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E-Cig Colors Are Not Responsible for Sick Kids

Whenever something that is intended for “adult use” is produced with vivid or bright colors it seems to attract people who say that the items and products are a danger to children. They claim that the bright colors make them “attractive” to kids. Is this really true? Is a kid going to pick up a deadly spider let’s say simply because it is pink with bright blue accents? I think not.

 

The Colors Are Not A Danger

 

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The above image is one that was recently used in an article on Komonews. The claim being made is that the bright colors of various parts and products used by electronic cigarette manufacturers are enticing children to try vaping. They are also claiming that because of this there is a sharp rise in the number of nicotine poisoning cases. What do you think? Do you think that it is reasonable to assume the colors are what makes these a danger to kids? I distinctly remember not too long ago there was a story on the local news about the fact that the various candy flavored e-liquids would pose a threat to kids because of the flavors. They said that such flavors would get kids smoking simply because they are attracted to the candy flavor. As if they were insects who were attracted to some sort of bait.

While I completely disagree with the claim that the colors are posing a danger there is one scenario in which a slightly similar case would make sense. I am referring to little kids. Children below the age of 5 for example. Kids who really do not know the difference between a stick of candy and a potentially dangerous nicotine-filled device could be in danger, sure. But at this point it comes down to the parents doing what they can to keep their kids away from such dangers.

 

The Biggest Battle For the E-Cig Industry

 

It might make sense to assume that the tobacco industry would be the electronic cigarettes biggest enemy. While they are a major hurdle the industry must overcome, it is really the various health organisations and the people who ignorantly make claims such as the one we are talking about here and now.

I have three kids and at a certain point children mature physically and mentally to a degree in which they are able to make their own judgement. They are able to then use the knowledge gained from their parents and the various experiences they have gone through to make up their own minds about the actions that they take. One such action would be eating or drinking the contents of an e-cigarette tank or cartridge because they think there is a candy flavored liquid inside. I don’t know about you, but my youngest who is 10 would never do such a thing. Even when she was much younger she would know better.

The health organisations have made some erroneous claims over the last year and will likely continue to do so. One reason for this is the lack of any real scientific data regarding e-cigarettes. This lack of information in some ways allows different people and various groups to just insert their own claims wherever they want. Once this happens, once a somewhat respected organisation makes a claim about something or someone, those who blindly follow the organisation will ignorantly believe anything they say. This is where we have the problems that we find ourselves dealing with at the present time.

 

Is There a Solution to Any of This

 

It is hard to change the minds of a large group of people once they begin to listen to such “respected” organisations. When people blindly follow the claims of such groups out of pure ignorance to the facts their minds are mostly made up. They are set in their ways at this point and you can almost forget changing their minds because you will not even get the chance to try. They just do not want to hear it. Change is hard for anyone.

Honestly I can’t say that I have a solution to this. I suppose the best thing that any of us can do is to educate our children. We must make sure that they really understand that in more ways than one color does not mean anything. Just because something is pink does not mean it will taste like cotton candy. On the flip-side of this, for any educated person to make the claim that something as simple as a color is the reason children are getting sick from ingesting poisonous substances is ludicrous. In addition, it is an insult to the parents and the children alike. I would like to think that the children of the world are a bit smarter than that. I would like to think that they have been taught by their parents and loved ones what to put in their mouth and what not to. Like I said earlier, at a certain age children make up their own minds about this and if at that point they still think that pink equals cotton candy, well then, I suppose the parents have more work to do.

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The Ecigarette Getting Over-Regulated in Europe

The electronic cigarette community seems to be taking some “hits” over across the pond. Our fellow vapers in Europe are being tagged with regulations all over the place as governments try to keep up with the growing popularity of the devices.

Over-Regulation?

It is hard to define when something has been over-regulated. Over here in the US we have been quietly hoping for some sort of regulation to be put on the electronic cigarette industry as a way to help with various issues. Things like cloning and getting a standard for production of e-liquids are just a couple things that US vapers are looking for.

It is probably a safe assumption that our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic were hoping for the same, but they got much more. I do not have or know the details yet, but from what I am seeing it appears that countries are opting for either a middle of the road approach, or going all out. What is all out exactly? How about putting the exact same regulations and taxes on electronic cigarettes as they do with tobacco cigarettes?

If you ask me (and anyone else I would imagine) this is a bit too far. It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that there is a distinct difference between tobacco-based cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Yet, those in power have decided there is no distinction to be made. They cite safety concerns and concerns about children and vaping being a sort of gateway to addiction.

Gateway To Addiction

Over the years I have heard of a bunch of different things as being a gateway (of sorts) to addiction. As a person who has known people who have suffered from addiction I can say that vaping is not going to get people addicted to anything anymore than the next product would. Something like 95% of people who smoke electronic cigarettes were already smoking tobacco of some kind before trying ecigs.

Now there are those who vape and have never smoked a day in their lives. But these are people who are generally adults and have already had opportunities to get addicted to something. The ecig had nothing to do with it. I think in some ways people are looking for reasons to hate the ecig. It just feels like they should. It feels like this is something they should not like or approve of. The problem is they cannot find anything wrong with it or any reason to try and get rid of it, so they dig. During their digging, they came up with this, gateway to addiction reasoning.

In Time Science Will Save the Ecig

Just like we have all heard over and over again – there are no long term studies to measure health effects or anything else for that matter. While this is the case at the moment I have a feeling that soon, like in the next three years or so, there will be a study. As a matter of fact, they are underway now. They just need more time to get results on the long term part of it.

Thing is, once they do I have a feeling the results will vindicate the electronic cigarette. I think the results that come from the various studies will show the relative safety of the ecig and how it is much better than the available alternatives. Of course, this is what we vapers already know. But the rest of the world needs to learn the same things. The problem is that in our society we need someone with some ring to their name or job title to tell people. Once this happens, the electronic cigarette will be vindicated.

From Smoking to Shopping

I was browsing through everyone’s favorite vaping forum today and I saw a post that got me thinking. This person was sarcastically complaining about how he went from a tobacco addiction to a new addiction.. shopping. What makes jokes funny is that they remind us of something. Their content is familiar to us which is why we laugh. Well, the same is true of this guy’s post.

 

The Truth About E-Cigs That No One Talks About

 

One thing that keeps some people from getting into vaping even though they might want to is the cost. Even right from the beginning you are looking at spending around $100 for a starter kit. That is, unless you just want to stick with buying disposables every day or two. This can get expensive quick and is a pain in the ass that no one needs. Leave disposables for what they are best at, a last resort when you have no other e-cig around.

But the point that the gentleman was trying to make on ECF was actually a true one no matter how funny the post might have been. There always seems to be a new and improved device that you want. There are always new products hitting the market and sometimes just a sale at your favorite vape shop that you just cannot pass up. This has happened to me and I am almost positive that it has happened to all of you as well.

At least the devices that we buy are useful. It is not like we are buying things that will sit on a shelf for years or in a cabinet on display. Everything that vapers purchase will at least get used once, right? I actually have a box for my “vaping supplies” and I am sure most of you all do as well. Even if I do end up using all of my new purchases, I can only use one device at a time so the rest have to sit somewhere.

 

The Devices You Own

 

Lately I have been trying something new. I have been trying to use one device for vaping and one device only. In the past I was like most people and when I saw a sale on a new electronic cigarette or some new flavor of e-juice by my favorite brand I could rarely pass it up. The problem is that I very quickly would end up with a bunch of devices and piece or parts that I did not need. They ended up sitting in a box, just collecting dust.

So I decided that I would pick one device and use that only. So far it has been about 5t months since I bought any new devices and I have been using my iTaste consistently during that time. It has actually saved me money, time, and frustration. Because of my little experiment I have found a new way to treat vaping, not as a hobby but as I did with smoking. It is something that I do and enjoy. But it is not something that I have to get so involved in that it takes up all my time and money.

Don’t think I am being critical of those who do choose to treat vaping as a hobby. If that is their choice then who am I to tell them any different? For me however, spending a ton of money on things I will not use seems like a waste. So I ended up giving most of my extra stuff away and now I just use one device. Of course I have a backup, just in case. But the one device is all that I need for everyday vaping.

 

There Are So Many Choices

 

The electronic cigarette market has grown into a monster. I have said before that the industry is over-saturated and I still believe that. This is both good and bad for consumers and I will get into that in more detail in another post. For now, however we will talk about how this is good for the people who find themselves hopelessly addicted to e-cig shopping.

Since the market is so big it gives you so many options that you could almost do anything you want. This is evident in all of the mods that people people are putting together these days. There are so many customized devices out there that some of the really good ones end up being copied by manufacturers at some point. So there it is, the industry gives you the option of being a device-whore or just a vaper. The choice is yours.

Vaping More Than You Smoked

 

With my wife it has always been about the amount that I smoked. This was an especially important topic of conversation when my parents passed. Both due to smoking related illness. But the amount that I smoked would always give my wife a reason to tell me how important it was to quit. I imagine that the conversations my wife and I have had on the subject are relatively familiar to many of you. So then the question becomes, when you became a “vaper”, did the amount that you vaped compare to the amount that you smoked? Did you vape more than you smoked, or was it much less?

 

 How Much do YOU Vape?

 

This is a very hard thing to quantify sometimes. Take for example those who are commonly called cloud chasers. These guys probably vape a good amount, but how does this compare to what they used to smoke? Hard even for them to say I would imagine. The best way that I could discuss this is to use myself as an example. Truthfully I think I make a good one, generally speaking as far as smoking and vaping is concerned.

When I smoked I smoked a pack a day at first. This lasted for a very long time. As I got older and as things in my life got a bit more chaotic that was increased to a pack and a half. Now keep in mind that it was not me who noticed the increase. It was my wife who spotted the amount I was smoking. The funny thing now, looking back on it and from my own perspective.. I should have noticed the change. I smoked outside. This was a house rule because we have three kids. Not to mention the smoking can really stink up a place. But I should have noticed how much more In was “stepping out”.

Trust me, if you were never made to smoke outside (and I know a lot of them), it is not always a pleasant experience. I live near Chicago so we have some pretty harsh Winter Smoking: A quick smoke will warm me up.weather. It is never fun going out for a smoke when it is 40 below with the wind chill. Plus it can be a pain, I mean a real pain in the winter. To get up from whatever you are doing, grab your coat and shoes. Maybe you grab some gloves or take a cup of hot coffee out with you. Either way, it was a pain to get outside, a pain to smoke outside, and then finally a pain to get back in and put everything away. Only to realize that in about another 30 minutes you are likely going to go through it all again!

 

 

But is “Vaping More” the Same as “Smoking More”?

 

To most people I am sure that the amount you smoke and the amount you vape are the same. Perception is everything, and if they see you vaping every 30 minutes or smoking every 30 minutes is there a different perception? I don’t think there is to the general public. However, to those familiar with vaping or to those who you can say are “educated” in the electronic cigarette you will probably get a different opinion. I myself even have a theory on all of this. Wanna hear it – ok here it goes! (anyone remember that phrase from the old Mad TV skits?)…anyway.

I have to start with what my wife complains about. She says, “when you smoke your e-cig, you smoke more often than when you smoked cigarettes. You always have that thing in your hands.” While it sounds that she does not like me vaping by the quote, she actually really, really does. Anyway, she is right. I pick up and use the electronic cigarette much more frequently than I would lite a cigarette. But you cannot look at it like that and you cannot compare the two in such a way. There are differences in the two and here is what they are.

When you smoke you lite a cigarette and you smoke it for about 7 minutes. During that time you take drag after drag. Then you put it out and it is about on average, and hour before the next one. With the e-cigarette you might pick it up and take two or three drags and put it back down. Then, five to ten minutes later you might pick it up again for 4 more drags. During this time you have still not taken enough drags to equal that of the smoker. So while you might have the e-cigarette in your hand more often than you smoke a complete cigarette, but the amount of use is not the same. See what I mean?

The e-cig is a frequent-use version of a cigarette. You will vape more frequently than you smoked, but you will not be taking the same amount of drags per use of the e-cig. It is very hard to compare if you start looking at getting exact numbers, but if I had to take an educated guess based on my two years of using an electronic cigarette I would say that it is about the same. I really think I vape just as much as I smoked. Possibly a bit more only because I do it inside, but it is still close.

Who’s Really Keeping Track Anyway?

 

Are you tracking the amounts? I would have serious doubts that there is anyone doing this. That is, unless they are actually doing it scientifically. Even then, it is a moot point. The way I see it is this. Vaping is much, much safer. I don’t care that there is no “long-term studies” or data to support that statement. I know that it is just based on common graph upsense. If you know me you know that I value common sense greatly. Just think about it. Think about the amount of “additives” there are in tobacco-based cigarettes. Then think about those same “additives” that are in e-cigarette juice. Wait, there are none, that’s right. See what I mean? They are safer..

So is there any reason to try and figure out the answer to this question? Not really. If you want to there is no one stopping you and if you are able to get some results then great. Hopefully you will find what you are looking for.

The Point is that whether your vaping more or you are vaping less than you smoked, you are doing something that is better for your health. You are making a positive change in your lives and you will be better for it.

A Little Tip: Take A Look Around

There are a lot of different devices on the market today. One of the things that makes getting into vaping is the sheer size  of the industry and the market itself. The choices that greet anybody either walking into  shop or logging onto a webstore can be a bit overwhelming. So what does one do about this?

I think the best thing that a person can do at this point is to just try and stay up on the new products. People can do this easier today than ever before. Of course the Internet is a consumer’s best friend in this case. The various blogs, communities, and even some newsletters are great ways to stay on top of the latest “happenings” in e-cigarettes.

Take advantage of the fact that everybody and their brother is trying to sell you something. As a long time salesman I understand the importance of “greasing a few palms”. I know it is a bit of a strange phrase but many of the older sayings often were. But consumers who might frown on this practice should really see where the true advantage lies.

Take my advice, if you are looking to be in the market for a new vaping device soon do a little bit of light research. Unless you are a person who is really getting into the details and specs of late. Either way, the information is out there and with the rapidly changing environment of this industry lately you would be wise to see what is new on the horizon.

Smoking in Public and Vaping

Smokers have always had a difficult time in public. In all my years of smoking it was always something that when done in the privacy of my own home was enjoyable. In public however it was a much different story. I would often times not care about what others would think, although I would always make an attempt to be respectable. For instance, if I was standing in a big crowd of people I wouldn’t just light up and start blowing smoke at everyone.

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Smoking in Public

 

Over the last ten years smoking has been under attack. As time went on more and more places started banning smoking. The biggest blow to the smoking community came when bars and taverns banned smoking. For the longest time bars were the only refuge for the smoker. Even the non-smokers knew it. They knew that the bars would be filled with stale smoke floating through the atmosphere of the environment, and they dealt with it.

But a couple years ago it was decreed that all bars would be “smoke-free” ones. Of course it all started with a couple but others very quickly followed suit. In a very short time you could not find a bar that would allow smoking. No one would allow smoking in or even directly outside. You must be standing at least 15 feet away from any entrance if you are to smoke.

 

A New Era in Smoking

 

Enter the electronic cigarette. For the first few years people did not know what to make of the e-cig. To this very day smoking in public is frowned upon, even outside. It was often very frustrating to get the looks that I would get while walking down the sidewalk smoking. I’m sure that plenty of you are very familiar with what I am talking about.

With the electronic cigarette there is a bit of a different feeling but all together the same. In all this time I have only ever seen two people vaping inside a public place. I am not talking about just in a public gathering outside or in some plaza of sorts. I mean a place that normally smoking had not been allowed in since the days of doctors smoking while treating a patient.

No, but I am referring to people vaping almost for the sake of doing so. Sitting in a court house say, waiting for someone who is in court or taking care of other business. While the person sits on the benches in the waiting area or hallway and vaping to their heart’s content. How often can you count witnessing something like that?

In this day and age you should be able to assume that more would be engaging in such activities. Society however tends to frown on this sort of thing. Imagine doing the above described action. Can you guess how many people who see this happen would have a negative comment? I would imagine it would be a large percentage of the total. People are just ignorant or just do not like or appreciate change.

 

Convenience and Savings Take Priority

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Aside from the scenario we just discussed, which by the way is not something you are going to deal with very often. I do not see to it that I end up in such situations and I doubt many of you would either. So when you take that out of the equation you are left with health and safety, convenience and savings. How do all of these compare to what (if anything) you were doing before. Bear in mind there are those who start vaping purely for the flavor and the act itself.

This is a conversation for another day, but when I smoked tobacco-based products I was spending many, many times more than what I am spending now. Not to mention what I will save in medical-related costs due  to smoking. With both of my parent dying from smoking-related diseases I know what the odds are. But I could care less what the public thinks about my personal habits. I know what I am doing is much safer than what I was doing before.

I am saving money as well. As a matter of fact, the savings associated with electronic cigarettes is so popular a topic that many people use the amount they saved in their forums signature. It is no secret that this is much cheaper than the alternative. Sometimes I wonder why more people have not made the switch.

The information is available if you want to read up before converting. You could always ask questions also. There are never any stupid questions, except those which are not asked of course. I for one welcome the discussion as I love telling people good things. A discussion about switching from tobacco to vapor is always a good thing.

Cig-A-Like Disaster & Big Tobacco

The electronic cigarette is much more than an alternative to smoking. It is much more than a tool to help you quit smoking. It is even more than just a method to keep smoking and save money. No, the electronic cigarette is in line to possibly do something that nobody or nothing has been able to do in a very, very long time. The electronic cigarette stands ready to de-throne the tobacco cigarette.

 

Big Tobacco’s Public Enemy No. 1

 

Take a look at any gas station or convenience store shelves and for years all you would see are cigarette signs. Various brands and logos that even non-smokers would come to recognize.  Today however something else is sharing some real estate with tobacco and if you didn’t know better you could assume that they are all in the same industry. But alas, we do know better and we know that the product sharing the market share with Big Tobacco, where there was none before, is the electronic cigarette.

It can be a shock to the system when a company who really has no competition to speak of all of a sudden does. At first the various tobacco giants really did not know what to make of it all. I am sure that they almost hoped it would pass in time. Many of the previous fads that came on quickly like this did just that. So if history was to be our teacher, this too would pass.

The problem was, for them, that the electronic cigarette “fad” did not just go away. As a matter of fact it turned out that it was not a fad at all. It was more in fact, a movement. There were (and still are) a lot of different things being said about the e-cig. Some of it true, but most of it not. A lot of the mis-information that came out originally was actually from Big Tobacco. Not surprising that they would resort to a campaign of lies. But that was okay because people knew the truth. See, society is smarter than Big Tobacco gives credit for. Just see some of the Truth advertisements.

 

The E-Cig Industry’s Biggest Issue

 

By all accounts the electronic cigarette industry is doing rather well as a whole. There are many companies who are doing really good financially. There are those who are doing very well in promoting their new products, and all around the market is ready for the technology and consumers are too. Unfortunately there is a problem and I am not sure how many people are truly aware. The problem is the disposable e-cig, cig-a-likes, and other such styles.

The problem is two-fold. First is the way new vapers see the products and the industry as a whole. For the most part when people decide to try the electronic cigarette they enter into it without much knowledge. So their first experience is wholly dependent on whoever is behind the counter wherever they go to purchase their first e-cig. If the person is an experienced vaper and knows what they are talking about the new vaper might be ok. However, should the person selling the e-cig not have a clue what they are talking about, or worse yet, not even be a vaper, then the new vaper is in big trouble.

While the e-cig is not a complicated device, there are a lot of questions that new vapers have and some incorrect answers can really mess a person up. The second portion of this two-fold problem is the disposable cigarette. Most of the product on the market that are sold as “disposable e-cigarettes” or even the cheaper reusable ones are all terrible products. I have tried a good percentage of the disposables sold today and I can tell you first hand that not one of them was worth the measly $10 they charged for them.

Now consider this. Understanding both the poor experience of the new vaper and the reason they had such an experience being due to the poor quality of  the disposable e-cig the likely purchased. Why would they come back? They just tried the electronic cigarette just like their friends told them to. Or they just tried it after a couple months of telling themselves that they would. But their experience was horrible.

The battery did not last as long as it should have. The taste was terrible, and the actual “smoking/vaping” experience was not “great” like their friends had claimed. The smoke was inconsistent, tasted funny, and they still felt like they needed a cigarette after. So why on Earth would they go back to try it again? Everything they just tried was no fun and they are starting to thing the rest of the products are going to give them the same experience. When all of this happens there is nothing keeping them from just sticking with tobacco.

 

A Bold Strategy or Just Dumb Luck

It is no surprise at all that the disposable cig-a-likes that are on the market right now are horrible. Ask any vaper their opinion and you are likely to get the same response. We know this already, and if you didn’t then hopefully you just learned about it in the previous couple paragraphs. But what about the e-cigarettes that are now being manufactured by Big Tobacco? That’s right, Big Tobacco has a couple companies that are producing both tobacco-based cigarettes AND electronic cigarettes. While it might at first seem like a conflict of interests think about the strategic benefits for a moment.

So you’re Phillip Morris, gi-normous tobacco cigarette manufacturer. You know that e-cigs are taking a small portion of your business now. But what does that say for your future considering more and more people are quitting tobacco for vaping? Now you have already tried smear advertising campaigns and you have tried a mis-information campaign as well. Neither has produced the results that you have planned on. So what next?

What about making your own e-cig? Not only will you capture some of the revenue lost, but you will now have a horse in the race too! Then, all of a sudden you get a thought! What if you could use your electronic cigarette (which is not selling anyway because it too is horrible)  and use it to make people think e-cigarettes are a bad idea?

This is just a theory of mine. I know it is a bit out there, but hey.. you never know.

 

The E-Cig and the Future

It is hard to say where we will end up from all of this. There are still a lot of things wring with this industry. The lack of regulations is one. It wouldn’t hurt for a few rules to be placed on the products. As long as the industry is not over-regulated then all will be ok. There are too many new companies coming out and selling products they claim as their own. Slapping your logo on another companies device does not make it your own.

I don’t know where the industry will end up, but it is definitely on the rise. It is growing faster than anything else right now, despite these issues I spoke about. The industry is healthy and that is a good thing. Because it is able to withstand some of what is happening means it will hopefully outlast anything that comes its way.

If you are a vaper, help your neighbor learn the truth about the e-cig. Don’t let someone’es poor first experience ruin it all for them.

 

AltSmoke Review

The review for AltSmoke has been posted to  the Reviews Page listing. You can find the review here. As with any other review we do here, it is only after actually using the product and it is written with fierce honesty. That being said, you cannot go wrong using AltSmoke for your vaping needs. They do a fine job in all they do as you will see in  the review.

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