The best electronic cigarette brands 2014

Electronic cigarettes are often promoted as the safer and more practical alternative to real cigarettes. Not only do they offer more options in terms of taste, they are also designed not to cause bad breath, health problems and toxicity among those people who use them. In other words, electronic cigarettes are designed to have all the benefits of regular cigarettes without causing any of their negative effects.

What are the long term effects?

Although this is true, what’s also true that we know very little about the actual long term effects of using electronic cigarettes. Since these devices are new to the market, we don’t know enough about them to conclusively say if they’re safe for human use or not and this is the reason bills are being signed to regulate electronic cigarette use.

What we do know, however, is that electronic cigarettes use parts and substance which are safe. But just how safe are they? Are electronic cigarettes safe for everybody? How safer are they from regular cigarettes? Do they have long term side effects?

These are all valid question, and at this point, there’s a very healthy debate going on about this particular topic. However, let’s look strictly at the facts. Electronic cigarettes don’t have the same toxins found on regular cigarettes. In fact, according to a study conducted by the School of Public Health at Drexel University last August 2013, using electronic cigarettes exposes you to a lot fewer toxic compounds than regular cigarettes. What this means, basically, is that the dangers of using regular cigarettes are not the same as using electronic cigarettes. They’re completely different from each other.

Miniature fog machines

Whereas regular cigarettes are designed to burn tobacco, electronic cigarettes are designed to act like miniature fog machines. This is an important point to think about since electronic cigarettes work by heating the vegetable glycerin and food grade glycol, which give the e cigarettes their unique taste. This heating process is what produces the electric cigarette to produce its special vapor, which is quite safe for human consumption.

The question then is, whether or not this heating process is safe for human consumption. To answer this question, it’s important to keep in mind that the mechanism of fog machines are also similar to the ones used by electric cigarettes, but on a much larger scale and since people who work on these machines rarely experience smoke related illnesses, it follows that e cigarettes are also relatively safe. In fact, the only difference between the two is that e cigs use substances which are safe for human consumption as well as a very small amount of nicotine. Aside from these very subtle difference, there’s nothing particularly dangerous about electric cigarettes since their vapors are designed specifically for human consumption.

Conclusion

Yes, the technology and commercial concerns for these devices needs more study, but if past experience is any indication then e cigarettes are safe. So far, no serious short term or long term effects have been observed among users, and it’s worth mentioning that most electronic cigarette brands are now being improved to provide better smoking pleasure. So aside from a few defective brands or fake products, it’s practically safe to say that electronic cigarettes could save millions of lives.

Dr Lynne Dawkins Electronic Cigarettes What we know so far

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All tobacco products are harmful. Whether they are bought legitimately from a retailer or illegally on the black market, all tobacco products contain over 4,000 chemicals, at least 60 of which are known to cause cancer.

Illegal tobacco products are cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco or niche products (such as beedis/bidis and sheesha/shisha) that have been smuggled, bootlegged or are counterfeit.

Smuggled

These are foreign brands brought into the UK illegally to be sold on the black market. Things to look out for include one or more of the following

  • Foreign brand names such as Raquel and Jin Ling
  • Cheaper prices less than 3.50 for a pack of 20
  • Foreign health warnings
  • No picture health warnings
  • Unusual taste

Bootlegged

These are cigarettes and tobacco usually brought into the UK in large quantities from countries with lower tax and illegally resold as any cigarettes brought in from outside the UK should be for personal use only. Things to look out for include one or more of the following

  • Popular brands such as Lambert and Butler and Superkings
  • Foreign health warnings
  • Cheaper prices less than 3.50 for a pack of 20

Counterfeit (fake cigarettes)

These are cheap cigarettes that are made to look like popular UK brands. Things to look out for include one or more of the following

  • Popular brands such as Lambert and Butler and Superkings
  • Unusual packaging spelling mistakes, wrong logos, foreign health warnings
  • No picture health warnings
  • Cheaper prices less than 3.50 for a pack of 20