More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

E-cigarette use among ex-smokers continues to rise

For the first time, more than half of the UK’s electronic-cigarette users have since given up smoking tobacco, a study suggests.

Some 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, compared with 1.3 million who still use tobacco, a survey of 12,000 adults for Action on Smoking and Health found.

But Ash said the message that vaping was much less harmful than smoking had not yet got through to all smokers.

Some nine million still smoke in the UK despite a big rise in e-cigarette use.

In 2012, there were 700,000 vapers in the UK; now there are 2.9 million.

Rise ‘has peaked’

The main reason ex-smokers give for vaping is to help them stop smoking.

Current smokers say they do it principally to reduce the amount they smoke.

Scientists say current evidence suggests that the risks of exposure to toxins for e-cigarette users are likely to be low – and much lower than with tobacco.

Deborah Arnott, the campaigning health charity’s chief executive, said the figures on vapers who had quit smoking were “excellent news” but that the rate of people switching to electronic versions had peaked.

“The rapid growth in e-cigarette use has come to an end,” she said.

‘Much less harmful’

This is because more than a third of smokers have still never tried e-cigarettes, as a result of concerns about the safety and addictiveness of e-cigarettes.

But research suggests that 26% of people think e-cigarettes are more – or equally as – harmful as smoking tobacco while only 13% believe they are a lot less harmful.

“It’s very important smokers realise that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking,” she added.

Ex-smokers who vape are on the rise
Image captionNumbers of ex-smokers who vape have been rising but the trend appears to be levelling off

Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London, said: “The message for the 1.3 million vapers who still smoke is that they need to go further and switch completely.”

People who combine electronic and standard cigarette smoking are still being exposed to the cancer-causing substances in tobacco smoke, increasing their risk of lung cancers, bronchitis and other diseases, although Public Health England believes levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes are unlikely to pose any significant health risk.

But critics say there is no convincing evidence that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking and argue they could even encourage non-smokers to start.


Vaping laws are changing next month – this is what you need to know

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New rules on vaping are coming into force within weeks – and if you’re a vaper you will need to be aware of these changes.

The new Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 comes into force on Monday, May 20, and introduces a number of rules about the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids

Ahead of the changes to the law, the Plymouth Herald spoke to the local Trading Standards who want to make sure that all local manufacturers and retailers are aware of the changes.

Those changes include:

– All e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency before they can be sold
– Refillable tanks for e-cigarettes must be no bigger than 2ml capacity
– E-liquids cannot be sold in quantities greater than 10ml
– Unless registered as a medicine the strength of nicotine in an E-liquid must not exceed 20mg/ml
– The packaging of E-liquids must be child-resistant and tamper evident
– Certain additives such as the stimulants caffeine and taurine or colourings are banned
– New labelling requirements

Anyone who does not comply could face imprisonment of up to two years and/or an unlimited fine.

These changes to the law apply to anyone who makes or sells e-cigarettes and e-liquids including those who sell online via social media, auction sites or from their own website.

Trading Standards are particularly keen to get the message out to people who brew e-liquids at home to sell online as these are the most difficult business to reach.

Trading Standards manager Alex Fry said: “We are finding that shops are aware of the changes to the law but small online retailers are not.

With millions of buyers ready and waiting, there’s no better place for you to sell than eBay.

“We have found online sellers selling e-liquids in 100ml bottles with a nicotine strength over 20mg/ml. After 20 May this will be illegal unless the e-liquid is registered as a medicine.”

Smoking numbers hit new low as Britons turn to vaping to help quit cigarettes

New data reveals a significant decline in number of smokers over last five years, while the daily number of cigarettes consumed has also fallen


Half of the 2.3 million people who were users of e-cigarettes said they were doing it to quit smoking. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

The number of smokers in Britain has reached its lowest point since records began in 1974, according to new data, while more than a million people say they are using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 17.2% of adults in the UK smoked in 2015, down from 20.1% in 2010.

Smoking levels are highest in Scotland, at 19.1%, followed by Northern Ireland, where it is 19%, Wales on 18.1% and England on 16.9%. The numbers have been dropping fastest in recent years in Scotland and Wales. Among local authorities, Blackpool is the only one to feature consistently in the 10 heaviest smoking areas between 2012 and 2015. In 2015, 25.3% of adults in Blackpool smoked.

The data also shows that 2.3 million people were e-cigarette users in England, Scotland and Wales in 2015, about 4% of the population. Their survey also shows that 4 million more people describe themselves as former e-cigarette users. A further 2.6 million say they have tried them but not gone on to use them regularly.

Half of the 2.3 million who were current users of e-cigarettes at the time of the survey said they were doing it to quit smoking. A further 22% said they were vaping because it was less harmful than smoking. Only 10% said they chose to vape because it was cheaper than buying cigarettes. Others – 9% – said they used e-cigarettes mainly because they were permitted indoors.

The figures will bolster the arguments of those who believe e-cigarettes have a major role to play in ending the tobacco epidemic. The issue has been hugely controversial among public health doctors and campaigners, some of whom consider e-cigarettes to be a stalking horse for the tobacco industry which hopes to make smoking acceptable again and has invested in vaping.

The World Health Organisation has expressed concern over e-cigarettes, but Public Health England has said vaping may be 95% safer than smoking tobacco.

Half of current smokers say they have tried e-cigarettes, and 14.4% of current smokers also vape.

Some of the statistics suggest that it is often the heavier smokers who turn to e-cigarettes. Those who also vape smoke marginally more cigarettes per day on average than those who do not – 11.8 versus 11.3. Smokers who have given up on e-cigarettes smoke 12.2 per day versus 10.6 among those who have never used an e-cigarette. Smokers who have children at home are also more inclined to use e-cigarettes.

The ONS vaping data is from the opinions and lifestyle survey 2014-15 and relate just to Great Britain. The ONS figures on general smoking trends include northern Ireland.

Men are more likely to smoke – 19.3% do, compared with 15.3% of women. Smoking is most common in the 25-34 age group, where 23% smoked in 2015. It is least common in the over-65s, among whom 8.8% smoke. But the biggest decline since 2010 has been among the 18-24 year-olds, where it has dropped five percentage points to 20.7% in five years.

Figures for Great Britain also show that smokers have been cutting back on the numbers of cigarettes they consume. Average consumption is down to 11.3 cigarettes per day, the lowest number since 1974.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH said: “The decline in smoking is very encouraging and shows that strong tobacco control measures are working. However, the government can’t leave it to individual smokers to try to quit on their own. If the downward trend is to continue we urgently need a new tobacco control plan for England, and proper funding for public health and for mass media campaigns. That’s essential if the prime minister is to live up to her promise to tackle health and social inequality.”

Switching to e-cigarettes

Switching to e-cigarettes reduces the amount of cancer-causing tobacco toxins by 97% in just 6 months, major new study finds

  • Researchers assessed people who switched from tobacco to ‘vaping’ gadgets
  • They found it allowed for almost all toxins to leave their body within 6 months
  • While continuing to smoke alongside vaping saw chemicals drop by just 20%
  • It comes almost straight after another study confirmed e-cigarettes are safer

Electronic cigarettes are far safer and less toxic than smoking tobacco, a major new British study has found.

Scientists warned that nearly two thirds of smokers wrongly believe e-cigarettes are as dangerous as smoking.

And they blamed US campaigners for exaggerating the harms as part of a ‘moral crusade’ against the nicotine devices.

Researchers at University College London found people who switched from tobacco to ‘vaping’ gadgets saw the levels of cancer-causing toxins in their body drop by up to 97.5 per cent in six months.

Their study comes after another British experiment found that the devices cause just two genetic mutations in the lung – compared to 123 from tobacco.

A major new study found that e-cigarettes are far safer and less toxic than smoking tobacco

A major new study found that e-cigarettes are far safer and less toxic than smoking tobacco

The new study, funded by Cancer Research UK, found people who continued to smoke as well as vape only saw toxic chemicals drop by 20 per cent, suggesting a complete switch is needed to reduce exposure.

Study leader Dr Lion Shahab, of UCL, said: ‘We’ve shown that the levels of toxic chemicals in the body from e-cigarettes are considerably lower than suggested in previous studies using simulated experiments.

‘Our results also suggest that while e-cigarettes are not only safer, the amount of nicotine they provide is not noticeably different to conventional cigarettes.

‘This can help people to stop smoking altogether by dealing with their cravings in a safer way.’

E-cigarettes contain a liquid form of nicotine that is heated into vapour to be inhaled, avoiding the harm caused by tobacco smoke.

Around 2.6 million adults in Britain have used e-cigarettes in the decade or so that they have been on the market.

Health experts agree that the devices are much safer than smoking tobacco – and the gadgets are thought to have helped 22,000 people quit smoking each year.

But many are concerned about unresolved safety concerns, and are especially worried about plans to allow the devices to be prescribed on the NHS.

Researchers found people who switched from tobacco to 'vaping' gadgets saw the levels of cancer-causing toxins in their body drop by up to 97.5 per cent in six months

Researchers found people who switched from tobacco to ‘vaping’ gadgets saw the levels of cancer-causing toxins in their body drop by up to 97.5 per cent in six months

Those fears have been flamed by a series of studies, mainly from the US, which warn of the potential damage of vaping on the heart and lungs.

But the UCL team, whose work is published in the respected Annals of Internal Medicine, said the papers which sparked these fears had been mostly based on small studies, on work on mice, or had compared e-cig users against people who had never smoked.


E-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco products, a study appeared to confirm yesterday.

While vaporizers are touted as ‘safe’, health experts warned we still don’t have enough evidence to say that for certain.

But a set of experiments performed in the UK showed lung tissue is barely affected at all by e-cigarettes – compared to the crippling affect cigarette smoke has one our organs.

Lungs exposed to tobacco suffered changes in 123 genes – mutating cells in a way that creates fertile ground for heart disease, inflammation, and even tumor growth.

Meanwhile just two genes were affected in lungs exposed to e-cigarette vapor.

The vast majority of e-cigarette users have previously been cigarette smokers, they said – and even if there are some small risks, they are significantly outweighed by the benefit of stopping smoking.

Dr Shahab: ‘Nothing is entirely safe. There is likely to be a residual risk of using e-cigarettes, certainly for cardiovascular diseases.

‘But looking at the long-term effects of nicotine replacement therapy these effects tend to be very small, and dramatically reduced compared to continuing with smoking.’

His team conducted the first ever study analysing the saliva and urine of long-term e-cigarette users, measuring their exposure to key chemicals.

They did the same tests on smokers and users of nicotine gum and patches.

Tracking 181 people for six months, they found e-cigarettes users had 97.5 per cent lower levels of a chemical called NNK than smokers, 97.1 per cent lower level of acrylonitrile and 89 per cent lower levels of butadiene.

Nicotine gum and patch users had similar reductions for each chemical, but the levels were not quite as low as for vapers.

Professor Robert West of UCL, senior author of the study, said it was ‘frustrating’ that research which highlighted the danger of e-cigarettes are given so much publicity.

The new study found people who continued to smoke as well as vape only saw toxic chemicals drop by 20 per cent

The new study found people who continued to smoke as well as vape only saw toxic chemicals drop by 20 per cent

And he said part of the reason is that campaigners who in the past fought against the tobacco industry were now also campaigning against e-cigarette firms, many of which are owned by big tobacco firms.

Professor West said: ‘In the US, there is a section of the public health community for whom it is more of a moral crusade.

Our results also suggest that while e-cigarettes are not only safer, the amount of nicotine they provide is not noticeably different to conventional cigarettes
Dr Lion Shahab, from University College London

‘That moral crusade is tied up with fighting the tobacco industry – the side effect of that fight has spilled over into a more general ethical view about anything which isn’t the pure way of stopping smoking, which is just do it yourself and pull your socks up and be a hero.

‘There is a general sense that addiction is a bad thing, that nicotine addiction is a bad thing, that anything remotely connected with the tobacco industry is horrendous.’

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of cancer prevention, said: ‘Around a third of tobacco-caused deaths are due to cancer, so we want to see many more of the UK’s 10million smokers break their addiction.

‘This study adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long term effects of these products will be minimal.’

E-cigarette use falls for the first time

E-cigarette use falls for the first time as MPs launch inquiry into whether use of the devices should be restricted

  • Inquiry is set to follow studies linking e-cigarettes with cancer and infertility 
  • House of Commons science will take evidence on how they affect human health
  • They will also examine how well ‘vaping’ works to help people give up smoking

Electronic cigarette use has fallen for the first time among smokers, as a select committee has announced an inquiry into the devices.

Following studies linking e-cigarettes with cancer and infertility, the House of Commons science and technology committee will take evidence on how they affect human health.

MPs will look at how to tackle e-cigarette addiction and if their use should be restricted. They will also examine how well ‘vaping’ works to help people give up smoking, as research shows fewer people are using the devices to quit.

Following studies linking e-cigarettes with cancer and infertility, the House of Commons science and technology committee will take evidence on how they affect human health

Following studies linking e-cigarettes with cancer and infertility, the House of Commons science and technology committee will take evidence on how they affect human health

Market analysts Mintel report that in the last two years the proportion of ex-smokers and current smokers using e-cigarettes has fallen from 69 per cent to 62 per cent.

The electronic cigarette industry, which tripled its value in 2013 as vaping took off, rose by just six per cent last year.

The Commons committee will look at e-cigarettes following years of arguments between scientists over the health risks of vaping.

The decision to launch an inquiry came after the Royal College of Physicians’ tobacco advisory group backed the the use of e-cigarettes in the UK to stop smoking, while the US Surgeon General warned they could prolong tobacco use by smokers and provide a ‘gateway’ to smoking regular cigarettes for young people.

The divide in opinion has seen a major British study published this month which found electronic cigarettes are far safer and less toxic than smoking tobacco, Meanwhile US studies have found they may cause damage to the heart and lungs.

Stephen Metcalfe, Conservative chair of the science and technology committee, said: ‘We will want to probe how well the science meshes with any Government action to encourage or discourage e-cigarette consumption.

‘An important role for the committee will be to identify any gaps in the evidence and whether it is right for the Government to take action while any key gaps remain.’

The use of electronic cigarettes has risen sharply in recent years and it is one of the subjects picked by the select committee following a Dragon’s Den-style appeal for proposals from the public.

The ‘My Science Inquiry’ project received 78 submissions, and will also look at algorithms, embryo research and hydrogen fuel cells.

Written evidence from Jack Neville, a member of the public who suggested electronic cigarettes, called for more scrutiny of the devices.

He said: ‘Right now anyone can sell them freely with little restriction or regard for people. People are under the impression that while cigarettes harm, vaping doesn’t because it’s not “toxic”.’

Having considered an e-cigarettes inquiry previously, the committee said now the ‘time is right’ to take them on.

MPs will look at how to tackle e-cigarette addiction and if their use should be restricted

MPs will look at how to tackle e-cigarette addiction and if their use should be restricted

The probe could also examine how the Government’s policy on e-cigarettes is influenced by the public finances and the implications of restricting or encouraging their use.

Mintel has only been recording their use for three years but found however that sales have tapered off, rising by only six per cent to £230 million last year.

However, roughly one in eight people still use one of the devices, most often during work breaks according to the firm, when stress is the trigger.

Electronic cigarettes remain the most popular way to give up smoking, with 62 per cent of quitters vaping compared to around one in seven using nicotine replacement gums and patches.

A spokesman for the UK Vaping Industry Association said: ‘In recent weeks we have had a leading long-term study from Cancer Research UK demonstrating that vaping is a vastly safer alternative to smoking. Yet we have also had contradictory information from studies conducted abroad, often based on dubious research.

‘This inquiry will be an excellent opportunity to robustly interrogate the science.’

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GX 350





GX350 makes the UP and DOWN button combined which simplifies the operation. The details make a little change that reveals the elaboration from SMOK.


 It presents all key pieces of information, including output wattage, output voltage, and atomizer resistance and remaining battery life, etc.


 Its output power can up to 350W when powered by 4 x 18650 batteries.


 The mod always has very heavy size when powered by 4 x 18650 batteries; while GX350 has reduced the whole size after precise calculation, which is smaller than other mods powered by 3 x 18650 batteries.


 Tridimensional polygon design has shortened the perimeter to 155mm, although it can carry 4 x 18650 batteries by the small size.



 User tips:Open the battery chamber by grip the two sides of the battery cover and direct pull. Close it by using the power of your center palm just like the video shows. Thanks!


 It is strongly suggested that user should use standard size battery (Sony VTC series etc), but if it happens that your batteries is slightly bigger, you may tear off the internal plastic tubes!





The delrin drip tip will bring increased airflow and provide you with powerful draw effects.


Bring you an extremely open draw. Airflow can be adjusted freely by turning the ring at the base of tank.



Top refill system makes filling as easy as it gets. Leak proof e-liquid slot can significantly solve leaking problem.


1 . Before starting make sure your hands are clean
2. Taking RBA deck apart.

3. Installing and positioning the pre-wrapped coil. Place the coil between the posts and wrap the ends around the screws and tighten up, once all in place make sure the coil is fixed in the center and lined up with the air hole, and also make sure the coil is NOT touching the base.
4. Cutting the ends of wire off.

5. Cutting a strip of cotton and make sure it’s not too much and not too less.
6. Inserting the cotton, and placing it in the middle.
7. Cutting the cotton at an angle and make sure it’s not too short and not too long.

8. Wet the coil with your e-liquid and adjust the cotton.
Warning: Coils must be checked for resistance before they are fired on a device, and re-checked periodically toensure the resistance remains the same.

Aspire PockeX Pocket AIO

Aspire PockeX Pocket AIO

Being just a bit shorter than the iPhone 5s, the Aspire PockeX is the ultimate pocket All-in-One (AIO) device. Packed with a 0.6Ω stainless steel Nautilus X U-Tech coil, the PockeX is a sub-ohm device. The PockeX has a wider drip-tip and larger top-airflow allowing for increased vapor production.


PockeX’s discrete size and low-profile sub-ohm vapor production makes the PockeX your must-have vape while indoors or on-the-go.

Available in Matte Black, Rose Gold, Pantone White and Stainless Steel, pick your favorite PockeX color today.

Compact 11.77cm*1.97cm dimensions allow you to slide the PockeX into literally any pocket, bag or enclosure. The PockeX is one of the shortest tube shaped pocket AIO’s offering superb flavor and dense vapor production.

The PockeX introduces top-filling in an innovative new way. The atomizer screws into the top cap instead of tank bottom. This allows you to replace the atomizer without draining E-Liquid from tank. PockeX’s top fill design allows you to drip, drop or pour E-liquid into the 2ML tank.

1*PockeX AIO (0.6Ω Atomizer Pre-installed), 1* Extra Replacement Coil, 1* Micro-USB Cable, 1* User Manual, 1* Warranty Card

Aspire Archon 150w Mod

The Archon is a powerful new mod from Aspire. The Archon is a dual bay 18650 battery mod which delivers up to 150 watts of power. The Archon has a strong magnetic battery cover which slides off for easy access to battery bay. Archon’s operation is simplified with one-button selection between Wattage and Temperature Control (TC) modes. The Archon has a nice ergonomic design which ensures it feels just right while vaping. The Archon is available in three smart color options. Feel the power and privilege of the Archon mod today.

Insert two 18650 batteries in the battery bay; Please pay attention to the positive (+) and negative (-) cue above the bay.  Slide the magnetic battery case onto the Archon mod.