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  • Vaping juice far safer than smoking tobacco

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    A land mark study carried out by the University College London and funded by Cancer Research UK has found Vaping to be ‘far safer than smoking’

    The study undertaken by 181 smokers or ex-smokers looked at the changes that took place to each individual after they switched to vaping. Measurements of various toxins and cancer causing carcinogens where recorded after the volunteers started vaping and stopped smoking tobacco products.

    Once completed the study’s conclusion was that vaping is far safer than smoking.

    This is one of the first studies to be undertaken outside of a laboratory so the results are much more accurate in terms of what happens in the ‘real world’.

    Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: "Around a third of tobacco caused deaths are due to cancer, so we want to see many more of the UK's 10 million smokers break their addiction.

    "This study adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long-term effects of these products will be minimal.

    "Understanding and communicating the benefits of nicotine replacements, such as e-cigarettes, is an important step towards reducing the number of tobacco-related deaths here in the UK."

    Each of the 181 volunteers undertook a detailed questionnaire and gave saliva, breath, and urine samples. The results showed significantly lower levels of cancer-causing substances and toxic chemicals in the samples of the volunteers who had already been using electronic cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

    An un expected result showed that for the people in the study called ‘combined users’ who had been trying to give up smoking by using both traditional cigarettes and a vaping device their toxic and carcinogen levels remained very high, and like that of a full smoker.

    One of the researchers Robert West said E-cigarettes are likely to be beneficial only if complete cessation of combustible cigarette smoking is achieved. Thus, dual users should be encouraged to cease using combustible products to reduce long-term health risks.”

    The test which took 6 months to complete aimed to assess the various effects on long term vaping or the use of NRT It compared

    • current smokers of cigarettes only
    • former smokers using e-cigarettes-only or NRT-only
    • combination smokers – cigarette smokers also using an e-cigarette or NRT

    Overall the results are very positive in the favour of vaping. They conclude that former smokers who have now switched to vaping have significantly lower levels, in fact 97% lower levels of cancer causing chemical NNAL than that of smokers.

    University College London’s lead author, Dr Lion Shahab said: “Our study adds to existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy are far safer than smoking and suggests that there is a very low risk associated with their long-term use. We’ve shown that the levels of toxic chemicals in the body from e-cigarettes are considerably lower than suggested in previous studies using simulated experiments.”

    Dr Lion also added: “This means some doubts about the safety of e-cigarettes may be wrong. Our results also suggest that while e-cigarettes are not only safer the amount of nicotine they provide is not noticeably different to conventional cigarettes. This can help people to stop smoking altogether by dealing with their cravings in a safer way.”

  • Heat sticks to compete with vape devices

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    As the vape industry gets to grips with the changes the imminent Tobacco Products Directive will cause when it comes into force of 20th May of this year there are also other big electronic cigarette news stories coming out daily which may affect the way in which we vape in years to come.

    British American Tobacco create second biggest tobacco company with $50 billion takeover.

    Firstly, British American Tobacco has just landed a $50 billion deal to merge with Reynolds an American tobacco company, forming the world’s largest tobacco company to date.

    British American Tobacco has over 200 brands including, Dunhill, Rothmans, Lucky Strike, Benson and Hedges and Kent which will now play alongside Reynolds big brands which include Newport, Camel and Pall Mall.

    Reynolds successfully took over Lorillard in a $25 billion dollar deal last year. The combined company after being forced to sell off a number of brands was then purchased by Britain’s Imperial Tobacco for $7.1 billion.

    The BAT press office has tweeted that it’s merger will serve to strengthen their power in the tobacco world and create a stronger global tobacco and next generation products business. Their combined company will benefit from strong growth dynamics and a leading presence in key markets.

    It will make them the second largest Tobacco Company the first being China National Tobacco Co.

    Their combined size and new found force in the electronic cigarette and vape market will no doubt have a huge impact on the vape industry and allow for expansion. Reynolds already has Vuse which is an already popular e cig vape brand.

    So after 300 years of the Tobacco industry thinking that smoking would never change what we could now see from the big Tobacco companies is a new wave of realisation that Vaping is here to stay with new devices being offered to the comsumer.

    New product could give us a third way to get our nicotine hit!

    From the company that has for year produced Marlboro cigarettes we have a new kid on the block.

    The new iQOS is somewhere between smoking and vape and could provide a third way of getting that nicotine hit.

    Philip Morris International is behind the new device which is a smokeless cigarette and uses a special Tobacco heating system rather than burning to get the nicotine from the Heatsticks that are used inside the device.

    Heatsticks look a lot like small cigarettes and come in boxes of 20 for around £8.00. They contain specially processed tobacco material and many filter sections. They have been designed specifically for the iQOS. Heat sticks do not produce ash as they do not burn they only heat to around 350 degrees, once at the correct temperature they give of tobacco vapour and are also soaked in Propylene Glycol which is what is also used in e liquid to give you vapour when you exhale.

    PMI is aiming this new device at smokers who are still struggling to quit cigarettes even with the help of vaping, patches, spray’s and gums.

    They state that in trials it delivered the same nicotine hit but with 90% less of the toxins inhaled by the user.

    The cost of producing the iQOS has been £2.4 billion spread over a 10-year development period and with medical testing already on going in Switzerland they hope to corner a new area of the smoking/vape market.


    Whichever way the vape industry big guns go, I’m sure that vaping is here to stay and will continue to evolve and grow as a market whatever the setbacks it may face are in the coming months.

  • New egic rules what vapers need to know

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    TPD EU Regulations and what it means for Vaping Liquid Vapers. customer service department is seeing many more emails asking why we are now ‘sold out’ of many of our 30ml liquids. This has led us to realise that many if not most of our vaping customers still don’t know about the impending TPD EU regulations that came into force last May and take full effect of May 20th this year, so we have written this article for you to get to grips with what the new legislation will mean for you, our customers and how these regulations and restrictions may mean that you will be forced to change your vaping habits or products you purchase.

    What is TPD?

    TPD stands for Tobacco Products Directive.

    Electronic cigarettes can be regulated in 2 ways, firstly under the EU Tobacco Products Directive  

    and secondly with licencing as medical products from the MHRA

    We have waded through these lengthy pages of legislation and listened to our customers needs to give you a simple easy to read and understand article that will provide you with all the information you need to know about what is about to happen in the vaping world.

    The Tobacco Products Directive is not a new legislation as it originally came out in 2001. It’s aim at the time was to reduce smoking in young adults across Europe. Then in 2014 the authorities decide to quietly attempt to add electronic cigarettes to this directive. Classing them as tobacco related products and after many unsuccessful attempts to get e cigs added to this law and almost hiding them in amongst other cigarette related restrictions such as more prominent health warnings, plain packaging and tighter age restrictions, the powers that be finally got there way!

    The new revised Tobacco Products Directive came into force on 20th May 2016 and proposed to class e cigarettes as a tobacco related product. The new rules call for changes as to how electronic cigarettes can be manufactured, sold to the consumer, and presented for sale.

    Companies where given a year in which to sell old stock that is non TPD compliant and manufactures have had to step through many hoops and spend large amounts of money to get their factories up to speed and to fulfil all that the EU Tobacco Products Directive requires of them.

    The main areas of the TPD that will undoubtedly affect Vapers in the UK are:

    E liquid maximum nicotine strength 20mg - Nicotine-containing liquid should only be allowed to be placed on the market under this Directive, where the nicotine concentration does not exceed 20 mg/ml. This concentration allows for a delivery of nicotine that is comparable to the permitted dose of nicotine derived from a standard cigarette during the time needed to smoke such a cigarette.

    This means that anyone wishing to vape a high nicotine strength e liquid will now be limited to 20mg as a maximum level available. A real blow for heavy smokers wanting to take up vaping to quit their smoking habit and vapers who liked to DIY and mix their own e juice.

    Tank size does not exceed 2ml –  In order to limit the risk associated with nicotine, maximum sizes for tanks and cartridges should be set.

    This means that many great sub ohm tanks will now become a thing of the past. The choice for sub ohm vaping mods is going to be greatly reduced and the amount of times you are going to have to refill your tank is going to increase enormously.

    Refill e liquid bottle size maximum 10ml – In order to limit the risk associated with nicotine, maximum sizes for refill containers should be set.

    This means saying good bye to large bottles of e liquid and hello to higher prices and let’s not forget all the extra packaging we are going to get through because of this.

    Leak free refilling - Electronic cigarettes and refill containers could create a health risk when in the hands of children. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that such products are child- and tamperproof, including by means of child-proof labelling, fastenings, and opening mechanisms.

    Not sure how they are going to control this one as surely filling your tank responsibly and safely is in the hands of the user? Re fill bottles are required to not leak if turned upside down and tanks are also required to not leak

    Electronic cigarette devices must deliver a consistent dose of nicotine - Delivery of nicotine doses at consistent levels under normal conditions of use is necessary for health protection, safety, and quality purposes, including to avoid the risk of accidental consumption of high doses.

    The style in which people vape differs greatly, some like to take a huge lung full and others take small drags so how this is meant to be implemented, again we are not sure!

    Packaging requirements, product approvals and data reporting - Electronic cigarettes and refill containers should be regulated by this Directive, unless they are - due to their presentation or function - subject to Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) or to Council Directive 93/42/EEC (3). Diverging legislation and practices as regards these products, including on safety requirements, exist between Member States, hence, action at Union level is required to improve the smooth functioning of the internal market. A high level of public health protection should be taken into account when regulating these products. In order to enable Member States to carry out their surveillance and control tasks, manufacturers and importers of electronic cigarettes and refill containers should be required to submit a notification of the relevant products before they are placed on the market.

    This means that all products and every e liquid in every strength available for purchase must be registered before sale. The information required to be submitted to their member state will have to include ingredients lists, detailed emissions data, toxicological data, information on nicotine doses and absorption data, opening and refilling mechanisms and production processes for every single product variation that they wish to sell. Every year data on sales volumes, product types, consumer preferences and surveys must be submitted to member states. This will only increase cost which will ultimately have to be passed on to the consumer making e-cigs less attractive. This will increase the cost of manufacture and cause the retail price to rise. Many of the quality control and safety laws set out by the Tobacco Products Directive have been welcomed by the vaping industry as it will keep consumers much safer.

    The future of Vaping is about to change forever!!!

    Many companies will no doubt struggle and may not survive the choppy waters ahead, we are all going to have to adapt to the new laws laid down for us and cope with reduced products available to sell and sadly the possible increase in prices that will come with all the extra red tape required but is committed to working through all the hoops that have been put in our way and will continue to deliver the service and high quality products you have come to enjoy and purchase from us over the years.

    We are in talks with new and existing suppliers so that after 20th May 2017 we are in a position to be able to offer great flavoured e liquids covering a variety of price ranges and brands.

    All our Vape box mods, including the Arc ranges, curve mini and istick 30 W are already TPD compliant as are our budget 100ml E liquid and our High VG Juice.

  • New Research on Vaping

     How can Vaping help smokers quit?

     New research is about to begin.

    Due to the huge increase in vaping there are now many studies being undertaken to find out all sorts of important information about the device. Many studies are concentrating on what might be the health implications of vaping both in the short term and the long term but the most recent study undertaken by the University of Queensland asks how vaping can help smokers quit.

    They have just begun a 5-year study into vaping being used as a harm reduction strategy and how it works as an aid to quitting cigarettes.

    They wish to get 600 vapers in Australia involved in their survey which will be completed over the next 5-year period and involve completing 3 on line surveys in that time. They will then be able to compare their findings with other countries including the UK, Canada and the USA.

    Dr Coral Gartner, School of Public Health, senior research fellow said “there is need for quality research on vaping which should include factors such as the type of device that is used, knowledge and attitudes about smoking and vaping, and views on how these should be regulated.

    Dr Gartner said she is also interested in the extent to which people vape without nicotine to replace behavioural aspects of smoking, such as inhaling and exhaling a mist, compared to vaping with nicotine to replace the nicotine they previously obtained from cigarettes.

    “We plan to follow participants over the five-year period to allow us to find out how their behaviour changes and how any changes in regulations during that time affect them,” she said.

    Participants need to be aged 18 years or older and currently vaping at least weekly, either with or without nicotine.

    Public health England has just released Its latest figures which show that smoking has dropped to an all-time low and many researchers are saying that it’s because the use of electronic cigarettes is still on the rise.

    Because of the Stoptober campaign there are now twice as many ex-smokers (14.6 million) in England as smokers (7.2 million). Last year the Stoptober campaign engaged with 2.5 million people who wanted to quit cigarettes and out of those, 500,000 people (20 %) managed to give up cigarettes and stay smoke free. Public health England says this result is the highest rate of success we have had so far and is very likely down to the use of electronic cigarette devises.

    Deputy chief medical officer Dr Gina Radford commented “While we know that quitting smoking is not easy, this Stoptober is a perfect time to try again. The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before. The introduction of standardised cigarette packs removes the glamorous branding and brings health warnings to the fore and e-cigarettes, which many smokers find helpful for quitting, are now being regulated to assure their safety and quality.”