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THE 10 BIGGEST MISTAKES NEW VAPERS MAKE

Switching to vaping is more complicated than you might think. You feel like it’ll be really easy, like all you have to do is just pick up an e-cig and vape instead of smoking, but things can (and often do) go wrong. Every vaper has a story about a rookie mistake that they made when they were new to the hobby, but if you plan ahead and do your research, you can avoid the most serious ones. So if you’re just considering picking up your first vaping device or you already have, here are 10 of the most common new vaper mistakes to watch out for!

 

1 – Buying Cheap Devices and E-Juice

 

Saving money is one of the biggest advantages of switching to vaping, but the old rule that “you get what you pay for” still applies. If you go for a cut-price vape pen or mod, you’re much more likely to run into issues, have it not perform as it should or even just stop working one day. You could end up with dry hits, uncontrollable leaking or a wide range of other annoyances. Choose an e-cig from a major manufacturer with positive reviews, and don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get a dependable device.

 

For e-juice, cut-price blends can be good, but most of them won’t hit the mark when it comes to flavor. You might be able to find something you like, but it’s much easier if you’re willing to spend a bit more to get something high-quality.

 

2 – Choosing a Device That’s Too Complicated for a New Vaper

 

If you look on vaping forums or websites, you’ll see a lot of enthusiastic recommendations for high-end mods, sub ohm tanks, rebuildable atomizers and a lot more. The only problem is that for a smoker just switching to vaping, a lot of these devices are pretty advanced. If you blindly follow these recommendations, you could easily end up with something so complicated you don’t really know how to use it.

 

If you put the time into reading the manual and looking for information online, it really isn’t too hard to use higher-end vaping gear, but that might not be for you. Many smokers just want something simple that gets them the nicotine they’re looking for and don’t care about much else. Vape pens are perfect for this, but if you’re looking for something more hard-hitting, chunky vape pens like the eGo One range and the Smok Stick V8 strike a great balance between simplicity and performance.

 

3 – Not Planning for Low Battery

 

Running out of battery can be a serious issue for a smoker just switching to vaping. If you’re away from the house and can’t recharge, you’re left without nicotine and the temptation to go buy a pack of cigarettes can be really hard to resist. So how do you avoid this?

 

The simplest advice is to get a backup device. If you have a spare vape pen with you whenever you leave the house, you’ll always have something to vape even if your main device dies. We’d recommend every vaper get at least one backup device for this reason.

 

But if you’ll always have time to plan ahead, just make sure you fully recharge your battery before you leave the house. You can also bring the USB charging cable with you so you can recharge at any USB outlet.

 

4 – Getting the Wrong Nicotine Strength for Your E-Juice

 

Choosing the right nicotine strength for your needs is a big topic, and we have a whole post on covering the issue in detail. If you go with too high a nicotine strength, you might find vaping really harsh on your throat or you might start to feel sick after just a few puffs (a sign of having too much nicotine). And if you go with too low a strength, you might miss the “throat hit” from the nicotine, but more likely, you just won’t get enough nicotine to make vaping satisfying.

 

For anybody using a basic vape pen, 1.8 % nicotine e-liquid (18 mg/ml) is a good place to start for just switching smokers, but if you’re using something that puts out more vapor (such as a sub ohm vape pen or mod with a sub ohm tank) 1.2 % (12 mg/ml) or even 0.6 % (6 mg/ml) is the best place to start. This depends on how much you smoke, though. So if you get through a pack a day or more, 1.2% or 1.8% is probably the best place to start, depending on your device, but if you smoke less, starting at 0.6% or 1.2% is likely a better choice for you.

 

If you’re buying e-juice for the first time, get a couple of different nicotine levels and see which you prefer. Or, if you can try a friend’s setup, this should give you a good idea of what you’re likely to need.

 

5 – Choosing the Wrong PG/VG Ratio for Your E-Juice

 

The other major thing to consider when buying e-juice is the ratio of PG to VG in the liquid. New vapers might unwittingly pick up a high-VG e-liquid to use in a device not well-suited to it, or they could need the stronger throat hit offered by higher-PG e-liquids.

 

The standard PG/VG ratio used these days is 50/50, and that’s what we offer here at Black Note. This works well in any type of atomizer, and offers the ideal balance of throat hit (from the PG) and vapor production (from the VG). We’d recommend most new vapers start with a 50/50 e-juice or something close to it.

 

Higher-VG liquids are great if you want big clouds of vapor or a smooth throat hit, but they don’t soak into your wicks as quickly as lower-VG juices because VG is thick and viscous. This can cause problems for people using basic vape pens, because they often don’t wick quickly enough to cope with the thicker e-juice.

 

In general, unless you’ve been vaping for a while (or don’t mind a milder throat hit) and have a sub ohm tank or rebuildable atomizer, it’s best to avoid high-VG e-juices.

 

6 – Forgetting to Prime Your Coils

 

Forgetting to “prime” your atomizer heads is a big mistake that can ruin the whole coil before you even get to use it. When you get a new coil, the cotton wick inside it is completely dry. If you vape when the coil is dry, you burn the wick and ruin it for good.

 

This is why vapers prime their coils. This just means manually applying e-juice to the wick itself before you install the coil. You can usually see the wick from the top of the atomizer head, and it will also have little wicking ports around the side with some wick visible through them. Use some e-liquid to soak the wick from the top and from the ports around the side. Don’t go overboard; just thoroughly soak the cotton with e-juice before you install the coil. Wait five minutes after you fill the tank before starting vaping to make extra-sure you won’t burn the wick.

 

7 – Not Looking After Your Coils and Devices

 

If you don’t maintain your e-cig, you’re likely to run into problems eventually. Maintenance for vaping devices includes everything from cleaning your tanks to making sure your coils stay in a good condition. This doesn’t take up much of your time, but if you don’t do it, you could easily ruin your vaping experience and cost yourself more money.

 

Cleaning your tanks is easy. All you have to do is take them apart – just unscrew all the pieces – and then run the individual components under warm water before leaving them to dry off. If the wicks inside your atomizer head look gunky or have turned dark over time, you can also rinse these under a hot tap to revive them a little. With atomizer heads, you need to make sure they’re thoroughly dry before you vape again, though – leave them drying on a paper towel for a day before using them again.

 

You should also regularly clean any spilled e-juice off your mod or vape pen. E-liquid often ends up around the 510 connection and tank threading, and regularly wiping this area with a Q-tip or a paper towel keeps everything working as it should.  

 

8 – Inhaling Like a Smoker

 

When you smoke a cigarette, short, sharp inhales work well. However, many new vapers run into issues when trying to do the same thing using an e-cigarette. You might “flood” your atomizer with e-juice (which can lead to gurgling, leaking and generally poor performance), but even if you don’t, short, strong inhales get you what you’re looking for.

 

Unlike when you smoke, slowly, gentler and longer puffs are the best approach when you vape. Try to break the habit of puffing harder when you want more vapor; just take your time and inhale more gently and you’ll have a better experience.

 

9 – Forgetting to Stay Hydrated

 

Both PG and VG suck moisture out of their environment, and this means you can get a really bad dry mouth when you vape. You might not expect this as a smoker just making the switch, but it’s important to drink more water than usual so you stay hydrated when you vape. If you don’t do this, as well as a dry mouth, you could also end up suffering headaches or having other problems related to dehydration.

 

10 – Being an Inconsiderate Vaper

 

Switching to vaping is a positive change in your life, and it means you’ll be doing less harm to yourself and others around you than when you smoked. But not everybody agrees, and even though you might not technically be banned from vaping in public places, it’s important to remember that you could still upset or annoy people by doing so. People might not like the smell of vapor, or might be worried about the risks, and you should be considerate of this when you’re thinking about vaping in public.

 

We’ve covered this in more detail in our vaping etiquette post, but the key things to remember are to ask permission before vaping indoors, don’t blow huge clouds in public and if you’re ever in doubt, just restrict your vaping to where you’d usually smoke.

 

Conclusion: Avoiding Mistakes Helps You Enjoy Vaping

 

There’s a lot to take in when you first start vaping, but it’s better to learn lessons now than learn them the hard way when you’re trying to quit smoking. The more you know when you’re making the switch, the less likely you are to waste money on low-quality devices and the more likely you are to smoothly transition to vaping.

COIL MAINTENANCE 101

COIL MAINTENANCE 101

The coil is one of the most important components in your e-cigarette. It soaks up the e-liquid and turns it into vapor. Changing and cleaning the coil is also the most common form of maintenance. Most vapers replace it every two weeks, fill their tanks a few times a week and clean around that schedule. Here’s our simple guide to maintaining your coil and keeping your e-cigarette firing exactly as it should.

Types of Tank

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different tanks because almost every manufacturer produces their own. Despite the size of the range, there are only really three non-rebuildable tank types (we’ll explain rebuildable in a later blog). These are top-coil clearomizers, bottom-coil clearomizers and sub ohm tanks (can be top or bottom fill).

Tanks may look distinctive and be used slightly differently, but they all have the same function. Inside the tank there is a central stem that takes in airflow, allows air to pass over it and then delivers the vapor to your mouth. The atomizer attaches to the central stem either at the bottom or top. The tank surrounds the entire central stem and acts as a reservoir for e-liquid.

Disassembly

Whether you need to replace a coil, refill it or are just attempting to access the tank section, you will need to take it apart. This is an easy job. The glass tank screws in at the top or bottom and can simply be unscrewed. Some tanks don’t screw at both ends and some are held in with an O-ring. Where an O-ring is used the tank can be pulled apart with a little force.

Bottom and top coil tanks are extremely similar. The only difference in disassembly is that bottom-coil unscrews at the bottom while a top-coil is screwed in at the top. Bottom-coil tanks can be tinkered with, without draining the tank. Top coil tanks need to be drained because otherwise the e-liquid will flood the device. Sub ohm tanks work much like bottom coil devices but sometimes have an alternative gap to easily fill them up.

Changing the Coil

When you have access to the tank it couldn’t be easier to change the coil. All tanks have coils that simply screw into place. It is positioned either at the top of the stem or the base. All you need to do is unscrew the old one, try using some kitchen towel to keep your hands clear of e-liquid. Then dispose of the old one and screw a new one in place. This has to be firmly screwed in or else the e-liquid will leak into the vapor’s path.

Your new coil is almost ready to be used. It will at this point be completely dry so you need to wait a few minutes for it to soak e-liquid in. If you don’t want to wait try dripping e-liquid directly onto it or take a toke without pressing the fire button. Both of these techniques will speed up the soaking process.

Cleaning

Changing the coil is a key part of cleaning your device but it is not the only job you need to do. When you disassemble your tank it is worth wiping the glass and central stem down with some paper tissue. This will remove excess e-liquid, which could alter the flavor of any other liquids you use in the tank.

Refilling

Refilling your tank is the most common maintenance job you will have to do. Depending on the size of the tank you could be doing this daily but the average is about twice a week. Luckily, refilling is an exceptionally easy job.

After taking your tank apart by either removing the top or bottom of it, you need to refill it with e-liquid. You should slowly fill the tank along the side. Holding it at an angle makes it easier for the e-liquid to flow into the tank. Try and avoid getting e-liquid into the central part of the tank. If some does get in there simply wipe it out with a bit of kitchen towel.

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HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN E-CIGARETTE BATTERY LAST LONGER?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN E-CIGARETTE BATTERY LAST LONGER?

Running out of battery when you want to create a glorious cloud and enjoy is one of life’s frustrations. In days gone by, e-cigarette devices used AA batteries with annoyingly short life spans, making for an even more frustrating experience. Thanks to advances in battery technology, much longer lasting lithium-ion batteries not dissimilar to the one in your cell phone now power the majority of e-cigarettes but, this doesn’t mean the dreaded low battery can’t hit just when you need it the most. As with cell phones, there are a few hints, tips and daily habits you can adopt to make the charge last longer.

1. Use Your Battery Regularly

E-cigarette batteries benefit from regular usage. The more they perform, the easier power will flow through the cells. Most e-cigarette batteries are lithium ion, which are designed to be used daily.

2. Charge Before It’s Drained

Don’t let your battery run out of juice then charge it up; this will actually limit the life of the battery. If you notice a slight loss in power take it as a clear sign you should plug in and charge. A low battery will also charge much quicker than one that is drained entirely of power.

3. Don’t Store With Low Charge

You should only store batteries that are fully charged. Storing them with power levels at 50% or less will cause them to drain faster. In a similar way to charging before it’s drained, storing with low charge will limit the battery’s lifespan and effectiveness.

4. Keep Threads Clean

Make sure that the threads on the cartomizer, battery and contacts are clean. They can get dirty or moist so use a cotton swab, Q-tip, or similar to regularly clean these points.

5. Unscrew When Charged

Remove the battery from your device as soon as it has finished charging. This ensures you are not overcharging and damaging the power cells which will limit its lifetime.

6. Disconnect Your Cartomizer

If you’re not going to be using your vaporiser for an extended period of time, then you should remove the cartomizer entirely (this is the bit attached to the battery which holds the heating element and e-liquid). When it’s connected it drains a small amount of power and therefore can reduce your battery life.

7. Store Safely

Many of us don’t think about how the storage conditions can also impact on a battery’s ability to last and last. Exposing the battery to direct sunlight and high temperatures will dramatically affect the lifespan. The same goes for batteries that are dropped, knocked or otherwise bumped and those stored too close to liquids. Battery safety is very important. 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOOKAH AND VAPING

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOOKAH AND VAPING

With so many alternative forms of smoking on the market, knowing the difference between them all can be a little difficult. Vaping is one of the newest alternatives to smoking to hit the market, and with the rapidly-evolving terminology, phases like hookah pen and vape pen have become apparently interchangeable, and a lot of confusion has been created in the process.

So what is a hookah? What’s the difference between hookah and vaping? And how do hookah pens come into this? Here’s a run-down of the key differences, and a look at which is the better alternative to cigarettes.

What is a Hookah?

A hookah is basically a water pipe. A hookah consists of a head (which is filled with moist tobacco), a central stem leading to a water bowl at the bottom, and a hose with a mouthpiece on the end. Moist tobacco is put in the head, and this is heated by lighting some charcoal held above it (on a piece of foil with holes poked in it or a metallic mesh). The intention is to heat the tobacco without burning it, but this doesn’t always work out as planned. The smoke is then sucked through the water and out of the hose before the user inhales.

The form of tobacco used in hookah pipes is slightly different from normal tobacco used in cigarettes. It’s moist, and often contains molasses, vegetable glycerin and flavorings. Combined with the reduced chance of combustion, this generally means that hookah smoke is less harsh to inhale than cigarette smoke. uae

What is the Difference Between Hookah and Vaping?

If you know what vaping is – using a coil to heat a liquid that usually contains nicotine – it should be clear that there is a big difference between hookah and vaping. In vaping, there is no tobacco present, despite the presence of nicotine or even some flavoring components from tobacco leaves. Although hookah tobacco isn’t the same as ordinary tobacco, the basic fact is that it’s still tobacco. Additionally, even though hookah smoking isn’t really supposed to involve combustion of the tobacco, it occasionally can, and this is a big difference between hookah and vaping.

There are some notable similarities between the two, though. In both vaping and hookah smoking, fruity flavors are the norm. Additionally, in both hookah smoking and vaping, the feel on your throat is much smoother than with cigarettes.

Why Are Vaping and Hookah Often Confused With Each Other?

Although there are some similarities, the differences between vaping and hookah are stark and obvious. Where one involves burning coals and moist tobacco, the other involves electric coils and no tobacco whatsoever. The appearance of the two could hardly be more different: one is a tall pipe with a bowl of water in the bottom and a large hose-like mouthpiece used to inhale the smoke, and the other is either a pen-sized or boxy electronic device with a comparatively small tip for inhaling.

However, there is still some confusion between the two, and this likely stems from the similarities noted above. Since hookah tobacco comes in a variety of flavors, contains VG and gives a smooth throat hit, there are some similarities in terms of the experience of vaping and using a hookah. Both products also contain nicotine, which is another big link between them. Finally, both are often claimed to be safer than smoking, but the evidence for this statement isn’t equal in both cases.

Vaping Culture and Hookah Culture: More Significant Differences

The differences between hookah pipes and e-cigarettes are pretty marked when you just consider the devices and how they work, but the two cultures are also very distinct.

On the one hand, vaping culture is made up of ex-smokers or people who’ve cut down their smoking with the help of a vape pen or other device. Although there are vape meets, tons of forums for users to share tips and advice, conventions and other events which bring the vaping community together, vaping is inherently a personal hobby.

The challenge is kicking your own smoking habit, and users merely help each other find the best setup to meet their own personal needs in an e-cig. On the other hand, hookah is a much more social pastime and has little to do with quitting smoking. Hookah pipes usually have multiple hoses attached to the water bowl, which makes using a hookah an inherently more social experience than vaping. It isn’t about avoiding smoking or reducing the harm of addiction; it’s about using

On the other hand, hookah is a much more social pastime and has little to do with quitting smoking. Hookah pipes usually have multiple hoses attached to the water bowl, which makes using a hookah an inherently more social experience than vaping. It isn’t about avoiding smoking or reducing the harm of addiction; it’s about using hookah for the flavors or the experience.

For example, a 2015 study conducted in Brazil found that only 6.8 % of those who’ve used hookah did so daily, and half of them said they only used it “occasionally.” Another study from 2015 in the US found that only around 38 % of those who’d ever used hookah did so six or more times in the past year. For vaping, data from the UK shows that around 45 % of people who vape but also smoke (known as “dual users”) use their e-cig every day, and 88 % of e-cig users who are ex-smokers vape every day.

Additionally, the main reasons given for using e-cigarettes are to either quit or cut down smoking, and to save money. On the contrary, for hookah use, evidence suggests that it’s partially related to general experimentation and partially due to the perception that it’s “cool and trendy.”

These results reflect the different purposes of hookah and vaping. Hookah is used occasionally to either experiment with something like smoking and partially because it’s seen as cool, trendy or otherwise enjoyable. However, long-term e-cigarette users are more likely to vape every day and almost all are doing so to quit smoking cigarettes. While youth e-cig use is closely related to experimentation (a lot like hookah use), most regular vapers are doing so specifically to quit or cut down on cigarettes, whether for financial or health-related reasons. uaevaping

What’s the Difference Between a Vape Pen and a Hookah Pen?

Despite the existence of some similarities between vaping and hookah use, it’s clear that they’re more different than they are similar. So why are people unsure about the difference between vaping and hookah? It seems like a big reason for the confusion between the two is the existence of the hookah pen. vape in uae

This is a device that is almost identical to a disposable e-cigarette, and in many ways the terms vape pen and hookah pen could be used interchangeably. Like a traditional e-cigarette, hookah pens vaporize a liquid using an electronic heating coil to produce a vapor which is inhaled by the user. The similarities are hard to avoid. 

There are some important differences, though. Firstly, hookah pens do not ordinarily contain nicotine. While you can get some hookah pens with nicotine, this is a crucial difference and really the main thing that separates a disposable hookah pen with a disposable e-cig. Of course, e-cigarettes also come in the form of vape pens and mods, which look nothing like a hookah pen and still usually contain nicotine.

If you have a hookah pen with nicotine, though, there really is very little difference between a hookah pen and an e-cigarette, and this has a big part to play in the confusion about the differences between them. Add in other terms like e-hookah and e-hookah pen and the problem gets even worse: the rapidly-evolving language further muddies the distinction between hookah pens and vape pens. vape

The Risks of Hookah Use

The “heat not burn” intention of hookahs means that there is the potential for it to reduce risks in comparison to smoking, but the reality of the hobby means that it still carries very significant risks. Firstly, as mentioned earlier, combustion can still happen with hookah pipes, and if it does, then smoking hookah means inhaling combusted tobacco, just like when you smoke a cigarette. vape store

However, even in more idealized situations, hookah smoke still contains many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke. For example, hookah smoke contains carbon monoxide, several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals and other carcinogenic or toxic ingredients, often in greater quantities than in cigarette smoke. The coals or wood used as a heat source actually contribute to the levels of toxic chemicals found in hookah smoke. The belief that the water filters out these harmful ingredients is, unfortunately, false.

Although there isn’t much evidence on the specific risks of hookah smoking, it’s widely accepted that its similarity in terms of chemistry means that hookah carries very similar risks to smoking. This does depend on how much you use hookah, though, and most users don’t smoke daily in the same way as cigarette smokers. However, each “session” involves inhaling a lot more smoke than cigarette smokers do.

Conclusion – Why Vape Pens Are Better Than Hookah

So there are many differences between vape pens and hookah, in terms of what they are, how they’re used, why they’re used and the likely risks. The question for many people then becomes: which one is better to use?

As mentioned earlier, vapers are much more likely to be vaping every day in an attempt to quit or cut down smoking, while hookah users are more likely to be experimenting and smoking less regularly. In a way, your choice between the two could be seen as relating to your intentions. However, as soon as you start to think about the risks, things change a lot.

Vaping is almost certainly safer than using a hookah. So even if you’re not intending to quit smoking, it would be better for your health if you experiment with vaping than with a hookah. The safest thing to do is avoid vaping or smoking hookah, but if you are going to do one of them, be sure you know the risks associated with both. 

Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England

Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England

Vaping is safer than smoking and could lead to the demise of the traditional cigarette, Public Health England (PHE) has said in the first official recognition that e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than smoking tobacco.

The health body concluded that, on “the best estimate so far”, e-cigarettes are about 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and could one day be dispensed as a licensed medicine in an alternative to anti-smoking products such as patches.

 

While stressing that e-cigarettes are not free from risk, PHE now believes that e-cigarettes “have the potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame for tobacco”.

“I want to see these products coming to the market as licensed medicines. This would provide assurance on the safety, quality and efficacy to consumers who want to use these products as quitting aids, especially in relation to the flavourings used, which is where we know least about any inhalation risks.”

The 111-page review raises concerns about the length and cost of the the government’s licensing process, which is a key part of the revised strategy to cut tobacco use.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began its work in this area more than two years ago, and manufacturers have complained that it costs them millions to go through the process. abudhabi

Jane Ellison, the public health minister in England, reminded smokers that the best thing they could do to avoid falling victim to the country’s number one killer was to quit completely.

“Although we recognise the e-cigarettes may help adults to quit, we still want to protect children from the dangers of nicotine, which is why we have made it illegal for under-18s to buy them,” she said.

The review found that almost all of the 2.6 million adults in the UK now thought to be using e-cigarettes are current or former conventional smokers, most using them to help them quit tobacco or to prevent them going back to smoking.

The PHE decision comes after carefully choreographed moves by anti-tobacco campaigners and public health specialists to help move the NHS towards offering better smoking cessation support and to be less negative about e-cigarettes. vape

Services are being urged to follow those in the north-east of England in offering behavioural support to those wanting to quit tobacco and using e-cigarettes to try to do so.

Smoking kills about 100,000 people a year in the UK, most of those in England where there are thought to be eight million tobacco users. But official figures suggest smoking is now at its lowest prevalence since records started in the 1940s.

Rates are highest in many of the most deprived areas of England, and getting smokers off tobacco is increasingly seen as one of the best ways of reducing health inequalities.

Worryingly for many of those behind the policy change, increasing numbers of people – up to 22%, compared with 8% two years ago – think e-cigarettes are equally or more harmful than tobacco. This is leading some smokers to avoid switching, studies have suggested.

Tobacco reduction campaigners say the public needs to be educated to recognise that although e-cigarettes, like tobacco cigarettes, contain addictive nicotine, they do not contain more dangerous chemicals such as tar and arsenic. store

PHE is also advocating careful monitoring of the e-cigarette market, particularly of companies closely involved with or part of big tobacco companies. It says the government must meet its obligations “to protect public health policy from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry”.

Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at PHE, said: “E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. uae - vape 

 Peter Hajek, of Queen Mary University, London, one of the independent authors of the review, said: “My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health. Smokers differ in their needs and I would advise them not to give up on e-cigarettes if they do not like the first one they try. It may take some experimentation with different products and e-liquids to find the right one.”

Ecita, a trade association of e-cigarette manufacturers, said: “There could be huge long-term benefits to taxpayers and the NHS as well as to former smokers and their families. The proposed ban in public places across Wales is very worrying, as are many of the bans in pubs and restaurants across the UK. This appears to be driving a growing number of people to think the harm is the same, deterring smokers from moving to e-cigarettes, and damaging public health.” buy

He said e-cigarettes had been successful because the consumer, not the state, was in charge. “If they want more smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, public health campaigners should embrace consumer choice and oppose unnecessary restrictions on the sale, marketing and promotion of this potentially game-changing product.” get

The switch in policy towards e-cigarettes coincided with publication in theJournal of the American Medical Association of research from Los Angeles suggesting that high school students who had use e-cigarettes are more likely to go on to try tobacco. ejuice

But Hajek said this did not show that vaping leads to smoking. “It just shows that people who are attracted to e-cigarettes are the same people who are attracted to smoking. People who drink white wine are more likely to try red wine than people who do not drink alcohol.”

Is High VG E-Juice Right for You? Here Are 6 Things to Consider

Is High VG E-Juice Right for You? Here Are 6 Things to Consider

Back in the cigalike days of e-cigarettes, high VG e-juice was basically unheard of. The most popular mix in those days was 80% PG, with much more PG than VG. But over the past few years, as vaping technology has evolved, vapers have started making different choices. High VG e-liquid seems to be getting more and more popular.

 

But why? What are the benefits of Vegetable Glycerin e-juice? Should you try a VG-based juice, or is a PG/VG ratio close to 50/50 right for you?

 

Experimenting with different blends to see what you prefer is the best advice, but there are several things you can think about before you even make a purchase that can point you in the right direction.

 

So should you try a high VG e-juice? Here are 6 things to think about.

 

What is a High VG E-Juice?

Before we look at whether VG e-juice is the right choice for you, it’s important to be clear about what we mean by it. A high VG e-juice is simply an e-liquid primarily made of vegetable glycerin. Other than that, the definition gets a bit fuzzy – what exactly classes as “high” VG?

 

Today, many e-juices (particularly premium e-juices) come in a 30% PG / 70% VG mix. It makes sense to class anything at this level or higher as high VG e-juice. We’ll cover this later, but when the ratio gets much higher than this, it can lead to performance issues with some types of atomizer. You can 80% VG juices or even higher, but this is why we’d set the cut-off point at 70%.

 

6 Things to Help You Choose Between PG vs. VG in E-Juice

 

While we’ve taken a look at the key points before, most discussions of PG vs. VG in e-juice (ours included) talk more about the type of vape each ingredient give you. This is plenty of information to make your decision, but if you’re finding it a lot to take in, it might help to focus more on your situation with vaping, your setup and your preferences. So here are six key things to think about when you’re making your choice.

 

1 – Are You a New Vaper?

There are no hard-and-fast rules with vaping, because personal preference plays a huge role, but PG does have an advantage for newer vapers. It’s thinner in consistency than VG, and this means that it works a lot more efficiently on simple, beginner-friendly atomizers. It also has a slightly punchy throat hit that does a better job of replicating the feel of smoking than VG.

 

When you’ve been vaping for a bit longer, your preferences for throat hit tend to change. You’ll also probably change your setup, so your options are much more open.

 

If you’re a new vaper, a lower-VG mix is usually a better choice, but for longer-term vapers, high VG e-liquid does bring it’s own benefits.

 

2 – How Important is Vapor Production to You? Are You Chasing Clouds?

 

The big plus-point for VG among longer-term vapers is its vapor production. VG produces a much thicker, fuller vapor than PG, which tends to be slightly wispy and anemic.

 

The trend towards cloud-chasing is a big factor in the switch to high VG e-juice in the industry. If you’re hoping to produce tons of vapor, enter cloud contests or do vape tricks, higher VG is better.

 

There are plenty of exceptions, as always, but newer vapers tend to be more concerned with staying smoke-free than blowing (admittedly awesome) clouds. Vapor production is still important, but a 50/50 mix or something around that will be more than satisfying for most new vapers.

 

3 – How Important is Throat Hit to You?

As mentioned in the first point, PG produces a stronger throat hit than VG. For replicating the feel of smoking cigarettes, this can be a really good thing, and it’s often important to newer vapers.

 

When you’ve been vaping for a longer time, the need to mimic the sensation of smoking fades. The smooth throat-hit of VG becomes a lot more enjoyable.

 

There are two questions you should ask yourself: how much do you care about throat hit? What type of throat hit do you prefer?

 

If you’re not too interested in throat hit, then you don’t need to weigh this too heavily when you make your choice. If it is important to you, though, you should choose a higher VG e-juice if you prefer a smooth throat hit and a higher PG one if you like a punchy throat hit.

 

Other things affect your throat hit too, though. The main one is the nicotine strength of the e-liquid, with more nicotine giving more of a throat hit. Increasing the power you’re vaping at can also boost the throat hit. So if you want to choose high-VG for the clouds but still like throat hit, you can still find the right balance.

 

4 – Are You a Flavor-Chaser?

One of the key differences between PG and VG is that PG is a better carrier of flavor. Food flavorings are dissolved in PG for this reason. VG, on the other hand, has a slightly sweet flavor on its own, so this can impact on the flavor of your e-juice.

 

This means two things for making your decision. First, if you’re a “flavor-chaser” (who wants the clearest, best flavor possible), then higher-PG e-liquid has a definite advantage.

 

But it also depends on the type of flavors you vape. Since VG is sweet, it doesn’t really interfere too badly with sweeter flavors – it can actually add to them. For other types of flavor – such as tobaccos – too much VG can drown out the intended tastes, so a lower VG e-juice is a better choice.

 

5 – What Type of Atomizer Do You Have?

High VG e-juice is notably thicker than high PG e-juice, and this has important consequences for vapers. When you vape, the coil in your atomizer gets hot and vaporizes the e-liquid in the wick. The wick then has to soak up new e-liquid ready to be vaped again. The speed of this wicking process – and whether it can keep up with your vaping – is a key factor in getting a consistent vape.

 

High PG e-juice doesn’t have a problem with this. The liquid is thin and it soaks up into wicks really quickly. You’re more likely to have a problem with “flooding” (too much e-liquid getting pulled into your coil head) than “dry puffs” (where the e-liquid can’t replenish quickly enough and starts burning your wick).

 

High VG e-juice is a lot thicker and doesn’t soak your wick as quickly. This makes intuitive sense: it’s harder to suck milkshake through a straw than it is cola. This means dry puffs can be a bigger problem.

 

The deciding factor is what type of atomizer you have. If you have a basic vape pen, and especially if your coil is at the top of the tank rather than the bottom, high VG e-juice will cause you problems. For vapers with more sophisticated “sub ohm” tanks, or many other modern tanks with better wicking, you can vape high VG e-juice without problems. The same is true for rebuildable atomizers and high-VG e-juice.

 

6 – Do You Have a PG Sensitivity?

A final issue is PG sensitivity. This is different from an allergy, but still has the same consequence: if you have one, it’s best to use high VG e-juice. Allergies to PG are possible but quite rare – it’s used in so many cosmetics and household products you’d probably know about it before you started vaping anyway.

 

But some vapers are especially affected by the throat hit from PG. It might feel less like a pleasant kick on the inhale and more like a painful burning or stinging sensation. If you don’t have experience vaping, it’s better to assume you won’t have this issue – it seems to only affect about 10 percent of people. However, if you’ve vaped before but found it unbearably irritating to your throat, it’s definitely worth trying a high VG e-liquid.

 

Finding the Right PG/VG Ratio for You

 

Those six points should lead you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a higher-PG or higher-VG e-juice. But settling on a specific ratio isn’t quite as easy. Will you want 70% VG, a 50/50 mix or a classic 80% PG blend?

 

This is the area where your personal experience is the most important guide. However, if you’re not a cloud-chaser, but want good flavor and a satisfying throat hit, 50/50 PG/VG e-liquids are a great all-round choice.

 

If you want more of a throat hit, better wicking and crisper flavors, you could shift the balance in favor of PG, to a 60% or 70% PG blend. You probably won’t need to go higher than this unless you really want a punchy throat hit and aren’t interested in vapor production much at all.

 

If you want more clouds, vape sweeter flavors and have a modern sub ohm tank, high VG e-juice is the best choice. 70% VG has become a high-VG standard for a reason: it offers the benefits of VG e-juice without impacting wicking too much, and without completely removing the throat hit. But again, if you really want big clouds and don’t care about throat hit at all, you could go beyond this.

If you’ve decided that high VG e-juice is for you, this post should have already given you an idea of the type of setup you need. Here are the key things to remember:

 

  • Use a sub ohm tank, rebuildable or other modern tank: These have good enough wicking for high VG e-liquid. Check out some sub ohm tanks here.
  • Get a mod: If you’re using a sub ohm tank or rebuildable atomizer (and if you want more vapour), you’ll need a mod or a sub ohm compatible vape pen style device.
  • Choose a sweeter flavor: High-VG juice is inherently sweet, so it works a lot better with sweeter e-juice flavors.
  • Increase your nicotine strength to boost your throat hit: If you want high-VG e-juice and throat hit, go up one nicotine strength higher than usual to give it more of a kick.
  • Tailor your setup for more vapor: If vapor production is your main motivation in choosing a VG e-juice, then you should combine it with other tips to boost vapor production. These include increasing your airflow, using a higher power setting and building coils for vapor production.

 

Conclusion: High VG E-Juice is Getting More Popular for a Reason

 

Now you’ve learned about PG/VG ratios in e-juice, the trends in vaping technology should give you a good idea of why higher VG e-juice is getting more popular.

 

Sub ohm tanks and other modern atomizers don’t strictly limit your VG content like older models, and high-power box mods are quickly becoming the norm for established vapers. Not only do both of these suit cloud-chasing very well, the increased power output of e-cigs also gives your throat hit an extra kick, so high-PG juice isn’t needed as much any more. Finally, longer-term vapers tend to care less about throat hit and more about vapor and fruity or dessert-inspired flavors, both of which suit VG e-juice.

 

Higher VG juice has a lot going for it, and that’s why it’s easier to find than ever before. But you shouldn’t get swept up with the trend if it doesn’t suit you. If you’re just making the switch from smoking, you shouldn’t neglect the benefits of PG when it comes to replicating smoking.

 

This post should have given you a good idea of whether high VG e-juice is right for you, but the best thing to do is get out and try some flavors and see for yourself.

Is vaping hazardous to your health?

Is vaping hazardous to your health?

This post is to address some of the questions about vaping in uae and is vaping dangerous? Shall i buy a vaping kit instead of cigs?

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Desperate to stop smoking cigarettes, Mike Settembre decided to give vaping a try.

For the Royal Palm Beach locksmith, Marlboro Country was a prison he could not have escaped without electronic cigarettes. In five years, Settembre has decreased his nicotine intake by 75 percent and figures he is spending about one-fourth the money in getting his nicotine these days.

  

“I got tired of waking up with an elephant on my chest and coughing up lung butter,” he said. “Now the smell of traditional cigarettes are off-putting. I can’t believe I used to smell like that and my car used to smell like that, too.”

Settembre finds himself a member of a rapidly expanding counterculture to traditional tobacco that is tweaking the nose of health officials, the government and some powerful industries. The Florida Health Department has made it a priority to check the growing vape trend by reaching out to the public to say vaping caters to teenagers and can be used for a new form of waxy marijuana called “dabs.”

UAE smokers, get ready to pay more for cigarettes

UAE smokers, get ready to pay more for cigarettes

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is gearing up to double the taxation on certain items like cigarettes in the coming months.

The GCC will gradually implement a selective tax on 93 commodities starting the second quarter of this year and expand to cover all member countries by the beginning of 2018, said Abdulrahim Al Naqi, secretary-general of the Federation of Chambers of GCC.

According to the Saudi budget document published recently, "the GCC countries have already agreed to implement selective taxes on tobacco, and soft and energy drinks during the current fiscal year 2017".

Al Naqi revealed that the list of items that will be taxed includes energy drinks, tobacco and luxury cars. He explained that each GCC country will determine the value of its own selective tax.

Khaleej Times has further learned that the tax will be added to the existing tax, which is 100 per cent on tobacco and alcohol, and that the total taxation on such products will become 200 per cent.

Last week, the Saudi Ministry of Finance clarified that the tax will be imposed only after the ratification of the uniform agreement on selective tax and the issuance of the domestic rules of procedure in line with the decisions adopted by the Supreme Council of GCC leaders. The proposed date for its implementation is April 2017, the statement added.

Al Naqi said there is a need to spread awareness among the region's residents as well as the private sector before the implementation of the decision.

The UAE currently imposes 100 per cent tax on tobacco products. The GCC tax code includes 50 per cent taxes on soft drinks and 100 per cent taxes on power drinks, tobacco and its derivatives.

Vaping isn't smoking, it's a disease prevention method

Vaping isn't smoking, it's a disease prevention method
The Surgeon General recently joined tobacco control groups to condemn vaping, claiming this was another attack on public enemy number one.

This time, however, public health advocates need to assess and reject the mission-creep by these federal and nonprofit agencies.

 

And, as the new Administration pledges to slash many harmful regulations, it should include the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent vapor product regulation, which was touted as another important measure to protect children from Big Tobacco and nicotine.

 

Over the years, clinicians, behavioral scientists, and researchers have offered a sundry of ways to help addicted smokers to cut down on or, ideally, to quit smoking. Other than promoting price hikes and indoor smoking bans, those approaches have had humbling levels of success.

While not an elixir, a smoking reduction and abatement kit has come along — in the form of vaping — that satisfies the addiction by delivering nicotine, but sharply reduces the harm caused by inhaling cigarette smoke dozens or hundreds of times every day.

Because smoking is physically and psychologically addictive, some researchers think e-cigarettes satisfy both needs by mirroring the ritual of handling a nicotine-delivery device. Studies have found vaping to be more effective than other cessation techniques (drugs, counseling, psychotherapy, hypnosis, etc.) because of its capacity to yield sustained remissions.

Since 2009, adult cigarette smoking has declined by 25 percent and, since 2011, youth smoking has plummeted by 50 percent, due in part to vaping. But 27.6 million daily adult-smokers remain addicted to cigarettes.

Meanwhile there is no evidence that all other tobacco products combined cause more than minuscule levels of morbidity, disability, mortality and healthcare costs relaed to tobacco-related illnesses.

This is pivotal, for these other tobacco products are used by a total of 51 million adults in America (as of 2013-2014): E-Cigarettes (16.7 million), Cigars (13.2 million), Hookah (10.5 million), Smokeless Tobacco (8.6 million) and Pipes (2.0 million).

The 2015 National Health Information Survey found that 2.5 million adult vapers had quit smoking, and 5 million vapers were still smoking. In addition to helping many smokers quit, vaping has also emerged as the best strategy for sharply reducing cigarette consumption by smokers who continue to smoke.

Concomitantly, the risk associated with vaping e-cigs is negligible, save for a few reports of battery fires, largely due to consumer ignorance or negligence that can be reduced by better consumer education and repeal of the FDA’s regulation that has banned sales of all new safer vapor products in the U.S. since August.

Since cigarette smoking causes virtually all tobacco-linked diseases and deaths, it was counterintuitive that health groups lobbied President Obama’s FDA to extend cigarette regulations to vapor products. Vaping advocates rightly suspect that these nonprofits have exhibited mission-creep, as they abandoned their public health goals by lobbying to ban vaping and vapor products.

These rules protect deadly cigarettes and smoking cessation drugs from future market competition from e-cigs.

As a result, this double-edged empowerment sword emboldened the FDA to issue a Deeming Regulation that will ban the sale of virtually if not all vapor products to U.S. adults on Aug. 8, 2018, unless overturned by the Courts, repealed by Congress, and/or rescinded by the new Administration.

Even the Surgeon General’s report acknowledged “among adults, e-cigarettes are considered a far less harmful alternative because, unlike traditional cigarettes, they do not rely on combustion, which leads to inhalation of deadly carcinogenic particles, and 480,000 deaths each year.”

In explaining the potential harm of vaping, government entities cite animal experiments that claim nicotine can alter development of the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus in adolescents, and they suggest the flavoring-additives and combustion-products could also prove harmful. 

But there are no human studies supporting either assertion. 

Flavorings vary widely among e-cigs and are ubiquitous in retail products, and the basic science literature does not corroborate worriment about nicotine, which is available over-the-counter (as are gum, patch and lozenges) and by-prescription (as nasal-sprays and inhalers).

Just published by the American College of Physicians is a report concluding that e-cigarette users may be exposed to fewer carcinogens and toxins than smokers.

Seemingly forgotten in the war on vaping and tobacco is the fact that nicotine is recognized by the human body as a neurotransmitter, for the two main cholinergic receptors are nicotinic and muscarinic; these nerves are firing — constantly, automatically, physiologically — regardless of how much nicotine is absorbed from the environment.

Simply put, vaping delivers nicotine, but neither cancer-causing tar nor artery-clogging carbon-monoxide. Instead, it creates flavored water-vapor and can become the focus of consumer-protection oversight just as may other consumable products.

Furthermore, the Surgeon General found no proof that e-cigs serve as a gateway to smoking cigarettes.

To the contrary, government statistics find teens have largely replaced cigarette smoking with vaping.

We should be reminded that public health measures remain well-grounded in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, with cigarette smoking remaining public health enemy number one, the major cause of preventable disease, disability and death in America.

Rather than pursue reflex-action to demonize, ban, regulate and/or tax, vaping should be recognized as a disease prevention public health intervention.

There are many serious health problems the FDA and Surgeon General can guard Americans against. Lifesaving vapor products are not one of them

 

السجائر الالكترونية و مكوناتها و فوائدها

السجائر الالكترونية و مكوناتها و فوائدها

 

السيجارة الإلكترونية أو المبخر الشخصي الإلكتروني هو حل بديل لتدخين التبغ أو الجراك أو الأرجيلة، إلا أنه أقل ضررا من السجائر التقليدية التي تحتوي على مواد سامة ومسرطنة وما يقارب 4800 عنصر. على عكس السجائر التقليدية، السجائر الإلكترونية عبارة عن جهاز إلكتروني يعمل بالبطارية لتسخين فتيلة تقوم بتبخير محلول (يسمى بالعصير الإلكتروني e-liquid e-juice) لينتج بخار كثيف يمكن مقارنته بالدخان من حيث الكثافة إلا أنه ذا رائحة زكية تختفي بسرعة ولا يحتوي على ثاني أكسيد الكربون. يتم استنشاق البخار وإخراجه عن طريق الفم. المحلول يحتوي على نسبة من النيكوتين (متوفر أيضا بدون نيكوتين) ليتناسب مع اختيار الذين يريدون الإقلاع عن التدخين. السجائر الإلكترونية توفر تجربة شبية بتدخين السيجارة والشيشة والمعسل، وتساعد عن الإقلاع عنها بشكل سهل

مكونات السيجارة الإلكترونية

  1. بطارية
  2. ملف التسخين (coil) والفتيلة
  3. خزان المحلول (الخرطوش أو العلبة)
  4. المحلول الإلكتروني (المادة التي يتم تبخيرها لإنتاج الضباب)
  • في أغلب الأحيان يأتي جزء ملف التسخين و جزء الخزان سوياً ويسمى كارتومايزر أو بخاخ.
  • بعضها يحتوي على مصباح صغير LED أو أزرار وبعضها يأتي بشاشة للتحكم بالجهد الكهربي أو الطاقة الكهربائية أو لقياس المقاومة الكهربائية لملف التسخين.

فوائد وإيجابيات السجائر الإلكترونية

 

  1. لا تنتج ثاني أكسيد الكربون ولا تؤذي الآخرين بالتدخين السلبي.
  2. لا تترك رائحة حتى على الملابس.
  3. يمكن استخدامها تقريباً في أي مكان حتى الأماكن المغلقة.
  4. لا تنتج رماد ولا بقايا، فهي تساهم في النظافة وتترك الأماكن جميلة.
  5. تحتوي على مواد أقل بكثير من سجائر التبغ. الفرق كبير جداً.
  6. محلول السجائر الإلكترونية يتكون من مواد مصرحة للاستخدام في المنتجات العلاجية والغذائية.
  7. المحلول أرخص ٨٠٪ من السجائر التقليدية. حتى أغلى أنواع المحاليل المصنوعة من مواد طبيعية تعتبر أرخص من التبغ.
  8. نكهات كثيرة شهية (نكهات فواكه مثل الليمون، التوت، الخوخ، التين؛ بالإضافة إلى نكهات أخرى مثل نكهة التبغ, ونكهة الفانيليا والشيكولاته)
  9. تقلل الرغبة بالسجائر التقليدية، وتسهل عملية الإقلاع عن التبغ.
  10. تمكن من التحكم بكمية النيكوتين إلى الصفر.
  11. بعض الفوائد الصحية التي تنتج من الإقلاع عن التبغ, مثل تحسين حاسة التذوق والشم.
  12. تقلل خطر الحرائق لأن السجائر الإلكترونية لا تستخدم الولاعات.
  13. يمكن إنتاج ضباب ذا كثافة أعلى من دخان السجائر التقليدية.
  14. لا تحتوي على القطران ولا على التبغ.
  15. لا تسبب السعال ولا ضيق التنفس.
  16. بعكس السجائر الإلكترونية, تدخين التبغ تم ربطه بالسرطان وبأضرار أخرى على الخصوبة والحمل.

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