Vaping In Public – Is It Safe?

As electronic cigarettes become a familiar sight many business owners, bar staff and waiters are finding themselves faced with a sticky question – should they allow these new devices or not? It’s understandable that they’re worried about it, and natural that they’ll look for advice on what to do. Unfortunately not all the advice they’re getting is very good.

The reason smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces is that smoke – whether it’s exhaled or “sidestream” smoke that comes off cigarettes between puffs – contains several hundred toxic or carcinogenic chemicals and it’s known to pose a health risk. It now seems that some of the risks of secondhand smoke, such as lung cancer, are a lot lower than many people thought. There are still dangers though, so it’s reasonable to minimise exposure. But does the same apply to e-cigarettes?

It’s common to hear anti-nicotine activists insisting that “We don’t know what’s in e-cigs.” It’s more accurate to say that they might not know what’s in them, but the users – and more importantly the scientists – certainly do. In fact there have been over 900 scientific studies into the contents and effects of exhaled e-cigarette vapour, and the results are overwhelmingly reassuring. Yes, there are some substances in the vapour that can be toxic at high levels, but there’s nowhere near enough of them to actually do any harm. Medical experts know that “the dose makes the poison,” and no matter how toxic something might be there’s a level below which it’s safe. Everything in vapour is far below that level – usually less than 1% of it.

Obviously it’s up to property owners if they want to allow vaping; it’s their property, after all. But whatever they decide that decision shouldn’t be based on misleading evidence. It would be a shame if people who’ve managed to switch from tobacco are forced back out into the smoking area to inhale secondhand smoke – especially if it’s done with the excuse of protecting health.

The eGo Battery

If you’ve recently bought an e-cigarettes starter kit there’s a very good chance it’s based around an eGo-type battery. Originally designed by Chinese manufacturer JoyeTech as part of their tank-based devices these neat units have now become one of the industry standards. Their simplicity makes them an ideal choice for new vapers and they’re also popular among more experienced users – even if you use an advanced device at home it’s great to have something compact when you’re at work or in the pub.

The eGo has a built-in lithium ion battery and a manual switch, which can be switched on or off with five rapid presses. The built-in electronics package has a safety cut-off that prevents it firing for more than ten seconds – so if you forget to switch it off it won’t burn a hole in your pocket – and there’s also a voltage regulator that delivers a steady current to the connector.

It’s the connector that makes the eGo so versatile. As well as the standard 510 connector, used by almost all cartomisers and atomisers, it also has external threading. This was originally designed for the eGo tank system but many manufacturers have adopted it for clearomisers. The popular CE4 and eGo designs use this threading, among others.

The original JoyeTech eGo had a 650mAh battery, but JoyeTech and others have now produced a range of capacities from tiny 350mAh models to large 1,100 and 1,300mAh versions. Most of them deliver a constant 3.7V or 3.8V of current but there are variable voltage ones like the JoyeTech Twist that can be adjusted with a small dial on the base to anywhere between 3.2V and 4.8V, allowing you to set the power to suit your favourite liquid.

There’s now an almost endless choice of eGo-style batteries, and although the tank system they were designed for has almost vanished the batteries themselves are as popular as ever. That’s because there’s an eGo to suit everyone.