Hookah and E-Cigarettes Guides, Tutorials and Tips
Learn more about e-cigarettes and hookahs. Best practices, how-to’s, tutorials, tips, terms, and all you need to know about hookahs and electronic cigarettes.
Can e-cigarettes help me quit smoking?
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence and even some scientific research surveys that strongly indicate that e-cigarettes are an effective alternative to smoking. Surveys show that up to 80% of e-cigarette users quit smoking traditional cigarettes while using e-cigarettes.
However, while some users have gradually reduced the nicotine levels down to zero, the majority of e-cigarette users treat the devices as an alternate source of nicotine and not as a nicotine cessation program. So there is not as much scientific evidence yet that show how effective e-cigarettes are when used to treat or cure nicotine addiction. Yet, anecdotal reports by users who have used e-cigarettes as a way to wean from nicotine also indicates they seem to be very effective way to break smoking triggers and dramatically reduce nicotine levels. As with pharmaceutical NRTs, it depends upon the smoker and the strength of his or her addiction and resolve to quit. E-cigarettes also appear to be a much safer option for short-term use in the event of relapse.
The good news is, nicotine by itself has very low health risks, so switching to e-cigarettes can be nearly as good as quitting altogether. The most important thing for those who cannot or will not quit nicotine to do is to stop the exposure to the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke and e-cigarettes can help them do it.
What e-cigarette brand most looks and tastes like a real cigarette?
This is the most common question on e-cigarette forums. The best answer to that question is “none” and “it doesn’t matter.”
Since those considering e-cigarettes are usually seeking to replace tobacco cigarettes, they are under the assumption that having the most realistic, tobacco-flavored e-cigarette will bring the most satisfaction. The truth of it is that after switching to e-cigarettes for a few weeks, the vast majority of users discover that looks ultimately don’t matter – performance does. And the best performing e-cigarettes don’t necessarily look anything like traditional cigarettes because they require larger batteries. And the most popular flavors with experienced users are often as far from tobacco-tasting as one can get.
One problem is that none of the tobacco flavors really taste like burning tobacco – they taste more like fresh tobacco smells and slightly sweet. So, experienced e-cigarette users will tell you that nothing tastes exactly like a burning tobacco cigarette. But, we know you won’t believe us and insist on buying something that looks and tastes like a tobacco cigarette. That’s ok – we’ve all been there!
Are e-cigarettes approved or regulated by the FDA?
The FDA currently considers e-cigarettes to be tobacco products. Originally, it claimed that e-cigarettes are being used as smoking cessation devices and therefore they needed to be regulated the same as pharmaceutical nicotine replacement therapy drugs (NRTs). In 2009, the FDA ordered customs officials to start seizing e-cigarette shipments coming into the country.
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.
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.
Do e-cigarettes contain antifreeze?
No. This myth was created by a 2009 FDA press statement regarding electronic cigarettes. The FDA tested 18 cartridges from 2 companies. Of those 18 cartridges, 1 tested positive for a non-toxic amount of diethylene glycol (approximately 1%). While diethylene glycol is occasionally used in antifreeze, the chemical is not a standard ingredient in e-cigarette liquid and it has not been found in any other samples tested to date.
The base liquid for e-cigarette liquid is usually propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA. While it is also sometimes found in antifreeze, it is actually added to make the antifreeze less toxic and safer for small children and pets. Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many of the foods we eat, cosmetics we use and medications we take. It is also used in the fog machines used in theaters and nightclubs.
Is the second-hand vapor from Electronic Cigarettes Safe?
The second-hand effects of vaping are generally considered to be minor to non-existent. However with the dangers of second-hand smoke being well documented as a threat to other’s health, it does justify the question and research to find out if electronic cigarettes are safe to use indoors.
A recent study by Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & A Greener Environment, LLC (CHANGE) and Center for Air Resources Science & Engineering (CARES), Clarkson University, the effects of second-hand vapor was found to have “No Significant Risk” to harm other people. The study compared VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs, Nicotine, TSNAs and Glucols levels in the air of rooms filled with 4 different kinds of vapor from e cigarettes and compared the results to samples of air taken from rooms filled with cigarette smoke.
Of course the room filled with tobacco smoke was deemed a significant risk to others, but the room filled with ecig vapor did not have enough exposure to risk harm to others.
This is another positive result supporting the popular public opinion that using electronic cigarettes are considerably less dangerous for you and others, when compared to smoking cigarettes.
The long term effects of electronic cigarette vapor has not been fully researched or documented, however there are no reports that I know of that suggest that the second-hand vapor from an electronic cigarette is anywhere close to dangerous to anyone.
Are electronic cigarettes safe?
Electronic cigarettes provide smokers:
- Nicotine in a vapor form free of tar and carcinogens
- The hand-to-mouth action they are comfortable with
- Control of their nicotine levels to allow a gradual reduction of nicotine
- Thousands of flavors to choose from to help aid in conversions from tobacco
- The freedom to “smoke” in more places without the harmful effects of second-hand smoke
- A cheaper alternative to smoking and are available without prescription
MistHub.com does not claim that e-cigs will help you quit smoking, but they are a great alternative. We cannot advertise that e-cigs are medical devices to cure any disease or ailment, or officially considered “safer” than cigarettes, nor can the sponsors that are on our website.
We can, however, tell you that several of our Co-Founders and employees are now ex-smokers all thanks to E-Cigs. Several members of our team have completely stopped using classic cigarettes and replaced them with e-cigs, gradually moving from high level of nicotine to 0mg, others are in the process of switching.
Most vapers will tell you that they physically feel better while vaping compared to when they smoked. They can breathe again, smell better, exercise easier, and taste food again. Don’t believe us? Google any current news about e-cigarettes and look at the comment section.
There are crucial questions behind e-cigarettes health risks. If you are concerned about the dangers of using electronic cigarettes, talk to your doctor and make sure you know the ingredients and what is involved in the making of the e-juice you buy. Always buy from a trusted source like www.misthub.com, a vendor that shows concern and pride in their product.
Are there any special considerations when using e-cigs in public?
Electronic Cigarette Etiquette
Before you go out into public and start vaping away at the bank or on a plane, you will need to understand some basic e-cigarette etiquette. With the growing e-cigarette movement, many smokers are using their devices in public places, and this can be both good and bad for public awareness and acceptance. Not everyone will understand that the electronic cigarette you have in your hand is a water-vapor cigarette. People are naturally aggressive to things they don’t understand.
For the vapers who use their e-cig in stores, resturants, and other public locations, you may be giving electronic cigarettes users a bad name. Just because you are exhaling harmless water vapor, doesn’t mean you need to advertise your new-found freedom and force your habit on others. There are people that don’t care how safe e-cigs are. When you use an e-cig, it looks as you are smoking. Many non-smokers will not appreciate seeing you use an e-cig in public establishments.
On the other hand, one of the reasons you switched to e-cigarettes is for the convenience of being able to use it where cigarettes are not allowed. You can use e-cigs in many places smoking is not allowed, but there is a time and place for their use.
There is a line between a considerate vaper and an arrogant vapor. As an ex-smoker, you should already be used to being shunned and forced outside at least 25 feet away from entrances. Don’t use electronic cigarettes to take your revenge on non-smokers. This is a private habit, and you should do your best to keep it that way. It is not your job to explain e-cigarettes to others.
Here are some common e-cigarette etiquette guidelines every vaper should be following for the benefit of all vapers:
- Don’t vape in banks, grocery stores, or retail locations
- Definitely don’t vape in hospitals or any other type of care centers
- Don’t vape where people can see you on planes, trains, or subways
- Don’t vape near children or at family events
If you have to vape in public, try and use your e-cig without notice and don’t advertise your device. A quick stop to the restroom or corner of the room is a great way to “stealth vape”. Some vapers will place their device in the palm of their hand with the tip pointed inward along their wrist, so it is not pointed out when taking a drag.
Some vapers will buy a smaller, more portable e-cigarette just for use in public.
When you vape publicly people will assume you are smoking because it looks as if you are smoking. Don’t expect them to understand or try to “educate” them by using it in clear view. You will only make a bad name for fellow vapers. When in doubt, don’t pull it out.
Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe To Use?
Are electronic cigarettes safe to use? This question is straightforward enough; however, the answer is not. Before these questions can be answered, there needs to be a few understandings about electronic cigarettes.
First off, if you are a non smoker, please, please, do not introduce nicotine into your system by using electronic cigarettes with nicotine. You will be inhaling something beside the air your body needs. Do not start! Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the world. MistHub does not encourage nor recommend using e-cigarettes for non-smokers, underage users, or pregnant women. We encourage smokers who have tried unsuccessfully to quit to look at e-cigs as another option. Most smokers understand the deadly risks involved with such a unhealthy habit.
While anything containing nicotine cannot be called 100% safe, evidence from numerous studies strongly suggests that they are magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes. Harm reduction experts can point to research supporting that switching from cigarettes to a smoke-free product will reduce health risks to less than 1% of smoking traditional cigarettes – nearly the same as non-smokers. For tobacco harm reduction health professionals, it is misleading and irresponsible for public health officials to tell smokers that smokeless products, such as e-cigarettes, are “not a safe alternative to smoking” simply because they are “only” 99% safer and not 100% safe.
The great feature about e-cigs is that they offer a way to give smokers what they need minus the thousands (yes thousands) of chemicals that are present in tobacco. You will need to decide what is least harmful to your health.
Ecigs should be used as an alternate to smoking cigarettes and to reduce tobacco harm. We’ve all the TV commercials showing the harmful effects of smoking and most of us know that the problem of tobacco addiction needs to be looked at in an entirely different way. We cannot keep trying the same quit smoking tactics over and over if they do not work.
Smokers have been marketed and sold an addictive product for many generations, giving them no chance of escape. Then they are sold products designed to combat the first problem. These quit smoking products are designed to help us quit smoking and should have a high number of successful results, right? WRONG!
It seems the dozens of variables must align at just the right time, in just the right way, for most smokers to quit smoking, All of which can crumble with just one cigarette. It is more than will power, it is the addiction to nicotine that makes it so hard to quit smoking.
Many of the stop smoking products out there offer less than 10% success rate short-term and offer no long-term solution to avoid relapse.
Nicotine is as about as dangerous as caffeine, and the ingredients in most USA made eliquids are FDA approved for common food and medical treatments. This helps support the general opinion that electronic cigarettes are the smartest alternative when compared to smoking.
Food for Thought:
There are over 601 Cigarette Additives found in a cigarette!
An electronic cigarette typicality has less than 7 ingredients.
E-Cigarette Clinical Research
We have done our research, you should too. Bellow we have gathered research from several reputable sources regarding electronic cigarettes. Please read the gathered documents and judge for your self if you should switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping electronic cigarettes.
Bullen C, C, McRobbie H, Thornley S, Glover M, Lin R, Laugesen M. Effect of an electronic nicotine delivery device (e cigarette) on desire to smoke and withdrawal, user preferences and nicotine delivery: randomized cross-over trial. Tob Control. 2010 Apr;19(2):98-103.
Caponnetto P, Polosa R, Auditore R, Russo C, Campagna D. Smoking Cessation with E-Cigarettes in Smokers with a Documented History of Depression and Recurring Relapses. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2011, 2, 281-284.
Caponnetto P, Cibella F, Mancuso S, Campagna D, Arcidiacono G, Polosa R. Effect of a nicotine free inhalator as part of a smoking cessation program. Eur Respir J. 2011 May 12.
Caponnetto P, Keller E, Bruno CM, Polosa R. Handling relapse in smoking cessation: strategies and recommendations. Intern Emerg Med. 2012 Oct 7.
Caponnetto P, Auditore R, Russo C, Cappello GC, Polosa R. Impact of an electronic cigarette on smoking reduction and cessation in schizophrenic smokers: a prospective 12-month pilot study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Jan 28;10(2):446-61. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10020446.
Darredeau C, Campbell M, Temporale K, et al. Subjective and reinforcing effects of electronic cigarettes in male and female smokers. 12th annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe. Bath, UK, 2010.
Dawkins L, Turner J, Hasna S, Soar K. The electronic-cigarette: Effects on desire to smoke, withdrawal symptoms and cognition. Addict Behav. 2012 Aug;37(8):970-3.
Eissenberg T. Electronic nicotine delivery devices: ineffective nicotine delivery and craving suppression after acute administration. Tob Control. 2010 Feb;19(1):87-8.
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Polosa R, Caponnetto P, Morjaria J B, Papale G, Campagna D, Russo C: Effect of an Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device (e-Cigarette) on Smoking Reduction and Cessation: A Prospective 6-Month Pilot Study. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:786.
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Vansickel AR, Cobb CO, Weaver MF, Eissenberg TE. A clinical laboratory model for evaluating the acute effects of electronic “cigarettes”: nicotine delivery profile and cardiovascular and subjective effects. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Aug;19(8):1945-53. Epub 2010 Jul 20.
Vansickel AR, Eissenberg T. Electronic cigarettes: effective nicotine delivery after acute administration. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Jan;15(1):267-70. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr316. Epub 2012 Feb 6.
Vansickel AR, Weaver MF, Eissenberg T. Clinical laboratory assessment of the abuse liability of an electronic cigarette. Addiction. 2012 Jan 9.
Vardavas CI, Anagnostopoulos N, Kougias M, Evangelopoulou V, Connolly GN, Behrakis PK. Acute pulmonary effects of using an e-cigarette: impact on respiratory flow resistance, impedance and exhaled nitric oxide. Chest. 2011 Dec 22.
How-to Refill Your E-Cigarette Cartridge, Clearomizer or Tank
When you make the shift to electronic cigarettes, you can purchase pre-filled e-cig cartridges or refill your cartridges with e-liquid yourself. By making the choice to refill your own electronic cigarette cartridges instead of throwing them away, you can save a fair bit of money. To refill your e-cig cartridges, you will need to either buy E-Liquid or make your own e-liquid with DYI E-Liquid Kits. All electronic cigarette products can be refilled.
Filling E-Liquid into the cartridge can be tricky if you are doing this for the first time because most are not designed to be reused. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible though, if done right then you will be able to refill your cartridges with ease and smoke your preferred liquid flavor to your heart’s content.
There are generally two ways to do this. The first is the “drip method” and the second is the “injection method”.
This method requires that you open up the cartridge and remove the polyester filling inside the cartridge. Then take a dropper and drip a few drops into the cartridge. Gently place the filling back and wait for the liquid to be soaked up by the filling. Add a few more drops to the filling to make sure it is saturated but not so much that the liquid will accumulate at the top. You may need to push the filling and then add more drops multiple times to ensure that it is completely saturated with e-liquid. Close the cartridge. This method takes time and patience because you have to wait for the filling to be completely saturated.
The best tool to use for refilling electronic cigarette cartridges while avoiding getting e-liquid all over the place is a syringe. By using a syringe with a needle, you can disperse e-liquid evenly along the cartridge filler. A syringe also makes it easier for you to extract e-liquid from a bottle.
How to Refill E-Cig Cartridges with a Syringe:
Step 1: Take the White Rubber Cap off of the end of the cartridge using tweezers or a small screwdriver.
Step 2: Use the syringe to remove e-liquid from the bottle it’s stored in. Then, insert the syringe needle into the middle of your e-cig cartridge filler until you are near the bottom of the cartridge. For two-piece Cartomizer, you will want to make sure you avoid damaging the atomizer and insert the syringe needle aiming for the mesh that is inside of the cartomizer tube. Depress your syringe plunger slowly while moving the needle. The goal is to ensure an even fill of your e-cig cartridge without overfilling.
Step 3: Replace the Electronic Cigarette cartridge rubber cap.
Step 4: Once the cartridge is filled, cap it for later use or install on your electronic cigarette.
Step 5: Put any left-over e liquid back into your e-liquid bottle. You can also put the cap on the syringe and let it remain in the syringe to top off additional cartridges.
Step 6: Wash your syringe by filling it with fresh water and flushing the syringe several times.
The following picture shows you how to refill the cartridges for the EGO, EGO-C, EGO-T and EGO-W models:
Particularly for the EGO-W model, do not inject the e-liquid in the hole in the middle. You should inject the e-liquid in the special hole which is located at the side as shown in the following pictures:
When you inhale and get a burnt smell or less smoke, it is time to refill or replace your Cartridge or Cartomizer. It is better to refill the Cartridge or Cartomizer about 5-6 times total. After that point, the polyester may begin to be damaged and can cause damage to the atomizer which might stop working well.
How-to Recharge Your E-Cig
E-cigarettes come in many forms and sizes. For the more advanced user and for those interested saving a few bucks, there are rechargeable e-cigarettes. Here’s a quick guide on how to recharge your e-cig.
To recharge your E-Cig please perform the following steps:
- Remove the battery from your electronic cigarette atomizer by turning the battery counterclockwise. An electronic cigarette is typically made of three parts: an atomizer, an inhaler, and a battery. The inhaler is the brown part that you put into your mouth; the atomizer is the part that you insert into the inhaler; the battery, which is the part that includes the cigarette tip, is screwed into the atomizer. Put the atomizer and inhaler aside.
- Screw your battery into the battery charger.
- Plug the charger into a USB port or power outlet, depending on the type of charger. There are different types of electronic cigarette chargers. The most common ones are USB chargers, car chargers and regular power outlet chargers. If you are unsure about which type of charger you have, please refer to its documentation.
- Let the battery charge for several hours, or until the light on the battery turns green.
Electronic Cigarette Components
An electronic cigarette contains three essential components: a plastic cartridge that serves as a mouthpiece and a reservoir for liquid, an “atomizer” that vaporizes the liquid, and a battery.
The cartridge, a small plastic container with openings at each end, serves as both a liquid reservoir and mouthpiece. It allows the passage of liquid into the atomizer, and vapor from the atomizer to the user’s mouth, without any leakage of liquid into the mouth.
Most models utilize a plastic sponge to keep the liquid in place, but it is common to find a refillable tank that holds the liquid, with a separate tunnel connecting to the atomizer. When the liquid is depleted, users can refill it or replace with another pre-filled cartridge. Some users forgo liquid reservoirs and drip liquid directly onto the atomizer in a method known as “dripping”.
A single cartridge can be the equivalent of 20 cigarettes depending on your vaping habits.
The atomizer contains a small heating coil that vaporizes the liquid, and generally consists of a simple filament and wicking metal mesh or silica wick to draw the liquid in. It is positioned in the center of the three components that make up the entire electronic cigarette cylinder: the cartridge attaches to one end, and the power unit to the other. The atomizer’s filament will lose efficiency over time due to a build-up of sediment, or it “burns out” entirely, requiring replacement. In some models, the cartridge and atomizer component are integrated into what is known as a cartomizer.
The term cartomizer describes the combination of atomizer and cartridge in the same unit. A cartomizer consists of a heating element surrounded by a poly-foam soaked in the liquid. This combination is mainly used in the devices that are manufactured to look like cigarettes.
When the cartomizer has been used it can simply be disposed of and a replaced with a new one or refilled with more liquid.
Most portable power contain a lithium-ion rechargeable battery which makes up the largest component of an electronic cigarette. The battery may contain an electronic airflow sensor: activation is triggered simply by drawing breath through the device. Other models come with a power switch, which must be held during operation. A LED to announce activation may also be equipped in the front of the power unit casing.
How long a battery lasts will depend on its current capacity (in mAh), which ranges from 100 mAh for smaller batteries, to over 1300 mAh for larger ones. E-cigarette performance also depends on the battery’s voltage, which typically ranges from 3.2V to 4.2V. Some variable voltage devices will offer voltages as high as 7V.
E-cigarette batteries can have different threading that make them compatible only with cartridges of the same threading. The most common types of threading are: KR808D-1 (E8), KR808D-2 (E9), 510, DSE103 and L88B.
Batteries are usually charged via an AC outlet, car charger socket or USB. Some manufacturers also offer a cigarette pack-like portable charging case (PCC), which contains a larger battery to charge smaller batteries of individual e-cigarettes.
Liquid for producing vapor in electronic cigarettes, known as e-juice or e-liquid, is a solution of propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG) and/or polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) mixed with concentrated flavors, and optionally, a variable percentage of a liquid nicotine concentrate.
The solution is often sold in a bottle or contained in pre-filled disposable cartridges. Many manufacturers offer dozens of flavors which resemble the taste of regular tobacco, menthol, vanilla, coffee, cola and various fruits, but nicotine concentrations vary by manufacturer. The standard notation “mg/ml” is often used in labeling, sometimes shortened to a simple “mg” (milligram). Nicotine-free solutions are also common.
Some electronic cigarette users prefer to make their own e-juice in a form known as “DIY”.
What is an E-Cig and can it help me quit smoking cigarettes?
“E-Cig” is an abbreviation for Electronic Cigarette, Electric Cigarette, or E-Cigarette. A device that uses electronic means to simulate smoking without fire, tar, carbon monoxide, ash and/or stub. E-Cigs lets you enjoy and satisfy those tactile taste sensations and cravings without any risk of smoking and tobacco. Actually, you can smoke E-Cigs anywhere with no health risks and without environmental pollution. E-Cigs can also help you reduce or quit smoking. For detail information regarding the structure and components of an E-Cig, please refer to E-Cig Component FAQ.