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E-Cigarette Safety & Other Common Questions 

How to vape? Are e-cigarettes safe?

Your questions answered.

Why vape? Are electronic cigarettes safe? Is nicotine harmful? What's the right level of nicotine? Why vape an e-cigarette with no nicotine? Is vaping better than smoking? How to vape? Is there a technique? Can you vape if you're a non-smoker? What's that smoke coming out of an e-cigarette? What's in a cartomizer? Is it safe to vape PG and VG? How long do cartomizers last? How often do you have to charge the battery? How long do they last? Can switching to vaping help me quit smoking? Has the FDA approved of e-cigarettes? So who's on the side of e-cigarettes?

How to vape? And why vape?

Smoking is a vexing vice. The nicotine in cigarettes is so highly addictive, making it tough to quit.

E-cigarettes address both the physical addiction and the psychological habit of smoking. That obsession of putting something in your mouth or holding something in your hand when you're drinking, bored or stressed out, is the reason many women gain weight when they quit smoking.

Vaping can satisfy those vexing vices, those cravings. How to vape? It's easy! Here's a quick video and you'll see just how easy it is to vape!

How to vape? We'll show you how easy it is!

An e-cigarette cartridge (called a cartomizer) contains just four main ingredients: food grade, USD-approved propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine and flavoring, such as vanilla. You can choose to vape a non-nicotine e-cigarette, or with one that contains nictotine, from a low level (like an ultra light cigarette) to high (like a regular cigarette).

You can vape inside most bars, restaurants, your car, many airports - and you'll no longer smell of smoke. Plus it is environmentally friendlier, more convenient and you'll save money as well.

Are electronic cigarettes safe?

E-cigarettes are definitely NOT something to be scared of. Read the undisputed facts about e-cigarette safety from the TVECA, the Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

The e-cigarette has been around since 2007. Over three million people have enjoyed switiching from traditional cigarettes to the electronic cigarette.

All of the studies done on the e cigarette have not found one single chemical or toxin at a level that's toxic to humans.

Read more information on e cigarette safety in our Newsroom.  


Are e-cigarettes safe? Watch our videobite on e-cigarette safety

Is nicotine harmful?

Because nicotine is in cigarettes – which are harmful – it gets a bad rap. Yes, nicotine is highly addictive and that's why they put it into cigarettes. In fact, nicotine levels in popular U.S. cigarette brands have actually increased over the years.

Nicotine is not a known carcinogen. Nicotine comes from plants – the family of nightshades, which includes the tobacco plant.

The most harmful effects of smoking cigarettes is not because of the nicotine; it's due to all the carcinogens. Did you know that cigarettes have almost 600 additives, and over 4,000 chemical compounds, many of which are toxic and carcinogenic, are released when you smoke a cigarette?

When you vape nicotine in small doses, it can give you a little lift, like caffeine. But you will want to experiment to find the right level of nicotine in your e-cigarette. That's why we developed our 'Tri-Level Kit' - it's a Vaping Vamps exclusive!

Pregnant women and people who are sensitive to nicotine should avoid it altogether. It also reduces estrogen levels in women and can provoke an early onset to menopause.

What's the right level of nicotine?

What's the right level of nicotine for you? We suggest you start with the equivalent to the particular kind of cigarette you smoke currently:

  • Ultra Light Cigarettes = Low (6 mg nicotine)
  • Light Cigarettes = Medium (12 mg nicotine)
  • Regular Strength Cigarettes = High (18 mg nicotine)

Naturally, if you want to vape yummy flavors with a no nicotine e-cigarette, you can do that too! And if you want to experiment with different levels of nicotine, try our exclusive 'Tri-Level Kit.'

Why vape an e-cigarette with no-nicotine?

Many women who gave up smoking always missed it. They loved smoking. They loved taking a break and the way it helped the relieve stress. Vaping a non-nicotine e-cigarette enables them to have their guilty pleasure - without any of the guilt. They can enjoy the sensation of smoking, without the fear they're doing something that's bad for their health.

Other women, including the Vaping Vamps' founder, starting vaping a non-nicotine e-cigarette as a substitute for drinking. Some women substitute vaping for snacking. It satisfies those cravings without adding an extra calories. We sell four e-cig flavors in zero nicotine: Mint Julie, Mango Lola, Tia Berry and Caramella.

Is vaping better than smoking?

Are you kidding? Seriously, there are SO many benefits to vaping over smoking, it’s ridiculous. So let’s take a stab at it:

Four main ingredients
The e-cigarette has four main ingredients (more on that later), while traditional cigarettes have many harmful chemicals, including over 50 known carcinogens, including arsenic, lead, and a bunch of vile things with really long names. There are also about 600 additives in cigarettes, which multiplies to about 4,000 additional nasty substances when you light up.

You might smoke less
When you smoke a traditional cigarette, you usually smoke the whole thing. With the e-cigarette, you can vape as little or as much as you want and then put it away until you want another nicotine fix.

Save money
You could save a lot of money with e-cigarettes!

Here’s a handy link to calculate how much smoking is costing you now: http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/toolsandcalculators/calculators/app/smoking-cost-calculator.aspx

No secondhand smoke
When you vape, you’re blowing vapors and most people around you won’t notice or smell a thing. In fact, most people enjoy the sweet vapor smells that dissipate into the air immediately. Now you don’t have to worry about bothering people around you or risking their health with secondhand smoke – which can be as bad as smoking.

No stinky breath and smoky smell
No more stinky breath and smoky smelling hair and clothes. You’re a lot more kissable that way! And just think how much sweeter smelling your car and home will be.

Vape inside many bars and restaurants 
Now you can get your nicotine fix in many places where smoking is banned. You could calm your cravings at work and relax with a tasty vape inside vape-friendly bars and restaurants and even in most airports.

You can still take a “vaping break,” but you can do it inside, without having to leave the party. Just think how nice it will be to vape indoors when it’s cold outside! 

Better insurance rates
Pocket some additional savings when you get cheaper insurance rates as a “non-smoker.” As soon as you get your first e-cigarette kit, call your insurance companies to let them know you no longer smoke tobacco – and just see what that does to your monthly premiums!

No lighters, no fire risk
No lighter needed! E-cigarettes are non-flammable. No more frantic searches for a lighter or book of matches. And no more fire risk or nasty cigarette burns in your carpet, clothing, furniture, etc.

No dirty ashtrays
You won’t need an ashtray with your new e-cigarette. There are no ashes, butts or dirty, filthy mess in your car and home. E-cigarettes light up – but they don’t burn and they don’t heat up. It’s literally impossible for you to burn a hole in anything. In fact, you can put your e-cigarette in your purse, pocket or anywhere you want to keep it handy for vaping next time.

When you smoke, it's no joke. But now there's a way! You can vape every day. You can vape on your head. Or with Fred in your bed.

How to vape? Is there a technique?

It's easy! Vaping is a lot like smoking. Hold your e-cigarette horizontally. Don't take quick little puffs. Instead take a long, slow drag on your e-cigarette. Relax and enjoy your e-cigarette!

Replace the cartomizer and get your friends to try it too. They'll get a thrill from the novelty of vaping!

Can you vape if you're a non-smoker?

Of course! Vaping isn't just for smokers! In fact, we've sold e-cigarettes with no nicotine to women who quit drinking and women who want to lose weight. Lots of women start vaping for lots of different reasons – as a substitute for drinking, eating, or just because they enjoy the novelty of vaping yummy flavors in bars, restaurants and their favorite indoor spots.

What's that smoke coming out of an e-cigarette?

It's not smoke – it's vapor! The vapor is the result of the battery heating up the liquid inside the cartomizer. It evaporates into the air within seconds. People around you won't smell anything or be harmed by secondhand smoke.

What's in a cartomizer?

A cartomizer is a cylinder filled with wicking, a spongy material that holds the liquid inside. Each cartomizer contains four main ingredients (in addition to water): propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine and flavoring. PG and VG, which are both food-grade, FDA-approved ingredients, create the vapor, the flavoring creates the flavor (duh!) and you can choose the level of nicotine you want. It’s as simple as that.

The beauty of a cartomizer is that it combines a cartridge and an atomizer in a single unit. It turns your e-cigarette into a two-piece unit instead of three pieces, it holds the liquid a lot better, and it holds more of it, too. We only sell cartomizers that are already pre-filled, so all you have to do is screw on the cartomizer and start vaping!

Is it safe to vape PG and VG?

Both PG and VG are food-grade, FDA-approved ingredients. Neither PG nor VG have much flavor to speak of which makes them great carriers for flavors. Still, let's talk a little more about these ingredients.

First, a little more about PG. Numerous studies have been done on the effects of inhaling PG, and hospitals now use PG in their ventilation systems to kill germs. PG is in nebulizers and inhalers to produce vapor. If it's found in antifreeze, it's added to reduce the toxicity. FDA-approved, PG has the consistency of water and is also found in toothpaste, deodorant and lots of other things.

VG is derived from plant oils (coconut or palm) and is much more syrupy. It's used as a sweetener in toothpaste, baked goods, gel pills, jellies, etc.

As best we know, your body breaks down PG and VG like it does sugars. Vapor from PG and VG have been tested by numerous laboratories and none of these tests—including those performed by the FDA—found anything to be harmful. Vaping might make you thirsty, so drink water (or your favorite drink) while vaping.

How long do cartomizers last?

Cartomizers typically last around 140-150 puffs, or the equivalent of 5-8 cigarettes. Cartomizers will eventually run out of liquid; you'll know it when you start losing vapor and you get an unpleasant, dry flavor. It's time to replace your cartomizer. Simply throw it away. But the good news is that it's still a lot cheaper than smoking.

How often do you have to charge the battery? How long do they last?

The short answer is the charge will last for one to two hours, and the battery will last two to three months. The Deluxe Starter Kit is the best way to go if you're going to vape every day: you can have one charging while you're using one. That way, you won't have to go back to those nasty vile cigarettes.

Each e-cigarette battery should last up to two hours before needing to be recharged. Keep it charged when not in use – just like your cell phone, you don't need to wait until the battery is depleted. And charge them as much as you want; in fact, they like getting charged often.

Like any battery, your e-cigarette battery will eventually run out of juice. You'll know immediately, because it will no longer light up. Plan on replacing your battery every two to three months (it depends on how often you vape).

Your e-cigarette uses a lithium battery. When it’s completely dead, please recycle it by bringing it to your local Target or Wal-Mart, or find your local recycler at www.call2recycle.org.

Can switching to vaping help me quit smoking?

Due to FDA regulations, we can't say that e-cigarettes are a proven smoking cessation tool.

However, we can at least lead you to sources where you can read what doctors and expert sources say about the e cigarette:

Doctors from the American Cancer Society, the American Council on Science and Health and other leading institutions wrote a letter to the FDA, asking them to amend their stance on the e-cigarette.  

Dr. Michael B. Siegel, MD, MPH, of the Boston University School of Public Health told WebMD to look at the evidence on e-cigarettes. 

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) estimates that over a million smokers have switched to electronic cigarettes. 

Has the FDA approved of e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes have come under fire from the Food and Drug Administration, which tried to treat e-cigarettes as a “drug delivery device” that could not be marketed until its safety and efficacy could be demonstrated in clinical trials. The FDA was overruled in court.

The U.S. Federal Court Judge ruled that e-cigarettes are intended to be used as a substitute for smoking and advised the FDA to regulate them under the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The FDA hasn’t come up with a shred of evidence that e-cigarettes cause any harm. It’s also important to note that the same ingredients in e-cigarettes can be found in other FDA-approved products, including nicotine patches and gum.

Now, the FDA is considering adding a new category of products called "Tobacco Harm Reduction" (THR) products, which could include the electronic cigarette. All of us who use the e-cigarette and know how well it works are watching this debate carefully. We are hopeful the FDA will wake up and revise their 'hyper-precautionary stance.'

For more information on the current debate before the FDA, read this statement by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Assn. 

So who's on the side of e-cigarettes?

One of the biggest advocates is the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA). This is an independent group whose purpose is to help consumers quit smoking. 

CASAA supports the idea that the FDA should create a new category of "tobacco harm reduction" products that would cover the e-cigarette. 

The CASAA policy on e-cigarettes:

  • CASAA supports the FDA classifying and regulating the electronic cigarette as a tobacco product.
  • CASAA supports reasonable manufacturing standards, content labeling, safety warnings, and child-proof packaging.
  • CASAA is adamantly opposed to a ban on sales of electronic cigarettes to adults.
  • CASAA supports legislation to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors.
  • CASAA opposes legislation to ban indoor use of electronic cigarettes.
  • CASAA believes that banning all sales will result in the relapse back to smoking for thousands of Americans.
  • CASAA also believes that it is highly inappropriate for organizations charged with protection of public health to take action to prevent smoking abstinence.

Will it be difficult to switch to vaping?

It’s important to start with the right attitude. Vaping is a close substitute for smoking, but it’s not exactly the same thing. Some women have told us that the battery feels heavier than holding a cigarette. We sell the lightest battery on the market today (weighing about .35 ounces or 10 grams). It is heavier than a traditional cigarette, so it might take a little getting used to.

We suggest trying it for a minimum of three weeks. If after three weeks, you still don’t like the e-cigarette, we’ll gladly refund your money, plus 5%. We’re certain you’ll weigh (pun intended) the advantages of the e-cigarette over traditional cigarettes and find that the e-cigarette comes out far ahead.

You don’t have to switch over to the e-cigarette full-time, either. Whoever said you can’t do both? Vaping is great when you can't or don’t want to smoke – at work, in bars and restaurants, in your car, or around your children or anyone who’s bothered by secondhand smoke.

One final note

We can't say that the e-cigarette can help you quit smoking, due to FDA regulations guiding the e cigarette. But we hope these FAQs have given you the information you need to decide whether vaping is the right choice for you.

If you have any other questions, please fill out our contact form and we promise we'll get back to you as quickly as we can (within 24 hours). 

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