So, a non smoker didn’t get addicted to nicotine after a month of vaping…….

vaping-e-cig-vapourWhat does this tell us?

According to the ‘facts’ nicotine is highly addictive – indeed under the new TPD regulations, e-cigarettes and e-liquid that contain nicotine have to have the following warning, “This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance, it is not recommended to be sold to non- smokers.”

See, nicotine is addictive.

But is it…….

(Before we go any further with this post – best to add the caveat that the non smoker involved in this is a Dr and TV presenter who did this for Horizon, and he had a load of tests done before and after the month of vaping.)

I’ve written about this before, and about how people ‘forget to vape’ and don’t panic if they leave their e-cig at home for the day, and how this raises the question of just how addictive is nicotine. Plus, I’ve always had a sneaky suspicion that the ‘fact’ people might have been wrong. After all, they can’t addict rats to nicotine, but they can humans?

Until the e-cig came along, the only way of getting nicotine, and a decent amount of it was through tobacco, be that snus, snuff, dipping, chewing or smoking it.  Everybody has been told that people use tobacco for the nicotine.

But is this really true?

The nicotine in tobacco is slightly different to the nicotine that you get in your e-liquid. The tobacco version contains Whole Tobacco Alkaloids (WTA’s). There are e-liquids with WTA’s and indeed if you search on the forums you find explanations such as the following: ‘Whole tobacco alkaloid e-liquid is different. It does not use nicotine purified from tobacco, but rather it uses the entire alkaloid content purified from tobacco. Instead of an e-liquid just containing nicotine as it’s active ingredient (as in regular e-liquid), a whole tobacco alkaloid e-liquid’s active ingredient list is around 90+% nicotine, and around 10% all the other alkaloids present in tobacco.’

See – tobacco.

In the main, as I’ve stated e-liquids don’t have WTAs in them, and we now have a confirmed case of a never smoker, vaping for a month on regular e-liquid and NOT becoming addicted.

And then the reasons for NRT not working fall into place…….

Smokers are addicted to the entire cigarette – the taste, the smoke, the chemicals, the additives, the nicotine head rush, the tobacco and the social and physical habits.

So when you stop – you are stopping an entire thing – not just the nicotine. Yet you are told it is the nicotine that is addictive. But haven’t you ever wondered why do they tell you to quit with a product laced with the very thing you are supposedly addicted to?

I’m going to suggest that the nicotine plays a very small part in the addictiveness of cigarettes/tobacco.  Replacing smoking with nicotine chewing gum means you get the head rush of nicotine, and you pretty quickly become addicted to the act of chewing gum – as it’s in your mouth and you believe that you are calming cravings of nicotine – when you possibly are not –instead, you are trying to calm cravings of the entire cigarette thing, when actually all you are doing is chewing gum.

A little bit of nicotine won’t cure a habit it only plays a small part in.

When going cold turkey, you know you have cravings, so you devise alternative things to do and just get on with it. Hence cold turkey being THE most effective way to get off cigarettes.

So is nicotine the red herring in all this quit smoking malarkey?

But you’ll say ‘I needed 34mg to switch from tobacco’, and I’m sure you did – but the higher the nicotine strength, the harsher the throat hit – and if you smoked a lot – 20+ a day – you kind of need that strong nicotine, as you are used to smoking, plus you need the throat hit to make the transition.

But soon you start to reduce, don’t you?

Yes, I am making a potential theory out of one man from the TV, but I hope we start to see a change in the way nicotine is viewed, because if one man didn’t get addicted after a month of vaping e-liquid with nicotine…. that must mean that very many more will be the same, and perhaps nicotine isn’t as addictive as we thought, and some proper research can be done to find this out for sure.

 

The Royal College of Physicians report on e-cigarettes – what did it say?

doctor-patient-200x200 (1) blogThere was much fanfare around this report and quite rightly so, as here we have another highly respected body coming out in support of e cigarettes.

When the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), established in 1518 under Royal Charter from Henry VIII brought out the report, they didn’t do it lightly, as the entire world was listening and watching. When they say e-cigs should be promoted, you know they have done their research and have the health of the nation in their minds.

The actual report was about 200 pages long, but they very kindly bullet pointed it for us lesser mortals that don’t have the capacity to read 200 page long documents.

Below I have taken the bullet points and added a few comments.

For those of us that have been vaping a while, they have re enforced things we know from our own experiences. For those that are new to vaping, you might like to read this post, as it will encourage you and hopefully keep you on the path of reduced harm, plus, you will be able to discuss with vaping detractors what one of the most respected bodies in the land has to say about e-cigs…

The first few points are really about the why behind supporting vaping;

  • Smoking is the biggest avoidable cause of death and disability, and social inequality in health, in the UK.
  • Most of the harm to society and to individuals caused by smoking in the near-term future will occur in people who are smoking today.
  • Vigorous pursuit of conventional tobacco control policies encourages more smokers to quit smoking.
  • Quitting smoking is very difficult and most adults who smoke today will continue to smoke for many years.
  • People smoke because they are addicted to nicotine, but are harmed by other constituents of tobacco smoke.
  • Provision of the nicotine that smokers are addicted to without the harmful components of tobacco smoke can prevent most of the harm from smoking.

E cigarettes, as we know, provide the nicotine without the harm from smoke.

Then we get to a slightly more nuanced message about the role of NRT, and the fact that it’s not really that effective – again many of us can testify to this.

  • Until recently, nicotine products have been marketed as medicines to help people to quit.
  • NRT is most effective in helping people to stop smoking when used together with health professional input and support, but much less so when used on its own.
  • E-cigarettes are marketed as consumer products and are proving much more popular than NRT as a substitute and competitor for tobacco cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettes appear to be effective when used by smokers as an aid to quitting smoking.
  • E-cigarettes are not currently made to medicines standards and are probably more hazardous than NRT.
  • However, the hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.

What they didn’t put in the bullet points, but did in the press release was the following:

  • E-cigarettes and quitting smoking – among smokers, e-cigarette use is likely to lead to quit attempts that would not otherwise have happened, and in a proportion of these to successful cessation. In this way, e-cigarettes can act as a gateway from smoking
  • E-cigarettes and long-term harm – the possibility of some harm from long-term e-cigarette use cannot be dismissed due to inhalation of the ingredients other than nicotine, but is likely to be very small, and substantially smaller than that arising from tobacco smoking. With appropriate product standards to minimise exposure to the other ingredients, it should be possible to reduce risks of physical health still further. Although it is not possible to estimate the long-term health risks associated with e-cigarettes precisely, the available data suggest that they are unlikely to exceed 5% of those associated with smoked tobacco products, and may well be substantially lower than this figure.

This is harm reduction in action, where you reduce the harms and risks, you do not remove them completely.

This next part is very important – because as vapers we know this, and have been telling the regulators for years, but they refused to listen – and in some cases still won’t listen. What this is saying is e-cigs are for smokers and ex smokers, no one else is really interested.

  • Technological developments and improved production standards could reduce the long-term hazard of e-cigarettes.
  • There are concerns that e-cigarettes will increase tobacco smoking by renormalizing the act of smoking, acting as a gateway to smoking in young people, and being used for temporary, not permanent, abstinence from smoking.
  • To date, there is no evidence that any of these processes is occurring to any significant degree in the UK.
  • Rather, the available evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes are being used almost exclusively as safer alternatives to smoked tobacco, by confirmed smokers who are trying to reduce harm to themselves or others from smoking, or to quit smoking completely.

Then we come to the regulation part…

  • There is a need for regulation to reduce direct and indirect adverse effects of e-cigarette use, but this regulation should not be allowed significantly to inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers.

Sadly, the TPD is going to have a good go at doing exactly this.

  • A regulatory strategy should, therefore, take a balanced approach in seeking to ensure product safety, enable and encourage smokers to use the product instead of tobacco, and detect and prevent effects that counter the overall goals of tobacco control policy.

This is a polite way of saying regulators be careful. This is great to hear.

  • The tobacco industry has become involved in the e-cigarette market and can be expected to try to exploit these products to market tobacco cigarettes, and to undermine wider tobacco control work.

However, in the interests of public health it is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK.

This is a curious bullet point, some say Big T are in the market as they see e-cigarettes as their Kodak moment and need to be involved, others see the TPD as handing the e-cigarette market to the tobacco industry, as tobacco tax is a huge earner for governments.

But it is the very last comment that is the most important, and thankfully the UK government and Department of Health are waking up to this. This is why the UK has probably the most lenient implementation of the TPD to date.

In a nutshell then, the RCP is basically saying e cigs are far less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, they are used by smokers and should be encouraged.

 

TECC Customer Reviews – Mia’s arc Lite E-cigarette

blog-tecc-customer-reviewsHi, my name is Mia and I would like to share my experience of using the arc Lite e-cigarette bundle.

I was very excited when my package arrived just one day after it was dispatched. I opened it up and found that the tank, battery and bottle of e-liquid were all nicely packaged safely and in separate boxes.

CS Air Atomizer tank.

I opened this first and was very impressed at how clean and sparkling it was. Some new tanks require a clean before first use due to machine residue but this one was definitely ready for the get go. With it being glass I needn’t worry about certain e-liquids affecting my tank over time, or worse causing it to crack.

This is a bottom fill tank and is really easy to use; the base is ridged meaning it is very easy to grip. I unscrewed the base and checked the fitted atomizer head was firmly in place, filled my tank up (avoiding the central chimney as this is airflow outlet), reattached the base, then left it to sit for 5 mins so the e-liquid had chance to soak into the coil so that it wouldn’t dry-burn.

arc Lite Battery.

The arc Lite battery was presented in a sturdy box containing really easy to follow instructions, a 510 adaptor and a charger. The instructions were short, snappy and easy to understand.

The 510 adaptor comes in handy if you want to use a different tank with the battery – it’s so you can use a tank that has a skirted base. Whilst I probably won’t use this, it’s still a good idea to keep it safe just in case anything happened to my tank and I needed to use a temporary tank that could possibly require this attachment.

Straight away I was impressed with the USB charger as the length of cable was very generous – yes sometimes size matters – as you can use the arc Lite as a pass-through, meaning whilst it’s charging you can vape at the same time, I find this a must have in vaping devices.

I got the pearl white colour and it really does live up to its name! This is a neat, compact and rather small battery mod considering there’s a lot of power packed into it. It is also lightweight, which I really like, it means you’re not constantly aware you’re holding something and can really enjoy the vape.

Now my coil is nicely primed.

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I simply screwed my CS Air Atomizer tank onto the arc Lite battery (while making sure not to over tighten the tank), pressed the power button and vaped away!

The draw wasn’t too loose nor too tight but I decided to experiment and loosen the airflow adjustment screw slightly, I used some eyebrow tweezers to very carefully turn the little screw head (a mini screw driver is definitely something I would have liked to have seen included, but hey!). I must add, at one point lost my little grub screw, but we were re-united so don’t worry! However, I decided I preferred the airier draw and put the screw somewhere safe, just in case I wanted a tighter draw in future.

The option to adjust the airflow gets a big thumbs up from me; I have accomplished over two years of vaping and while I appreciate the airier draw now, going back to when I first ditched the nasties I think a tighter draw appealed more, since it was closer to the smoking sensation.

 

On to the settings.

This little mod produced a more than adequate vape and the flavour was wonderful but me being me, I decided to experiment.

The arc Lite battery has two output modes; regulated and unregulated – regulated means the output will remain at 3.5V until the battery is discharged, whilst unregulated means it will have a higher output of 4.2V which diminishes to 3.3V over the period of the discharge – the higher the voltage, the more vapour will be produced.

So I turned off the battery by clicking the button 5 times, held the button in until it turned an orange colour, then clicked again 5 times and voilà, as easy as that, I was in unregulated mode (to get back in regulated simply do the same again) – straight away I noticed more vapour, and I liked it even more than before, before it was good, now it was amazing!

However this is my personal preference and there are pro’s for both modes;

The pro’s of unregulated mode are you get a bigger nicotine hit, great for that first vape of the day, you also get  more vapour production if you enjoy the clouds.

The pro’s of regulated mode are that the charge lasts longer and if you’re not a fan of a harsh throat hit, it’s a smoother vape.

The battery capacity of the arc Lite is 2200mAh and paired with a 1.5ohm coil, it lasted me around a day of moderate to heavy vaping before needing a charge, which I think is pretty good. After taking a vape you will see a light around the power button, now that light is telling you how much charge you have left. It will pulse slow if the battery has over 60% charge left, and slowly start to pulse faster the more the battery is drained, I found this a very good indicator of when to charge.tecc-customer-e-cig-review-mia-arc-lite-vaping

Having used this device for a little over a week I can say with no doubt I am impressed with the quality! I would recommend this arc Lite e-cigarette bundle to anyone from a complete newbie (as it really is very simple) to the intermediate vaper like myself. The only negative I have of this entire bundle is the fact the tank didn’t come with a little screw driver.

 

I trust TECC 100% and advise anyone who wants a safe, quality device to buy one from a reputable company such as TECC.

The device has not let me down, I feel proud when I’m out and about holding and vaping it. The battery is long-lasting, the vapour and flavour production is very good and more than satisfying for me, even after a week of using it the coil is still going strong!

Richard’s Response – It’s All About the E-liquid

tecc-e-cig-blog-richards-responseHello fellow vapers and welcome to this week’s instalment of Richard’s Response, today’s topic is about the bases used in TECC e-liquids and how they can affect your vaping experience.

So firstly what is PG?

PG (Propylene Glycol) is a clear, hygroscopic liquid which is colourless and nearly odourless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. Chemically, PG is classed as a diol and is miscible with a broad range of solvents, including; water, acetone and chloroform. It’s quite a thin liquid and it is the part that provides the ‘throat hit’ in our e-liquids, that rough sensation you get at the back of your throat on the inhale. Most electronic cigarette fluids will contain propylene glycol, and indeed TECC’s entire range does.

The majority of atomizers on the market are designed for use with an equal or higher PG ratio, as these e-liquids are usually more ‘watery’, which soaks very well into the atomizer wicking material around the heating coil.

The general mix for most e-liquids is a 50:50 ratio (50% PG to 50% VG). Some fluids have a higher PG ratio, which we have in the TECC Titan E-Liquid and are 70PG:30VG.

Using 50:50 ratio e-liquid will give you a good balance between vapour and throat hit, plus most coils will not miss a beat whilst vaping on them.

Now on to the VG…

VG (Vegetable Glycerin) has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last couple of years. VG is a simple polyol (sugar alcohol) compound. Again this is a colourless, odourless liquid, widely used in the food industry. VG provides those big, beautiful clouds of vapour and masses of sweet flavour.

E-liquid with a higher VG content tends to be quite thick and ‘syrup-like’ in consistency. You have to be careful with some VG fluids as they can clog an atomizer up in no time at all – VG has been the reason behind many coil burnouts. This is because the wicking holes are too small for the thicker VG based e-liquid to flow through, and the liquid cannot soak properly through the wicking material onto the heating coil which causes it to dry burn when you press the power button.

High VG ratio e-liquids are best suited to RBA’s (rebuildable atomizers), RDA’s (rebuildable dripping atomizers) and sub-ohm atomizers that have large atomizer heads and subsequently larger wicking holes to accommodate the thicker consistency of the fluid.

With e-liquids that have the VG:PG ratio of 70:30 or 80:20, the throat hit is subtler and nowhere near as harsh. These e-liquids are for delivering voluminous clouds of vapour and are great for direct lung inhalation (though please note, you need to be a seasoned vaper to try this as you need to really understand what you are doing!).

Our TECC Titus CC E-liquid has a 25:75 PG:VG ratio and is perfect for large clouds and great flavour, Mango & Lychee is a real favourite!

So, there you have it – not as complex as you thought it was going to be! To summarise; more VG makes for more Vapour, heavier PG will be harsher on the throat – we have every kind of vape for any kind of vaper.

Not sure which type of e-liquid is for you, take a look at the TECC E-liquid Trio and get yourself one from each range.

Happy vaping!

Richard

If you have any questions for Richard, send an email to: info@theelectroniccigarette.co.uk with the subject ‘Richard’s Response’ and you could see your fears allayed on the TECC Blog!

Richard’s Response – The Do’s and Don’ts when Travelling Abroad with an E-cig

tecc-e-cig-blog-richards-responseHello Again Vapers! These blogs seem to come around quickly don’t they? Today’s topic is all about taking your e-cig abroad, what to do and what not to do.

We brits love going on holiday, it’s the one thing we really look forward to in the year, sun (hopefully!), sea…and your e-cig?

Taking your electronic cigarette along with you on your travels is something that most vapers would consider to be a no-brainer, so here are a few tips on how to ensure your device is working perfectly throughout your stay, all from personal experience of course!

Stock up.

Ensure you have purchased enough spares to see you through your trip. You should be thinking about atomizer heads, e-liquid, a spare battery and even a spare tank. It’s always best to be prepared, and avoids the nightmare of being without your e-cig.

Check ahead.

Before you set off, contact your airport and airline to see what their policies are regarding vaping and taking your e-cig on-board. Most airlines now have vaping policies on their websites. Also check that your destination country allows e-cigarettes as some will not let you enter the country with your e-cig.

Be prepared.

Your e-cig, its components and 1 small bottle of e-liquid should be kept in your hand luggage, this includes removable batteries. There are laws about this so once again, check ahead. It’s better to be prepared than have your luggage opened delaying that long needed holiday. It’s worth noting at this point to only fill your tank part way (I’ll explain further down).

Be prepared again.

At the airport make sure to only carry 1 small e-liquid bottle in your hand luggage in the resealble plastic bag so you can present it correctly through security. This goes for any tanks that may be filled with e-liquid – remove from your battery and place in the plastic resealable bag during luggage checks! Any extra fluid you may need for the duration of your trip should be stored in your hold luggage in a sealed bag to protect from spillage.

Please note that although taking anything bearing the skull and crossbones mark are generally prohibited, most airport staff tend to understand e-liquid is different, as all responsibly manufactured e-liquid will bear this warning sign and it is not usually a source of problems (11 flights and 11 departures lucky so far!)

Be prepared once more!

Before you take off make sure your tank is as empty of e-liquid as once you’re on-board and the cabin is pressurised, the last thing you want is for your e-liquid to expand and leak out or for your glass tank to crack which would be really inconvenient to find once you have landed in the middle of Orlando, ready for your once in a lifetime Disney trip without an e-cig store in sight! Your best bet is to dismantle your e-cig and store your empty tank in the plastic bag during the flight.

When you have finally landed.

If you follow these handy tips you should find that your precious e-cig will still be intact and ready to go after a quick fill up. Let me tell you that first vape when you land is absolutely fantastic after being cooped up in a plane.

And finally, avoid the sun.

Keep your e-cig out of direct sunlight. Heat can affect your battery and can also make your e-liquid slightly runnier; the last thing you want is popping your e-cig down next to you on the beach only to find all your e-liquid gone a few moments later.

If you follow my tips for how to travel and of course some simple common sense, in most cases you will have a stress free check-in and flight to your dream holiday location (or maybe just Benidorm, but we all love Benidorm!)

Have a great Easter everyone. See you all when you get back!

Richard

*Please note: The above advice is given from a personal point of view, please do ensure to check first with any airline company before taking your electronic cigarette on board and be aware of their individual guidelines. Also check with the destination country to see if the items would clear customs.
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