E-Cigarette Myths vs. Facts

E-Cigarette Myths vs. Facts

E-Cigarette Myths vs. Facts

The vaping industry has witnessed significant changes in the government’s attitude towards electronic cigarettes this year. In July, for instance, the FDA announced a comprehensive regulatory plan that recognized e-cigarettes’ potential to make a positive public health difference, a stark contrast to the agency’s previous stance. In the UK, Stoptober, the government-backed annual campaign to challenge smokers to quit, is endorsing e-cigarettes for the first time, demonstrating a change in the nation’s attitude towards electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). While these developments are encouraging, many e-cig related myths persist despite evidence that they are nothing but misconceptions.

Myth 1: E-Juice Is a Mystery

According to the American Lung Association, combustible cigarettes contain approximately 600 ingredients. E-juice, on the other hand, consists of a handful of ingredients: Propylene Glycol (PG) or Vegetable Glycerin (VG) or a mix of the two, water, flavorings, and nicotine, although non-nicotine options are also available. PG is a colorless, odorless liquid found in pharmaceuticals, beauty products, and edible items while VG is a viscous substance used in sweeteners, personal care products, and food.

Myth 2: Vaping Leads to Smoking

Numerous studies have confirmed that there is no evidence that vaping leads to smoking. A report published by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians revealed that “e-cigarettes are being used almost exclusively as safer alternatives to smoked tobacco, by confirmed smokers who are trying to reduce harm to themselves or others from smoking, or to quit smoking completely.”

Another more recent study by Public Health England examining vaping among teens concluded that concerns that e-cigarettes are enticing teenagers into smoking traditional cigarettes are unfounded. The data showed that of the 60,000 teens surveyed, 3% vaped regularly, and the majority of them already smoked combustible cigarettes.

Myth 3: Smoke and Vapor Are Equally Dangerous

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, at least 69 of which are carcinogenic, according to the American Lung Association. Some of these toxic chemicals include ammonia, arsenic, benzene, butane, and carbon monoxide, just to name a few. The health hazard resulting from long-term vapor inhalation, however, “is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco,” according to the Royal College of Physicians.

What are some vaping myths that you’ve heard about? Tell us in the comments below!

How to Recycle Your Logic Vape Battery

How to Recycle Your Logic Vape Battery

According to the Royal College of Physicians, the majority of vapers are ex-smokers who have transitioned from combustible cigarettes to e-cigarettes for health reasons given that vaping delivers nicotine in a safer way, but did you know that e-cigs, when properly recycled, are also better for the environment?

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), a nonprofit organization focused on community improvement, revealed that the “overall littering rate for cigarette butts is 65%, and tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter.” Shockingly, in a survey conducted by KAB, 77% of respondents stated that they did not view cigarette butts as litter. Unfortunately, 95% of cigarette filters that end up in the ground or waterways are comprised of cellulose acetate, a substance which is not readily biodegradable and that can have a lifespan of up to 15 years. Cigarette butts which accumulate in gutters are responsible for blight, creating an adverse effect on plants, and are hazardous to animals and marine life who often mistake them for food.

As more and more smokers turn to vaping to help them kick the habit, less and less cigarette related litter is expected to enter our landfills, rivers, and oceans, but what about the electronic devices themselves? If they end up filling up our landfills, then can the vaping industry truly say that e-cigarettes are better for the environment when compared to traditional cigarettes? This is why Logic, a leader in premium e-cigs, is dedicated to providing its customers with a convenient and free way to recycle their Logic vape batteries.

Logic vape products comprise of a rechargeable lithium ion/lithium polymer battery that should be recycled. Logic has partnered up with Call2Recycle, which specializes in the ecological disposal of battery and electronic goods, to make recycling as easy as possible.

When your Logic vape battery is at the end of its useful life, simply remove the cartridge and visit Call2Recycle’s website or call 1-877-2RECYCLE to find a battery drop-off location nearest to you. With over 30,000 collection sites in North America, including gas stations, convenience stores, and supermarkets, you’re sure to find one in your area.

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Vaping vs. Smoking: 4 Differences

Vaping vs. Smoking: 4 Differences

Vaping vs. Smoking: 4 Differences

Most people are aware that vaping is safer than smoking, and even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends on encouraging innovation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, but what makes vaping better than smoking? In today’s blog post, we’ll look at four major differences between vaping and smoking.

Composition

The basic ingredients of traditional cigarettes are tobacco and chemical additives, which are wrapped in a thin paper and fitted with a filter at one end. According to the FDA, there are 93 known toxic chemicals in cigarettes, including ammonia and lead. The basic elements of e-juice, on the other hand, are propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring, and nicotine, although zero-nicotine options are also available.

Process

Combustible cigarettes burn tobacco, and that process releases smoke containing nicotine, which is then absorbed through the lungs and bloodstream. Vaping involves using a device such as an e-cigarette to heat e-liquid to vaporize the nicotine, or in the case of zero-nicotine liquid, it releases the flavors in the form of a vapor.

Smoke

The combustion process in smoking traditional cigarettes releases smoke, which contains over 7,000 chemicals, more than 70 of which can cause cancer. In addition to containing tar, smoke can also yellow teeth and destroy taste buds, not to mention the fact that it leaves an odor that lingers and sticks to everything. Vapor, however, is 95 percent less harmful according to a report released by the Royal College of Physicians, and it is airborne for less than 30 seconds.

Litter

According to Keep America Beautiful, although smoking in the U.S. has decreased by 28 percent in the last decade, “cigarette butts remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe,” and that includes discarding of cigarettes on the ground, in planters, and waterways. With vaping, users have the choice between e-cigs that are disposable as well as those that are not, and even disposable e-cigarettes are recyclable. Vapers can easily recycle most of the components in an e-cig, including the battery and cartridges.

Are you an ex-smoker who has successfully transitioned to vaping? Tell us in the comments section below what vaping vs. smoking fact influenced your choice to change!

Doctors in Australia Advocate for E-Cigarette Reforms

Doctors in Australia Advocate for E-Cigarette Reforms

Doctors in Australia Advocate for E-Cigarette Reforms

According to recent statistics released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, for the first time in decades, since the implementation of anti-smoking campaigns and taxes on cigarettes, the number of Australians who smoke has increased. Currently, there are 2.4 million Australians who smoke cigarettes, an increase of 21,000 since 2013, prompting the question of whether or not the nation’s anti-smoking policies are still effective.

Dr. Alex Wodak, retired Doctor and currently the Director of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation told the Australian press that “Australia is doing everything right in terms of tobacco control,” which includes plain packaging and high taxes on traditional cigarettes. However, he notes that a key difference between the Australian approach and that of countries such as the U.K. and the U.S., where smoking rates have dropped, is that Australia still maintains a hostile attitude towards electronic cigarettes.

While e-cigarettes and vaping devices are legal in Australia, the sale and possession of the nicotine used in them is illegal. Unlike a combustible cigarette which burns tobacco to release the addictive substance, the e-cig heats a liquid to release nicotine; the process doesn’t produce any tar or smoke, which is known to contain “over 7,000 chemicals, of which over 70 cause cancer.” Many ex-smokers in the U.S. and the U.K. have turned to these devices to help them successfully quit cigarettes, and as recently as late July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a comprehensive roadmap to reduce nicotine addiction, including plans to encourage innovation of products like e-cigs, which deliver nicotine in a safer way.

Doctors across Australia are now pleading for e-cigarette reform, stating that smokers deserve access to a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes. Dr. Alex Wodak cited a major study conducted by the Royal College of Physicians in England which found vaping to be 95 percent safer than regular cigarettes. He added that Australia should provide easy access to flavored nicotine products, which he says would entice smokers to quit.

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The FDA Takes a Positive Stance on E-Cigarettes, Cracks Down on Nicotine Instead

The FDA Takes a Positive Stance on E-Cigarettes, Cracks Down on Nicotine Instead

The FDA Takes a Positive Stance on E-Cigarettes, Cracks Down on Nicotine Instead

Each year, smoking kills over 480,000 Americans, and that includes 41,000 premature deaths that are secondhand smoke related. The FDA recently announced a new comprehensive plan that aims to protect children from the dangers of the deadly habit and reduce smoking-related deaths by focusing on the issue of nicotine addiction.

In a surprising press release, the FDA acknowledged what the vaping industry has been saying for years: “nicotine – while highly addictive – is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes.” That is the exact rationale behind the vaping industry promoting Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers to encourage smokers to switch to vaping. They deliver nicotine without any smoke, tar, and the thousands of toxic chemicals present in cigarette smoke while providing users with the same satisfying and familiar hand-to-mouth action that many smokers miss when attempting to quit cigarettes. Using e-cigarettes, ex-smokers can even wean themselves off the addictive substance by gradually reducing their nicotine levels and eventually, transition to zero-nicotine options.

To combat addiction, the FDA plans to reduce the levels of nicotine in traditional cigarettes so that they are no longer addictive. The agency intends on initiating public dialogue by issuing Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to discuss the positive impacts of such a step and any potential adverse effects, such as the possibility of the measure resulting in a black market for higher nicotine content cigarettes.

The agency also announced that, in an effort to encourage innovations that can have a positive public health impact such as ENDS, it has extended the deadline for the submission of noncombustible products such as e-cigarettes to August 8, 2022. In addition, manufacturers would be allowed to continue to sell their products while the agency reviews their applications.

Moreover, the FDA will be consulting the public and seeking scientific data on important complex topics such as the role of flavors in tobacco products in enticing youth and in helping smokers switch from the more combustible cigarettes to electronic cigarettes.

What do you think about the FDA’s new plan? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below!

U.S. Study Finds That E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit Cigarettes

U.S. Study Finds That E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit Cigarettes

U.S. Study Finds That E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit Cigarettes

A new U.S. study conducted by the National Institutes of Health examining the correlation between the increase in the use of electronic cigarettes and the change in the overall smoking cessation rate of the population found that e-cig users were more likely to quit smoking when compared to those who didn’t use the smoking cessation device.

Instead of burning tobacco to release nicotine, e-cigarettes vaporize e-juice, a liquid solution containing a mixture of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavorings, and nicotine, although zero-nicotine options are also available and widely popular among vapers. Citing the many benefits of e-cigarettes such as the absence of smoke, tar, or lingering odor, the vaping industry has long been promoting them as an alternative to smoking combustible cigarettes.

Smoking rates in the U.S. have been declining for decades, aided in part by taxes on tobacco products and anti-smoking campaigns. Until recently, although other nicotine delivery options such as the nicotine patch or gum enjoyed support from the medical community, e-cigs were still reviled and deemed harmful by health authorities. However, the study, which is the largest review of available data on e-cig usage, adds credence to the claim that e-cigarettes can play a significant role in helping smokers quit.

Researchers analyzed and compared survey data from over 160,000 people over almost 15 years. The findings revealed that 65 percent of vapers had tried to stop smoking while only 40 percent of smokers who didn’t use e-cigs had. E-cig users were also more likely to successfully quit cigarettes for at least three months when compared to non-users, 8 percent versus 5 percent. The overall quit rate for 2014 and 2015 was 5.6 percent, an increase of 1.1 percentage point, which, although seems small, represents about 350,000 additional smokers who quit.

According to the study, the “substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level. These findings need to be weighed carefully in regulatory policy making regarding e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions.”

Are you an ex-smoker who was able to successfully quit smoking because of e-cigarettes? Share your story with us by commenting below!

What Makes a City Vape-Friendly?

What Makes a City Vape-Friendly?

What Makes a City Vape-Friendly?

With summer in full swing, vapers planning to vacation in the U.S. are looking for vape-friendly cities where they can use their e-cigarettes freely without having to worry about disapproving looks and overbearing rules and regulations. In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss how to determine whether a city is considered vape-friendly or not and we’ll reveal the top five vape-friendly cities in the U.S. to help you choose your next destination.

Several factors determine whether a city is considered vape-friendly. A study released by R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, examined four specific factors across 52 cities: environmental prohibitions, excise taxes, licensing, and the harm reduction climate prevalent in the city. The study started by assigning a base score of 95 to each city and then awarded or deducted points based on the following four factors.

Environmental Prohibitions

The study deemed that if a city imposes environmental restrictions for vapor products that are inconsistent with tobacco harm reduction, in other words, if it makes it difficult for vapers to use a product that is considered 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes, it is not vape-friendly, and its points are deducted.

Excise taxes

R Street Institute also compared excise taxes in different cities and considered whether they made a clear distinction between traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes for taxation purposes. Cities with a significant tax on vapor products or with a policy of taxing vapor products at the same level as combustible cigarettes lost points.

Licensing

The research also analyzed licensing requirements for vapor products such as e-cigarettes. If cities imposed regulations in addition to those required by the FDA or that unnecessarily increase costs for customers or vendors, they were penalized with point deductions.

Harm Reduction Climate

The report also looked at any additional factors that could create a disincentive, regulatory or economic, to switch from combustible cigarettes to vapor products. For instance, cities with favorable regulatory climate for vapor products were awarded points while cities with misleading public-information campaigns got points deducted.

With a score of 97, Virginia topped the list of vape-friendly cities, followed by Albuquerque, with 94 points. The three other cities that followed were all in Arizona: Mesa, Phoenix, and Tuscon, also scoring 94 points.

Does the vaping climate of a city affect your decision to visit it? Let us know by commenting below.

The Dos and Don'ts of Vaping

E-cigarette Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts of Vaping

The Dos and Don'ts of Vaping

Unlike combustible cigarettes that produce smoke containing thousands of toxic chemicals, e-cigarettes generate vapor, which is much less noxious. However, due to their similar gaseous appearance, non-vapers often mistake vapor for smoke, and as a result, vaping in public places can be met with reactions ranging from mild annoyance to outright confrontation from those who either don’t know the difference or have a misconception that vapor is just as harmful as smoke from cigarettes.

What’s a vaper to do? Educate non-vapers to dispel the misconceptions at the risk of sounding overzealous or stop vaping in public altogether? Since e-cig etiquette is somewhat of a gray zone at the moment, we’ve put together a few dos and don’ts, or guidelines, to help you navigate the murky waters of vaping in public.

Do – research the laws in your city and state

Vaping regulations vary depending on your city and state, with some including e-cigarettes in indoor smoking bans and others exempting them from smoke-free laws and restrictions. As a vaper, it’s a good idea to research the regulations that apply to your place of residence.

Do – ask for permission

With cities and states enacting laws prohibiting vaping indoors, many establishments such as restaurants, movie theatres, and pubs will explicitly inform their patrons of such restrictions. However, if you are unsure, just ask before you start vaping.

The same goes for your friends’ and family’s houses. As a guest, make sure that they are comfortable with you vaping inside their home or on their property.

Do – educate people if they ask you questions

Many people, especially smokers, are curious about e-cigarettes. Educate them about the differences between traditional cigarettes and e-cigs, but be cautious not to be overly sanctimonious. Non-vapers are often surprised to learn that vaping without nicotine is an option.

Don’t vape in enclosed spaces

Although vapor may be less deleterious than smoke, due to the involuntary nature of secondhand exposure, be considerate to those around you and avoid vaping in confined spaces such as in a car or on public transportation. Note that using e-cigarettes on airplanes is prohibited.

Don’t blow clouds in people’s faces

While emitting large clouds of vapor may seem appealing to you, it may be bothersome to those around you. As a general rule, avoid blowing smoke in the direction of people, especially non-vapers.

Don’t vape with people in close proximity

Even in spaces where you have a legal right to smoke, if there are people nearby who could be exposed to secondhand vapor, don’t use your e-cig.

What is your opinion on e-cig etiquette? Join the conversation by commenting below.

A Beginner's Guide to Vaping Using a Starter Kit

A Beginner’s Guide to Vaping Using a Starter Kit

A Beginner's Guide to Vaping Using a Starter Kit

Your friends have been enthusiastically raving about this fantastic device called the e-cigarette, which has not only helped them quit smoking but also happens to be socially enjoyable, and now, you are curious about vaping! With an abundance of information and choices out there, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. So, we have put together a simple beginner’s guide to vaping using a convenient and economical starter kit.

We recommend starting out with an e-cigarette kit since it is uncomplicated and comes with all the components that you need to start your vaping experience. Let’s take a closer look at the top-selling two-piece model, the Logic Power Series Starter Kit, which consists of the battery and the detachable cartomizer, whose tank is prefilled with e-juice. The package also includes a handy USB charger.

The Battery

The 300 MAH battery, which comes pre-charged, powers the cartomizer that turns the e-liquid into vapor as the user inhales. You can assemble your e-cigarette and start smoking immediately upon receiving your order.

The Logic Power Series Starter Kit battery is the reusable component, so when your battery shows a blinking blue light or when you notice a significantly reduced smoke volume, you’ll know that it’s time to charge your e-cig. Just plug the USB charger provided into a computer or other device with a USB port for a few hours until the light changes from red to blue.

The charging frequency will, of course, depend on how much and how often you use the e-cigarette.

The Cartomizer

The cartomizer houses the tank containing the e-liquid or e-juice and a polyfill wrapped heating coil, which soaks the vape juice. When heated, the vape juice turns into a thick, yet smooth vapor.

One of the advantages of the Logic Power Series cartomizers is that they are made exclusively with premium, three-time distilled oils, delivering rich flavor while being free of the thousands of toxins present in combustible cigarettes. Each cartomizer delivers up to 400 thick vapor puffs and provides the equivalent of up to two packs of traditional tobacco cigarettes, which equals to approximately 40 cigarettes.

When you have used up your cartomizer, simply replace it with a new one. We offer a variety of delicious flavors and the choice of 1.8% or 2.4% nicotine levels to suit your preferences.

Do you have any other questions about e-cigarette starter kits? Join the conversation by tweeting us or commenting below.

Vape Meet

What Is a Vape Meet and Why Should You Attend One?

Vape Meet

Vaping is a popular and effective tool to stop smoking, but that’s not the only reason people vape. Many are drawn to vaping because of its vibrant culture. From vapers sharing their favorite tips and tricks on YouTube to vape lounges burgeoning all over the country, there is no denying that vaping culture is real, driven by a whole community of vaping enthusiasts. One of the lesser known aspects of the vaping culture is the Vape Meet. In this blog post, we will explain what it is and discuss why you should attend one.

What is a Vape Meet?

A vape meet is to vapers what Comic-Con is to cosplayers. Both events are an opportunity to meet other fans and share a common passion. A vape meet provides vaping enthusiasts a chance to explore their passion for vaping.

Why should you attend a Vape Meet?

1) To score free vape juice and vaping equipment:

At Vape Meets, it is common to have competitions, prizes, and giveaways, which means that you have the possibility of winning products such as vape juice and vaping equipment. Some Vape Meets even provide bountiful grab bags filled with e-liquid samples, cartridges, cartomizers, discount coupons, and much more provided by participating vendors, which often makes up for the price of the ticket.

2) To meet others in the vaping community:

Meet the people who are a part of this exciting culture and share your vaping stories, whether it’s about that amazing flavor you just can’t get enough of or whether it’s the story of how you were able to quit smoking combustible cigarettes with the help of e-cigarettes.

3) To learn about the latest trends and products:

Since the e-cigarette industry is new and evolving, whether you’re a seasoned vaper or a newbie, there is always something to learn at Vape Meets. You can discover the newest trends and technology from exhibitors and other attendees such as producing the ultimate vapor clouds. You can also learn about what’s happening in the industry and how new regulations will impact e-cigarettes in the future.

4) To sample new flavors and try new vaping equipment:

Vape Meets are an opportunity for vendors to showcase their proudest and most recent innovations. Exhibitors often provide free samples of new flavor combinations and encourage attendees to try out new equipment.

5) To have fun:

With excitement in the air, live music, inspiring speakers, intense competitions, and passionate crowds, Vape Meets are a guaranteed good time.

Would you consider attending a Vape Meet? Or if you’ve been, what did you like best about it? Tell us by commenting below, or tweet us @ILoveECigs.