2 Vape Shop
In an actual vape shop, you’ll find products like those in the middle (commonly referred to as APVs—Advanced Personal Vaporizers—or “Vape Pens”) and on the right (“Vape Mods”). APVs (most made by Chinese companies like Innokin) contain electronics allowing the user to regulate the power level, produce a moderate amount of vapor, and are generally priced under 0. Mods (mostly made by American companies like Surefire or various small Greek and Filipino companies) are for use with user-rebuildable atomizers, can potentially produce tons of vapor, and can be quite expensive. lounge
2Believe it or not, but that fact that using an e cig is DIFFERENT than smoking a cigarette helps you disassociate the ritual of smoking with satiating your nicotine cravings. However, there’s no doubt that there is a little bit of a learning curve when you first start vaping, but we’ve got you covered.
After Five Pawns published its lab results, the ECTA had to alert members to pull some of the products from the shelves because they contained AP levels above the organization’s limits. Anything with more than 100 micrograms per milliliter of AP can’t be sold by ECTA members, which meant they had to take five Five Pawns liquids had to be taken off the market in Canada, while another three liquids required “disclosure labelling.”
If you believe that vaping is, if not completely safe, a better alternative to cigarettes, then what’s at stake is more than what’s cool and what’s not; it’s people’s lives. Smoking-related deaths in the U.S. amount to almost half a million per year. Vaping is a technology that aims to disrupt the tobacco industry, for good reason — but it’s not catching on.
The risks of inhaling DA were first discovered in the summer of 2000, when a handful of workers in a microwave popcorn plant in Missouri started getting diagnosed with a rare, severe, irreversible lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. Even non-smokers who worked at the plant were getting sick, and investigators soon discovered it was linked to inhaling diacetyl—which gave the popcorn that “real butter” taste—on a daily basis. Soon after, NIOSH, the research branch of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recommended guidelines for factories where DA and AP is used, to prevent workers from getting sick. But OSHA has yet to translate those recommendations into meaningful regulation.
Compare this to a truly negligible success rate for traditional nicotine replacement therapy like the patch and gum—upon which some pharmaceutical companies hang their hats—and it’s easy to see where the opposition comes from. Perhaps this is why the United States Food and Drug Administration is pushing legislation that will hand the reins of our industry over to Big Tobacco—those staunch guardians of public health—while putting companies like mine six feet under.
Some cig-a-likes are automatic, so all you have to do is inhale, but most (and the best) e cigs have a button that you’ll need to press. If your e cig has a button, do not let this scare or intimidate you. I will admit, the idea of pushing a button kind of freaked me out (it doesn’t take much to freak me out I guess), but I adapted – so can you.
E cigs might have only been in the mainstream for a little less than 10 years, but they’ve already undergone quite the evolution – we can’t wait to see what people with come up with next.