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  • Cloud chasing with high vg eliquid

    Could cloud chasing be your new vaping sport of choice?

    There's a new sport sweeping across America and slowly making an impact here in the UK too, but it's a sport like no other. Cloud chasing, also known as extreme vaping, is not only a pastime for vaping enthusiasts, but a career for many professionals who compete to create the biggest, most impressive clouds.

    What is cloud chasing?

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    Cloud chasing first began on the West Coast of the USA when electronic cigarettes began to grow in popularity from 2007 onwards. With the development of more advanced atomisers and e-cig technology, vaping enthusiasts began to heavily modify their electronic cigarettes in order to maximise the amount of vapour produced.

    What began as a hobby quickly turned into a competition, as groups of vapers, known as cloud chasers, began to come together at vape shops or vape cafes to compare e-cig models, modifications and eliquid in an attempt to produce the biggest plumes of vapour. Friendly contests soon evolved into more formal competitions, and there are now several major contests all over the USA, the most notable being the World Series of Vape in Las Vegas and the International Cloud Championships in California.

    Cloud chasing competitions are designed to be fun, friendly events where the passionate vaping community can come together to discuss mods and techniques, but in recent years the competitive side has definitely been rising and prize money for each competition can range from $250 to $2000. It's not just prize money that professionals have access to either; many of the most talented vapers are sponsored by e-cigarette and eliquid companies, both of which are eager for their products to be endorsed by professional cloud chasers who are looked up to within the vaping community. These types of opportunities give vapers the chance to turn their hobby into full time, and highly lucrative, careers.

    Although the USA is where the biggest cloud chasing competitions are at, there are a few quietly cropping up in the UK too, as well as many meet-ups and events where cloud chasers can get together to share technique. Festivals and expos such Vape Jam and Vaper Expo offer plenty of opportunities for enthusiasts to show off their skills, but in coming years we expect even more high profile cloud chasing events to kick off in the UK.

    Style and substance

    The aim of the game with cloud chasing competitions is to produce the biggest, densest cloud of vapour possible, but there is a little more to the hobby than that.

    Many cloud chasers are skilled in performing smoke tricks and can mesmerise their audience with complex manipulation of vapour. Just like cloud chasing, vape tricks require a huge amount of vapour and advanced modification of e-cigarettes. It also takes months of practise to perfect technique.

    How to make big clouds

    There is no easy way to produce huge clouds and it takes many months and a great deal of investment to do so. However, it all begins with sub ohm vaping.



    Sub ohm vaping

    Sub ohm vaping is the use of an atomiser which has a coil with a resistance of less than 1.0 ohms. These types of atomisers have large wicks and wires, and are able to conduct more heat over a larger areas. This means that more eliquid is vaporised with each inhalation, and more vapour is produced. The lower the resistance, the bigger the clouds, which is why advanced sub ohm tanks allow users to adjust the resistance to suit their tastes.

    There are many benefits to sub ohm vaping aside from cloud chasing. The resulting vapour is warmer, which for many mimics the sensation of smoking and results in a more satisfying vaping experience. Plus, since denser vapour is produced, sub ohm vaping can produce much better flavour from your vape juice of choice. However, you should be aware that sub ohm vaping tends to require a large battery, and a lot more juice than normal atomisers.

    Most cloud chasers will modify and rebuild their sub ohm atomisers in order to even further increase the amount of vapour generated. It is standard practise for them to create their own coils and also drill extra air holes in order to increase the amount of air passing over the coils with each inhalation, which helps to produce even more vapour.

    High VG eliquid

    If you don't know the difference between PG and VG vape juice, it's time to learn because the ratio of each significantly affects the amount of vapour generated.

    PG (propylene glycol) is an artificial substance which tends to be very thin in consistency. It can be quite harsh and produces a strong throat hit, which many people like as it mimics the sensation of smoking a real cigarette, but it produces very little vapour. VG (vegetable glycol) is derived from vegetables and is therefore more natural than PG. It tends to have a much thicker consistency, provides very little throat hit, but tends to produce much more vapour than PG.

    Most eliquid contains a mixture of PG and VG in order to offer a good balance between generous amounts of clouds and a satisfying throat hit, but there are many ratios on the market which allow vapers to get the perfect balance to suit their tastes. However, since VG produces plenty of vapour, most cloud chasers choose to vape with high VG eliquid, or even 100% VG juice. If you're interested in getting into cloud chasing or vape tricks, a high VQ eliquid is definitely a great place to start.

    Safe mods

    It's important to point out that modifying an electronic cigarette requires a great deal of skill and understanding of the technology involved. The lower the resistance of your atomiser, the more heat it produces, which can be dangerous. However, provided that you do plenty of research before tinkering with your e-cig, you should be able to safely and spectacularly chase clouds like the USA professionals. At VapingLiquid.com we have a range of tank mods available which offer the perfect starting point for experienced vapers who are ready to try their hand at cloud chasing modification - head to our store now to check them out.

  • Vaping news -non smokers unlikely to take up vaping

    Do non smokers vape

    There have been lots of developments in the vaping industry this month, including important new findings on attitudes towards electronic cigarette use, and an innovative new hybrid device that combines vaping with real tobacco. Read on to find out more.

    CDC study shows non-smokers are highly unlikely to start vaping

    A newly released American study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has given good evidence to suggest that very few non-smokers try vaping. One of the most common arguments against electronic cigarette use is that they may encourage non-smokers to vape and develop an addiction to nicotine, or even be used as a gateway to traditional smoking. This study helps to dispel this belief and further reinforces the benefits that vaping provides to those who want to quit smoking tobacco.

    The CDC study has also provided further insight into the types of people likely to try vaping, which is incredibly useful for the American electronic cigarette market. Adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were most likely to try vaping (21.6%), while those over the age of 65 were least likely to sample it (3.7%). The likelihood of people trialling electronic cigarettes decreases with age; 16.6% of 25 to 44-year olds have tried it, while just 10.2% of 45 to 64-year olds gave e-cigs a try. Men were also slightly more likely to try vaping than women, with 14.2% of men giving vaping a go compared to 11.2% of women.

    However, the most significant find of the study was that current smokers (15.9%) and those who had quit smoking within the past year (22%) were the most likely groups to quit smoking, and current smokers who tried to quit within the past year were more likely to vape (20.3%) than those who had not attempted to quit tobacco (11.8%). This demonstrates that those who want to quit smoking view electronic cigarettes as a safe alternative to tobacco and an effective method of giving up normal cigarettes.

    Over 50% of Americans misinformed about health benefits of e-cigs

    Meanwhile, another study conducted on behalf of the Boston Globe and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that many Americans are ignorant to the health benefits of vaping as a result of inaccurate scare stories spread by public health campaigners. 32% of the public said that they believed vaping to be just as harmful as smoking tobacco, while 6% even believed it to be more dangerous. 14% were unable to state whether or not they believed vaping to be safer or not, which suggests that there is simply a lack of knowledge on the subject among American people.

    There is currently no evidence to suggest that e-cigs cause lung cancer, heart disease or any other health conditions associated with tobacco use, and in August this year Public Health England even concluded that e-cigs are 95% safer than tobacco. Despite this, it seems that a large proportion of Americans are unaware that vaping is a safer alternative and there needs to be far more accurate information made available to the public to change views and encourage more smokers to make the change to improve their health.

    President of the American Vaping Association, Gregory Conley, has proclaimed it a "scandal" that over half of Americans are misinformed or simply uneducated on the subject. His belief is that "dishonest and unethical campaign tactics" are smearing the reputation of electronic cigarette use, and that if current public opinion is to support heavy taxing of e-cigs, those who want to use the devices to quit tobacco will be punished and will find it much more difficult to beat the habit and improve their health.

    Hybrid electronic cigarette set to launch

    British American Tobacco is set to launch a new hybrid electronic cigarette called iFuse which is said to allow smokers to continue to use tobacco with reduced health risks. The e-cig will contain very small amounts of tobacco in an attempt to give a better flavour, without creating harmful toxic emissions or second-hand smoke.

    The iFuse will look and work in the same way as a normal e-cig, but heated vapour will pass through a small capsule of real tobacco in order to give a better flavour. Since the tobacco is only warmed and not burned, the resulting emissions will be much cleaner in comparison to cigarettes. Kingsley Wheaton, director of technology at British American Tobacco, has explained that, so far, toxicological studies performed on the devices show that aerosols emitted from the iFuse are similar to those emitted from a normal vaping device. However, health research is still in its very early stages and there is much more to be done before it is understood if the iFuse will be as safe as normal electronic cigarettes.

    Since the iFuse will only gradually be rolled out, it will likely be some time before we see significant reviews and really understand if the device provides a better vaping experience, particularly when up against sub ohm tanks which already provide improved flavour and a warm vape to better mimic the process of smoking tobacco. Although the hybrid devices are said to significantly reduce the harmful effects of tobacco, they will still contain a small amount of tobacco and this may put off many e-cig users who have turned to Kanger devices and similar sub ohm tanks to avoid the health risks that tobacco presents.

    Furthermore, the iFuse will be subject to the same levels of regulation and tax as traditional tobacco products; they will still contain graphic health warnings on the packets and be hidden from view at tobacco kiosks. However, since the amount of tobacco in the iFuse devices will be much less than that of a packet of cigarettes or tobacco, the overall tax cost is likely to be smaller, which may appeal to current smokers who are interested in switching to a more cost effective option. For those who have already made a successful, permanent switch to e-cigs though, using the iFuse may seem like a step backwards

  • Vaping news: e-cigs 95% healthier than tobacco

    It's been an exciting week in the vaping industry with vapers across the world, including us here at VapingLiquid.com, talking about a new independent review which claims it is far safer to vape than to smoke normal tobacco. Read all about it here, along with other international electronic cigarette news.

    Public Health England announce vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking

    A new ground-breaking review undertaken by Public Health England has concluded that electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than normal cigarettes. The findings of the review are making headlines all over the world as health professionals who were previously dubious about the health benefits of vaping may now begin to endorse them as a successful method of quitting tobacco.

    The review was undertaken by independent experts which means its findings can be deemed highly reliable and credible. In the past, many studies into the health effects of electronic cigarettes have been funded by tobacco companies and have therefore been highly scrutinised and deemed biased and unreliable. Since this review was publicly funded, both the general public and health professionals can be confident of its accuracy.

    There are three highly important points to take note of from the review:

    1. Smoking an electronic cigarette is 95% less harmful than smoking normal cigarettes.

    2. So far there is no evidence to suggest that vaping acts as a progressive route to tobacco smoking for non-smokers or children.

    3. 44.8% of the UK population do not realise that smoking an e-cig is significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco.

    Points 1 and 2 address the key concern that many healthcare professionals have had about e-cigarettes up to now; that they may pose dangerous health risks, and that they may encourage young people and non-smokers to begin smoking tobacco. With these two concerns dispelled, we may see health ministers and governing bodies around the world become more accepting of vaping.

    Now, Public Health England's biggest concern is over point 3; that almost half of people in the UK don't understand how much less harmful e-cigs are compared to normal cigarettes. 22.7% of people stated that they didn't know whether it is harmful to vape, while 22.1% believed it to be equally or more harmful than smoking tobacco.

    If these opinions are to be maintained, it could mean that many people are continuing to smoke tobacco in the belief that vaping wouldn't be any better for their health. It is therefore crucial to raise awareness of the health benefits of vaping in order to encourage more people to make the switch and minimise the harmful effects of tobacco.

    Public Health England has also found evidence to suggest that the highest successful rates of quitting tobacco are found among those who vape while receiving support from their local stop smoking service. This finding suggests that NHS smoking cessation programmes should be recommending the use of e-cigs to give participants the best level of support and chance of quitting.

    One independent author of the study, Professor Peter Hajek, even went as far as to say that smokers should experiment with different types of e-cigs in order to increase their chances of successfully quitting. He said that many may not enjoy the first vaping juice that they try, but rather than reverting back to normal cigarettes "it may take some experimentation with different products and e-liquids to find the right one." This is fantastic news for the e-liquid industry as it means that a wide variety of different brands and flavours of juices will always be an important part of helping people to quit smoking.

    Overall, PHE's review should mark a shift in attitudes towards electronic cigarettes and we look forward to seeing greater acceptance of those who vape throughout the UK.

    Guardian reports that young people smoke e-cigs for better social life

    Having spoken to a number of young adults about their smoking habits, the Guardian has reported that many have swapped tobacco for e-liquid in order to enjoy a better social life.

    Rather than being segregated outside with normal cigarettes or berated by friends for smelling of smoke, young people are rapidly switching to electronic cigarettes which give them the flexibility to vape almost anywhere without harming the people around them. They also stated that vaping makes them feel much healthier, too.

    Although only anecdotal evidence, this report demonstrates that the younger generation are keen to change their smoking habits. It also suggests that vaping is a much more socially acceptable habit than tobacco smoking which is helping to stamp out the taboos around e-cigs.

    National Fatwa Council announces vaping is prohibited for Muslims

    The chairman of the National Fatwa Council in Malaysia has announced that the use of electronic cigarettes is haram, which means it is forbidden by Islamic law.

    The announcement comes after the council recently recommended that Muslims avoid vaping until further evidence of its effect on health was established. Just a week later and in spite of the comprehensive review from Public Health England, the council has deemed e-cigarettes to be wasteful and harmful to health.

    The decision is in keeping with the council's views of normal cigarettes and shisha, both of which are also deemed as haram. Although e-cigs pose lower health risks than tobacco, vaping juice still contains nicotine and it is this which has caused the council to label it haram.

    It is yet unknown how the council's announcement will affect the use of electronic cigarettes throughout Malaysia. Muslims make up 61% of the country's population, but considering that 23% of the population smoke tobacco it can be assumed that many ignore the council's ruling on tobacco being forbidden. Those who use electronic cigarettes may therefore also choose to continue to vape despite the council's announcement.

    Vaping was recently in the headlines in Malaysia when it was announced there would be a crackdown on the prevalence of cannabis flavoured e-liquid in order to improve the reputation of electronic cigarettes. The ruling from the National Council Fatwa is therefore a step backwards for a a country which has an ever-growing vaping industry. However, with increasing amounts of evidence building to prove that vaping is a healthy option, there is still a good chance that attitudes towards electronic cigarettes will improve and the industry will continue to boom.
  • Vaping news e cig research and smoking cessation

    Vaping news 

    There's been lots of interesting vaping news emerging over the past week, including talk of increased research into the use of electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. At Vaping Liquid we think this can only be a good thing for the vape industry; the better understanding we all have of e-cigs, the more they can be used to help people to successfully quit tobacco. Read on to learn more:

    Cancer Research UK has big plans for e-cig research

    Cancer Research UK recently published a new blog [http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2015/08/11/e-cigarettes-answering-the-burning-questions/] in which they discussed their plans to invest in research into electronic cigarettes and vaping. The charity have already praised the way in which e-cigs can help people quit tobacco and reduce their risk of cancer, but their dedication to research into electronic cigarettes is a really positive step towards a greater acceptance of vaping.



    The charity aims to explore not only the long-term effects of vaping on our health, but also the way in which e-cigs effect our behaviour when attempting to quit smoking. Although there's plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that vaping helps people to quit tobacco, there is currently very little scientific research to back this up. Cancer Research UK understand that with legislative decisions on e-cigs looming, it's critical to gather statistics now on the merits of vaping, so that electronic cigarettes can remain a viable option for those who want to give up tobacco.

    Over the coming years, Cancer Research UK plan to invest in research in the following areas:

    - Drivers - the external factors which affect behaviour and perceptions on e-cigs.
    - Perceptions - the psychological factors which affect the use of e-cigs.
    - Behaviours - the patterns of use of both e-cigs and tobacco use, including the effectiveness of vaping when quitting cigarettes.
    - Mechanisms - the biological effects of vaping, including investigation into device types and juice types.
    - Outcomes - the long term effects of e-cig use.

    We imagine that both the vaping community and healthcare professionals will benefit from having a greater understanding of all these factors and look forward to hearing more about Cancer Research UK's studies over the coming years.

    Derby's first vaping cafe bar opens



    A new specialist vaping cafe bar has opened in Derby, to the delight of many electronic cigarette users in the city. Although not the first of its kind to open in the UK (there are already similar vaping cafes dotted around the country), it is the first to open in the Midlands, a landmark which the cafe's owners, brothers Blake and Mark, are incredibly proud of. The cafe, called Vapey Jacks Vape Lounge and Bottle Bar, isn't just a venue for vaping; it sells and repairs electronic cigarettes and has its own brand of craft beers and coffee on offer.

    It's fantastic to see increasing numbers of vaping bars such as this one cropping up around the UK. Although it's legal to use electronic cigarettes in public places, many pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants ban them from being used indoors, which is making it difficult for vapers to find establishments which do not force them to vape outdoors. With more e-cig-friendly establishments opening across the country we hope that vaping will become more acceptable in public places as people realise that it is an excellent alternative to normal cigarettes.

    Furthermore, we hope it will help to bring vaping communities closer together. Currently it is incredibly difficult for fellow vapers to meet in public for some cloud chasing and discussions about mods, sub ohm devices and e-liquids, but with the rise of vaping cafes we may see some exciting cloud chasing competitions in the UK in years to come.

    Crackdown needed on cannabis flavoured juice in Malaysia

    Key figures in the Malaysian vaping industry have said that a crackdown on cannabis flavoured e-cig juice is essential if the industry is not to be given a bad name. It is becoming an increasingly common problem that vaporisers are being used for drugs and as a result the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department has formed a task force to investigate the sale and use of cannabis flavoured liquids.

    Although it is unlikely that these cheap e-liquid flavours contain the real drug or cause any kind of intoxication, the industry does not want to be seen to be promoting drug use in any way. Malaysia has the second largest vape industry in the world after the United States, however it is notoriously unregulated. It is hoped that by preventing the sale of cannabis flavoured juice and the use of drugs with vaporisers, the industry's reputation will begin to improve and the general public will see the benefits of vaping.

    E-cigs could reduce need for NHS smoking support programmes

    There has been a significant decline in the number of people using NHS support services to help them quit smoking, and the change has been attributed to the rise of electronic cigarettes. The number of recorded attempts to quit tobacco with the help of the NHS has reportedly dropped by 13% in recent years, while areas in the south of Scotland have reported that less people than ever before are using their Smoking Matters programme. In just one area where the service has been available, Dumfries and Galloway, only 102 people used the service successfully; a staggering 251 less than the area's target.

    Dr Andrew Carnon, a Public Health Consultant, has stated that the the popularity of e-cigs could be one reason why less people are turning to the NHS to quit tobacco. With vaporisers so easy to access, people can take steps themselves to give up normal cigarettes without feeling as though they need to visit their GP for help.

    The NHS currently does not have a clear viewpoint on the use of e-cigs, with some health professionals being supportive of their use as a smoking cessation aid, while others remain dubious about the long-term health impacts of vaping. However, Dr Carnon suggested that this is an opportunity for the NHS to conduct more research into e-cigs in order to properly understand the benefits of vaporisers and adapt their smoking support services accordingly