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purplebox vapours Response to HIQA Public Consultation on Smoking Cessation Interventions in Ireland

purplebox vapours Response to HIQA Public Consultation on Smoking Cessation Interventions in Ireland

by Steve Barrett

purplebox vapours responds to the HIQA call for Public Consultation on Vaping & e-cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation Interventions in Ireland.

It is important to have YOUR say and help shape the future of Vaping in Ireland.

Click HERE to add your contribution to the consultation process.

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The Vaping Effect - Smoking Rates Fall to Lowest Level Ever

The Vaping Effect - Smoking Rates Fall to Lowest Level Ever

by Steve Barrett

‘Smoking rates in England fall to lowest on record’ isn’t much of a headline in itself. Smoking rates have been in long-term decline for decades, so any given year is likely to have the fewest smokers on record.

What Deborah Arnott, of ASH, cannot quite bring herself to say is that it is the e-cigarette, not big government interference, that has been the game-changer. As Public Health England has acknowledged, e-cigarettes are the most popular stop-smoking aid.

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What is Vaping?  A Complete Newbie’s Guide!

What is Vaping? A Complete Newbie’s Guide!

by Steve Barrett

Vaping is the act of producing vapour by inhaling vaporised liquid from an e-cigarette or vaping device. Unlike with traditional cigarettes, with vaping there is no combustion, no tobacco and the user inhales only vapour - not the toxic tobacco smoke found in traditional cigarettes. Vapers are people who use vapourisers or e-cigarettes.

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Cancer Research UK - Clearing the Air of Nicotine Myths

Cancer Research UK - Clearing the Air of Nicotine Myths

by Steve Barrett

Cancer Research UK is now initiating a campaign to separate nicotine from smoking and to debunk the myths surrounding nicotine and endorse vaping and e-cigarettes as a much healthier and successful alternative to smoking.

Read our blog to watch the full interview.

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Switch to Vaping to Avoid ‘Almost all of the Harm from Smoking,’  says Royal College of Physicians

Switch to Vaping to Avoid ‘Almost all of the Harm from Smoking,’ says Royal College of Physicians

by Steve Barrett

A new report released today from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction, should provide reassurance and encouragement to smokers that vaping is a viable option for quitting. The 200-page report concludes that in the interest of public health it is important to widely promote vapour products as substitutes for cigarettes. The extensive analysis also estimates that vapour products are likely pose no more than 5% of the risks associated with cigarettes, with the authors further noting that the actual figure may be substantially lower.

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How To Tickle Your Vaping Taste Buds

How To Tickle Your Vaping Taste Buds

by Steve Barrett

Taste buds are an extremely powerful weapon in your sensory arsenal. The taste buds on your tongue combined with the olfactory receptors in your nose make everything you eat, drink or in our case vape taste the way it should.

But what causes your favourite vape flavour to lose its wow factor and what can you do to reenergise your taste buds - we take a look...

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E-cigarette Vapour Tested on Human Airway Tissue and Found to be Equivalent to Breathing Fresh Air

E-cigarette Vapour Tested on Human Airway Tissue and Found to be Equivalent to Breathing Fresh Air

by Steve Barrett

It’s a breath of Fresh Air

This week saw the publication of results of an experiment to test the cytotoxic impact of e-cigarette vapour on human airway tissue. The tests were performed by the MatTek Corporation, an organisation at the forefront of tissue engineering and world leader in the production of innovative 3D reconstructed tissue models, based in Massachusetts.

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Tobacco Companies - Who Owns Your e-Cig - An Infographic

Tobacco Companies - Who Owns Your e-Cig - An Infographic

by Steve Barrett

Tobacco industry ownership of e cigarette brands is most prevalent in the USA and the UK. Its entry into the vaping market was rapid between 2012 and 2014.

Lorillard, the 3rd largest cigarette manufacturer in the US, acquired e cigarette company BluCigs for $135 million in April 2012. It was the first tobacco industry e-cigarette acquisition in the USA. 

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E Cigarettes Vs. Big Tobacco, Global Industry Comparison, An Infographic

E Cigarettes Vs. Big Tobacco, Global Industry Comparison, An Infographic

by Steve Barrett

Did you know for example that the  e cigarette industry is a $3billion global business?

Or that Bloomberg predicts e cigarettes could outsell the cigarette industry by 2047?

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E-cigarette Hostility is Becoming Taxing

E-cigarette Hostility is Becoming Taxing

by Steve Barrett

Taxing e-cigarettes as a tobacco product is in every way an unfathomable and bizarrely ridiculous suggestion by the European Commission and domestic ministers.

If taxing nicotine - then is there not an argument that vegetables and drinks, with naturally occurring nicotine: tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, peppers, cauliflower, and tea should be considered tobacco products. Firstly, let’s state the obvious: there’s no tobacco in e-cigarettes – so what are you taxing – nicotine, vapour, or an act that mimics that of smoking?

Legislation & Regulation would be welcomed by specialist retailers - but let's make it fair, based on actual research and throw in a measure of common sense.

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Just About Had A Lungful Of This Nonsense

Just About Had A Lungful Of This Nonsense

by Steve Barrett

Another study released today claims that e-cigarette vapour has an adverse effect on lungs by producing ‘free radicals’ and therefore leaving the lungs with weakened immune systems.

Once again this seems to allow journalists the chance to exercise their linguistic skills in thinking up the most hostile ‘headline grabbing’ title for news articles targeting vaping.

The survey in question, led by Professor Shyam Biswai from Johns Hopkins University in the US, was conducted by putting mice in containers with e-cigarette vapour for a period of two weeks. He then injected these mice with pneumonia and flu viruses. As a result some of the mice died.

Are you kidding me?

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Senators Aim to Pass Ludicrous e-Cigarette Bill

Senators Aim to Pass Ludicrous e-Cigarette Bill

by Steve Barrett




The bill to categorise e-cigarettes in Ireland as tobacco products put forward by Senators Averil Power and John Crown is both misguided, nonsensical and demonstrates a bizarrely simplistic, unresearched appreciation of the concept.

Most specialist retailers would welcome the introduction of legislation into the e-cigarette and vaping market. This would ensure safe, high quality products reach the market and stop poor quality products being made available. 

However, to classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product is ludicrous as no tobacco is present and the vaping experience is designed to help people move away from tobacco altogether.A certified seller programme would also be hailed as a positive step as currently e-liquids can be sold in newsagents or shops not associated with vaping, where expertise and advice is not available for someone looking to switch from tobacco cigarettes.

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2015 and the Growth of Vaping

2015 and the Growth of Vaping

by Steve Barrett

“Wait a minute Doc – are you telling me you built a time machine… Out of an e-cigarette!”

Okay, so that’s a little exaggerated – but what is the future for vaping and devices in 2015?

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First e-cigarette TV ad hits our screens

First e-cigarette TV ad hits our screens

by Steve Barrett

Following new rules from the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) the first electronic cigarette advert will appear on UK television this evening. It has already and will, no doubt, produce much furore and fracas amongst the anti-smoking fraternity.

Whatever your beliefs or thoughts on e-cigarettes and vaping (a debate in itself), there is no doubt that they are changing millions of smoker’s lives and health for the better.However, critics would do well to remember that electronic cigarettes and vaping are enjoying incredible success in helping people to eradicate tobacco cigarettes from their lives.

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VAPEFEST Ireland 2014

VAPEFEST Ireland 2014

by Steve Barrett

VAPEFEST IRELAND 2014 is almost upon us.

Get the full lowdown on the event with our beautiful Infographic...

Feel free to share with your fellow vapers.

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Stoptober – It’s Time To Kick The Habit With Our Help

Stoptober – It’s Time To Kick The Habit With Our Help

by Steve Barrett

Okay so you’ve tried patches, you’ve tried nicotine gum, you’ve even tried ‘cold-turkey’ - and as you contemplate you’re next venture you have one last cigarette.

Good news in a sense - as groups of friends or colleagues can use this month to add a little peer pressure to the goal and urge each other on in the quest to leave dreaded tobacco behind. Although, in effect, any time is a good time to stop smoking.

‘Stoptober’ is upon us once again – the month that lends itself by virtue of pronunciation to putting ‘stop’ as a prefix, and being adopted by anti-smoking campaigners as a date to finally kick the habit.

Have a read why VAPING may just provide the solution you need to finally kick the tobacco cigarette habit...

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WHO – doesn’t listen to the Dr.

WHO – doesn’t listen to the Dr.

by Steve Barrett

This week (29th August) the World Health Organisation issued an initial report into electronic cigarettes and vaping.

There were some positive steps in this report and some recommendations that fell well short of a sensible and realistic approach to the growing vaping revolution. 

Electronic Cigarettes have the potential to radically change the smoking habits of millions of people - to enjoy a much safer vehicle for nicotine stimulus and eradicate the serious carcinogenic elements present in tobacco cigarettes. It remains incomprehensible that the World Health Organisation would not embrace this technology and support the reduction of tobacco smokers in society. Where does the reluctance come from – is it cigarette company lobbying? Is it government lobbying for tax revenue losses? The conspiracy theories are rampant – but certainly questions have to be asked.

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Vaping Virgins - A Beginner’s Guide to the e-Cigarette Revolution

Vaping Virgins - A Beginner’s Guide to the e-Cigarette Revolution

by Steve Barrett

E-cigarettes and vaping is increasingly recognised as one of the best ways to help a smoker quit their tobacco smoking habit. In essence, the devices allow a person to receive a nicotine hit without getting any of the tar and other 4000 plus toxins associated with tobacco smoking.

The best way to start vaping and using e-cigs is to call in to a specialist supplier and get the facts, look at how the kits work and explore the abundance of e-cig liquids on offer. 

Key to making the transition to e-cigs permanent is to start on the correct level of nicotine. There is no doubt that nicotine is addictive in its qualities and effects on the body, similar to those experienced when drinking caffeine. However, it is the least offensive chemical in a traditional cigarette. Smokers are not addicted to tobacco or tar – these are simply the vehicles by which nicotine is delivered to the system.

 

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The Great Flavour Debate

The Great Flavour Debate

by Steve Barrett

The great flavour debate…

The media have latched on to vaping in a big way – mainly because smoking is a hot topic and vaping is so new that a pejorative e-cigarette headline is guaranteed coverage. As vaping is increasingly found to be a beneficial and a much safer alternative to smoking media attention has centred around the term ‘juvenile flavours of e-liquid’.

The argument focuses on whether flavours with names such as ‘bubblegum’, ‘candy crush’, ‘vanilla custard’ or ‘tutti-fruity’ appeal to the younger generation and entice them to start vaping and therefore develop a nicotine addiction.

However, once again, these articles are mainly based on a pre-emptive opinion as opposed to qualified research.

Tell us your views on the ‘juvenile flavour debate’ and what are your favouite flavours as you continue to enjoy vaping?

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No If’s and No Butts – More Reasons for the Government to Embrace Vaping

No If’s and No Butts – More Reasons for the Government to Embrace Vaping

by Steve Barrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that 56 per cent of litter on the streets of Dublin is made up of cigarette butts

That’s right – we feel incensed when we see discarded bottles or bits of paper blowing along the streets, yet the worst offender is the simple cigarette butt.

The seemly harmless end to the cigarette, casually discarded as you blow out the last of your tobacco inhalation, accounts for 14,000 tonnes of the 25,000 collected annually on Dublin streets.

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More savings for vapers as tobacco hiked to €20

More savings for vapers as tobacco hiked to €20

by Steve Barrett

With plans to hike the price of cigarettes to €20 – you’ve have yet another reason to try vaping, aside from saving your life that is.

Journalist Ian O’Doherty has quite an amusing take on Health Minister James Reilly’s plans to increase the price of 20 cigarettes up to €20, in today’s Independent.

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Looking Cool vs Staying Alive – Your Choice

Looking Cool vs Staying Alive – Your Choice

by Steve Barrett

Ken Rogan’s piece on vaping in this morning’s Metro Herald 'Vaping is just not as cool as smoking', whilst generally positive towards vaping, is a little misinformed on its cool message and what models and devices are in the market place.

Looking ‘cool’ is not the objective of the vaping message – saving your life is

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On The Level - What's the right nicotine content for you?

On The Level - What's the right nicotine content for you?

by Steve Barrett

Here at purplebox vapours we get many of our new vaping aficionados wondering what level of nicotine content to start vaping at. So here’s the purplebox vapours guide to structuring you nicotine level intake.

If you want to discuss a programme and keep track of your path to a healthier lifestyle why not call in to us in Temple Bar if you can and we’ll take it from there – together.

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Rise of Vaping Culture and Vaping Communities

Rise of Vaping Culture and Vaping Communities

by Steve Barrett

Our new Infographic explores the Rise of Vaping Culture & Communities across the world.
  • See who you recognise vaping away in celeb land.
  • Have a look at the most popular terms used by vapers.
  • What are the most popular e-juice flavours?
  • Which countries are embracing vaping and who are the nations still listening to the myths?
  • What is a Vaporium and where are they springing up?
  • Let us know your thoughts on the infographic and please feel free to share with your friends and fellow vapers.
    Enjoy - from purplebox vapours - leading electronic cigarette and vaping specialists in Ireland.

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