E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes: a revolutionary evolution in nicotine delivery. E-cigs are used to vaporize e-nicotine which has far lower associated health risks than that of tobacco. The self-contained e-cig comprises of two parts: the battery and the atomizer. The atomizer contains the e-liquid which in turn contains the nicotine and is generally screwed onto the battery.

When the e-cigarette is puffed a censor activates the hot plate, heating a shot of liquid to vaporizing temperature. The exact temperature that e-liquid vaporizes at varies depending on the specific brand and recipe. Once the vaporized e-liquid is inhaled, the nicotine mostly enters the bloodstream via the cheeks and mouth and less through the lungs like the nicotine in tobacco smoke.

E-cigarettes are becoming more widely used and commonplace in society, particularly amongst younger generations. As the industry develops, so does the language coined to describe it. Cig-a-like or cigalike, e-cig, and e-cigarette are all terms used to describe an electronic cigarette.

Rechargeable E-cigarette

Most e-cigs are rechargeable, they have a limited battery life. The length of time that a battery will last depends on how much it is used as well as the make of e-cigarette components. Some e-cig batteries do not work well in cold temperatures, with a fully charged lithium battery only lasting a few minutes in freezing conditions. Rechargeable e-cigarettes have their advantages and disadvantages both of which need to be thought through.

Portable e-cigarette charger

Charge your e-cig on the go with portable cigarette charger and e-cig docking stations. These devices enable multiple battery charges away from mains electricity supply. Some portable chargers also double as a cigarette packet, giving it that authentic look and making it easy to switch away from tobacco.

Solar E-cigarette charger

Even if you are miles from any source of main grid electricity, solar e-cigarette chargers allow you to carry on vaping. With a small amount of solar energy you can charge e-cigs anywhere. All you need is a relatively sunny day to make the most of a solar charger, and depending on the brand of charger you have, you will be able to charge enough batteries to last you through the night.

Disposing of E-cigarette batteries

Used e-cigarette batteries are a danger and should be disposed of correctly. So when disposing of e-cigarette batteries always be careful not to put them where they can be crushed, if they are crushed they can leak and cause a fire.

Pay attention to the damage that batteries can have on our environment both to humans and wildlife, batteries are very toxic to our environment and lithium ion batteries are no exception. If too many of these chemicals get into the ground and water systems it will have a major effect on both our health and the environment.

Dispose of batteries properly by using battery recycling points or sending the used batteries back to the supplier for them to dispose of on your behalf.

E-cigarettes and Water

E-cigarettes and water do not go! They do not like each other and are best kept apart. If your e-cig becomes wet do not continue to use it. Disconnect the atomiser from the battery and dry them both out. If you continue to use the battery when wet then it is likely to short which would damage your e-cig and likely break the battery. Worst case scenario is that it could explode, potentially resulting in injury..

E-cigarettes and Heat

Like most things, lithium ion batteries have optimum working parameters; if the conditions are too extreme one way or the other then the battery could break, seize, explode or drastically decrease in performance.

When e-cigarette batteries get too cold the length of battery life decreases, the battery becomes less active and releases far less energy. On the other hand, if the battery gets too warm it becomes more volatile and likely to explode. Manufacture warning labels instruct to keep out of direct sunlight and to store below 40c.There have been cases of batteries exploding, causing fire and injuries where they have malfunctioned through overheating.

E-cigarettes world order

E-cigarettes are not freely available for everyone, some countries have completely banned e-cig sales and advertising. To give you an idea of the current e-cigarette world order, you would firstly have to understand who, and what is behind the tobacco industry and then look at their links with the regulatory bodies and pharmaceutical companies.

Undoubtedly the corporation that will emerge on top will be the one with the best connections and have the strongest ties within the industry. Combine this with the most valuable assets in all three fields: tobacco industry, pharmaceutical industry and the regulation industry, then that corporation will hold a vast amount of power and control.

E-medicines?

e-medicines

Vaporizing e-medicines could be an alternative way to treat anything from minor ailments to cancer. It is still in its early research stages as far as flu and lung cancer treatment goes. Though other medicines have been inhaled in a similar way for years. The asthma pump being an obvious example.

Vaporizing has been around for quite some time now. Although it was only five years ago or so that it revolutionized the smoking industry. Millions of smokers that wanted to quit tobacco have switched to electronic devices. However, little information has been made public regarding the research of vaporizing e-medicines

Inhaling vaporized e-medicines

Atomizing e-medicine to treat emphysema, flu and cancer. This potentially opens up a whole new research area in the pharmaceutical industry. E-medicines are an alternative way of administering drugs and medicines. Vaporizing heats the medicine before ingestion. This allows for reactive components to mix into a new compound for precise effective lung treatment.

Vaped medicine would obviously be inhaled into the lungs. This doesn’t just offer an effective treatment for lung disease though. It could also be used to treat other ailments such as headaches, migraines and rheumatism. The inhaled medicinal cocktail would be absorbed into the blood stream through capillaries in the lungs. Making this a more accurately targeted faster-acting cure or prevention. This compared to orally taken medicines. Can you imagine a vaped paracetamol or atomized pain killers?

Vaporized medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis vaporization is already taking place in the USA as a treatment for some ailments. Cannabis is not the only substance that can be vaped though. There is multitude of potential medicinal vaping possibilities that are sub-dependent on forthcoming regulations. Vaporizing cannabis is becoming very popular. With more and more being sold every year it will be soon be the social norm.

First vaping device

Herbert Gilbert filed a patent for the first ever electronic smoking device in 1963. At this time tobacco smoking was not perceived as a health threat. In fact to the contrary. Cigarettes were so ingrained as the status quo, in the social psyche that Gilbert simply didn’t have the custom. So his product idea remained just that – an idea.

Herbert Gilbert’s first vaporizers 50 years ago has now lead to new brands emerging. Like V2, Blu, VIP, Ego and Socialites electronic cigarettes to name a few. The electric brands have a range of devices like the electronic vape pen, vaping pipe and atomizers. So will we see in the future that these devices are not only being used to feed a nicotine addiction. But also being used to treat disease and illnesses?

E-medicines a reality?

How far are we from seeing cold and flu medicines being vaped? Offering a more targeted, effective treatment compared to orally taken cough syrups and capsules. In the future will leading cough sweet manufacturers like Halls and Strepsils branch out into the e-liquid market? With cough syrup e-liquid?

If the current research continues to prove that electronic smoking offers a healthier alternative than that of smoking tobacco. Then it could very well be the social norm in under ten years. It could be that even a non-smoker vapes medicines. With e-medicines that are vaporized in a controlled dose as and when symptoms occur.

New European regulations that are due to be passed in 2016. Will they continue to allow the sale and distribution of e-cigs, vaporizers and electronic pipes? There’s no doubt there will be a whole range of companies currently operating in different fields, who will embrace e-liquid medicine onto their product lines.

 

E-cigs: blessing for tobacco industry?

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Does the tobacco industry need to fear E-cigs?

Electronic smoking is a blessing in disguise for tobacco farmers. With time it may see many of the farmers who have moved away from tobacco farming make a return. It’s ironic to think that amid panic over the future of tobacco. This reflected on stock markets around the world. Could this new form of electronic smoking offer a potential revival for tobacco farmers?

How can e-cigs help tobacco farmers when electronic cigarettes do not burn tobacco?

The reason of course is the nicotine, the addictive compound produced commercially. Nicotine is extracted from the Nicotinia tobacum and Nicotina rustica plants. Nicotine only accounts for about 5% of the tobacco leaves by weight. It is this 5% that is used by the electronic smoking industry to make e-liquids for vaporizers and E-cigs.

A farmer growing tobacco for the e-liquid market, so the nicotine can be extracted, bottled and sold. Throws away around 95% of their harvested crop. During the extraction process some of the nicotine will be lost resulting in a lower final yield.

Synthetic and natural nicotine

There are types of synthetic nicotine that have been made in labs for years. Alarms have been raised about the safety of synthetic nicotine. The synthetic has been linked to the plight of the honey bee population. Synthetic nicotine is manufactured for use in pesticides. With several chemicals in the manufacturing process are listed carcinogens.

The preferred method of obtaining nicotine is extraction from cultivated tobacco plants. This the firm favorite in terms of use by e-liquid manufacturers.

Tobacco industry growth

It is predicted that in 2021 the number of e-smokers will surpass that of traditional tobacco smokers; will the current nicotine extraction process be able to keep pace with the rise in nicotine consumption?

Will the rise in nicotine consumption result in more land being required to grow tobacco crops?  And will this effect the price of other types of produce in the future?

Early signs are showing possible rejuvenation and predicted re-growth in the tobacco industry. This aided by a device that many people thought would bring around its demise. Electronic smoking poses no threat to tobacco farmers, to the contrary – it offers them a future, a future that will be structured by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other governing bodies.

A healthier alternative?

The early research studies suggests vaporising offers a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, so is this all that is required for corporations to push out a semi-socially accepted, legal, addictive drug or should we be striving to ban the use of nicotine in its recreational form?

A ban on nicotine would certainly be bad news for tobacco farmers but is extremely unlikely to happen. Following more research and the planned regulation of e-cigarettes in the UK in 2016, health officials in the NHS are considering prescribing  e-cigs as an aid to quitting smoking.

This adds weight to the debate that electronic smoking has a positive health effect compared to tobacco smoking. If this is the case it will all but cement the well-established roots of the tobacco industry. Stock markets will reveal this information as the number of electronic smokers increase and the demand for e-liquid rises.

Has tobacco finally met its match?

tobacco lighter

Well, trending figures would suggest not really – not yet anyway. Demand for tobacco is still high, despite recent legislation in many countries to ban smoking in public places. It seems they are trying to ostracise those who smoke by pushing them outside on to cold rainy doorsteps.

Recent studies show that in some parts of the world smoking tobacco is becoming less popular. If you look at global statistics the number of tobacco smokers is actually rising.

Tobacco vs Electronic smoking

Online sales of e-cigs are flourishing. New specialist high street vaporizing shops are opening. As well as existing tobacco retailers selling electronic paraphernalia alongside tobacco products.

Research conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that between 1990 and 2010 the price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK more than doubled from around £2.80 to £6.  Therefore e-cigs not only offer the possibility of a healthier alternative to puffing on tobacco, but also present a less costly way of obtaining nicotine – the only listed addictive component of cigarettes.

E-cig users are on the rise in many countries; sales in the UK increased by 340% in 2013. The industry is expected to be worth £340 million per annum by 2015. At present ‘old school’ cigarette smokers are still by far the majority of the smoking population,  though it is predicted that e-cigarette revenue will overtake tobacco within the next decade.

It is estimated that around 42.1 million Americans over the age of 18, around 20% of the adult population, smoke on a regular basis. The percentage of male smokers is slightly higher than female smokers. In Europe the figures are similar but with a higher total percentage of smokers at around 29% of the adult population regularly smoking tobacco products.

The number of of people with a nicotine addiction has dropped quite rapidly in the last few years. Addiction is down around 7% in Europe since 2005. Still it’s not far off 1 in 3 of us that smoke.

So why should we quit smoking tobacco?

We have been warned for quite some time of the adverse health effects that tobacco addiction causes. Lung disease, heart disease, bad breath and stained teeth to name a few. The social implications are causing smokers to be evermore ostracised and cast out from a new healthier less nicotine-dependant society. One that is adopting a more intolerant view towards smokers in an attempt to change peoples habits; this pressure is working to an extent with smoking numbers declining and less new smokers starting up.

Non-smokers are adopting a hard lined defense towards electronic smokers. This despite the fact that electronic smoking poses a very low health risk if passively inhaled. The FDA is proposing a complete ban on e-smoking in public places. Even though research shows the effect to a person’s health is improved compared to smoking tobacco.

The health impact and anti-social aspect of smoking has always been the main spearhead in non-smoking advertisements. So if electronic smoking offers a “healthier” almost odourless alternative what is the problem?

Conclusion

The tobacco industry’s roots lie way back in 1492 after Columbus arrived home from the Americas. Tobacco is now being reinvented with innovative technology. Although maintaining the same morals, driven by money and greed. E-smoking devices are new products in an almost virgin market. Corporations are trying to get as many addicted to a new brand of nicotine double time. This form can be flavored, advertised on TV and endorsed by celebrities. In a free market it’s open to entrepreneurs all aiming to make as much money as possible. It’s hard to say if this new technology has taken us backwards or forwards in terms of ethical thinking. Backwards or forwards in terms of health. Long-term data will have to be analysed in due course and only time will tell.