E-Cigarette Guides, Terms, Vaping Tutorials & Tips
Learn more about e-cigarettes. Best practices, safety precautions, how-to’s, tutorials, tips and terms.
MistHub wants you to enjoy vaping electronic cigarettes. E-Cigs is a fairly new product and in order to safely vape you must learn your equipment. Some of the basics include how to properly use an electronic cigarette. How to charge an e-cig battery safely. How to fill a clearomizer or tank. How to fix common problems. We provide a variety of e-cigarette guides and tutorials to help you familiarize yourself with your new e-cig and enjoy it safely and in style.
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, restaurants, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.