If you're new to vaping, one thing that might slip your notice is the fact that e-cigarettes can sometimes accelerate dehydration in your body. Luckily, it's nothing we don't already know about, and, with proper understanding of what to look out for, pretty easy to avoid.
Cases of dehydration tend to be linked Propylene Glycol (PG) as opposed to Vegetable Glycerin (VG) in your juices. We can get technical, but suffice it to say that PG juices tend to extract moisture from their surroundings. In this case, it means your oral cavities, nose, and throat will all feel the effects if you vape frequently enough.
What does this mean?
Dehydration can lead to some serious health issues if left untreated.
Dry Mouth, in particular, is a condition that you need to watch out for. Your mouth produces saliva for a reason: among lubricating your oral cavities, saliva constitutes an important protective element in the mechanics of your mouth. Lack of saliva due to Dry Mouth can mean increased bacteria growth, leading to gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath - the whole shebang. It's certainly unpleasant, and something you'd want to avoid - which brings us to the next part:
What should I look out for?
Common symptoms linked to dehydration include:
How do I prevent it?
This might sound silly - but drink more water. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day and to watch out for the above symptoms. Make sure to have water handy whenever you need it and try to avoid sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic drinks if possible, as these may exacerbate your dehydration.
Stay hydrated, stay safe. You know what to do!
Let's talk juices.
You're not a fool, so I assume you know how to handle your juices responsibly. That means you know:
But let's talk about other more subtle things, like allergies and potential Nicotine poisoning. Did you know that both Propylene Glycol (PG) and Nicotine can sometimes lead to allergic reactions or exacerbate existing conditions?
Symptoms of allergy commonly include:
Be on the lookout for any of these if you're not sure whether you're allergic to PG juices. If it turns out you are, abstain from using them and look into the Vegetable Glycerin (VG) alternative instead.
All our juices come Nicotine-free.
If you choose to acquire Nicotine from other sources for personal consumption, remember that Nicotine is deemed to have some highly toxic components and is considered a lethal poison in large doses.
That's why you need to be extra, extra careful when handling it (we suggest putting on gloves, face mask and eye protection when dealing with high concentrations of Nicotine). If you have any heart conditions, asthma, psiorasis, hyperthyroidism, or any other condition that might potentially be complicated by nicotine in your system, make sure you clear it with your doctor first before taking on vaping with nicotine. Better to be safe than sorry. If you're pregnant, we recommend that you don't ingest Nicotine at all, but if you must, then also ensure that you get medical advice before proceeding.
Watch out for symptoms of Nicotine poisoning, which typically include:
Depending on the severity of the above symptoms, you may either need to just lay off vaping for a while or seek further medical advice. The key is being very aware of your physical condition.
For a more complete and detailed guide on all things E-cigarette and safety, check out Lindsay Fox's excellent guide at: http://ecigarettereviewed.com/e-cig-safety-guide
Remember, always vape safe. Always vape responsibly.
Did you know? According to NSW Health (2015),
The use of electronic cigarettes, whether they contain nicotine or not, is not against the law under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 (NSW).
As such, it is not against this law to use them in indoor and outdoor public places where it is against the law to smoke. (http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Factsheets/e-cigs-are-they-legal.pdf)
Naturally, this means that you can vape in public places where you once could not smoke (yay!). The question, however, is:
Does this mean you should do it at every opportunity?
Smoking has been around for decades, along with the campaign to end it in public places for the sake of public health. The stigma attached to people who inhale from something then exhale a plume of smoke is still very real, and very apparent. As vapers, we ultimately want to create an environment where everyone understands that our lifestyle choices will not affect the health of bystanders, and that we have taken the steps to distance ourselves from the harms of conventional smoking. Vaping at every opportunity, simply because you legally can, does not exactly help us with this.
Let me put it this way - unless you have properly educated those around you that what you're breathing out is basically harmless water vapour, even if they know that it's not traditional cigarette smoke, it's still easy for them to mistake it for something that is harmful or repulsive to them. And people have a right to avoid things that they feel are harmful to them.
We b*tch about how people try to force their views and beliefs on us without fully trying to understand our positions, but it's true to say the same of the obverse - people shouldn't have to be forced to tolerate our vaping in their vicinity if they don't want to. The fact that it's legal to do it in public places doesn't mean that you should at every opportunity. Making a big show of blowing out plumes of vapour in an indoor venue where you're not traditionally allowed to smoke just makes you look like a bit of a conceited show-off, and, unfortunately, doesn't help our case for pushing vaping into mainstream acceptance.
Also, remember this:
[Current NSW vape laws do] not prevent individual establishments and workplaces from developing their own policies to ban patrons and staff using electronic cigarettes on their premises (http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Factsheets/e-cigs-are-they-legal.pdf)
If you are asked not to vape on their premises, or are asked to leave, please be respectful and don't kick up a fuss. It is in their right to do so. Until we have successfully educated the uninformed about what vaping actually is, this is unfortunately something we will have to put up with.
At the end of the day, it's like all other things we do, really. We can be free to do what we do as long as it doesn't harm anyone else, but we need to be considerate of the people around us as well. Not everyone who sees it will be able to recognise it for what it is, so it's our job to make sure we keep misunderstandings to a low, and educate people where we can.
Vape responsible, vape considerate. Super simple stuff.