Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

August 02, 2019

What is e-liquid?

E-liquid is a blend of 4-5 components that are usually suspended in a VG (vegetable glycerin) base or PG (propylene glycol) base. E-liquid is used for vaporizing and inhaling to get a nicotine fix. Click here to learn more about what is in e-liquid                                

What is salt Nicotine?

Salt nicotine is formulated by adding an acid to regular nicotine and heating. This converts it from its alkaloid form to its salt form. Increasing the absorption rate and allowing for a more satisfying nicotine fix.

Where is e-liquid made?

E-liquid is made in a lab setting. Though there is no actual regulations of where it must be made. However, it is accepted industry-wide that e-liquid should be made in an ISO 7 Laboratory. This means the air quality is clean and the room is positively pressurized. By doing this it removes the risk of airborne particles. You should always confirm your e-liquid is made in a properly maintained ISO 7 Laboratory with certification. Check out e-liquid labels to see if they are manufactured in an ISO 7 lab. 

What is Juul?

The Juul is a device created to help convert smokers to vaping. It is a small device with prefilled pods that are disposable after use. Generally seen as 95% safer than smoking[1], Juul has been able to convert smokers to vaping at a much faster rate than any other vaping product. Many try to replicate Juul’s success however their product is seen as superior to all other competitors in the pod style market.

Why did my vape make me cough?

Generally speaking when a smoker converts to vaping they may have some coughing due to the damage caused by smoking. Smokers have conditioned their lungs and throat by repeated damage via smoking. This conditioning makes them not have any coughing from the cigarettes but due to the completely different formulation of e-cigarettes they may feel itchiness when inhaling. This goes away as your throat and lungs heal from getting off the stinky cigarettes. Another cause can be irritation from PG (propylene glycol) if you experience a rash or constant coughing you may be allergic. If this is the case, please consider switching to a high VG or VG only e-liquid.

Will my vape explode?

Vapes exploding are very rare. In most cases it is due to user error. The batteries we use in our e-cigs are generally LIPO or Lithium ion in the form of 18650 cells. These batteries have a plastic sheathing over the outside to protect from metal to metal contact between the positive and ground. Generally, when we see exploding vapes it is due to the batteries being left in the pockets of the user with loose change or keys. This can cause a hard short and the battery overheats and explodes. There have been 0 deaths attributed to vapes since inception which is important to note. Always store your batteries properly and make sure there are no tears in the plastic sheathing on the battery. If you notice any tears, replace the battery immediately. Lithium battery technology is considered safe and is in most of our portable day to day devices!

Are e-cigs addictive?

Yes and no. Are they addictive like cigarettes, no. Are they habit forming, yes. Nicotine by itself is seen as addictive as caffeine[2]. The reason cigarettes draw such a stigma to nicotine is the other chemicals in combustion cause increased chemical dependence on the cigarettes. Because vaping does not need combustion the chemicals aren’t there to increase its addictive potential. Most vaping users note that they can go long periods in between vaping without the anxiety or addictive feel of cigarettes.

Is vaping less expensive than smoking?

This is a loaded question because in many cases it is much cheaper than smoking if you are a pack a day smoker. However, if you are an enthusiast vaper then you are probably spending around the same as smoking. The reason is with sub ohm hardware and big vapor production you go through a lot of coils and e-liquid. If you are using a salt nicotine device and salt nicotine e-liquid it can be as much as 80% cheaper than smoking. It’s not all about the money and the benefits of vaping far outweigh any cost concerns customers may have. Check our blog section in the near future for a more specific breakdown at how you can save money by switching to vaping!

Is there tobacco in vapes?

While in the traditional sense there is not tobacco leaf in the product, there is in fact nicotine which is derived from tobacco. However there is no actual leaf particulate therefore the risk of tobacco related illness is not present.

Why is my e-juice a weird color?

It is common for e-liquids to have colors ranging from nearly colorless to caramel color or yellow/orange This is due to the flavorings and nicotine oxidization. However, some manufacturers add colorants like blue or pink to make their e-liquid’s look different from competitors. Some flavorings from the raw material manufacturers come colored as well. It is because the flavorings used are all food grade and were originally meant for candy making or soda. The flavorings are useful in those applications however not so much in vaping. The flavorings are an unneeded additive that we don’t know the potential health effects of. If you aren’t comfortable putting coloring in your lungs, then avoid e-liquids with added dyes.

Is vaping carcinogenic?

There is a ton of evidence of the emissions of vapor produced by e-cigs. The evidence points to that there are no substantial amounts of carcinogens like those found in traditional cigarettes. This is due to the lack of combustion of any organic material. Vaping doesn’t get hot enough to ignite and cause carcinogens. If you are concerned about cancer causing chemicals know that the Royal College of Physicians has stated e-cigarettes are 95% safer than smoking[3]!

How often do I have to change my coil?

The easiest way to tell when you have to change your coil is the taste. If the coil starts to taste slightly burnt, then it’s time to change it out. Coil longevity is based on the e-liquid you have in your vape. E-liquids high in sweetener, souring agents or additives are what we call “Coil Killers” and usually result in extremely reduced coil life. Consider switching to a juice with lower sweetener to extend coil life.

What is the difference between e-liquid’s?

No e-liquid is the same, the reason is ingredients. Every manufacturer uses a different combination of flavor houses, raw material suppliers or nicotine which give them their trademark taste. Considering the amount of flavor manufacturers there are on the market there is an infinite amount of permutations to create and e-liquid. This is what makes “cloning” an e-liquid difficult.

How long has vaping been around? The history of vaping?[4]

In 1927, Joseph Robinson applied for a patent for an electronic vaporizer. Its purpose was to be used with medicinal compounds. The patent was approved in 1930. The device was never made available for sale. In 1930, the United States Patent and Trademark Office reported a patent stating, "for holding medicinal compounds which are electrically or otherwise heated to produce vapors for inhalation.” In 1934, a patent stated that a product was "adapted for transforming volatile liquid medicaments into vapors or into mists of exceedingly fine particles." In 1936, a comparable patent was reported. These instances are in regard to vaporization for medicinal use. The earliest e-cigarette can be traced to American Herbert A. Gilbert, who in 1963 patented "a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette" that involved "replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air". This device produced flavored steam without nicotine. The patent was granted in 1965. Gilbert's invention was ahead of its time. There were prototypes, but it received little attention and was never commercialized because smoking was still fashionable at that time. Gilbert said in 2013 that today's electric cigarettes follow the basic design set forth in his original patent. The Favor cigarette, introduced in 1986, was another early noncombustible product promoted as an alternative nicotine-containing tobacco product.

Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist and inventor, who worked as a research pharmacist for a company producing ginseng products, is frequently credited with the invention of the modern e-cigarette. But tobacco companies have been developing nicotine aerosol generation devices since as early as 1963. Philip Morris' division NuMark, launched in 2013 the MarkTen e-cigarette that Philip Morris had been working on since 1990, 13 years prior to Hon Lik creating his e-cigarette. Lik quit smoking after his father, also a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer. In 2001, he thought of using a high frequencypiezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to vaporize a pressurized jet of liquid containing nicotine. This design creates a smoke-like vapor. Lik said that using resistance heating obtained better results and the difficulty was to scale down the device to a small enough size. Lik's invention was intended to be an alternative to smoking. Hon Lik sees the e-cigarette as comparable to the "digital camera taking over from the analogue camera."

 

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review

[2] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-nicotine-all-bad/

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette#cite_note-CASAA2016-313



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