A beginner's guide to choosing an ecig

The battery

You need to ask yourself - where and how often will I be using my e-cigarette?

For everyday use, you should not be buying a small battery - it is a smaller design and looks more like a real cigarette but it needs re-charging far more often which means you will need to replace the battery more often. In addition, it will be less effective at vapourizing the e-liquid. Any battery below 650mah for everyday use is a bad idea. Most popular for everyday vaping are the batteries found in our eGo C and eVod kits.

For occasional use, when you are out and about, a smaller battery is a good idea as an e-cig with a smaller battery will be smaller and easier to carry around. We would recommend a 250mah - 350mah battery in this case such as the battery found in our 510T kits.

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Government to Regulate E-cigs

Electronic cigarettes are big business - a £100m industry involving hundreds of manufacturers, many small businesses. Only recently Citigroup hailed ecigs as a technology that would make waves in the smoking industry. Now, they are under threat of extinction as a viable alternative to smoking as the Government take steps to regulate ecigs as medicines.

In a recent press release, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said that electronic cigarettes will be classified as NCPs (Nicotine Containing Products) and treated in the same way as quit smoking aids such as patches and gums. Whilst, they will still be able to be sold in supermarkets, newsagents, etc without prescription, manufacturers will have to seek a licence and will be banned from advertising them to under 16s. Product labels will also have to include sign-posting to support services for quitting smoking.

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Caffeine vs Nicotine

The dangers of cigarettes are very well known - cancer of the lung, throat, mouth, pancreas, bladder, nose as well as heart attacks, strokes and autoimmune diseases. Yet, millions of people still smoke because, as the tobacco companies know, cigarettes deliver an addictive, pleasurable drug: nicotine.

There is now a way to deliver nicotine in a tobacco-free way with the electronic cigarette. In an e-cigarette, a battery powers an atomizing device which causes a liquid solution containing nicotine to be vaporized. The resulting gas containing nicotine is inhaled into the body. "Vaping" as it is called, delivers all the biochemical rewards and none of the lethal risks of tobacco.

There are very few ingredients in e liquid - in fact only three. Nicotine which is either extracted from tobacco or synthetic, food grade flavourings, and a carrier substance such as propylene glycol (PEG) or vegetable glycerin (VG). The carrier substanec and the flavourings are completely harmless - they are used in perfumes, fake cigarettes for film sets and various other purposes. It is the nicotine over which there is a question mark.

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Electronic Cigarettes Can Help Quitters

In a recent article in the journal PLOS ONE, a trial of electronic cigarettes in Italian smokers with no wish to quit using tobacco at the outset found an astonishing result. One year later, 13% of the people that took part were no longer smoking real cigarettes.

This was not a quit smoking study and even still over 50% of participants reduced their tobacco consumption soon after they started using e cigarettes. Equally as important, the results achieved for people that had quit smoking entirely by the end of the study rival those achieved with medications.

The Study

The study recruited 300 people between June 2010 and February 2011. Only current smokers who stated they had no intention of quitting in the near future. Each participant was then randomly designated to one of three groups.

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So, Electronic Cigarettes - do they deliver?

What's in a real cigarette?
A cigarette may look harmless enough - tobacco leaves covered in classic white paper. But when it burns, it releases a dangerous cocktail of about 4,000 chemicals including:

  • more than 70 cancer-causing chemicals (including tar, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, polonium-210, and more)
  • hundreds of other poisons (including hydrogen cyonide, amonia, carbon monoxide...)
  • nicotine, a highly addictive drug, and many additives designed to make cigarettes taste nicer and keep smokers hooked.

You can learn more about these chemicals, by visiting the Cancer Research UK website.

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