Category Archives: E-Cigarettes and Health

Dr. Maria Cuomo Gets Put on Check by Forbes

Margaret Cuomo Gets Blasted By Forbes For LiesLast Week, Huffington Post published a video featuring Dr. Margaret Cuomo spewing out some major untruths about vapor smoking, however it did not go unnoticed by Forbes, who had a serious bone to pick with the misinformation being tossed out by Cuomo, medical professional. (If you haven’t read it, the Forbes article is so worth a read!) As a doctor in the spotlight, with a great amount of attention focused on her, it would be especially useful of her unique and significant voice to inform people of their options, of facts, of medical breakthroughs based on scientific research and findings… not her own biased, misunderstood, false opinions.

As the vapor industry is not keen on anyone attempting to pass off inconsistencies and flat out lies, we could not be more pleased that professor of public health at Boston University, Dr. Michael Siegel challenged the misinformation of Dr. Cuomo’s statement that vapor smoking increases the risk of lung and liver cancers by stating: “there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.” Furthermore, after Guy Bentley of The Daily Caller questioned Dr. Cuomo’s other claims of vapor aerosol being known to contain fractions of tin as well as other harmful compounds not found even in tobacco cigarette smoke, using Dr. Siegel’s take on the matter as backing, her statements were then retracted from the Huffington Post piece. Obviously, if her tirade were true, they would have had no reason to edit, would they?

Sadly, even doctors cannot be trusted 100% of the time. That a doctor of such esteemed and notable status as Dr. Cuomo would attempt to voice her opinions as truth, without factual basis, is harmful to the community at large. The vaping industry has been victim since its earliest days of such slander, and it is unfortunate that there exists medical professionals who refuse to remain objective in light of science-based evidence. On a positive note, however, it is quite fortunate that doctors such as Dr. Siegel exist, and are happy to challenge the bad advice of those such as Dr. Cuomo. We are exceptionally grateful.

E-Cigarettes & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Vaping When Pregnant: NOElectronic cigarette smoking and pregnancy is a really touchy subject, like basically anything that goes against the grain regarding one’s health while pregnant. While smoking used to be pretty commonplace while women were carrying, those rules have changed in the past 50 years, and it’s absolutely advised not to smoke while pregnant. Over the past 25 years the rate of prenatal cigarette usage has dropped incredibly, from approximately 18% to 12%, and this amazing statistic is a testament to the effectiveness of education, awareness, and stricter laws.

However, for smokers who are wondering whether they can switch to electronic if they’re pregnant, the answer is no.

For non-smokers, e-cigarettes offer a wide array of great benefits ranging from convenience, to having more control of one’s lifestyle, to saving money. For pregnant women, however, nicotine is a substance that should be completely abstained from, regardless of the method of intake.

Pregnant women typically have no options other than cold turkey when quitting upon finding out they’re pregnant. Nicotine is so vastly cautioned against that any kind of nicotine replacement therapy is not advised.

Nicotine constricts blood vessels, and for pregnant women this can directly cause harm to the placenta, which will in turn affect the level of oxygen being delivered to the fetus. While tobacco cigarettes may seem like a much more dangerous method, due to the 4000 toxic chemicals they contain, nicotine is still blacklisted due to it’s ability to cause birth defects.

But what about zero nicotine e-liquid? That is still up for debate. Due to the relative newness of the vapor industry, and there being no FDA governance over e-liquids and vapor products, the American Vaping Association recommends women to avoid e-cigarette use entirely during pregnancy. So basically, e-cigs, like tobacco cigs, are off limits if you’re preggo.

If you are pregnant, and are searching for options, we totally understand the position you’re in. While going cold turkey from cigarettes or e-cigs may seem beyond annoying and not the most comfortable path to walk, just remember it’s all about protecting that lil bundle of joy right now!

Vaping for Beginners

How to Start VapingWondering what you need to know before starting to vape? Well, we’ve got all the info, right here! Starting may be a little daunting, but we promise, the hardest part is getting out of your comfort zone and making the leap to change. Once you get past that hurdle, and adjust your mindset accordingly, it’s all good, clean, delicious vapor on the way up! Here’s the basics of getting into vaping.

Vaping 101: What You Need

First things first: you will need gear. The simplest and best thing to start with will be a starter kit; hence the name. You can go after a super basic setup, or go after one with a lot of accessories. Our suggestion is to go for a kit somewhere in the middle; this way you can have some versatility with accessories, without getting overwhelmed by how many products you’ve got. A good e-cig starter kit will contain at least one battery/ e-cig, one charger, and some cartridges.


You can opt for cartridges you refill yourself, or you can go for prefilled. When just starting out, prefilled cartridges are the best to use because they are simpler. Simple pop one in, use it, and then discard it when it’s done.

Things to Keep in Mind

Don’t expect the switch to happen easily, overnight. Be patient as you transition, as there will be some adjusting to a new format if you’re trying to stop using tobacco cigarettes. Drink a lot of water to both process the chemicals from the cigarettes and tobacco out of your system, and to keep yourself hydrated. If you are not satisfied with the hit of your vapor, you may want to change flavors, or try a different nicotine level.

So, that sums up the basics on how to get started vaping. Pretty simple, right? It’s really not terribly difficult, and it can offer a whole of benefits to your daily life. Just remember to give yourself time to adjust, and if you have any questions, feel free to check out our Knowledge Center, loaded with info that could prove helpful and informative if you’re wanting to learn more. Most of all, we wish absolute success on your smoke-free journey!

What You Need to Know About Nicotine

shutterstock_356321099Nicotine: you know that substance in cigarettes that causes a pleasantly calming reaction, has been vilified as the evil component of e-liquids, and has acquired a good many different myths and rumors? Here is the deal, the total deal on nicotine, because you need to know!

Nicotine in e-liquid to give smokers that familiar sensation they are accustomed to. You can opt for nicotine-free juice, if that’s your thing, or you can choose among a variety of levels. While we don’t know the exact level that will satisfy you, you can learn about your options to make the right choice for yourself when vaping.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a common substance. While most people understand that it comes from the tobacco plant, it can also be found in other plants, like tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes in minute levels.

How Does Nicotine Make You Feel?

Nicotine is at once a stimulant and a relaxant, and it can add alertness, calmness, or elevate your mood. As you’re probably aware, it is physically and psychologically addictive.

Choosing a Nicotine Level

Nicotine levels in e-liquid come in different amounts, typically ranging from 0mg, to 0.3% (3mg) at the lowest, and 3.6% (36mg) at the very highest levels. 

If you aren’t sure which level will be appropriate for you, it’s important to remember that the higher the nicotine, the more it will impart a harsher taste. Going after a mid-level would be your best bet, so sticking to the 6-12mg would probably work out well. Nicotine also offers a more powerful throat hit, so if you’re a recent ex-smoker, this will probably factor into your satisfaction level. However, if you are wanting a lesser amount of nicotine, but don’t want to sacrifice throat hit, a juice with a higher concentration of PG may be just right.

Is Nicotine Safe For Consumption?

In a short answer: yes. However, as you’re probably aware, it can be dangerous under certain circumstances and if you intend on handling it with your bare hands, it is always advised that you wear gloves. Nicotine can be overdosed on, and it is suggested to steer clear of levels reaching extremely high numbers; anything over 500 mg can be fatal for an adult.

Due to the inherent risk of nicotine e-liquid, bottles should always, under every circumstance, be stored out of reach from children and pets. Accidents happen; it’s always best to play it safe.

So that just about covers all the basics when dealing with nicotine. Yes, there are some risks involved, however, with the right care, it’s safe, enjoyable, and perfectly able to be enjoyed without smoking cigarettes!

Switching to Vapor Can Add Some Spice to Your Sex Life

Smoking & Your Sex LifePretty bold statement, there, right? Think we’re just trying to get your attention by mentioning that switching to e-cigs can benefit your game in the bedroom? Think again! Here are some very thought-provoking facts to consider about smoking, and how it can impact your performance (where it matters most).

Smoke & Your Heart: Smoking is awful for your cardiovascular health in so many ways. Can’t run a solid mile? Get winded when you try to jog around the block? A flight of stairs get you panting (and not in a good way)? If so, then it’s possible that tobacco is having a negative effect on your heart, and you most likely won’t be putting in overtime in the sack. Being able to handle moderate cardio is essential for your heart’s intended functions throughout life, and if it can’t handle simple tasks, and those that should bring the most fun, you may want to reconsider your options.

Smoke & Your Lungs: In conjunction with good heart health, having properly functioning lungs is also necessary to your sex life. Your respiratory system takes care of your ability to breathe; if you can’t breathe well, you’re not going to be able to do much of anything that requires physical effort for long. Feeling like you’re going to pass out in the middle of a good time is never hot.

Libido: Smoking has the potential to decrease the libido; talk about a turnoff! And, if smoking has caused you to get out of shape, you probably don’t feel particularly sexy… which can put a hamper on any sultry escapades you would have been having otherwise.

Erections: Yeah, we’re going there. If the heart, blood vessels, and blood flow get affected by something, your ability to have potent erections probably will too. Smoking messes with practically every system in the body, and research suggests that men who smoke are twice as likely to develop ED as nonsmokers.

So, are you convinced that tobacco is not sexy at all yet? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there is no better time than right now to be thinking about all things love and lust related! Simply: if you want to improve your sex life, vapor is the way to go. Lucky for you, we’ve got a great selection of e-cigarette starter kits that can make it easy and sexy to make the switch; what are you waiting for?

E-Cig Drama: Explosions & Misuse

Separating Fact from Fiction: E-Cig ExplosionsE-Cig Explodes Causing Second Degree Burns! 16-year old’s e-cig explodes in his face! Another e-cig explosion!

This latest story, as reported by Yahoo! News, details the mishap that occurred when a vapor device exploded, causing severe second-degree burns on the face of a 16-year-old teen, from Alberta, Canada.

The latest headlines scream foul on the e-cigarette industry. “Those dangerous gadgets that teens are messing with.” “Marketed to children, now their lives are in danger.” “Researchers are uncovering the dark truth that lies ahead for teens that use these explosive devices”… Ah, why is there always such a lack of facts in regards to the e-cigarette/ vapor products industry instead of unbiased evidence-based reality?

However, if you are a thinking, intelligent human, you may be able to read between the lines of the exaggerated content here. No, I’m not saying this child’s (yes, he is a CHILD, a 16-year-old  minor) injuries are exaggerated; we wish Ty Greer the absolute quickest recovery from such a traumatic situation, which was most likely extremely scary and the last thing he expected as he was merrily vaping in his car prior to the incident. However, what he was doing with such a device is purely irresponsible on account of his parents/ guardians, as well as himself for messing with things he had no business messing with.

He was using a device known as a Wotofo Phantom, a device clearly designed for those who have a lot of experience in DIY vape building. Mech mods are not for beginners whatsoever. These devices, as anyone will tell you, as manufacturers will blatantly specify, and as retailers will make very clear to those trying to purchase them, are not for the inexperienced. These devices are very easy to use incorrectly, especially if e-cigarette batteries are not used correctly, or if the wrong type is used, and if chances are taken, explosions can happen. Another aspect to keep in mind is lithium ion battery temperature safety; it has to be a conscious thought of all e-cigarette/ vaporizer/ mech mod users. Ty Greer, unfortunately, learned the hard way.

Like firearms, fireworks, cars, knives, and prescription drugs, when used incorrectly, results can be dangerous and fatal. Blaming a product because a child misused it, is plain old ignorance on the part of the media, Greer’s parents, as well as anyone else who refuses to see that this situation most likely could have been prevented if proper care was taken.

Researcher of Anti-E-Cig Report Forced to Correct Her Findings

Scientist in False E-Cig Study Forced to Provide TruthLately there has been an great amount of news interest and media coverage on the vaping industry, and the majority of it has been based on vague “studies” conducted biasedly by scientists aiming to sway opinion against electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Though these stories have often been refuted by other credible scientists who understand the controversy, those familiar with the circumstances can often see straight through these misguided, often ill-informed sources of “research.” Sometimes however, to our delight, the truth comes blazing out in the media and these bogus stories get countered in plain sight.

One such instance came recently when researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to go back on information she published that was blatantly false. Written for the medical journal, “Oral Oncology,” the study, in which she was the lead researcher, claimed that electronic cigarette products were responsible for damaging cells in such a way that could lead to cancer. In actuality, and even admittedly by those involved in the study, the dosages used in the study did not parallel actual doses known e-cigarette users are accustomed to receiving.

The problem lay in the fact that no actual e-cigarette usage was used to determine these findings, and after it was published, the e-cigarette industry blasted the false reporting. Once again, a researcher attempted to base an entire industry, comprised of thousands of different products, on the contents of two individual e-liquids. The claims of formaldehyde being contained in e-liquids, as well as diacetyl in e-liquids are unfounded because not all brands use these substances in their products; EverSmoke (among many other brands) for instance. That alone depicts inconclusive research!

Countless news outlets initially ran the story as factual, contributing to further misinforming of the population regarding vapor alternatives. Media outlets who commented on the misinformation contained in this study, and questioned the basis for these false reports invoked a recall from “Oral Oncology.” The redemption came when the head researcher, Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to edit the published account to contain the reality of the circumstances of the study. Though she makes clear that she believes her findings are accurate, and that e-cigarettes are no better than traditional cigarettes, beliefs need to be kept out of science, and without a lack of factual evidence, they hold no proof. We are immensely grateful she was forced to clarify her findings with factual information, as it is so important for the public to be given accurate, fact-based information regarding products in this industry.

When Vapers Have Had Enough: Tacoma-Pierce Country Vapers Fighting Regulations

Vapers in Tacoma-Pierce WA. fight regulationsVapers in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington have had enough with nonsensical, overbearing, unfair, discriminatory regulations. Instead of sitting back and taking the heat, they’re taking the county to court.

That’s right. A non-profit comprised of vapers, known as the Pink Lung Brigade filed a lawsuit last Monday in Tacoma-Pierce county on grounds that these new e-cigarette restrictions have no foundation based in science. From their perspective, these regulations, which have no serious evidence backing them, have the potential to force businesses to close. They are not requesting damages in the lawsuit, but they do want the judge to overturn these rules before small businesses have to shut down as a result.

Recently, Tacoma-Pierce County passed a string of restrictions that are not sitting well with the vaping community, who feel they are unfairly being targeted, and their business have the potential of suffering as a result.

“This new rule can be abused to force a retail shop into bankruptcy,” read the statement released by the nonprofit. It was signed by Marc Jarrett, one of the directors of the Pink Lung Brigade, who also happens to be one of the owners of Banzai Vapors, a nearby shop.

These new regulations will now prohibit vapers from using vapor devices in public places, places/ sites of work, and will even limit the extent to which people can sample the products and liquids in vapor shops. Owners of vapor shops now have to purchase designated licenses to operate their businesses. And, the most absurd of these regulations states that shop owners are going to be required to purchase elaborate ventilation systems, which can cost in excess of $80,000 just to own and operate.

Regarding the industry as a whole, we are proud to see businesses standing up for what they believe is right. As regulations begin to emerge throughout the country, it’s so important for the vaping community to make it known that being treated unfairly, without proper cause or reason will not be tolerated. We wish the Pink Lung Brigade all the best in their noble efforts for justice!

E-Cigarettes to be Regulated As Medicine in the UK

E-Cigs To Be Regulated as Medicine in UKIn a monumental move, the UK has announced that electronic cigarette devices and products will be regulated as medicinal products, soon to be regulated as cessation devices.

This groundbreaking news came yesterday, as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK announced that electronic cigarettes will be considered medicinal products, enabling them to be recommended and suggested for use by general practitioners.

Previously, this was not allowed, because according to regulation that deemed particular language be used, due to their lack of studies and research, e-cigarettes could not be recommended by physicians for use. Now, the game has entirely changed.

This ruling has come on the heels of a groundbreaking report done by Public Health England several months ago, where it was determined that electronic cigarettes are 95% healthier and safer than traditional cigarettes, and they have the potential to save millions of lives. This independent research boldly proclaimed the great benefit electronic cigarettes have the potential of offering, and denounced the idea of regulations that would ban them.

While the US continues to shuffle its feet regarding the regulations of e-cigarettes in America, and the ridiculous amount of political wrangling that seems to be holding up the formation of common sense regulations to allow users to use these products as they wish, we cannot be more in awe and supportive of the UK for doing the right thing by their population.

Public Health England made it clear, that with 20% of the British population smoking, legitimate alternatives to tobacco are an absolute necessity, and e-cigarettes present an exceptional option. They are focusing on the benefit electronic cigarettes present as a method smokers can use to halt their usage of tobacco, and they see the potential in regards to the greater whole of their public health.

We are fully in support and have much admiration for these groundbreaking and monumental regulations that are surely going to positively impact the UK population.

Too Early For a Resolution? No Way!

Switch to Vaping Resolution 2016Hey, the year is almost done and gone; where did it go? We’re looking at less than two weeks now, and as much celebrating as there is to do in the coming 12 days, with parties, gatherings, and whatever kinds of merrymaking you’re going to be up to, 2016 is almost here and that means it’s almost resolution time!

Do you make resolutions? Are you of the “never, ever” sort or the “always, but forget about them by February” sort? It’s all good either way. However, if you’re serious about making the switch from tobacco to vapor, let 2016 be the year. Maybe you’ve tried making the switch before. Maybe you’ve run through all the usual suspects: cold turkey, nicotine patches, the gums, hypnosis, positive thinking, a divergent addiction to fill the void… and winded up right back where you started: a pack a day.

Don’t let distractions get in your way this year. We know how difficult it can be to make major changes, however, we also know very well the sweet, incomparable feeling of success that comes with overcoming each hurdle when it comes to switching to vaping. We know all about what it takes to go the distance when switching to vapor smoking, so definitely take a few minutes to check out our incredibly diverse, loaded-with-info Knowledge Center than can serve as an amazing resource anytime you’ve got a question or concern when it comes to vaping.

The best way to get into “switch” mode would be to make the commitment by purchasing a starter kit. Go after a basic one, don’t spend a fortune as you’re getting acquainted. Allow yourself to transition by using traditional cigarettes with your e-cigs. Experiment with flavors and techniques. Set goals, remind yourself with positive affirmations, and be gentle on yourself if it takes a while. Eventually, it’ll be second nature!

So, get ready for 2016! Let this be the year you switch for good, and make good on your promises to yourself! Here’s to the smokefree life! Cheers!