|Getting your fix from 'e-cigs'|
|Written by Matt McKechnie|
|Thursday, 08 December 2011|
in flavour country… and you only have to charge the battery every eight to 10
hours to stay there
You’re in flavour country… and you only have to charge the battery every eight to 10 hours to stay there.
The electronic or ‘e-cigarette’ is taking the smoking world by storm by allowing smokers to get all of the “benefits” of nicotine inhalation without all of the extra chemicals that are found in real cigarettes. After Charlie Sheen smoked one on stage during a recent comedy tour visit to Toronto last April, as a protest against the venue’s no-smoking policy, the notoriety of this electronic, alternative smoking device is a bit of a buzz.
Algonquin graduate Joel Stewart wanted to change his smoking habits after completing the heritage construction program and decided that the e-cigarette was the best route for him. Joel was turned on to ‘e-cigs’ by his Internet-savvy cousin, Steve Gray, who had been researching alternate smoking methods for some time.
“I really enjoyed the fact that the nicotine was there and nothing else. I didn’t agree with basically smoking road tar and, as I was told by Health Canada, all of these other chemicals in traditional cigarettes. The ‘e-cig’ still gives me the luxury of having a cloud of smoke in front of my face and it does give a kick,” he said.
The e-cigarette creates the “smoke” through the use of propylene glycol. The glycol becomes vaporized into an aerosol mist, working much like a humidifier. Propylene glycol is known mostly for its usage in smoke machines, to make artificial smoke to use in the training of firefighters and theatrical productions.
Stewart began to experiment with the many flavours that are inserted into the e-cigarette via a liquid eye-dropper-like device and has enjoyed the multitude of tastes.
“The variety of flavours is overwhelming at first but eventually you get to enjoy them. As of right now, my favourite flavour is cherry,” said Stewart.
Joel’s cousin Steve has been somewhat of an ‘e-cig’ connoisseur for many years.
“I first found out about ‘e-cigs’ two-and-a-half years ago, as I work with customers from the U.K. A customer mentioned the idea on the phone and I asked him to explain, as I’d never heard anything about them. Then I started seeing posts from a YouTube user named GrimmGreen. This guy has been researching them for years and has his own line of ‘e-cigs’ called BloogMax Fusion. I told Joel about them immediately and it took some time but now he loves them as much as I do. It really satisfies your cravings and it’s actually a lot cheaper in the long run,” Gray said.
Gray decided that e-cigarettes seemed to be a more holistic way to smoke without all of the scary chemicals in big tobacco.
“There are a lot less chemicals. Cigarettes have at least a thousand chemicals, including formaldehyde, arsenic and many others. An ‘e-cig’ just has nicotine, flavouring and propylene glycol - That’s it. They actually use propylene glycol in hospitals to help cut down on the presence of airborne viruses,” says Gray.
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