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Vaping converts from around the globe are referring to e-cigarettes as ‘miracle’ products because they make the switch from tobacco smoking a simple procedure with enormous rewards!
Liberro's e cigarettes are not only a cheaper and more convenient alternative to tobacco, they are also cleaner as, although they contain nicotine, they do not contain tar.
Your Liberro customer service team have gathered together some of the most frequently asked questions here - if you have a question that is not listed below, please do feel free to contact the friendly members of our team.
What is an e-cig?
E-cigs are quite simply electrical devices that simulate the physical ritual of tobacco smoking while providing nicotine on the inhalation; all without the negative side-effects such as tar and carbon monoxide. The fundamentals of an electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette) are the battery, atomiser and liquid. The battery heats the element of the atomiser which vapourises the liquid and the vaper (as suppose to smoker) inhales like a normal cigarette. The liquids come in many flavours and strengths of nicotine, including nicotine free, allowing you to find the perfect match for your personal vaping style.
What are the benefits of using e-cigarettes?
Cleaner! (No tar or CO2 Compared to smoking tobacco)
Saves you money!
Freedom to smoke wherever you want!
An extensive variety of taste options!
How much money can I save by switching to e-smoking?
On average, consumers that have switched from tobacco to e-cigarettes save between 70-80%! In the Chancellor´s last budget, tobacco products took a significant hit and the equivalent of 37p was added to a packet of cigarettes. Being tobacco-free, e-cigarettes did not incur a price increase and can offer the new e-smoker a potential saving of £185 per month.
Why are Liberro e-cigarettes cleaner?
Firstly, although our e-cigarettes can contain nicotine they do not contain tar. Tar is a cancerous brown substance made from burnt tobacco which tends to build up in the lungs and is contained in traditional cigarettes. In the UK, tobacco smoking causes 100,000 deaths each year and 87% of these fatalities are as a result of lung cancer.
Secondly, our e-cigarettes do not contain the 4,000 or more chemicals present in their tobacco equivalent. This chemical-cocktail includes ammonia (toilet cleaner), methanol (rocket fuel), hydrogen cyanide (the poison used in Death Row), butane (lighter fluid), methane (sewer gas) and acetone (nail vanish remover) and more!
Do e-cigarettes feel and taste like you are smoking a real cigarette?
Yes and No - the first thing you notice when you inhale from your first Liberro® electronic cigarette is the rich fulfilling flavoursome throat hit that a smoker yearns; secondly, you will be surprised to see how the smoke-free vapour that you exhale exactly mimics a traditional cigarette. You can even blow smoke-rings or the vapour out of your nostrils if you desire!
The nicotine-effect feeling you get from e-cigs is exactly the same as that from the tobacco variant. It takes about seven seconds from the time that nicotine enters the lungs for it to start affecting the brain, stimulating the release of dopamine which is an important neuro-transmitter that influences mood. Depending on your temperament, nicotine can either make you feel relaxed or stimulated.
On the other hand, e-cigarettes do not smell of tobacco and the e-cig is slightly heavier in the hand than a traditional cigarette, although you will soon get used to the difference!
So, is e-smoking safe?
The first electronic cigarette appeared on the market in China in 2006, so e-cig technology is still relatively new. Currently, due to the lack of clinical testing and knowledge about the long-term effects of inhaling Propylene Glycol in e-liquid, it is not legal to suggest that the use of e-cigarettes is safe.
E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which whilst not dangerous in normal quantities, is addictive, so Liberro do not sell products to under 18´s and would not advise non smokers to use our products.
But until trials have been completed and evidence provided to satisfy the necessary government bodies, the use of PG and VG in e-cigarettes, along with that of nicotine, remains subject to debate.
Can I e-smoke anywhere?
There are currently no UK laws to forbid the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. The Health Act 2006, which talks about the UK smoking ban, relates to smoking tobacco or anything containing tobacco, so tobacco-free e-cigs can be enjoyed wherever YOU desire.
However, although you can legally use your electronic cigarette in pubs, restaurants, cinemas and on planes, etc., it is advisable to ask permission first. You'll find the reaction of most people is curiosity, but there are some who refuse to allow the use of an e-cig on their premises.
Is the smoke from a Liberro e-cigarette harmful?
Wave goodbye to being ostracised by friends or in public places because you are engulfing everyone in a vile-smelling, potentially harmful cloud of carbon monoxide smoke - the vapour that a Liberro e-cigarette produces will mimic that of its traditional predecessor but is odour and chemical free!
The vapour is simply condensed air which is mixed with the nicotine in the cartridge to emulate the sensation of smoking and to give you the instant nicotine intake that you desire, so there are absolutely no passive smoking side effects.
Are e-cigarettes better for the environment?
The paper and tobacco in a cigarette may be biodegradable, but the filters are not. Toxin-filled cigarette butts continue to pollute our streets and oceans, taking between 18 months and ten years to decompose. The batteries and electronics that make up our electronic cigarettes are recyclable where facilities exit and exhausted batteries can be sent directly to us here in the UK for responsible disposal.
Why are e-cigarettes cleaner?
As well as contaminating your clothes, home and friends with an unpleasant odour, tobacco cigarettes can be messy devils. Ash-free e-cigarettes are fully house trained and will not leave a dusty trail around the home!
Are e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers the same thing?
Yes. There are many name and spelling variations for the electronic cigarette such as ecig, e-cigarette, electronic cigarette and more. E-cigars and e-pipes are part of the same family too.
Are all e-cigarettes the same?
No, there are many different types of e-cigarette to suit what YOU want to get out of vaping. From the disposable Cigalikes such as our Liberro Go or Corona Grandes Cigars; to the rechargeable, refillable Liberro Amo; all the way to sub-ohm vaping and its relevant box mods producing large clouds of vapour and a vape that is to your exact personal preference, and other options in between. Our website is designed to help you navigate these different types of e-cig to find the product that is right for you.
What does an e-cigarette look like?
With there being so many types this is quite a difficult question to answer, which is why we provide pictures of all our products so you know what to expect before it arrives! The Amo, our standard model that we recommend to beginners, comprises of a black cylindrical battery and a clearomiser which has a black mouthpiece and a clear body so you can see how much liquid you have left. When put together it is about as long and one and a half cigarettes and wider- but you soon get use to the difference!
What are the constituent parts of an e-cigarette?
Most consist of two parts now - a disposable refillable tip or clearomiser with a built in, or replaceable, atomiser and a rechargeable battery. These two parts fit together to form a complete electronic cigarette.
What is in the tip?
Our disposable e-cigarettes, the Liberro Go and Corona Grandes cigars, come pre-filled with the liquid-nicotine solution that provides the ‘flavor’ of the e-cig. The other types, such as the Amo, come with empty clearomisers which you fill with liquid yourself in the flavour and strength that suits you.
What is in the e liquid?
We only use the best ingredients in our Liberro e-cigarettes and liquids, and produce everything to the highest standards.
Our exclusive e-cig Liquid Purity Range uses pharmaceutical grade nicotine (the same as the nicotine used in nicotine replacement therapy patches and gum) and is produced in the UK from finest quality ingredients sourced from within the EU and comprises PG at 80% and VG at 20% for the best vapour production.
Apart from flavouring and nicotine, like most e liquids, our liquids also contains propylene glycol (PG), unless, of course they are the VG variety! PG is present in huge range of items, including those you use everyday such as toothpaste and soap. ECITA routinely test our e liquids using GC/MS, with isotope dilution analysis to determine nicotine concentrations. This testing demonstrates precisely what is in the liquid:
Propylene Glycol (PG) CAS 57-55-6
Vegetable Glycerine (VG or `Glycerol´) CAS 56-81-5
Nicotine CAS 54-11-5
Our UK manufacturer, Decadent Vapours, maintains stringent batch controlling procedures which ensure exceptional quality in every bottle and are certified DEG free. Liquid Purity is supplied retail ready with a tamper evident seal and childproof cap. It is compatible with all electronic cigarettes and fully complies with all relevant UK and EU safety standards.
What is propylene glycol?
Propylene glycol (PG) is a colourless, odourless chemical that is used as a food additive, in cosmetics and in pharmaceuticals as an inert solvent or carrier. The ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease) states that propylene glycol is a 'Generally Recognized as Safe' (GRAS) additive for foods and medications. PG has been used since the 1950s as the aqueous-based chemical additive in asthma inhalers and nebulizers.
Should I choose pre-filled tips or bottled e-liquid?
For convenience, there are disposable e-cigs like the Liberro Go and Corona Grandes Cigar which are pre-filled with tobacco flavoured e-liquid. Alternatively, you can choose from our wide selection of strengths and flavours of bottled e-liquid to fill your clearomisers from our other e-cigarette kits. Many people chose this method believing it to be less wasteful and a more cost-effective in comparison to the pre-filled, disposable alternative but these are very convenient for getting to grips with vaping. Although filling the tips yourself may look daunting it is very easy once you get the hang of it!
What flavours do e-liquids come in?
Liberro boasts a range of over 42 delicious e-liquids from traditional tobacco to exhilarating menthol and a range of fun flavours. From our Knightsbridge Tobacco to Sweet Cherry Blush, these premium e-liquids can add a host of new taste dimensions to your vaping experience.
What nicotine strengths do e-liquids come in?
The more popular flavours come in all strengths, but all come in the standard 1.8mg which is the perfect strength to start with. The various strengths for each flavour are displayed on their product page. The strengths of nicotine vary from 3.6% (the highest) all the way down to 0%- that's right, nothing! This allows you to still have the ritual of using your e-cig and exhale vapour but without the nicotine. The variety of strengths allows your vaping style to suit you, whether you are trying to cut down all the way to 0%, or just want avoid the nasties of traditional tobacco, the choice is yours:
1.8% High (around black strength)
1.4% Medium (around gold strength)
1.1% Low (around purple strength)
0.6% XLow (ideal for sub-ohm vaping)
0.3% XXLow (ideal for sub-ohm vaping)
0.0% (ideal for sub-ohm vaping)
Does an e-cig get hot?
No, the electronic cigarette does not get hot, does not burn tobacco, does not have a flame and does not produce smoke. The atomiser, however, does get warm during use due to the atomiser needing to heat up to create the vapour.
Who uses e-cigarettes?
The majority of e-cigarette users are converted tobacco smokers. Because the e-cig delivers nicotine to the body and produces vapour which can be inhaled, thus mimicking the tactile and physical sensations associated with smoking, it is generally used as an alternative to tobacco smoking by those want to continue to enjoy the effects of tobacco without its negative side-effects.
Who should not use an electronic cigarette?
Non smokers. Anyone who is under 18 years old. Also, until you've consulted a GP about the safety of using products that contain nicotine, avoid using e-cigarettes if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or suffer from any of the following conditions: heart disease, high blood pressure, a weak or impaired immune system, an allergy to nicotine or products which contain nicotine.
* Professor Michael Siegel (Professor in Dept of Community Health Sciences at Boston University) and many other public health advocates have independently demonstrated that e-cigs are approximately 99% less harmful to health than tobacco cigarettes.