Last year, ECA won The Guide to Vapings Best Blog of the year!
However for 2013 I am proud to announce that ECA has been nominated for BOTH Best Blog Of The Year AND Best Forum Of The Year!
Well Done to ALL of US!
Now just go and vote!
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, New York city had a hearing for a bill to include e-cigarettes (referred to as e-cigs) in the Clean Indoor Air Act which prohibits smoking in public places. Both sides were able to voice their opinion of the issue. Vaping celebrities, Russ Wishtart, host of “Click Bang” radio on Vaper’s Place, Greg Conley, and Jenee Fowler, known as “Vape Girl” on Youtube were present at the meeting. There were many vapers present in the audience to show support for vaping and opposition of the inclusion of e-cigs in the smoking ban. Yesterday, the council unanimously voted in favor of the bill. As vapers, we know vaping has improved our health. I have personally introduced friends and family to vaping, and all of them have said how much better they feel after converting from combustible tobacco to an e-cig. Jenee Fowler remarked that vaping in public has introduced her (and many smokers) to how effective e-cigs can be in their attempts to stop smoking and relapsing to combustible cigarettes. The Anti-Nicotine and Tobacco Zealots (referred to as ANTZ) have common arguments we need to address whenever a ban on e-cig use in public is placed in any of the state and local jurisdictions across the United States. You can view the entire hearing on Mandycat Campbell’s Youtube page. It is four hours long, so it’s divided into five parts. You can find it here to watch in your leisure:
Throughout the entire hearing, seven points were continuously brought up by the ANTZ. These are the points with rebuttals to their claim:
“We can’t trust the Tobacco Industry.”
A representative for Blu Ecigs, as well as Logic and NJoy brands testified at the meeting. Blu Ecigs was the only company that is part of the Tobacco Industry on the panel. NJoy and Logic are independent e-cig companies. ANTZ complain that advertisements mimic ads of combustible cigarettes, and BT are using these ads to peddle their products to youth. ANTZ claim this industry was started by BT to hook the children and adult non-smokers to a lifelong addiction to nicotine.
E-cigs were not part of the Tobacco industry until 2012 when Lorillard (makers of NewPorts) bought Blu Ecigs. E-cigs were invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist, named Hon Lik, who invented it to help his father who was dying of lung cancer. E-cigs were first made available in the U.S. in 2009, which means this fledgling industry was created by smokers who wanted a way to enjoy the act of smoking without the harm. Big Tobacco (referred to as BT) started selling e-cigs when they saw their profits drop due to the increase in e-cig sales by smaller companies. In fact, RJ Reynolds has pushed several states to ban online sales, tax e-cigs, and require small businesses to get more licenses to sell their products in hopes to eliminate competition with the smaller businesses. The ANTZ are funded by Pharmaceutical companies (referred to as Big Pharma) that make traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy products. They do not disclose this fact in their statements. They know as e-cig usage rises, sales of these NRTs ( as well as fewer sin tax monies from states) will suffer. The Councilmen/Councilwomen and ANTZ are merely protecting their financial interests.
“…..it’s for the chiiiilllllldren!”
ANTZ claim that the variety of candy, fruit, and dessert flavors were made to attract children into a life long addiction to nicotine. They cite the recent CDC study which surveyed Middle and High School students usage of e-cigs found here:
What vapers and e-cig advocates point out is that the survey failed to mention whether the students were tobacco smokers before they started using an e-cig. The survey also failed to mention that it only studied the students who experimented with e-cigs, NOT habitual use. There were two male high school students who claimed that they have seen e-cigs being used in the classroom and hallways of their school and none of the teachers, principals, and staff have tried to stop them from using e-cigs on school grounds. They claimed that including e-cigs in the Clean Indoor Air Act would keep kids from using e-cigs. Vapers at the meeting expressed that laws will not stop teens from doing things they shouldn’t be doing, and it should be dealt with by school officials and parents of those teens, NOT the government.
“There’s not enough studies to determine the safety of e-cigs.”or “The FDA study shows there are trace amounts of Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines (TSNAs) present in the e-liquid and vapor.” or “There’s anti-freeze in e-liquid!”
E-cig advocates and vapers presented the council members with many studies which showed that the vapor emitted were not harmful to bystanders. You can find those studies on ECA’s blog by Klaus Kneale here. Vapers pointed out the false information in the press release the FDA made to the public. The e-cigs tested in the study were of only two companies and only 1 cartridge out of 17 found trace levels of diethylene glycol (or anti-freeze). Dr. Gilbert Ross from American Council on Science and Health, as well as, Dr. Michael Siegel from the Boston University School of Public Health said that the study was conducted using older technology and could not be replicated in later studies. Quotes by Dr. Michael Siegel, Dr. Thomas Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Dr. Igor Burstyn were also used regarding the efficacy and safety of e-cig usage. A letter to the NYC Council is posted on CASAA’s blog here.
“E-cigs will re-normalize smoking.”
Advocates cheered when VapeNY and Greg Conley said vaping will normalize NOT smoking. ANTZ referred to the AFLAC duck by saying, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must by a duck.” in reference to vaping looking like smoking. This suggests that the inclusion of e-cigs in the Clean Indoor Air Act goes beyond public health. It is to demonize e-cig users and smokers.
“It’ll be hard to enforce the smoking ban.”
Advocates stated that there is no side stream smoke, no ash, no smell (or short whiff of a pleasant smell), and the vapor dissipates quickly. There were three representatives in the hospitality industry (restaurant/bar owners and hotel managers) who said that e-cigs would greatly reduce the number of noise complaints from residents if e-cig users were allowed to use them inside. They explained that there would be a security issue if e-cig users were included in the smoking ban, because of the extra security they needed to search patrons going outside to vape and coming back inside to drink and socialize. Furthermore, the bar owners stated that it should be up to the owners discretion as to how they wanted to handle vaping in their establishments. One e-cig user even said that vapers would be able to vape indoors without anyone knowing just by holding their breath for 10 seconds after inhalation (also known as “stealth vaping”). As vapers blew plumes of vapor into the air, two councilmen stated that they noticed that the vapor disappeared quickly and it did smell pleasant.
“E-cigs are being used to smoke illegal substances.”
Advocates say it would be easy to tell if someone was using an illegal substance due to the smell of these illegal substances. Moreover, banning e-cigs just because some individuals are using e-cigs with illegal substances is insane. Marijuana smokers have used apples to smoke marijuana, yet apples have not been banned. Dr. Gilbert Ross also mentioned that a college roommate used to empty his Marlboro cigarettes and stuff marijuana into it, yet Marlboros have not been banned.
“E-cigs have been known to blow up.”
ANTZ stated two stories regarding a battery exploding 1) in a car and 2) in someone’s face. Advocates replied back that any product that uses Lithium-ion batteries have been known to explode. They cited cases where cell phones and laptops exploded due to user error. Basic battery care should be applied with any product that uses Lithium-ion batteries, including e-cigs.
While watching the hearing, I realized that, despite the opposition to e-cig use in public, vapers and the public health community (American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and American Heart Association) both have a desire to protect people from the dangers of smoking. The public health community refuses to see it this way. They equate vaping to smoking. They continuously ignore anecdotal evidence, both by vapers themselves and non-vapers, as well as, studies conducted by large Universities and prominent physicians and scientists. They cling to the fact that if people quit smoking, they need to quit nicotine, too. ANTZ stated that the inclusion of e-cigs in the smoking ban in New Jersey reduced the number of smokers in New Jersey. As vapers, we know vaping has helped us from going back to combustible cigarettes. As more studies come out in favor of e-cigs, the ANTZ will deny the validity of these studies. It is imperative that we stay vigilant for any legislation that would impede our rights. I recommend all vapers to become a member of CASAA to help in fighting these bans and promoting public health.
I know a lot of people don’t care for them but i have found it get more milage out of them than my tanks. I watched a you tube video on how to fill and use and that made so much difference. The first time you fill once its really simple you just find the small hole on the side of the rubber ring and fill. Not to the hole though. The second time you must pull out any excess air. When you see the juice run out of the top down the side you have it. Then fill up again. If you have some juice remaining always keep the needle below the line. It works every time for me. I have only had a couple leaky carts since I have learned how. Mainly it was clear juice and i just overfilled. The easy part of that is to get a paper towel and blow through the mouth piece until nothing is coming out of the carto..make sure your equipment is clean of any juice and your back in business. Now if someone can get my tanks to work that good consistently I might change lol
At first look, it seems that for the most part, you really don’t need to clean it.
Fill after fill, the glass looks clean and so does the base of the unit.
Nothing but an occasional rinse needed.
The tube that connects the top of the coil head to the drip tip will indeed accumulate what I like to call “Crud” that adheres to the inner wall of the tube and the drip tip.
Mostly leftover VG residue that I suspect that has built up over time.
You can see it yourself if you look inside just right with some light above you.
A darkish brown substance. Fortunately very easy to clean.
Remove the base, give it a rinse and set aside.
Then take the rest of the tank and put it in a glass or a bowel of very warm soapy water and let it set for a bit.
Then get a couple of Q-Tips, insert after a soak and run them though the drip tip and into the tube, rubbing the insides until the Q-Tips come out clean.
Give the tank a flush under the faucet, then a soak and another flush, air dry and you are good to go.
You will be amazed to see how much “Crud” comes out of it!
It seems to me that just about every day I hear about a new supplier of vape gear or E-Juice.
And they are normally linked to a very, very good deal on a new or popular device.
While the device may be well known, what about the company?
Personally, I like to deal with companies that are well known for great products, reliable shipping and a commitment to customer service. But sometimes my favorites just do not have the object of my desire.
So I do some due diligence and research in advance of placing an order.
Two Google searches normally does the trick.
Type in the company name followed with the word “Reviews” and hit enter.
This will give you some insight as to the companies reputation.
For the second search, type in the companies name followed by “Complaints” and then enter. With this search, no news is good news.
With each of these searches, go through at least three or so pages.
And if neither of these searches seems to offer nothing other than links to products for that website, you might want adopt the wait and see approach before betting you hard earned vaping dollar and taking a chance on a company that may or may not deliver original quality merchandise in pristine condition.
This cautious approach has served me very well in the past.
I have not had a Root Beer Float in years.
So when I was getting to place a new order from Bulk E-Juice, I decided to try the Root Beer Float from Bulk E-Juice.
And I am glad that i did!
In the past, I had tried a standard Root Beer flavor from another E-Juice supplier and sure enough it did taste like the beverage in question. But it was somewhat lacking, tasted more like RootBeer where the ice had melted and diluted the flavor a bit.
This one was a lot different.
Night and Day different.
As usual, I ordered in my preferred 60/40 mix with 18mg of nicotine. The order was promptly shipped and well packed as usual.
The color of the juice was the same as you would expect from Root Beer as was the smell coming from the bottle.
As Root Beer as I understand it is one of the juices that are on the suspect list of tank crackers, I filled my Kanger ProTank with a 2.5 ohm head, attached it to my Innokin SVD, set it to 8 watts and took a hit.
I was actually a bit startled by the flavor which was a very rich Root Beer flavor as well as a nice hint of creamy Vanilla to top it off.
But what really surprised me was it actually tasted “Fizzy” as well! Something I have not experienced before.
Quit a bit of Throat Hit as well and a very respectable amount of vapor which also had a very mild Root Beer flavor to it.
I will be ordering this again!
Even if you don’t have a full DIY lab at your disposal, you can still create your own custom flavor E-Liquid.
How often have you wondered what two or even three of your favorite flavors would taste like if combined?
Stop wondering and just do it!
It is especially easy to do if you are using clearomizers or tanks. Just take two or three of you favorite flavors and mix them together.
Perfect example, for my version of Irish Coffee, I will fill my ProTank about half way with a wisky flavored E-Liquid and the other half with coffee and cream. Seal the tank, give it a good shake and you now have a custom blend.
I also like Brandy and Fruit Flavors. Same deal, mix about half Brandy and half Peach. Now you have a Peach Brandy flavor.
The possibilities are endless and you are limited only by your imagination!
I was pretty excited to see this device while trawling through madvape’s website, fellow babies — for one main reason. And when the order arrived, I was excited to have them for a number of reasons. So let’s kick the tires, as it were, and take a look at the Smoktech ARO Pyrex BCC, shall we?
Yes, as you can see from the picture, this is a Kanger T3 form-factor BCC; and as some of you know, I was an early-adopter of the T3 and have continued to use them to this day along with the myriad other toppers I’ve acquired in this 2 1/2 years of vaping. The main reason I did not hesitate to order some of these is simple. Pyrex! In a T3 form factor! Did I mention Pyrex?
I used (notice the past tense action, there, fellow babies) T3s for those times when hauling a bunch of Phoenix drippers and bottles of juice (or even Genesis-type atties) around is simply out of the question. I never enjoyed the time I spent using cartos for the most part (or those nasty CE clearos) for many reasons. So when the T3 appeared, it was the perfect tool for the job…the job being to deliver a convenient vape that holds a lot of juice that doesn’t leak while driving, walking, being busy at work, whatever. Sadly, until now, that meant not being able to use certain juices in those circumstances because of etching, cracking or melting. Not anymore, fellow babies. Did I tell you about the Pyrex?
So how does this thing compare to the latest iteration of the Kanger T3/M3? To my surprise, it compares very well…in fact, in some aspects, the Smoktech ARO outshines the Kanger. Since I compared the new T3 heads with the heads from the ARO (almost identical with extremely minor variation), the most glaring difference to me is probably the main reason: the ARO coil and wick seems to be built way better than the Kanger counterparts. They seem to use a 3mm wick instead of 2 or 2.5, and on the standard res head (2.4 ohm), I saw a perfect 9 wrap coil with closely-spaced wraps, complete with no-res legs leading right to the wick. Maximum heat to the coil where it needs to be. It sports the same pair of 1 mm filler wicks otherwise. On the Kanger T3 head I’m looking at that measures 2.5 ohm, I see a 6 wrap of much thinner wire with no-res wire that doesn’t go all the way up to the (thinner) wick. Of course, I believe I mentioned the Pyrex tank, correct?
At this moment I’m vaping a 40/60 pg/vg DIY juice that isn’t easy for the Kanger T3 to deal with. In the T3, I can only get away with vaping this sauce at 7.5 watts (with a primer puff every couple of toots) because the wicks can’t keep up if I go much higher, resulting in dry hits. No such issue with the ARO; I’m vaping this at 8.5 watts and have yet to get a dry hit. I went so far as to jack it up to 10 watts and was able to pull 3 consecutive back to back toots before getting a skanky dry hit. The stock T3, as much as I like it, simply can’t deliver such action. Vapor production is great for a BCC device and flavor is a noticable, if not drastic, step up from the Kanger. The draw is airy — similar to the T3 — and so far, after one tank I’ve encountered no gurgles ot leaks. Like the T3, it holds about 2.5 ml and you have no option of using your own mouthpiece, but that doesn’t bother me in the least, especially since, in case I forgot to mention, it’s a T3 form-factor with Pyrex. The mouthpiece is, in fact, a metal chrome-plated job that is actually quite comfortable.
Wrap-up: the ARO rocks, fellow babies — nice clouds and tasty vape-age, plain and simple. I ran another ARO with 70/30 PG/VG at 9 watts without ever getting a dry hit the entire tank. As far as the physics of how these BCC devices work, (negative pressure keeping the juice from running out the bottom) you will likely encounter the occasional bit of bottom leakage & gurgling if going from a very cool room to the hot out-of-doors or if you let the juice level get below about the 1/5 mark or so, just like the Kangers. For me, though, the fact I finally have a T3 style device with a Pyrex tank is awesome. The somewhat better performance is just icing on the cake. Get yourself a few of these bad boys and forget about tank-cracking forever. $7.99 at madvapes; replacement heads are $1.49 each. Note there are two versions of the ARO; one is Pyrex, one is not. Make sure you order the correct one and rock on, citizens!
I am beyond pleased to be writing the first ever review of this new flavor from Bulk E-Juice.
Uncle RJ’s Raisoned Brandy
http://bulkejuice.com/index.php?main_pa … cts_id=270
Which the good folks at BEJ were nice enough to name after me.
This flavor is the end result of an idea that I shared with BEJ after falling in love with their standard brandy flavor.
As most of you know, brandy can be made from just about any kind of fruit or berry after a long fermentation and distillation process. So I wondered what a brandy made from raisins would taste like and what an E-Juice based on that flavor profile would vape like.
After quite a few months of trial and error, BEJ was able to produce this product to meet their lofty standards and send it to me for trial in my prefered 60/40 blend at 18mg of nicotine.
To make a long story short, this flavor absolutely needs a minimum of 3 weeks of steeping time to fully mature for the best flavor.
But when it does, WOW!
A very smooth and mellow brandy flavor with the natural sweetness of raisins. A pale golden color with a sweet raisin aroma.
Using a Kanger T-2 with a 2.5 ohm head attached to my Evic set at 8.0 watts gives me that wonderful Raisin/Brandy flavor with a really good amount of throat hit and a hearty cloud of vapor.
This flavor has become a treasured part of my permanant E-Juice rotation and a special treat for me.
Damn it is good!
Thank you Bulk E-Juice for taking the time to not only listen to a customer but to follow up on an idea and bring it to life as you have done so very, very well!
Can Energy Shisha Give the E-Cig World a Kick of Caffeine?
Electronic cigarettes have been with us for several years now, and other than new e-liquid flavours and different coloured LED tips, there really aren’t anything new and interesting being offered in the e-cig world. Energy Shisha, however, is a definite new kid on the block, offering caffeine hits rather than nicotine hits. The device offers an energy booster in the form of a purple, crystal tipped electronic flavoured cigarette with a caffeine and taurine typically found in energy drinks. People most likely to use this product are students, truckers, clubbers, and anyone who needs a boost when burning the midnight oil. But will Energy Shisha really appeal to people in the same way that electronic cigarettes have?
Electronic cigarettes have been successful (Forbes, ‘Electronic cigarettes Sales Pass $1bn’ 2013) because they fill a need – the need to continue the physical act of smoking whilst avoiding any of the dangerous chemicals inherent in regular tobacco cigarettes. The explosion of the e-cig market has yet to challenge advances made by the energy drinks leviathan. Red Bull – just one of the many energy drinks on sale recorded US sales alone of $3.433 billion dollars, between July 2012 – July 2013 (Energy Fiend, ‘The Top 15 Energy Drink Brands’ 2013).
Energy Shisha are in the business of providing energy and helping to relieve fatigue, just as energy drinks are. Unlike e-cigs, they are not skulking in the shadow of the Food and Drugs Agency in the USA (FDA) and MHRA in the UK. Shisha sticks, like energy drinks, contain no nicotine and no carcinogens, and carry a greater concern with the regulatory bodies as much as energy drinks carry. According to the Energy Shisha website, 300 puffs on a shisha stick is the equivalent affect of drinking 15 regular cans of energy drink (15 standard energy drinks at 80mg/can is 1200mg of caffeine). Smoking caffeine means it goes straight into your system though you’ll notice that the packet cautions “no more than five 3 second puffs per session”.
So what is the low-down on Energy Shisha? First of all, the facts and figures.
- Energy Shisha Box
- Energy Shisha Box
- propylene glycol,
- caffeine (0.3% per ml) and taurine.
- Nicotine free
- Sugar free
- Calorie free
According to the manufacturers, Energy Shisha can boost your performance and keep tiredness and fatigue well at bay. Its ability to enhance sensory activity and increase alertness should certainly benefit students who are up all night studying for coursework (or out nightclubbing), and anyone on the graveyard shift who will appreciate a caffeine kick during break time. It remains to be seen if Energy Shisha will catch the minds (pun intended) of coffee and energy drinkers, but it may have a wide reach considering the device is free of sugar and calories.
The Energy Shisha is available in many nightclubs and music venues throughout the United Kingdom. Expect to see them floating around an all-night dance floor near you. And it won’t just be the clubbers – DJs will no doubt find the devices handy as well as a fashion statement.
The question remains whether or not Energy Shishas will become as commonplace as electronic cigarettes. The energy drink industry has exploded in recent years, with more and more people relying on the quick caffeine hits to help them fight fatigue and conquer the night. The electronic cigarette continues to grow, fighting the regulatory bodies trying to capture the market for cigarettes whilst the energy drink market thunders on. Will the manufactures of e-cigs learn the lesson from the caffeine-hungry masses and jump on the Energy Shisha bandwagon?
This article was written and submitted by David Benjamin from Vape Club, an electronic cigarette brand, with view to becoming a online store for a wide range of e-cigs from individual disposables to fully kitted cig-a-likes starter kits and vaping paraphernalia in the United Kingdom.