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.

Electronic cigarette brand approved as a licensed medicine in UK

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UK’s medicines licensing agency has cleared the way for a brand of e-cigarette to be marketed as a quit-smoking aid.

“The evidence so far suggests e-cigarettes are far safer than tobacco cigarettes, and are likely to have health benefits for smokers who can’t otherwise quit” – George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK

British American Tobacco, the makers of the e-Voke, won approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), meaning the device could eventually be prescribed on the NHS in the same way as other Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

“The MHRA has licenced this product as a medicine, which removes a barrier to it being prescribed by medical practitioners as part of a quit attempt, like other Nicotine Replacement Therapy,” said George Butterworth, tobacco control manager at Cancer Research UK.

While early research suggests that e-cigarettes could prove a worthwhile aid in the fight to eradicate the single biggest preventable cause of cancer worldwide – opinion is still divided on their long-term safety.

In the year up to April 2015, two thirds of people who used them in tandem with the health service’s Stop Smoking Service successfully quit, according to the NHS. And results from the Cancer Research UK-funded Smoking Toolkit Study have shown that e-cigarettes have become the most popular quitting aid in England.

“The evidence so far suggests e-cigarettes are far safer than tobacco cigarettes, and are likely to have health benefits for smokers who can’t otherwise quit,” said Butterworth.

But some expert groups – including The British Medical Association and The Royal College of GPs – still hold reservations, particularly around the possibility of the devices being prescribed as medicines on the NHS.

A further concern lies with the question of who would profit from the wide-scale take-up of prescribed e-cigarettes, with e-Voke itself produced by British American Tobacco.

Cancer Research UK’s George Butterworth, said: “It’s concerning that all of the currently licenced e-cigarettes are owned by tobacco companies, an industry responsible for a product which kills more than 100,000 people in the UK every year.

“We hope that independent e-cigarette companies apply to the licencing process so it isn’t Big Tobacco profiting from a solution to a problem it has caused.”

Efusion DNA200

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Main Features:
Powered by Evolv DNA200 chip
With Evolv’s Escribe software, dial in your perfect vape with over 93 options (Upgraded to newest firmware before shipping)
User serviceable lithium polymer 1300mAh 3 cell battery
Precision CNC milled 6061-T6 aluminum body
Dimensions: 85mm*60mm*25mm
Finishes: black, silver, gold, copper, sapphire blue, aqua  blue, red, green, purple
Standard cover material: Carbon fiber
Limited Edition: New Zealand Abalone Cover, Wood, Genuine Leather etc.

The Public Is Being Misguided On Dangers Of E-Cigarettes

The majority of Americans are woefully misinformed about the health effects of vaping, with public health campaigners bearing the brunt of the criticism for spreading scare stories about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

A poll conducted for the Boston Globe and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that only 44 percent of Americans believed e-cigarettes to be less harmful than smoking tobacco.

Almost a third of the public — 32 percent — said they thought vaping was just as harmful as tobacco, while six percent actually thought vaping was more dangerous than tobacco. Fourteen percent said they couldn’t answer the question. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and have not yet been linked with lung cancer or any other smoking related diseases.

The poll brought even more bad news for the burgeoning e-cigarette industry, with 64 percent supporting taxing vapor products at the same rate regular cigarettes. On the issue of banning different flavored vaping products, a popular target among e-cigarette critics, 48 percent of those polled opposed a ban while 46 percent supported one

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/10/poll-shocking-ignorance-on-risks-of-e-cigs-thanks-to-dishonest-and-unethical-tactics/#ixzz3rEjoTIK9

The findings may come as a shock to many in the vast majority of the health community who readily acknowledge that e-cigarettes are far less dangerous than tobacco products. In August, a study commissioned by Public Health England concluded e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than tobacco and could be “game-changer” for getting people to quit smoking.

“Let’s be clear — there is no doubt in the scientific community that vaping is far less hazardous than inhaling burning tobacco smoke. The fact that more than half of the American population can’t answer this question accurately is a scandal,” said Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association.

The e-cigarette industry is already facing a life or death situation with proposed FDA regulations that could wipe out 99 percent of vaping products.

Supporters of vaping warn that a heavy-handed approach to regulating and taxing the e-cigarettes could hurt those desperately trying to give up smoking and cost lives in the process.
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 2 a little over 20 percent of current smokers who had tried to give up in the last year were using e-cigarettes. Conley argues the figure could be much higher if it wasn’t for “dishonest and unethical campaign tactics” of the opponents of e-cigarettes.

“The public health establishment should be called to task for their role in misinforming Americans about these reduced harm technology products,” said Conley.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/10/poll-shocking-ignorance-on-risks-of-e-cigs-thanks-to-dishonest-and-unethical-tactics/#ixzz3rEk1omIe

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Odyssey mini kit

This kit is comprised of the Triton mini tank, the Pegasus mini, and an Aspire micro USB cable.The Triton mini is a
truly versatile pintsized dynamo with its’ wide range of coil options and truly adjustable airflow controls. Not to mention
the convenience of its’ top filling capability. Then there is the Pegasus mini mod, an ergonomic device that is sleek and
elegant as well as possibly being the easiest to use temperature control device currently available, as well as one of the
smallest. With swappable batteries, wattage adjustment from 1 to 50 watts in regulated mode, capable of firing atomizers
from 0.1ohm to 3.0ohms in REG mode and in BYPASS mode it can fire coils from 0.2ohm to 3.0ohms. It is a perfect match for
the Triton mini . Their individual versatility is impressive, but together they are amazing. All in the palm of your hand.

Available in three stylish finishes, Gold, Silver, and Black.

Battery Installation

Insert the positive end of the battery towards the 510 connection. Next slide the retaining arm to arrest the cell, the retaining arm is also the negative connection. Then replace the magnetic compartment door.

Dimension and atomizer

Available in three stylish finishes, Gold(99 karat gold plated), Silver, and Black.
(Our Black and gold tanks are plated using a nano vacuum plating process over top of the base stainless steel. This process meets FDA safety guidelines.)
  • 0.15ohm
    (NI200)
    Φ0.3mm
    Spacing:3.3mm
  • 1.2ohm
    (Kanthal coil)
    (15-20W)
    Φ0.35mm
    Spacing:3.9mm
  • 1.8ohm
    (Clapton coil)
    Φ0.45mm
    Spacing:3.6mm

All Triton mini coils are compatible with the Nautilus and Nautilus mini replacement atomizers.

Due to the Triton mini’s short stature and it’s coil array this tank provides excellent flavor.

Atomizer Installation

Simply screw a new replacement atomizer into the Triton mini ’s base hardware. Prime the coil and then reattach the base hardware to the Triton mini and you’re ready to vape.

Full Kit Comes with

(the gold kit is a special edition)

1*Triton mini tank
(a 1.8ohms Clapton coil pre-installed )
1*Pegasus mini mod(no cell)
1*1.2ohms kanthal coil
1*Ni200 0.15 ohm temperature control coil
1*extra glass tube
1*USB charger

BBC iWonder – Should we switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes?

Some healthcare experts think e-cigarettes could help eradicate smoking-related diseases, while others worry they could create unknown problems in the future.

Source: BBC iWonder – Should we switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes?