Electronic Cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers) are battery powered inhalation devices. They were invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist and were first imported into the USA in 2006. Since that time, they have become exceptionally popular all over the World for people who are looking for an alternative to smoking traditional (analog) cigarettes. Although there are many different styles and means of operation, all e-cigarettes work essentially the same; they use a battery which heats a liquid that produces vapor to be inhaled. Vaping is the common term that describes using e-cigarettes instead of smoking.

E-Liquid is the liquid product specifically manufactured for use in e-cigarettes. Although there are many different brands, all contain virtually the same ingredients. Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavorings, and the option for varying levels of Nicotine (non Nicotine e-liquid is available). PG is a thin liquid that produces the “throat hit” you feel when vaping. VG is a thick liquid that produces the cloud of vapor you inhale and exhale. Both of these base liquids are considered generally safe for consumption by the FDA and can be found in many other products such as food extracts, fog machines, and prescription medical inhalers. By varying the percentage amounts of these two bases, manufactures mix e-liquid for a specific feel, taste, and overall vaping experience.
(*A very small percentage of the population has an allergic reaction to propylene glycol, much like other common food allergies. Due to its prolific use in consumables, most of these people are aware of their allergy. And if you have a food allergy we recommend staying away from like flavors in a vape.)
Batteries

Batteries are, well, just that! However, they come in a variety of sizes referred to as mAh (Milliamp Hour) in which the higher the number, the longer lasting the battery. They can also be fixed voltage, variable voltage, variable output; the sky is the limit! There is a plethora of different batteries available today. From basic to advanced, the goal is to sort through and match the right battery to how you vape. The batteries we sell are all “510/eGo” threaded, which gives them a universal fit for add-on hardware.

Tanks

The vessels used to contain e-liquid have many different names depending on how they function. Cartomizers use a material (usually cotton) to absorb the liquid and the battery atomizes from that. Cartomizers are some of the original methods and are becoming harder to find due to advances in vaping technology. Clearomizers are tanks that hold the e-liquid and have wicks that bring a small amount of the liquid to the atomizer. Clearomizer tank models are either top coil or bottom coil depending on where the wicks are located. RBA’s / RTA’s are a more advanced way to vape where the vaper must make their own coils and wicking. They can be laborious but provide a customizable vaping experience unlike any other.

(*mechanical mods and rebuildable systems require a much higher knowledge base to preform safely. If you do not respect the technology you may injury yourself or others up to and including death)

All types of vessels have minor maintenance / upkeep and there are pros and cons for all models. They do have a limited lifespan with options available for replacing certain parts versus replacing the entire vessel.

This is largely a subjective question based on many factors such as; where you live, what your smoking “habit” is, how much you vape, and quality of products. Here in Washington State, it is not uncommon for a pack of cigarettes to exceed $10 a pack. After getting a hardware setup most of our customers spend $15-$20 a week on liquid and maintenance. Certainly vaping can be expensive depending on how you vape, but it doesn’t have to be. While there is no exact figure, you can expect to find vaping to be less expensive than smoking; however, we cannot guarantee that for every individual.

Many studies have been conducted to conclusively determine the overall benefits of vaping over smoking, both domestically and internationally. Current restriction by the FDA and other regulating bodies prohibit us from making any health claims at this time. However, we will say that the e-liquid we manufacture in our clean room laboratory use pharmaceutical grade PG, VG, nicotine, and food grade natural and artificial flavoring. All of the ingredients have been clearly labeled on the bottle for your reference. Our products do not produce or emit smoke, therefore many of the chemicals and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes are not present in the vapors that are produced by our e-liquid.
According to the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, The American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) supports the use of electronic cigarettes as a reduced harm tobacco product. The AAPHP released a statement that electronic cigarettes could save the lives of 4 million of the 8 million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next 20 years.”
First off let me explain what exactly popcorn lung is. Bronchiolitis obliterans is an irreversible condition involving scarring of the tiny “sacks” in the lungs that allow the transfer of oxygen into the blood, and off-gases to be exhaled out. It generally presents with symptoms similar to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There have been less than 10 documented cases, world-wide, in the history of man. The name came about because of a CDC case in 2000 in which a few cases were found in Missouri at a microwave popcorn manufacturing facility. After a lengthy investigation they believe it was attributed to “diacetyl” a flavoring used in the popcorn to make the buttery creamy taste. No hard evidence was found linking diacetyl to this condition, nor could/can they explain why it effects SO FEW people (even when considering all the people at that one plant). Outside of this one situation, a woman who claimed to have eaten 2 bags of microwave popcorn, literally every single day, for 10 years, states in a lawsuit against the manufacturer that she developed popcorn lung from that. Oh and what is often left out is that diacetyl can be found in traditional tobacco cigarettes, at rates 100-110 times higher than that in e-liquid. And by the way, not a single smoker has ever been diagnosed with popcorn lung.
Now that you know the history, how does this play into vaping? Diacetyl has been found at trace amounts, sometimes so small it is seen but not able to be quantified, in e-liquid. Depending on the report you read the percentage of total e-liquid containing diacetyl varies wildly from almost none to 99% of the market! Suffice it to say that flavors with “buttery” notes probably contain at least some amount of diacetyl, regardless of the manufacturer. Least us not forget that vaping is about harm reduction, not harm elimination. If nearly unmeasurable amounts of a chemical that may or may not be linked to a condition that has effected 9 out of 7,100,000,000 people concerns you, then stick to bright fruity flavors.
The most recent credible, reliable, actually scientific study states emphatically that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. That is 1% for the harm of breathing anything other than oxygen into your lungs, and 4% for “yet to be discovered potentially harmful conditions”.
Below I have linked a few very good articles and presentations about popcorn lung, how it came to be, and what it’s doing to the vape community. I would encourage everyone to look through them and come up with your own conclusion. For me personally, I am not concerned with popcorn lung, but every adult has the right to their own opinions.

DIACETYL IN E-CIGARETTES

According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), electronic cigarettes are currently classified as a class of emerging products referred to as “made or derived from tobacco”. With this, they are being regulated per the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. They do not share the flavorings ban, or indoor use ban with analog cigarettes, but they cannot be sold to minors. Many States, Counties, and Municipalities have restricted vaping, and there are currently laws in legislation that seek to further regulate the industry.

Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA)  is one of the leading advocacy groups for electronic cigarettes in the World. They are active in legislation, regulation, and research of e-cigarettes and supplies. They believe strongly in a smoke free existence and we support their cause!