What is Vaping?
By definition, ‘vaping’ is the act of inhaling water vapor through a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette. Vaping eliminates 4000 chemicals and carcinogenic compounds that come from real cigarettes, without compromising the act of ‘smoking’ itself. Vaping can also contain nicotine as an option for maximized effect of cigarette smoking.
What are the benefits of Vaping?
- Better health
- No tobacco, No smoke
- Exempt from public smoking ban
- Cheaper than cigarettes
- No second hand smoke
What are Electronic Cigarettes or E-Cigs?
There are many models of e-cigarettes available. Some look like traditional cigarettes, others look similar to a pen and some even look like small flashlights. Some have LED lights, some have built-in liquid reservoirs, others have combined atomizer cartridges, some are tubular and some are even rectangular boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and have different features for former smokers who wish to distance themselves from anything resembling a traditional cigarette or want a longer battery life and/or better performance. [casaa.org]
Are e-Cigarettes safe?
Are e-cigarettes approved or regulated by the FDA?
On April 25, 2011, FDA announced in a letter to stakeholders that it would not appeal the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Sottera, Inc. v. Food & Drug Administration, stating that e-cigarettes and other products are not drugs/devices unless they are marketed for therapeutic purposes, but that products “made or derived from tobacco can be regulated as “tobacco products” under the FD&C Act. The FDA stated that it is aware that certain products made or derived from tobacco, such as electronic cigarettes, are not currently subject to pre-market review requirements of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. It is developing a strategy to regulate this “emerging class of products” as tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Products that are marketed for therapeutic purposes will continue to be regulated as drugs and/or devices. In late 2013, the FDA submitted its regulatory proposal to the OMB.
Contrary to some media reports and comments by legislators, regulation as a “tobacco product” under FSPTCA does not mean that e-cigarettes are automatically regulated in the exact same manner as tobacco cigarettes, ie., subject to PACT, flavoring prohibitions and indoor use bans nor subject to the same tax rates. However, it does mean sales of these products to minors are finally prohibited by law. [casaa.org]
What do you need to get started?
There are several types of “E-Cigarettes”. Here are the main classes as described by the American Red Cross.
Here’s where you start getting into the type delivery devices that I suggest. There are tons of companies making these style e-cigs. These have a battery inside a tube typically and are rechargeable. The battery, measured in (mah) vary in size. Instead of a disposable atomizer, they usually come with a clearomizer that allows the user to refill with eliquid of their own liking. Instead of taking a drag and it just working, these usually have a button that activates the coil to heat the juice. This method allows you to take a pull of your own desired length. You can get a lot or a little depending on how long you hold the button down. With these type e-cigs, you can start customizing looks and clearomizers to your personal taste too. . These are larger than regular cigarettes.
If you are getting started with the Pen or Tank styles, you’ll also need ejuice. There are 1000’s of ejuice or eliquid choices online. Most brick and mortar shops stock several lines of juice from makers that they trust. I would recommend visiting a local store (directory) and taste test flavors before ordering online.