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Air Quality – Vaper’s Homes Same as Non-Vaper’s

Air Quality – Vaper’s Homes Same as Non-Vaper’s

Smoking, Not Vaping, Proven to be a Major Home Pollutant

A study into the air quality of people’s homes has shown that the air in a vaper’s home is just the same quality as that of a non-vaper’s home.  But smoking did prove to be a major source of pollution, according to the study.

Scientists at the University of San Diego looked at 300 family homes in San Diego, all of which had at least one smoker and one child under age 14. Particle monitors were installed in two locations within each home. For three months, the monitors continuously scanned the household air for fine particles between 0.5 and 2.5 micrometers. The monitors then transmitted data to the scientists.

Twice as Many Dangerous Particles

Particles such as dust pollen, fungi and smoke are small enough to be inhaled deeply into the lungs causing respiratory problems.  In houses where there were smokers twice the levels of dangerous particulates were discovered during the study. Cigarettes were the biggest contributor to high particulate levels, but marijuana, candles, incense and household cleaners were also contributing factors.

But the scientists reported:  “We observed no apparent difference in the weekly mean particle distribution between 43 homes reporting any electronic cigarette usage and those reporting none.” “We observed no apparent difference in the weekly mean particle distribution between 43 homes reporting any electronic cigarette usage and those reporting none.”

It's good news for vapers who are arguing for vaping to be allowed in public places.

The issue seems to have come full circle too.

Helpful Advice About E-Cig Expiration Dates

Helpful Advice About E-Cig Expiration Dates

It’s not required by the FDA (yet) but many e-cigarettes and e-liquids are stamped with an expiration date. Just like the expiration date on food, this date can be a source of stress for vapers who are worried about their juice “going bad.” This quick guide reveals a little information about e-cig expiration dates and what you should really look out for to determine whether or not your e-liquid is safe to vape.

 

Let’s face it; we’ve all eaten or drank something that was just a little bit past its best-by date, haven’t we? Well, most of the “expiration” dates on food are actually put on packages at the discretion of the manufacturer, so there isn’t necessarily a hard and fast science behind deciding when a food is expired. The same goes with vape products. The jury is still out on how long of a shelf life e-cigs and e-juice actually have. So, much like food makers, vape shops and e-juice manufacturers often add an expiration date that works more like a “best by” date. As Vaping 360 says, “Expiration dates are arbitrary, and are more accurately described as freshness gauges, rather than concrete indicators of spoilage.”

 

So, how can you tell if your e-liquid has gone sour? One telltale sign is that the e-juice will become noticeably discolored or the flavor may taste noticeably different and unpleasant. Generally, if you keep your e-liquid and e-cigs out of hot spaces and direct sunlight, you should run out of it before it goes bad.

 

Some e-liquids also last longer than others, depending on several different factors, including the e-cigarette or e-juice’s PG/VG ratio, its flavor, its nicotine level, and other external factors.

 

Remember that propylene glycol (PG) is often used to keep things fresh, so e-liquid and e-cigarettes that have a lower propylene glycol content may not preserve as well. E-liquids that are made with organic and natural products are also more prone to losing flavor and potency more quickly than juices that are synthetically made.

On the other hand, there are some e-liquids that, like wine, can become more complex and flavorful with a little bit of age. When it comes down to it, it’s a matter of personal taste. If you’re like most vapers, you’ve probably had a favorite flavor that one of your friends just couldn’t get into. The same goes for e-juices and vapor cigs that are past their “best by” date. Odds are if you don’t see any discoloration, you’ll be a-ok. But if you taste it and it tastes really “off” to you, it may be time for a new bottle!

 

Check out our full new items section to stock up on the flavors you lo

How to Clean a Vape Device: The Newbie Maintenance Guide

How to Clean a Vape Device: The Newbie Maintenance Guide

Knowing How to Clean a Vape Device is Important.

Your postman delivered your new vape device  today, and you just opened the box. Your eyes are wide and excitement fills your entire body. Just look at it… it’s sleek, it’s shiny, it’s the most advanced vape device on the market and you’ve got that new car feeling. Two months later, your device is dirty and gunky, its performance is lacking, and you’re ready for a new one. You just realized that you don’t know how to clean a vape device. If you’ve owned more than one device, this scenario probably sounds very familiar. We were all vape beginners and newbies at one point!

For long-term usage and performance of your vape pen, vaporizer or vapebox, regular maintenance is key. Additionally, keeping your vape device’s components clean ensures that you get maximum flavor on every hit, and we’re all about flavorful hits! To help you keep your device as new as the day you purchased it, we created this full-scope “How to Clean a Vape Device” newbie guide.

Anatomy of a Vape Device

How to clean a vape - Vape Device AnatomyTo follow our vaporizer cleaning tips, you’ll first need to understand the components of your device. A pen-style vaporizer is generally made up of three main components:

  • The Tank: The vape device tank holds e-liquid and is typically combined with the atomizer as a single unit.
  • The Coil: A heating element that converts e-liquid into vapor.
  • The Battery: The power source of the unit. May have voltage and temperature controloptions. For box mods, the battery is contained within the housing itself.

Box mods are similar in construction, except that they have a larger housing and more powerful batteries. Due to this increased power, a vapebox often produces more vapor, gives a better throat hit, and enhances e-liquid flavors.

When To Clean Your Vape Device

Simply rinsing and cleaning your vape tank is something you’ll want to do each time you change flavors, so that your new flavor isn’t compromised by the last flavor you used. It’s best to also make it a habit of giving your vaporizer a weekly once-over and to clean your device thoroughly at least every few weeks.

Of course, any time your device isn’t giving you the performance that you want, a full-scale vaporizer cleaning with consistent vape pen care maintenance may be good first steps to improve its output.

How to Clean a Vape Tank

We want maximum flavor when we buy new e-liquids, but we’ve all made the mistake of putting new flavors in our tanks and still having the back-flavor of the last e-liquid we’ve used. We love our espresso flavors, but lets face it, the last thing we want is to inhale our new  Cosmic Fog Milk & Honey flavor and have a hint of yesterday’s KloudMaster Macchiato tingling at the back of our throats. To avoid this, cleaning your vape tank is recommended. Usually a simple rinse will do, but every now and then, cleaning your vape tank with alcohol will be necessary.

The Simple Rinse:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water.
  2. Detach tank from mod.
  3. Dispose of any e-liquid remaining in the tank
  4. Completely disassemble your tank.
  5. Place tank components into bowl.
  6. Wash tank components in water until clean. If tank is extremely dirty, a few drops of dish soap will help!
  7. Dry off each component with a paper towel.
  8. Let stand and air dry for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Reassemble tank and device.

The Deep Clean - Cleaning Vape Tank with Alcohol

  1. Detach tank from mod and dispose of any e-liquid remaining in the tank.
  2. Completely disassemble your tank.
  3. High-proof and non flavored vodka works best as a solvent to help break down e-juice deposits from the vapebox tank. Dampen a cloth or paper towel with the vodka and scrub any tough areas until the tank is completely clean.  
  4. Wipe and rinse with warm water.
  5. Let stand and air dry for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Reassemble tank and device.

How to Clean Vape Coils? Just replace them.

No matter how well you clean your device, at some point, you’re going to need to replace your coil. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can tell you about how to clean vape coils that will bring them back to life. If you wet them, they’ll burn out. Coils have a huge influence on flavor, and the more you vape, the more often you’ll need to change your coil. Changing your coil is simply just another part of successful vape pen care. Here are some signs that your coil may need to be changed:

  • It is visually dark, crusted or damaged.
  • You are experiencing a “burnt” taste, even after thoroughly cleaning your device.
  • Your atomizer is having leakage issues.
  • You are experiencing decreased vapor production.

Changing the coil in your vaporizer is relatively simple, but with so many different coil types available on the market, there really is no “one-size-fits-all” way of doing things. Generally however, changing the coil in your vape pen or vapebox is as simple as:

  1. Remove tank from device.
  2. Discard any remaining e-liquid.
  3. Twist the coil to the left to unscrew it from tank.
  4. Screw in new coil.
  5. Reattach tank to device.

Pro Vape Maintenance Tips

By now, you know how to clean your vape device thoroughly and how to replace your coil when the time comes. Knowing how to clean your vape pen or vapebox is only one part of successful vaporizer ownership. You will still make mistakes and learn new ways of doing things as you journey from a vape novice to a vaping veteran. To shorten the learning curve, here are some pro tips for the best vape pen care to maximize performance from your device:

    1. Maintain the ideal e-liquid level - Don’t allow your tanks to run dry, make sure there is always enough e-liquid in your tank during operation. Likewise, don’t overfill the tank by adding e-liquid all the way to the top either. Find the optimal filling level for your specific device both for the minimum and maximum amount of vape juice.
    2. Keep your vape juice in the right environment - Be sure not to expose your e-liquid to any extreme temperatures or leave it in the direct sunlight. Extreme heat will make your vape juice thin out and will increase the likelihood that you will experience leaks or poor vapebox performance.
    3. Store your vaporizer safely. When not in use, find somewhere safe to store your device to minimize any mishaps. Ideally, purchase a great storage case to store your device when you are travelling or when you will not be using it for an extended period of time.

You now know how to clean a vape device, how to clean a vape tank, how to change a vape coil, and how to maintain your vapebox so that it can be enjoyed for years to come. Follow this guide and you’ll be sure to maximize your vape experience on every hit, and generate the maximum flavor each and every time you change your e-liquid. Vape on!

 

Great news!! The FDA has a significant change of heart about e-cigarettes

Great news!!  The FDA has a significant change of heart about e-cigarettes

The FDA has just announced a sweeping change in its policy regarding e-cigarettes and vaping products. In a press release issued this morning, the administration outlined its plan to focus on reducing usage of combustible cigarettes and tobacco, in turn loosening restrictive rules laid out just last year, that could have wiped out most vaping products ("eliquid").

The health impact of vaping has been a hot topic in recent years, but an increasing amount of studies are showing that e-cigarettes are not only an effective way out of smoking but a considerably less harmful one. The UK's Royal College of Physicians (the same agency that confirmed the cancer risk of tobacco in the 60's) recently advised the UK Government to promote the use of e-cigarettes (along with conventional nicotine replacement methods) "as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking."

In May 2016 the FDA outlined regulations that extended its authority to electronic cigarettes and eliquids. The rules stated that any e-cigarette or vaping product released after Feb 15, 2007, would require the same expensive, lengthy FDA approval as regular smokes. That was significant as that would include pretty much every vape liquid on the market today, most of which are made by small independent businesses (and not "Big Tobacco"). Today's announcement extends the deadline of that process from sometime next year to 2022, and hints at a willingness to make that process simpler.

"The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes – the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in the FDA report.

"Envisioning a world where cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less harmful sources, needs to be the cornerstone of our efforts."

The vaping industry is young and loosely organized. The FDA's change in approach allows the industry some time to professionalize and ensure it can align with the FDA's new plans, which center on reducing addiction to cigarettes and deterring young people from picking up the habit.

Part of that strategy includes forcing cigarette manufacturers to lower the amount of nicotine in their products to "non-addictive levels." The other part appears to be the nearest thing we've seen as an endorsement for vaping from the FDA, with the administration stating:

"...the FDA is striking an appropriate balance between regulation and encouraging development of innovative tobacco products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes."

Needless to say, the e-cigarette industry is pleased with the news. Oliver Kershaw, founder of the popular E-Cigarette Forum, and co-founder of Vaping.com told Engadget "It's a real bombshell."

"On a pragmatic level, it just makes sense, it appears to be a joined up strategy for moving people away from cigarettes to healthier alternatives."

Kershaw points out that the FDA's policy change comes just days after the BMJ published a study that suggests links between the decline in smoking, and the boom in vaping around 2014.

The FDA is still keeping a critical eye on the vape industry. Existing products will still need approval by 2022. Also, it will develop product standards to avoid known concerns such as battery issues, and exposure of eliquid to children.

For now, though, those looking to make the switch to e-cigarettes to kick the habit can do so without the fear that their chosen alternative might be regulated out of existence.

Source: FDA
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Naked 100 Candy Review

Naked 100 Candy Review
Naked 100 E Liquids has taken the vape industry by storm. Created by The
Schwartz e liquids, this naturals inspired e liquid line has a massive fan following.
The brand started with its original 2 flavors: Amazing Mango (a mango fruit
smoothie with a hint of peach) and Green Blast (a smoothie consisting of green
apple, kiwi and honeydew). Followed by 4 more fruit inspired flavors: Lava Flow
(consisting of strawberries, pineapple and coconut), All Melon (honeydew,
cantaloupe and watermelon) Very Berry (blackberries, blueberries and a hint of
lemon), and Hawiian Pog (which has notes of passion fruit, orange and guava).
The success of those flavors lead to the creation of Naked 100’s menthol line that
showcases fruit and menthol flavors and includes: Brain Freeze (cool menthol with
kiwi, strawberry and sweet pomegranate), Frost Bite (cool menthol complimented
with honeydew and cantaloupe) and Very Cool (cool menthol mixed with blueberry,
blackberry and raspberries). This e juice line in particular complimented the
original fruit line, and seems to be a fan favorite especially in the hotter summer
months because of the cooling effect of menthol on the tongue.
Very recently Naked 100 introduced its first line of tobacco flavors. Tobacco flavors
seem to be a staple product with the larger manufacturers such as Cuttwood and
Uncle Junk’s so this seems like a fairly natural progression for this booming brand.
The tobacco flavors brought to you by Naked 100 are: American Cowboy (a classic
full bodied red tobacco blend), Cuban Blend (a slightly sweet medium bodied
tobacco blend) and Euro Gold (a spicy, light bodied tobacco blend). This line has so
far concluded the Naked 100’s roll for naturally occurring flavor profiles and in the
last couple weeks have thus introduced their candy line.

Candy line now available by Naked 100 has hit the market with three flavors, and a
totally new concept for company. Taking a 180-degree turn away from fruit and
nature inspired flavors the candy line is now expected to create a big hype for their
already massively successful brand. The three flavors now hitting the market are:
Sour Sweet (a lime infused sweet and sour gummy candy), Berry Belts (strawberry
candy belts with a sweet and sour dusting and topped off with light citrus notes to
make the flavor pop) and Yummy Gum (strawberry bubble gum). The new addition
to the Naked 100 family has everyone asking, is it that good? My review below has
the breakdown of these three new flavors.

A review on Sour Sweet by Naked 100 e juice:
- The inhale exhibits a strong base of lime with a distinct tart and or sour taste.
With a sweet and equally strong lime exhale. None of the flavors overpower
the other, making the candy vape experience an all day vape. And even
though it strays from the original fruit based flavors we all fell in love with,
the use of the fresh lime flavoring keeps the fruit concept still going.

A review on Berry Belts by Naked 100 e juice:
- You get the sour strawberry right away on the inhale, but its not a normal
strawberry flavor they use like Strawberry Ripe by TFA. Its more of a
gummy or jam like strawberry that is infused with the sour. Followed by a
sweet strawberry exhale, but you definitely can taste a citrus in there, my
guess would be a tangerine base note, or maybe even tangerine with a bit of
lemon, which really does bring out the strawberry candy flavor on both the
inhale and exhale. Again, loving the use of strawberries to mix up the old use
of fruit in a new way.

A review on Yummy Gum by Naked 100 e juice:
- This flavor really exhibits the flavors of the Strawberry Bubbly Yum—a
common childhood favorite. The inhale has a smooth strawberry tone with
equal amounts of artificial original bubble gum flavoring. The exhale is
slightly sweet and all the flavors are still prominent from the inhale.

THE 10 BIGGEST MISTAKES NEW VAPERS MAKE

Switching to vaping is more complicated than you might think. You feel like it’ll be really easy, like all you have to do is just pick up an e-cig and vape instead of smoking, but things can (and often do) go wrong. Every vaper has a story about a rookie mistake that they made when they were new to the hobby, but if you plan ahead and do your research, you can avoid the most serious ones. So if you’re just considering picking up your first vaping device or you already have, here are 10 of the most common new vaper mistakes to watch out for!

 

1 – Buying Cheap Devices and E-Juice

 

Saving money is one of the biggest advantages of switching to vaping, but the old rule that “you get what you pay for” still applies. If you go for a cut-price vape pen or mod, you’re much more likely to run into issues, have it not perform as it should or even just stop working one day. You could end up with dry hits, uncontrollable leaking or a wide range of other annoyances. Choose an e-cig from a major manufacturer with positive reviews, and don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get a dependable device.

 

For e-juice, cut-price blends can be good, but most of them won’t hit the mark when it comes to flavor. You might be able to find something you like, but it’s much easier if you’re willing to spend a bit more to get something high-quality.

 

2 – Choosing a Device That’s Too Complicated for a New Vaper

 

If you look on vaping forums or websites, you’ll see a lot of enthusiastic recommendations for high-end mods, sub ohm tanks, rebuildable atomizers and a lot more. The only problem is that for a smoker just switching to vaping, a lot of these devices are pretty advanced. If you blindly follow these recommendations, you could easily end up with something so complicated you don’t really know how to use it.

 

If you put the time into reading the manual and looking for information online, it really isn’t too hard to use higher-end vaping gear, but that might not be for you. Many smokers just want something simple that gets them the nicotine they’re looking for and don’t care about much else. Vape pens are perfect for this, but if you’re looking for something more hard-hitting, chunky vape pens like the eGo One range and the Smok Stick V8 strike a great balance between simplicity and performance.

 

3 – Not Planning for Low Battery

 

Running out of battery can be a serious issue for a smoker just switching to vaping. If you’re away from the house and can’t recharge, you’re left without nicotine and the temptation to go buy a pack of cigarettes can be really hard to resist. So how do you avoid this?

 

The simplest advice is to get a backup device. If you have a spare vape pen with you whenever you leave the house, you’ll always have something to vape even if your main device dies. We’d recommend every vaper get at least one backup device for this reason.

 

But if you’ll always have time to plan ahead, just make sure you fully recharge your battery before you leave the house. You can also bring the USB charging cable with you so you can recharge at any USB outlet.

 

4 – Getting the Wrong Nicotine Strength for Your E-Juice

 

Choosing the right nicotine strength for your needs is a big topic, and we have a whole post on covering the issue in detail. If you go with too high a nicotine strength, you might find vaping really harsh on your throat or you might start to feel sick after just a few puffs (a sign of having too much nicotine). And if you go with too low a strength, you might miss the “throat hit” from the nicotine, but more likely, you just won’t get enough nicotine to make vaping satisfying.

 

For anybody using a basic vape pen, 1.8 % nicotine e-liquid (18 mg/ml) is a good place to start for just switching smokers, but if you’re using something that puts out more vapor (such as a sub ohm vape pen or mod with a sub ohm tank) 1.2 % (12 mg/ml) or even 0.6 % (6 mg/ml) is the best place to start. This depends on how much you smoke, though. So if you get through a pack a day or more, 1.2% or 1.8% is probably the best place to start, depending on your device, but if you smoke less, starting at 0.6% or 1.2% is likely a better choice for you.

 

If you’re buying e-juice for the first time, get a couple of different nicotine levels and see which you prefer. Or, if you can try a friend’s setup, this should give you a good idea of what you’re likely to need.

 

5 – Choosing the Wrong PG/VG Ratio for Your E-Juice

 

The other major thing to consider when buying e-juice is the ratio of PG to VG in the liquid. New vapers might unwittingly pick up a high-VG e-liquid to use in a device not well-suited to it, or they could need the stronger throat hit offered by higher-PG e-liquids.

 

The standard PG/VG ratio used these days is 50/50, and that’s what we offer here at Black Note. This works well in any type of atomizer, and offers the ideal balance of throat hit (from the PG) and vapor production (from the VG). We’d recommend most new vapers start with a 50/50 e-juice or something close to it.

 

Higher-VG liquids are great if you want big clouds of vapor or a smooth throat hit, but they don’t soak into your wicks as quickly as lower-VG juices because VG is thick and viscous. This can cause problems for people using basic vape pens, because they often don’t wick quickly enough to cope with the thicker e-juice.

 

In general, unless you’ve been vaping for a while (or don’t mind a milder throat hit) and have a sub ohm tank or rebuildable atomizer, it’s best to avoid high-VG e-juices.

 

6 – Forgetting to Prime Your Coils

 

Forgetting to “prime” your atomizer heads is a big mistake that can ruin the whole coil before you even get to use it. When you get a new coil, the cotton wick inside it is completely dry. If you vape when the coil is dry, you burn the wick and ruin it for good.

 

This is why vapers prime their coils. This just means manually applying e-juice to the wick itself before you install the coil. You can usually see the wick from the top of the atomizer head, and it will also have little wicking ports around the side with some wick visible through them. Use some e-liquid to soak the wick from the top and from the ports around the side. Don’t go overboard; just thoroughly soak the cotton with e-juice before you install the coil. Wait five minutes after you fill the tank before starting vaping to make extra-sure you won’t burn the wick.

 

7 – Not Looking After Your Coils and Devices

 

If you don’t maintain your e-cig, you’re likely to run into problems eventually. Maintenance for vaping devices includes everything from cleaning your tanks to making sure your coils stay in a good condition. This doesn’t take up much of your time, but if you don’t do it, you could easily ruin your vaping experience and cost yourself more money.

 

Cleaning your tanks is easy. All you have to do is take them apart – just unscrew all the pieces – and then run the individual components under warm water before leaving them to dry off. If the wicks inside your atomizer head look gunky or have turned dark over time, you can also rinse these under a hot tap to revive them a little. With atomizer heads, you need to make sure they’re thoroughly dry before you vape again, though – leave them drying on a paper towel for a day before using them again.

 

You should also regularly clean any spilled e-juice off your mod or vape pen. E-liquid often ends up around the 510 connection and tank threading, and regularly wiping this area with a Q-tip or a paper towel keeps everything working as it should.  

 

8 – Inhaling Like a Smoker

 

When you smoke a cigarette, short, sharp inhales work well. However, many new vapers run into issues when trying to do the same thing using an e-cigarette. You might “flood” your atomizer with e-juice (which can lead to gurgling, leaking and generally poor performance), but even if you don’t, short, strong inhales get you what you’re looking for.

 

Unlike when you smoke, slowly, gentler and longer puffs are the best approach when you vape. Try to break the habit of puffing harder when you want more vapor; just take your time and inhale more gently and you’ll have a better experience.

 

9 – Forgetting to Stay Hydrated

 

Both PG and VG suck moisture out of their environment, and this means you can get a really bad dry mouth when you vape. You might not expect this as a smoker just making the switch, but it’s important to drink more water than usual so you stay hydrated when you vape. If you don’t do this, as well as a dry mouth, you could also end up suffering headaches or having other problems related to dehydration.

 

10 – Being an Inconsiderate Vaper

 

Switching to vaping is a positive change in your life, and it means you’ll be doing less harm to yourself and others around you than when you smoked. But not everybody agrees, and even though you might not technically be banned from vaping in public places, it’s important to remember that you could still upset or annoy people by doing so. People might not like the smell of vapor, or might be worried about the risks, and you should be considerate of this when you’re thinking about vaping in public.

 

We’ve covered this in more detail in our vaping etiquette post, but the key things to remember are to ask permission before vaping indoors, don’t blow huge clouds in public and if you’re ever in doubt, just restrict your vaping to where you’d usually smoke.

 

Conclusion: Avoiding Mistakes Helps You Enjoy Vaping

 

There’s a lot to take in when you first start vaping, but it’s better to learn lessons now than learn them the hard way when you’re trying to quit smoking. The more you know when you’re making the switch, the less likely you are to waste money on low-quality devices and the more likely you are to smoothly transition to vaping.

COIL MAINTENANCE 101

COIL MAINTENANCE 101

The coil is one of the most important components in your e-cigarette. It soaks up the e-liquid and turns it into vapor. Changing and cleaning the coil is also the most common form of maintenance. Most vapers replace it every two weeks, fill their tanks a few times a week and clean around that schedule. Here’s our simple guide to maintaining your coil and keeping your e-cigarette firing exactly as it should.

Types of Tank

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different tanks because almost every manufacturer produces their own. Despite the size of the range, there are only really three non-rebuildable tank types (we’ll explain rebuildable in a later blog). These are top-coil clearomizers, bottom-coil clearomizers and sub ohm tanks (can be top or bottom fill).

Tanks may look distinctive and be used slightly differently, but they all have the same function. Inside the tank there is a central stem that takes in airflow, allows air to pass over it and then delivers the vapor to your mouth. The atomizer attaches to the central stem either at the bottom or top. The tank surrounds the entire central stem and acts as a reservoir for e-liquid.

Disassembly

Whether you need to replace a coil, refill it or are just attempting to access the tank section, you will need to take it apart. This is an easy job. The glass tank screws in at the top or bottom and can simply be unscrewed. Some tanks don’t screw at both ends and some are held in with an O-ring. Where an O-ring is used the tank can be pulled apart with a little force.

Bottom and top coil tanks are extremely similar. The only difference in disassembly is that bottom-coil unscrews at the bottom while a top-coil is screwed in at the top. Bottom-coil tanks can be tinkered with, without draining the tank. Top coil tanks need to be drained because otherwise the e-liquid will flood the device. Sub ohm tanks work much like bottom coil devices but sometimes have an alternative gap to easily fill them up.

Changing the Coil

When you have access to the tank it couldn’t be easier to change the coil. All tanks have coils that simply screw into place. It is positioned either at the top of the stem or the base. All you need to do is unscrew the old one, try using some kitchen towel to keep your hands clear of e-liquid. Then dispose of the old one and screw a new one in place. This has to be firmly screwed in or else the e-liquid will leak into the vapor’s path.

Your new coil is almost ready to be used. It will at this point be completely dry so you need to wait a few minutes for it to soak e-liquid in. If you don’t want to wait try dripping e-liquid directly onto it or take a toke without pressing the fire button. Both of these techniques will speed up the soaking process.

Cleaning

Changing the coil is a key part of cleaning your device but it is not the only job you need to do. When you disassemble your tank it is worth wiping the glass and central stem down with some paper tissue. This will remove excess e-liquid, which could alter the flavor of any other liquids you use in the tank.

Refilling

Refilling your tank is the most common maintenance job you will have to do. Depending on the size of the tank you could be doing this daily but the average is about twice a week. Luckily, refilling is an exceptionally easy job.

After taking your tank apart by either removing the top or bottom of it, you need to refill it with e-liquid. You should slowly fill the tank along the side. Holding it at an angle makes it easier for the e-liquid to flow into the tank. Try and avoid getting e-liquid into the central part of the tank. If some does get in there simply wipe it out with a bit of kitchen towel.

Has this helped you maintain your e-cigarette? Share this advice so others can benefit too. 

HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN E-CIGARETTE BATTERY LAST LONGER?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN E-CIGARETTE BATTERY LAST LONGER?

Running out of battery when you want to create a glorious cloud and enjoy is one of life’s frustrations. In days gone by, e-cigarette devices used AA batteries with annoyingly short life spans, making for an even more frustrating experience. Thanks to advances in battery technology, much longer lasting lithium-ion batteries not dissimilar to the one in your cell phone now power the majority of e-cigarettes but, this doesn’t mean the dreaded low battery can’t hit just when you need it the most. As with cell phones, there are a few hints, tips and daily habits you can adopt to make the charge last longer.

1. Use Your Battery Regularly

E-cigarette batteries benefit from regular usage. The more they perform, the easier power will flow through the cells. Most e-cigarette batteries are lithium ion, which are designed to be used daily.

2. Charge Before It’s Drained

Don’t let your battery run out of juice then charge it up; this will actually limit the life of the battery. If you notice a slight loss in power take it as a clear sign you should plug in and charge. A low battery will also charge much quicker than one that is drained entirely of power.

3. Don’t Store With Low Charge

You should only store batteries that are fully charged. Storing them with power levels at 50% or less will cause them to drain faster. In a similar way to charging before it’s drained, storing with low charge will limit the battery’s lifespan and effectiveness.

4. Keep Threads Clean

Make sure that the threads on the cartomizer, battery and contacts are clean. They can get dirty or moist so use a cotton swab, Q-tip, or similar to regularly clean these points.

5. Unscrew When Charged

Remove the battery from your device as soon as it has finished charging. This ensures you are not overcharging and damaging the power cells which will limit its lifetime.

6. Disconnect Your Cartomizer

If you’re not going to be using your vaporiser for an extended period of time, then you should remove the cartomizer entirely (this is the bit attached to the battery which holds the heating element and e-liquid). When it’s connected it drains a small amount of power and therefore can reduce your battery life.

7. Store Safely

Many of us don’t think about how the storage conditions can also impact on a battery’s ability to last and last. Exposing the battery to direct sunlight and high temperatures will dramatically affect the lifespan. The same goes for batteries that are dropped, knocked or otherwise bumped and those stored too close to liquids. Battery safety is very important. 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOOKAH AND VAPING

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOOKAH AND VAPING

With so many alternative forms of smoking on the market, knowing the difference between them all can be a little difficult. Vaping is one of the newest alternatives to smoking to hit the market, and with the rapidly-evolving terminology, phases like hookah pen and vape pen have become apparently interchangeable, and a lot of confusion has been created in the process.

So what is a hookah? What’s the difference between hookah and vaping? And how do hookah pens come into this? Here’s a run-down of the key differences, and a look at which is the better alternative to cigarettes.

What is a Hookah?

A hookah is basically a water pipe. A hookah consists of a head (which is filled with moist tobacco), a central stem leading to a water bowl at the bottom, and a hose with a mouthpiece on the end. Moist tobacco is put in the head, and this is heated by lighting some charcoal held above it (on a piece of foil with holes poked in it or a metallic mesh). The intention is to heat the tobacco without burning it, but this doesn’t always work out as planned. The smoke is then sucked through the water and out of the hose before the user inhales.

The form of tobacco used in hookah pipes is slightly different from normal tobacco used in cigarettes. It’s moist, and often contains molasses, vegetable glycerin and flavorings. Combined with the reduced chance of combustion, this generally means that hookah smoke is less harsh to inhale than cigarette smoke. uae

What is the Difference Between Hookah and Vaping?

If you know what vaping is – using a coil to heat a liquid that usually contains nicotine – it should be clear that there is a big difference between hookah and vaping. In vaping, there is no tobacco present, despite the presence of nicotine or even some flavoring components from tobacco leaves. Although hookah tobacco isn’t the same as ordinary tobacco, the basic fact is that it’s still tobacco. Additionally, even though hookah smoking isn’t really supposed to involve combustion of the tobacco, it occasionally can, and this is a big difference between hookah and vaping.

There are some notable similarities between the two, though. In both vaping and hookah smoking, fruity flavors are the norm. Additionally, in both hookah smoking and vaping, the feel on your throat is much smoother than with cigarettes.

Why Are Vaping and Hookah Often Confused With Each Other?

Although there are some similarities, the differences between vaping and hookah are stark and obvious. Where one involves burning coals and moist tobacco, the other involves electric coils and no tobacco whatsoever. The appearance of the two could hardly be more different: one is a tall pipe with a bowl of water in the bottom and a large hose-like mouthpiece used to inhale the smoke, and the other is either a pen-sized or boxy electronic device with a comparatively small tip for inhaling.

However, there is still some confusion between the two, and this likely stems from the similarities noted above. Since hookah tobacco comes in a variety of flavors, contains VG and gives a smooth throat hit, there are some similarities in terms of the experience of vaping and using a hookah. Both products also contain nicotine, which is another big link between them. Finally, both are often claimed to be safer than smoking, but the evidence for this statement isn’t equal in both cases.

Vaping Culture and Hookah Culture: More Significant Differences

The differences between hookah pipes and e-cigarettes are pretty marked when you just consider the devices and how they work, but the two cultures are also very distinct.

On the one hand, vaping culture is made up of ex-smokers or people who’ve cut down their smoking with the help of a vape pen or other device. Although there are vape meets, tons of forums for users to share tips and advice, conventions and other events which bring the vaping community together, vaping is inherently a personal hobby.

The challenge is kicking your own smoking habit, and users merely help each other find the best setup to meet their own personal needs in an e-cig. On the other hand, hookah is a much more social pastime and has little to do with quitting smoking. Hookah pipes usually have multiple hoses attached to the water bowl, which makes using a hookah an inherently more social experience than vaping. It isn’t about avoiding smoking or reducing the harm of addiction; it’s about using

On the other hand, hookah is a much more social pastime and has little to do with quitting smoking. Hookah pipes usually have multiple hoses attached to the water bowl, which makes using a hookah an inherently more social experience than vaping. It isn’t about avoiding smoking or reducing the harm of addiction; it’s about using hookah for the flavors or the experience.

For example, a 2015 study conducted in Brazil found that only 6.8 % of those who’ve used hookah did so daily, and half of them said they only used it “occasionally.” Another study from 2015 in the US found that only around 38 % of those who’d ever used hookah did so six or more times in the past year. For vaping, data from the UK shows that around 45 % of people who vape but also smoke (known as “dual users”) use their e-cig every day, and 88 % of e-cig users who are ex-smokers vape every day.

Additionally, the main reasons given for using e-cigarettes are to either quit or cut down smoking, and to save money. On the contrary, for hookah use, evidence suggests that it’s partially related to general experimentation and partially due to the perception that it’s “cool and trendy.”

These results reflect the different purposes of hookah and vaping. Hookah is used occasionally to either experiment with something like smoking and partially because it’s seen as cool, trendy or otherwise enjoyable. However, long-term e-cigarette users are more likely to vape every day and almost all are doing so to quit smoking cigarettes. While youth e-cig use is closely related to experimentation (a lot like hookah use), most regular vapers are doing so specifically to quit or cut down on cigarettes, whether for financial or health-related reasons. uaevaping

What’s the Difference Between a Vape Pen and a Hookah Pen?

Despite the existence of some similarities between vaping and hookah use, it’s clear that they’re more different than they are similar. So why are people unsure about the difference between vaping and hookah? It seems like a big reason for the confusion between the two is the existence of the hookah pen. vape in uae

This is a device that is almost identical to a disposable e-cigarette, and in many ways the terms vape pen and hookah pen could be used interchangeably. Like a traditional e-cigarette, hookah pens vaporize a liquid using an electronic heating coil to produce a vapor which is inhaled by the user. The similarities are hard to avoid. 

There are some important differences, though. Firstly, hookah pens do not ordinarily contain nicotine. While you can get some hookah pens with nicotine, this is a crucial difference and really the main thing that separates a disposable hookah pen with a disposable e-cig. Of course, e-cigarettes also come in the form of vape pens and mods, which look nothing like a hookah pen and still usually contain nicotine.

If you have a hookah pen with nicotine, though, there really is very little difference between a hookah pen and an e-cigarette, and this has a big part to play in the confusion about the differences between them. Add in other terms like e-hookah and e-hookah pen and the problem gets even worse: the rapidly-evolving language further muddies the distinction between hookah pens and vape pens. vape

The Risks of Hookah Use

The “heat not burn” intention of hookahs means that there is the potential for it to reduce risks in comparison to smoking, but the reality of the hobby means that it still carries very significant risks. Firstly, as mentioned earlier, combustion can still happen with hookah pipes, and if it does, then smoking hookah means inhaling combusted tobacco, just like when you smoke a cigarette. vape store

However, even in more idealized situations, hookah smoke still contains many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke. For example, hookah smoke contains carbon monoxide, several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals and other carcinogenic or toxic ingredients, often in greater quantities than in cigarette smoke. The coals or wood used as a heat source actually contribute to the levels of toxic chemicals found in hookah smoke. The belief that the water filters out these harmful ingredients is, unfortunately, false.

Although there isn’t much evidence on the specific risks of hookah smoking, it’s widely accepted that its similarity in terms of chemistry means that hookah carries very similar risks to smoking. This does depend on how much you use hookah, though, and most users don’t smoke daily in the same way as cigarette smokers. However, each “session” involves inhaling a lot more smoke than cigarette smokers do.

Conclusion – Why Vape Pens Are Better Than Hookah

So there are many differences between vape pens and hookah, in terms of what they are, how they’re used, why they’re used and the likely risks. The question for many people then becomes: which one is better to use?

As mentioned earlier, vapers are much more likely to be vaping every day in an attempt to quit or cut down smoking, while hookah users are more likely to be experimenting and smoking less regularly. In a way, your choice between the two could be seen as relating to your intentions. However, as soon as you start to think about the risks, things change a lot.

Vaping is almost certainly safer than using a hookah. So even if you’re not intending to quit smoking, it would be better for your health if you experiment with vaping than with a hookah. The safest thing to do is avoid vaping or smoking hookah, but if you are going to do one of them, be sure you know the risks associated with both. 

Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England

Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England

Vaping is safer than smoking and could lead to the demise of the traditional cigarette, Public Health England (PHE) has said in the first official recognition that e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than smoking tobacco.

The health body concluded that, on “the best estimate so far”, e-cigarettes are about 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and could one day be dispensed as a licensed medicine in an alternative to anti-smoking products such as patches.

 

While stressing that e-cigarettes are not free from risk, PHE now believes that e-cigarettes “have the potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame for tobacco”.

“I want to see these products coming to the market as licensed medicines. This would provide assurance on the safety, quality and efficacy to consumers who want to use these products as quitting aids, especially in relation to the flavourings used, which is where we know least about any inhalation risks.”

The 111-page review raises concerns about the length and cost of the the government’s licensing process, which is a key part of the revised strategy to cut tobacco use.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began its work in this area more than two years ago, and manufacturers have complained that it costs them millions to go through the process. abudhabi

Jane Ellison, the public health minister in England, reminded smokers that the best thing they could do to avoid falling victim to the country’s number one killer was to quit completely.

“Although we recognise the e-cigarettes may help adults to quit, we still want to protect children from the dangers of nicotine, which is why we have made it illegal for under-18s to buy them,” she said.

The review found that almost all of the 2.6 million adults in the UK now thought to be using e-cigarettes are current or former conventional smokers, most using them to help them quit tobacco or to prevent them going back to smoking.

The PHE decision comes after carefully choreographed moves by anti-tobacco campaigners and public health specialists to help move the NHS towards offering better smoking cessation support and to be less negative about e-cigarettes. vape

Services are being urged to follow those in the north-east of England in offering behavioural support to those wanting to quit tobacco and using e-cigarettes to try to do so.

Smoking kills about 100,000 people a year in the UK, most of those in England where there are thought to be eight million tobacco users. But official figures suggest smoking is now at its lowest prevalence since records started in the 1940s.

Rates are highest in many of the most deprived areas of England, and getting smokers off tobacco is increasingly seen as one of the best ways of reducing health inequalities.

Worryingly for many of those behind the policy change, increasing numbers of people – up to 22%, compared with 8% two years ago – think e-cigarettes are equally or more harmful than tobacco. This is leading some smokers to avoid switching, studies have suggested.

Tobacco reduction campaigners say the public needs to be educated to recognise that although e-cigarettes, like tobacco cigarettes, contain addictive nicotine, they do not contain more dangerous chemicals such as tar and arsenic. store

PHE is also advocating careful monitoring of the e-cigarette market, particularly of companies closely involved with or part of big tobacco companies. It says the government must meet its obligations “to protect public health policy from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry”.

Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at PHE, said: “E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. uae - vape 

 Peter Hajek, of Queen Mary University, London, one of the independent authors of the review, said: “My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health. Smokers differ in their needs and I would advise them not to give up on e-cigarettes if they do not like the first one they try. It may take some experimentation with different products and e-liquids to find the right one.”

Ecita, a trade association of e-cigarette manufacturers, said: “There could be huge long-term benefits to taxpayers and the NHS as well as to former smokers and their families. The proposed ban in public places across Wales is very worrying, as are many of the bans in pubs and restaurants across the UK. This appears to be driving a growing number of people to think the harm is the same, deterring smokers from moving to e-cigarettes, and damaging public health.” buy

He said e-cigarettes had been successful because the consumer, not the state, was in charge. “If they want more smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, public health campaigners should embrace consumer choice and oppose unnecessary restrictions on the sale, marketing and promotion of this potentially game-changing product.” get

The switch in policy towards e-cigarettes coincided with publication in theJournal of the American Medical Association of research from Los Angeles suggesting that high school students who had use e-cigarettes are more likely to go on to try tobacco. ejuice

But Hajek said this did not show that vaping leads to smoking. “It just shows that people who are attracted to e-cigarettes are the same people who are attracted to smoking. People who drink white wine are more likely to try red wine than people who do not drink alcohol.”

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