Dating back thousands of years, smoking is now ingrained as a dark stain in recent human history. Initially thought to have spiritual and medicinal properties, the act of smoking traditional tobacco became popular in Europe in the 16th century. The invention of automated cigarette manufacturing machines around the turn of the 20th century made smoking convenient and accessible, and cigarette smoking soon became a popular social pastime. Although enjoyed by millions worldwide, by the 1950s the correlation between smoking and lung cancer had been confirmed, and the first anti-smoking campaigns were born.
In the late 1970s, smokers in the developed world were encouraged to stop. A limited range of products that aided quitting was brought to market; initially just nicotine gum, but later patches, lozenges and inhalers. Although aiding smokers by giving them a dose of nicotine, they did little to imitate the sensation of smoking, and this meant the success rate for quitting was and is still low.
This is where e-cigarettes and vaping came in. Imitating the sensation and feeling of traditional smoking, vaping filled a much needed gap in the market. It offered a less harmful alternative to smoking for people who had previously struggled to give up cigarettes.
A question we get asked quite often is, “What are the main differences between smoking and vaping?” Below are some of the standout differences between the two.
Traditional cigarette smoke has a very thoroughly researched chemical content. Contained within the smoke from each cigarette are over 5000 chemicals, 150 smoke toxicants, and 44 known carcinogens! Some of these have been added to aid nicotine delivery and to preserve the cigarettes before they are used.
Below is a very small selection of the chemicals contained within the smoke from traditional cigarettes:
Acetone – A flammable solvent
1-aminonaphthalene – Used in weed killer
2-aminonaphthalene – Banned for industrial use due to its carcinogenicity
Ammonia – Used in cleaning products and common cause of inhalation injury
Benzene – Known carcinogen/mutagen with restricted use in the chemical industry
Cadmium – Known heavy metal carcinogen
Arsenic – Known heavy metal carcinogen
Catechol – Used in oils, inks and dyes
Hydrogen Cyanide – Poisonous gas used in chemical warfare
Carbon Monoxide – Poisonous gas that reduces blood’s ability to carry oxygen
Tar – A thick resinous gloop of cancer causing chemicals that remains in the lungs
The list above are 10 out of over 5000 chemicals…most of these are bad, normally used in a restricted industrial setting and all have adverse effects on your health.
On the flip side, contained within every bottle of our e-juice is:
Propylene glycol – Found in asthma inhalers, pharmaceutical grade
Glycerine – Vegetable derived organic compound, pharmaceutical grade
Water – Not always included, but if it is, it’s pharmaceutical grade
Nicotine – A stimulant, pharmaceutical grade
Flavouring – Food grade, screened for inhalation suitability
Five, there are five ingredients in our e-liquid, of the highest quality on the market, and either pharmaceutical or food grade.
Don’t fancy nicotine in your e-liquid, go for zero nicotine, one less ingredient in your e-juice and you get all the sensation of smoking, exhaling vapour etc. just without the throat and nicotine hit. We have an entire range of zero nicotine e-liquids to ensure those not looking for a nicotine hit are catered for.
At Totally Wicked all our e-liquids are backed by our guarantee of e-liquid excellence and are tested for inhalation suitability, there are hundreds of flavours to choose from and a range of different nicotine strengths.
Remember buy your e-liquid sensibly, use a reputable company and ensure they have the correct clean room and testing protocols in place. If you are in doubt about an e-liquid and its quality, ask.
One thing that you do not notice when you are a smoker, you stink. Cigarettes have a strong, unpleasant, lingering smell that is difficult to detect when you smoke yourself. But everyone around you can and be honest guys, no one wants to smell unpleasant.
E-cigarette vapour can sometimes have a slightly sweet smell, but this dissipates quickly and does not linger in clothes and hair.
This one is truly a no brainer: you smoke, you stink.
Tobacco or menthol…that’s it; when you smoke your choice is extremely limited and anything you do choose contains cancer causing chemicals! Yes there are hundreds of colours of lighter to choose from, but when you think about it, cigarettes actually taste awful.
One of the best parts of vaping is the choice. Hundreds of flavours of e-liquid with everything from caramel tobacco to raspberry menthol exist, and hundreds of combinations of e-cig set ups means you will always be able to find your all day vape.
When you make the switch you are also making the most important choice: to not smoke. That is the main goal of most vapers, to get away from traditional cigarettes, vaping makes this possible for people who have struggled in the past.
Once again, honesty is the best policy, smoking is one of the least social pastimes (apart from competitive raw onion eating). Non-smokers do not want to be around you while you are puffing away on your fag. The fear of passive smoking and smelling as a smoker does is enough to drive even your best friend away.
Being social when you are a vaper is much easier. No passive smoking, no disgusting smell, and much happier friends and family.
This one is slightly controversial, as your health and wellbeing should be number one priority, but as always money talks and boy do you save when making the switch.
Going off the average cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes, you can save over £2600 a year when you make the switch to vaping. Just take that in for a minute, that’s a car or dream holiday. Yes there are some running costs with your e-cigarette as you will need to buy e-liquid, atomizer heads and other accessories, but these are miniscule in comparison.
As with everything there can be an exception to this rule, we’re looking at you, hobbyist vaper! We know you are always on the lookout for your new shiny fix. The latest vaping kit is released and you just have to have it. The chances are you will not be saving as much as regular vapers do, so you need to get over to our Totally Wicked Vape Locker and have a nosy at some of the great value new products we have in. You are sitting there missing out as we speak!
Public Health England stated last year that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. These are just a small selection of differences between vaping and smoking that highlight the reasons why. If you are sitting here reading this, waiting to light up your next fag, go back and read it again, it really is a no brainer.
If you have already made the switch to vaping, fantastic! Browse our hundreds of flavours of e-liquid and our e-cig kits and mods right here.
It’s the time of year when many vapers are taking to the skies for their dream holiday destination (I’m not, I’m sat here writing this blog, not that I’m bitter, I hope you have a lovely time and it doesn’t rain every day).
There are some things you need to consider when travelling with your e-cig, so I have put together my five top tips for your summer Vapecation;
Check if the airport allows vaping, check the rules and regulations of the country you are travelling to, check with your airline regarding their rules of having an e-cig on board the aircraft. A few simple phone calls or Google search will save the heartache of having your e-cig confiscated on your journey.
We all want to take a huge selection of vaping gear and e-liquid, but remember possible restrictions. There is a limit to the amount of liquid items you can take and although you might be tempted to take your favourite mod for huge clouds, take into account where you are travelling and how accustomed to vaping they are.
To stealth or not to stealth.
There is no question, do not try and vape on a plane. Airlines take this extremely seriously, the last thing you want is to end your holiday early by getting kicked off the flight for the sake of a sneaky vape.
Picture the scene, you are relaxing on the beach, you go to vape and realise your tank has cracked! The last thing you want is to be caught out without spares. Spare atomizers, e-liquid, batteries and even spare tanks. Prepare for the worst just in case.
The sun is not your friend.
Although you might be happy to bake in the sun covered in tan accelerator, your e-cig certainly isn’t. Heat = thinner e-liquid and leaking.
They were my top tips for your upcoming Vapecation. Have an outstanding summer Wicked Vapers, if you have a question about a topic I haven’t covered drop me a comment on social media and I will do my best to help.
Hello again Vapers, Richard here back with another blog, and today’s topic is all about Fatties Juice!
I am quite excited about this one because it is currently one of my favourite ranges, even though it has only 3 flavours, each one is a perfect blend of vaping goodness that I have yet to grow tired of.
Launched in May this year, the latest addition to our ever growing e-liquid selection boasts a high 75% VG content for lots of cloud production and smooth flavour. It also has the added advantage of being thinner than most other heavy VG fluids thanks to the inclusion of AG (Aqueous Glycerine) which means it is compatible with a wide variety of coils on our website and not just the sub-ohm selections.
This is a blend of menthol and rainbow sweets (you know the ones!) and is a really refreshing flavour, which provides a cooling inhale and brilliantly sweet and fruity rainbows on the exhale. The vapour production is spot on and worked very well in my Eleaf Lemo 3, both on the normal EC/ML head and the RBA deck, a great juice!
Big Man Ting
The name says it all…big, bold, sweet flavours combine to produce a totally unique vaping experience. This flavour is a blend of Custard, Butterscotch, Candy Floss & Marshmallows which truly satisfied my sweet tooth. The inhale gives you the creamy custard and butterscotch with the sweet candy floss and fluffy marshmallows on the exhale and it worked well with my Clapton RBA build to produce some huge clouds of flavoursome vape.
Perhaps my favourite vape of them all at the moment is this strawberry yoghurt creation and something that will appeal to pretty much anyone. The perfect blend of ripe strawberries enveloped in creamy yoghurt, this produces amazing vapour and flavour and I cannot recommend it enough. If you want to try something different and are struggling what to pick, you simply cannot go wrong with this one, a truly outstanding flavour.
So what are you waiting for? You can check out the UK sourced and manufactured Fatties Juice range here.
Happy vaping people!
As a country we have had to come to terms with the fact that the vaping market in Europe will always have the TPD looming over it. Although the TPD is deemed harsh, should we actually feel lucky to have these guidelines?
If you don’t know, the FDA regulations in the USA come into effect on the 8th of August and they are vastly different to the TPD. From the 8th only vaping products that are already on sale will be allowed to be sold for the next two years!
After the two years that the FDA gave manufacturers to become compliant, only FDA compliant products will be allowed to be sold in the US, at a huge cost. Vape shops won’t even be allowed to allow customers to sample e-liquid, oh and some products have to state that they contain tobacco, even though they don’t!
But why are these two sets of e-cig regulations so vastly different?
Within Europe all member states of the European Union (for that read countries and there are 28), e-cigarettes now have to adhere to certain standards, i.e. nicotine levels have an upper limit of 20mg/ml, e-liquid tanks are to be no larger than 2ml, advertising has been drastically reduced and there is a 6 month wait to market for new products. Yes, compliance will be costly, but it will not be prohibitive. Some member states such as Finland have decided to make their regulations far worse than the TPD and have banned online sales, but generally the European Union (EU) member states that have started implementing the TPD seem to be standing by the letter of the law.
So why do Europe have the TPD and the USA have the FDA killing off the market in two years time?
Because of people power and people action, TW’s court case against the European Union’s TPD, helped to publicise the plight of vaping to places it might not have otherwise been noticed.
The EU works differently to the US, though on the face of it there are some similarities if you imagine the EU acting at the Federal level, and member states acting at State level.
EU vapers managed to turn around legislation that began in 2013 as severe medical regulations and ended up with something that will be survivable.
This was achieved because us Vapers from Europe united, we organised, we wrote, we visited, we made noise – but the most important thing we did – we educated.
THE most effective tool was individual letters to Members of Parliament stating how vaping has changed lives. With a simple letter we educated the regulators on a personal, emotional and factual level. And then these letters were followed up by visits, so that the ‘letter’ became a real person. MP’s in the UK were surprised to receive hundreds, and sometimes thousands of letters from their constituents explaining how important vaping is in the move away from tobacco.
Visits to Members of the European Parliament (MEP) were organised to show that vaping is not some arbitrary ‘thing’ that smokers do, we showed that vaping helps people move away from a deadly habit.
This action by vapers from all across the EU made MEP’s realise that the proposed medical regulations were wrong, resulting in quite a few MEPs standing up and taking up the cause of vaping.
There were sadly some shady shenanigans at the end, behind closed doors.
Even the EU isn’t immune from Tobacco and Pharmaceutical lobbying – but essentially vapers uniting and taking action is what made the difference.
Summits were organised; the E-cig Summit in London, the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw to name a few. These summits brought together scientists and tobacco control people and e-cigarettes were discussed – again – the education comes back into play, Scientists talked about what they found, tobacco control voiced their fears, vapers were there too and the three different groups communicated and debated.
Important to note as well, tobacco control did their own research and were not afraid to publish findings that went against their fears – i.e. teens and vaping, and finding that vaping does NOT lead to smoking,
Crucially, vaping companies and manufacturers were very much left OUT of this. And at the start this was vital – no vested interests or corporate lobbying could be called out, though some against e-cigarettes did try.
Then, there was Public Health England (PHE).
UK vapers connected with people in tobacco control and public health, and began to forge relationships. We began to educate, to explain, to answer questions, go to select committees – sit and be grilled – provide briefings, show hardware etc, and take the time to explain.
And this went on relentlessly for several years. It meant sending many letters, many briefings, and it also meant countering the junk science, of which sadly there is a lot, and always despairingly ramped up by the media.
The UK has been very fortunate in that PHE and the Royal College of Physicians both sat up and listened, they did their own investigations and came out with the conclusion they have;
E-cigs are essentially 95% less harmful than tobacco. The result? The UK is now leading the way in encouraging smokers to switch to vaping and regard e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool. It looks like France might follow this lead too.
However, in the USA there is a completely different mountain to climb than the TPD.
Vapers in Europe crucially had time to change the legislation as it went through the parliamentary process. We had time to write and organise, and we knew what we were up against from the start, as the draft TPD was public for all to see.
That has not been the case in the USA. The FDA has behaved as an autocratic institution, ignoring advice and information and has ruled for the FDA’s benefit, not for the smoker/vaper. Here they are presented with rules, as fait accompli, that they now have the arduous task of changing, and they have to face massive corporate lobbying and some very closed minds along the way.
Due to this the courts may be the only way that they can get FDA’s e-cigarette regulations changed, as the law deals only with what is legal or illegal, not what is right or wrong.
Hello TECC customers. For my newsletter contribution this month I wanted to share with you a conversation I had down at my local pub!
I was watching a football match with friends and one of them was using his electronic cigarette. My other friend said to him, “they’re just as dangerous as smoking, didn’t you read the headlines last week!” I knew which headlines he was referring to, and unlike him, I had read the scientific paper they purported to represent. They know that I work in the vaping industry so it was left to me to explain to two slightly inebriated football fans that bad science often makes the newspaper headlines. Good science is buried deep in the journals and will not make the headlines as it doesn’t sell newspapers. One friend was convinced, the other still viewed my opinion with a degree of scepticism despite the fact he knows I’ve been a research scientist for years.
“They say your stuff (vaping) is as bad as smoking, is that true?”
I left the pub after the match and went to my parents to have Sunday lunch. Like most of you, I get asked how work is going on a regular basis by my Mum! I told her work was good and then my Dad said to me “they say your stuff (vaping) is as bad as smoking, is that true?” I had to explain again that it wasn’t true, in fact it was complete fiction but the headline had once again done its job on leaving a lasting impression. My Dad has never been a smoker, so vaping is of no interest to him. He wouldn’t have even read the newspaper article yet he was left with the impression that vaping was as dangerous as smoking simply by scanning a headlines.
It was a similar situation to the one I had found myself in several months back. When the Public Health England report concluded that vaping was around 95% less harmful than tobacco I wasn’t asked about the validity of the report findings by my friends and family. Indeed, that report was barely mentioned in conversations I had about e-cigarettes. The topic discussed was based on the headline that e-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS, and the implications of that potential decision. Again, the headline had caught the attention of the public, the detail of the PHE report had been lost or at least buried on page 12 of the newspaper!
“E-cigarettes are safer than smoking, scientists warn” doesn’t have quite the same attention grabbing effect
These conversations have made me consider the power newspaper headlines have in the formation of public opinion. The headline “e-cigarettes are no safer than smoking, scientists warn” was the source of my friend’s and family’s misguided view on the safety of e-cigarettes, compared to smoking which kills 1 out of every 2 long term users. The headline was based on an irresponsible quote from one of the scientists in a press release that accompanied the scientific paper. The study itself was fundamentally flawed due to the methodology used to compare the effect of e-liquid vapour and tobacco smoke on lung cells in the laboratory. If the researchers had applied logical methodology for their comparative harm study then negligible effect for e-cigarette vapour would have been reported. But this wouldn’t make eye catching headlines or indeed newspaper articles around the world. “E-cigarettes are safer than smoking, scientists warn” doesn’t have quite the same attention grabbing effect, I’m sure you’ll agree. Would I have had the same conversation with my friends in the pub if that headline had been published, of course not. But as I said before, good science is usually buried in the journals. Bad science often makes the headlines, and unfortunately those headlines have a major role to play in the formation of public opinion. We all know headlines are often misleading, but they can also have serious consequences on key issues such as public health.