Even Smoking ‘Just’ One or Two Cigarettes a Day Increases Your Risk of Lung Disease

A 30-year study shows surprising results…

Think there’s no harm in just a cigarette here and there? Think again.

Cigarette smoking is one of the No. 1 cause’s of preventable disease and death in the U.S. Now, a recent study shows just how much risk smoking carries when it comes to developing lung disease.

What’s surprising, says pulmonologist Humberto Choi, MD, is that light smokers had more risk than they might think.

“The light smokers did develop emphysema at a higher rate compared with the individuals who quit smoking,” says Dr. Choi, who did not participate in the study.

Breaking down smokers’ risks

The study looked at more than 3,000 people over a 30-year period. Researchers found that folks who were current heavy smokers had the highest risk of developing lung disease, followed by light smokers. Those who had quit smoking, regardless if they used to be light or heavy smokers, had the lowest risk among the smoking population.

The biggest factor contributing to a person’s likelihood for developing lung disease was how long a person was a smoker — the longer they smoked, the higher the risk.

The takeaway: No amount of smoking is risk-free

Dr. Choi says the study results add to previous research that shows no amount of smoking is risk-free. Even light smokers can develop deadly lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease, or COPD.

“I think it’s a misconception that because you smoke very lightly, maybe just one or two cigarettes a day, that maybe that could be a safe practice because you are not smoking a full pack, or two packs a day,” he says. “You may think it’s safe. And a body of evidence is showing that it is not.”

Quitting smoking at any point in life can lower a person’s chance of developing lung disease, Dr. Choi adds. So it is really never too late to quit.

If you’re looking for options to help you quit smoking, try our Tobacco flavoured e-liquid

 

Vaping on your summer holiday- what are the rules?

Vaping on your summer holiday can be tricky, depending on where your going.

With summer just around the corner, people are turning their attention as to where to go for their summer holidays. As an e-cigarette user, the question is also whether you can use your e-cigarette in the country you go to. Vaping laws around the world are constantly changing, so we’ve put together a summary of the current position for some of the most popular holiday destinations around the world.

Europe

As a rule, most of the European countries allow vaping although it is best to buy your wholesale e-liquid before you go as many countries have heavy taxation on the products.  Members of the EU have adopted the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) from May last year and this creates a similar position to here in the UK.

France

France has the highest number of vapers in Europe and you can vape wherever smoking is allowed.  You can’t vape on public transport or where there are children.

Italy

Italy is quite anti-vaping at the moment and they have some serious tax laws in place that make it very expensive to buy vaping products – more so than buying tobacco cigarettes.  You can vape anywhere you can smoke

Spain

Much of the rules are similar to the UK but there is a blanket ban on vaping in all bars, restaurants and workplaces so you can only vape where you can smoke.

The Netherlands

The Dutch are pretty relaxed about most things and vaping is widely accepted with supplies easy to find and reasonably priced if you need an emergency e-liquid restock.

China

As the inventor of the electronic cigarette, there’s no surprise that the Chinese permit vaping but there are some regional laws that might affect where you can vape.

Singapore

Vaping is banned in Singapore and don’t even take your electronic cigarettes with you or you could run into trouble at customs.

Thailand

Like Singapore, Thailand has banned e-cigs and the maximum penalty for vaping is ten years in prison so don’t risk it.

North America

North American countries are generally vaping friendly but like here in the UK there are some rules that apply and restrictions to be aware of.

USA

As with most things, the situation in the US varies between states.  It is generally allowed but there are some states with total indoor bans and others with no bans.  So check out for the location you are visiting.

Canada

It is 100% legal to vape in Canada with no restrictions but there may be some regional rules about specific locations

Mexico

Vaping is legal in Mexico, but you can’t sell, trade, promote, distribute or produce products there.  While there are no laws about entering the country with devices, there have been some stories about problems at customs so check with your holiday provider.

South America

South American countries either have an outright ban on vaping (such as Brazil and Argentina) or have unclear rules governing it (such as Colombia and Peru).  Chile is the only country where it is permitted and is treated much the same as smoking so outdoors only.

For some seriosly summer flavours, check out our 3X10ml packs here

What is ‘Vapril’ and why are people taking part?

Vapril is months vaping trend..

If you stay up to date with the vaping world on social media, etc. Then you will probably of heard the word “Vapril” been thrown about. This blog post will explain to you exactly what vapril is, and why it might be beneficial for you to take part.

stop smoking

Vapril has been organized by the UK Vaping Industry Association in order to raise awareness of the benefits of vaping, in comparison to smoking. The idea behind the campaign is that it will catch the attention of the general public. This will hopefully encourage more smokers in the UK to switch to vaping.

The ‘Vapril Challenge‘ encourages smokers to gain more knowledge about what vaping.  Such as, health statistics and what devices and liquids are on the market. The challenge is to not smoke a cigarette for the duration of April and instead, vape!

Dr. Christan Jessen (AKA The TV Doctor) is the face of the campaign. He is extremely passionate about helping people switch vaping, as he realizes the benefits, compared to smoking.

Why are people taking part in vapril?

People are taking part in this months trend as they may never have explored the option of vaping before. (and this is usually because they lack information on it) So it is a great opportunity to be educated as well as try a new method of stopping smoking. In the past, people have been put off stopping smoking through vaping. This is because up until now there has been little research which confirms that vaping is healthier than smoking. However, now a well-known doctor like Dr. Jessen is showing off his effective research- the vaping myths such as “vaping is worse than smoking” are being debunked.

The campaign offers a free ‘vaping masterclass’ which offers the public information on what different devices can be used for vaping and what different kinds of liquids are out on the market. When you sign up, you will also receive a free 6page guide on Dr Christan Jessen’s advice on the best way to switch from smoking to vaping.

vapril starter pack

Next week, we will release our “vapril deals” and our advice on which flavours are best for people who have moved straight from smoking to vaping!

Check out our range of original liquids- which guarantee maximum flavor! https://venom-vape.co.uk/product-category/30ml-bottles/

Exciting vaping changes for Venom-Vapes!

Vaping just got even better..

New packaging. Even better taste!

We’re stepping things up at the Venom-Vapes HQ. Not only have we just moved to our brand new premises but we’ve decided to give the Venom-Vapes brand a little re-vamp.

We’re always looking to improve our products and thats why we’ve given our labels a retouch. Soon enough you will be seeing our new packaging on the shelves of your local vape store. The new labels are fresh, colourful and sure to catch your eye!

We have also adopted the loved by many chubby gorilla bottles which are much easier to use and just generally look better. These bottles also make our new labels look much better. 

If you’re worried about the gorilla bottles popping open and spilling everywhere then DONT PANIC! We have spent lots of time going through different suppliers, in order to find the best quality bottles, that don’t leave you in a mess, and short of e-liquid.

Along with all this, we have had a little tweak on our flavours. We already love our liquids but we know that there is always room for improvement! Our aim is to provide you with the highest quality and most mouth-watering liquids, so were constantly working to make improvements.

We’re sure you will love these changes!

Keep up to date with us by letting us know what you think over social media!

Why everyone should stop freaking out over the ‘vaping might cause cancer news’

Sovaping has been big in the media this week, but not for the right reasons.

Many of you will have seen the study from the New York University School of Medicine this week in the papers, where they looked at how e-cigarette vapour affected the DNA of mice and human cells in a dish. They found that e-cig vapour raised levels of DNA damage in the lungs, bladders and hearts of mice. With this published in the media, tabloids and newspapers have jumped to conclusions, branding vaporizes ‘unsafe’. But here’s why this information is misleading;

The researchers said, “It is, therefore, possible that e-cigarette smoke may contribute to lung and bladder cancer, as well as heart disease, in humans.” which you could say is true. However, they carried out their investigation on mice, not humans, therefore they have absolutely no proof of how it affects the human body.

Another factor which hasn’t been taken into consideration is the amount of nicotine and vapour which the mice were exposed too. Every device produces a different amount of vapour and everyone uses their own nicotine strength, therefore the strength used in the study could not possibly be valid to everyone.

Finally, the study does not link to any previous research found, neither did it compare vaping to tobacco smoke. Essentially, this study just shows that they have exposed mice and DNA cells to a load of high nicotine liquid with no control variables what so ever.

For more information, read Cancer Research’s latest post; http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2018/01/30/headlines-saying-vaping-might-cause-cancer-are-wildly-misleading/ (source)

7 Tips for Vape Battery Safety

If your new to vaping, then you may not realise some dangers of your vape device batteries.

To help you out,I have put together a list of 5 tips for vape battery safety:

1 . Don’t carry batteries in your pocket

Batteries mixing with your keys/change can end up being a disaster. The positive and negative end of your batteries can complete a circuit which can result in the batteries “venting” and setting on fire. If you need to carry spare battery around with you, its best to use a battery case.

2 .  Overheating

Your mod will get hot more often than not if your using it for long periods of time at once. When your mod gets so hot it starts to be uncomfortable you should put it down for a while and leave it to cool down. If this is happening to your mod too often when you’ve only used it for a short period of time then there may be something wrong with your device or the device could have poor ventilation for the batteries.

3 .  Don’t leave mods or batteries (or e-liquids) in the car

Heat is batteries worst enemy especially when it comes from an external source such as a hot car in the sun. Just like your mobile phone, heat can ruin your ecig batteries and cause them to vent out too. Not only does heat ruin your batteries but it can also melt the computer chip found in most mods today, and ruin any e-liquid left in the car by thinning the liquid out.

4 . Charging correctly

Correct chargers are essential for devices which take multiple batteries. Cheap battery chargers can overcharge your batteries, causing them to vent or blow up in the charger, so its a good idea to always use the charger which came with the device when you bought it.

5 . Battery Wrap Damage

The plastic wrap around your battery is there to prevent the batteries from shorting out. This is especially important for devices which have metal around where the battery is housed. If you can see that the battery wrap has been damaged in any way, then you should get the rewrapped or buy a new pair of batteries.

 

January Sale Now On!

Get 10% off certain liquids throughout January!

We wan’t to help you quit smoking this year, so to give you the encouragement we are offering a Stop Smoking Sale. This month you can get 10% off many different liquids. You can view these by clicking on the ‘January sale’ tab which is at the top of the sliding menu.

Enjoy!

Stop Smoking This New Year, with help from Venom Vapes!

Venom Vapes want to help you stop smoking this year!

Its 2018! So why carry on the awful smoking habit, especially in a year when the dangers couldn’t be clearer. We know how hard it is to being the stopping smoking process, so we want to help you!

In the past year, scientists have found consistent evidence to prove that vaping is definitely safer than smoking. You can find any of this information by just typing the word ‘Vaping’ into google. E-liquid doesn’t contain tobacco but you can still inhale nicotine from

Starting vaping can be daunting for any smoker as it seems like there is so much to know. No to mention how many different flavours there is.

If you are a heavy smoker, Venom Vapes recommend that you make the first steps to quit smoking using our ‘Tobacco’ flavoured E-liquid.  This way you are still getting the same kind of taste whilst getting the nicotine hit that you crave. If you are trying to quit smoking for good then its best you use a tobacco flavoured liquid to keep a similarity between switching from smoking to vaping. our ‘Tobacco’ blend was developed over 5 years to ensure we give the closest taste possible to a standard cigarette. We also have manufactured an e-liquid which tastes just like the well known tobacco brand ‘Golden Virginia’ which might be more ideal for some people if this is what you are use to smoking.

To help you out, we are offering discounts on selected flavours so that you can stock up and start vaping today. These discounts will be offered all throughout January.

View the big stop smoking sale on our website today, which can be found under ‘The January Sale’.

New Offers Over Christmas!

It’s nearly christmas!

To celebrate, we have changed our website offer from £25 off when you spend £100 to £5 off when you spend £50, so that you can get money off your order by spending less!

Don’t worry if you feel like this offer doesn’t benefit you, as we have lots more exiting offers to come over the christmas and new year period. We guarantee that there will be something to suite everyone with this.

This week, we have also sent a £25 gift voucher to our top 10 customers this year as a thank you for their loyalty. Was you one of these people? What would you spend your voucher on?

 

Christmas is coming and we have new offers!

It’s December! Where has the year gone?

We’ve got some exiting deals for you this month, after all it is christmas!

First of all, we will now be offering £5 off for every £50 you spend on our website! So you cant get money off by spending less!

Secondly, as a christmas gift from us to our best customers, we will be emailing you a £25 voucher for our website which you can spend on anything you like! This voucher will be given to loyal customers who have continued to make orders every month, because we think you deserve something back from us this christmas!

Who thinks they are going to qualify for this?

NEW FRUIT BOOST LIQUID ONLINE NOW!

Exiting things are happening this week at the Venom Vapes HQ. We have just released our new line of liquid online!

Fruit Boost is a Malaysian blend of liquids which boast 5 new flavours packed with juicy goodness.

Flavour profiles:

Fresh- Strawberry’s with a pomegranate twist

Zesty- Citrus fruits with watermelon

Tangy- Mango with fresh pineapple juice

Juicy- Red grapes with juicy mango

Creamy- Exotic fruits with a hint of cream

This new range brings users ‘fruity liquids’ with the full and intense flavour that your taste buds deserve. You won’t have experienced anything like itAll Fruit Boost liquids are available to purchase on our website for just £14.99. Bottle are 50ml 0mg short-fill and a Nic shot can be added to the basket should you require one.

 

New CBD Liquid!

 

We have just finished manufacturing our latest product- CBD by venom. We have created this product with years for thorough research and using only the finest quality CBD from America.

Most of you will have herd of CBD liquids, but i’m going to answer some FAQ so that you know exactly what it is and how you can benefit from using it.

1)What actually is CBD liquid?

E-liquid is a base of ingredients mixed together to form the juice that is used in electronic cigarettes. It’s main ingredients are Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and/or Propylene Glycol (PG). CDB extracts are then added with flavouring. There is no nicotine in our CBA-liquids, VG/PG ratios can vary between brands but at Venom our CBD liquids are MAX VG (80/20) as the Vegetable Glycerin is the main carrier for the CBD It accounts for the thickness, or density of the vapour produced therefore we would not recommend ever using a CBD liquid lower than a 50/50 ratio. Because of our maximum VG ratio, we can guarantee you will receive the best effects from our liquids.

2) Is CBD liquid safe?

Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol are both FDA approved for human consumption and have been used in nicotine based e-liquids since 2003. CBD (Cannabidiol) is not regulated by the FDA but current studies have found no evidence of negative side effects. CBD and other Cannabis extracts have also been widely used for decades with no known reported health risks. Food flavourings are also FDA approved.

3) Does CBD (Cannabidiol) get you high?

No. CBD is non-psychoactive and Cannabidiol extracted from industrial hemp contains less than 1% THC, the psychoactive compound found in “Marijuana” that gets you “high.”

4)One of the most common uses of CBD is for anxiety and insomnia. Has it been studied to actually make a difference for that? How does it work?

Research reveals a close and dynamic relationship between CBD, the central nervous system, ECS (endocannabinoid system) and various neurotransmitters. Although CBD is not intoxicating, it can positively affect mood, acting on serotonin receptors (5HT1A), regulating GABA (involved in anxiety) and glutamate (an excitatory neurotransmitter), and more! It not only acts on the ECS and respective receptors, especially CB2 but also affects the systems that control the aforementioned neurotransmitters. CBD has, again, a plethora of psychological benefits; research has revealed antidepressant, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and general mood-regulating effects.

We were very surprised to hear from our own consumers, that anxiety was the No. 1 reason people order our product. For this reason, we are not only engaged in research with universities concerning serious neurological disorders but also now for PTSD and anxiety.

Overall, CBD gives users a feeling of relaxation and also helps concentration improve. Whether using just for fun or for medical reasons, CBD liquid can be pleasurable for everybody. We produce our CBD liquid in 3 strengths:

  • 100mg
  • 200mg
  • 300mg

Obviously for the strongest effects, you are going to want to use the liquid with 300mg of CBD in. If you are using CBD for the first time its probobly best to start with a lower mg so that you can see if you like the effect.

We have produced 10 flavours of CBD oil for you to try so that you get the relaxing effects while not compromising an intense flavour. Our flavours are;

  • Pure Blackcurrant Menthol
    Mixed Berry Hizenburg
    Black Ice
    Apple Sour Strawberry Punch Berry Bomb
    Blue Ice

CBD by Venom is only delivered from legal forms of the cannabis/hemp plant, is 100% legal and non-psychoactive.

Available online VERY soon!

 

 

NEW LIQUIDS COMING SOON!!!

Here at the Venom Vapes HQ we have lots of exiting information for you all. We have not just one. But FIVE new ranges ready to release!!

These ranges include;

Fruit Boost

Demon Vapes

Mr Custard

CBD

Thirteen Thieves

You will be able to see these new ranges on our website over the next few months, but until then some of you may see them in your local vape shops.That’s all I’m going to tell you for now, stay updated to find out more about each brands flavours!!

 

 

Vaper Expo 2017: The Return

The Atmosphere is still surprisingly electrifying here at Venom-Vape HQ on this rather dull Wednesday because were all still buzzing from VaperExpo: The Return, which took place over the weekend.

This is the second Vaper Expo event of 2016, following the hugely successful first round in May and this second helping of our favourite vaping event was bigger and better than ever before.

As well as exhibiting our well know Venom-Vapes eliquid range, we decided this weekend was also the perfect time to unveil the top secret project we’ve been slaving over for the last few months: our brand new Malaysian e juice range, Fruit Boost!

We also launched a limited release of our newly manufactured ‘Snickers’ e-liquid, which sold out in just a couple of hours!

Vapers young, old, new and experienced supplied us with immensely gratifying feedback on all five Fruit Boost flavours and our original Venom Vapes line found many new fans.

The Vaper Expo isn’t just an opportunity to promote our carefully concocted wares but also a great excuse to bring the vaping community together under one roof, celebrating the vaping movement, sharing stories and ideas and inspiring each other to vape on and on and on!

Until next year Vaper Expo!

How to use Nic shots

Nicotine Shots now play a major role in both DIY e liquid and mainstream e liquid. Why? Because product restrictions brought on by the controversial TPD have changed the vaping landscape.

First of all, what exactly is a Nicotine Shot?

A Nicotine Shot is 10ml of flavourless e liquid designed to be added to nicotine free e liquid. Our Nicotine Shots are 18mg and 100% VG, but we may introduce more strengths and PG/VG ratios as time goes on.

How much Nicotine Shot should you use?

Here’s how the numbers break down: If you use e liquid at 3mg strength, you’ll need to add half a Nicotine Shot to a 30ml bottle, one nicotine shot to a 60ml bottle and two nicotine shots to a 120ml bottle. If you use 6mg strength e liquid, you’ll need to add one Nicotine Shot to a 30ml bottle, two nicotine shots to a 60ml bottle and four Nicotine Shots to a 120ml bottle. If you use e liquid at 9mg strength, you’ll need to add one Nicotine Shot to a 20ml bottle, three Nicotine Shots to a 60ml bottle and six Nicotine Shots to a 120ml bottle. And if you vape at a very low 1.5mg nicotine strength, you’ll need to add a quarter of a Nicotine Shot to a 30ml bottle, half a Nicotine Shot to a 60ml bottle and one nicotine shot to a 120ml bottle. Remember, you can come up with your recipe, using your own nicotine strength, PG/VG ratio etc. with our DIY Calculator.

What about those vapers who use higher nicotine levels?

For those vapers who use higher nicotine strengths, we would suggest doing the process in reverse. Instead of adding the Nicotine Shot to e liquid, add flavour concentrates to the nicotine. This way, you’re only diluting the Nicotine Shot down a small amount, and therefore maintaining a higher nicotine strength.

What does nicotine do to your body? The answer may surprise you…

It’s safe to say nicotine has a pretty bad reputation.

From exaggerated claims about how toxic it is to the unfortunately widespread myth that it causes cancer, it’s long been viewed as a menace. As soon as e-cigarettes came on the scene, they were viewed as a menace too, largely because most contain it. Nicotine is highly addictive, critics argue, causes heart problems, harms teenagers’ brains and more.

This perception has real-world consequences too. In Australia, you can vape, but nicotine-containing liquids in particular are banned from domestic sale across the country.

As the most notorious chemical in tobacco, it’s easy to understand why nicotine is so vilified. But the fact that people and some governments think it’s dangerous doesn’t mean it really is.

If you want the facts about how nicotine affects your body, you have to follow the evidence, not people’s perceptions.

E-cigarettes are still fairly new, but we’ve had sources of nicotinet Found? How Much Nicotine is in a Cigarette?

Nicotine is the most well-known chemical found in tobacco. It’s an alkaloid, which means it contains nitrogen and is chemically similar to things like caffeine and cocaine.

As well as the tobacco plant, it’s also found in potatoes, tomatoes and aubergine, though in very tiny amounts. To compare, there’s about 20 mg of nicotine in 1 g of tobacco, compared to 0.0001 mg per 1 g of aubergine. This is also the vegetable with the highest nicotine content, so amounts in tomatoes and potatoes are even lower.

Cigarettes usually contain about 10 mg of nicotine. However, you don’t actually get all of this when you smoke.

The tip burns throughout smoking, which leads to some wasted nicotine. Some nicotine is also inevitably caught in the filter, reducing the amount that gets to you. Finally, only some of the nicotine (the non-ionized nicotine) can actually be absorbed by the body. In the end, you only actually absorb about 1 mg of nicotine per cigarette.

How Nicotine is Absorbed by the Body

When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine passes through the lung’s membranes and into the bloodstream. Generally, if nicotine is in an alkaline environment, it will pass through into the blood more effectively. This is why tobacco companies have adjusted the ingredients of cigarettes to increase the pH (i.e. make it more alkaline) and get smokers more nicotine.

After it reaches the bloodstream, the nicotine makes its way to your heart. There, it’s transferred to your arteries, and up to your brain. This whole process takes between 10 and 20 seconds, and it’s one of the reasons you get so much nicotine so quickly from smoking. Exactly how much nicotine you get from smoking can vary based on your brand and how you smoke it.

For e-cigarettes, things are a little different. As the Royal College of Physicians argues in its report (report page 84, PDF page 98), it seems like most of the nicotine from vaping is absorbed by the mouth and upper throat, not the lungs. The nicotine absorbed in this way still reaches the blood, but notably less quickly than it does when you smoke. This is one of the reasons that e-cigarettes are less addictive than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

What Are The Short Term Effects of Nicotine On Your Body?

When you vape or smoke, the short term effects of nicotine are the main thing you’ll notice. This is a bit more complicated than you might imagine, though.

Nicotine is a stimulant, so as well as creating a pleasurable feeling, it also raises your heart rate, improves your ability to pay attention and boosts memory  But it has a “biphasic” action: if you have a little bit, it acts as a stimulant, but if you have more, it can relax you.

For smokers, this means that you i

nhale more deeply to geta more relaxing effect from nicotine and take shallower inhales to get more of a stimulant effect. Generally, smokers will do this as needed without even necessarily realising it.

For vaping, the majority of devices make you press a button to inhale, but the same basic rule applies. If you want a more relaxing effect, take big puffs and keep vaping until you feel relaxed. But if you want a pick-me-up, take shallower puffs and don’t vape for too long.

How Does Nicotine Creates its Effects?

Nicotine’s effects are the result of its ability to bind to certain receptors in the brain. Think of this like a key fitting in a lock: the key has a unique shape, and this has to match the inside of the lock for it to be able to open it. The “locks” that nicotine fits in are called nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nACHRs, for short).

Things get a lot more complicated, though. For example, each nACHR is made from five subunits, and the combination of these effects how the receptor responds to nicotine. The range of different subunits and the result types of nACHR receptors are one of the reasons nicotine has such wide-ranging effects.

When the nicotine binds to the receptors in your brain, it stimulates the release of “neurotransmitters.” These are like chemical messengers used by the brain to send signals, with the most well-known being dopamine.

Dopamine is an often-misunderstood neurotransmitter, but basically serves to make you remember rewards. This is why it has a central role in the development of most addictions. However, it also plays a role in remembering negative experiences, and its role is generally much more complicated than the typical “reward chemical” explanation suggests.

Dopamine isn’t the only neurotransmitter affected by nicotine, though. Others affected include:

  • Serotonin. Among other things, this affects your moods.
  • GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). This reduces the activity of the neurons it binds to.
  • Glutamate. This is like the opposite of GABA – it’s an “excitatory” neurotransmitter.
  • Noradrenaline. This is often called the “stress hormone.”

While there’s a lot of complexity in exactly what nicotine does, the range of neurotransmitters it affects and the diversity of nACHRs is why it has so many different effects on users.

These factors also go some way to explaining why nicotine is addictive. When nicotine regularly stimulates the nACHR receptors, the body reacts by reducing the number of receptors and making less acetylcholine itself.

This means that the same amount of nicotine won’t have the same effect anymore. This is called “tolerance” to nicotine’s effects. And if you don’t consume nicotine, the adaptations your body has made start to cause problems.

After having adapted so that you need nicotine to feel normal, not having nicotine leaves you with a deficiency. This creates withdrawal, and unpleasant symptoms like anxiety, restlessness and the inability to concentrate.

This is why when you’re quitting smoking, alternative nicotine sources like e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapies can be really helpful. It lessens these symptoms and makes the transition to being smoke-free a lot smoother.

Is Nicotine Harmful?

Now we know what nicotine is and what happens when you consume it, we can get to the most crucial question. One of the assumptions behind many of the arguments against vaping is that nicotine is harmful, and should be avoided.

This seems to make perfect sense if you don’t know too much about how cigarettes cause harm. The simplistic take on the issue is that nicotine is in tobacco, and tobacco is bad for you, so nicotine is bad for you.

However, the old adage that smokers “smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar” shows the big flaw in this argument. Nicotine may be the most well-known chemical in cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean it’s responsible for all of their negative effects. The big question is whether it’s responsible for any of them.

So is nicotine as safe as caffeine? What happens to people who use nicotine long-term without smoking? Should vapers worry about how much nicotine they’re consuming?

How Toxic is Nicotine?

Although we’ve covered this elsewhere it’s worth stressing that there is a firmly-entrenched myth that about 60 mg of nicotine is enough to kill an adult. That would be just over a few ml of an 18 mg/ml e-liquid.

This is completely false, and the figure is based on nothing other than some questionable experiments from the 19th century. In the experiment, the researchers reported seizures and other serious symptoms after claiming to have consumed a few cigarettes’ worth of nicotine (about 4 mg). We’d have probably noticed the chain-smokers collapsing in fits in beer gardens on a regular basis if this was true.

The short version is that if you look at more reliable evidence, the lethal dose is actually about 500 to 1,000 mg, and probably even more than that. This is far beyond the amount you could reasonably be exposed to by vaping or smoking. If you consider the fact that one of the first symptoms of having too much nicotine is vomiting and nausea, the chances you’ll have problems because nicotine is “toxic” is vanishingly small.

The only exception is for people who mix their own e-liquid (“DIY” mixers). If you have a strong nicotine base – for example, 72 mg/ml – you have something with the potential to be genuinely dangerous. Nicotine can absorb through your skin, so you should always wear gloves when mixing. And hopefully it should go without saying that you should never vape undiluted nicotine base.

Does Nicotine Cause Cancer?

One of the biggest misconceptions about nicotine is that it causes cancer.

A surprisingly large number of smokers think this is true – anything from just over half to two thirds based on research. Again, the apparent reasoning behind this is simple: you smoke for the nicotine, smoking causes cancer, therefore nicotine must cause cancer.

The problem, of course, is that nicotine doesn’t cause cancer at all. There is some evidence that nicotine could promote the growth of tumours, but it doesn’t actually cause the cancer. Additionally, studies finding this generally use bigger amounts than most smokers or vapers would be exposed to.

One of the most well-known studies on the topic used data from the Lung Health Study. This found that although cigarette smoking was linked to cancer, there was no association between using nicotine replacement therapy and getting cancer. Their smoking and nicotine patch/gum use was assessed for five years, and then there were another seven and a half years of follow-up.

Other evidence also shows that nicotine is unlikely to be a cause of cancer. One especially notable source of data comes from snus, a form of smokeless tobacco popular in Sweden. Since you use it by holding it in your mouth, most of the focus has been on oral cancer, but many other cancer sites have been considered too. Overall, there is not much support for a link at all. Some studies look like they support a link between using snus and oral cancer. However, this is not true for studies of modern snus or snus from Sweden. Apparent links also disappear when researchers properly account for the known increase in risk from smoking and drinking alcohol.

In summary, although smoking causes various cancers, we have plenty of evidence on people who use nicotine without smoking that refutes the possible link.

Nicotine and Your Heart

Although a lot of people are confused about the potential link between nicotine and cancer, the most common risks of nicotine you’ll hear about are the ones to your heart. It seems to make sense, too – nicotine is a stimulant, so it just inherently seems to “fit” that it would be dangerous for your heart.

There is some truth to this overall idea. When you consume nicotine, it does have some immediate effects on your heart, explained in this post from Bernd Mayer though it’s a bit heavy on jargon).

The short version is that the noradrenaline released when you consume nicotine leads to an increase in heart rate. This reduces the amount of blood reaching your heart and makes it work harder, but the effects are quite mild and disappear quite quickly.

The effects of nicotine on blood pressure are quite similar. It does increase blood pressure, but then it decreases again and the impact doesn’t seem to be a cause of concern. (There is also some evidence that suggests nicotine may lead to a long term decrease in blood pressure.

There is one potentially serious effect, though. This relates to the endothelium, which is a thin layer of cells that line the inside of your blood vessels. These cells have a big role to play in how your blood vessels function, and if something goes wrong with them it can cause many problems. These include strokes, heart attacks, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), peripheral artery disease (narrow arteries) and high blood pressure.

Long-term nicotine exposure does impact on the epithelial cells, so over time, it’s possible that nicotine use could lead to problems. But plausibility is just the start; what matters is whether it actually happens in real nicotine users.

The Lung Health Study mentioned earlier (in the form of gum) is linked to deaths from cardiovascular issues or people being hospitalised for them. The results showed no link between nicotine gum use and cardiovascular problems. Most side effects reported in the study were also mild and went away quickly. Other research has shown similar results.

A meta-analysis published in 2004 looked at 21 different trials on nicotine replacement therapy, and found that there was no clear evidence of risk to the heart and blood vessels. There is quite a lot of uncertainty in this result, though, and it still technically possible that there is a real increase in risk. Research on snus users also has similar results.

Overall, it’s safe to say that if it does impact your risk of heart problems, it will be a much smaller risk than from smoking. And that’s really the most important thing for vapers. If you don’t smoke, though, this is a good reason to think twice about starting to vape nicotine-containing juices.

Does Nicotine Harm Teenage Brains?

Another common claim about nicotine’s risks is especially popular in the US: “Nicotine harms teenage brains!”

The problem is that there isn’t much evidence to base this on.

There are animal studies that support the claim, but that doesn’t mean the same thing happens in humans. The only evidence there is of impacts on teenage human brains comes from smokers, but since they smoke, it’s hard to be sure it’s due to the nicotine and not something else. Just like with cancer and heart problems, it could be that other things in smoke that cause problems, not nicotine.

So it could be true that the effects seen in teenagers who smoke are largely due to nicotine, but it could also be true that they’re nothing to do with it. In fact, if this post has shown anything, it’s that the problem often isn’t the nicotine. But even if it is in this case, smoking will expose you to just as much (or even more) nicotine, as well as loads of much more harmful chemicals.

So, is Nicotine Harmful Overall?

This isn’t an easy question to answer, but the shortest response is “not really, or at least not very harmful.” This is why people often compare nicotine to caffeine. Although you’d have to do some quite detailed comparisons to really make the case strongly, the basic points are fair.

Like nicotine, caffeine is a mild stimulant with some short-term effects on the body. It isn’t completely and utterly benign, but most people who consume it do so without issues. It isn’t that addictivebut some people can and do get addicted to it. More detailed comparisons – for example, how likely each is to cause heart problems – isn’t exactly easy to do, but also isn’t really needed.

The point of comparing nicotine to caffeine isn’t to say that nicotine’s risks are exactly like caffeine’s risks. It’s more of a broad point about the ball-park amount of risk from both. It’s more about saying “we shouldn’t be any more worried about people using clean sources of nicotine than we are about people drinking coffee.”

Of course, if you don’t smoke, you’re not advised to start vaping as casually as you might pick up a cup of coffee. But if you do smoke, you definitely shouldn’t let the fact that you’d still be consuming nicotine put you off trying to switch. Out of the multitude of risks from smoking, nicotine is among the least of your concerns.

Stoptober backs vaping as a safe way to quit smoking!

Swaptober is Here

Make the Switch to Vaping as Stoptober Campaign Backs vaping

For the first time ever the NHS annual stop smoking campaign Stoptober, has included vaping and ecigarettes in its stop smoking advice.

Following last years campaign, it has being proved that vaping was the most successful aid to help people quit, with 53% of people using them.

Vaping is responsible for helping push the numbers of people taking part in Stoptober up to 1.5million.

“E-cigarettes are particularly effective when combined with support from local stop smoking services – people who choose this route have some of the highest quitting success rates. E-cigarettes aren’t currently available on NHS prescription, but they can be bought in vape shops, pharmacies and other retail outlets.”

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Stoptober began in 2012 and has helped more than a million people quit during that time.

The government’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Gina Radford told the BBC news website that e-cigarettes were playing an important role and, asthey had “95% less harmful products” in them than normal cigarettes. The Royal College of Physicians has also declared ecigarettes 95% safer than smoking and recently called for them to be available on the NHS.

Common mistakes vapers make and how to avoid them

Switching to the vaping world can be overwhelming and confusing to those who have been smoking for years.

There is plenty to learn about as you get accustomed to using an e-cigarette, especially if you move from a starter kit to more advanced set ups such as sub ohm vaping. It’s common to make a few mistakes as you start out, but these errors can prove costly if you’re making them over and over again without realising where you’re going wrong. Here are some of the mistakes many new vapers make upon their transition, and how to avoid these issues;

1) Choosing the wrong e-liquid

Many will pick up any liquid that looks good and load it up into their vape without thinking. But the ratio of PG to VG is very important, depending on what kind of device you have.

If you’re not getting enough vapour, or find that you have a sore throat, it may be worth upping your VG ratio. If in doubt, go to your local vape shop to find out what type of e liquid is best for your device – or check forums online to see what others with your setup are using.

2) Getting a cheap device

It can be tempting to pick up an e cigarette that costs next to nothing so you can give vaping a go, but this is likely to result in a low quality experience and put you off pursuing it.
While there are hundreds of brands out there, it’s worth investing in a well-known brand with a good reputation so you know you’re getting a quality product – and a quality experience to match.

3) Not maintaining your coil properly

Many new vapers complain of getting a burnt taste when vaping, and there are a few reasons why this happens. One is that you’ve left it in for too long – typically, coils need changing every few weeks. If you burn out your coil – in other words, vape all of the liquid until there’s none left, then take what’s known as a ‘dry inhale’ – that will result in an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Finally, a lot of people don’t give the liquid time to settle before taking a puff – if you try to vape while the cotton is still dry, it will burn. Hence the burnt taste.

4) Keeping your vape on while its in your pocket

This seems obvious, but a large number of people will throw their vapes in their pocket, or a bag, and head off to do something – forgetting it’s still switched on.
Not only will this ruin the battery life, you’re also risking accidental leakage, not to mention the fact you could accidentally power it up on the move, which could cause additional damage.
Making sure your device is properly switched off before leaving it unattended – even if you’re planning on coming straight back to it – is the best way to ensure accidents don’t happen.

5) Vaping like a smoker

Those who have been smoking for years may be used to taking hard, quick puffs.
This isn’t how you should vape, though – it won’t create a nice cloud of vapour, and you won’t get a hit from the e-liquid.
To get the best result, take a long, soft inhale, then blow out the vapour. This will result in a decent cloud and the satisfaction you need.

6) Using too little nicotine

When first making the switch over to vaping, some people don’t get the right strength of e-liquid.
Buying a mix with too much, then vaping like there’s no tomorrow, can result in headaches and nausea, while getting too little nicotine can lead to users feeling unsatisfied and being tempted to go back to cigarettes.
Although every situation is different, as a general rule –

  • Heavy smokers (20 or more cigarettes a day) should use 18mg nicotine liquids
  • Medium smokers (between 10 and 20 cigarettes a day) should go for 12mg
  • Light smokers (up to 10 cigarettes a day) should purchase 3mg liquids

7) Running out of liquid

There’s nothing worse than taking your vape out somewhere, going to have a puff, then realising the liquid is nearly gone.
What’s more, you have no more on you.
Keeping a ready supply of liquid, both at home and on the go, means you won’t be dealing with going without, or having a burnt coil situation.

8) Forgetting your charger

The same goes for not having a charger on you, as taking your e cigarette out with you is pointless if the battery is dead.
This is another point which may seem obvious, but making sure your vape is charged before you leave the house is important – being faced with a dead device could end in you caving and getting a pack of cigarettes.

9) Getting cotton mouth

If you vape often, a common side effect is getting a dry mouth, which is known as cotton mouth.
This can be combated by drinking as much water as you can throughout the day so you can keep vaping without this feeling.

10) Not cleaning out your tank between e-juice flavours

It’s easy to just top up your vape with a new flavour before the other one has run out completely, but this kind of blending can result in a nasty taste.
Besides, it’s important to clean the coil regularly before it needs changing, as letting it get clogged up will affect the taste of your e-liquids, and could result in you needing to change the coil more often.

How to stop your vape tank from leaking

When it comes to vaping, not much else is more frustrating than having to deal with a vape tank that leaks when you want to try out a new flavour of e-liquid. Certain vape tanks can start to leak even after you have had the e-juice in the tank for some time already. It is not only frustrating when all of the juice has leaked out, but a real headache when the e-juice has leaked out in your pocket or purse. Fortunately, there are some vaping tips to stop or prevent your vaping tank from experiencing a leak. These basic tips can preserve the eliquid in your vaping tank and save you on frustration and money.

Fill The Tank Carefully

One of the first tips on preventative measures which are able to avoid the typical causes related to leaky vape-tanks is to take care when filling the vape tank. Pay attention to where you are filling the liquid into, as it is highly possible to squirt the e-liquid into the chimney of the tank which is the area that the airflow comes from. Even a very small amount of e-juice that lands up in the chimney can result in a leak or even worse a spit back

Don’t Leave The Tank On Its Side

In some cases it possible that you mindlessly put down your vaping device or a tank you have just filled on its side. To assist in avoiding this leak type, that is able to loosen seals in the tank. Is to always make sure the vape mod or tank is always in the upright position when you fill up the tank or when not in use.

Ensure That The Tank’s O-Rings And Seals Are Snug

If you are already practiced the above mentioned tips, and your tank still leaks, it is time to investigate the tank in order to ensure all seales are tightened and lined up. You should also check that the O-rings along with the exterior of the tank have not been damaged. A slightly loose joint can result in e-juice leaks which are able to affect whether the tank is airtight or not. It is also advisable to seal airflows when you are not using the device to prevent flooding the tank.

Clean The Vape Tank

When all the above mentioned tips have not worked, you may want to wash out and dry the tank in order to remove gunk that has accumulated in the juice chamber or air intake which may be causing the e-juice to leak out or back-up.

Stoptober is on it’s way..

Stoptober is when smokers across the country (UK) kick the smoking habit for 28 days in October, whether that be from a using a nicotine patch or from using electronic cigarettes instead. Let’s have a look to see how effective Stoptober has proven to be in the past:

215000 Smokers Quit Smoking for Stoptober

As per GOV.UK over 215,000 smokers quitted smoking for Stoptober, as smoking reached a record low across England. Those who successfully quitted for the full 28 days are 5 times more likely to abandon the habit all together! The latest figures show a massive reduction in smoking over the last 30 years.

Rates in England have fallen to less than a fifth (18%) from 1985, resulting in 37% fewer smokers than 30 years ago.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said:

“Congratulations to those who have made it 28 days smoke free this Stoptober: your body will already be feeling the benefits and I urge you to remain strong and stop for good”.

“One in two smokers will die as a result of smoking. Stopping is one of the best things you can do for health so for those who didn’t manage to make it all the way, I encourage you to try again, please go see your GP or local stop smoking service for help”.

Martin Dockrell, Head of Tobacco Control Programme, PHE added:

“Our campaigns are designed to help people quit so it is fantastic to see that over 215,000 people took part in this year’s Stoptober campaign and benefited from more personal support than ever before. We’re making considerable progress towards a smoke-free nation but smoking remains the biggest cause of health inequalities, with the harm hitting hardest in our most deprived communities. There’s still more to do and we must continue to help smokers across England to quit for good”.

E-cigarettes Are Around 95% Less Harmful than Tobacco

Save money vaping: How to

People stop smoking and start vaping for many reasons, one of these being cost. The initial set up can cost more than your probably looking to spend, but after that vaping can be less expensive than smoking cigarettes. But how can you maximise your savings without having to compromise your flavour or your overall vaping experience? With some easy tips you can find yourself becoming a smart shopper, maximising your vape savings with ease.

 

Make a Strong Initial Investment

If you have the funds to buy a good quality vape then it will defiantly be worth it in the long run. Buying a vape is a little like buying a car – you develop a list of needs, wants and do-not-wants. But you also need to know your budget. If you have got your eye on a mod style vape such as the Smok Alien 220W and you know a eGo-style pen won’t give you the power you need, then I strongly recommend saving until you do have the sufficient funds. If you spend money of a device you don’t really want just because it’s cheaper, you are wasting money because you are less likely to use it as much. You also want to buy a quality device. If you buy something from a source, which lacks credibility, then the chances are that you are going to have questions about how to use the device and how to replace parts of it and you won’t be able to get the answer. When cheap devices break you usually have to replace then whole thing, which can end up costing more money In the long run than a quality device would of!

Take care of your vape supplies

While this can get a little tedious, taking car of your vape, chargers and E-juice is the key to saving money. If you store your liquids in a cool dry place then it will decrease the chances of it going off before its expiration date. The same applies to your vape device itself.. KEEP THEM OUT OF THE HEAT!! Having direct sunlight shine onto your mod can wreck its insides and decrease the longevity of your battery, which means additional purchases if ruined. Finally, chargers- I know it’s convenient to wind them up and shove them in a pocket, but this can actually weaken them and cause them to break. Consider avoiding tightly wrapping your chargers. Opt instead for a loose gathering of the cord; it seems simple but can save money in the long run.

Buying in Bulk

Purchasing e-liquid in bulk is a great way to cut down on your vaping costs while still getting a quality product. At Venom Vape 30ml of liquid is £12 but, we offer a deal which means if a customer buys 3 packs of 30ml (90ml in total) then this works out at £10 per 30ml. This is saving nearly £10, which adds up to a lot in the long run. Buying larger bottles is also a way to decrease your costs per ml (this is only for 0mg liquid) We also sell bottles with 100ml of liquid in for £29.99 which is nearly a £12 saving!

 

New Liquids available to buy from our website!

 

Th summer season has finally arrived. To celebrate we have brought in lots of new and exiting E-juices to our online store, just for you! We now stockThe Candy Co‘s’ latest edition of flavours, along with some seriously fruity flavours from ‘Drip Forge’. In this blog post you will find out some more information on the brands we have chosen to stock.

The Candy Co

Established in 2014 these guys have been making some of the sweetest, refreshing E-liquid out there for years now! This range of E-liquid comes in a box that contains 4 x 10ml bottles, with a comic book design reminiscent of the 90’s TV show ZZZap! These refreshing flavours contain notes of, Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Peach, Pear, Apple, Grape, Strawberry and many more! Many of these liquids also contain hints of Ice to give them a cooling effect, perfect for those vapers who want the cool effect without the Mint/Menthol flavour.

This is a 70% High Vg E-liquid range, perfect for Sub-Ohm devices and drippers, as the smaller, high resistance coils from MTL (Mouth To Lung) devices may struggle to soak in the liquid with the small wicking holes. Available in just one Nicotine strength 3mg, which seems to be the go to nic strength for most sub-ohm users.

Drip Forge

Bringing innovative to the vaping world, Drip Forge have created some fruity flavours with a twist. Their unique flavours ‘Fruit bubbly’ and ‘Grape bubbly’ both have a refreshing twist of champagne within. So when you have the mid week blues you can give yourself a treat, without actually getting drunk! With this, Drip Forge have entered a totally new market bringing the classy taste of champagne to vaping. Other flavours include ‘Berry soft’ and ‘Pineapple paradise’, bringing you E-liquids truly unlike anything you have tasted before.

Both Drip Forge and The Candy Co juices can be bought from our website under the header ‘other brands’ .

 

Three ways vaping can help Healthcare

Most people know that vaping is often used for recreational use. However, with growth of the industry, medical professionals are assessing it from a healthcare perspective. At the moment it is still a little divisive however, some experts recognise a handful of clear advantages. There has even been ways found, in which the healthcare industry could take advantage of vaping technology.

An Aid To Quit Smoking

Although the benefits of vaping have not yet been officially endorsed, the benefits are obvious. It has been recognised that inhaling vapour is safer than inhaling tobacco smoke. Most people report that they feel tons healthier when they quit smoking through vaping. They also state that they find it easier to catch breath. Blockages in blood vessels begin to clear and the healing process seems to be the same as if the individual quit smoking.

The medical community could easily take advantage of vaping technology by endorsing it as an aid to quit smoking,  as more research is conducted over the years. Critics are typically objective to the idea of this because of the hidden mystery of vaping and its long term-effects. We do not yet know the long term effects of vaping. However, we do know the long term effects of smoking cigarettes. It seems to make sense when saying that vaping is the safer option of the two. Even if vaping only offered a 50% reduction in the chances of lung cancer, this would still be an improvement.

Medicine And Drug Use

Some researches have recognised that many different drugs could be administered through vape parts, like in the form of E-liquid cartridges. This could be helpful in the future as a way to help people who have a fear of needles. As well as helping phobias, administering medicine with vaping technology could help with some of the negative effects of drugs. As vaping allows the drug to bypass the digestive system.

Of course with this there are draw backs. One of the drawbacks of introducing narcotics into vaping technology will be that vaping could develop a more negative stigma. It could easily become associated with the wrong social crowd. Such as the use of illicit narcotics, which could mean that people who vape are seen to be drug addicts. The would completely be a social issue rather than a medical one, because from a medical perspective vaping technology has potential.

A more controversial issue will be whether medical professionals should encourage vaping for drug abusers. One major advantage will be that the risk of HIV will be reduced as the addict will not be injecting the drug straight into their blood stream, meaning they wont be sharing needles. Again, this is an advantage in the eyes of medical professionals. The only issue that would have to be overcome relates to public policy and law rather than medical practices.

Vitamins And Supplements

Most people don’t take vitamins and supplements on a daily basis, or even know if they should for that matter. It has been found that vaping could provide a potential solution for this matter. Vitamins can be broken down into an E-liquid and smoked on a vaping device. Some companies are now even selling vitamin B12 in the form of an E-liquid. Some people pay over £15 a week to get a shot of B12

A criticism of this practice is that the body does not absorb vitamins during the process of vaping as they are exhaled. Although this may be the case at the moment. Vaping technology is still in its infancy. So the real question is whether vaping technology can be adapted to accommodate this need. When science is given time, a solution always occurs, so this could mean a model that resolves this problem may emerge.

Vaping technology may be controversial and in its infancy. But that should not give us pause. There are good reasons to be enthusiastic and it should be expected that the healthcare industry will take advantage of this technology in the coming years.

All you need to know: Nicotine Overdose and Vaping

How many times have you herd people talk about nicotine and come out with comments such as;

“Nicotine is toxic whatever the form”

“Just half a teaspoon of e-liquid could kill a child”

Iv lost count, but comments like this still irritate me.

It’s this kind of talk, which makes vapers concerned about overdosing on nicotine from vaping, and also puts many smokers off switching to vaping because ‘you don’t know how much nicotine you’re inhaling’.

So the question is, should vapers be worried about overdose? What are the symptoms of overdose and what symptoms should you look out for?

The Toxic Dose Of Nicotine: Shattering the Myth

The first call in any discussion like this is to address the long -standing myth.

Even today, many high-profile sources list the toxic dose of nicotine (the dose that will kill about half of the people exposed) as between 30 and 60 mg.

To put this in the context of vaping, this would be about 4ml of 12mg e-liquid. Your body processes nicotine quite quickly (your blood nicotine levels will decrease by about half after two hours), so to get poisoning you would basically have to consume it in one go. Which is a pretty tall order.

Signs You’ve Had Too Much Nicotine

It’s very unlikely that vapers will suffer poisoning, but one thing that’s fairly common is having a little too much nicotine in one sitting.

The biggest sign that you’ve reached this point is feeling nauseous. You will probably notice this towards the end of the vaping session and effectively its your body telling you that it needs a break from vaping.

In my past experience, this nausea increases gradually, but its best to just take a break when you notice it starting. This way it never becomes too unpleasant for you and you wont experience any other initial symptoms such as vomiting.

This is easy to avoid and most vapers take a break at the first sign of nausea just out of common sense. Its not uncommon to get a light headache if you’ve overdone your vaping session, but nausea is the easiest symptom to look out for.

What could actually happen when you’re vaping?

So I think we can pretty much agree that fatal poising is unlikely, but you could still experience some symptoms if you vape too much. This is more likely to happen if you’re vaping the higher nicotine e-liquids.

Most people vape on a 3 or 6mg liquid, so it is highly unlikely you will get many symptoms with these strengths. Obviously, if you are constantly hitting your vape then you will experience some feel of nausea, but after taking a short break you will feel fine. So the answer to this question is, not a lot will happen.

Conclusion: Nicotine is poisonous, But Don’t Panic

It is highly unlikely you will overdose on nicotine by vaping and most vapers store their e-liquid safely to reduce the risk of children or pets gaining access to it so overall, there is little need to worry.

If you want to give up smoking and need a liquid that tastes like the real thing click here for a delicious tobacco blend: available in strength 0,3 or 6mg of nicotine. https://venom-vape.co.uk/product/30ml-tobacco-e-liquid/

Vapers in the UK have mostly given up smoking

Vapers are mostly ex-smokers

1.5 million vapers are now ex-smokers

Vapers and the vaping community has recently received some more good news. BBC News explained that more than half of the vapers in the UK have given up on smoking tobacco.

Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) conducted a study on 12,000 vapers in the UK. The results showed them that 1.5million vapers have now given up smoking cigarettes for good since they started vaping. However, 1.3 million people are still using tobacco alongside vaping.

While this information is a huge step forward in confirming that e-cigarettes are a great aid in reducing tobacco smoking. Ash still believe that the message that vaping was much less harmful than smoking had not yet got through to all smokers.

There are 2.9 million vapers in the UK. This is quite a considerable increase from 2012 when just 700,000 adults used e-cigarettes. Despite the rise in popularity there are still 9million people who smoke in the UK.

According to Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Ash. The demand for electronic cigarettes has now peaked as the rapid growth has come to an end.

Why are people still sceptical of E-cigarettes?

It seems that people are still sceptical to start using e-cigarettes despite the positive encouragement from Public Health England. Cancer Research UK suggests that 26% of people think e-cigarettes are more or equally harmful as smoking cigarettes. While only 13% believe they are a lot less harmful.

This is an alarming figure as it confirms the impact that negative and false media stories have on the general public.

While most ex-smokers do take up vaping in order to stop themselves from smoking traditional cigarettes, many people simply vape to reduce their nicotine intake.

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How much nicotine is in a cigarette and how can I switch to vaping?

So there’s how much nicotine in a cigarette?

It is believed that a single cigarette contains 0.95mg of nicotine, so if you’re a pack a day smoker then that’s round 19 milligrams of nicotine your inhaling on a daily basis. This amount is roughly the same for both ‘lighter’ and ‘full flavoured’ cigarettes.

We want to help you stop smoking, so we have put together some guidelines to help you get your nicotine strength right.

1) Too Low- Smoking to compensate

When trying to stop smoking, choosing a replacement with less nicotine than the analog version based cigarette is more than likely to result in you just smoking to compensate This means that you will end up smoking (or vaping) more to make up for the nicotine your body needs and craves. For example, if you smoke regular strength cigarettes and then choose an E-liquid that contains 3mg of nicotine as a replacement, then you may end up smoking (or vaping) even more than before to make up for the nicotine loss and withdrawal. Your body will still crave the same amount of nicotine as before, therefore you may think that vaping isn’t working for you and go back to smoking regular cigarettes. When in fact the real reason was just a matter of customizing and changing your e-liquid nicotine strength.

2) Too High- Too intense

On the other hand, if you’re currently smoking a lighter based tobacco and you choose an E-liquid that contains a strength of 20mg of nicotine, you may overload your body with more nicotine than it was use to while you was smoking regular cigarettes. You will know if this is the case because the throat hit will be too much, or you may experience some light-headedness. This can result in you thinking that vaping isn’t for you, when in fact, you have the wrong nicotine strength.

3) Just right- Satisfaction

When you get the right strength, you will get a smooth and satisfying throat hit, which hits the spot! If your wanting a placebo effect, that tastes just like a real cigarette, then we recommend our venom vape ‘tobacco’ flavored E-liquid. Once you’ve got use to vaping, we suggest that you try reducing the nicotine level of the liquid you use, this way your body is starting to need less nicotine so you don’t crave as much. The idea is to get down to vaping a 0mg liquid so that the cravings stop completely

Extend the life of your battery with these 5 key rules

Every vaper knows that there is nothing worse than their E-cig dieing, but what can we do in bid to extend the battery life of our mods? Just remember these 5 rules and you will be vaping like a pro.

Rule #1- Keep it clean

Regular maintenance is no hardship and something we all have to do from time to time.

Rule #2- Protect it

Some people like to keep their e-cig close by, like in a pocket if it fits as its convenient and handy. However be mindful that it is there as dropping it or spillages can seriously affect its battery power and all other elements of the device.

Rule #3- Use the correct charger

Fistly, make sure you only use chargers that are meant for the battery. Using other chargers can result not just in ruining the battery, but in some cases where none compatible chargers have been used; too much current has passed through the batteries resulting in overheating and fires. Simply using the correct charger eradicates this problem.

Rule #4- Keep it charged

It is best practice to always leave your e-cig with charge – not draining the battery every time you use it. By simply charging your battery before it runs completely out and taking it off charge once its fully charged, you can prevent it from straining, making it last longer.

Rule #5- Keep it cool

Exposing your e-cig to extreme temperatures will only strain the battery and decrease its performance. For example, leaving your e-cig in your car while your at work may be convenient but with summer approaching, cars are likely to get a lot warmer inside- which isn’t ideal and will shorten its life considerably. Simply keeping your e-cig indoors at room temperature will keep it at its best. So try get into the habit of bringing it inside with you.

A focus on: SMOK

SMOK – Vape Hardware Manufacturer

Founded in 2010, SMOK is a leading manufacturer of vape hardware and a favourite in the vaping community.

SMOK are pioneering everything from tanks to box mods. The company’s thorough knowledge of design, development and manufacturing means that they’re able to create a range of stylish, high performance goods that raise the bar on industry standards and this is why their devices are some of the most used in vaping.

SMOKS bestsellers

SMOK has a massive range of hardware to help you build the mod you love and want. If you’re new to the vaping world then take a look below and see some of the companies best sellers.

First up is the SMOK alien 220. This box mod is a robust set up perfect for experienced vapers who want more power and control at their fingertips. With this mod you get up to a massive 220w in variable wattage, with an easy temperature control, allowing you to achieve the right amount of cloud with every hit. Add that to a sleek zinc alloy body and a large LED display and you’ve got a piece of kit that not only looks great, but also performs well – no surprise that its such a popular choice then.

The right box mod is only one piece of the puzzle – for a truly high performance setup you need the right tank. Enter SMOK’S TFV8 Cloud Beast and TFV8 Baby Beast.

The Cloud Beast is an evolution of the brand’s already popular TFV4 tank, bringing better flavour and cloud production to an even sleeker design. With a massive 6ml tank capacity and a range of coil heads to choose from you can get exactly the experience you want. Larger air flow holes help power even larger vapour clouds, making this a must-have among cloud chasers.

The Baby Beast on the other hand proves the best things do come in small packages. It takes the high spec features of the Cloud Beast and brings them down into just a third of the size of the original. You still get the benefit of choice – you can stick with the pre-installed 0.2ohm coil or switch it out for the 0.15 ohm coil instead, while a 3ml tank capacity means you have enough e-liquid to get you through the day.

Another of SMOKS best sellers is the OSUB 40W vape kit. This pocket-sized device is perfect for that on the go vape. Its small and stylish design also makes it ideal for new vapers as you can adjust the wattage according to preference without getting caught up with all the confusing stuff.

The SMOK OSUB 40W vape kit comes with Helmet mini tank and its U-shaped e-juice tube. Helmet follows the EU TPD regulations and adopts innovative designs. The top adjustable airflow system means that you can control the airflow by rotating the top cap easily. The main tank is integration body and leak-proof so even a newbie, does not have to worry about the leak issue.

Do not be fooled by the small size of this device, 40W of power is more than enough power for new vapers, along with its long battery life, high impact of flavour and big clouds, theres nothing not to like about this device!

5 Ways To Stop Your Coil From Burning

5 Ways To Stop Your Coil From Burning

To stop your coil from burning, you should always make sure that you have E-liquid present in your tank when you vape. You should never burn it dry, otherwise you risk even damaging the mod itself.

Need some more tips? Here are 5 ways to stop your coil from burning.

Always prime your coils: If you are not priming your coils before using them, the chances are that you are damaging them straight away. When you first get a new coil, the wick should e completely soaked in E-liquid. You should wait around 5 minutes before taking a hit using the new coil, this way the E-liquid gets chance to soak into the wick.

Avoid chain vaping: We all love blowing big clouds on smoke continuously, but this could actually be ruining the quality of your coil. When you constantly vape, the wick in the coil quickly dries up. This can easily be avoided if you just give your mod time to cool down. So just give small breaks when vaping.

Reduce the power setting: When you vape at a high wattage, each hit vaporises more juice which produces big clouds. While you may think these big clouds look good, it can have an adverse affect on your coil. If you are vaping your E-liquid at a fast rate, the wick sometimes struggles to soak up the liquid and when it can’t keep up with the flow, you simply burn the wick. All you have to do is reduce the power. You may sometimes notice that your coil hasn’t burned out, but the flavour is dying a little. If this happens then just soak the wick with liquid again.

Keep the tank filled up: If your tank is running low on E-liquid, the chances are that it may not soak the wicks as well. Many coils require for a certain amount of E-liquid to be in the tank in order for it to reach the wicking port, when less juice is present, it doesn’t get soaked up quickly. By keeping the tank with plenty of liquid in while vaping, you are reducing the chance of burning your coil.

Why do I cough while vaping?

Why do I cough while vaping and how do I stop it?

Some vapers (mainly new users) insist that vaping makes them cough. Unfortunately this is a main reason why some people discontinue vaping and resort back to tobacco products. They think; I suffered from a smokers cough, now I will suffer from a vapers cough. However, there is actually no such thing as a vapers cough and in this blog you will learn how to vape without making your throat hurt.

So what are the factors that make us cough?

  • Allergies and throat hit: Throat hit is that feeling you get when you take a puff. The more PG there is in your E-liquid, the bigger the throat hit, and sometimes it can just be too strong for some users.
  • Nicotine strength: If you find yourself feeling lightheaded and nauseous at times as well as having a cough and a sore throat, then the odds are that it is just your body reacting to too much nicotine. You can buy E-liquids in a range of strengths ranging from 0-24mgs of nicotine. If you are new to vaping and are using 24mgs of nicotine then you will almost defiantly be suffering these side effects.
  • Vaping frequency: If your throat is really starting to hurt then you might want to think about how often you vape. Just because you can vape indoors, it doesn’t mean that you have to vape all the time. You may also want to turn down the wattage/voltage on your Ecig down because the higher it is, the harder it hits the throat, and this can be too much for some people.
  • Dehydration: Just because you are inhaling water vapour it doesn’t mean that you are staying hydrated. The PG and VG in E-liquid naturally attracts moisture, which means prolonged vaping will dry out your mouth and throat. This can result in a dry sore, dry and irritated throat. To prevent this, be sure to drink plenty of water.

How can I stop these factors from affecting me?

The best thing to do is to experiment with some liquids with different VG/PG ratios, this way you can test which one works better for you. Even if you are a heavy smoker trying to quit, most people say that 6 and 9mg of nicotine works better than 24mg for them because they still get the hit but also get to taste the flavour of their E-liquid. By using a lower nicotine E-liquid and drinking plenty of water you are being kinder to your throat which should stop you from frequently coughing.

What is E-liquid made up of and what does the PG/VG determine?

What is E-liquid made up of and what does the PG/VG determine?

E-liquids are made up of 3 main ingredients; the base (VG/PG), nicotine and flavouring. Some liquids may also contain distilled water to thin out thick VG juices. This creates a better consistency for the liquid.

Whats the difference between VG and PG?

PG (propylene glycol) is a viscous liquid that is responsible for the throat hit that you get from an e-cig. Using E-liquids with a high ratio of PG in a high powered device can be dangerous as the throat hit can be very intense!

VG (vegetable glycerine) is a lot thicker than PG and is responsible for the production of vapour that can be seen after taking a hit. When vaped on its own it has a very smooth airy feeling with no harsh hit what so ever. This is why people who use dripping atomizers and high end devices tend to use VG liquids as they can produce no end vapour without the severe throat hit.

Should I use VG or PG liquid?

Depending on the reason you are vaping determines whether you should use VG or PG based liquid. If you are vaping in attempt to quit smoking then you want to use a liquid with a higher ratio of PG so that you can get the same hit and sensation that you would with a real cigarette.

If you’re just wanting to vape for fun then a higher PG based liquid would be more suitable, simply because it rules out the harsh hit and you’re  left to just enjoy the flavour of the E-liquid as it hits your throat smoothly. If you are not a smoker we advise that you just use E-liquids with 0mg of nicotine. This makes the flavour more intense and doesn’t hurt your throat.

What nicotine strength should I vape on?

Everyone has a different nicotine tolerance and this determines what strength you should vape on. Most people who have just quit smoking tend to need a 16mg or 18mg liquid in order to get a similar dose of nicotine in their system. However, some people find this too strong and it makes them feel sick and dizzy. If this happens to you then this mean the nicotine level is too strong for you. Most people enjoy vaping on a 3mg or 6mg liquid as it just gives that hit that they need, but its not so strong that it feel rough on their throat.

Vaper Expo UK

We’re going to be exhibiting at the Vaper Expo 2017!

The Vaper Expo May 2017 – the Big Weekend – will be the fourth edition of the show based at the NEC Birmingham. The first show was held in 2015 and within just two years the show has quadrupled in terms of size, number of exhibitors and visitor attendance. We have been working on creating a show that works for all our exhibitors, trade visitors and consumers, combining the right mix of professionalism, entertainment, retail and B2B.

The Vaper Expo UK is now recognised as the largest and most important vaping event in Europe and is considered to be the must-attend expo for UK and International manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. We are proud to introduce and unite leading key players in the industry, to act as the platform for launching new products and services, and serve as the central European hub for the vaping industry.

Please do cme and see us at the event and send us your photos!
http://www.vaperexpo.co.uk/

Feeling Fruity!

Some of our favourite fruity flavours this week!

Apple delight
Our Apple Delight e-liquid gives you subtle and smooth flavours that remind us of Apple Pie and Vanilla custard – what a treat! it’s like a smooth fruity dessert and it’s most definitely one of our favourite fruit flavours.

Mr Pink
for something fruity and fresh try our very own Mr Pink! This has delicious flavours of Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange and Mint, we like to call it a ‘feel good’ vape. You can have Mr Pink with or without Nicotine!

Red Devil
Naughty by name but sweet and menthol by nature! The Venom Vapes Red Devil E-liquid is a delicious mix of black currant with a hint of menthol flavour.

Strawberry Delight
And of course the most delightful of them all – Strawberry delight! Sweet and a tasty mix of flavours with the sweetness of strawberries and a cooler undertone of fresh cream.

Valentine’s Vaping

A Venom Vapes guide to Valentine’s Day

We all love the candlelit dinners and Valentine’s treats, but why not mix up February 14th this year! 

Pre-date:
Choose something either minty or with romantic undertones. For a fresh pre-date vape, try the Venom Vapes, original spearmint. For a more romantic vape, try Blue Dream.

A Valentine’s gift:
A calorie free box of chocolates – if only that really existed! A calorie free chocolate vape does however, what better than vaping on the sofa watching a Rom-com! 

And for Dessert:
For dessert, why not treat that special someone in your life to a Strawberry White Chocolate dessert, or even better a Vape!
Strawberry White Chocolate is a creamy chocolate flavour infused with tangy strawberry for a delightful vape! 

Cigarettes to vaping tips

Join in on the Vape Culture
Trying out your Venom Vapes e-liquid in a public place will certainly start conversations! While you’ll get smokers and non-vapours wanting to know all about it and the flavours vapers will be quick to come over and tell you all about their favourite juices!

Decrease your nicotine levels slowly
Don’t try do everything at once, you may find that you want to have the odd cigarette with your Vape pen before you can completely stop.

Choose e-liquids that you will like
We’ve got a whole selection of different favours, from Vimto Blizzard to Granny’s Pie. Pick one that you know you will look forward to and find a treat!

Don’t beat yourself up
If you struggle with quitting completely don’t beat yourself up if you have a cigarette. You’re making positive steps towards becoming a vaper and not a smoker!

Some things you should know about vaping…

Some interesting facts about vaping, this may help you make the decision to stop smoking and start vaping!

  • The modern version of an e-cigarrette was invented in China in 2003
  • There are no calories in vapour.
  • It is far safer to vape than smoke regular cigarettes. Regular cigarette smoke contains over 7000 chemicals.
  • Vaping can prevent the weight gain from quitting smoking.
  • Switching from smoking to vaping will save you an absolute fortune, the initial cost of your kit will pay for itself within days!
  • 22 million people in Britain currently vape.
  • Almost 40% of vapers are ex-smokers and the remaining 60% are currently smokers. This means that nearly all vapers are current or ex-smokers.
  • Less that 1% of never-smokers have used e-cigarettes or vapes and virtually none got addicted.

Vaping Celebrities

Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted vaping on a yacht at a new years eve party – could vaping look any cooler? We’d recommend our Blue Dream e-liquid to Leo, a nautical theme seems appropriate for a yacht vaper!

The ‘Model of the Moment’ Cara Delevingne has also been spotted vaping. We think that she would love our Mermaid Milk e-liquid as she played a magical mermaid in Pan!

Vanessa Hudgens is also partial to an e-cigarette. We think a sweet Strawberry Delight would be a good choice for the High School Musical Star.

While filming for his role as the Kray Twins in East-London based film ‘Legend’ Tom Hardy was seen enjoying vaping on set. We think Tom Hardy and the Kray twins would have enjoyed Venom Vapes Black & Black e-liquid that tastes of black liquorice and blackcurrant.

Switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes

For obvious reasons, which you can read in the rest of our blogs, we think that vaping is the way forward!

There are some more scientific reasons as to why switching to vaping Venom Vapes e-cigarettes can drastically improve your health and become a great hobby!

From quitting smoking…

8 hours in – The amount of Carbon Monoxide in your blood (which prevents oxygen bonding to blood cells is reduced by half.

20 minutes in – Your heart rate will begin to drop to a normal level

1 day in –  The Carbon Monoxide in you blood has gone.

2 days in – Your taste and smell receptors begin to mend themselves and you are able to get a far better taste of our flavours, Vimto Blizzard never did taste so good…

3 days in – At this point nicotine is completely out of your body and you can breathe easy again! Now your breathing should have already become much smoother  as the bronchial tubes become clearer.

6 months in – The inside of your lungs begins to repair itself and mucus caused by the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes disappears.

5 years – Once you’ve switched to Venom Vapes we can’t imagine you’d ever want to go back to the vile taste of cigarettes. Even more so in the knowledge that after 5 years, your risk of a heart attack is halved, your risk of lung cancer and a stroke risk becomes the same as a non-smoker.

 

If that isn’t enough to make you want to take up the challenge.

 

 

6 Festive Reasons to Vape

A few of our festive reasons to Vape

– You don’t want to step outside for a cigarette break only to return and find that all of the green and purple quality streets have gone!

– No need to go outside in the cold – what better than vaping by the fire.

– No more rubbish gifts! If people know that you vape, it’s likely that instead of the knitted Christmas reindeer socks that you usually receive, a venom vapes e-liquid will be the obvious choice!

– If you switch to vaping from smoking it will mean that you’re no longer that smelly member of the family! You’ll find that you suddenly become the first choice family member to pull a cracker with!

– The flavours! While different flavour cigarettes are available – we all know that they are just there to mask a horrible taste, so it’s nice to be able to try Black Arctic or Vimto Blizzard.

– It’s fun, forget the board games and charades on Christmas day, what better Christmas fun than seeing who can blow a mince pie!

Those are a few of our festive reasons to vape! Do you have any more?

Wanting to Give Up Tobacco Cigarettes Using E Cigs

Smoking tobacco cigarettes is harmful to your health. Don’t take our word for it, there is plenty of guidance on the NHS website which explains the dangers of tobacco smoking and the benefits of giving up.

Giving up smoking is not the easiest of tasks however, despite smokers fully understanding the risks and perhaps even waning to give up. The truth is, smoking is addictive. The nicotine contained within cigarettes is addictive, the habit of reaching for a cigarette is addictive and giving up requires not only a lot of will power; sometimes it requires a little extra help.

Many people are turning to e cigarettes in order to quit tobacco smoking with a lot of success for many reasons.

Cutting the Chemicals

The chemicals contained within manufactured tobacco cigarettes include some eye-opening ingredients, from butane (used in lighter fluid) to arsenic (found in rat poison) to tar and one by-product is the toxic gas carbon monoxide. Most smokers know this, and despite the guidance on cigarette packet labels, in the doctor’s surgery, on television and practically everywhere you look these days people still continue to light up and inhale these harmful substances.

The first step in giving up smoking and repairing your health is to banish these chemicals and many choose to switch to e cigarettes to do just that. E cigarette e liquids are made up from non-toxic propylene glycol, nicotine and flavourings with no nasty damaging chemicals in sight. The simple switch from tobacco smoking to e cigarette smoking is a significant one in giving up smoking and ridding yourself from significant harmful side-effects.

Cutting Your Nicotine Levels

A huge plus point for people looking to give up smoking is the fact that e cigarettes offer you the option to reduce your nicotine intake gradually while enjoying a significantly cleaner smoke. The e liquids which fill e cigarettes and even the pre-filled disposable varieties both come in various strengths. This means that smokers may choose the level of nicotine that they wish to inhale and where the goal is to cut back on this they may work their way down the strength levels until they are ultimately enjoying both a nicotine free and chemical free smoke.

Typically an e liquid or e cigarette which boasts around 1.2mg of nicotine is the same or similar strength to a regular cigarette. With levels varying from 3.6mg in varying levels to low as 0.2mg and even nicotine free e liquids it is easy to see how cigarette smokers switch to e smoking and slowly but surely reduce their nicotine levels without also battling the lost comfort and habit that exists with smoking.

Breaking the Habit

One of the harder habits to break about cigarette smoking is the habit itself. The physical act of reaching for a cigarette and drawing in smoke and enjoying the throat hit you are used to. This can be calming, a stress buster and of course enjoyable. Enjoying a low or nicotine free e smoke allows smokers to continue enjoying their smoking past-time without the harmful elements.

Once the chemicals are out of your system and you’ve whittled away the nicotine the only thing left to work on is the habit. At this point some smokers give up smoking altogether. Some find that they’ve reduced the amount they e smoke to the point where they only have the occasional e puff here and there and others decide that now they’ve given up the chemicals and the nicotine that they might as well continue to e smoke and enjoy a much cleaner yet familiar and comforting flavoursome e smoke.

The Future of Smoking Cessation and E Cigarettes

It is clear that switching from tobacco cigarettes to e cigarettes in order to quit tobacco smoking is something which works for many, is something which most definitely has some health benefits and which just makes good sense.

There has been some talk about the NHS officially adopting e cigarettes for patients to use via prescription in the next couple of years to use as a smoking cessation device and it is clear to see why many think this would be a good idea. While e cigarettes are not strictly speaking cessation devices officially as yet the scope is there and many tobacco smokers have already made the switch, working to strengthen and protect their health while still enjoying the comforting and quality e smoke that they have grown to love.

Flying with your e-cig

  1. Make sure you do not have more liquid than they allow. Each bottle has to be 3.4oz or less. 3.4oz is the equivalent to 100ml
  2. If you have a device with an internal battery, make sure it is TURNED OFF!
  3. If you have external batteries, make sure they are in battery sleeves or cases. You should also take the batteries out of your mod and store them, as well.
  4. DON’T put your e-cig in checked bags! They will be confiscated if security finds them.
  5. If you are bringing your e-cig in your carry-on luggage, don’t bring attention to it. If it’s not illegal to possess, let TSA do their job. If they ask you about it, explain what it is.
  6. If you have any specific questions about flying with your device, contact the airline and your local airport! They will let you know what is allowed and what isn’t.

Final Thoughts for Flying with your e-cig

Even after following all of the current rules, some people are still having problems while flying with e-cigs. There have been reports out of Michigan where e-cigs are being confiscated by security because they are “not sure” if the liquid contains THC. Now, Michigan is a Medical Marijuana state and that may have something to do with these instances. My personal experience flying out of Florida has been that as long as my juice is in smaller bottles in a clear plastic bag no one even asks a question. Please just be smart and whatever you do DON’T VAPE ON THE PLANE or you may ruin flying with your e-cig for all of us.

There is a proposed ban of flying with any electronic cigarette device that could go into effect by the end of the year! If you want to keep your right to vape and travel, be smart and safe while transporting these devices!

E-Cigs Reversing Harm From Smoking? Interview with Professor Polosa

Harm reduction.

That’s been the key argument for switching from cigarettes to vaping.

But what if vaping didn’t just to lead to harm reduction but harm reversal?

Professor Polosa has been studying the effect vaping has on patients with blood pressure and asthma, and kindly agreed to answer a few of our questions.

What is it in smoking that leads to higher blood pressure?

The interaction between smoking and blood pressure (BP) is complex.

Cigarette smoking is known to cause acute elevation in BP, mainly via the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system by nicotine in the tobacco smoke. Activation of this neural pathway will release catecholamines (e.g. epinephrine and norepinephrine) in the circulation and, in turn, catecholamines – by increasing heart rate and cardiac contractility and by constricting cutaneous vascular bed and coronary vessels – will elicit a transient increase in BP.

However, it must be noted, that several constituents in the tobacco smoke may have a more long lasting impact on BP.

By impairing the function of the cells lining the vessel wall, by contributing to arterial stiffness, by sustaining systemic inflammation, by driving lipid modification, and by favouring susceptibility to blood clotting, tobacco smoke is likely to increase the risk of developing arterial hypertension. Thus, switching to a non-combustible smoking alternative (i.e. e-cigarettes; tobacco heated products; smokeless tobacco products) will have substantial beneficial effects in individuals with high blood pressure.

What have been your key findings with patients who have asthma and high blood pressure?

Substitution of cigarette smoking with a vaping lifestyle in these patients has led to a substantial reduction in conventional cigarette consumption.

This was paralleled by substantial improvements in their subjective and objective health outcomes. In asthmatic patients, we observed significant and stable improvements in respiratory symptoms, disease exacerbation rates and lung function already after 6 months of regular e-cigarette use, and persisting for up to 2 years.

In patients with established hypertension, we have shown marked reduction in systolic and diastolic BP as well as clinically relevant improvements in BP control. Interestingly, switching to regular e-cigarette use in these patients populations was not associated with the much-dreaded post-cessation weight gain.

How do you think vaping is leading to a drop in blood pressure? (Is it simply the absence of smoking rather than the act of vaping that helps?)

I believe that it is not simply the absence or the reduction of tobacco consumption that leads to an improvement in BP. There is more much more.

Probably, also the ritualistic and behavioural components associated with vaping may help smokers with hypertension by alleviating the anxiety and craving usually associated with smoking abstinence, so leading indirectly to a better control of rebound in BP. Moreover, our studies have shown that quitting by vaping substantially limits post-cessation weight gain.

Considering that higher risk for future development of hypertension after smoking cessation has been also attributed to post-cessation weight gain, switching to e-cigarettes and limiting post-cessation weight gain further contributes to the positive long-term effects of cessation on BP and BP control.

How long is it before smokers start to feel improvements in their health (both blood pressure and asthma)?

In smokers with asthma or with hypertension, we have noted improvements as early as 6 months. I believe that is also possible to detect improvements at earlier time points. Unfortunately, our studies were not designed to allow earlier assessments of health outcomes.

How dramatic is the improvement, and is it improvement that has been experienced by all smokers who have switched to vaping?

The observed improvements in respiratory and cardiovascular health outcomes were not dramatic, but of clinical relevance and with a clear measurable impact on their quality of life. These improvements were not only noted in those who were exclusively using e-cigarettes, but also in those who indulged consuming some conventional cigarettes (i.e. dual users).

How has the improvement affected their quality of life?

Smokers with asthma switching to ECs experienced a better control of respiratory symptoms with less asthma attacks and better quality of sleep. Although not measured specifically, a reduction in symptomatic medications (e.g. bronchodilators, oral steroids) and their associated side effects is very likely in patients who have an overall improvement in respiratory symptoms.

Smokers with high BP or hypertension switching to vaping felt more relaxed and less anxious, with significant improvement in their psychological and social life. No substantial reduction or change in their antihypertensive drugs was noted during the 12-months observation period.

Is it only patients who switched 100% who benefited, or did dual users also experience any benefit?

Also dual users benefited from switching. I believe that these unexpected findings are due to the fact that all dual users in our studies reduced substantially their level of cigarette consumption to below 5 cig/day (i.e., heavy reducers). Thus, harmful effects of cigarette smoke on the respiratory and vascular system can be reversed when the level of smoking reduction becomes substantial.

Why did you choose these specific areas to research?

Besides, being the Director of a very busy medical ward, I am also responsible for several cardiovascular, metabolic and respiratory outpatient clinics. So it was relatively easy for us to identify patients with asthma and hypertension who vaped regularly.

I think it’s fantastic that at a time when a lot of research is theoretical or involves some speculation, you have real world research, which shows the actual health effects of switching to vaping.

What other areas of health do you think are ripe for research?

I agree. For that reason we are now targeting patients with COPD and diabetes. I think other areas worth exploring are those of chronic neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as in patients with mental illnesses. Also, vaping should be re-evaluated in the light of its potential for administration of medical products with much improved adherence.

Once again, a big thank you to Professor Polosa for taking the time to answer our questions. At a time when many vapers are confused about the benefits of vaping, his research continues to provide vapers with clear guidance.

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5 Main Reasons Why People Vape

Vaporizing has become an increasingly popular worldwide trend since 2004, but why people vape can vary vastly.

Information and clinical studies reached an all time high from 2014-2016 with numerous publications emerging about the positive aspects of vaporizing, especially versus traditionally tobacco cigarettes.

So why do people choose vaporizing?  There are five main reasons why people vape or usually take up vaping as an activity…

Quit Smoking

 

The reformed smoker is the most common vape user. They have beat a long and difficult battle of addiction to traditional tobacco cigarettes. These vapers are now healthier, happier and advocates for the future of vaping.

Smokers turned vapors are usually more educated than the general public when it comes to the safety and studies regarding vaporizing. They are aware of that vaping is 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.

They choose to vape because there are studies that advice that vaping does not impact lung or heart health.

“Even if there are long-term vapers, this is not a problem, as long as they quit smoking. The problem is combusted tobacco, not nicotine. At the dosage used by vapers or users of nicotine gums or patches, nicotine is not toxic. Long term vaping is not a public health problem; not any more than long term use of nicotine gums.”

– Dr. Jean-François Etter

Hobbyists

The vape hobbyist is the user who owns multiple devices, knows all the parts and how to get the best from their vape. They have all the accessories, spare parts on hand and maybe even make their own.

Much like car enthusiasts vaping is a layered hobby with each model having uniqueness and just like car collectors there is the vape fanatic. The hobbyist vaper tends to love doing cloud tricks such blowing o’s to show off how their vapes creates excellent cloud production. They may even enjoy making others try their devices to experience their quality.

Vape enthusiasts Jeff said,

“Once I tried vaping at age 30 I was obsessed. I had smoked cigarettes for over 15 years and had quit more than 4 times with constant relapsing. I found vaping through my sister-in-law and I haven’t smoked a cigarette in over 2 years. I now own over 7 vaporizers ranging from portable to desktop models. I use all of my devices depending on my vaping needs and I am constantly adding to my collection of devices, juices and herbs. Vaporizing changed my life, my family’s life, and I am thankful.”

Connoisseurs

Vape fanatics are lovers of taste, cloud production, smoothness, and hits. These experienced users are open to trying to new flavours, combinations, PG/VG ratios, and adore discussing these topics with fellow vape devotees.

They also often have many different juices or herbs that they use for different experiences or needs. They have most likely tried add-ons to devices such as bubblers to enrich both the taste and vapor.

“I watched while the LED light that simulates the red ember of a burning cigarette glowed in response to my pull on the E-Cig, and as I pulled away and breathed in, I fell in love. There was the kick I had been craving; there was the feeling of something in my hand; there was the ‘smoke’ that danced from my mouth like a frozen whisper.” – Sur La Terre Magazine

Relaxation and Medicinal Therapy

The vape herbalists knows the endless bounty of nature, they recognize that almost any ailment can be relieved using a form of herbal or aromatherapy. The medicinal vaper most likely uses dry herbs or therapeutic juices which are different than usual e-juice to help alleviate their symptoms which can range from headaches to digestive issues.

Whether the plant product used for vaping is lavender or even tobacco the means by which users choose impacts their health above all.

Dr. Robert West said “If those young people are people who would have smoked but instead they’re using e-cigarettes, then that’s a huge public health gain. If they’re people who would never have smoked but they’ve taken up e-cigarettes, frankly in public health terms it’s not really an issue – it’s like drinking coffee or something, there’s no real risk associated with it.”

The Socialites

For social or active people vaporizing can be an excellent way to mingle amongst friends or even strangers. Vapers connect with others over vaping stories, juice flavours, sharing of juice or herbs, and advice or tips from trusted sources.

Similar to wine parties, or fondu there is now a rise of vaping parties or vape groups. The social vaper usually had their first vaping experience amongst a group of friends. They tend to love the more bold and trendy devices.

A quote by Reddit user Ian said it best

“If we’re honest, blowing smoke makes people feel pretty cool. A lot of us as kids used to act like we were smoking cigarettes when it was cold out and you could see your breath in the air. Even though you might think it looks dumb, some people think it makes you cool, and it can give the person who’s vaping a heightened sense of self security.”

10 of the Best Vaping Tricks: How To & Videos

Vaping is storming the internet – from vape photography, vaping vloggers, community events across the world and of course the rise of the e-cigarette itself. Vaping was actually first invented about 15 years ago, when Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, created a static table version called the Ruyan – it was a device that allowed the smoker to inhale nicotine without tobacco. The idea materialized when Hon Lik’s father sadly passed away from lung cancer, spurring inspiration for a healthier alternative.

Today, e-cigarettes are a lot more compact and advanced for the vaper – and the community has vastly expanded! Vaping is becoming so much more than just a leisurely activity, it is a lifestyle – and is even providing entertainment for those who love to show off what they can do with their vapes…

These best vaping tricks range from minuscule to masterpiece, though everyone has to start somewhere! Some don’t take much time or practice to master, but on the other end of the spectrum, there are acknowledged ‘cloud chasers’ who will blow your mind with what they can do with some vape!

10 of the Best Vaping Tricks

1. The Os

Once you’ve mastered your Os, you can do anything. Developing other tricks and techniques comes from knowing the basics. Different styles, shapes and forms can be created depending on how far away your face is from the Os that you blow. According to Wikihow, these are the steps to creating the perfect O:

  • Take a long hit, gather the vapor it in your mouth but don’t inhale it in your lungs
  • Purse your lips in a small and comfortable “o” shape
  • Push small amounts of vapor out by contracting your glottis and pushing the air through your lips. Keep your lips steady as you’re doing this and make sure your tongue is far back in your mouth and that you have enough vapor to form a full ring.

Practice makes perfect and once you have this technique, prepare to enthrall, entrance and shake up family parties.

2. Stable Rings

Forming the Os is the first step, but then you need to learn how to stabilize those rings so that you can now use them for vape tricks. Harrison describes how to use ‘the cough’ and your hands to push and shape your rings!

3. The Jellyfish

The Jellyfish can be mastered once you’ve got your O’s. Using a decent vape setup, the idea is to get an O out with speed and bend it with your hand to enable its expansion. Taking another drag on your vape, accurately shoot the vapor through the O to create a jellyfish-like effect! It’s rather remarkable.

4. Shark Bends

Shark bends involve blowing an O and then pushing it either with your hand or sucking it with your mouth to shoot it off in the opposite direction. A distinct and abrupt change in the O’s direction of travel, mimics the swift movement of the deep sea killer, hence the name. As the demonstrator suggests, once you have your shark bend, you can add in a jellyfish to create a truly boggling showcase.

5. Triangles

The technique to blowing triangles starts with blowing a milky dense O. Push the O with either your right or left hand and use the other hand to push it down – do this twice and time it right to form a triangle. Demonstrator A kidz creates a perfect example in the video on how to form an accurate shape and then utilize it for showmanship.

6. Saturn

An impressive feat is clearing your throat of a planet – am I right?

7. The Lasso

Bend a fast moving O and shoot out a second O through the center of the first one – it will naturally wrap around, creating a lasso effect! Yee-hah!

8. The Bane

Fan of DC comics? Perhaps this is the vaping trick for you! Impersonate the infamous Batman villain; Bane. Youtube vlogger ‘Abby Vapes’ demonstrates and explains how to correctly perform this effective trick using your teeth and your nose!

9. The Dragon

A fairly simple sounding trick formed by blowing vape through your nose and mouth at the same time – however, it’s all about co-ordination! Once again, Abby Vapes creates an easy tutorial on how to look like a fearless dragon! Mordor, here you come.

10. The Tornado

One of my favorites (as it’s easy yet effective) – the tornado should be achieved by blowing vapor closely onto a flat surface, like a table, and then using your hands to shape the spin, speed and turn of a ferocious twister! It’s like watching The Day After Tomorrow 2.

There we have it, and to top it all off, here is a compilation of some of 2016’s best vaping tricks – enjoy!