Aspire K2 quick starter kit

Aspire K2 Quick Start Kit

Introducing the K2 from Aspire. An economic and convenient tobacco alternative. The K2 brings you an open source tank and battery system that is reusable and rechargeable and best of all the K2’s tank is refillable. So you’re never limited when it comes to flavor,a black battery with the black tank and the pink battery with the silver tank!

K2 Tank Dimensions

  • 1.8ml Capacity
  • Kanthal with Organic cotton
  • Available in silver and black

1.6Ω(3.0-4.2V)

K2 Baterry Dimensions

  • Battery capacity 800mah
  • Available in black and pink
  • Carbon Fiber

  • Micro Usb charging port

  • Standard 510 connection with airflow inlets

Full Kit Comes with

Kit includes a battery, the tank, and one preinstalled atomizer, an extra replacement atomizer,as well as a microusb cable.
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Aspire K3 Quick starter kit

Aspire K3 Quick Start Kit

Introducing the K3 from Aspire. An economic and convenient tobacco alternative. The K3 brings you an open source tank and battery system that is reusable and rechargeable and best of all the K3’s tank is refillable. So you’re never limited when it comes to flavor! Available as shown, a black battery with the black tank and the pink battery with the silver tank.

K3 Tank Dimensions

  • 2.0ml Capacity
  • Kanthal with Organic cotton
  • Available in silver and black

K3 Baterry Dimensions

  • 1200mah capacity
  • Available in black and pink
  • Carbon Fiber

  • Micro Usb charging port

  • Standard 510 connection with airflow inlets

Full Kit Comes with

Kit includes a battery, the tank, and one preinstalled atomizer, an extra replacement atomizer ,as well as a microusb cable.

Aspire K4 quick starter kit

Introducing the K4 from Aspire. This open source electronic cigarette is easy to use and satisfying right out of the box! The K4 brings you an economic tobacco alternative with a direct to lung experience that is convenient to use and satisfying.

K4 Tank Dimensions

  • Delrin drip tip for heat dissipation
  • Available in black and Silver
  • 3.5ml capacity

Cleito Coils Dimensions

Cleito coils are kanthal Clapton coils

K4 Baterry Dimensions

  • 2000mah capacity
  • Available in black and pink
  • Carbon Fiber

  • Micro Usb charging port

  • Standard 510 connection with airflow inlets

Full Kit Comes with

The k4 kit contains the k4 battery, a Cleito tank, a 0.27 Cleito coil preinstalled,an extra replacement coil and a Cleito cuff, and a Microusb cable.

E-cigarette ‘rip-off’ that could cost the nhs

E-cigarette ‘rip-off’ that could cost the NHS dear: Cartridges costing just 4p to make are being sold for £1.50 each

  • Refill cartridges for e-cigarettes are sold for 37 times their original cost
  • Campaigners warn that NHS could pay over the odds for proposed contract to supply smokers with tobacco-free alternative

Firms making e-cigarettes could be ripping off customers – with research showing refill cartridges are being sold for around £1.50, despite costing only about 4p to produce.

This means customers are paying roughly 37 times the cost price, when typically consumers pay around eight times the cost of manufacturing a product.

Now campaigners have raised concerns that the mark-up means taxpayers could lose out if the NHS finalises a deal thought to be under discussion for British American Tobacco to supply prescription e-cigarettes.

Overpriced: E-cigarettes are being sold at a mark-up of 37 times their manufacturing cost

Overpriced: E-cigarettes are being sold at a mark-up of 37 times their manufacturing cost

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘The NHS has a terrible record of negotiating a good price, despite its scale as a buyer.

‘It would be important to remind those involved in the negotiation that in times like these there is absolutely no scope for the NHS to tie itself to a contract which delivers anything but the best value.’

E-cigarette cartridges contain around 1.5ml of liquid and need replacing every few days at the cost of around £1.50 each.

Using materials available on the internet, it is possible to make enough liquid to fill a cartridge for around 4p – but wholesale prices mean they are likely to cost even less for major firms to make.

Contract: The NHS is thought to be close to signing a deal to supply subscription e-cigarettes

Contract: The NHS is thought to be close to signing a deal to supply subscription e-cigarettes

However Simon Jordan, who owns e-cigarette subscription service Rokfri, claimed many firms simply price products so they are cheaper than cigarettes – which carry duty of at least 16.5 per cent plus VAT – rather than in proportion to what they actually cost to produce.

Yesterday Dr Tim Ballard of the Royal College of GPs said: ‘It is unclear if making e-cigarettes available on prescription is cost-effective for the NHS.’ The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association declined to comment.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘As there are currently no licensed e-cigarettes on the market, any concerns are based on pure speculation.

‘In any case the NHS has put strict systems in place to make sure we get the best value for money.’

BAT declined to comment.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3466652/E-cigarette-rip-cost-NHS-dear-Cartridges-costing-just-4p-make-sold-1-50-each.html#ixzz41KmgbjY2
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New York Court Rules that Vaping Is Not Smoking

vaping vs smoking

It was bound to come down to a judge’s ruling eventually, but we didn’t know it would happen this soon. In New York, a judge just ruled that vaping is not smoking and the two words cannot be used interchangeably. New York currently bans smoking in most public areas, but according to the judge that doesn’t mean vaping is automatically banned as well.

After a vaper was cited for using his device on a subway platform, he challenged the issue in court. In “People vs. Thomas”, the judge said that New York law defines smoking as “the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco”. However, the court said that this definition excluded vapor devices.

“An electronic cigarette neither burns nor contains tobacco,” the court noted. “Instead, the use of such a device, which is commonly referred to as ‘vaping,’ involves the inhalation of vaporized e-cigarette liquid consisting of water, nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and occasionally, flavoring.”

During the case, the state argued that the ban on vaping should be understood and there was no need for a specific prohibition on vapor devices because “the courts of New York have yet to make a determination as to whether electronic cigarettes are to be viewed any differently under these sections than tobacco cigarettes.”

However, the judge ruled that this argument was invalid. After all, vapor devices just do not match up with the state’s current definition of “smoking” and cannot be treated as tobacco products if they contain no tobacco.

In New York City, leaders have specifically included bans on vaping under the Smoke Free Air Act. However, statewide laws are yet to follow suit. Last summer, the state considered a bill to add restrictions against using vapor devices in public places, but the bill died in the Senate.

Now that a judge has formally ruled that vaping does not equate to smoking, we will likely see a statewide scramble to redefine smoking or tack on additional language to smoking prohibitions to insure that vaping is also restricted. For now, we can all pause and celebrate this small victory from one New York judge that fortunately had enough common sense to stop this ridiculous charge in its tracks.

Utah Politician Slammed For Claiming E-Cigarettes Cause Cancer

T-shirts on display at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. New research provided to Reuters has found that performing tricks is one of the top two reasons young users say they consider the devices cool.   REUTERS/David Becker - RTX1BACL

A Utah Statehouse representative is under fire for claiming e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes and that vapers face the same debilitating cancers as smokers.

A long-standing opponent of e-cigarettes, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield,  is advocating an 86 percent tax increase on e-cigarettes, in the hope of deterring young people from vaping. (RELATED: Children Bused In To Lobby Capitol For 86 Percent E-Cigarette Tax)

He does give credit to smokers who have switched to vaping and assures them e-cigarettes will still be cheaper than regular smokes. H said he sees no contradiction between being a low-tax Republican and advocating a massive tax increase.

As well as being a Republican, Ray told The Daily Caller News Foundation he is also a father and has a responsibility to the health of children. He argues that smokers should pay for the costs of their own healthcare and taxes such as the one he is proposing, go some way to solving that problem.

Ray disregarded the fact that vapers have as yet not come down with any of the illnesses related to smoking.

“Vapers will have lung cancer and a whole lot of other things because they’re puffing formaldehyde,” Ray said. “Formaldehyde is five to 15 times more likely to cause cancer than a cigarette. In five to 10 years from now you guys are gonna be turning around trying to sue these companies because of the health issues.”

Ray’s views on the risks of e-cigarettes are way outside the medical mainstream, saying he “absolutely” believes e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as their tobacco-filled rivals.

In August 2015, Public Health England released a report concluding that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than e-cigarettes. Ray’s comments inflamed vaping groups.

“Over the last decade, there have been hundreds of scientific studies performed by the world’s foremost experts on tobacco control showing little to no risk of long-term harm clearly demonstrating no risk of cancer or any other serious harms when used as designed,” said Aaron Frazier, director of The Utah Smoke-Free Association.

“Representative Ray has been provided with copies of many of these over the last 5 years yet he fully dismisses every fact. He instead chooses to create moral panic and spread rhetoric to his constituents and the public. If you have influence over others, as with health agencies and most importantly elected officials, then being wrong becomes being harmful to the health of our citizenry,” he added.

“We encourage Representative Ray to open his eyes and mind to the scientific facts. There are a billion lives at stake in getting this right and we choose to stand with them fighting rather than regulating.”

President of the American Vaping Association Gregory Conley was just as scornful. “This claim is about as fanciful and unsubstantiated as others made by the sponsor in the half-decade that he has spent demonizing vapor products,” Conley told The Daily Caller New Foundation.

“There are ex-smokers in the United States who have been using vapor products for nearly ten years with no major side effects being reported. We remain hopeful that Utah legislators will listen to the science instead of allowing ideology and wild predictions to obscure their voting decisions.”

Ray’s claims about the harms of e-cigarettes are so extreme that they could, in fact, be harming public health, according to Jeff Stier, head of the risk analysis division at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

“As an elected official assemblyman Ray should recognize he has a responsibility to speak accurately to the public. His comments, which are both unscientific and inaccurate, are reckless and will undermine public health by causing people not to make the effort to switch,” said Stier.

 

mayo clinic e cigarettes mitigate risks of smoking before and after operations

E-Cigarettes slashed smokers’ tobacco use both before and after elective surgery, according to a study from the Mayo clinic.

Regular cigarette smoking can often cause post-operative complications in smokers, and health professionals have long argued that “quitting or cutting down” smoking close to the time of operation can lessen these risks.

In hopes of achieving this, researchers examined adult smokers that were scheduled for operations at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, one of the nation’s leading medical practices and research groups, between December 2014 and June 2015.

In the two weeks before and after surgery, patients were asked to use e-cigarettes to get their nicotine hit instead of regular smokes. All the patients had their use of e-cigarettes recorded on a daily basis and were quizzed about their smoking behavior at 14 and 30 days.

Of the 75 patients who took part in the study, 87 percent tried an e-cigarette over the trial period. After 30 days, a little more than half — 51 percent — said they would continue vaping.

The average number of cigarettes consumed fell sharply from 15.6 per person to 7.6 — a 51.3 percent decrease. “ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device) use is feasible in adult smokers scheduled for elective surgery and is associated with a reduction in perioperative cigarette consumption.”
“These results support further exploration of ENDS as a means to help surgical patients reduce or eliminate their cigarette consumption around the time of surgery,” the study said.

“These pilot data suggest that ENDS use is feasible and well-accepted in surgical patients, and worthy of exploration as a harm reduction strategy in these patients. The major finding of this feasibility study was that when cigarette smokers scheduled for elective surgery were offered free ENDS at the time of pre-anesthesia evaluation, a high proportion utilized them in the perioperative period, with an associated reduction in cigarette consumption.”

The study will add weight to the arguments made by some public health professionals that e-cigarettes, while not 100 percent safe, can serve as a critical tool to reduce the harms and hazards associated with regular smoking, particularly after Public Health England’s report concluded e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than regular cigarettes. (RELATED: Study: E-Cigarettes Are 95% Safer Than Tobacco)
The study’s authors caution more work needs to be done in the field, adding “to our knowledge, there are no prior comparable studies reporting uptake of ENDS when their use is encouraged by healthcare professionals in a medical population.”

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Congressman vapes while arguing for vaping on planes

two different clips about time people started to learn instead of judging vapers

Rep. Duncan Hunter from California created a meme-able moment when he pulled from a vaporizer during a Transportation Committee meeting Thursday.

 

Smoking and vaping in Britain? Show me the data!

 

The UK official statistics bureau, the Office of National Statistics, has published new official smoking and vaping stats for 2014, with the bonus of an e-cigarette survey for 2015. The geographical base is Great Britain (GB) – the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom is Northern Ireland. The age range is ≥16. Pretty good news…

Source materials from ONS

Some highlights

I’ve looked into it so you don’t have to….  here are some statistical nuggets from the 2015 data on e-cigarettes.

  • There are 8.8m smokers in Britain
  • 2.20 million people are using e-cigarettes – almost all are smokers (1.30m or 59%) or ex-smokers (849k – 39%) – with a few never-smokers (56k – 2.5%).
  • A grand total of 8.7m Brits have used or tried e-cigs: 2.2m current users; 3.9m former users; 2.6m tried but did not go on to use e-cigs
  • 64% of current smokers have tried an e-cigarette and 15% are currently e-cig users – to me this represents future public health potential
  • Only 0.2% of never-smokers are current e-cigarette users – these are the same people as the 2.5% of e-cig users who never smoked. Even so – and funnily enough – 39% of thesenever-smokers said they used e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking (a reminder that this may not be an exact science!)
  • Female e-cigarette current use is slightly higher (4.5%) than male (4.2%)
  • Peak prevalence in men is age 55-64 (5.8%) but younger in women 35-44 (6.7%)
  • Two main reasons are given for using e-cigarettes: perceived as safer than smoking(22%) and as an aid to stop smoking (53%) – note that these could both be true for many users. Only 9% say they use e-cigarettes because they can be used indoors
  • Two-thirds (67%) of e-cigarette users are daily users
  • Only 23% of e-cigarette users use cig-a-likes (devices that look like cigarettes)
  • Risk perceptions – interestingly ONS subdivided perceptions into ‘much less‘ and ‘somewhat less‘ harmful – which is good, because magnitude matters.  These are the perception figures for all current and ex-smokers who have not used e-cigarettes:
    • 29% – Much less harmful than cigarettes
    • 39% – Somewhat less harmful than cigarettes
    • 24% – About as harmful as cigarettes
  • These are the risk perception figures for current and former e-cigarette users – neatly illustrating how experience changes perception:
    • 43% – Much less harmful than cigarettes
    • 33% – Somewhat less harmful than cigarettes
    • 18% – About as harmful as cigarettes
  • 59% all persons ≥16 believe that e-cigarettes have no health impact on non-users, 37% believe a damaging impact.
  • Many other figures and breakdowns in the data sources listed above.

This is all mostly pretty good news. In particular, 850k ex-smokers are currently using e-cigs and a further 720k ex-smokers used e-cigs in the past but no longer. This is a substantial proportion of the smoking population over the period in which e-cigs have been rising.  Note that we cannot say they are ex-smokers because they used e-cigarettes. The important thing is that they are ex-smokers. It may also be that e-cig use is valuable in preventing relapse.

What’s the bad news? I think the main reason for concern is the persistent misperception of vaping risk – most people think it is much more dangerous than is plausible based on what we know of the chemistry and physics of e-liquid vapour and cigarette smoke.  Less than one-third of those in the most at-risk category (smokers / ex-smokers who have not tried e-cigs) have a realistic perception of the risk of  e-cigarettes (i.e. ‘much less harmful’ than cigarettes) and even among users less than half have realistic perceptions (and are likely to be more at risk of relapse as a result – if you are struggling to make vaping work, why would you bother if you don’t think the risk is that much lower?

I guess we can thank the wildly irresponsible statements from public health academic and commentators and extensive slovenly journalism for this unhappy state of affairs – and the resultant protection of the cigarette trade from the competitive threat of superior new consumer technology.

What’s going on with smoking?

Here’s the trend, just plotted from the data released…

GB smoking prevalence

Note, the 2015 e-cigarette survey shows smoking prevalence continuing to fall – to 17.5%. This is from a different dataset to the one plotted above, so I haven’t added it to this chart. But this is how it would look.

GB smoking prevalence - 2015

Commentary

Watch Hazel Cheeseman of ASH (London) and Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary College discuss the results and the issues raised in the debate – this is very good.

Note to American, Canadian, Australian and WHO tobacco control activists: this is what honest discussion of e-cigarettes sounds like.