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Is Vaping giving you a dry mouth?

dry mouth

 

People new to vaping often find that they experience a dry mouth, something that never occurred when they smoked.

 

So why does this happen?

 

Because of the Propylene Glycol, more commonly know and referred to as PG. The PG is the part of the e-liquid that is the diluent and causes the smoke like vapour.

 

PG is one of the core ingredients in e-liquid, it is a hygroscopic substance and this means it absorbs water molecules and prevents them – in the case of vaping – from being absorbed in your mouth. The result is a dry mouth and you become a little dehydrated.

 

As you inhale the vapour and then exhale, some of the moisture in your mouth is swept up by the PG and exhaled. Some of you may be experiencing a little more than just a dry mouth – you may notice that your skin is becoming a little dryer, you may even experience the odd headache.

 

There is plenty of advice on the internet on how to deal with this issue, but by far the best and simplest advice I have read is from Spinfeul magazine, because not only does it tell you the why of why you have a dry mouth, it also gives you a little vaping ‘hack’ to combat the dehydration.

 

Most adults drink tea, coffee, wine, beer, soda etc., but what they don’t realise is that many of these drinks also contain hygroscopic substances – like sugar, and both tea and coffee are both diuretics, which means they make you pee out more fluid. So if you are thinking I’ll just increase the number of brews I have when I vape, you won’t actually be making the situation any better, you could in fact be making it worse!

 

What you need to do is drink more water, and I appreciate that it’s something many of us find rather dull and boring. Plus, what makes it even harder is the ‘drink 8-10 glasses a day!’ bandwagon that guilt trips you into it.

 

This is where the vaping hack comes in. In the USA they say drink 8 cups a day, and 1 cup amounts to about 8oz of water.

 

That’s not a lot to be honest.

 

So… when you have your usual drink of tea, coffee, whatever, have a small glass of water either before it – or alongside it. If you can get into this habit – you will drink more water, you will no longer have a dry mouth, your hydration levels will increase, your headaches associated to the dehydration will vanish, and you’ll be a happier vaper!

 

 

A TECC story with a difference to bring in the New Year

A customer of ours wrote into us just before Christmas, and because it was such a different letter,  we wanted to share it with all of you. This letter makes  a total change from the horrible stories about ‘e-cig’ house fires that have been plaguing the press, and it shows that if you get the right device for you, (with a little ingenuity on the family side!) – then vaping is easy.

 

This is the letter from Joanna Moss.  cigarete burns

 

“I am delighted and amazed that my mother has adjusted to the silver Titan Tank e-cigs in lieu of her beloved white cigs!  I had managed to replace her dangerous smoking habit with Titan Tank (her age and lacking memory had caused a plethora of increasing burns all around the house, particularly her bed and bedding  (replaced 4 times by the Fire Department, having become ‘lace’ – to the degree that she was listed with the Fire Department as ‘Dangerous Risk…’ and they made constant visits…).  She is now listed ‘No Risk’ and is off their books!!!

 

But it was the similarity to cigarettes that the white model represented which enabled the shift.  The silver ones proved useless as she mistook them for pens and therefore could not find them…  The black ones disappeared amongst the colours of her upholstery and carpets and were lost forever.

 

Note form the Editor (But then we stopped selling the white ones!)

 

The solution to white models which are no longer manufactured?  We removed all pens from the house, replacing them with a dozen fluorescent pink pens in front of her on her table.  But graciously, we told her that she is now an honoured customer of TECC being your oldest user of e-cigs, and consequently she has been awarded a life-time’s supply of your exclusive highest range silver models!!

 

 

We hope this letter makes you smile as much as it did us. Receiving letters like this makes our job absolutely worthwhile, because we are not just in the business of selling; we are in the business of being of service.

 

 

 

 

Governmental advice regarding e-cigarette safety.

(This was going to be a news item, but as the Xmas opening times are firmly on the front page, we‘ve turned it into a blog post, so if it reads like a bit like a news item – you know why!)

Safety-First

 

The Government has recently issued advice and outlined the measures they are taking to ensure e-cigarette safety for consumers. The advice comes after a spate of house fires attributed to incorrect use of e-cigarettes.

 

However, to date in the UK there have been 43 fires attributed to e-cigarette use, (and this is 43 too many) but this figure must be put into perspective and context. Fires caused by e-cigarettes amount to 0.1% of all fires within the United Kingdom, with last year alone there being 2,318 fires attributed to tobacco cigarettes.

 

So you can see the difference; but like I said, 43 is 43 too many.

 

The Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt MP said, “Fire safety is our first priority, which is why it is important to make sure consumers have access to good advice on these products, including tips on how to minimise any risk of accidents from over-charging or faulty chargers”.

 

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills have at the same time commissioned Trading Standards to investigate further the current e-cigarette situation, to assess if current safety information is sufficient and if there is anything further than can be done.

 

Closing down rogue fly-by-night e cig traders could be a start!

 

The Government’s e-cigarette safety guidelines are as follows and The Electronic Cigarette Company welcomes them.

 

 

  • Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully
  • Take notice of any warnings supplied with the product
  • Ensure that e-cigarettes are not left charging for long periods of time
  • Do not leave e-cigarettes plugged in overnight or when you are out of the house
  • Look for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards
  • Do not overload plug sockets
  • Check that your electrical products have not been recalled
  • Avoid buying counterfeit or substandard goods and switch off appliances at the socket when not in use

 

Here at TECC we take customer safety very seriously, and as such send out safety information with each kit. This information can also be found on the website here: http://www.theelectroniccigarette.co.uk/products/e-cigarette-kits/tecc-tornado-v3/tornado-v3-starter-kit-and-e-liquid-product.html

You’ll find the information is under the Warranty and Product care tab where there is a down loadable PDF document, specifically for battery care that customers can print off for their own use.

 

Please be safe, use your e-cig sensibly and follow the instructions! You don´t want to become a statistic.

Can e-cigarettes really infect your pc with Malware?

There’s been quite a stir in the e-cig Industry this week, it might have been blown slightly out of proportion, but this is something that is very well worth examining.

 

malware

 

Can your e-cig corrupt your pc with Malware when you plug it in to recharge?

 

This whole story has come about due to a post by a man on Reddit , a social media site, and as you would expect there are a few conflicting stories – according to one source this is simply a ‘story’, from another the name of the malware was SpyWare and is designed to get information from your pc and send to another source that will no doubt be up to no good.

The Guardian reported “The made in China e-cigarette had malware hardcoded into the charger, and when plugged into a computer’s USB port the malware phoned home and infected the system.”

 

So who do you believe?

 

There has been plenty of debate on the likely hood of this happening, below are a few comments I have lifted from Facebook:

“Sounds pretty unlikely to me – especially if you’re buying your e-cigs from proper sources and not buying one from the market or a pound shop.

“Any USB charged device – phone, mp3 player etc – could be susceptible to malware. “

“ I would not rule it out as a possibility! After all, memory chips are extremely tiny these days and can be fitted practically anywhere! Though I cannot think of any reason an e-cig manufacturer would bother to do such a thing, it is still possible! 
”

“It’s “possible” but unlikely.”

“‪There would have to be storage on the device that had enough memory to hold an .exe file, this would also require the user to run the file to install any kind of malware, there would have to be an “autoplay” script included on the device for the file to auto-install, but decent anti-malware software should stop this.”‪Basically, if there is any files on a usb device that you are unsure of, DO NOT open them and turn off autoplay “

“Somebody possibly asked Trend Micro could an e-cig do any damage. Trend is a very reputable company, and they answered the question correctly, yes it is possible. The real question is “is it likely”. Personally I charge off wall sockets mainly because I move desks, offices a lot during the day and can’t manage to have an e-cig hanging out of it. You should be cautious of anything you put in a usb slot but tbh you are more likely to be infected by spyware belonging to a foreign government than by this.
”

 

Further research on this subject finds an excellent post on the ‘naked security’ site, (link at the end). And they discuss the possibility of e-cigs infecting your PC.

First they describe that USB’s have made charging really simple and easy, and that the majority of USB are fairly basic, have only the power related parts connected and they can’t do any damage.

However, if the USB is part of a device that stores data, then it will be able to communicate in some way with your pc, should that be where you are charging your e-cig.

They write:

“To stick with the example of e-cigarettes, they fall into two main camps. In one kind the “charger” is just a simple adaptor, with a USB connector at one end and a screw thread at the other which connects to the business end of the e-cigarette battery.

 

“In the other “the “battery” connects via a standard micro-USB socket on the device itself, so it can be used while charging. This type tends to be rather more sophisticated, with adjustable power outputs and even LED displays showing settings – for which of course there must be some sort of processing going on inside.

With the first kind there’s very little danger – the charging adaptor would have to be carefully modified to include some data-carrying kit, which could potentially just about fit inside, the connectors would need tweaking so not only the power ones were enabled, and the data on it would have to be set up to somehow attack any machine it is connected to.

 

Not completely impossible, but rather a lot of effort for anyone to go to on the off-chance that they may end up infecting a PC or two.”

So there you have it – probably not worth worrying about – but if you are a worrier, make sure you have updated your Anti-Malware, and buy from reputable vendors!

 

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/11/28/should-vapers-fear-malware-laced-e-cigarettes/

 

 

 

 

Vaping etiquette; is it needed?

Etiquette

 

Not sure if I am about to open a can of worm with this blog but vaping etiquette, is it important to you?

If it isn’t, it should be.

And not just so that you are pleasant to be around.

 

Currently vaping and many things e-cig related are under the scrutiny of the regulators. (I know I keep mentioning this, but it is vital you all become aware.) In 2016, unless the TW legal challenge can throw a huge spanner in the works, much of what we know and love about vaping today will disappear.

So it is vital that we vapers not only fight for our rights, but also make sure we don’t annoy potential allies along the way.

Hearts and minds vapers, hearts and minds.

I know there will always be people that believe black is white and will be disgusted with e-cigarettes, basically because they like to be disgusted by things, it makes them feel alive.

But we in the vaping community can behave in such a way that Disgusted from Pearly will know, deep down in their psyche that their disgust is a charade and they should start to behave themselves.

Back in April of this year, a vaping review website put out a post about the nine ways that vapers are damaging the vaping movement. (The vaping movement are those vapers that are actively attempting to stop the governmental juggernauts from wiping out e –cigarettes).

Not all that the review website wrote I agree with, and they left out a biggie, which is not to be rude to Public Health and people that don’t like e-cigs. While I can sympathise with the frustration that Public Health and their ilk can bring on – being rude is a no no. It does nothing but feed Public Health who then go crying to the media about how awful e cigarettes users are, and the media then delight in calling vapers trolls.

 

We can do without this.

 

So instead I am going to suggest some vaping etiquette, which you will either agree with or not!

 

  • Don’t deliberately blow vapour in someone’s face to prove it isn’t cigarette smoke. It is not clever, it’s not nice, and it is really childlike behaviour. Explain that you are vaping, and let them have a look at your e cig instead. Educate, don’t intimidate.

 

  • Don’t be a litterbug! Many smokers flick or drop their cigarette butts on the ground and leave them there to rot, oblivious of the litter they leave behind. Not nice. Doing this with your e cig cartridge or e-liquid bottle is just as bad, if not worse! Disposable of them sensibly.

 

  • Don’t become a rabid ex-smoker and think your e-cig habit elevates you to something grand. You were a smoker once; you may still be – be kind, educate and feel lucky that you have made the switch.

 

  • Vape responsibly, i.e. not in front of the kids in the playground. We know e cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking and kids are not interested in them, but there is no use in baiting teachers and other parents into a discussion.

 

  • Public vaping. This can be a tricky one to navigate – and if you are unsure – ask. Cinemas and Theatres I would imagine are a no, I mean who wants to sit behind a vaper chucking out clouds every five minutes during the show? And if you are in a pub or club, and you don’t know if it is vape friendly – have that conversation with the manager – you might just tip the scales and make it vape friendly!

 

  • Cloud chasing. This is an emotive one, because folk that like to blow huge billowing clouds of vaper like it and take great pride in their skills. If you are one of them… just ask those around you if it’s OK?

 

I’m sure many of you will disagree with this list – some of you might even add to it, but all I will say is etiquette is important. We all have so much to lose if we lose the war, so no point in losing small battles along the way too.

 

 

 

 

 

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