Study on formaldehyde in e cigs

Over the past week there have been headline grabbing statements in press.   News on studies of formaldehyde in e cigs, begging for the attention of the public and smoker too.  Statements like “high levels of formaldehyde hidden in e-cigs” and  “researchers find cancer-causing agent in electronic cigarettes or vape pens”.  As the week passed it evolved into ” e-cigs are worse than normal cigarettes studies show”.

What is amazing amongst these Chinese whispers are the facts that remain still: smoking is within the top 5 killers in the UK and US and note that it is the tobacco, not the nicotine, that kills. Unfortunately vaping is linked to smoking because you mimic the actions and there is nicotine. But that is where the similarities end. The public are being brain washed into thinking that vaping is worse than smoking- there are no facts to prove this.  The press has recently sensationalized these studies on formaldehyde in e cigs but it’s worth remembering that their conclusions are misleading.  Furthermore it’s difficult to deny that vaping is a smarter and safer alternative to smoking tobacco.

The study conducted by the Portland State concluded that vaping at high voltage will cause formaldehyde releasing agents to develop. We dont believe this is typical of vaping.   There are few vapers who use high voltage hardware. Why? well it is like drinking burnt coffee, the taste is simply not the same. When you vape at high voltage the taste changes, in fact, it can be unbearable.

The press hasn’t been completely thorough.  What they have neglected to highlight is that vaping at normal voltage does not produce formaldehyde in e cigs.

There is no proof that e-cigs / vaping are worse for you than smoking.  This is a fact.  We at Matchless will continue enjoying our vaping sessions, while remaining sensible about the voltage levels we vape at

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All You Need to Know About the Vaper’s Tongue

Vaper’s tongue… it doesn’t sound too pleasant, does it? The good news is it’s not a medical condition. The bad news is, it still isn’t that pleasant to have.

So what exactly is it? Well, it’s basically a situation where you stop sensing the flavour in whatever e-liquid you are using. Let’s say you’ve bought a nice mint e-liquid to use. At first you can taste it fine, but after a while you realise you can’t actually taste anything at all. This is vaper’s tongue.

Except that isn’t actually an accurate name. The proper name for the experience is olfactory fatigue. As you may or may not know, olfactory relates to our sense of smell. This means it’s your nose that has the issue, not your tongue or mouth.

Is it dangerous?

No – just a bit frustrating. The effect can last for anything from a few days to several weeks. Even though there is nothing actually wrong with your tongue, your nose’s temporary inability to smell the particular flavour you like to vape with means you won’t be able to taste much either.

Who is most likely to get it?

New vapers are particularly prone to being affected in this way. Remember, you’re coming from smoking a certain number of cigarettes a day. Smoking reduces your ability to smell and taste things to the same degree non-smokers do. As such, it won’t be any surprise to find you might have trouble identifying the milder flavours used in some e-liquids.

You might also get it if you like a particular flavour of e-liquid and you never change to anything else. Your senses will get used to that same flavour time and time again, and you’ll suddenly realise you can’t taste it like you used to.

People taking various types of medication might also be affected. For example, drugs that treat depression, high blood pressure and thyroid problems can all contribute to vaper’s tongue.

Can you avoid it happening to you?

You may not be able to avoid it completely, but you can certainly reduce the odds of this affecting you.

For example, we mentioned that it can happen to people who vape the exact same flavour all the time. If this includes you, you might want to try experimenting with a few different flavours. Some people have one flavour for first thing in the morning, one for during the day and another one to enjoy after dinner. This is just an example of course, but you get the idea. As you switch from one flavour to another, you’re giving your taste buds and senses something different to experience.

You should also make the effort to drink more water. This is always a good idea for your general health anyway, but it helps to rinse out your mouth and you’ll avoid dehydration too. Surprisingly, it’s the latter that can lead to vaper’s tongue, since vaping can dehydrate the parts of your body that inhale the vapour. If you can avoid this, you can hopefully avoid vaper’s tongue as well.

Trying different flavours, drinking more water and even brushing your teeth twice a day (if you don’t already) is all going to help you. But if you are still experiencing problems, you should consider whether any medication you are taking could be having a side-effect you are not aware of.

Trying to avoid being ill is a good move to make too. You can’t always avoid it of course, but colds and illnesses can deaden your senses more than you might believe. Try and think back to the last time you had a cold. How many foods did you really enjoy eating? Chances are you lost your appetite completely – and not just because you didn’t much feel like eating anything. If you lose your senses of taste and smell because you’re feeling poorly, you won’t get any enjoyment out of your food.

If you do suffer from vaper’s tongue, don’t just try swapping flavours. Swap to something stronger than you would normally vape with, too. Many people recommend menthol to help things start moving along again. A stronger tobacco flavour or even cinnamon can also work. If you want to steer clear of tobacco flavours because you’ve left those behind, stick with menthol and cinnamon and see how you get on with those.

Persevere

Sometimes you might be afflicted with vaper’s tongue even when you have done everything possible to try and avoid it. If so, keep on repeating all the steps and suggestions given above. These should at least help keep the period of ‘suffering’ to a minimum, and get you back onto vaping you can taste and enjoy again in the near future. Most importantly of all, don’t give up and go back to cigarettes!

E-Cigarette Vapour as harmless as air

When taking up vaping, many people, including myself, ask if e-cigarettes are harmful – a sensible question to ask. After spending some time reading through articles, reports, opinions and advice from medical circles it became apparent that the most toxic element I would need to be concerned about in e-cigarettes was Nicotine and this was only toxic in large volumes, massively larger than the amount inhaled through e-cigarette vapour. Coming to the world of vaping as a smoker, it was clear that there were fewer health risks associated with vaping and that vaping instead of smoking would be extremely positive change in my lifestyle.

Despite the occasional ‘scare tactic’ article in the media about vaping, the prevailing wisdom in heath circles and in the general public is that vaping is by far a healthier alternative to smoking. To further add to the body of evidence which supports this claim, a recent study shows that e-cigarette vapour is almost as harmless as air, which even to the already convinced vapour, will come as a pleasant surprise.

The tobacco giant – British American Tobacco recently funded research which seems to suggest that e-cigarette vapour could be as safe as air. The study uses human lung cells and robotic smokers to investigate the health risks and effects of smoking cigarettes and e-cigarette vapour.

The research was a joined venture between British American Tobacco and MatTek Corporation, which produces models of human cells used in laboratory experiments. The experiment involved using a smoking robot designed to emulate the smoking / inhaling process of humans. The smoking robot was used to expose the model lung cells to cigarette smoke, e-cig vapour from two different brands and plain air.

When the cells were exposed to traditional cigarette smoke for six hours, the cells died – not a surprise. However, much more surprisingly, when the cells were exposed to an aggressive and continuous dose of e-cigarette vapour, the damage to the airway tissue was “similar to that of air”.

British American Tobacco plans to conduct further research and test a wider range and brand of e-cigarettes and e-liquids to further prove their findings.
The new findings have been welcomed by health professionals and those campaigning for healthier lifestyles. Health officials are being encouraged by such professionals to promote vaping to smokers in a bid to achieve a public health victory.

So, no doubt the debate on whether or not e-cigarette vapour is safe will continue, and despite the arguments, the science and research based argument continues to add to the ever growing body of evidence that e-cigarettes are not as harmful as some misleading opinions and thoughts on the subject suggest.

Blood Pressure and E-Cigarettes

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Some smokers may be aware that smoking raises blood pressure, among other things. So where do we stand if we switch from cigarettes to e-cigs?

The first thing to be aware of is that smoking doesn’t necessarily cause high blood pressure. However, the exposure to nicotine in a cigarette does raise the blood pressure. It’s just that it happens for a short period of time. So you smoke a cigarette, your BP rises, and after a while it falls back to its normal level.

Does the same apply with e-cigarettes?

Cutting down or switching to e-cigs seems to be better for your blood pressure than stopping smoking altogether without switching to e-cigs. It sounds crazy, but the research appears to back it up. Dr Farsalinos has written extensively about the effects of e-cigs on blood pressure. He has explored the results taken from the ECLAT study – a study looking into how effective e-cigs are as a method for quitting smoking.

According to the results of this study, people who had normal BP readings at the start continued to get similar results throughout the 52 weeks the study lasted for. The real interest started when looking at those whose BP was already raised. This group experienced a drop in systolic BP when either switching to e-cigs or cutting their cigarette smoking habit in half.

Could nicotine have beneficial properties?

Other studies have also highlighted the power nicotine seems to have to reduce blood pressure. One doctor has researched whether nicotine could help those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. He discovered nicotine had the effect of reducing blood pressure in test subjects.

So what’s the truth?

Many people have been able to quit smoking completely with the aid of electronic cigarettes. We know smoking is bad for our health, so it might come as a surprise to realise that nicotine may not have quite the effect we first thought.

Of course, plenty more research must be done before we know for certain how BP can change (for the better or worse) as a result of smoking or using e-cigs. But this particular research does give food for thought. In fact, if you’re considering switching from smoking to vaping, it could give you the final push you need to make the change.

Finally, staying healthy in other ways will no doubt help too, although weight and age were factored into the results with this particular study.

Researchers criticise study claiming e-cigarettes may lower chances of successfully quitting

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A new US study claims that smokers who don’t use e-cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking than those who use them.

“Despite being wide-ranging the paper’s conclusions are tentative and sometimes incorrect.” –Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK

But experts have been quick to point out the numerous limitations of the study, with the conclusions being at best preliminary or at worst “grossly misleading” according to Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, reviewed the findings of 38 e-cigarette use studies from around the world and concluded that smokers who use the “vaping” devices were 28 per cent less likely to successfully give up smoking tobacco compared to those not using e-cigarettes.

The contested results are in direct conflict with many of the claims made by tobacco-control scientists and advocates, as well as previous reviews that suggest e-cigarettes are safer than conventional tobacco cigarettes and may lead to cessation.

“The irony is that quitting smoking is one of the main reasons both adults and kids use e-cigarettes, but the overall effect is less, not more, quitting,” co-author Stanton Glantz said in a statement issued by the university.

“While there is no question that a puff on an e-cigarette is less dangerous than a puff on a conventional cigarette, the most dangerous thing about e-cigarettes is that they keep people smoking conventional cigarettes.”

However, Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention champion, said: “Despite being wide-ranging the paper’s conclusions are tentative and sometimes incorrect.”

She went on to explain that the studies included in the review were too different in design to directly compare and many don’t include adequate measures of use or cessation.

Further, some of the devices they included are no longer available on the market, some relevant literature is excluded and the way some of the studies are set up means they miss the people who have succeeded in quitting using e-cigarettes.

“We should be very cautious about assuming that this review tells us that e-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit. Other evidence suggests they do – and this is particularly relevant for the UK where smoking rates have continued to decrease as e-cigarette use has increased,” she concluded.

References

  • Kalkhoran, S. Glantz, SA. “E-Cigarettes And Smoking Cessation In Real-World And Clinical Settings: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis”. N.p., 2016. Web. 15 Jan. 2016. DOI:10.1016/S2213-2600(15)00521-4

VapeCige VTBox200 200W TC VV / VW Mod

VTBox200 is powered by authentic DNA 200 chip by EVOLV. DNA 200 is a power regulated DC-DC converter with digital switch-mode for personal vaporizers. It features Evolv’ s patented wattage control, temperature Protection, preheat, OLED screen, and waterproof onboard buttons. The DNA 200 runs from 3 cell lithium polymer battery, and features cell-by-cell battery monitoring and integrated 1A balance charger. It is the most advanced personal vaporizer.

Main Features:
Authentic DNA 200 chip by EVOLV
Temperature control range from 200-600 Fahrenheit degree
Output wattage from 1-200W
Output voltage from 0.5-9.0V
The lowest resistance: 0.1ohm
Material: T6 senior aviation aluminum, spray paint appearance and corrosion logo
Detachable magnets back cover, convenient to replace battery
Replaceable lithium battery: 1800 mah 11.1 V-35c-60.5A-3s, with tinned copper wire plated copper wire and 14 mm wire size, conductor resistance 15.6 ohm/km, supporting max 55.6 A

Modes:

Locked mode: Pressing the fire button five times with less than 0.7 seconds it will cause the device enter lock mode. In locked mode, the device will not fire and the output power will not adjust accidentally. While in locked mode, the screen will be off, except that pressing a button will show  “Locked, Click 5 X”. To Exit locked mode, press the fire button 5 times.

Stealth mode: While locked, holding the fire and down buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds, it will switch to stealth mode. In this mode the display is off, it will still show error and lock messages. To switch back to normal display mode, hold down the fire and down buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds. This setting is stored to internal flash memory, and remains if power is removed.

Power Lock mode: Holding down both the up and down buttons for 2 seconds, it will place the device in Power Locked mode. In this mode, the mod operate normally, but you are not able to change the power setting. This mode prevents accidental power level from being changed due to the buttons being pressed while in a pocket. To Exit power locked mode, hold the up and down buttons for 2 seconds.

Resistance lock: The DNA 200 relies on the cold resistance of the atomizer to measure temperature accurately. If the connection is not stable or if you find the measured resistance drifts with time, it may be desirable to lock atomizer resistance. To do so, while locked hold both the fire and up buttons for 2 seconds to enter resistance lock mode. In this mode, the DNA 200 will use the present atomizer cold resistance without refinement until the atomizer is disconnected or the resistance lock is disabled. A lock symbol will replace the ohm symbol on the display. To disable resistance lock, repeat the procedure to lock it.

Max temperature Adjust mode: From lock mode, holding down both the up and down buttons for 2 seconds, it will place the device in Max Temperature Adjust mode. Once this mode is entered, the max temperature will be displayed. The up and down buttons are used adjust the max temperature. To save the new temperature setting and exit, press the fire button.

Specifications

Product Details Type: Electronic Cigarettes Accessories
Accessories type : MOD
APV Mod Wattage Range: 151-200W
APV Mod Wattage: 200w
Voltage Range : 05-9.0 V
Temperature Control Range: 200-600 F
Battery Cover Type: Magnetic
Charge way: USB
Material: Aluminum
Available color: Assorted Colors
Dimension and Weight Product weight: 0.300KG
Package weight: 0.680 KG
Product size (L x W x H): 9.900 x 3.200 x 5.500 cm / 3.898 x 1.26 x 2.165 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 20.000 x 12.000 x 7.000 cm / 7.874 x 4.724 x 2.756 inches
Package Contents Package Contents: 1 x Mod, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x English Manual, 1 x Box, 1 x Polymer Battery

Smoke e-cigarettes? The laws are changing…

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This year could ring in big changes for those of you who smoke e-cigarettes.

From May, laws will be standardised across the EU restricting how large their liquid containers can be and how much nicotine they can contain.

Restrictions on advertising will also come in.

Politicians have been grappling for ages about how to deal with e-cigarettes, and whether they could serve as a ‘gateway’ to smoking actual cigarettes.

Opponents say they are a helpful tool for people quitting smoking and should be promoted.

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In the UK, the new laws mean there will be tighter rules on what products you can buy but in other countries the laws will actually be loosened.

For example, they are currently banned in Belgium but from May will be permitted again.

Refill containers will have to be no larger than 10ml while cartridges will have a maximum size of 2ml.

The strongest permissible nicotine strength will be set at 20mg (similar to a strong cigarette).

If three or more EU countries decide e-cigarettes are harmful, they could potentially be banned outright.

Some new laws have already been passed in the UK, such as a ban on selling e-cigarettes or e-liquids to anyone under the age of 18 which came into force in October last year.

Smok R200

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COMPACT SIZE

R200 Compared with Other 200 Watts Mod on the Market

 

 

NEW BATTERY COVER DESIGN

R200 battery cover uses injection molding, and designed with 8 venting holes and magnet holding features to make battery replacement easier. The 24k gold plated positive and negative terminals has high electrical conductivity. Along with visible & clear battery installation indication and insulation layer protection, R200 is safer to vape.

1.MAGNETIC BATTERY COVER

2.MORE CONVENIENT AND SAFER

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

R200 is designed with style and function to provide you a more comfortable and ergonomic vaping experience.

YOUR CHOICE, YOUR RULES

1W-200W VARIABLE WATTAGES

As one of the most powerful mods on the market, R200 provides variable wattages up to 200W!

YOUR CHOICE, YOUR FREEDOM

A WIDE RANGE OF VERSATILITY

The maximum temperature is adjustable between 200°F and 600°F (100°C-315°C), and atomizer resistance is fired from 0.06Ω to 2.0Ω (TC mode), or 0.1Ω to 3.0Ω (VW mode). R200 can give you great freedom!

SS/NI200/TI TEMPERATURE SENSING WIRES SUPPORT

R200 can support temperature control with Stainless Steel wire as well as Nickel 200 & Titanium, and allow you to adjust their TCR (Temperature Coefficient of Resistance) in different ranges for further improving the accuracy of temperature control and bring you the best taste.

ADJUSTABLE INITIAL RESISTANCE

As temperature sensing coils tend to be sub-ohm, the poor contact problem can make a big error, in a way that is not evident when an atomizer is being used for wattage control only. This function is designed to ensure your resistance on the load remains the same. And its adjustable range is ±50 mΩ (± 0.05Ω).

MULTIPLE PROTECTIONS

R200 provides multiple types of protections to safe guard against potential risk.

TFV4 MINI BACKUP KIT

We also offer an optional TFV4 MINI backup kit that can turn your original TFV4 MINI into a short one!

SHORTY SIZE WITHOUT SACRIFICING JUICE CAPACITY

With short cores, now you can fill 4ml juice in your shorty TFV4 MINI instead of the original 3.5ml.

LESS JUICE CONSUMPTION

The two shorty sized cores included: TFV4 0.3Ω Clapton Dual Core and TFV4 1.8 ohm Clapton Single Core are designed to reduce your juice consumption!

R200 COMBINED WITH SHORT TFV4 MINI

The overall appearance of R200 combined with Short TFV4 Mini, please see below:

SILICONE MOD CASE PROTECTS YOUR R200

Compatible with R80 Silicone Mod Case can effectively protect your R200 from accidental bumps.

The case is not included in the kit by default. Please contact your vendor to buy that. Hope you all love it.

E-CIGARETTES: MORE THAN JUST AN AID TO STOP SMOKING?

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POSTED ON DECEMBER 4, 2015BY IN HEADLINE NEWS, THE BUZZWITH 414 VIEWS

E-CIGARETTES: MORE THAN JUST AN AID TO STOP SMOKING?

After being introduced to the public in the early part of the 21st Century, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or ‘vapes’ as they are now widely known, have skyrocketed in popularity.

Is this because of the appeal to smokers as a safer way to get their nicotine hit? Or has its adoption by the bearded hipsters made it now the seemingly cool thing to do?

An independent survey revealed that 94% of people asked felt that e-cigarettes had become more than just an aid for a smoker to inevitably stop smoking. Instead it is widely felt that e-cigarettes have become something much more, its own subculture known as ‘vaping’.

Jack Hobbs, an employee at Steam Machine Portsmouth, stated “vaping has become more than just stopping smoking, it’s become a hobby, a community.”

So what’s the appeal? Nine months prior, the managing director of Steam Machine, Paul Cheapé, was selling e-cigarette fluids out of a bedroom. Five months later, he was turning over £10,000 a month, which has enabled Steam Machine to become the name on every vapers lips within Portsmouth. With a personal license already obtained, Paul hopes to have a bar up and running by January, complete with Xboxes and projectors.

“Vaping has become a subculture” Paul began. “Other shops just sell the basics and have little knowledge about the products. We source the world for the best flavours, and have staff capable of fixing any problems with your item.” The pride Paul felt for his business was clear. “We have a lounge for people to come in and try flavours, and a back area to have modifications done to your kit. We’re a lounge more than a shop.”

Surely then, it can be very daunting for someone who is trying to stop smoking to enter this community?

Paul countered this notion by stating, “the customers we receive are a 50/50 split. People come in here knowing what they want, others come in because they want a safer alternative to smoking and maybe don’t know where to begin. That why I always make sure I have someone on the door ready to help”.

One doesn’t have to look far on the internet to find various videos of people producing vast clouds of steam, or others producing videos mocking it. Of course, as with everything in today’s society, it is easy to find a wealth of memes poking fun at those who choose to partake in the vaping culture.

Yet Paul treats this mockery as nothing more than light-hearted banter. “I don’t mind it, it’s part of being a subculture, every subculture gets their fair share of abuse”.

So then are the people who are interested in places like these, those who are looking for a safe alternative to smoking, or is there the chance that people who have never smoked before find the massive plumes of vapour that can be produced appealing?

In the beginning, those who wished to stop smoking were faced with no more than tobacco or menthol flavour. Now flavours range from Monster’s ‘Rossi’ energy drink to the much love cocktail ‘sex on the beach’. This gulf in flavours is sure to only increase the appeal to those who wish to go smoke-free and also to those looking for a new hobby.

There are growing fears however, that many people do not realise that when they take up this hobby. they are still inhaling nicotine, which is the main cause of addiction amongst smokers. Due to this; as of 2016, e-cigarettes are set to undergo strict regulations and be treated as either tobacco or medical products, which could see a change in the way many people treat ‘vaping’.

However, an expert independent review published by the Public Health England (PHE) has concluded that E-cigarettes are 95% (at closest estimate) less harmful than smoking.

In conclusion it would appear that e-cigarettes have created this vaping culture that accepts previous and non-smokers alike. And whilst the health implications are as yet still unclear, it certainly seems to be a successful vice to aid those who wish to wean themselves off tobacco based products and is a culture that doesn’t look like disappearing anytime soon.

By Ryan Foy – December 04, 2015

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