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Does what you eat and drink alter the flavour of your e liquid?

Every body has a slightly different number of taste buds in their mouth, and some people have more sensitive taste than others. This individuality of taste will be one of the reasons why some flavours taste different to other people, and why you can get two completely different reviews about the same juice.


But when it comes to e liquid, there’s an added factor that depends upon what you eat.


Food, does it affect your vape?

Food, does it affect your vape?

This was discovered with a Gold Standard flavour.

One vaper posted that he loved Black Magic, that it was bob on, exactly as described – “ a black magical swirl of rich coffee, superior tobacco and dark dark chocolate.’

However, on the same thread another posted the complete opposite – they found it light and floral with sharp sweet notes, no hint of chocolate or coffee!

And this is the same flavour!


But it goes on….


Yet another could taste the tobacco and coffee, but not the chocolate. So is this simply a case of taste buds being different? Well no, not all of it. It’s also to do with what you eat and drink.

What was going on with the guys that couldn’t taste the coffee?

They were drinking buckets of the stuff. They stopped coffee for a few days and switched to tea, and lo and behold, they could taste the coffee flavour. And then bizarrely adding more or less sugar to their tea made a difference to the chocolate flavour!(?)

Another forum member posted that they adored liquorice and ate a fair amount, so were very excited when their GS liquorice fell through the letter box – the result – YUK! Nothing like liquorice they said. Why? Because they eat it all the time and their taste buds had adjusted.


So, next time you check out a flavour review and fancy buying a new flavour – just have a double think about what you eat and drink, and how it may or may not interfere with the taste of your vape.



Do the flavours used in e-liquid reduce or increase the likelihood of people migrating to smoking?

One of the hue and cries amongst those wanting e-cigs to be banned is that they are a gateway product. The argument is that people, especially children, will be lured by the array of flavours, become addicted to the nicotine, and then start smoking tobacco cigarettes. This it seems is the number one reason the anti smoking lobby have for wanting to reduce e-liquid flavours down to just tobacco and menthol.

But this isn’t reality, and I can point you to hundreds of post on various forums where people are swearing blind that once they started vaping, they then tried a cigarettes for whatever reason, and the taste was so disgusting, they threw the cigarettes away, usually half smoked.

These are folk that used to smoke 20+ cigarettes a day and enjoy it.

Dave Dorn explains it really well in this video post of his.

But let’s take this further, and lets look at some actual research. This was not a large study admittedly, 288 teenagers involved, and we have to be aware that the study was paid for by the American Cancer Society.

Out of the 288 teenagers in the trial, not one of the non- smokers had tried an e-cig. And of the ones that had tried an e-cig, they were already smokers.

When these teenagers were asked if they would try an e-cig, 67% said yes, but lets’ remember they were asked, and they were teenagers – young people out to experience life. Let’s also note that the older they were, (above 13yrs), the more chance there was that they would say yes to trying one.

Next the researchers looked at the enticement of flavours – and they found that flavours did not increase the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to teenagers.

What they found was this:

Being a smoker was the strongest predictor of willingness to try an e-cigarette. Even after controlling for other statistically significant correlates, the odds of a smoker being willing to try an e-cigarette were 10 times the odds of a non-smoker.”

So it looks like if anyone is going to try an e-cig, chances are they are already a smoker.

It doesn’t happen the other way round.



Evolution of the Mini and Super: What’s New and How it Affects You

We recently told our newsletter readers about an update to the ever-popular Mini and Super e-cigarettes. In case you missed it – both devices have been given a makeover and will now make use of cartomizers instead of a separate atomizer and cartridge.

We know that the Super and Mini have been two of our longest serving products and for some customers this change might cause some concern – but fear not. The new cartomizers systems present a number of added advantages which we hope you will find to both beneficial and an improvement to the previous cartridge based ranges.

For those still wondering, what exactly is a cartomizer when it’s at home? Well the clue can be found in the name – a cartomizer is a combination of a cartridge and an atomizer. The older Mini and Super e-cigarettes consist of three detachable items – a battery, an atomizer and a cartridge. The new cartomizer versions of the Mini and Super consist of only two – a battery and a cartomizer. The cartomizer doubles up to provide both the housing for the e-liquid and the atomizer heating element.

Some may be thinking of the old adage of ‘it wasn’t broke, why did you feel the need to fix it’?  A perfectly good question but with the Mini and Super being one of our oldest product lines and now well behind more recent additions such as tank systems from the ever developing world of electronic cigarettes, it was time to give these old war-horses some fresh legs. The new cartomizers are much larger in their liquid capacity with an overall increase of up to 75% on their cartridge predecessors. Did we mention that cartomizers are also refillable? By simply removing the cartomizer cap, liquid can be soaked into the wadding inside before you are ready to use your Mini or Super again.

So you took away my atomizer and gave me a cartridge that already has an atomizer inside and contains more liquid – that’s very nice but what else does it do? Well, exactly what it did before but more efficiently and without some of the common problems associated with separate cartridges and atomizer. No longer will you need to prime an atomizer before using your e-cig and similarly there would be no more worries about your last atomizer failing when you have a bundle of cartridges to get through and no spares atomizers available.  Not just that, cartomizers produce much richer and flavoursome vapour which is never a bad thing!

Whilst the original cartridge versions of the Mini and Super will be discontinued and no longer stocked, for those still using them we will still have cartridges and single atomizers available whilst stocks last. You also need not worry about batteries and chargers as the new ones use an identical connection so no need to buy an entirely new kit if you are still in doubt.

Remember that our customer service team are always here to help with absolutely any questions. We want our customers to feel assured that the changeover is a positive step for all Mini and Super users.  If you are an existing customer using a Mini or Super, give us a call and we will be happy to send a sample cartomizer for you to try with any order.

Leaking tanks? Find the solution here!

A surprising number of customers contact us to tell us that their new device is leaking. For many, this can be quite alarming for them and often negative judgement is passed on the quality of the product before understanding that the problem of leaking is almost always due to inhaling technique. New users are particularly susceptible to the issue of leaking as they attempt to make the transition to electronic cigarettes from traditional ones. The following guide will attempt to highlight the causes and provide a solution in addition to general atomiser care.

Correct method of inhalation techniques:  The normal working temperature of an atomizer is up to 200°C. The proper method for inhalation requires slow and long inhalations to maximize the efficacy of the atomization process.


Cause: Very quick inhalations are much less effective as the atomizer will not have enough time to vapourise the liquid and flooding of the atomizer chamber can occur resulting in leaking from the connection/base of the atomizer body or cartomizer. Similarly, overly hasty inhalations can result in liquid feeding back up through the cartridge/cartomizer air path resulting in liquid entering the user’s mouth.

Solution:  In the event of leaking where the atomizer chamber has been flooded by excessive/over-hasty inhalation, immediately disconnect the battery and clean the connection with tissue to remove any liquid. Detach the cartridge/cartomizer from the battery and blow through the same on to a piece of tissue to remove any liquid that remains within the atomizer chamber before reassembling your device.

Advisable:  It is good practice to disassemble your device daily and clean the device components with tissue or a dry cloth to optimize longevity of the product.

After prolonged use of an atomizer there will be an accumulation of carbonization and impurities causing general degradaton of the atomizer’s heating coil. You may experience less vapor yield and/or a slight burning taste. This is normal and normally implies that the atomizer head is due for replacement.


Users with ‘Tank’ devices such as the eGo-C should also regularly replace the cartridge cap. These are often mistaken for the silicone covering cap that come with new cartridges which can be used as stoppers when cartridges with liquid inside are placed in storage. The cartridge caps themselves make up part of the cartridge and can be identified as the section of plastic with the small hole that rests on an atomizer spike. Whilst these are often quite stiff to remove for the first time they can be dislodged safely without breaking the cartridge. As the cartridge is repeatedly inserted and re-inserted into the atomizer in between refills the small hole can start to widen and will no longer remain snug around the atomizer spike. Whilst cartridge caps are sold as one time use items, replacing them once every four or five days is acceptable.


Generally speaking it is always advised for users not to use (inhale on) their electronic cigarette as they would with a traditional cigarette. Remember that there is no constant burning of tobacco leaves and whilst oxygen remains a catalyst in the atomization process when inhaling, this can be too much of a good thing.

The scare mongering – let’s get a little of it into proportion…

Kristen Noll Marsh is the Vice President of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternative Association in the USA, generally referred to as CASAA. She has her own blog where, like the Anti THR lies blog, she is picking apart the arguments put out by the anti tobacco lobby one by one, and this one in particular caught my eye –  the scare mongering they do around children.

scare tactics


As a parent, I don’t want my child harmed, and the statistics she has revealed show that neither do other vapers want their kids harmed, and that if we  – the industry, expect you – the consumer to take responsibility for your e-liquid, then you do, and the argument the anti’s use that it is attractive to little children isn’t really holding water.


We know nicotine is toxic in the right quantity, and for a child  as little as a few drops of 10mg nicotine base  could prove fatal. I know when I first heard this I was very concerned, but how about we look at the facts before we get into a panic?


All TECC e-liquid is properly labelled and has childproof packaging, as it should be, and all reputable vendors do the same.

So Kristen form CASSA does the logical thing and checks out the government stats in the USA for child poisoning.


Here is what she found for 2010 – the latest available, and she starts with the tobacco products.


Total exposure to tobacco products, (which means potential poisonings reported,)  – 8’335, and 89% of these are children under the age of 12.

Deaths – 0, major Injury – 0, moderate injury – 151, minor injury 1173.


Next we find the stats for the NRT’s.


Total exposure – 1231, 13% were under the age of 12.

Deaths – 0, major injury –  0, moderate injury –  51, minor  injury-  234.


Then we come to the e-liquid stats – total potential poisonings – 29, 21% of which were younger that 12. Deaths – 0, major injury – 0, moderate injury –  1, minor 11.


Then we get a little comparison to put it all into perspective –we look at   household cleaning agents, as these have been around a long time and are generally kept in a place easy to reach for little kids – despite the well know harm they can do.


Total potential poisonings – 180,493, 65% were younger than 12yrs old.

Deaths –  21, major injury  – 194, moderate  – 4492, minor -71219.


Now I know the figures are huge here for the household goods, and maybe folk are complacent with their cleaning stuff, but vaping is rapidly becoming very popular, and millions across the USA  and UK are now vaping, but vapers are taking responsibility, and not keeping the e-liquid within reach of kids.


It will be interesting to see that stats from 2011, and 2012, but while the anti tobacco lobby are crying about children and e-liquid, perhaps they should expend some of their energy toward to the household cleaning industry too.



Below is the link to Kristen’s excellent blog, that goes into far mre depth than I have here, and it is well worth a read.

Image by Rob Sheridan.

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