How to keep the airclean in the digital age
When it comes to electronic cigarettes, some people prefer the taste of tobacco, while others find it more pleasant to smoke electronic cigarettes.
The same can’t be said for vaping, an increasingly popular method of smoking for people who don’t want to cough or sneeze.
While the vapour can contain nicotine and other compounds, the main reason for using an e-cigarette is to avoid coughing and sneezing, said Scott Sauer, an associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at the University of Minnesota.
“If you’re just using it to get some of that nicotine and nicotine rush, I think it’s going to be better,” said Sauer.
However, as the industry expands, vaping has become a much larger and more prevalent part of the vaping community, with a growing number of brands popping up to cater to people who prefer nicotine delivery.
“Vaping is a growing sector, so we’ve been getting some really great products that people can try out, so people don’t necessarily need to go out and buy a bunch of e-cigarettes to try them,” said David Hargreaves, founder and CEO of Smoke Shop, a Seattle-based e-liquid manufacturer that’s been selling e-juice in Vancouver for more than a decade.
“I think a lot of people have a desire to try vaping, but they don’t have the resources or the time to actually do it,” he said.
“So it’s really important to try to get as many people as possible to try it and see if it works for them.”
That’s because some people are still hesitant to give up tobacco and other harmful substances.
That’s why some vape shops are offering to teach people how to safely use e-liquids.
But as e-cig sales skyrocket, there’s still no clear answer as to how to ensure the safety of vaping products.
The e-Liquid Safety Guide for E-Liquids from the American Vaping Association (AVOA), which promotes vaping as a healthful alternative to tobacco, recommends that all e-products be tested for harmful chemicals, including lead, mercury, formaldehyde, formic acid and nicotine.
“It’s absolutely crucial that people use ejuices that are tested for toxic chemicals,” said V.T. Shindell, a professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health and Environment at the U of C’s Sauder School of Business.
“They should be kept out of contact with children or pets and they should be stored at temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius (392 Fahrenheit), which is very cold for any liquid.”
E-cigarettes are often sold in clear plastic bottles that are covered with a warning label, but there are no rules on what to do with them.
According to AVOA, “if an ejuice is deemed hazardous, it should be disposed of.”
But the e-vapor industry is still in its infancy.
So far, there are a number of vape shops in the Vancouver area, including Smoke Shop.
“A lot of the retailers are looking at e-pipes as a viable alternative to smoking,” Shindel said.
But it’s important to note that most e-smokers prefer to smoke traditional cigarettes, he added.
Shandl said the AVOA recommends that e-cigs be used for only one session per day, with the first use being to help someone quit smoking.
It also advises that ejuiced products be stored in a cool place, not in a room with a lot to smoke.
That includes away from children or other people who might be allergic, which is a big plus for some smokers.
“When I went to Vancouver to try out a vape, the first time I tried it, I thought it was kind of weird, so I never went back,” said Chris Breslin, a Vancouver resident who owns a vapor shop.
“The vaping community has changed, so it’s not like I don’t think there’s a place for it anymore.”
“I’m not an eel in a barrel,” Bresline said of the ejuicing hobby.
“People should be careful about using e-colas, because it’s dangerous.”
The vaping community is still growing, but with more regulations and stricter vaping laws, it’s still not safe.
Shendell said the industry is slowly expanding and has more to offer than ever before.
He said that some of the companies that have been making e-modes are also doing it with the goal of helping people stop smoking, rather than making a profit.
But while vaping has a long way to go before it’s safe to use in public places, he said it’s clear that the industry needs to get more education and testing done.
“There are so many different vaping products out there and so many people vaping and vaping, there needs to be testing and education, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Sh