Are e-cigarettes safe?
While anything containing nicotine cannot be called 100% safe, evidence from numerous studies strongly suggests that they are magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes. Harm reduction experts can point to research supporting that switching from cigarettes to a smokefree product will reduce health risks to less than 1% of smoking traditional cigarettes - nearly the same as non-smokers. For tobacco harm reduction health professionals, it is misleading and irresponsible for public health officials to tell smokers that smokeless products, such as e-cigarettes, are "not a safe alternative to smoking" simply because they are "only" 99% safer and not 100% safe.
Do e-cigarettes contain anti-freeze?
No. This myth was created by a 2009 FDA press statement regarding electronic cigarettes. The FDA tested 18 cartridges from 2 companies. Of those 18 cartridges, 1 tested positive for a non-toxic amount of diethylene glycol (approximately 1%). While diethylene glycol is occasionally used in anti-freeze, the chemical is not a standard ingredient in e-cigarette liquid and it has not been found in any other samples tested to date.
The base liquid for e-cigarette liquid is usually propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA. While it is also sometimes found in anti-freeze, it is actually added to make the anti-freeze less toxic and safer for small children and pets. Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many of the foods we eat, cosmetics we use and medications we take. It is also used in the fog machines used in theaters and night clubs.
What is a variable voltage device?
In its most simple form, a variable voltage device is a device that allows you to adjust the power that will be used to operate your atomizer or cartomizer. Despite its name, an atomizer is a very simple piece of hardware and all of them work using the same principle. It is composed of an absorbent material that will hold your e-liquid called a wick, and a little piece of wire that is wrapped around that wick called a coil. When you fire the device, the coil becomes so hot that it boils and evaporates the e-liquid held inside of the wick and is then inhaled by the user.
When adjusting the voltage or wattage of your battery, that coil will get hotter or cooler. This will heat the e-liquid at varying temperatures, producing more or less vapor. If it is too hot, all the liquid that your wick contains will evaporate very rapidly and you will most likely get an extremely bad flavor and harsh throat hit (the “smoking sensation”) because the wick became dry while you were inhaling. On the other hand, if the coil doesn’t get hot enough you will get very little vapor, very little flavor and very little throat hit. So a variable device will allow you to find your personal “sweet spot” that will produce the optimal amount of vapor.
What is a variable wattage device?
The variable wattage device will do the exact opposite of a variable voltage device. Changing the wattage (or power) of your device will automatically adjust the voltage of your battery. Although the variable wattage device is less common, a lot of vapers finds that this is the most convenient option since no matter what resistance you screw onto your device you will always get the same power (watts) to your coil. You do not have to worry about resistances anymore, just set your device to the power you like the most, leave it as it is and then hop from one atomizer to the next without the need of adjusting anything
HOW DO I WRAP MY OWN COILS ON MY RDA?
In order to safely wrap coils for your rebuildable atomizer, you MUST use an ohm meter or multi meter. There are many tutorials online(youtube, forums) that can give you guidance on how to properly build an atomizer. As an improperly set up atomizer can potentially cause a catastrophic explosion of the battery cell, you MUST always test your coil before you attach it to your battery. Blowin Vapor Clouds takes no responsibility for any property damage or personal injury that results from attempting to fire an improperly assembled coil. We cannot stress this enough; you MUST ALWAYS TEST YOUR COILS BEFORE ATTACHING YOUR RDA TO YOUR BATTERY!
Do e-cigarettes cause cancer just like regular cigarettes?
The FDA discovered trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in e-cigarettes, which are known to cause cancer with high exposure. The amounts found were far too low to be definitively labeled as cancer-causing. An e-cigarette contains nearly the same trace levels of nitrosamines as the FDA-approved nicotine patch and about 1,300 times less nitrosamines than a traditional cigarette.
Can e-cigs help me quit smoking?
Electronic cigarettes are an alternative to traditional cigarettes; providing enjoyment without the stigma. While electronic cigarettes are not smoking cessation tools nor are they marketed that way, there may be anecdotal evidence that some people have reduced or eliminated use of traditional cigarettes.