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Bacteria on Your E-Cig?

Date: 7 Sep 2014 19:18

As we’ve all learned from grade school, bacteria grows on everything. Essentially anything humans touch bacteria can grow on and E-Cigs are no exception. I remember back in school when I was in band class (band geek checking in here), if I did not properly clean my instrument, bacteria and mold quickly and rapidly grew in a matter of days especially if the instrument was sitting idly. E-Cigs are no exception to this considering you put them inside your mouth to use!

Dr. Mohammed Fakhry of Tulsa University did a recent experiment on bacteria growth on electronic cigarettes. He did cotton swaps on electronic cigarettes and did culture growths on them. Of course, some bacteria were to be expected, he did not expect the sheer amount of bacteria that was found. He found the presence of not only bacteria, but mold and fungi as well. Although E-Cigs are much safer than tobacco cigarettes, regular cleaning is extremely important to prevent bacteria, mold, and fungus from invading your lungs.

I clean my drip tip several times a day as condensation builds up a considerable amount when vaping at high wattages

Regular cleaning should be done at least a couple of times a week. Some people clean out their atomizers every time they change or refill E-Liquids. Using  warm water and soap bath prior to refilling gets rid of any present bacteria that may be growing as well as small amounts of rubbing alcohol. The drip tip often times traps copious amounts of condensation and E-Liquid that can quickly grow bacteria if not properly cleaned. Personally I clean my drip tip several times a day as condensation builds up a considerable amount when vaping at high wattages. I normally clean it with warm water and soap followed by drying with a Q-Tip or a rolled up piece of paper towel.

Everyone has made an effort to become more health conscious when switching to electronic cigarettes. To get sick from inhaling bacteria, mold, or fungus would be a real shame especially if it can be easily avoided with proper cleaning habits. So always remember  clean out your electronic cigarettes regularly; at the very least you should be cleaning it out prior to refilling that way no E-Liquid is wasted during the cleaning process. Also remember a new atomizer sometimes as residue machine oil on it, please remember to clean out a new atomizer prior to use as well.

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violet cherry

posted on 2014-09-14 22:43:29

I have one tank that I use for my morning to mid afternoon vape, that gets cleaned every afternoon as it empties. It's only a mini 2.5ml so it may have been filled once or twice in that time. Despite never changing the flavour in this tank the coil is included in the daily cleanse. Additionally several times daily, as it's being used eliquid and/or condensation can collect in the top where the drip tip rests, also perhaps it's due to high VG content at times the mouthpiece can seem to be collecting a white plaque (Only on metal tips for some reason) so these get wiped a few times randomly with pre injection alcohol swabs, on both out and inside. When the tank and coil have their daily clean it's usually in cold water shaken out a few times, then I use the battery in bursts to heat the water and suck it through the coil as if I were vaping-no idea if it all rinses through it but it seems to work better than soaking them or a few rinses. Once the smell and taste of the juice is gone and the tank is non greasy, it's dried with kitchen roll and I go over all the parts with a few more swabs. All is left un connected, as the coil would still be wet and cause condensation inside; where bacteria would love to multiply if I missed any. I've no idea if this kills everything but I feel I have a nice fresh tank for the next day. I repeat the same with another tank I keep for various fruit flavours, which is usually my afternoon-early evening vape, and my evening tank which has milder or sweet flavours over the evening. They are both cleaned in the same way each morning and refilled when required. It's a habit I've gotten into since I started vaping wanting to sample new flavours as soon as I could, so I've stuck with it.

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