smoke and vapor

What’s the difference between smoke and vapor?

smoke and vapor

Most non-vapers think that vapor and smoke are the same, but apart from their mist-like appearance, there’s a vast difference between the two fumes. So, let’s start by breaking down both words by their rooted definition and clear up any underlying misunderstandings that have been ingrained by any uninformative hearsay.

How do the definitions of smoke and vapor differ?

Smoke is the result of combustion. When heated gases mix together with the right amount of oxygen, combustion occurs and new chemicals are then formed through an oxidation process. This is the result you receive when you light up your traditional cigarette. However, when a substance turns into a gas-like state at a temperature that is lower than its point of combustion, it’s considered vapor. Basically, when you heat water on your stove, when the liquid reaches its boiling point the pot will give off steam, also called vapor. However, this process doesn’t result in any combustion. So, that being said, when you use an e-cigarette, the process is the exact same, disallowing any new chemicals from being produced during the vaporization stage.

How do the chemicals within smoke and vapor differ?

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 different deadly chemicals including, cyanide, formaldehyde, methanol, acetylene, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Unlike traditional cigarettes, the e-juice used within e-cigs is comprised of four main ingredients, which includes vegetable glycerin, nicotine (in your chosen concentration level), water and food-grade flavoring.

How do the smells of smoke and vapor differ?

If you’ve ever been around someone who smokes, or if you’ve smoked yourself in the past, then you can probably easily tell the difference between the smells of smoke vs. vapor. The odor that cigarette smoke leaves behind smells harsh and burnt, often lingering around in the air around you as well as embedded into your hair, clothes and furniture. On the other hand, the vapor is often less intrusive because there is a rainbow of pleasant flavors and scents to choose from that dissipates within seconds after they’re exhaled.  

Are there any other ways in which smoke and vapor differ? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Nicotine

Despite having a pretty bad reputation, from claims that it causes cancer to others about the harm it can do to teenagers’ brains, if you want to know how nicotine affects your body, you can find it all here in this blog post.

What is nicotine?

Nicotine is found in lots of things, including tobacco, potatoes, tomatoes and aubergine, with each containing varying amounts. Chemically similar to things like caffeine and cocaine, traditional cigarettes usually contain about 10 mg of nicotine, with e-cigarettes containing varying amounts, depending on which type you go for.

Nicotine and the body

Nicotine is also absorbed differently by the body, depending on whether you smoke or vape. When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine passes through the lung’s membranes and into the bloodstream, before making its way to your heart. From there, it’s transferred to your arteries, and up to your brain, with the entire process taking between just 10 and 20 seconds. The amount of nicotine you get from smoking can vary based on your brand and how you smoke it.

When you vape, most of the nicotine from vaping is absorbed by the mouth and upper throat, rather than the lungs. The nicotine absorbed in this way still reaches the blood, but far less quickly than when you smoke. For this reason, e-cigarettes are less addictive than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

In terms of what effect nicotine has on your body, this again varies depending on whether you smoke or vape. The deeper smokers inhale, the more relaxed they feel, because of the way the nicotine is absorbed into their bloodstream. With vaping, you generally press a button to inhale, but you will only feel that relaxing effect if you take big puffs.

Is nicotine harmful?

One of the main reasons people have for not vaping is the belief that because nicotine derives from tobacco, it is harmful. In actual fact, it is the tar in cigarettes that is the most harmful. In terms of its toxicity, the lethal dose is between 500 to 1,000 mg, or maybe more in some cases, which is obviously far more than you would be exposed to when vaping, or smoking for that matter. Since the first symptoms of having too much nicotine are vomiting and nausea, you would most likely throw up before it could do you any real damage.

Another huge misconception about nicotine is that it causes cancer. In actual fact, nicotine doesn’t cause cancer at all. There is some evidence that says nicotine could promote the growth of tumors, but it does not cause cancer.

Since nicotine is a stimulant, it can be dangerous for your heart, although there are no immediate effects caused by it. Consuming nicotine increases your heart rate, which reduces the amount of blood reaching your heart and makes it work harder, but the effects are mild and disappear quickly. Similarly, nicotine increases blood pressure but only in the short-term. This, of course, varies if you have any underlying health conditions.

Another common claim is that nicotine harms teenage brains, but there’s actually not a lot of evidence to base this claim on. Indeed, there is evidence that smoking can harm teenage brains, but even in this case, it’s difficult to know if this is a result of nicotine.

So in summary, evidence points in the direction that nicotine is not harmful. As with caffeine, nicotine is a mild stimulant with some short-term effects on the body. But it’s certainly not going to do you any long term damage, especially the amount contained in e-cigs. Yes, there are people who can and do get addicted to it, but as with any addiction, it can be cured. If you are looking to cut out nicotine completely, try our zero-nicotine range.

Have any more questions about nicotine? Tweet us @PrimeVapor

What Trump’s Presidency Means For the Vaping World

If you’re up to date with vaping news, you’ll know that when Barack Obama was in power, the FDA placed a number of regulations upon the e-cig industry, which many believe will push out smaller e-cig retailers to make way for Big Tobacco companies. Now any manufacturer of e-cigs or juices must “undertake a package of research” if the e-cig models or liquids weren’t on the market before 2007, something which is extremely costly.

Now that President Donald Trump is in power, there is hope that things will start looking up for the vaping industry. Although we don’t really know Trump’s stance on vaping, he has made a promise to slash government regulation, stating during his campaign that around 70% of Federal regulations could go under his Presidency. It also helps that Trump’s allies in Congress include the likes of Duncan Hunter, the second Congressman to endorse Trump for President and also a huge advocate for vaping.

Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist is also a huge supporter of vaping, and is in talks with Trump administration officials to make sure the FDA’s rules are delayed at least two years. This would allow Congress time to pass bills nullifying the Obama-era regulations.

“There’s close to a 100 percent chance that the [FDA’s] rules are delayed,” Norquist said.  “I have complete confidence in Price and Trump’s worldview.”

“Vaping is a real coalition. I’ve seen it at the state and local level,” he added. “Unlike tobacco, beer, or wine, where people don’t feel comfortable saying ‘Don’t tax it,’ [people who vape] feel virtuous about their life choices,” and aren’t afraid to fight back, Norquist said.

What do you think Trump’s presidency means for the vaping industry? Share your thoughts with us below or tweet us @PrimeVapor


How to charge your e-cig battery safely

Just like any other electronic device, electronic cigarettes need appropriate caring. The better you care for your batteries, the longer they will last. To ensure you charge your e-cig batteries safely, make sure you follow these simple tips:

  • Only use the original charging equipment provided with the e-cigarette
  • Avoid over tightening when attaching your battery to your clearomizer
  • Don’t use damaged batteries
  • Charge batteries on a hard-surface
  • Do not expose your battery to extreme temperatures
  • Turn your battery off when you’re not using it and do not charge overnight
  • Clean battery with a dry tissue or cotton swabs when dirty
  • Avoid water at all costs

If you’re new to e-cigs and wondering what vaping is all about, find out what you need to get started or contact us for more info


E-cigs: The cure for your candy addiction?

Did you know that sugar is a dopamine enhancer? This means when we consume it, something is released in our body which makes us feel happy, (like when we do exercise, for example).

Whether you consider yourself a ‘sugar addict’ or not, it’s fair to say that once we’ve had one piece of candy, something inside our brains tells us to come back for another piece. And another. Until we’re half a packet down. Come on, we’re all guilty…

So how are sugar and e-cigarettes related in any way?

Well, according to an article published by Motherboard, some vapers are using flavored e-cigarettes to help combat their candy cravings.

You may or may not know that nicotine suppresses your appetite. Since nicotine is contained in traditional cigarettes, when people quit smoking, they tend to gain weight as a result of increased appetites.

Reason number 101 for choosing e-cigs? They combat snack cravings.

Another survey found that liquid flavorings contained in e-cigs ‘play a major role in reducing or eliminating smoking consumption’.

One reviewer of our popular Caramel Macchiato flavor said: “Caramel Macchiato is a smooth tasty treat that I enjoy daily !!!! When I have a craving for menthol Supercool is my choice….”

Another reviewer of our Tahitian Punch flavor said: “I have try to stop smoking for 35 years and I try PrimeVapor Tahitian Punch and I have not smoke a over 6 months. The taste is out of this world.I will use them until I fill I will no longer crave a cig again.I have already went down to a lower strength. I plan to try more of the Flavored cartridges. The Tahitian Punch is the Greatest.”

Check out our range of flavor cartridges here.


Should vaping be allowed in the workplace?

Since the FDA announced new restrictions on e-cigarettes, an increasing number of US cities and states have been inclined to treat them just like tobacco.

Vaping indoors, and at your desk for example, meant increased productivity and concentration for a lot of vapers, since they weren’t having to go outside to take smoking breaks, or indeed, thinking about when their next break would be.

But some cities and states have banned this right, forcing people to vape outside in the same area as smokers. Some people are arguing that this is unfair. Since many vapers are former smokers, surely forcing them to go outside and breathing in cigarette smoke is likely to hinder progress?

Forbes published an article about vaping in the workplace back in 2014 after Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the U.S., with 1.3 million workers, lumped e-cigs in with tobacco products because some e-liquids contain tobacco-derived nicotine. But Wal-Mart do not ban nicotine patches, lozenges or gum. They actually give those to employees for free as part of its smoking-cessation plan for employees. This led many people to wonder if preferential treatment was being given to big pharmaceutical products, many of which are far less effective than ecigs.

Some employers are fine with employees vaping, adopting a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. Providing the majority of employees are okay with vaping in the workplace, it will be allowed.

Ultimately, the government will decide whether vaping will be allowed in the workplace, but it would be interesting to hear whether our customers are still vaping in their workplaces, and indeed, what they think about this topic. Feel free to comment below with your views, or tweet us @PrimeVapor

Synthetic nicotine – the new future of vaping?

There is speculation that the vaping industry may soon embrace synthetic nicotine and truly go post-tobacco.

At present, e-liquids containing nicotine source natural nicotine from tobacco plants. Now, some e-cigarette producers, like SQN, are experimenting with laboratory-produced synthetic nicotine.

Although this method is likely to be more costly, (SQN say it costs 13 times as much as the readily available natural version), synthetic nicotine may have the benefit of avoiding the FDA’s new regulations. The FDA said it would regulate ‘any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product’. Although synthetic nicotine is not yet included in these regulations, they said that ‘products will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis’.

Since synthetic nicotine will not come from tobacco plants, it will also be tasteless. When nicotine is extracted from tobacco, some tobacco-derived impurities are taken into the mix too. These impurities have an effect on the flavor of the finished e-juice. With synthetic nicotine, producers will be able to experiment with lighter flavors and tastes, since they won’t be trying so hard to cover up the taste of nicotine.

What do you think the implications of synthetic nicotine will be on the e-cigarette industry? We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions

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