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Frequently Asked Questions


Are E-Lites electronic cigarettes safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes?

Tobacco cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemicals (including tar, carbon monoxide and arsenic). It is believed that electronic cigarettes are considerably safer than the tobacco cigarettes found on sale in every shopping centre throughout the country. 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% safer, i.e. less harmful to health, than tobacco cigarettes. Here is a recent article from the Guardian Newspaper about electronic cigarettes.

What is the smoke that is released? 

This is NOT smoke - It is simply condensed air (vapour) which is mixed with liquid-nicotine, tobacco extract flavourings and propylene glycol in the electronic cigarette cartridge to emulate the sensation of smoking, and provide a nicotine intake.

What makes the vapour?

Air is drawn into the atomisation chamber prior to passing through the nicotine cartridge of the electronic cigarette which combines the heated air and nicotine to give you the same feeling as smoking. The vapour tastes and feels just like the smoke from a normal cigarette.

How long does an E-Tip last?

E-Tips are tested by automated machine bellows to quantify the amount of inhalations, and therefore approximate 'cigarettes' that they provide.

Each tip achieves a minimum of 210 three second machine inhalations in order to pass Quality Control.

An average human inhalation is approximately 1.5 seconds. A "whole" regular sized (not superking) cigarette equates to 10 average inhalations. Of course some people smoke a tobacco cigarette in 10 drags whilst others can burn a full cigarette down in 4 or 5 much longer drags.

So 210 machine inhalations returns over 400 average (1.5 second) human inhalations which when divided by 10 = approximately 40 'cigarettes'.

What are the ingredients in an E-Tip?

The base liquid in e-cigarette cartridges is a mixture of liquid-nicotine, tobacco extract flavourings and Propylene glycol.

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 on its website, propylene glycol is a 'Generally Recognized as Safe' (GRAS) additive for foods and medications.

PG has been used as the aqueous-based chemical additive in asthma inhalers and nebulizers since the 1950s, with no serious side effects known.

How much can I save smoking E-Lites?

By using E-Lites you will be saving 70% financially, and even more health wise. A single E-Tip is equivalent to approximately 40 traditional cigarettes, and cartridges cost about £4 each - so there is a huge saving to be had. That makes 20 'cigarettes' about £2!

What strength refills do I need?

For 'Full Strength' smokers we recommend the 'REDS - Regular' and if you smoke lights we recommend the 'GOLDS'.

I smoke menthols - can I get menthol E-Lites?

Of course. In fact the Menthol E-Tips are one of our biggest sellers.

Does it smell?

The vapour is odourless and dissipates within seconds. It does not linger, nor does it cause discolouration to walls - unlike cigarette smoke. It doesn't give you 'smokers breath' or leave your hands and clothes smelling of cigarettes either.

So I can smoke these anywhere?

Legally speaking, yes - but the discretion will always be held with the person in charge of the environment you are in.

Can I smoke this whilst I'm pregnant?

We do NOT recommend smoking E-Lites or ANY nicotine products whilst pregnant. Nicotine is still a drug, and may be harmful to your baby.

Why do some E-Lites have a green LED?

We designed our range in this way so that it will not be confused with an 'ordinary' cigarette in a public place - and because we think it looks pretty cool too! Some of our kits do however come with a red LED battery in addition to the green one Alternatively, you can order a red LED too.

What designs do E-Lites come in?

We offer several options of style and size in the E-Lites range. The E200 & E80 come with a green LED and our DUO models come with a red LED & a green LED battery, so the choice is always yours!

How do I know when I have 'smoked' one cigarette?

Very simply, an average cigarette is consumed in 10 inhalations although of course some people smoke a tobacco cigarette in 10 drags whilst others can burn a full cigarette down in 4 or 5 much longer drags. However, one of the best things about E-Lites is that you can have a couple of drags and put it away - saving even more money by not being forced into using a 'full cigarette' every time you feel the urge to smoke.

Are E-Lites intended to quit smoking?

No, E-Lites are designed as SMOKING ALTERNATIVES rather than a NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy). We are merely offering a tobacco free and tar free, cheaper alternative to traditional cigarettes. Try an electronic cigarette starter kit today and see for yourself, you will probably find it far preferable to traditional smoking!

Do E-Lites reward customers for returning old & used cartridges and batteries?

Yes! Our current reward scheme allows our customers 2x E-Tips if they return 20 used tips (or multiples thereof). We also reward customers for sending used batteries back - send us 10 of your used batteries and we will send you a brand new one or 2x E-Tips. For information please go to our rewards page.