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Pneumonia Schmumonia, Studies say the PG in Your Electronic Cigarette is More Helpful than Harmful

Do electronic cigarettes cause pneumonia? We hear that question a lot. And while the theory seems on the surface decently plausible (you inhale water vapor into your lungs, pneumonia is having water in your lungs), it’s not actually the case at all. Here’s a little bit we here at the Electric Cigarette Store learned about contracting pneumonia from e cigarettes…

Actually, the propylene glycol (PG as it is commonly known) found in most e liquid has been used since the 50’s as a disinfectant in hospitals and nursing homes, particularly for it’s effectiveness in killing both the virus and bacteria types of pneumonia. It has been certified completely safe by the EPA and the FDA, and is administered through ventilation units in restaurants, bars, and hospitals to this day as a breathable disinfectant.

We aren’t doctors here or anything, but I doubt this will (even with heavy usage) cause pneumonia.

There is, however, a tiny risk associated with vegetable glycerine (VG) e liquid, but even this is unproven and there is very little evidence available. While the FDA does deem VG “generally safe for consumption” (it is found in all kinds of household products, anywhere from food to shampoo), it is made out of natural plant oils, which can cause a rare type of pneumonia called Lipoid Pneumonia.

This type of pneumonia can be caused in some situations by the absorption or chronic aspiration of oils into the lungs. However, VG isn’t really an “oil” (it is water-soluble), but does contain it. We would advise against certain e liquid flavorings that can be oil based, as you might run into the same problem. 

VG can also harbor bacteria, which seems like the bigger, more immediate concern with using it. We recommend a VG/PG blend, which will kill any bacteria that could make you sick, while still giving you the comfort and thick puffs of vapor that VG creates.

Hopefully this cleared up a little of your concerns about getting pneumonia from an electronic cigarette. The most important thing to remember, as is with most things, is not to overindulge. Electronic cigarettes can be very useful and enjoyable, but like alcohol, ice cream, milk, fruits, and Cheetos, the key is to not over use them. Taking a few hits here and there while you’re trying to quit smoking is how e cigarettes are supposed to work as opposed to sucking on your vaporizer all day until your throat dries up.

Electronic cigarettes are a safe, clean way to quit smoking. If you have any questions or are interested in taking the first step to a cleaner, healthier (pneumonia free) lifestyle, check us out today!

The Truth about Electric Cigarette Batteries

In the past few months, a couple of singular instances have really thrust electronic cigarettes into the (unnecessary) limelight. Reports of batteries catching fire and injuring people have been popping up periodically in the news, giving very good products very bad names. As with so many sensationalized news stories floating around today, its up to the observer to research stories and discover the truth. Hopefully the research we’ve done will shed a little light on the subject of e cigarette batteries, and help you to make an educated decision on which type is right for you.

Choosing the right battery is a matter of lifestyle. How do you plan on using your electronic cigarette? What different types of batteries are out there for my e cigarette? What are the benefits of each kind? Which kind is right for me? We’ll take a look at the different types of battery available, and how using which will affect your e cigarette experience.

There are two main types of e cigarette batteries on the market today:

Manual batteries are activated when the user compresses a button attached to the battery. The battery heats up the coil, delivering vapor to the inhaling user. When you are getting ready to take a puff, simply press the button, wait a second or two for the coil to heat, and enjoy your “smoke”. When you’re finished, manual battery e cigarettes can be safely stored anywhere (purse, pocket, etc) without having to worry about the battery activating. Most manual batteries include safety shutoffs in case the button gets pressed accidentally, shutting the device off automatically after 10 seconds. Manual batteries also have a sealed covering, protecting the element fro any dripping e liquid that can get in there when re-filling cartridges, or leaky ones.

Automatic batteries are triggered by breaths the user takes. They are popular for the authentic “real cigarette” feel and natural look of inhaling without having to press a button. Air moving through the open inner coil activates the battery with this type,  when the user sucks air through the battery compartment.  There are two types of automatic batteries, mechanical, and electromagnetic. Mechanical batteries use a plastic diaphragm that moves as air is drawn through the battery’s open core. Electromagnetic batteries are activated by a tiny motion sensitive switch that senses the air vibrating through the chamber when the user draws in. Often times these electromagnetic batteries are hyper-sensitive to sound as well as air vibrations (like deep bass sounds), which is easiest to activate, but can often be activated accidentally if stored in one’s pocket or purse. These types are also often equipped with a safety switch that shuts the battery off after a certain amount of time with no use.

The safety features are the main draw for the manual style, while the natural look and feel of the automatic style is its most attractive feature. Active people who prefer to keep their electronic cigarettes in their pockets and catch a few quick hits here and there (or shaky hands while refilling!) might prefer the manual style, while people who have just decided to start using e cigarettes and prefer the quicker, deeper puffs wold prefer the automatic.

As for e cigarette batteries setting on fire or exploding, so many batteries are so well equipped with safety features that the largely modified or homemade units that catch fire shouldn’t even be a concern. Just like car batteries, laptop batteries, cell phone batteries, and anything else with a battery power supply, e cigarettes can be modified, and that can be dangerous.

How to use your Electric Cigarette

How to use your Electronic Cigarette

So many people have been switching to electric cigarettes as a way to help them quit smoking, and they’re so easy to use and effective I can see why. Here are a few tips for getting started and handling your new electronic cigarette.

Getting them set up and ready to “smoke” is easy. Your starter package will include everything you need to get going; batteries, cartridges or cartomizers, chargers, e cigarettes, and a carrying case. If not, you’ll need at least a battery, charger, and cartridge to go along with your vaporizer. The cartridge is usually inserted into the part of the e cigarette where you put to your lips. Cartridges are refillable and range from 4-10 cigarettes’ worth of puffs. Next, the e cigarette’s battery will need to be charged, which you can do using a wall charger, car charger, or USB charger with your computer. The battery is usually found in the tip where the light-up simulated “ash” is, or in the opposite side if the battery is removable. Charging a battery takes about an hour, and will last up to 6 hours, depending on the battery. The battery half screws into the half of the e cigarette that contains the cartridge.

When you’d like to take a hit, just press the button on the e cigarette down and hold it while you take a drag on the cartridge end. When you’re done, all you have to do is take your finger off the button, and then resume whenever you feel the need. The battery will cool down instantly, and the e cigarette can be placed safely back in your purse, pocket, or carrying case.

Some e cigarettes use batteries that are activated by breath, removing the necessity for a button, and letting you activate/deactivate the battery by inhaling.

Inhaling an electronic cigarette is a little bit different than a traditional one. Instead of taking short, hard, 2-3 second puffs like you would with a traditional cigarette, e cigarettes are more effective with slower, more controlled puffs of around 5-6 seconds. And instead of sucking down a whole cigarette every time you want a few hits, you can take as many as you feel like without over-doing it or throwing away a half-used smoke.

Cleaning and reusing the cartridges is also easy and quick. Cartomizers come pre-filled, but can be refilled with e liquid, which is extremely cost-effective and available anywhere electric cigarettes are sold (check out for more info). Cartomizers (combination cartridge and atomizer) can be refilled an average of 4 times before they need to be replaced. Clearomizers are available and helpful, because you can see how much fluid you have left without ever having to guess or run out.

Regular cartridges can be refilled by dropping e liquid into the cartridge until it is full. It is recommended to clean the filler material found in some cartridges by running it under hot water until it is restored to it’s natural color (there are a wide variety of filler materials available, but most are bright white). Remove the filler material from the cartridge with a pair of tweezers, rinse, let dry, and replace. This should be done every 3 or 4 refills.

There are many different e cigarettes available on the market right now, so be sure to follow manufacturer directions carefully with all products, hopefully this will get you started on your road to quitting!

Questions and Answers about Electronic Cigarettes and the FDA

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Q: What are electric cigarettes?

A: Electric cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine or other substances to a consumer in the form of a vapor or steam.  They are composed of a rechargeable, battery-operated heating element, a replaceable cartridge that may or may not contain nicotine, and an atomizer when charged and heated, converts the contents of the cartridge into steam.

Q: Does the FDA have any concerns about  electronic cigarettes?

A: FDA has not evaluated any e-cigarettes for safety or effectiveness.  Visit FDA’s Electronic Cigarettes webpage for additional information.

Q: Would it be possible for an electric cigarette to receive FDA approval?

A:  Yes.

Q: What products should people who want to quit smoking use?

A: There are a number of FDA-approved smoking cessation aids, including nicotine gum, nicotine skin patches, nicotine lozenges, nicotine oral inhaled products, and nicotine nasal spray that are available for smokers to use to reduce their dependence on nicotine.

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