Posts Tagged ‘e-liquid’

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.

To fill, or not to fill? That is the question…

Are pre-filled cartridges/cartomizers better than refilling your own?

Well in my personal opinion I have a liking for both, it just depends on the kind of day I have planned,( or not!) .


Prefilled – I use pre-filled for my Tornado Tank which helps me especially when I have a busy schedule


  • No need to keep getting the fluid out and have the risk of spilling it everywhere, which is what could happen if, I am in a rush
  • Easy to store in my zipped case, just a case of busting the packet open with my teeth.


  • I can re-use my pre-filled carts.
  • Easier to take abroad, these days you have put liquids in a transparent bag, therefore I do prefer to take my tub of Menthol carts with me


Refilling – If I’m at my desk I prefer to fill the Tornado Tank myself.


  • When I vape a lot especially when it’s a stress filled day, I can keep the bottle next to me and top up time and time again
  • If I do spill the liquid (which I have a habit of doing,) I can just wipe my desk


  • Works out a little cheaper than buying pre-filled carts, Tornado Tank,


With e-liquid though there is more flavour variety, which is what I like, pre-filled are good but there is usually only a choice of Tobacco or Menthol.  I do like a change, if I vape menthol all the time (which is my preferred pre-filled cart) then sometimes I get used to the taste so much that I can no longer enjoy it as much as I would like to.  So that’s when I switch and get something a little sweeter and less of a minty taste. I usually go for the Apple TECC Titan Fluid, can’t beat vaping this especially after lunch!


What is your personal preference?   Does it depend on the type of day you have?  Give us your feedback and comments.

Vaping pet peeves.

I stumbled across this great thread on one of the forums, where somebody asked- what are your vaping pet peeves?


Below is a list of the most common – see if any of them are yours:

vaping pet peeves


Calling it a personal vaporizer- of course it’s personal!!


Using the term analogue.


People who try your e-cig without asking


Any one who says there is antifreeze in e-liquid


Uninformed media reports


That e-cigs are bad for you


DOA cartomizers


When folk ask if it tastes like a cigarette?


Is it a crack pipe?


Reviewers who inhale deeply, then blow loads of smoke at the camera leaving their mouths wide open.


Calling an e-cig a fake cigarette.


Hate the phrase vapour, vapers, vaping.


Being told each cartridge is the equivalent to 20 cigarettes.


So, do you have any vaping pet peeves? Let us know in the comment box below..


p.s the link to the discussion is here:



Mixing your own e-liquid part 2; a précis from the Spinfuel article.

This carries on from the blog – mixing your own? no need to be scared!


It’s important to understand the ingredients you will be using when mixing, and how they work with each other. We have several articles already here on the blog about these, so if you don’t know your PG from your VG read about them here -


But the basics are: PG provides the throat hit when inhaling, but so to a lesser degree do the nicotine and certain flavours. PG is thinner than VG.


VG provides the vapour and some of the sweetness.


Always use the best quality Pharmaceutical grade PG and VG you can find.


Nicotine, again use Pharmaceutical grade base liquids such as the Platinum or Titanium Ice.


The ratios of PG/VG/Nicotine strength and flavourings will make a huge difference to the flavour, take your time when mixing, and don’t be surprised if an obvious flavour choice needs a variation on a theme of concentrates, for e.g. – do you need orange flavour, or marmalade flavour? Is it milk chocolate or a dark chocolate that you need?   There is an art to flavour mixing, and the forums are a great place to hang out and see what others are doing.


WRITE EVERY RECIPE DOWN! – This will help in sorting out what is working, from what isn’t.


One final point for today- the flavour can take time to come through – sometimes a few hours, sometimes it may need an overnight ‘steep’.


Again – patience!


Chapter 3 of this will be out soon on Spinfuel, it is a great online vaping paper, and here is the link to Ch 2.




Thinking of to mixing your own? No need to be scared!

Mixing your own e-liquid is a step that most vapers eventually get to, some quicker than others, (I know one lady who bought her e-cig one day, and then bought a mixing kit the next!).


So, if you are thinking of mixing your own, here is some great advice taken from Spinfuel online vaping magazine. They have done a fantastic write up of one man’s journey as he taught himself how to mix his own e-liquid.

The article is in depth, very thorough and I strongly recommend you read it – the link is at the bottom of the post, just copy and paste it into your browser – but basically here is what he said.


Firstly educate yourself,as it can appear overwhelming.

e liquid calculator


Don’t buy anything until you have watched several videos and have a basic grasp of a) what you will  be doing and how, and then b) What you will really need to buy.


Get an understanding how to be safe – base nicotine liquids need to be handled with respect – so think SAFE.


Look at the various e-liquid calculators – and then choose one, it will save many tears and tantrums,  and until you know how to measure and divvy up the base, the diluent and the flavours, keep using it. There are plenty of free e-liquid apps that you can download   and the man who wrote the article has stated his preferences.

Your workspace – again – probably best that you think about where best to do this- somewhere where you can mix safely, and where you have room.


The ingredients – learn what they are – what is PG and VG?  And how do they affect your vape? Which strength base e-liquid is right for you?  And include how much you will make in this, as one person said that a bottle of Titanium Ice can make up to 50 bottles of regular  e-liquid, so the costs savings can be huge.

And finally, know that you will make mistakes. You will make foul tasting flavours, but don’t give up, as this is all part of the fun an the learning curve.


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