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  • Guardian Reports Daily Vaping May Help Quitting

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    If your goal is to use an e-cig to avoid smoking, using it everyday is key, reports the Guardian newspaper.

    The research was performed by King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

  • Discover Magazine on Nicotine

    Since the debate on the supposed dangers of tobacco has been conveniently shifted to nicotine since e-cigs have removed nearly all other substances of concern, and the quality of the debate from anti-tobacco lobbyists has been scientific dross, on the whole, then it's only fair to present what we actually know about the effects of nicotine on adults, and see if it can be called a 'poison' by themselves in the conventional sense (most everything is poisonous if used incorrectly).

    To most adults, the position on a compound depends on risks AND benefits. At this point in time, the data on nicotine neither supports or condemns it. It may be viewed strictly as a poison, but only in the same sense that other phytocompounds like polyphenols (in nuts and berries) may be viewed this way. Some have good and bad effects, but the overall impact is deemed favourable, even though biochemists have viewed them as toxins in the past. We're not saying the balance is in favour of consuming nicotine, but it is clearly the case the data does not justify alarmism about adults taking nicotine at this time. It may increase cancer risk, but it also may protect against brain diseases. So at this point, it's a tough call. And that call would change context entirely if you were more at risk of cancer than brain degeneration, or vice-a-verse. Someone at diagnosed risk of Parkinson's would view the risks very differently, based on what knowledge is available today.

    Discover Magazine looks into the possible benefits of nicotine in this article

  • Daily Mash Satirises the Anti-Vapers

    A satirical take on the aggressive anti-vaping position of many non-smokers and the anti-tobacco lobby, by the Daily Mash.

  • New Dawn For Vapers Begins

    Although our customers have never expressed any interest in this product, we are still interested in what it will do for the image and health impacts of electronic vaping devices. Up until now, vaping has been about nicotine - not increasing nicotine but more often for substituting an existing nicotine source that is undoubtedly deadly through other toxins, and often also for lowering or eliminating that nicotine level. In this way e-cigarettes are quite different to cigarettes, because the aim of a cigarette is to *increase* nicotine dependency. Research on e-cig users shows that the opposite effect is typically seen, with higher rates of complete cessation than for conventional NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy).

    Now, something else is about to hit and it can radically shake up the whole situation. It promises to be a melee. This new issue is not nicotine, but another molecule called cannabidiol, or CBD for short. This molecule can effectively turn all the arguments that have been imaginatively advanced against e-cigarettes upside down, because CBD appears to have such incredible promise for a multitude of health and psychological problems that it will be impossible to ignore, and unquestionably this will create a lot of media coverage.

    First, the primary arguments against CBD have been much like those that applied to nicotine. Smokers ingested other compounds that collectively produced a highly toxic effect. CBD is the same in that it has been ingested in modest quantities in cannabis, along with the very problematic molecule called THC which has significant psychological effects. The CBD scientists discovered, along with several other compounds in cannabis, were counteracting the negative effects of THC and then later, the research into this class of compounds has exploded. Scientists believe that CBD in particular, can combat cancer, brain degeneration, auto-immune diseases and social anxiety, without causing sedation. Since a lack of a tranquiliser that doesn't cause sedation has been a long standing medical problem, and anxiety is related to other kinds of substance abuse, CBD may hold a lot of promise, for example in drinkers who get into the habit of drinking socially to reduce anxiety. And now, CBD rich extracts, with virtually zero THC levels are finally shipping and being sold in vape shops. The obvious next thing will be a media storm about passive vaping 'cannabis' but that is just the next bridge to cross for the industry and user-base. In actuality, the availability of e-cigarettes and new e-liquids containing only CBD and not THC could lower dangerous cannabis use and eliminate it's harmful aspects and reduce the drugs trade which fuels organised crime. And this will bring in tax revenues too.

    So what's to fear?

  • Safely Avoid Formaldehyde

    It isn't difficult to keep this out of your vaper, and the good news is that it's generally intolerable to inhale when formaldehyde is being generated at significant levels, so you will know if there was actually a problem.

    If you use conventional e-cigs, like the ones we sell which look a lot like actual cigarettes, the latest study has given similar products a clean bill of health. See the study here

    So you don't need to worry (although it remains advisable as a sensible precaution to keep the unit refilled or swap the cartridge after it goes dry, but again you'll know by the acrid taste if there is a problem.)

    If you are using the higher power, variable voltage systems which have tanks, then follow these steps to stay safe:

    1 - Limit power. You are advised to keep the wattage to 5 Watts or less. This generally corresponds to a voltage of 3.3 Volts. Don't go up to 5 volts. The exact voltage depends actually on the Ohm rating of the coil, which usually can be purchased as 1.8, 2.1, 2.5, 2.8 etc. Here you might think that the higher the rating, the more power is used. Actually, it's the opposite, see this link if you wish to calculate power using Ohms Law.

    The higher the Ohms number, the less power and heating. So go for a 2.5 or higher Ohm coil. This means that higher voltages can be operated before there is any formaldehyde. The wattage is the best guide to this, and formaldehyde is detected at over 10W. The exact level that is safe isn't known because the researchers only tested certain combinations, but under 5W is certainly in the safe zone.

    2 - Go for a bottom coil tank - these have the coil placed at the bottom rather than the top, and you can see this from where the wicks go. This helps prevent the coil running dry, which causes higher temperatures which is the issue.

    3 - Try taking shorter lengths of puff, again to prevent dry wick from occurring momentarily.

    4 - Keep the tank topped up with juice.

  • More Evidence that Vaping is Safe

    Great news with a new study on conventional e-cigs, which comes in the wake of the highly misleading formaldehyde scare, and it tested not only all the toxins looked at before and found to be almost absent from e-cig vapour but also the carbonyls, like formaldehyde. As anticipated, the study didn't find any problem with these chemicals and concluded that e-cig vapour was almost as-non toxic as the surrounding air!

    So comparing an e-cig with a cigarette, the evidence is now building up that if used as most people do, an e-cig is in the same safety category of other nicotine replacement therapies, whilst the data is leaning also to the conclusion that e-cigs unique blend of characteristics, the sensation and ritual aspects as well as the nicotine delivery from it, add up to a more effective smoking quit-aid than other products on the market.

    See a good article here and the study is available here.

  • Top Anti-Tobacco Scientist Supports Vaping

    Dr Derek Yach was at the forefront of the global movement against tobacco use, and is an esteemed and independent scientist. Now he has declared that anti-ecig attitudes amongst lobbyists and government agencies is wrongheaded, that these lobbyists supply virtually no evidence of their claims against e-cigs, and concludes that the anti-tobacco movement and public health agencies should be in league with ecigarettes, not against them.

    See the article in The Spectator.

  • Rich Tobacco Flavour

    TigerCoco recently added a new realistic tobacco flavour. It is rich and realistic, giving a satisfying throat hit.

    Tobacco E-Liquid


  • Have they got it wrong on Nicotine?

    I've just finished reading an interesting article that would make the idea of increased taxes on e-cigarettes even more counter-productive, because as pointed out in the article we can't find much evidence to deem nicotine, in the amounts users ingest, as a hazard to the health of adults. It may be that the harms are not completely outweighed by the benefits, but overall I don't believe anyone can say with any confidence that nicotine consumption (by itself) is overall a significant health threat to society. It may even actually benefit the public in terms of reduced rates of health conditions. Of course the problem is mainly or all, down to the chemicals ingested with the nicotine, and not the nicotine.

    Read the article here.

  • There's Two Types of E-Cig

    There's two kinds of vaping, and e-cig.

    The original and first generation, was built for the purpose of atomising a nicotine carrier at the lowest possible temperature that it can be produced and then inhaled, because it was clear that the toxins produced in a cigarette were essentially a result of the higher burn temperature. Propylene glycol was used usually to achieve this vapour as it produces a smoke like stream at a lower temperature than that which generates a large number of toxins. These first-generation devices have been researched and the balance of evidence tells us that they either produce none, or greatly reduced levels of any of the toxins found in tobacco smoke.

    Then as battery's became more powerful and cheaper, 'indie' companies and enthusiasts started modifying the electrical power that could be delivered to the atomiser. We started to see generation 2 devices that were able to deliver 10-15 watts or more to the heating element, elevating the temperature.

    When this is combined particularly with 'dry wick' conditions, and especially when there is no e-juice feeding the atomiser, we have high enough temperatures to produce toxins known as carbonyls (also called reactive aldehydes). This is because, essentially, we have turned the low temperature, safe e-cigarette into something that is emulating the chemical environment in the tip of a burning cigarette. We can see that these generation 2 devices, when run incorrectly, are effectively a hybrid somewhere between cigarettes and conventional E-Cig's.

    As such these generation 2 devices need to be called something else. Perhaps 'high temp vaping' or 'hi-vaping' as opposed to just 'vaping', would be more informative for the media as terms to distinguish the devices and operating conditions that make these scenarios so different. It's like the difference between putting soup into a ceramic pottery oven and a slow cooker. The two are both electric, and use electricity. What you will get out of them are completely different because of operating temperatures. We don't confuse these ovens.

    The bottom line - correctly used, low powered e-cigarettes were shown to NOT produce toxic carbonyls or other toxins in the recent research splashed across the newspapers - so the evidence supporting them has grown, not diminished. For the higher power devices, the situation is different! See the letter causing the recent controversy (but vindicates conventional vaping) here

    Dry puff and high power create temperatures that are too high - see here

    "At low voltage (3.3 V), we did not detect the formation of any formaldehyde-releasing agents (estimated limit of detection, approximately 0.1 μg per 10 puffs). At high voltage (5.0 V), a mean (±SE) of 380±90 μg per sample (10 puffs) of formaldehyde was detected as formaldehyde-releasing agents."

    This voltage corresponds to 14-16 watts, according to Dr Farsalinos;

    "This means that at 5 volts the energy was around 14-16watts. That would be an extremely high value for most commercially-available atomizers (excluding some rebuildables which can withstand such high wattage levels)."

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