Are E-cigarettes Safe? < Go Back July 22, 2016 – Posted in: Safety Information
- We often get asked – are e cigarettes safe? We discuss common e-cigarette health and safety related questions below. If you feel your question hasn’t been answered, please get in touch.
Do e cigarettes produce harmful chemicals and, if so, will they affect me?
E cigarettes are made from five main ingredients; nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), nicotine and flavourings. Find out more about our ingredients in our handy guide.
A recent study by the BBC programme ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ compared the level of toxins in the saliva, urine and breath of a group of smokers compared with a group who smoked only e-cigarettes. The results showed that:
Vapers (those who used e-cigarettes) had similar levels of nicotine (the drug that makes smoking addictive) found in their samples compared with the cigarette smokers.
The levels of Carbon Monoxide were much lower in e-cigarette users compared to cigarette smokers. The levels in the samples from e-cigarette users were close to the levels of non smokers.
In 2015, Public Health England stated that their best estimate is that “E cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking”. Due to being a fairly new product, there is yet to be any significant information on the long-term effects of vaping.
Are e-cigarettes addictive?
Some e cigarettes and e liquids contain nicotine, which is the addictive chemical in cigarettes. E Liquids and e cigarette cartomizers/refills come in a variety of nicotine strengths for all vapers. You can choose cartomizer refills that range from medium nicotine at 12 mg, high nicotine at 24 mg and extra high nicotine at 24 mg and if you’d prefer not to have any nicotine at all, you can also purchase our 0 mg, nicotine free refills.
Is nicotine bad for my health?
Nicotine is a stimulant (Psychology Today) and some scientists argue that it can have a similar effect on your health as your regular morning coffee (Scientific American). For those concerned with nicotine, there are e-cigarettes that don’t contain any. As above, nicotine is a highly addictive substance.
Will my e-cigarette explode?
There have been a number of stories in the media about exploding e-cigarettes. These incidents are extremely rare but there are a number of precautionary steps you can take. In many cases where these incidents have happened it’s because someone has used the wrong charger or batteries with their e-cigarette. You should only ever use the chargers and batteries that come with your kit.
We would always advise that electronic cigarette batteries should be switched off when it’s not in use. Our Zing range allows you to turn the battery on and off as you choose by pressing the button 5 times in quick succession until the light flashes. A lot of the reported incidents of e cigs exploding have involved vape kits called ‘mods’ that are designed for use by experienced vapers and have been caused by loose batteries coming into contact with eachother or other metals, which can cause them to ignite (this goes for any type of rechargeable battery).
Will e-cigarettes burn my mouth?
E-cigarettes produce vapour at temperatures much lower than steam to produce a great taste and won’t burn your mouth. If you feel that the temperature of your e-cigarette is too high, please do get in touch.