it be possible for an electronic cigarette to receive FDA approval?

A: Yes. FDA issued a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Association inviting electronic cigarette firms to work in cooperation with the agency toward the goal of assuring that electronic cigarettes sold in the United States are lawfully marketed. The agency intends to regulate electronic cigarettes and related products in a manner consistent with its mission of protecting the public health.

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E-Cig Type of Atomizers – Difference Bteween CE4 and EVOD T2, T3 type Atomizers

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by admin No Comments


In case you wonder what these silly technical terms mean,  CE4 is a type of atomizer that comes like any new plastic tube looking atomizers that you see everywhere now a days. This has some visible white strings(wick) on two sides which goes from around the top end to the core of the atomizer.

On the other hand the EVOD and T2 or T3 type atomizers look very similar in shape and material but looking closely you will see they do not have those white strings on either side, instead they may have a tiny cylinder looking long metal tube from top to bottom.

The way these two devices work are very different, the CE4 or similar type atomizers pulls the e Liquid through the long strings of wicks towards the top, while the EVOD type has these tiny but visible wicks that are at the base of the core where the heating elements are located. So in other words CE4 works pretty much the opposite way as the EVOD does. You fill the CE4 from the top while you fill the EVOD from the bottom holding it upside down.

The prices are very similar for both atomizers, you may find EVOD and T2 or T3 going for little higher (Average about $4-$6) when the CE4 average price is around $3-$4 depending on where you buy them from.  Remember not all CE4 or EVOD are created equal. The quality, looks even shapes can vary widely along with price. There are over 400 e Cigarette manufacturers only in Shenzhen, China which also means there are at least that many variation in quality and looks. Since there are no set standards for these devices, every other company tries to get creative in designing and building these devices and they all have a mini R&D department in each factory.

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: U.S. tobacco giant Lorillard buys e-cigarette company Blu Ecig in $135m deal

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by admin No Comments

By Chris Parsons

PUBLISHED: 08:07 GMT, 27 April 2012 | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 27 April 2012

Cigarette giant Lorillard today became the first major tobacco firm to buy an electronic cigarette after announcing a deal to acquire Blu Ecigs.

The third biggest tobacco firm in the U.S. has bought the ecig firm in a deal worth $135million.

Lorillard announced the acquisition off the back of figures which showed its net income had fallen 10 per cent in the first quarter of the year.

Sale: Blu Ecigs said the acquisition would help them 'move to the next level of expansion'Sale: Blu Ecigs said the acquisition would help them ‘move to the next level of expansion’

Lorillard, which produces Newport and Kent cigarettes, is the third biggest tobacco firm in the U.S.Lorillard, which produces Newport and Kent cigarettes, is the third biggest tobacco firm in the U.S.

The cigarette firm earned $223 million, or or $1.70 per share, for the period ended March 31. Those figures were down from $248 million, or $1.71 per share, a year ago.

Lorillard, the maker of Newport and Kent branded cigarettes, saw its shares fall 3.9 per cent yesterday.

Blu Ecigs, based in Charlotte, NC, said in a statement the sale ‘gives us access to the tremendously experienced team and resources at Lorillard and will allow us to move to the next level on our expansion.’

Electronic cigarettes, which have no tobacco but do contain nicotine, are thought to be worth around $500million in the U.S., although this figure is still dwarfed by the £100billion generated by cigarettes.

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Ecigs are battery powered plastic and metal devices featuring a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge.

They create a vapour which users inhale to imitate the nicotine flavour and sensation of smoking a real cigarette.

The news comes after it emerged last year that a number of U.S. cities have already banned electronic cigarettes in the workplace and for under-18s.

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E-cigarettes could save millions of lives, conference told

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by admin No Comments

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  ecigs NZ, ecigarettes NZ, Kiwi ecigs, electronic cigarettes new zealand, electronic cigarettes NZ, electronic cigarettes kiwi London (AFP) – Switching to e-cigarettes could save millions of smokers’ lives, a conference on the increasingly popular devices heard Tuesday, though some experts warned more research on the health effects is needed.

The merits of e-cigarettes were thrashed out at a one-day gathering of some 250 scientists, policymakers, industry figures and enthusiasts at the Royal Society in London.

The use of electronic cigarettes — battery-powered devices that simulate smoking by heating and vaporising a liquid solution containing nicotine — has grown rapidly, with tobacco manufacturers jumping on the trend.

Sales have doubled annually for the last four years and there are an estimated seven million users across Europe, organisers said.

European lawmakers in October threw out a bid to curb sales of e-cigarettes by classifying them as medicinal products.

Delegates in London debated how the market had moved faster than science or the law.3cefc7e887b7e7bd73b82793147bd896e3675202

Many delegates merrily “vaped” away throughout the indoor conference sessions, including one man puffing on a sizable e-pipe and another inhaling an e-cigar that lit up blue.

“Cigarettes are killing 5.4 million people per year in the world,” said Robert West, a health psychology professor and the director of tobacco studies at Cancer Research UK.

He told delegates switching to e-cigarettes could save millions of lives, but the debate was about “whether that goal can be realised and how best to do it”.

The professor said almost a third of attempts to quit smoking involved e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes ‘running ahead of science’

Though they are estimated to be between 95 and 99 percent safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes, some countries have banned them and attendees debated the thorny issue of whether regulation — possibly under medicinal rules — should be brought in.

They also discussed their potential as a tool to quit smoking or whether they might become a gateway for those who have never smoked.

5ab403c29e404ac22879d31bef412b68eea6494fDeborah Arnott, chief executive of the Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH) pressure group, warned that not enough was known about their effects, and pointed out that the tobacco companies are snapping up manufacturers.

“ASH thinks that e-cigarettes have significant potential. They are a lot less harmful than smoking,” she told AFP.

However, “there’s a real concern that their safety and effectiveness is not guaranteed without regulation,” she said.

“The tobacco companies are moving in. For them it’s potentially a ‘Kodak moment’ because if everyone moved to e-cigarettes, they’d lose their market so they’ve got to be in there. A lot of the bigger e-cigarette companies have already been bought up.”

She warned: “If there are carcinogens in there, you won’t see an immediate effect but 10, 15, 20 years down the line, people will be dying from that.

“The development of e-cigarettes is definitely running ahead of the science.”

Jacques Le Houezec, a consultant in public health and tobacco dependence from France, told delegates that while e-cigarettes contained some harmful substances, the levels of toxicants were nine to 450 times lower than in cigarette smoke.

Matthew Moden, a director of English firm Liberty Flights, which makes e-liquid from pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, said that since starting in 2009 as an online retailer with three workers, exponential demand means the company now employs 75 people and has 10 stores.

They sell a starter kit for £25 ($40, 30 euros), while a refill costs £4.85 for 10 millilitres. An average user might get through one to three millilitres per day, he said. A typical packet of 20 tobacco cigarettes can cost around £8.

“Our customers always refer to this as the product that helped them to stop smoking,” he told AFP.

“We welcome regulation. We need to be transparent with what we’re selling, how safe it is and where it comes from.”

516917450907f29085c6a445e2fc103e6a76fe6aThe e-liquids come in a multitude of flavours, including menthol and forest fruits.

“In 10, 12, 20 years’ time, I think nicotine will be akin to caffeine in regard to how people consume it, how it’s considered and the effect it has on the body,” said Moden.

Public health commentator Clive Bates said the current light-touch regulation had engendered the rapid innovation within the industry, with e-cigarettes now in a “third generation”.

“If you clamp down on all of that with regulation… only the tobacco manufacturers will be able to afford the costs,” the panellist told AFP.

“It’s a trap.”

Afterwards, e-cigarette enthusiasts, or “vapers”, gathered at a nearby pub — standing outside, like regular smokers have to — puffing away and showing one another their custom-made equipment.


Electronic Smoking Cigarettes A Healthier Alternative

Posted on: November 24th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Tobacco companies won’t admit that smoking is an addiction but everyone knows it is so. And it is an addiction that’s powerful enough to keep millions smoking tobacco and jeopardizing their health. The tar in cigarette smoke is a carcinogen and tobacco contains many other harmful substances. That’s why no matter how pleasant smoking may be, almost every smoker has thought about quitting. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. But there is an alternative now – in electronic smoking cigarettes.

With just about everything else benefiting from the rapid advances in technology, electronic cigarettes should come as no surprise. Let me explain the idea behind it. If you’re a smoker who has tried to quit, you know that it’s not just the rush from the nicotine that makes it hard to kick the habit. It’s also a psychological thing. Holding the cigarette or pipe, lighting up after dinner or during a break, tasting and twirling the smoke. So what if you could have all that, but without the tar and other carcinogens of tobacco smoke?

This is where electronic smoking comes in. It doesn’t do away with nicotine, so there are no withdrawal symptoms. Unlike patches or gum, it also doesn’t take away the physical aspect of a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe or a cigarillo; it does replace them with an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe and e-cigarillo. These smoking products use sophisticated, patented technology to vaporize special liquids, not surprisingly called an e-liquid, to produce smoke and deliver nicotine just as if you were smoking a real cigarette. For those who like the comforting glow of burning tobacco when they inhale, those e-smoking products even have a little light that simulates the glow when you inhale. Not necessary as far as I am concerned, but the makers apparently thought it added a nice touch.

So the idea here is to simulate smoking, down to getting that nice nicotine rush and the smoke, without actually burning tobacco with all its associated negative health aspects. But if there is still smoke, isn’t that bad for you anyway? Well, it’d probably be better not to smoke at all, but if tar from smoking is the primary concern, there is none.

How does one use electronic smoking products? Do you just flip out an e-pack, smoke and then discard the cigarette butt? Nope; it’s all different. Since the e-cigarette has a rechargeable battery and a liquid container for the smoking liquid, you use it over and over again. In that sense it is more like a pipe where you don’t discard the pipe but simply put in more tobacco. Likewise, you don’t discard electronic smoking products; you simply put in a new e-cartridge and occasionally recharge the battery (there’s even a USB-eCig that doesn’t need a battery; you just plug it into a USB port on your computer).

Do all e-cigarettes (there are also “e-MiniCig” tiny cigarettes) taste the same? They don’t. There are a couple of dozen tastes to select from, including those of some leading cigarette brands, and there are also different nicotine levels, from none at all to extra-high. There is no doubt that electronic smoking cigarettes require getting used to, and the technology is probably still in its infancy, but smokers who are really concerned about tar may want to take a look at e-cigs.

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