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‘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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
“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?
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.
VAPEFEST IRELAND 2014 is almost upon us.
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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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.