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Electronic cigarettes? What's it all about?

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Are electronic cigarettes healthier than smoking tobacco cigarettes?

Tobacco cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemicals(including tar, carbon monoxide and arsenic). It is believed that electronic cigarettes are considerably safer than the tobacco cigarettes found on sale in every shopping centre throughout the country. Professor Michael Siegel (Professor in Dept of Community Health Sciences at Boston University and many other public health advocates) have independently demonstrated that ecigarettes are approximately 99% safer, i.e. less harmful to health, than tobacco cigarettes.

How long does a cartridge last? cartridges are tested by automated machine bellows to quantify the amount of inhalations, and therefore approximate 'cigarettes' that they provide.
Each tip achieves a minimum of 100 three second machine inhalations in order to pass Quality Control.
An average human inhalation is approximately 1.5 seconds. A "whole" regular sized (not superking) cigarette equates to 10 average inhalations. Of course some people smoke a tobacco cigarette in 10 drags whilst others can burn a full cigarette down in 4 or 5 much longer drags.
So 100 machine inhalations returns approximately 10 'cigarettes' – this is how we come to our averages.

What are the ingredients in an E-cigarette?
The base liquid in e-cigarette cartridges is a mixture of liquid-nicotine, tobacco extract flavourings and Propylene glycol.

What is Propylene Glycol?
Propylene glycol (PG), is a colourless, odourless chemical that is used as a food additive, in cosmetics and in pharmaceuticals as an inert solvent or carrier. PG has been used as the aqueous-based chemical additive in asthma inhalers and nebulizers since the 1950s, with no serious side effects known.
The ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease) states on its website, propylene glycol is a 'Generally Recognized as Safe' (GRAS) additive for foods and medications.

How much can I save smoking Electro-cigs?
You will be approximately saving 80% financially, and even more health wise. A single cartridge is equivalent to approximately 10 traditional cigarettes, and cartridges cost about £4 for 10 - so there is a huge saving to be had. That makes 20 'cigarettes' about £0.80!

Does it smell?
The vapour is odourless and dissipates within seconds. It does not linger, nor does it cause discolouration to walls - unlike cigarette smoke. It doesn't give you 'smokers breath' or leave your hands and clothes smelling of cigarettes either.

So it's completely harmless?
Electro-cigs do not contain tobacco, tar or any of the 4,000 by-products you normally inhale from a lit cigarette. It is the combustion of tobacco cigarettes – the burning process – which causes all the carcinogenic by-products to be taken into the body. Electro-cigs electronic cigarettes merely vapourise a liquid, with no combustion at all. Electro-cigs do contain nicotine, which whilst not dangerous in normal quantities, it is addictive, so we only sell our products to responsible adults who are existing smokers over the age of 18.

So I can smoke these anywhere?
Legally speaking, yes - but the discretion will always be held with the person in charge of the environment you are in – always ask first - just to be polite.

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