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STOPTOBER 2016 – Information and support to help quit smoking. The NHS initiative shows that if you can stop for the 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good! Find out more about this years Stoptober
We examine just what it takes to make your own E Liquid
The Marijuana Business Daily published its annual report on cannabis industry in the U.S. and predicts an overall economic impact could hit some $44 billion by 2020…
Recent articles in The Guardian and The Times. Common sense argument of the values of vaping as a harm reduction alternative and the potential “backward step” involved with the upcoming EU Tobacco Product Directive.
Are e cigs saving the planet? A look at pollution and conventional cigarette waste.
New V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer Launch Best vaporizer in the UK? Find Out.
Marijuana sales and industry set to soar in the U.S.
14 March 2016. The Marijuana Business Daily published its annual report on cannabis industry in the U.S. and predicts an overall economic impact could hit some $44 billion by 2020, this figure does not represent the actual sales of marijuana itself but the total income produced in the U.S. economy as a direct result of the marijuana business including sales. The related figure for 2014 and 2015 are around $9 billion and $13 billion respectively with an anticipated £14-$17.2 billion for 2016 including around $4 billion of retail sales of marijuana. More than half the country has now legalised medical cannabis and the number of states legalising recreational use is increasing. Taxes resulting from this activity will be welcome no doubt. In the mean time drug related crime statistics are down! Will the U.K. follow? See the full article here.
Department of Health – European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
23 December 2015. If you were not paying attention it may have escaped you that legislators are looking to classify e cigarettes under a Tobacco Product Directive which may have severe implications to the freedom vapers have. For further information on the issues see the UK Government site here. You may want to look at the petition on the UK Gov site too
Massive Vape Pen Give-away Competition.
1 November 2015. Pure-eLiquids.com has just launched a huge vape give-away – around £4000 of vaping goodies. FIFTY lucky people will all win the top of the range V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer – see our vaporizer review here. The Pro 3 was heralded by Gizmodo and many other review sites as the best vape pen out there so this competition should not be missed!. The V2 Pro is the only small scale vaporizer that effectively deals with both e-liquid and dry herb / tobacco vaping.
US Review Site Analysis now complete.
24 October 2015. We have now completed the full analysis of the best US Vape review sites. What is the consensus of these review sites that cover the best vape pens in America. Between these sites they have potentially looked at well over 100 e cigarette brands. We condense their findings to the top three Vape Pens available in the US. If you live in America and are looking for your perfect Vape find it here here.
Stoptober 2015 Is Here!
24 September 2015. The NHS Stoptober 2015 initiative is under-way. Over 250,000 people joined in last year. Quitting smoking together is a useful way to take the first steps to stop smoking.
UK Government – Public Health UK: “Encourage Smokers to try Vaping”
15 September 2015. In a further paper published on-line at www.gov.uk – Public Health England states:
“We all agree that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking”.
“It is our duty to provide reassurance for the 1.1 million e-cigarette users who have completely stopped smoking to prevent their relapse”.
“To be clear, the public health opportunity is in helping smokers to quit, so we may encourage smokers to try vaping…”
PHE also point out that the ultimate goal is to stop smoking altogether however this support for vaping appears to be a softening of earlier views.
e-Cigs 95% safer than tobacco
8 September 2015. A recent review published on-line at www.gov.uk by Public Health England (PHE) looks at the health issues of electronic cigarettes. The reviews conclusion is unambiguous:
“…e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.”
The report commissioned by PHE points out that tobacco is still the biggest risk to health and causes more deaths in the UK and that a transition to vaping will offer huge advantages. Significantly local NHS Stop Smoking Services are proactive in welcoming people interested in e-cigs as part of their attempt to stop smoking. The report also concludes that vaping can be a “game changer” for public health.
- the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking
- nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking
- there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers
The report is a huge step in helping the public understand the advantages of vaping over smoking and helps put to bed many of the anti-vaping rumours that have lead to misinformation and a lack of understanding of the full benefits of e cigarettes. The report will certainly help the e cigarette industry as a whole which will benefit all those wishing to quit smoking. With the EU Tobacco Product Directive time tabled for 2016, there will be big changes in the e cigarette and e liquid category.
Cloud Chasers Lose Ecopure e-Liquid
20 August 2015. The popular cloud chaser pure VG e-liquid ECOpure was withdrawn from the shelves in July. This has lead to dismay for those who used the clean VG e-liquid because of their intolerance to PG based e-liquids and to those who love to have huge vapour clouds which the 100% VG e-liquid offers. Generally vapers have to settle for a mixture of PG/VG e-liquid with a high percent VG because pure VG is normally difficult to vape because of its thicker constituency. ECOpure had managed to create a pure VG e-liquid that avoided the problem of box mod tanks clogging up and coupled with its pharma grade ingredients made it one of the best e liquids for cloud chasers looking for a cleaner safer alternative.
All is not lost though, Pure E-Liquids who provided ECOpure e-liquid on-line have now advised us that they have brought out their new cloud chaser range, VASVI which like ECOpure is also pharma grade 100% VG e-liquid. The new VSAVI ECOvape range has the added advantage of having a much wider flavour range and is also ORGANIC! A great ECOpure substitute.
BMJ Research: e-Cigs Divide
30 June 2015. The British Medical Journal published an article Why e-cigarettes are dividing the public health community 24 June 2015. The article highlights the many issues surrounding e cigarettes and is worth a read. It considers, amongst other things big tobaccos’ move into the electronic cigarette market and asks if the industry has more “cynical motives”.
The article also looks at potential bans and future legislation. The message of chief medical officer, Kevin Bridgeman at BAT’s e cigarette company that includes the Vype brand –
“regulators should resist the urge to apply highly restrictive measures that would have the perverse effect of prolonging cigarette smoking.”
– seems a good point although it may well be self serving. Also highlighted was the bad publicity given to e cigarettes and how this added to public confusion which in turn creates a risk that smokers who could potentially benefit from using e cigarettes as an alternative to smoking were being discouraged from doing so. The article goes on to look at the lack of transparency and much of the wheeling and dealing that appears to go on between regulators and the industry.
Whilst BAT continues to manufacture and sell cigarettes on the one hand, it also talks about its role regarding “meaningful steps in our journey to tobacco harm reduction” which involves technologies like e cigarettes, so there would appear to be an internal struggle – but is probably more about making money then anything else.
On the issue of BAT ceasing making cigarettes, ie. the ultimate tobacco harm reduction BAT says
“Simply to turn off that side of the business would not be acting in the best interests of our employees, our partners and suppliers or, of course, our shareholders.”
No mention then of the best interests of the six million killed each year by cigarettes.
Source The BMJ
What e-Liquid matches your Cigarette Flavour.
10 July 2015. We have now collated a table review chart of popular cigarette brands and their corresponding e-Liquid flavours and nicotine strengths. Find your optimum flavour to ensure a smooth transition from smoking to vaping here!
PAX 2 Vaporizer Review
30 June 2015. The new PAX 2 review – is the PAX 2 a world beater. Here we review the PAX 2 and its dry herb vaping capability.
Vype Vpure e-Liquid & Vype eTank Launch
29 May 2015. Vype will introduce a new range of eLiquid, Vpure which will include a new range of PG e -liquids, Vype accepting that this is the way to go to “improve the vaping experience“. This move supplements their existing clean but limited pharmaceutical ECOpure VG e-liquid. In addition to the Vpure e-liquid launch they will also launch a new open system e Tank e cigarette, the Vype eTank. At the same time Vype have also decided to withdraw their Intellicig e cigarette range, their lower quality budget e cigarette brand.
The introduction of the Vype PG Vpure e liquid flavours will help them compete against the V2 Platinum range of e liquid which we consider the best e-liquid from a safety perspective. V2 Platinum e-liquid contains pharmaceutical grade ingredients and offers their clients detailed batch testing reports to be the only totally fully transparent eliquid provider out there to our knowledge.
The Vype Vpure e liquid range together with the Vype eTank are due to be launched at the end of July 2015. We look forward to reviewing the new range of Vype products when they launch.
E-Cig Use among Adults in Great Britain – ASH Report.
24 May 2015. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) the public health charity established by Royal College of Physicians have issued a Fact Sheet on the Use of electronic cigarettes (vapourisers) among adults in Great Britain. The number of adults in Great Briatian using e-cigs ia estimated at 2.6 million. Around 40% are now ex-smokers!
This is a very interesting report and should be read in full, however my overall interpretation of their findings can be summarised as follows:
1. Regular use of e-cigarettes by children is rare and where they are used it is confined “almost entirely” to children who previously smoked or currently smoke.
2. Just over 1 Million ex-smokers are now using an electronic cigarette.
3. Those who have never smoked do not use electronic cigarettes.
4. Around 60% of smokers have tried electronic cigarettes however only 17.6% of smokers currently use them (see my comment below)
It would appear that those who suggest there is any real risk to children that they will use e-cigarettes as a stepping-stone to tobacco cigarettes is unfounded since the ASH report shows that e-cig use in children is in fact “rare” in any event and that those children who did use e-cigs were smokers or ex-smokers so were already involved with tobacco smoking – ie it can not be said e-cigs acted as a step to tobacco cigarettes.
Whilst around 60% of smokers had tried an e-cigarette only 17.6% of smokers have persevered and continued using the e-cig. Could much of this drop-off be to do with the quality of the e-cig product used. The first 3 or 4 e-cigs I initially tried just did not do anything for me because of their quality – it was only after I persevered and found a quality e-cig device that I was able to make the transition!
Best Gourmet e liquid
E-Liquid Purity Analysis – Safety evaluation.
10 January 2015. We should be concerned with what we are vaping – ie. e-liquid ingredients. What are the health issues of vaping and using an e cig? The e-juice reviews on this site aim at getting you the purest cleanest tested e-juices available – Gourmet e-liquid. Use a quality lab tested e-liquid from a company like Pure E-Liquids. Whilst e cigs do not contain the 4000+ chemicals found in tobacco smoke they may contain impurities that can cause us some harm.
An E Cigarette safety evaluation report by The National Center for Biotechnology Information NCBI, Apr 2014, found issues when looking at e liquids, although at much lower levels than was found in tobacco smoke:
TSNA’s and certain tobacco specific impurities were detected in both products at very low levels. Diethylene glycoll was identified in one cartridge
…it is probably necessary to evaluate a huge number of liquids with different flavours since a minority of them, in an unpredictable manner, appear to raise some concerns when tested in the aerosol form produced by an EC (ecig) device.
TSNA’s according to Wiki are one of the most important groups of carcinogens in tobacco products..
Diethylene glycol according to Wiki has resulted in numerous epidemics of poisoning since the early 20th century.
As can be seen e-liquids do differ – for example, only one of the two analysed e liquids appear safe, the other contained the toxic substance Diethylene glycol. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that the e-liquid we vape is of the best quality e-liquid available, tested and pure to ensure you minimise the risk of harm to your health. Don’t buy any cheap e juice! Buy gourmet e liquid in the UK.
May 2015 – Best PG Based eLiquid supplier: Lab tested with full ingredients disclosure: V2 Platinum
Best VG eLiquid supplier: Lab tested with full ingredients disclosure: Pure eLiquid Shop
V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer
V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer sold out.
6 October 2014. Best e cigarette UK News: V2 Pro vaporizer proves too good. Pre-orders and early demand has swamped V2 UK – All Sold out! – they tell me new stock mid/late October. This vaporizer is a small pen like vaporizer that packs a punch – 3-in1: tobacco, herbs (aromatherapy products), e-liquid or wax oils. magneto locks! see the reviews.
The recent distribution agreement between V2 (VMR Products) and Republic Technologies International (RTI) will see the V2 Pro Vaporizer being marketed across Europe (excluding UK which will remain as V2 Pro and distributed by V2 UK) under the OCB brand. The OCB vaporizer will probably be marketed as the “OCB Vap”. The OCB Vaporizer like the V2 Pro has smart technology and magnetic connection.
Are e-joints Legal in UK?
Dec 2014. Clearly Not! Metro ran an article on an e-joint, however due to it not containing THC, the active ingredient that is illegal the makers say it is a legal weed vaporizer. But without the active ingredient most knowledgeable vapers will stay well clear imo. Whilst vaporizers like the V2 Pro might be used for “dry herb” or as an e-joint or weed vaporizer in some places where it is legal to do so, it is not legal in the UK. *With the more recent advances in extraction of the active ingredient THC from cannabis plants there has been a shift in consumer demand in places like the USA where in some states such as Colorado & Washington State, it is legal to vape weed using vaporizers. Oregon and Alaska both recently voted to legalize recreational use of cannabis. Apparently you can get medical marijuana licence in California in as little as 20 minutes. I can not see any reason why a marijuana vaporizer could not be used for legitimate medical marijuana reasons.
In 2006 the Home Office licensed Sativex a cannabis-based product so that:
- Doctors, at their own risk, could privately prescribe,
- Pharmacists could possess and dispense, and
- Named patients with a prescription could possess
2014 Government Ecigarette Report
May 2014. Full Report Here
The report concludes:
Smoking kills, and millions of smokers alive today will die prematurely from their
smoking unless they quit. This burden falls predominantly on the most disadvantaged
in society. Preventing this death and disability requires measures that help as many of
today’s smokers to quit as possible. The option of switching to electronic cigarettes as
an alternative and much safer source of nicotine, as a personal lifestyle choice rather
than medical service, has enormous potential to reach smokers currently refractory to
existing approaches. The emergence of electronic cigarettes and the likely arrival of
more effective nicotine-containing devices currently in development provides a radical
alternative to tobacco, and evidence to date suggests that smokers are willing to use
these products in substantial numbers. Electronic cigarettes, and other nicotine
devices, therefore offer vast potential health benefits, but maximising those benefits
while minimising harms and risks to society requires appropriate regulation, careful
monitoring, and risk management. However the opportunity to harness this potential
into public health policy, complementing existing comprehensive tobacco control
policies, should not be missed.
Tyneside: BBC investigators find “potentially harmful” E-Liquid:
31 August 2014 Throughout this review site we ask you to consider the importance of using proper quality e-liquids as there is currently no legislation that protects you. E-liquids are unregulated! The recent report from the BBC found that 1 in 4 of the e-liquids they sent for lab testing contained an ingredient that was found to be harmful if inhaled. VIP e cigs have now withdrawn the flavour from sale – however there are thousands of different e-liquids out there – the BBC only analysed a very small number. Dr Burns, a respiratory physician at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary said: “They are as yet entirely unregulated so at the moment if you go out on to the streets, buy an e-cigarette you have no idea and I have no idea what you are putting into your lungs.” Make sure you know what is in your e-liquids!
Another one bites the dust – Nicocigs bought by Philip Morris.
July 3rd 2014 In now what is becoming a global trend e-cigarette companies are being bought out by tobacco giants. The latest to fall is Nicocigs Ltd, one of the largest UK suppliers of e-cigarettes. Tobacco companies are seeing revenues drying up slowly from traditional tobacco products and see the e-cigarette market as the way to maintain income streams. It would also appear that it is another way to maintain a good degree of control over tobacco “related” markets and those who are supplied by this market. Earlier this month E-Lites another UK supplier of e cigs was bought out by Japan Tobacco Inc. Intellicig (CN Creative) was bought out by British American Tobacco in 2012. The list of e-cigarette companies owned by big tobacco is growing!
Reuters News: Top scientists warn World Health Organisation not to stub out e-cigarettes
30 May 2014 In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were “part of the solution” in the fight against smoking, not part of the problem. “These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” the experts wrote. Source: Reuters
BBC News: E-cigarettes ‘help smokers to quit’
Posted 21 May 2014 In a recent survey of some 6000 smokers, 20% had quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes. This was 60% higher than those who did not use an e cigarette. (Interpreting these numbers means of the near 6000 people, some 1200 people successfully stopped smoking using e cigs whilst only 750 people quit without the help of an e cigarette) Professor Robert West a leading expert stated “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking.” And he added: “Some public health experts have expressed concern that widespread use of e-cigarettes could ‘re-normalise’ smoking. However, we are tracking this very closely and see no evidence of it…“Smoking rates in England are declining, quitting rates are increasing and regular e-cigarette use among never smokers is negligible.”Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27485954
New FDA proposals on e-cig regulations 24/4/2014
posted 24 April 2014. Much of the information suggests that the proposals are reasonable and should lead to a better quality product in particular nicotine and e-liquid ingredients. Recommendations to be finalised after a 75-day public comment period. After this consultation period and once the proposed rules are finalised, manufacturers will have 2 years to submit their application to sell their product. Likely issues will be:
- Age limit – 18 or higher in some states.
- Health warning regarding nicotine addiction.
- Registration of products and e-liquid ingredients.
- To provide scientific evidence before making any claims of direct or implied risk reduction associated with their product.
Update February 2016. The FDA will be putting its proposals forward in the next few weeks – so far there has been limited action in the USA by officials regarding e cigarettes – with perhaps the only notable action being The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act signed off by Obama in January 2016 which relates to standards relating to the packaging of e liquid products. It was reported that there had been nearly 4000 calls to poison control centres in the US where half of the cases involved children under 6. Any FDA proposals may well be challenged by e cigarette manufacturers and unlike Europe or the UK where TPD will be imposed, in the US it could take a long time for proposals to find their way to becoming law.
Nicotine use by “Never smokers” is negligible according to Smoking In England.
posted 8 April 2014 A recent study by “Smoking in England” of over 8000 people surveyed shows that the number of people who are *non-smokers using electronic cigarettes is “extremely rare”. Less than 0.25% of the sample of “never smokers” surveyed use e-cigarettes. Does this suggest that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking as some would like us to believe?
E-Cig Ban for Under 18’s
26 January 2014 Under-18s in England are to be banned from buying electronic cigarettes, the government has announced. From 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is expected to license e-cigarettes as a medicine in the UK. Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25900542
E Cigarettes could save millions of lives
12 November 2013 Scientists say that if all smokers in the world switched from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, it could save millions of lives. Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24914473
Electronic Cigarettes- as effective as nicotine patches?
8 September 2013 After six months, however, the 57% of e-cigarette users had halved the number of cigarettes smoked each day compared with 41% in those using patches. Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23985248
E-Cigarettes to face new restrictions
Electronic cigarettes will be licensed as a medicine in the UK from 2016, under new regulations.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says it will regulate e-cigarettes as medicines when new European tobacco laws come into force. Source: www.mhra.gov.uk
Update: March 2016. The UK Government issued “Draft regulations on the sale and manufacture of tobacco products” 2 July 2015. This was a consultative document. This was updated 8 January 2016 and the revised response on implementation of the revised Tobacco Product Directive (2014/40/EU) is available on their website/
French Health Minister on passive vapour – Electronic Cigarettes.
May 2013. Updated March 2016: The French Health Minister Marisol Touraine requested a survey in order to assess potential risks of using e-cigarettes. She has also stated publicly that e cigs are safer than traditional cigarettes. In France there are 13 million adult smokers and 73,000 deaths per year related to smoking illnesses. e cigarettes have proven to be popular – the INPES Health Barometer (2014) reported 400,000 French people had quit smoking with the help of e cigarettes. At the end of February 2016 the French Council Public Health (HCSP) recommended the existing ban on vaping in public places set 25 April 2014 should be extended and include nightclubs, restaurants and cafés. The HCSP accepted that vaping could be seen to help quit or reduce smoking but also that there are risks including being a gateway to smoking. Significantly the HCSP highlighted the issue of labelling so consumers were fully aware of ingredients/content, a point we fully review in our e liquid guide.
Professor Dautzenberg, a lung specialist and tobaccologist at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris conducted a survey that focused on a study of passive vapour and electronic cigarette. The Professor and his team concluded that “there is no real risk of passive smoking with the electronic cigarette.”
1. Contrary to tobacco smoke, which has a half-life in air of 19 to 20 minutes, the risk of passive “smoking” exposure from e-cigarettes is modest. Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24267765
2. Conclusions: For all by-products measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analysed. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23033998
E-cigarettes – from the past:
The first electronic cigarette, or e-cig can be traced back to an idea by Herbert A. Gilbert who filed a patent (number 3200819) in the USA in August 1963 (granted in August 1965) for a device described as “a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” that involved “replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavoured air (although this is in turn based on a patent that was filed in in 1901). This device heated the nicotine solution and produced steam Having said that, it is now generally thought that Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, is the inventor of the first generation true electronic cigarette.In 2000, his idea was to use an ultrasound emitting device to vaporise a pressurised jet of nicotine liquid diluted in a propylene glycerol solution. This produces a smoke like vapour that can be inhaled and gives a device for nicotine to be delivered into your bloodstream via the lungs. His inventions are the basis of the present day e-cigarettes reviewed. Golden Dragon Holdings first introduced them into the Chinese market in May 2004 as an aid to quit smoking and smoking replacement.
In 2008 Dr. Yunqiang Xiu invented the second-generation electronic cigarette, or modern electronic cigarette. It received international patents in 2009 & UK patent in 2011. The modern electronic cigarette reviewed featured the “tankomizer” – a sealed tank system and sealed atomiser. Early e-cigs were very inefficient, batteries charge lasted only an hour or two at most. The actual life of the batteries were also heavily criticized – some even now-a-days only lasting a few weeks before requiring replacement. Vapour production could hardly be described as a “mist”. This led to much larger batteries being produced eg. ego type e-cigs – they held their charge but are a little awkward and also suffered e-liquid leakage. The user has to handle e-liquid containing nicotine in order to refill the e-cig. More recently some e-cigarette companies have embraced technology ensuring a quality cigarette sized battery that lasts and produce significant vapour. See here for more information and images.
Update March 2016. Sub Ohm vaping has now become a popular “past time” amongst vapers. A significant number of box mod devices have now come onto the market with a myriad of options from temperature control devices to box mods that have apps so you can remotely alter your devices functions and analyse your vaping statistics! Is this all a step to far, is sub ohm vaping safe?