Vapes Every Vaper Should Know
What are the different types of vapes you can buy? When vaping first became popular a few years ago, companies rushed to release many types of equipment. Consumers were left wondering the differences. These days, if you walk into a smoke or vape shop to inquire about ecigarettes or vapes, you’ll be inundated with a lot of terms that may not make sense to you.
To help understand what are the different types of vapes available; we’ve sorted vape hardware into couple of categories. Although many may argue there are more sub-categories within these – this is just a general overview of what is out there.
Disposable eCigarettes – Disposable ecigarettes are also known as cigalikes, vape pens, and simply ecigarettes. These devices are similar in shape to regular cigarettes and are most commonly found in convenience stores and retailers like Walmart.
Blu (Imperial), Vuse (RJ Reynolds), and Mark Ten (Altria) are among the most popular ecigarettes, and each are manufactured by major tobacco companies. Disposable ecigarettes are prefered by smokers who want the feel of a cigarette in their hands. Many vapers dislike these devices because of the high nicotine content, limited flavor availability, and cost – you’ll spend upwards of $10 for only a few ml of vape juice.
Rebuildable Atomizer – Rebuildable atomizers are also known as RBAs and personal vaporizers. These devices are and are commonly found in vape shops. They are usually used by people who like to have control over how their vape is going to hit. Although not as extensive as an RDA the RBAs are a good choice for someone looking to take their vaping to the next level.
RBA vaporizers have two pieces – a battery and tank. The tank holds ejuice and can hold much more than a standard disposable ecigarette. These tanks are easily refillable and each individual piece can be replaced if it fails. Rebuildable atomizers are prefered by those seeking to make their own ejuice or refill with flavors of their choice. They cost from $20-$200+
Rebuildable Drip Atomizer – Rebuildable drip atomizers are also known as RDAs and advanced personal vaporizers (APV). These devices are highly customizable tank systems that are commonly found in vape shops.
RDA vaporizers require the user to rebuild the coils and replace the wick, which can take some getting used to. They are customizable and often have a variety of features. There are mainly two things people go for when choosing an RDA; good flavor vs big clouds. Instead of a tank, these mods require you to drip ejuice onto them in order to vape. Drip atomizers are prefered by cloud chasers for their ability to adjust and personalize and can cost from $100-$1000.
Closed loop ecigs – These type of vapes are starting to make their way into the market much faster than any others. Closed loop ecigs are non-refillable. And usually they are similar to cigalikes.
A good example of a closed loop ecig is the JUUL by Pax labs. Based in San Francisco this company has innovated the way people interact with the ecigs. Their product the JUUL has a closed loop system that is probably the easiest to use among all other types of vapes. instead of having to refill, build coils, change wicks and so on – All you need to do is vape. The best part is that you get all of this convenience for $50. I believe that the closed loop ecigs will be one of the few types of devices to survive the battle with the FDA.
Which type of vaporizer you choose is up to you, though many people have a variety of hardware to cater to every occasion.
Some Ejuice Flavors Are Worse Than Others. Vaping safe e-juice is a widely discussed topic.
So, are you Vaping safe e-juice? Despite the recent FDA crackdown, vaping is still viewed by many as a safer alternative to smoking. While it is safer, due to the carcinogens inhaled when combusting plant materials, it’s still not wholly safe.Nicotine itself has a risk associated with it: ingesting 50-100mg can be harmful to your body, and any amounts can cause birth defects if used while pregnant.However, it’s important to know that even some vape juices without nicotine can still be dangerous. This is because of a chemical called dactyl.
Popcorn Lung and That Buttery Goodness
Many of the most popular ejuice flavors contain diacetyl, which is the chemical that gives butter its signature taste. Buttery and creamy flavors, as well as those meant to taste like baked goods, most likely contain diacetyl. A Harvard study recently found the chemical in fruit-, candy-, and cocktail-flavored ejuices as well.
Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health )NIOSH) have issued warnings about the dangers of inhaling heated diactetyl after workers in factories that manufacture artificial butter flavorings have been diagnosed with bronchitis obliterans.
Despite these warnings for workers, consumers are rarely warned about the presence of this chemical in ejuice, due to lack of federal standards and regulations.
Lack of Real Research
Although diacetyl is so far the only chemical known to be a possible danger to vapers, it doesn’t mean other flavorings are safe. When the FDA designates a flavor chemical Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS), it means it’s approved for ingestion, not inhalation.
There has so far been very little research into the effects of concentrated inhalation of these flavorings, though one can assume at least some of the expense of the FDA’s new regulations will go to pay for such research. Until then, no chemical flavoring can be deemed safe, but diactetyl is for sure unsafe.
Despite these risks, vaping is still a safer alternative to smoking, so long as you perform your due diligence. Only vape ejuices from vendors you trust, who properly label their products and the ingredients in them.
We saw a public health body in the UK come in support of vaping and urged employers to give e-cigarette smokers more vaping breaks as well as a separate area where they can enjoy their vapes. At the same time, it’s a sad week for Alaska vapers as smoking and vaping are now banned in downtown’s Town Square Park. Check out details in this week’s vaping news roundup.
E-CIGARETTE SMOKERS NEED MORE BREAKS AT WORK AND SEPARATE ‘VAPING’ ROOMS, HEALTH WATCHDOG SAYS
Public Health England (PHE) is urging employers across the UK to designate vaping areas for e-cigarette smokers t avoid mixing with traditional tobacco smokers. PHE said that forcing vapers to vape outdoors undermine their ability to quit smoking. The government health body has also asked employers to give employees who vape extra breaks.
According to a PHE report from August 2015, e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than normal cigarettes, which contain higher nicotine levels, tar and other dangerous chemicals.
Vaping provides a generally lower blood nicotine level and takes longer to reach a desired level, requiring frequent interim top-ups. This difference should be taken into account, particularly when developing policies for workplaces.
PHE said in the guidelines for employers.
Check out further details on Newsweek.
Gabor Kovacs of ‘smoke no smoke’ smokes an e-cigarette that his shop sells at Camden in London June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Smoking, vaping banned in Anchorage’s Town Square Park
The Anchorage Assembly this week approved the banning of smoking and vaping in downtown’s Town Square Park. This new law reversed vote held in June rejecting the ban. This came after Assembly members Tim Steele and Bill Starr changed their votes, leading to a 7-4 vote in favor of the ban.
Anyone found smoking tobacco or using e-cigarettes in the plaza will now get a $100 fine. Fortunately, the ban doesn’t extend to the Alaska Center Performing Arts property just to the west. The sponsor of the measure, Assembly member Dick Traini, said it was aimed at stopping people from smoking Spice and marijuana in the plaza, though Spice is a banned substance and it’s already illegal to smoke pot in public.
Some Assembly members including Patrick Flynn, who represents downtown, criticized the smoking ban. Flynn had earlier noted that smoking in the park did not necessarily indicate illegal activity.
People misbehaving in Town Square Park — yes, we need to take steps to eradicate that behavior. But I don’t think banning smoking is the way to do it.
Read more on Alaska Dispatch News.
As the war against vaping rages on, it’s great to hear reports in support of e-cigarettes. A statistical analysis published this week revealed that e-cigs could cut smoking deaths by 20%! Continue reading for details.
E-cigs “could cut smoking deaths by 20%”, statistical model suggests
A statistical analysis of how people vape and smoke was published in a scientific paper this week. From the model, analysts found that that e-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths in the U.S. by more than 20%. The paper analysed how “vaporized nicotine products” or VNPs impact public health “in terms of how it alters smoking patterns among those who would have otherwise smoked cigarettes and among those who would not have otherwise smoked cigarettes in the absence of VNPs.
The paper projects a reduction of 21% in smoking-related deaths and of 20% in life years lost as a result of VNP use by the 1997 US birth cohort compared to a scenario without VNPs. This projection is based on current use patterns and conservative assumptions,
The model incorporates transitions from trial to established VNP use, transitions to exclusive VNP and dual use, and the effects of cessation at later ages.
Read more on the statistics on ECig Intelligence.
Source: ECig Intelligence
Arkansas Lawmakers Prepare To Defund State’s Smoking Hotline
Lawmakers in Little Rock have elected to defund the Arkansas smoking hotline, which provides advisers to tobacco users looking to quit. The legislators proposed that the $1.8 million operations fee used to run the hotline be used elsewhere in the budget.
$1.8 million is a lot of money, when you see social workers in foster care are short workers, and we are short the ability to pay them what they need to be paid.
Bart Hester, State Senator from Cave Springs, one of the supporters of the defunding said.
The proposal was heavily supported in Little Rock but, those who work directly with tobacco users said the move would be a bad one for the state. The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco & Drug Free Coalition said the funding was incredibly useful.
Workers ask questions, they do an interview to see where callers are at, and what kind of cigarettes they are smoking.
Sandy Montero, Project Coordinator for the coalition said.
Check out the rest of the story on 5 News.
Counterfeit Vaping Gear ruins the industry
Clone versus counterfeit vaping gear has become a trending topic in vaping circles as the proliferation and diversity of vape gear intensifies. These days, it seems, the release of a mod or some other equipment heralds a barrage of upcoming wannabe gadgets that are either very good imitations or supremely bogus gadgets.
Whatever it is, counterfeiting is a scourge that is alarmingly entrenching itself into the electronic cigarette industry, and to a good chunk, cause for worry.
The way we see it, different markets exist that satisfy the demand for these products:
- There are some who contend with the counterfeits for personal reasons (availability, price and what-not) – the frugal market.
- There are the hybrids who never give a hoot and would fancy authentic but don’t mind the counterfeits either – the purists.
- Then there are those who call a fake fork what they think it plainly is: a fake fork – the elitist market.
Which vaper are you?
Clones vs. Counterfeit Vaping Gear
Wait, aren’t clones the same as counterfeits? Many would tend to believe so, but the lines of distinction are as clear as day.
Clones are products that look similar to the real deal. However, there will be some differences if you care to look closely.
Counterfeits, on the other hand, are products or marketing campaigns that try to sell the same as the real thing while in the real sense, they are not. In other words, counterfeits try to pose as the originals, and little is done to convince you otherwise: they could use similar packaging, include certain markings associated with the genuine thing and so on.
Counterfeit Vaping Gear can be hard to spot, and this comes at a price for both company and consumer. Thanks to you guessed who – China.
Cost to the Industry
What comes to mind first thing when thinking about cost of counterfeits to the industry is profit margins. Counterfeits have eaten into the bottomline of many a business, and vaping is no different. Genuine products come at a cost, and not everyone is comfortable forking out the kind of money and will settle for a replica when it comes out. This is what’s happening and you can imagine the industry isn’t cracking a smile.
As a consequence of the above, innovation by the brands we know and trust has been stifled simply because not enough revenue is coming in, and thus no point in committing more resources to R&D.
As much as companies can’t regulate what’s going on sale in terms of counterfeit gear replicating their products, some of those counterfeits are very low quality and make for a negative lasting impression when consumers are left with the view that the supposed company is behind what substandard product they had purchased.
Cost to the Consumer
One of the biggest downsides of counterfeits to consumers is access to low quality products and gear. For those looking to quit smoking for vaping, these bad first experiences can mean make or break. You probably heard someone say they had a negative experience with e cigarettes when they tried them. That’s because they went for low quality e-liquid (ass juice) most likely made in China.
Health is another cost to the consumer and you can look at it in either of two ways: there are the health problems that come with prolonged smoking when the would-be vaper refuses to give up smoking for a bad vaping experience due to poor gear and low quality juice. And there are the potential negative health impacts that could arise from use of poor quality e liquids you have no idea what went into their manufacture.
Much as you hate them, counterfeits will always be there. But what do you, the vaper, think of counterfeit vaping gear? We would love to know!