Saturday, December 1, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions about Electronic Cigarettes

Black Mesa Vapors is committed to helping new and existing vapers answer questions they may have regarding electronic cigarettes. Below I try my best to answer many of them.

What is an electronic cigarette?
An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled vapor bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor (with or without nicotine content) of inhaled tobacco smoke, without its odor. The device uses heat to vaporize a propylene glycol or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.

Are electronic cigarettes safe?
There has been media coverage about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which may be confusing and a bit scary. Electronic cigarettes are intended to be a less‐toxic alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, but not as a treatment for nicotine addiction.

Can electronic 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 is the “smoke” that is released?
The simulated "smoke” is simply the vaporized contents of the nicotine cartridge. This smoke is water vapor that evaporates into the air within seconds and leaves virtually no odor. There are no additional / unwanted chemicals produced in the vaporization process because there is no chemical reaction or combustion taking place as with regular cigarettes.

What ingredients are in Black Mesa Juice?
Black Mesa Juice ingredients:

Liquid nicotine
Propylene glycol
Vegetable glycerin

Liquid Nicotine
Black Mesa Juice is available in different nicotine strengths as well as nicotine-free.

The Black Mesa Juice solution is available in a wide variety of flavors. The taste is very subjective, so it is a good idea to try many flavor in order to find  the ones you most enjoy. Sample packs are a great way to get started on your taste-testing adventure.

Many e-cig users begin with tobacco flavored juice, but quickly find that others flavors are better. Vaping is a method of smoking enjoyment, but it is different from smoking cigarettes. Some of the most surprising flavors turn out to be more enjoyable that tobacco flavored juices.

Non tobacco flavors include just about every flavor you can think of, including: fruit (blueberry, watermelon), beverages (blue cola, doc peppah, beer, rootbeer), and desserts (chocolate, cream, caramel, double mint).

Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are added to the Black Mesa Juice to produce smoke-like vapor. The Black Mesa Juice contains a mix of the two. Both are common food additives approved by the FDA.

What is propylene glycol?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined propylene glycol to be "generally recognized as safe” for use in food, cosmetics, and medicines. It is used in food coloring, and flavoring, as an additive to keep food, medicines and cosmetics moist, and in machines that simulate smoke, although usage in simulating smoking devices is not currently included in the list of uses generally recognized as safe by the FDA. Propylene glycol is used in electronic smoking devices to make the water vapor appear more like smoke and to keep the cartridges from drying out and losing flavor.

Does nicotine cause cancer?
No. It is widely believed that nicotine does not cause cancer by the medical community. Nicotine research is on-going and the medical research has found some advantages and disadvantages of nicotine consumption. Determine through your own research if nicotine alone is a net gain or loss for your health.

Do electronic cigarettes taste the same as regular cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes cartridges and Black Mesa Juice are offered in tobacco and menthol flavors that taste similar to light cigarettes and cigars but are smoother and less harsh.  Electronic cigarette cartridges and Black Mesa Juice are also offered in a wide variety of other flavors that you may like better than tobacco and menthol flavors.

How many puffs on an electronic cigarette equals a tobacco cigarette?
Currently there have not been any tests to determine the number of puffs on an electronic cigarette compared to that of a tobacco cigarette. The quantity of nicotine in vapor has yet to be determined. We do know that vaper's blood test results have shown about the same levels as smoker's blood test results. The end result is that nicotine consumption will vary by individual.

How long does a 10ml bottle of Black Mesa Juice last?A 10ml bottle of Black Mesa Juice typically lasts a 1-2 pack/day smoker about 1 week.

How long do the batteries typically last before needing a recharge?
Electronic cigarette batteries will last 1 – 3 days before re-charging, depending upon the style of battery (pen-style, mini, cigar etc.) and intensity of usage. Longevity will vary by individual as well.

How many times can a battery be recharged?
This varies by style (pen-style, mini, cigar etc.). On average a battery can be recharged over 300 times.

How do you fill the DCT Tank?

DCT Tank Assembly includes:
1 - Tube Assembly
1 - Dual Coil Cartomizer
1 - Plastic Drip Tip
Note: Although the pictures do not show it, filling a DCT tank is easier if you keep the cartomizer attached to the battery. Tilting the DCT tube also helps the filling process.

1. Obtain DCT tank assembly and a bottle of Black Mesa Juice.

2. Remove the drip tip from the cartomizer.

3. Fill the by dripping 15-20 drops of Black Mesa Juice around the edges into the fabric filler. Be careful not to get Black Mesa Juice into the center hole.

4. Slide the cartomizer partially out of the DCT tank.

5. Drip Black Mesa Juice into the DCT tank around the cartomizer. As it fills, slide the cartomizer up to prevent
liquid from going into the cartomizer. You can fill as close to the top as you would like without allowing the
liquid to leak into the cartomizer.

6. Slide the cartomizer back into the top hole of the tank and align the bottom (threaded end) with the slot on the end of the DCT tank so it is fully inserted into bottom of the DCT tank.

7. Replace the drip tip. You will need to apply pressure to the bottom of the cartomizer while pushing the drip tip on to prevent the internal cartomizer from sliding out of the tube tank.

8. Screw onto your battery device and you are ready to use the DCT tank assembly.

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  1. Very nice informative post, it has everything you need to know about electronic cigarettes, always helpful to those who are trying to quit smoking and need some solid alternative for it.

  2. That was great, now i have each and everything related to electronic cigarettes in mind, my cousins smoke cigarettes, these details will help to encourage them to quit this habit and switch to ecigs.

  3. Many people want to know about electronic cigarettes like how they work, will they meet the nicotine needs, are they safer for health, before you move to ecigs it is necessary for you to know every little detail about these devices.


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