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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF VAPING OVER SMOKING?
- Completely smoke free - nothing is burned.
- No combustion means none of the 4000-10,000 chemicals reported to be contained in smoke.
- No Tar, no carbon monoxide, no ash.
- No smoking odour on fingers or clothes with no residual smell.
- No more yellow teeth.
- No dirty butts to dispose of.
THE BIRTH OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTESElectronic cigarettes were first developed by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist who patented his idea in 2003. Although Lik patented the electronic cigarette and e liquid in 2003, the product was not introduced to the US and Europe markets until 2006.
WHAT IS AN E CIGARETTE OR PERSONAL VAPING DEVICE?
- A Personal Vapourizer or PV (otherwise known as an electronic cigarette, or e-cig) is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavour and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke.
- The device uses heat to vapourize a propylene glycol or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vapourizes solutions for inhalation.
- They may or may not look anything like a regular tobacco cigarette but the point is no combustion is involved and it contains no tobacco so (nicotine is optional) the risks of smoking are completely removed.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISPOSABLE AND RECHARGEABLE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES?Basically its different technology. Disposable products are a one piece design and are made to throw away after a certain number of puffs which varies between 200-500 depending on the size. A rechargeable product is normally a 2 x piece design which comprises of a rechargeable battery and a cartridge which contains the E Liquid. Most cartridges are designed to last about the same as a pack of cigarettes and are then disposed of. The user then purchases refill cartridges often sold in a pack of 5. Rechargeable E Cigarettes are considerably less expansive if used over a period of time.
DOES USING THE DEVICE SAVE MONEY OVER SMOKING REGULAR CIGARETTES?Absolutely. E-cigarettes are on average less expensive than traditional tobacco cigarettes. While cost savings of using e-cigarettes are not the only reason why more and more people are choosing to switch to e-cigarettes, saving money is definitely a factor as to why people are open to try and continue to use electronic cigarettes. The average pack a day smoker spends about $7000 a year on cigarettes. Using electronic cigarettes and consuming 1 x cartridge a day with a rechargeable electronic cigarette costs $1460.
eCigarettes & the law
IS IT LEGAL ?The only way that people can lawfully buy and use electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is by importing them for personal use under the Therapeutic Goods Administration personal importation scheme, which requires a medical prescription. Without a medical prescription, importing electronic cigarettes or refill vials that contain nicotine (including by ordering them online) is against the law in every state and territory in Australia and so is the possession and use of those products. This is because nicotine that has not been medically prescribed is considered a ‘dangerous poison’ under drugs and poisons laws. There are also electronic cigarettes that do not contain nicotine. These products can be sold in retail stores so long as the manufacturers do not make ‘therapeutic’ claims – for example, claims that the products can help people quit smoking. Only products that have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration can be marketed as quitting aids. So far, no electronic cigarette has received approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.KIKIT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES MAKE NO CLAIM THAT THERE ARE ANY HEALTH BENEFITS. THEY ARE INTENDED FOR RECREATION USE
WHAT ARE THE MAIN INGREDIENTS IN KIKIT E-CIGARETTES?
The main ingredients are USP Grade Propylene Glycol 55%(PG) and Vegetable Glycerin 45% (VG). This gives us the perfect combination of throat hit, vapour and flavour
Below is a great video explaining PG and VG which are the main ingredients in KIKIT E-Cigaretteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEjaBYoaSak
General Information on Propylene Glycol (PG)Produced from Propylene Oxide Propylene Glycol is an organic compound produced from Propylene Oxide. Basically colorless, completely odorless, and is thin in viscosity. Only USP (United States Pharmacopeia) Grade PG is used in KIKIT E-Cigarettes and is recognized safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Propylene Glycol is widely used in the household as solvents, humectants, preservatives in food, tobacco products, pharmaceutical products, and of course e-juice.
General Information Vegetable Glycerin (VG)Being an all natural liquid, Vegetable Glycerin is generally extracted from plant mainly, soy, coconut oil, and palm oil. It is clear with slight color, odorless, and can be sweet sweet, and relatively viscous. It is considered safe by he U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The main applications of Vegetable Glycerin are cosmetics products, food production, and e-juice.
How does it work?
HOW DOES THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE WORK?A rechargeable battery powers a heating element called an atomizer which touches a cartridge holding e-liquid (aka nicotine liquid). The atomizer heats (steams) the liquid turning it into a vapour which is inhaled and delivers nicotine to the bloodstream. After the nicotine is absorbed, the excess is vapour not smoke.
Choosing the right E Liquid
KIKIT NICOTINE CARTRIDGES ARE SOLD AND DELIVERED FROM OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA
Here's A Helpful Chart That Displays Nicotine Levels: 0mg/mL NicotineThis means that there is no nicotine in your E-Liquid mixture. Zero nicotine levels are usually ordered by people who have quit smoking but still have an oral fixation and use an electronic cigarette to satisfy it.
12mg/mL NicotineOn the lower end of the spectrum, 12mg/ml is a comfortable level for people who prefer nicotine, but aren't heavy vapers. This level is also common for people who used to smoke light cigarettes.
18mg/ml NicotineThis is the middle of the road in terms of nicotine. Most vapers who were former smokers enjoy this level because it delivers the perfect amount of nicotine in each vape.
24mg/ml NicotineThis is on the high side of nicotine levels and is commonly preferred by people who were formally heavy smokers (about a pack per day). It has a noticeable nicotine level that many former smokers enjoy
More Is Not Always BetterNew users of electronic cigarettes tend to choose very strong e-liquids the first time. They remember the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms when they have tried to stop smoking cigarettes in the past and are afraid this will happen again during the switch to the electronic cigarette. More experienced users know this is not the case. The electronic cigarette can and does deliver plenty of nicotine, and with adequate nicotine levels in your E-liquid you shouldn’t feel any withdrawal symptoms when making the switch. Remember, you can always smoke more of an e-liquid that is a little too low for you, but if you get an e-liquid that is too high, you can make yourself sick or risk increasing your addiction to nicotine. Be alert for symptoms of nicotine overdose. The most common symptoms include headache, nausea, and dizziness. If you experience any of these symptoms discontinue use of all nicotine products and speak to your doctor. Avoid nicotine overdose by picking a sensible nicotine level for you. Don’t let fear of nicotine withdrawals cause you to pick a level that is too high. The electronic cigarette can be an enjoyable and easy switch from smoking cigarettes, just remember to use common sense, experiment, and listen to your body.
Your Health & eCigarettes
IS THERE SECONDHAND SMOKE?Electronic cigarettes don't burn and so there is no smoke. And no smoke means no second-hand smoke. And no second-hand smoke means no health worries for the non-e-cig public who happen to be in the vicinity. Since e-cigs do not involve lighting tobacco, some argue, they should not be included in tobacco regulations—including smoking bans. Instead of toxic smoke, what e-cigarettes emit is a water vapor that contains propylene glycol (PG), the same substance used in nicorette inhailers. As to whether or not there are any other trace chemicals in that vapor that will harm bystanders, no one is sure yet
E-CIGARETTES AND HEALTH RISKS
ARE E-CIGARETTES SAFER THAN TOBACCO CIGARETTES?The answer to this question is Yes and that is scientifically backed up however there is still some concern that although significantly better there may be some carcinogens when PG and VG are heated . Breathing in any smoke, tar, thousands of chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes is scientifically proven to be harmful. The smoke and carcinogens found in tobacco cigarettes were of such concern that they have been thoroughly tested and proven deadly. In regards to e-cigarettes, there are many claims about e-cigarettes but the fact of the matter is that the government does not feel that e-cigarettes are of such a great concern that they must be tested and analyzed for safety or that they have been tested to be proven safe. I am confident that if such testing were done and e-cigarettes were found to be in fact more dangerous, that the government would release those findings to the public immediately just as they have done with various tobacco products. A short list of the toxic chemicals (some of them may be known to you) found in tobacco smoke:
- Acetone (nail polish remover).
- Cadmium (used in batteries).
- Carbon Monoxide (car exhaust).
- Hydrogen Cyanide (poison).
- Arsenic (poison).
- DDT/Dieldrin (pesticide banned in the 1970’s).
- Ethanol (alcohol).
- Butane (lighter fluid).
- Polonium 210 (poison, radioactive).
IS NICOTINE DANGEROUS?
- From the Nicobate website: A popular myth about smoking is that the nicotine in cigarettes is what causes cancer and other health risks. The truth is that aside from nicotine cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 other chemicals, including at least 50 that increase your risk of cancer.
- From the Nicorette website: Fact: Nicotine is not proven to cause cancer. It is the myriad of toxins in cigarette smoke, rather than the nicotine content, that is responsible for the majority of the harmful effects...
- Below is a graph that is a powerful comparison chart for a case that Electronic Cigarettes may be better for you than Tobacco Cigarettes.
- Maximum Tobacco-Specific Nitronsamine (Careinogen) Levels in
VARIOUS CIGARETTES AND NICOTINE-DELIVERY PRODUCTS
CAN YOU USE E-CIGARETTES TO QUIT SMOKING?The key with e-cigarettes is that they are considered smoking alternatives meaning that they can be used in place of tobacco cigarettes. Since there is no tar, no ash and no smoke, they can be used just about anywhere, just about any time . There are many testimonials where switching to e-cigarettes has drastically cut back on the usage of tobacco products even the total elimination of the use of cigarettes although from time to time they will still use their e-cigarettes when the need or urge arises. KIKIT makes no claim about e cigarettes as a smoking cessation device.
TOBACCO AND YOUR TEETHPeople who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes are up to seven times more likely to lose their teeth than those who do not smoke, a recent study indicates. Toxins in tobacco can lead to gum deterioration, which can lead to tooth loss. Postmenopausal female smokers, for whom lower estrogen levels also play a factor in gum health, are at particular risk, according to the study published in March in the Journal of the American Dental Association. This means that younger women who give up smoking or who switch to an alternative to traditional cigarettes may protect themselves from losing their teeth later in life.
DOES IT CONTAIN TOBACCO?No. The name electronic cigarette is quite deceiving since the device actually contains no tobacco and nothing burns. The lack of combustion means reduced carcinogens, no smoke and no tar. It merely contains food flavouring’s to provide the smoker with a taste that replicates a tobacco cigarette.
WHO USES THIS PRODUCT?
- When e cigarettes first came out, they kind of had the fad appeal to them. People would say it will never catch on, they are temporary, people would never replace traditional tobacco cigarettes with electronic cigarettes. Oh were they WRONG!
- This product is intended for smokers and others addicted to nicotine who are looking for a less hazardous way to maintain their nicotine usage and avoid known risks to their own health and the health of those around them.
IS THERE SECONDHAND SMOKE?Non-smokers hate being around cigarette smoke. It aggravates allergies, stings eyes, smells awful and lingers in the air for what feels like an eternity. E-cigarette vapour has a mild scent that lingers in the air for just a second or two before fading away permanently. It smells nothing like smoke. In most cases, you can’t smell e-cigarette vapour at all unless you are next to the person using the e-cigarette.
WHY DOES THE THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION TGA SAY THAT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES MAY BE DANGEROUS?The study the TGA refers to was conducted by the American FDA and announced via Press Release in July 2009. The problem is they left out some important information. A day’s supply of liquid contains no more nitrosamines (“carcinogens”) than FDA-approved nicotine products. Although the FDA characterized diethylene glycol (DEG) as antifreeze, actually DEG is a chemical used to keep tobacco moist. The quantity detected was well below toxic levels. In short, the FDA did not find harmful quantities of any substance.
WHAT IS IN THE EXHALED VAPOUR/STEAM?Its not smoke its vapour . The vapour is visible and simulates smoke and most times contains a mixture of trace amounts of and propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin.