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Benefits of Quitting Smoking

After 1 day

Just 1 day after quitting smoking, the risk of heart attack begins to decrease.

After 2 days

Smoking damages the nerve endings responsible for the senses of smell and taste. In as little as 2 days after quitting, a person may notice a heightened sense of smell and more vivid tastes as these nerves heal.

After 1 month

In as little as 1 month, a person’s lung function begins to improve. As the lungs heal and lung capacity improves, former smokers may notice less coughing and shortness of breath.

After 9 months

Nine months after quitting, the lungs have significantly healed themselves. The delicate, hair-like structures inside the lungs known as cilia have recovered from the toll cigarette smoke took on them. These structures help push mucus out of the lungs and help fight infections.

After 1 year

One year after quitting smoking, a person’s risk for coronary heart disease decreases by half. This risk will continue to drop past the 1-year mark.

After 10 years

After 10 years, a person’s chances of developing lung cancer and dying from it are roughly cut in half compared with someone who continues to smoke.

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Our Salt Nicotine E-Liquids

A great article about salt nicotine and how it compares to freebase nicotine can be found here.

Whitelightning USA manufactures salt nicotine inside of our FDA registered lab. This helps give you the best possible price we can offer on our salt nicotine e-liquids.

Why should I buy salt nicotine e-liquid?
Salt nicotine e-liquids are perfect for vape users who want to stay off smoking cigarettes. It’s unique chemical compound allows for a much higher strength of nicotine.

Why 30ml bottles?
Our 30ml bottles are the perfect amount for salt nicotine e-liquids. Due to the strength of nicotine, you will vape it less throughout the day than a similar flavor premium brand. While these e-liquids tend to cost a little more, you will end up saving some money with fewer trips to your local vape shop or favorite online retailer.

How much nicotine is in Whitelightning USA salt nicotine e-liquids?
Our salt nicotine e-liquids comes in 3 strengths of nicotine.

10 mg – Low
25 mg – Medium
50 mg – High
The strength you choose will be depend on how you want to vape our salt nicotine. 10mg is more than enough for popular mech mod systems. Our 25mg is commonly used to fill sub ohm tanks at low wattage (25watts). Lastly the 50mg bottles should be used for pod/tank refill devices, similar to our starter kit.

Common Terms for New Vape Users

With fellow community members, we have put together a small of common terms you may run into in the vaping world.

Mod: The electronic nicotine delivery device
-best for beginners-
Regulated mod: Has safety’s and settings are often controlled by a special computer chip and the user

-intermediate vapers-
Temperature control: Has many settings and holds a coil at a certain preset (by the user) temperature

-advanced users-
Mechanical mod: No safety’s and battery power levels control how a coil hits. No electronic controls whatsoever, just a metal tube
Squonking: Squeeze a bottle built into a mod in order to add e-liquid to the coil via a tube that goes through the 510 of the mod and into a bottom fed atomizer
510: The part of the mod you screw the atomizer onto

-new way to quit smoking-
Pod system: Prebuilt coils in compact devices that are refillable or not. Often used for MTL vaping of salt nic liquid

PG: Propylene glycol (carries flavor and responsible for some “throat hit”)
VG: Vegetable glycerin (makes clouds)
Juice: E-liquid, normally a mixture of VG/PG and flavoring

MTL: mouth to lung
DTL: direct to lung

Freebase nicotine: Nicotine suspended in pg/vg most often extracted from a plant to be used in the creating of e-liquid
Salt nicotine (salt nic): Nicotine that is in its purist form (resembles salt) and used as an additive to juices to make them stronger and more clean tasting

Gauge: Size of wire. Smaller number is thicker bigger number is smaller
Build: Type of coil in an atomizer
Building: Act of creating a coil by wrapping wire around a tool to make a cylindrical shape

  • Kanthal: wire to be used in wattage mode.
  • Nichrome 80/90: wire to be used in wattage mode
  • Nickel 200 (ni200): wire to be used in only temp control
  • Stainless steel: wire to be used in wattage or temp control
  • Titanium: wire to be used in temp control mode

Voltage: Amount of electricity flowing through a coil
Wattage: Another way to regulate electricity through a coil (most common)
Coil: The heating element used to vaporize the e-liquid
Ohm: The resistance of a coil determined by mass and length of wire. Should be within safe limits of a device for safe use
Atomizer: The part of the electronic nicotine device that evaporates the e-liquid into a vapor and carries the nicotine and flavoring in small particles to the lungs
Topper: One of the following 5 items

  • Rebuildable dripping atomizer: rda
  • Rebuildable dripping tank atomizer: rdta
  • Rebuildable squonking atomizer: rsa
  • Rebuildable tank atomizer: rta
  • Prebuilt coil tank: tank/prebuilt/prebuilt tank

Pass through: Can plug a nicotine delivery device directly into a power cord and charge the battery’s while also vaping on said device
Bay charger: Charges batteries externally from the mod -best and safest way to charge a battery-
Internal battery: Device that has a non-removable battery that must be charged via a usb cable
Common battery types:

  • 18350: 18mm wide 35mm long circular lithium ion battery
  • 18650: 18mm wide 65mm long circular lithium ion battery
  • 20650: 20mm wide 65mm long circular lithium ion battery
  • 20700: 20mm wide 70mm long circular lithium ion battery
  • 21700: 21mm wide 70mm long circular lithium ion battery
  • 26650: 26mm wide 65mm long circular lithium ion battery

Purging: When you blow out through the atomizer while the coils get to optimum temperature to produce the most vapor and flavor possible. It is only for rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDA) rebuildable squonking atomizers (RSA) and rebuildable dripping tank atomizers (RDTA). If you use it with a prebuilt coil tank or a rebuildable tank (RTA) you will cause the cotton to dry out and burn at a faster rate making you need new coils/cotton at a faster rate. This method of heating the coil is mainly used for mechanical devices because they do not have a wattage or voltage control option, if you have a regulated device you can simply turn the wattage/voltage up

Source: Keep calm, Vape on!

What is Salt Nicotine?

Salt Nicotine is a type of nicotine that forms naturally in leaf tobacco. This tends to be a more stable form of nicotine vs your more common freebase nicotine found in most e-liquids. Salt Nicotine tends to require a higher temperatures in vaping devices and your body has a harder time getting the nicotine to the right receptors. Nic Salts are not the most efficient way to deliver your nicotine, so why is it so popular?

Salt Nicotine rose in popularity with the release of popular pod system devices. Now Salt Nicotine is available all over the market and rising in popularity daily.

Vaping your traditional nicotine, most people wouldn’t choose something anything higher than 18mg. Anything higher, the hit from your e-cigarette would be far too harsh. With Salt Nicotine, most people who vape a common 3mg e-liquid are able to comfortably vape even as high as 50mg Salt Nicotine. Nic Salts are very close to the sensation of smoking cigarettes.

Until recently, most everything we’ve learned about e-liquids would lead you to believe that 50mg of nicotine would be extremely harsh and even potentially dangerous. However Salt Nicotine e-liquids have a special ingredient (Benzoic Acid) that helps to make Nic Salts as extremely smooth and present to smoke.

Benzoic Acid serves a few purposes:

  • The Salt Nicotine e-liquids vaporize at much lower temperatures
  • pH levels in the Salt Nicotine are low enough to produces a much smoother hit
  • A reaction causes Salt Nicotine to be absorbed as easily as other Nicotine based e-liquids.

Because of this, many people are able to easily handle higher nicotine strengths and the Salt Nicotine is absorbed by your body much more efficiently.

Salt Nicotine VS Freebase Nicotine:
The biggest difference for the user between Nic Salts and Freebase Nicotine is the harshness that higher levels of nicotine typically lead to. Freebase Nicotine has a higher pH level, meaning that the e-liquids gets much harsher as the nicotine level climbs. Salt Nicotine combined with Benzoic Acid gives a much lower pH level.

Should you use Salt Nicotine?
Salt Nicotine is one of the most effective types of nicotine to help cigarette users quit smoking. Due to the higher nicotine content, Salt Nicotine more closely resembles the effects of smoking a cigarette. This alone can help curb those cravings.

Another reason for using Salt Nicotine would be the fact that they’re designed for use in smaller, lower wattage devices like the WhitelightningUSA kit. So, if you’re looking for an extremely small/portable device, Salt Nicotine will help to satisfy your craving in smaller and more concentrated doses.

Lastly the amount of e-liquid a user can use with Nic Salts tends to be much lower on average. Even though Salt Nicotine e-liquids tend to be a little more pricey, you will likely use much less per day. It’s quite common to actually save money in the long run.

What is e-liquid?

If you’ve heard the term e-liquid, or e-juice before, this post will try to help you understand what makes up an e-liquid and the Whitelightning USA brand.
With the rise in popularity of vaping, e-liquid is now a staple in over 9 million people in the US daily lives.

At Whitelightning USA we call our liquid, a premium e-liquid. This is because all of our liquids are in our FDA registered lab, Normally comes in a mix of 80%VG /20%PG, and contain a nicotine liquid we manufacture in house.

What is E-Liquid?
E-liquid is the fluid used in vaporizers and personal e-cigarettes that create the actual vapor. Most contain actual nicotine but can be made without depending on personal preference.
A vaporizer system heats up the e-liquid to between 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit which turns it into vapor that you then inhale.
E-liquid is normally a mixture of water, food grade flavoring, nicotine, and a base. This base is a mixture of propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG).

Propylene Glycol is produced on a large scale and is primarily used in the production of polymers, but also sees use in food processing, and as a process fluid in low-temperature heat-exchange applications. In the European Union, it has the E-number E1520 for food applications. For cosmetics and pharmacology, the number is E490. Propylene glycol is also present in propylene glycol alginate which known as E405. Propylene glycol
Vegetable Glycerin is used in food and beverages, glycerol serves as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is also used as filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods (e.g., cookies), and as a thickening agent in liqueurs. Glycerol and water are used to preserve certain types of plant leaves. As a sugar substitute, it has approximately 27 kilocalories per teaspoon (sugar has 20) and is 60% as sweet as sucrose. It does not feed the bacteria that form plaques and cause dental cavities. As a food additive, glycerol is labeled as E number E422. It is added to icing (frosting) to prevent it from setting too hard. Glycerin

VG and PG can make up to 90% of the contents in e-liquid with nicotine and food grade flavoring making up the remaining 10%.
Some users have reported experiencing an allergic reaction to e-liquids containing (PG).

How much nicotine is in Whitelightning USA Premium E-Liquid?
E-liquid comes in a variety of different strengths of nicotine. While many users prefer to purchase e-liquid with zero nicotine.
Whitelightning USA E-liquids’ come in 4 strengths.

  • 0 mg – No Nicotine
  • 3 mg – Low
  • 6 mg – Medium
  • 12 mg – High

The strength you choose will be dependent upon your individual tolerance. Those that switch to vaping after being heavy smokers tend to choose higher concentrations of nicotine. Vapers who smoked only a small amount before switching to vaping tend to purchase lower strength e-liquid. The best bet is to experiment and see which nicotine strength works best for you. At Whitelightning USA we recommend starting with a lower strength and move up only if necessary.

Source: Propylene Glycol | Glycerol

Are e-cigarettes and vaporizers safe?

In recent years, liquid nicotine has been touted as a less risky replacement for smoking cigarettes. This can be delivered to the system in an electronic cigarette or vaporizer. These are known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

These battery-operated ‘e-cigs’ and ‘vapes’ atomize the liquid nicotine by applying heat but without the harmful, oxidative effects of burning. Liquids are available in a range of strengths and flavors.

Current evidence suggests that using liquid nicotine is a safer alternative to inhaling tobacco smoke, as nicotine in itself is not classified as carcinogenic, or cancer-causing, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

It may also help people that are trying to quit smoking mimic some of the addictive behaviors of cigarette use, such as raising the hand to the mouth or seeing smoke inhaled, that other types of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) cannot imitate. Liquid nicotine can help replicate these behaviors without the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Any form of nicotine is highly addictive, so e-cigarettes and vaporizers remain unsuitable for young people and those who do not already smoke. Liquid nicotine can act as a gateway to cigarettes for those not already regularly taking in nicotine.

The use of e-cigarettes rose from 1.5 percent to 16 percent among high-school students and from 0.6 percent to 5.3 percent in middle-school students between 2011 and 2015, with 81 percent of young e-cigarette users putting their use of the products down to the wide availability of flavors.

There are also other chemicals present in e-cigarette and vaporizer liquid that could be harmful, and these chemicals will be different in various brands, products, devices, and uses. Some products that are available online may also contain dangerous concentrations of nicotine.

While nicotine does not itself cause cancer, some of the other substances in liquid nicotine may well contribute to it. For example, a flavoring called diacetyl, used in some e-liquids, is also associated with severe respiratory problems seen in workers at a factory that produces microwaveable popcorn, known as “popcorn lung.”

These products have been regulated by the FDA since 2016 and, as of 2018, must bear the nicotine addictiveness warning on packaging and marketing materials. However, as a relatively new technology, the full effects of liquid nicotine are not known, and caution is advised.

 

Source: Medical News Today
By Adam Felman | Last updated Thu 11 January 2018

 

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a chemical that contains nitrogen, which is made by several types of plants, including the tobacco plant. It is also produced synthetically.

Fast facts on nicotine

  • Chewing or snorting tobacco products usually releases more nicotine into the body than smoking.
  • Nicotine is at least as difficult to give up as heroin.
  • The side effects of nicotine can affect the heart, hormones, and gastrointestinal system.
  • Some studies suggest that nicotine may improve memory and concentration.
  • There are more than one billion tobacco smokers worldwide.

History

The tobacco plant is indigenous to the Americas and has been used as a medicine and stimulant for at least 2,000 years.
It is not known how tobacco first reached Europe. However, Christopher Columbus is often thought to have discovered tobacco while exploring the Americas for the first time.
The smoking of pipes and cigars spread quickly throughout the 1600s. The plant divided opinion when it was introduced to Europe. Some saw tobacco as medicinal, while others saw it as toxic and habit-forming.
The tobacco industry grew throughout the 1700s, and exploded in 1880 when a machine was first patented to mass-produce paper cigarettes. From then on, cigarettes became much easier to produce, and this saw in the dawn of the major tobacco corporations.
Tobacco was first used as an insecticide in 1763.
In 1828, Wilhelm Heinrich Posselt, a doctor, and Karl Ludwig Reinmann, a chemist, both from Germany, first isolated nicotine from the tobacco plant and identified it as a poison.
By the end of the 19th century, lawmakers had begun to realize the harmful effects of nicotine. Laws were passed banning stores from selling nicotine to minors in 26 states by the year 1890.
It was not until 1964 that the Surgeon General of the U.S. published a study linking smoking with heart disease and lung cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took until 1994 to officially recognize nicotine as a drug that produced dependency.
Even after this landmark recognition, the FDA was not granted control over nicotine regulations by the Supreme Court until June 22nd, 2009. On this day, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gave the FDA the power to regulate the production and advertisement of tobacco products.

The ‘nicotine effect’
Nicotine is both a sedative and a stimulant.

When a body is exposed to nicotine, the individual experiences a “kick.” This is partly caused by nicotine stimulating the adrenal glands, which results in the release of adrenaline.
This surge of adrenaline stimulates the body. There is an immediate release of glucose, as well as an increase in heart rate, breathing activity, and blood pressure.
Nicotine also makes the pancreas produce less insulin, causing a slight increase in blood sugar or glucose.
Indirectly, nicotine causes the release of dopamine in the pleasure and motivation areas of the brain. A similar effect occurs when people take heroin or cocaine. The drug user experiences a pleasurable sensation.
Hand stubbing out a cigarette among butts in a sand tray.
As users become more tolerant to nicotine, they require higher doses to enjoy the same effects.
Dopamine is a brain chemical that affects emotions, movements, and sensations of pleasure and pain. If your brain dopamine levels rise, the feeling of contentment is higher.
Depending on the dose of nicotine taken and the individual’s nervous system arousal, nicotine can also act as a sedative.

Pharmacologic effects
When humans, mammals, and most other types of animals are exposed to nicotine, it increases their heart rate, heart muscle oxygen consumption rate, and heart stroke volume. These are known as pharmacologic effects.

Psychodynamic effects
Consuming nicotine is also linked to raised alertness, euphoria, and a sensation of being relaxed.

Concentration and memory
Studies have shown that nicotine appears to improve memory and concentration. It is thought that this is due to an increase in acetylcholine and norepinephrine. Norepinephrine also increases the sensation of wakefulness, or arousal.

Reduced anxiety
Nicotine results in increased levels of beta-endorphin, which reduces anxiety.

How the body processes nicotine
After inhaling tobacco smoke, nicotine rapidly enters the bloodstream, crosses the blood-brain barrier, and reaches the brain within 8 to 20 seconds. Within approximately 2 hours after entering the body, half of the nicotine has gone.

How much nicotine may enter a smoker’s body depends on:

  • The type of tobacco being used
  • Whether or not the smoker inhales the smoke
  • If a filter is used, and what type of filter it is
  • Tobacco products that are chewed, placed inside the mouth, or snorted tend to release considerably larger amounts of nicotine into the body than smoking.

Nicotine tolerance
Tolerance increases with the amount of nicotine consumed and people require higher doses to enjoy the same initial effects. As most of the nicotine in the body leaves the body during sleep, tolerance may have virtually disappeared first thing in the morning.

Nicotine has less of an effect as the day progresses because of the buildup of tolerance.

 

Source: Medical News Today
By Adam Felman | Last updated Thu 11 January 2018