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VAPING

WHAT IS VAPING?

Vaping refers to inhaling a vapour from an e-cigarette (electronic cigarettes) and is a less harmful way to consume nicotine compared to smoking cigarettes. When heated, the e-liquid inside the e-cigarette turns into vapour, which is then inhaled. This is similar to how water is turned into steam when it is boiled in a kettle.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VAPES AND E-CIGARETTES?

The first are Pod devices. Like the IQOS MESH, these have a battery and a self-contained e-liquid pod or cartridge. The second are ‘tank’ devices. These contain a ‘tank’ that you can refill with different flavours. Vapes consist of three main components; e-liquid, battery, and the tank or pod/cartridge that contains the heating element to produce the vapour.

IS VAPING SAFE?

Vaping is not risk-free and while the long-term effects of vaping are still unknown, there is a wide consensus in scientific research that vaping is a better alternative for smokers.

If you’re considering switching from cigarettes to vaping, you should use regulated devices and seek professional advice.

CAN VAPING HELP ME TO QUIT SMOKING?

No, vaping products are not the therapeutic products to help you quit smoking. While vaping products are being used worldwide by smokers to help support them to quit smoking, they are by no means cessation aids. However, vaping products are a less harmful way for smokers to consume nicotine. If you want advice on how to use your vaping device to help you quit smoking, then speak with your doctor or local stop-smoking service.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IQOS MESH VAPE AND REGULAR COIL PRODUCTS?

Unlike the wick-and-coil system widely used in e-cigarettes, IQOS MESH contains a mesh heater that is in constant contact with the e-liquid. This means the liquid is always being heated to deliver a consistent vaping experience. Its smart digital control detects when liquid levels are low – which helps avoid overheated liquid that can give you a ‘burnt taste’. The pre-filled, pre-sealed VEEV flavour caps contain pharmaceutical-grade nicotine for purity. The caps are available in a variety of flavours across two nicotine strengths (11 mg per ml and 18 mg per ml).

WHO CAN USE VAPES?

Only smokers over the age of 18 that are looking for a better alternative to smoking cigarettes should be vaping. If you’re not a smoker, you shouldn’t be vaping and should try to quit nicotine use altogether.

CAN YOU USE VAPES OR E-CIGARETTES IN AN AIRPLANE?

Most airlines treat vaping in the same way as smoking when on a plane and prohibit their use when flying. Like most places, airports also ban vapes inside their terminals. Airlines also have their own policies on using or carrying vapes on board so you must check with them before flying.

IS VAPING LIKE SMOKING?

Vaping is a similar experience to smoking as it delivers nicotine by inhaling vapour .The main difference is that unlike a cigarette, vaping doesn’t involve burning anything, greatly reducing your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals contained in smoke.

WHAT IS IN VAPE JUICE OR E-LIQUID?

E-liquid is made using various combinations of Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, and flavourings. Nicotine is added for nicotine-containing vapes to make difference strengths of e-liquid.

ARE E-CIGARETTES BAD FOR YOU?

E-cigarette technology has not been around long enough to fully evaluate any long-term effects linked to vaping. However there is enough scientific evidence to show that is it significantly better for your health than continuing to smoke cigarettes.

The best option for smokers is to quit altogether, and if you don’t smoke you shouldn’t start vaping. For those who do smoke, vaping is a much better alternative.

IS THERE A DANGER OF PASSIVE SMOKING USING VAPES?

The harmful effects of smoking on you and those around you are well understood. Unlike smoking, vaping doesn’t involve combustion, burning or the production of smoke, which means significanty less exposure to harmful chemicals for yourself and others.

You can find more information on the safety of e-cigarettes and ‘passive vaping’ published by PHE (Public Health England) Here

WHAT ARE THE HARMS OF VAPES COMPARED TO SMOKING?

Evidence shows that nicotine has a minimal risk of harm to health. The New Zealand Ministry of Health state that vaping products pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users when they’re used as intended, but vaping liquids should be in child resistant packaging. Vaping products release negligible levels of nicotine and other toxicants into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders.

CAN YOU QUIT SMOKING USING VAPES?

E-cigarettes and vapes have been found to be twice as effective at helping smokers to quit cigarettes compared with nicotine replacement therapy. A study funded by Cancer Research UK found that as use of e-cigarettes in quit attempts went up from 2011 onwards, so did the success rate of quitting. Another study by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that e-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy when both products were accompanied by behavioural support.

WHAT ABOUT THE LUNG INJURY OUTBREAK IN THE USA?

In 2019 a large number of lung injuries were reported in the USA that were initially thought to be caused by vaping. However, US authorities later identified the injuries were being caused by people vaping on bootleg cannabis vaping products containing a vitamin-e acetate thickening agent.

More information can be found on the US Food and Drug Administration website here

Regardless, vitamin-e acetate is not used in any Philip Morris smoke-free products.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO BUY ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES OR VAPES IN NEW ZEALAND?

Most New Zealand vape shops sell their products online, and are also available at Shosha , petrol stations, grocery stores and brand retail outlets. You must be 18-years of age or older to purchase vapes in New Zealand.

IQOS MESH vapes can be purchased either online, at the St Kevin’s Arcade IQOS store in Auckland, and various suppliers around the country.

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