Five Vape Facts You Need To Know
New to Vaping? Or Just looking for some facts to argue at the watercooler later? Either way, we’re happy to fill in those knowledge gaps and present to you, seven vape facts that you might not be aware of. Share your own facts or correct us in the comments, even reach out to us on Twitter.
Britain Is Very Much In Favor of Vaping
Last year British health officials released their first major review of electronic cigarettes, the US has yet to step up to the plate like this, because what came of this report was pretty mind-blowing.
‘More Than 95 Percent Safer Than Smoking’ was part of the headline that encourage e-cigs to be labelled as an appropriate means of deterring smoking. The UK used this study as a means to promote kicking the habit.
Additionally they went on to report vaping as “a nicotine delivery system with the potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame for tobacco,"
For us in the United States this is a pretty bold statement. Essentially they are promoting it as a health breakthrough rather than something with dire health consequences. Isn’t that bizarre! Perhaps it’s only the mainstream that has this vendetta against vaping, Dr. Drew, of Hollywood medical fame, even defended Vaping on his own show (with Co-Host Adam Carolla), saying, among many things, that it was simply,
“Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of this, you should hear out the experts and think long and hard about what they say about e-cigarettes and their potential benefits.”
Additionally he mentioned, “You could vape, vaping is not tobacco. There’s nothing wrong with the nicotine, which is what you’re addicted to. It’s the tobacco that causes all the [expletive] damage.”
Surely that’s an endorsement! In England, the dominant message isn’t that e-cigarettes are a bad thing. So maybe it’s time to look across the pond after all and take note.
The Public Doesn’t Know The Difference
When most people think of an electronic cigarette, they think a very typical cigarette, but mixed with R2-D2. As you and I know, there’s a world of difference between them. The cartridges in these come pre-filled, and must be replaced often. Despite the fact that people do indeed buy these products it’s not likely you’ll find them in Vape shop anywhere.
The local vape shops, if you haven’t been yet, feature the proper vaping devices that are rebuildable as well as those that can be loaded with cartridges and pre-filled options. Also, mods are for use with rebuildable atomizers and can potentially produce tons of vapor, and much more impressive flavors.
As the cigarette imitators, convenience store and gas station specials, are typically high in nicotine concentration and low on the vapor side, they don’t lend themselves to satisfaction. Users either end up going back to cigarettes craving the smoke or whatever other addictive properties or they move on to high end vape devices that give a throatier hit, vapor density, and much more tolerable flavor.
This is likely why, as sales of mods or "open system" devices have increased, sales of disposables have plummeted. Maybe the reason for the United States overall disapproval of actual vape products stems from the money that big tobacco has in our government (cue X-files Theme).
Hospitals Are Replacing Smoke Free Zones With Vape-designated Areas
Speaking of the British, it’s with great pride that the UK have accepted vaping into their culture and it’s with even more intrigue that Hospitals across their great country have implement Vaping Zones in place of the Smoke-Free Areas. Keep in mind, skeptics, this is done at the advice of England Public Health.
In the past, there were smoke free areas, and in some places like the US they’ve done away with smoking altogether, in favor of safety and made sure to enforce a 25-foot property band of smoking. Now staff and visitors alike can vape in designated areas without hassle.
As England Public Health studies have revealed the danger of vaping to be non-existent, it’s interesting that they’ve actively applied these findings for the benefit of their personal and patients. Additional research provided by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians reported that vaping is up to ninety-five percent less harmful to use than cigarettes.
Physicians report that they see patients need to quit smoking, and if vaping is allowed there’s certainly no need for patients (or staff) to feel the need to stand outside and smoke.
A number of other hospitals are also making moves towards being tobacco-free, we can only hope that the trend makes its way to many more countries to help save lives from a preventable issue.
The General Public Thinks the Ingredients of E-Liquid Is Unknown
One of the biggest complaints you’ll hear about vaping is that the users don’t know what they’re actually ingesting, “Just vaping something that was made in someones’ bathtub”.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Expert vape juice blenders have become quite the sought after career.
So what are the main vape ingredients?
It’s been perfected down to a science as E-liquid creation begins with the main base, a vegetable glycerin and further treated with flavoring to an exactitude.
Most manufacturers use certified organic products to impress their customers and practice safety. The last thing any of these manufacturers want is a lawsuit.
Propylene glycol is also added, which is as safe and medical grade as one would hope. It’s actually a mainstay ingredient in asthma inhalers. You’ll find that the common flavorings are food-grade, can be natural or artificial, and have little to do with being hazardous to the users. Like we said, why would any of these people, who create these e-juice products risk their livelihood.
The arguments that these are untested unknown substances holds no real water and is genuinely a poor argument against vape usage.
Nicotine As An Incredible Nootropic
If you’ve ever taken a hit off the vape and thought that you had a sudden burst of creativity, it’s not all in your head (pun not intended). Nicotine affects the pathways that deliver acetylcholine to receptors in your brain.
For years scientists worked to understand what was happening when someone smoked a cigarette and felt a rush of creativity and understanding. Now we know that nicotine is responsible for stimulating the release of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. This isn’t a response from the use of tobacco as money thought for years. Now the science tells us that nicotine has a nootropic effect.
We are not talking about smoking tobacco as nootropic, we're talking about using a nicotine lozenge or using a vape for cognitive enhancement!
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