Wanna Quit Smoking? Try Vaping!

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The vape industry has exploded over the past few years, and the evidence is stacking up. There is some solid data indicating that smokers that switch to vaping may be an effective way to quit altogether. For those that do not understand the differences between cigarettes and E-Cigs/Vapes, it all boils down to what you are inhaling.

Smoking traditional cigarettes exposes the user to over 4000 chemicals, including nicotine, tar, formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic and DDT. There are over 500 ingredients in a cigarette, and many of them are known to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke from cigarettes spreads the risks of smoking to other family members, including children. Reducing your toxic footprint is important for your health now, and in the future.

There are conflicting reports floating around on the internet about the dangers of exchanging vapes for traditional cigarettes, and the absolute truth will not be known for many years. That said, there have been ample studies documenting the fact that vape juice is less toxic than smoke.

For starters, there are a maximum of 7 ingredients in most vape juices. None of the major vaping juices contain the same carcinogenic ingredients as tobacco cigarettes. That is a huge step in the right direction. Vape Juices come in different concentrations, allowing the nicotine dependent user to choose lower nicotine content.

Overall, most E-Cigs contain less nicotine per ml than tobacco smokers inhale per smoke. In fact, many vapers have moved to nicotine free juices, allowing those who vape to decrease their overall nicotine exposure.

In a group of 2000 smokers that switched to vaping, over 95% reported that vaping helped them completely stop smoking tobacco products. That is evidence that is pretty hard to ignore.

While there are many less reliable replacements for nicotine, including nicotine gum and patches, made by big name pharmaceutical companies. The big companies, like the tobacco industry, push for legislation to limit vaping, keeping the big $$$ coming into them directly. Why would they want something less addicting stealing their market share?

Why not take steps to limit your toxic smoke and move to Vaping. You may just get more than you bargained for, like freedom from tobacco and happier lungs.

Is there such a thing as Secondhand Vapors?

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We all know what secondhand cigarette smoke is and how unsafe it is for those exposed to it day in and day out. We also understand from the many studies out there that children, elderly and pregnant women should limit exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. So, does the same apply to vapor?

Because the majority of those asking are unfamiliar with the basic differences between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs, the question comes up more than you think. Some have been comparing cigarette smoke and e-cig vapors as one would compare apples and lemons. Research and studies disprove this, indicating that a more appropriate comparison would be apples and something like agent orange. Sound like a stretch of the imagination? Not really, in my opinion.

When tobacco smoke is contained indoors, creates a film on every surface and is breathed in by non-smokers. The smoke itself is a result of flame consuming the tobacco leaves which contain tar and chemicals. Smoking indoors contributes to an increased rate of respiratory diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, recurring pneumonia and asthma. Children who are born to smokers, or live in a home with smoking adults are at a much higher risk of SIDS than those of non-smokers. Tobacco smoke is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, and a major contributor to cardiovascular deaths due to secondhand smoke exposure each year.

What about the “smoke” from vapors? First of all, it isn’t smoke. It is, simply as the word states, vapor. Vapor in e-cigs does not come from burning substances, and there are no toxic byproducts given off. Vapor has evaporating properties, meaning that the air quality is not adversely affected long term. The particle concentration in vapor is such that even in a non-ventilated room, the air quality returns to baseline levels almost immediately. There were no noted participates on surfaces or lingering smells. This would make sense as most vape juices consist of non-toxic ingredients.

The term Secondhand Vapor seems to be something of a misnomer, one that more studies will hopefully turn around as the vaping industry grows and converts smokers to vaping.

The True Cost of Tobacco Cigarettes

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Let’s start with the basics and compare actual costs. Since I live in California, I will use our tobacco tax rate of $0.87 per pack, include the federal tax rate of $1.01 per pack, and add the average retail price to create a model.

If a pack of tobacco cigarettes costs $5.89, and the average smoker burns through one pack every day, as behavior studies indicate, an individual spends over $40.00 each week on cigarettes. That seems absurdly high, but we will just follow this formula through based on available statistics.

The exact cost calculated was $41.23 per week. Multiply this by 52 and we can deduce that the average tobacco smoker in California spends $2143.96 on cigarettes over the course of a year. That is another shocking number, but let’s continue from here.

Smokers looking for comprehensive health insurance will pay 15-20% more in premiums than those who do not smoke. If a policy is $500 per month for a non-smoker, the smoker would pay $100 more. That is a total of $1200 each year in increased premiums.

Those who smoke also experience more health issues. On average, smokers average more doctor appointments and require more prescription medications that non-smokers do. This cost cannot be accurately estimated, as the overall cost of cancer treatments, surgeries, respiratory treatments and coronary events are an unknown. Let’s move on.

Life insurance companies require screening for all applicants and a thorough medical history. Any smoking in the past decade will likely be documented, and a current smoker can expect to have much higher annual premiums, costing an average of $1000 more each year.

Homeowners insurance rates are also dependent on an individual’s lifestyle choices, much like life insurance. Non-smokers often receive a 10-15% discount on their policies. This means smokers pay an average of $200 more each year.

Dental health of smokers is more expensive, as smoking degrades gums and erodes tooth enamel. Special, extra deep cleanings and dental repairs are often a reality for smokers each year. We will average this as an additional $200 yearly.

Financially, smokers are looking at spending an average of $4700 each year to support and treat their tobacco habits. This number does not include any treatment related expenses resulting from tobacco use, including medications, additional doctor’s appointments, medical procedures or medical emergencies.

The reality is the true cost of smoking tobacco products cannot be accurately calculated over the lifetime of an individual user. There are just too many variables. We can accurately deduce, however, that smoking costs more than most understand. It costs financially, physically and socially.

What are E-Cigs and why are people so crazy about them?

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I should start by clarifying what E-Cigs actually are. There are two main types of E-Cigs on the market, and the differences are pretty basic. People like different things, and shop different places, so you have likely noticed two different E-Cig product lines when out with your friends.

When electronic cigarettes first came onto the market, they looked a whole lot like paper cigarettes tobacco companies have been marketing for decades. Slim and small, these first E-Cigs are actually made by tobacco companies such as RJ Reynolds and Imperial Tobacco. Prefilled, their cartridges are replaceable, and they have a few different varieties, all high in nicotine. Touted as the “healthier” cigarette, these are usually available at gas stations or quick marts. Basically these are low priced, less vapor and high nicotine E-Cigs.

The second E-Cig product category contains Vape Pens and Vape Mods. Both Vape Pens and Vape Mods are popular with smokers looking to switch completely to limit nicotine levels. Advanced Personal Vaporizers (AVPs), or Vape Pens, are usually made overseas, and house electronics that allow each Vape Pen user to regulate the nicotine level. Because Vape Pens are popular, their price point remains moderate, about $100 for a foreign made pen. They are give off more vapor than the E-Cigs mentioned above, but are less disposable.

Vape Mods, usually made domestically, allow the most customization of vapors and flavors. For those looking to use this “open system” device, the varieties of vape juice, vapor amount and nicotine options are never-ending. While these are a bigger investment upfront, they are definitely not disposable quality like the E-Cigs mentioned first. These appear to be most popular with smokers looking to drastically cut back nicotine intake without losing smoking altogether. These Vape Mods produce massive amounts of vapor.

Depending on who you ask, flavor favorites vary. The ability to choose your flavor for your next smoke is a really appealing draw for those who vape. Looking for something new? Check out www.illicitliquids.com for the latest in vapes and mods.