Australia’s Vapor Trail
E-cigs are a great substitute for cigarettes because they use liquid to provide the vapors, without burning traditional tobacco. The liquid is heated by a small element inside the e-cig, thus using steam to provide the vapors. While they might appear to be traditional smoke, these vapors have little in common with their original cigarette cousins.
First and foremost, standard cigarettes are available to all Australian adults despite the fact that over 50% of its consumers will die due to their use of tobacco. Standard cigarettes include plenty of harmful chemicals, such as Benzene, Cyanide and Arsenic. These chemicals have been tied to all kinds of harmful diseases, including lung, tongue and throat cancer.
While studies are still out regarding the harmful effects of e-cigs, the scientific community at large seems to agree that the lack of toxic chemicals found in traditional cigarettes can be a benefit. So what is the e-liquid made of?
The Ingredients of E-Cigs
E-cigs come with Australian e-liquid, which is made of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine and Nicotine (if you request it), plus some flavourings. The Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine are food ingredient quality, while being relatively inert. Nicotine can be added to the e-liquid, but you can step your nicotine consumption downward by gradually reducing the amount in your e-liquid, making this a therapeutic option for those looking to quit.
Others might choose a nicotine level and stay there, but this still reduces the amount of other toxic chemical exposure. How is that possible? Simply put, it is because the chemicals aren’t in the e-liquid and therefore cannot be consumed.
Control the amount of nicotine without all the other chemicals traditionally found in standard cigarettes. Custom your e-cig with a variety of designs and colors. Then create your own e-liquid with your own special flavour. As it warms, not only will your e-cig provide a nice taste, but the vapors will also smell better and be less offensive than standard cigarettes.
Money Saving Options Available
Within the world of e-cigs, the e-liquid is typically more cost-effective than standard cigarettes. Purchase your favorite flavours in bulk and save even more. With vaping, you have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of flavours. Find your favorite or keep a variety on hand for any occasion.
No matter what type of flavour you prefer, there is always one for you. With traditional cigarettes, you don’t have flavour options and the cost of a pack of cigarettes a day can easily exceed the cost of a month’s worth of e-liquid. There can be even more savings when you can refill cartridges or buy in bulk, so that is something to keep in mind when choosing your personal e-cig (more about that later).
You can also avoid the costs incurred by smoke damage to walls and carpets from the smoky smells and ashes. Don’t have any more burn holes in your clothes. The e-cig takes all those expenses away because the vapor doesn’t permeate the walls or carpet, requiring that they be replaced and the additional cleaning to get the ashes and smoke out of these areas.
With no ashes or traditional smoke, these are really an affordable, but not damaging or offensive, alternative to traditional cigarettes. Plus, you no longer have to incur the expense of lighters or matches. So how can you choose the best e-cig available for you?
Choosing Your Personal E-Cigarette
When it comes to choosing an e-cig, it’s important to find the one that fits your lifestyle. This leads to the first and most important question, which is design. There are at least three different design options available. The first is a mini. They are typically lightweight and easy to use. It is perfect for beginners, but it has a shorter battery life.
Mid-size models are about the size of a cigar. They provide a slightly longer battery life and typically can produce more vapor over time. As a result, these can be a great choice for those who prefer a longer vaping experience.
For the most experienced “vapers”, advanced personal vaporisers are the perfect choice. These devices are larger and typically more complicated than the mini or mid-size models. APVs or mods are not for newbies, because not only do they provide a longer vapor experience, they typically include more moving parts. A working knowledge of watts, voltage and kilowatts are also helpful.
Getting the “Smoking” Experience with E-cig
Then you need to take into account the vapor production, throat hit and overall batter life. The throat hit is how much burning you feel in the back of your throat after a drag. Battery life is critical for heavy smokers, because they want to be able to enjoy the experience more frequently, thus needing a longer battery life.
For vapor production and throat hit, it’s important to read reviews and sample a variety of e-liquids. After all, the e-liquid will have the greatest effect on these two areas.
At this time in Australia, e-cigs fall under various local and national regulations, but currently there are no laws or regulations specifically related to e-cigs on a national level. However, they can be used for therapeutic measures, including smoking cessation, but the devices must be registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Currently, there are no specific legislative regulations regarding e-cigs under the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 (TAP Act). E-cigs for personal use with no nicotine are not regulated under these provisions, but components of the e-cigs may have specific regulations. It’s important to check for any local regulations when importing your e-cigs and liquids, especially online. For personal use of the e-cigs with nicotine, they must be purchased internationally and you can’t purchase more than a 3 month supply of
e-liquid. Locally, e-cigs with nicotine can’t be purchased within Australia.
Finally, make sure that you are aware of the options and accessories available for your e-cig choice. If you want to grow with your e-cig, then you want to make sure that you have the ability to move up with the model you choose.