E-Cigarette FAQ

What is an e-cigarette?
E-cigarettes are electronic devices designed to work like cigarettes, and some are also designed to look like cigarettes. E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, and there is no combustion involved. E-cigarettes produce clouds that look like fog or smoke, but are composed of fine particles of liquid containing flavourings and may contain nicotine. Without the combustion of a regular cigarette (no smoke = no carcinogens), there are many obvious advantages of e-cigarettes.
How does an e-cigarette work?

E-cigarettes use either a cartridge or tank, filled with a liquid containing a mixture of vegetable glycerin and polyethylene glycol, combined with approved food-grade flavourings, and liquid nicotine. The liquid mixture is called e-liquid or e-juice.

The e-liquid comes in contact with a coil. A battery is used to power the coil. When the user inhales, the coil heats the e-liquid to produce fine particles that look like fog or smoke. This process is called “atomization”, but for simplicity the smoke-like cloud of particles is referred to a “vapour”. When the vapour is inhaled, the flavourings produce a pleasing taste and the nicotine is absorbed through the lungs in a similar manner to cigarettes, satisfying the user’s addiction.

A wide range of designs of e-cigarettes are available. The original and simplest designs have the shape and size of regular cigarettes, and automatically produce “vapour” when the user inhales. Other designs use larger batteries and tanks, and require a button press to energize the coil to produce the “vapour”.

What is the difference between 'smoking' and 'vaping'?
Smoking refers to the inhalation of smoke from a regular burning cigarette. Vaping refers to the inhalation of a fog-like mist of fine particles produced by an e-cigarette. Technically the process of producing a liquid mist is called “atomization”, but for simplicity the smoke-like cloud of particles is referred to a “vapour”. So people who use e-cigarettes are referred to as vapers, not smokers.
Are e-cigarettes satisfying for smokers?

For a large percentage of smokers, e-cigarettes are very satisfying. The reasons are:
1) nicotine is inhaled and satisfies the smokers’ craving / addiction
2) various flavours are available, which enhance the “vaping” experience
3) various e-cigarette devices are available, allowing the user to customize their experience

Can I get e-cigarettes with nicotine in Canada?
E-cigarette cartridges pre-filled with nicotine are currently designated as “drug delivery devices”, and are not permitted to be sold unless pre-approved by Health Canada. Cartridges without nicotine are permitted. However, e-liquids containing nicotine are legal, only under certain conditions. Please see our Legal page for details.
Are e-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?
Extensive research has been conducted on e-cigarettes. From this research it appears that e-cigarettes are very safe. However, since the e-cigarette industry is unregulated, there are many products on the market. Some are cheaply made and some have poor designs that may cause harm. Research also shows variability in the quality of e-liquids, as they are also unregulated. Also, doctor-written educational guides explaining the correct use of e-cigarettes are not commonly available. Medicor has resolved all of these concerns for smokers who are interested in transitioning to e-cigarettes.
What safety standards does SV comply with?

SV products are manufactured in FCC, CE, SGS, RoHS, and ISO 9001 certified facilities. SV e-juices are manufactured from USP-grade ingredients. SV e-juices are also tested by an independent accredited lab.

In addition, Medicor conducts random testing of SV e-juices for impurities, random testing of SV e-juice vapours for carcinogens, and random SV electronic device safety testing. This double-testing is done to ensure a very high level of consumer confidence in SV products.

Do e-cigarettes cause cancer, heart disease and other serious health problems?

So far, there is no data to show that e-cigarettes cause cancer. Long-term data is not yet available, since e-cigarettes have not been around for as long as regular cigarettes. Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, but nicotine is not a carcinogen. Nicotine does not cause heart disease, strokes, or other serious health problems, unless taken in excessive amounts.

On the other hand, there is clear evidence of a massive amount of harm caused by regular cigarettes, including, but not limited to causing cancer. Regular cigarettes cause cancer because cigarette smoke contains hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals (“carcinogens”).

E-cigarettes do not produce smoke (there is no combustion). The vapours from various e-cigarettes have been tested in multiple published studies, and have been shown to produce either no detectable carcinogens, or tiny amounts that are generally considered unimportant. However, research also shows that some poorly designed e-cigarettes can produce carcinogens, because they may burn the liquids contained in the e-cigarette. Research also shows that improper use of e-cigarettes can produce carcinogens.

Medicor has addressed these issues by providing Canadians with premium US-designed SV e-cigarettes that are doubly quality-controlled, and with educational guidelines designed by doctors explaining the proper use of these safety-tested e-cigarettes.

Why are e-cigarettes so controversial?
E-cigarettes are considered a “disruptive technology”. They disrupt the current cigarette industry and also the nicotine replacement drug industry. Naturally, those who stand to lose business as a result of the increasing acceptance of e-cigarettes will not support e-cigarettes, and may go even farther to attempt to scare smokers away from them. Other businesses or charitable organizations that are supported by these industries may also turn against e-cigarettes.
Why is the government trying to stop e-cigarettes sales?

We believe the Ontario government seeks to enhance public safety by putting strict regulations in place for the following reasons:

1) to prevent non-smokers from starting to use e-cigarettes
2) to prevent young adults from starting to use e-cigarettes
3) to make it difficult for poor quality e-cigarettes to be sold

While we may not agree with all of the new legislation, it is still important to regulate the use of e-cigarettes in a manner that promotes public health, and does not discourage smokers from transitioning away from regular cigarettes.


I enjoy my cigarettes, why should I even consider trying e-cigarettes?

We find that smokers enjoy the experience of vaping when transitioning to high quality e-cigarettes, with suitable nicotine levels. There are many benefits to making the transition. High quality e-cigarettes are not known to have serious side effects. Even if smokers are not concerned about improving their well-being, there is a significant cost saving from making the change. From that standpoint alone, smokers should explore e-cigarettes.

Medicor has produced the first doctor-developed guidelines to help smokers make the transition from regular cigarettes, and to help in selection of the appropriate devices and appropriate nicotine levels.

I don't smoke, should I try e-cigarettes?
I only smoke socially, should I try e-cigarettes?
I smoke regularly throughout the day, should I try e-cigarettes?
There are many types of e-cigarettes, and many companies selling them. How do I choose?