Last updated on November 1st, 2017
From: Disappointed in Denver
Hi Mastervaper. This Christmas, I want to buy myself an e-cigarette kit! I tried e-cigs several years ago and I was impressed with the product, but the tobacco flavored filter tasted more like a gents toilet than tobacco. I'm up for trying them again but I don’t want to get burned. (ha-ha). What do you suggest?
Mastervaper: Thanks for your inquiry, Disappointed. I’ve never been in a gent’s toilet, but I can certainly relate to your revolting experience, as I too have gagged on certain exotic vapors. (not to be confused with gagging on exotic vapers, which is an entirely different experience).
That being said, in my ten years of smoking electronic cigarettes (and e-pipes) I can assure you that the quality of tobacco flavored cartomizers has much improved. I personally prefer the subtle flavors of Clove or the rich milk Chocolate flavors (offered by V2 Cigs or just about every good e-cig company). The former is divine with a nice cup of tea.
Vapor production has improved dramatically too with the advent of new cartridges. I know that the better, more expensive brands will give you better vapor production, so don't go cheap on your Christmas gift. You're worth it, right? If you fancy looking reckless, which I highly recommend, you can get amazing vapor from some of the better Ego type vaporizers that use diacetyl free eliquids. Halo has a lovely purple iridescence Triton Tank model that I vape when I wear plaid.
Enjoy your new kit this holiday season and Happy Vaping!
From: Frank D.
I needed gift ideas for Christmas and I came across your column on ecigarettenews. I'm intrigued, but I heard that some electronic cigarettes are full of germs. That’s disgusting. Is it true?
Ah, a question with which I truly identify! Yes! Some e-cigarettes are full of germs but it’s not the fault of the e-cigarette, it’s the fault of the vaper.
Some people who use filter-type (not tank style) e-cigarettes have the nasty habit of filling the cartridge with e-liquid. When it drys out, they refill it again and again not realizing that the spongy wick thing gets dirty and harbors germs. So do the atomizer coils which are impossible to clean.
I tell people you're supposed to replace the cartridge when it dries out but few listen. They call me an anal health freak, but to be frank, Frank, that’s one of the nicest things I’ve been called.
I admit, I'm a big fan of disposable diapers, sani-wipes and those sanitary rubber tips for your cartomizers. Have you see those things? They’re like little condoms for e-cigs! People use them to share their e-cigarettes with friends. They're also a great for cheapskates who never spend more than 6 dollars on a gift….but I digress.
Stick style “cig-alike” e-cigarette starter kits don't need refilling or maintenance; they are sanitary and they make excellent Christmas gifts for lazy friends and relatives who don't want to bother with cleaning an e-cigarette tank system. Just choose a kit from V2 Cigs or Apollo – the kind where you throw the Cartomizer away (or recycle it) when it starts tasting a bit foul. That’s usually after about 350 puffs or about 1.5-2 packs of regular cigarettes. Much cheaper and better for you than cigarettes.
Merry Christmas and Happy Vaping!
From: Jack K.
I've been invited to a lot of Christmas parties this holiday season, but my hosts don't allow smoking indoors. Rather than spend most the party outside in the cold, I want to vape e-cigarettes. The thing is, I have so many allergies I don't want to find out I'm allergic to electronic cigarettes too. I do have friends who use e-cigs and they don’t have any problems. Am I just being weird? Please help.
I can help and I don't think you're weird. Well, maybe you are, but that's okay with me.
People can be allergic or sensitive to anything including e-cigarette vapor! I myself am allergic to my niece's bicycle seat.
The good news is that there are hypo-allergic e-cigarettes! Try a Vape Pen High VG eliquid. You'll get far less propylene glycol which can cause mild allergic reactions if you're sensitive to the ingredient.
PG is a harmless, FDA approved additive found in cosmetics, candies, beer, soda, salad dressing and even dog food. I’m sure you’ve tried at least one of those items. You can also get a vaporizer with a fill your own eliquid tank and buy PG free e-liquids from Virgin Vapor. If that doesn’t work, suck on a candy cane. Just get off the real ciggies.
Good Luck, Merry Christmas and Happy Vaping!
Mastervaper is happy to answer all your questions, concerns, rants and raves about electronic cigarette products. Just e-mail him today!