Making the change from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes can be daunting for many… There is a lot a conflicting information circulating around this new alternative to smoking… Is it safe? Is it safe for bystanders? What are the legislations surround e-cigarettes? Through this post we hope to address any possible concerns a prospective/current Twisper might have. Twisp aims for transparency and strives to provided a superior alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes so that you can be sure that you’re making the best choice.
What are the pros of using a Twisp product?
Superior alternative to traditional cigarettes – Twisp products do not contain tar, smoke particulates or carbon monoxide, which are found in traditional cigarettes which are the leading cause of the majority of illnesses related to smoking. The attraction toward Twisp products is the fact that you aren’t inhaling smoke, but you can still enjoy the sensation, by making use of a Twisp product. Co-founder of Twisp, Phillip Bartholomew, explains that act of Twisping “far exceeds the smoking experience”. E-cigarette smokers also report experiencing fewer of the usual side-effects of smoking, such as coughing, shortness of breath, smelly clothes and hair, stained teeth and nails.
Range of flavours to choose from – Twisp offers an extensive range of flavours, including the “Zero” range with 0% nicotine and the “Pure” range, a Vegetable Glycerine (VG) based flavour. Our VG based flavours provide a more mellow and smoother Twisping experience compared to the PG based flavours. Read more about the difference between PG and VG based flavours.
Enjoy your Twisp almost anywhere – In South Africa, Twispers have the pleasure of making use of these products at most indoor establishments. Here at Twisp we always advocate being considerate of those around you so we’ve come up with a few do’s and dont’s for Twisping in public spaces. To make sure Twisping doesn’t get banned from these establishments, learn to be subtle. Enjoy your Twisp without blowing out massive amounts of vapour. As a Twisper, you should help us to maintain our good reputation.
Still not convinced? Check out our 9 reasons why you should change to Twisp.
Are e-cigarettes a safer option than tobacco cigarettes?
We’ve mentioned this before but its a question that comes up often so we want to reiterate some important information for consumers. The most important thing to understand is that e-cigarettes produce vapour and not smoke. According to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), most smoking-related diseases are caused by inhaling the toxic chemicals in smoke. By contrast, nicotine is relatively safe. NICE guidance states that electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without harmful toxins found in tobacco smoke, are a safer alternative to smoking.
Is Twisping a gateway into smoking?
In a recent survey of e-cigarette users with 19 441 participants, a very small minority (0.41%) of the users were not smoking prior to making use of e-cigarettes. Similarly, in relation to existing Twisp customers, virtually none of them were not smokers previously. We also ensure that we only market to users over the age of 18. Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of health charity, Action on Smoking and Health, commenting on a YouGov survey conducted in March 2014 said that, “While it is important to control the advertising of electronic cigarettes to make sure children and non-smokers are not being targeted, there is no evidence from our research that e-cigarettes are acting as a gateway into smoking.”
What is Twisp’s stance on legislation and regulation?
Twisp completely supports responsible and sensible legislation set in place regarding e-cigarettes. Again, we do not sell our products to persons under the age of 18, we make sure to feature warning signs on all of our products and we also ensure that all our packaging is childproof to prevent accidental ingestion. Regarding legislation in South Africa, we believe that e-cigarettes should exist in a category of their own, and not governed by the same rules as tobacco cigarettes or prescription medicines. Twisp considers e-cigarettes to be an effective and viable alternative to smoking and should therefore be treated differently.
Is Nicotine harmful?
Nicotine has had a bad rap due to its relationship with smoke inhalation. Nicotine itself is very similar to caffeine in its effects on the body and are not responsible for the critical adverse health effects related to smoking. South African insurance companies should be studying the debate on this issue in the UK at the moment before making any decisions. The Lancet Medical Journal has shown that the chemicals that make tobacco cigarettes dangerous are either absent in e-cigarettes or present only in trace concentrations. What really puts this issue into perspective for any insurer is the comment by Professor John Britton from the Royal College of Physicians: “If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes, we would save 5 million deaths.”
It is noteworthy that in the recently published medical study on Twisp, the cotinine levels (the test that insurers perform to assess smokers) is vastly reduced, showing that Twisp users have far less residual nicotine. Which points the fact, that if you are using a Twisp and no longer smoking you are a non smoker.
What are the effects of Twisp’s vapour on bystanders?
A recent study in Environmental research, looked at the effects of passive vaping. In the research nicotine levels were evaluated in both e-cigarette users and smokers, compared to non-smokers, who were exposed to tobacco and the by-products of e-cigarettes.
Ecigarette-Research.com published the following: “The study evaluated nicotine levels in the house of vapers and smokers (compared to non-smokers), and measured salivary and urinary cotinine levels in non-smokers who were exposed to tobacco and electronic cigarette use at their homes. The level of cotinine in “passive vapers” is approximately 1200 times lower than active smokers. The same research group measured cotinine levels in smokers few years ago, finding 146ng/ml in smokers of 15 cigarettes per day. This is 610 times higher than the levels in “passive vapers”. Since cotinine is directly associated with the total amount of daily nicotine intake, and assuming that smokers of 15 cigarettes per day get 15mg of nicotine and show 146ng/ml cotinine levels, we can calculate that passive vaping leads to daily nicotine intake of 0.025mg. Such a levels is not only harmless but has absolutely no biological effect, even according to the strictest regulatory definitions.”
At the end of the day it is important to remain educated regarding any choices you make and here at Twisp we aim to provide you with the information needed for you and those around you to make informed decisions regarding the use of e-cigarettes now and into the future. The bottom line is that the evidence appears to show that not only are e-cigarettes the lesser of two evils, they could actually save millions of lives.