Best Vape Kits of 2019

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Vape kits have certainly had a great year in 2019, with their popularity going from strength to strength. With Winter just around the corner, and year slowly drawing to a close, we thought it high time to look at 14 of the best vape kits to hit the market this year.

 

JWell Traxx Box Mod Kit

The Traxx Box Mod Kit from JWell is a mod that’s perfect if you’re looking for a sleeker box vape. It’s a 180-watt device powered by two 18650 batteries that load from the side, covered my rubberised magnetic grips that snap onto place. You’ll find the screen on top, which makes the settings and adjusting just a little easier. Unlike most mods on this list the Traxx comes with an RDA atomizer instead of a glass tank, which, coupled with a fire limit of .2ohm, enables powerful cloud production and intense flavours. Using an RDA usually means you’ll need to constantly drip juice to your wick, but that’s not the case with the Traxx as it comes built with a bottom feeding pin for squonking.

 

JWell Traxx Box Mod Kit

 

The Traxx comes in 3 colours: Black, Orange, and Blue. Kits come with the mod, the Traxx RDA, and a user manual. Prices start at £39.99.

 

Purge Mods Ally Pod Kit

The Ally Pod Kit is a lot of class built into a 45.5x20.5x86mm body. The resin panel doors, like the Swell, are interchangeable. The mod is pure metal alloy, adding to its luxe, premium feel. But what truly sets the design of this mod apart is the flip top cap that—aside from giving the mod a nice vintage lighter feel—protects the drip tip from dust. It can fire at max levels of 30w, which you can toggle up to by 1w increments. You can control the airflow by twisting the ring cap.

 

Purge Mods Ally Pod Kit

 

The Ally comes in 3 original colours: SSK Black, Stainless, and Heat Treated. Each kit comes with the mod and a USB cable. Unfortunately the kit doesn’t come with the refillable pods, but at Superior Vapour we toss one in for free. Price starts at £59.99.

 

OBS Cube Kit Mini

If you’re looking for a mod that’s not your typical box shape, then look no further than the OBS Cube Mini. This mod sits nicely between full vape mods and simple pod mods. There is no screen or variable settings. The ergonomic, rectangular shape fits nicely in the palm of your hand, the resin panels and drip tip are styled to match. It’s built with a considerable 1500mAh rechargeable and intelligent battery that adjusts power depending on the coil you use. It fires nearly instantaneously—no ramping up, just hits up to 25w.

 

OBS Cube Kit Mini

 

 

The Cube Mini comes in matte black accented in Aurora, Poppy, Starry, Elf, or Sunset colours. Each kit gives you the mod, a 2ml OBS Sub Mini tank, a 1.4ohm and .6ohm coil, an extra glass tube, and a bag of spare o rings. Price starts at £39.99.

 

Geekvape Aegis Solo

The Solo is rated IPX67, so it’s waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. It’s perfect if you’re drawn to the indestructibility of the Legend, but want it in smaller package. The texture on this mod is all Aegis, with the rubberised, silicone body and stitched leather. It houses a single 18650 battery, as opposed to the bulkier 21700 you see in a lot of newer mods. The Solo delivers considerable variable wattage, going up to 100w in .1 increments.

 

Geekvape Aegis Solo

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The Solo comes in a variety of colours that contrast beautifully against its black body: Black, Red, Gunmetal, Green, and Orange. The price starts at £35. Inside the kit you’ll get Geekvape’s popular Cerberus tank, two .3ohm mesh coils, a spare glass tube and O-rings, as well as an extra charging port door.

 

VooPoo Drag 2 Kit

The Drag 2 is one of 2019’s best box-type mods, and the new addition to the Drag family performs as well as its older sibling, while being ¼ lighter. Like the Solo it runs on 18650 batteries, but unlike the Aegis mod it runs on two. The Drag 2 is user-friendly, and perfect for experienced vapers and newbies alike. There are 3 new modes that come with the Drag 2. If you don’t want to fiddle with the settings--or don’t quite know how to yet--you can set it to operate at Battery Saving, Best Flavour, or Best Cloud Production.

 

VooPoo Drag 2 Kit

 

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The Drag 2 comes in 8 colourful and hazy panel designs its predecessor has become known for: Flame, Island, Scarlet, Aurora, Dawn, Ink, and Puzzle. Price starts at £51.99. The kit comes with a UForce T2 Sub-Ohm Tank, a .4ohm U2 Dual coil and .2ohm N3 Triple Mesh coil, a replacement glass tube, and O-rings.

 

Smok Morph 219

The latest entry from one of the vaping industry’s most prolific manufacturers, the Morph 219 stands apart from its siblings with a huge 48mm, full HD colour touchscreen. The fire button is basically a full touch bar on one side of the device--it can’t get more accessible than this. At 44*30.2*84.5mm it’s quite chunky, and can support up to 28ml tanks without any overhang. It houses a powerful IQ-S chip, which cuts down fire time to less than a millisecond. But the Morph 219’s most unique feature is lock screen protection, a nifty little trick protects you against theft and nosy housemates.

 Smok Morph 219

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The Morph 219 comes in Red, Gold, Blue, Rainbow, and Chrome, and retails for around £50. Each kit comes with a 2ml TFV-Mini V2 Tank, a Smok V2 and V1 .15ohm coils, and a glass tube replacement.

 

Apollo Ohm Go

The Ohm Go packs a whopping 1900mAh battery, which is built with an intelligent system that automatically adjusts wattage based on coil resistance. It has an impressive firing range of 5w to 50w. Apollo is well-known for making devices that deliver strong DTL hits, and the Ohm Go isn’t any different. The mod is sleek and just the perfect size for a vape pen--not overly long or chunky. The body is coated with a rubberised finish, a nice departure from other vape pens that are usually made of stainless steel or some type of metal alloy.

 

Apollo Ohm Go

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The Ohm Go comes in only in black, with two red stripes running down the middle of the mod. Each kit comes with a 1ohm and .5ohm coil, a 3ml tank with a Pyrex drip tip. It retails for £44.95.

 

Innokin Proton Plex 235 W Kit

As the name suggests, the Proton Plex ramps up to a huge 235w, making it an instant hit with many experienced vapers this year. The mod’s massive power is fuelled by two 18650 batteries, the colour display screen is large and customisable and there’s a neat little physical toggle button to control the settings. To fire, you just need to squeeze the mod’s firing bar.

 

Innokin Proton Plex 235 W Kit

 

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The Proton Plex comes in 3 colours: Gun Metal, Black, and Rainbow. It retails for around £71, which makes it the priciest mod on this list. As a premium-priced kit, it comes with a lot of hardware: a .36ohm Plexiglass Scion tank, a .15ohm coil, a spare glass tube, an extra drip tip, spare O-rings, and a vape band.

 

Vandy Vape Swell Kit

From vaping YouTuber Tony B comes another project: the much anticipated Vandy Vape. It comes from the same manufacturer who produced the Jackaroo, which boasted a hardiness that can rival Aegis mods. While the Vandy Vape may not be as tough, it’s no less impressive, and is still waterproof. The resin doors are magnetised and interchangeable, so you can mix and match designs. Powered by dual 18650 batteries, it can fire up to 110w. But its most stand out feature may be the incredible smart feature that lets you control it via Bluetooth.

 

Vandy Vape Swell Kit

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Each kit comes with a Swell tank, a single and a triple .15ohm mesh coil, and a 3ml glass tube. Pricing for the Swell kit starts at £52.99. As you can see above, the mod comes in a wide array of colours and door patterns--they even have a UK flag design.

 

UWell Caliburn

The Caliburn is as simple as vaping can possibly get, which is the main reason for its massive popularity. Even experienced, mech mod-wielding vapers can appreciate the solid flavours from this slim, pod mod. The Caliburn allows for both auto draw and button firing, which is impressive given its lean build. The pods are easily refilled and the mouthpiece is sleek--you don’t have to nearly unhinge your jaw like with some bulky tanks. Plus, there’s a chimney window on the side which allows you to check for juice levels. The 520mAh battery can run out fast for heavy vapers, but it also charges fairly quickly.

 

UWell Caliburn

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The Caliburn comes in metallic sheens of Grey, Red, Iris Purple, Black, Pink, and Blue, and sells for around £18 to £25. The kit comes with 2 2ml replaceable pods with built-in 1.4ohm coils.

 

Aspire AVP

As is with the Caliburn, the Aspire AVP is a sleek little pod mod that punches above its weight in flavour and vapour production. In terms of design it’s probably in a category of its own, looking like the keys to a car. Although the shape may look odd, the mod sits squat in the palm of your hand. It houses a built-in 700mAh battery, and can charge to full from zero as fast as 35 minutes. Unlike other pod mods, the AVP is built with some variable wattage: 8w, 10w, and 12w.

 

Aspire AVP

 

The AVP comes in Orange, Rainbow, Grey, Black, Chrome, Lime, Purple, and Red. Each kit comes with a lanyard and 2 2ml Nichrome 1.2ohm coil pods--but you can also purchase a 1.3ohm variant separately. Price starts at £29.99.

 

Smok Nord Vape Kit

The Nord is amongst the most impressive pod systems coming out of 2019. With a 1100mAh battery, it easily outclasses both the Aspire and Caliburn in terms of battery life. You can vape for up to 9 hours without needing to charge. It features an incredible 38 gorgeous patterned designs, so there’s a ton of variety if you’re looking for bright and boldly designed mods. The pod loads from the side through a slot that’s secured by a plug, which nicely reduces the risk of leaks--an unfortunate con for many pod mods.

 

Smok Nord Vape Kit

 

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In the image above you can see all the colour variations of the Nord. Each kit comes with 1 2ml pod which you can fit with a .6ohm or 1.4ohm coil, but you can also purchase a .8ohm and .6 dual coil separately.

 

VZone Preco Kit Plus

Where the Preco One comes with a built-in 1400mAh battery, as is standard for a wide swathe of vape pens, the VZone Preco Plus brings the 80w power of mech and box mods to the table with a massive 18650 battery. This gives the Preco Plus the ability to regulate output based on the coil you attach onto the mod. Plus, it comes with protections against overheating, surge, short-circuiting, and low voltage--features you’d typically see on a regulated mod.

 

VZone Preco Kit PlusSource: vzonecigs.com

The VZone Preco Plus comes in Blue, Gun Metal, and Stainless Steel. It also comes with a colourful acrylic drip tip, which makes the reusable tank look like your typical sub ohm tank. Price starts at £18.99.

 

SMOK Stik V9 Max Kit

The Stik V9 Max packs on of the most powerful, intelligent batteries you’ll see on a vape pen. At 4000mAh, a single charge can easily last heavy users half a day. You can also continue vaping while charging the unit, which is perfect because as an unregulated mod, its performance and voltage output relies directly on battery life. The system comes with surge and low voltage protection. One more thing that sets it apart is its considerably wider bubble-type tank, which lets you pack more e-liquid than other vape pens.

 

SMOK Stik V9 Max Kit

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The Stik V9 Max comes in Blue, Red, 7-Colour, Gold, Black, and Stainless Steel. Price starts at £21.99. The kit gives you a Mini V2 S1 and S1 coil, both of which come with .15ohm coils, and a bubble tank with a massive 8.5ml capacity.

 

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Vaping Laws Around The World

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Whether you’re looking to travel or merely interested in the state of global vaping, it’s good to stay updated on the vaping laws around the world. This article will briefly go over important regulations regarding the use, sale, and advertising of vaping in several major countries.

UK

The UK is arguably the most liberal country in the world when it comes to vaping laws. E-cigarettes are legal to be used, sold, and advertised, with notable restrictions:

  • It is illegal to sell e-cigarettes or e-liquids to minors
  • The maximum amount of nicotine in a liquid that can be sold is 20mg/ml, with bottles restricted to having only 10ml
  • Atomizers are restricted to a 2ml capacity
  • All e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with MHRA before they can be sold
  • E-cigarettes cannot be promoted as being healthy but can be marketed as being safer than smoking tobacco

Vaping also enjoys support from the government as a smoking cessation option. The number of vapers in the UK has grown from 700,000 in 2012 to 3 million as of 2018. Of that 3 million, 1.5 million have completely quit smoking. 

There are 7.2 million adults who smoke as of 2018, equating to 14.7% of adults in the UK. This marks a more than 5% decrease since 2011. 

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USA

On a federal level, the sale and use of e-cigarettes are legal in the US. E-cigarettes and e-liquids are regulated by the FDA, classifying them as tobacco products. Regulations vary from state to state, and there are even city-specific policies. 

The following are the major federal restrictions:

  • Minors are banned from accessing e-cigarettes
  • A photo ID is required to buy e-cigarettes
  • E-liquid products cannot have branding that resembles food, candy, or beverage items
  • Flavoured tobacco products can only be sold in adult-only stores and online vendors, except for mint or menthol e-cigarettes

There are an estimated 34.3 million adults who smoke in the US as of 2017. The percentage of adults who smoke has dropped from 20.9% in 2005 to 14% in 2017. As of 2018, there are 10.8 million adults who vape, with 30.4% had quit smoking cigarettes.

Canada

It is legal to use, sell, and advertise e-cigarettes and e-liquids in Canada. Most vaping regulations follow the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) enacted on May 23, 2018. It was only as recent as then that vaping products with nicotine became legal in the country. 

Other significant federal regulations include:

  • Minors cannot be sold or given vaping products
  • Vaping products cannot be advertised as appealing to youths nor can they be promoted as healthy
  • Vaping products that claim to help quit smoking, including those with nicotine, must be authorised by Health Canada before they can be advertised, sold, and commercially imported

Health Canada supports vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking. There are 4.6 million Canadians who smoke as of 2017. The percentage of smokers in the population actually rose from 13% in 2015 to 15.1%. This increase could very well be why the Canadian government has moved in favour of vaping.

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Australia

Vaping in Australia is legal, as long as there is no nicotine in the e-liquid that’s being vaped. Nicotine is considered a poison in the country, with the only exceptions being nicotine used in therapies and in cigarettes. E-liquids containing nicotine are therefore banned for sale and use. 

More important regulations include:

  • The sale of e-cigarettes requires registration with the Therapeutic Goods Administration before being sold
  • Most Australian states ban the promotion, as well as the public and in-store advertising, of e-cigarettes
  • Vaping is not allowed in smoke-free areas

Smoking prevalence in Australia has largely decreased from 18.9% of the adult population in 2007-08 to 13.8% in 2017-18. However, this national reduction has slowed significantly with the previous survey year showing a 14.5% smoking prevalence in adults. Harsh vaping bans can only slow this down even more, as smokers have one less effective alternative to tobacco use reduction.

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France

The sale and use of e-cigarettes are legal in France. The nation is looking to become a prime market for vaping too, as an economic study predicts the local industry could be worth 500 million euros by 2020

Only a handful of regulations are worth noting:

  • E-cigarettes and e-liquids cannot be sold to minors
  • E-cigarettes cannot be advertised
  • E-cigarettes cannot be used on public transport, enclosed workplaces, and areas with minors

From 2016 to 2017, one million daily smokers quit their habit, reducing the country’s smoking rate from 29.4% to 26.9%. This is a marked improvement from the 29.9% to 34.1% increase in the smoking rate from 2005 to 2014. A good portion of the French people attribute this decline to e-cigarette use.

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Germany

Regulations for vaping in Germany are lax. E-cigarettes and e-liquids can be legally sold and used. Devices and juices have no excise tax. Cross-border sales and transport aren’t prohibited, while retailers of nicotine-containing e-cigs only need to be registered. 

There are a few important restrictions:

  • E-cigarettes cannot be sold to minors
  • E-cigarettes cannot be advertised on the radio, TV, and internet, but they can be advertised on billboards
  • E-cigarettes and e-liquids must come with a leaflet detailing health risks and instructions

The smoking rate in Germany is at 25% as of 2017, according to a survey of selected EU countries. This is an improvement over the 2013 rate of 29.7%. For comparison, the number of vapers in the country is estimated to be around 2 million, with most e-cigarette users being ex-smokers. The local market is also expected to be worth over 756 million euros by 2023.

China

As the birthplace of the modern e-cigarette and home to 95% of the world’s vape product manufacturers, China allows the sale, use, and advertising of e-cigarettes and e-liquids. There are currently only notices for banning that aren’t legally binding, one being the sale of e-cigs to minors. However, there are recent calls from tobacco regulators for the government to regulate e-cigarettes and ban their use in public. 

Smoking is highly prevalent in China, with over 300 million smokers, amounting to almost a third of the world’s total. In contrast, the vaping market is tiny. However, it is growing rapidly, having increased its market size from less than 1 billion yuan in 2013 to 4 billion yuan in 2017

With very little vaping regulation, the potential for growth is astronomical in this country of 1.37 billion people.

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Japan

Non-nicotine e-cigarettes can be used and sold legally in Japan, even to minors, as there are no regulations for such items. However, e-cigarette products that contain nicotine are considered medicinal products, and there are no vape devices with nicotine that have been approved for sale. 

The smoking rate in Japan has been on a consistent decline since 1966, dropping even faster in recent times. As of 2018, 18.2% of the total population smoke

Because of the strict regulations for vaping with nicotine, the total number of vapers in the country is relatively small with no concrete figures. The vaping industry did generate over £3.6 million in 2016, which is five times the amount it made in 2015.

India

There are no nationwide regulations for the use and sale of e-cigarettes. However, vape products in India are classified as drugs, and there are no e-cigarettes that have been officially approved for sale. 

Government bodies are also pushing to prohibit the sale, manufacture, import, and distribution of such products. There is opposition from the trade ministry to banning the import of e-cigarettes, saying there is no legal basis for such an act.

There are about 130 million Indian smokers aged 15 and older. This amounts to 12% of the world’s total. 14% of the adult population are considered current tobacco smokers. The number of vapers is minuscule in comparison, adding up to about 260,000. 

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A Long Way To Go

Global vaping acceptance still has a way to go, as some of the biggest countries regulate or are looking to regulate vaping like smoking tobacco. The need for more long-term research on vaping’s effects on health is becoming more necessary to make vaping more appealing to lawmakers, especially with the industry maturing 10 years in. 

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Vaping With or Without Nicotine: What’s the Difference?

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There is no denying the fix that tobacco smokers get from taking a drag from a cigarette. Imbibing nicotine once you are addicted to it evokes a relaxing feeling that many vapers also look for when vaping, especially those who are weaning themselves off smoking. 

Some call it the nicotine hit, some call it the nicotine buzz; whatever you want to call that sensation, nicotine is at the centre of it. Of course, it is possible to vape without nicotine, but what’s the difference and is the nicotine element in e-liquid really that bad for you in the long run?

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a stimulant that is derived from tobacco. As a stimulant, it increases activity in a person’s nervous system, leading to feelings of alertness and excitement. Users generally feel energised upon consuming nicotine.

Since nicotine is derived from tobacco, it is generally consumed through smoking. However, it can also be taken in the form of nicotine patches and gums. Vapers also have the choice to consume it through different e-liquids that have varying levels of nicotine content. 

Additionally, nicotine has a controversial reputation. Much of this image is tied to its relation to tobacco. Because of all the harmful effects of tobacco smoking and how nicotine is inherent to the practice, the stimulant is believed to be harmful in and of itself by many. 

The dangers of smoking were first spotlighted in the 60s and 70s by medical institutions and public health advocates. Nicotine was guilty by association. As recently as 2015, the Royal Society of Public Health found that 90% of the UK public believes that nicotine is harmful.

Is Nicotine Really Harmful?

It is an indisputable scientific fact that nicotine is highly addictive. Like other addictive chemicals, nicotine’s pleasurable effects are reduced when the body starts to build a tolerance for it. Users then need to consume more of it to achieve the same levels of pleasure as the previous highs. It is a major reason as to why tobacco smokers find it incredibly hard to quit. Paired with all the toxic elements in cigarettes, nicotine is unsurprisingly thought of to be just as harmful. 

Recognising nicotine’s addictive properties, it is only fair to evaluate it separately from the poisonous results of tobacco smoking, as nicotine is also consumed in other forms. 

Nicotine by itself is not cancerous nor does it increase the risk of getting cardiovascular disease in users. An academic study conducted by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco outlines this, stating that no evidence links nicotine with cancer. The World Health Organisation via the European Code Against Cancer also echoes this statement by saying that nicotine by itself does not cause cancer.

While nicotine does increase heart rate and results in elevated blood pressure, these are side effects that are similar to that of caffeine consumption. Nicotine poisoning can happen, but it would take consuming an inordinate amount that is not present in cigarettes, patches, gums, and e-liquids.

In short, nicotine is not harmful the way tobacco smoking is. It is addictive, has mild side effects, and it does not cause fatal diseases. 

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The Benefits of Vaping With Nicotine

One of the great things about vaping is the choices available to customise your experience. One such choice is being able to vape with or without nicotine. 

If you choose to vape with nicotine, you can expect the following:

1. It makes quitting smoking easier 

Vaping is one of the best ways for smokers to quit the habit. The act of lighting up a vape device, putting it to your mouth, and puffing away are fairly similar to smoking. Of course, it’s the nicotine content in the vape juice that ultimately makes the transition from smoking to vaping easy. 

Being able to get the familiar nicotine buzz from inhaling and exhaling with a vape sidesteps the intense physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting cold turkey. 

If it’s nicotine addiction from smoking that needs to be controlled, there are e-liquids that have different amounts of nicotine. A nicotine addict can slowly work their way down from vape juices with high nicotine content to e-liquids with low nicotine content. 

2. It’s easier to feel the throat hit 

One of the distinct joys of smoking that vaping captures is the strong feeling at the back of the throat from taking a drag. This is commonly known as the “throat hit.” 

The strength of this visceral effect is largely determined by the amount of nicotine you will consume. Cigarettes have a lot of nicotine, so the throat hit is significantly strong and comes quick. E-liquids with high levels of nicotine can match the effect, but even e-liquids with less nicotine can produce a noticeable throat hit compared to nicotine-free juices.

3. It’s easier to regulate your vaping habits 

Many vape enthusiasts vape for the physiological pleasure that they feel from doing it. This sensation can be attributed to the aforementioned nicotine high. 

When vaping with nicotine, reaching that high comes much faster than vaping without nicotine. As a result, those who vape with nicotine don’t have to vape as much and as long as those who are vaping nicotine-free. 

Vaping less, of course, leads to the very practical benefit of saving more. E-liquids won’t run out as fast, reducing your regular spending on replenishing empty bottles. Also, vaping devices won’t be under as much stress from frequent use, leading to longer lifespans.

There is still a looming concern over the long-term effects of e-liquids. Not having to consume as much today can turn out to be extremely beneficial in the future when there is more data on how vaping affects people’s health.

The Benefits of Vaping Without Nicotine

Vaping without nicotine, on the other hand, has the following advantages:

1. You can’t get chemically addicted

Not everyone who gets into vaping is a smoker. There are people who are interested in vaping that have never had any nicotine in their lives. 

Nicotine-free e-liquids give those beginners the option to avoid the potential problems of becoming addicted to nicotine. Vaping is more welcoming in that regard, as those who don’t find it enjoyable can quit safely without picking up a chemical dependence. 

For smokers-turned-vapers, especially those who are attempting to completely overcome their nicotine addiction, nicotine-free e-liquids present a final goal that they can work toward without sacrificing the hobby. 

2. You will have a smoother vaping experience 

Nicotine does not have a particular taste. However, it does have the negative side effect of diluting the flavour of the e-liquid it is mixed with. 

Vaping without nicotine results in a more pronounced flavour in the vape juice. You can then focus on the richness and texture of the e-liquid you are vaping. Also, newbies won’t have to experience the gag reflex that vaping with nicotine can induce. 

By vaping without nicotine, the experience is freed from the need to get that harsh throat hit. The act of vaping itself as a pleasurable hobby becomes the main selling point.

3. You can focus on enjoying the creative and social aspects of vaping

Vaping has grown to become a lifestyle with a number of subcultures that are not just about getting the nicotine buzz. 

In the world of cloud chasing and the competitive vaping scene, participants actively avoid using e-liquids with nicotine to perform better. Practising for such events requires a lot of vaping, and nicotine-free e-liquids are a must to avoid feelings of nausea. 

As mentioned earlier, some vaping beginners who have no experience smoking and have zero exposure to nicotine. Being able to vape without nicotine allows them to join vaping communities and enjoy socialising over the hobby while not having to worry about the harsh effects of vaping with nicotine.

The Freedom of Vaping

The negative image of nicotine mostly comes from its association with tobacco smoking. With vaping, however, the downsides to nicotine are mild. The only exception is the potential for addiction, and even then, it is to a relatively harmless chemical unless taken in very large doses. 

On the other hand, nicotine itself isn’t essential to vaping, and vaping without it also has its host of advantages. That being said, if you’re switching to vaping to quit smoking then cutting out the nicotine from day one is likely to see you return to the fags, so we’d recommend weaning yourself onto lower nicotine levels over time, in order to make the transition to zero nicotine vaping successful.

Fortunately for vapers, you’ll have the freedom to decide whether you want to vape with or without nicotine and enjoy the benefits of either option. 

If you’re a beginner and you need help with choosing your first e-liquid, whether you want it with or without nicotine, feel free to send us an email at info@superiorvapour.com or call us at 01179 669309.

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How to Compete in Vaping Competitions

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Among the many aspects of the vaping lifestyle, one of the most exciting subcultures is the vaping competition scene. 

Enthusiasts of all levels have been gathering in your local vape shop down the street to the biggest vape events on international stages for years to compete in events where they blow the biggest, longest, and coolest-looking clouds. 

If you want to take the next step in cloud chasing and participate in vaping competitions, this guide will help you get started with info on how competitions generally work, what you can do to perform well as a beginner, and what major vape events you can attend to become familiar with vaping competitions. 

But before we start diving into the details, there are things you should consider that come with the world of competitive cloud chasing.

 

Competitive Cloud Chasing Considerations

 

Vaping competitions demand a certain level of expertise. It goes without saying that if you want to compete against other vapers, you’re expected to have some experience with cloud chasing. This includes practical knowledge about builds and e-liquids suited for competition, as well as inhalation and exhalation techniques. 

As a refresher, here are the fundamental factors to cloud chasing:

 

  • Batteries — Mods used for vaping competitions require a heavy-duty power source. Although official contests typically provide batteries tested for competition, you should still keep safety in mind when practising at home and use batteries within recommended power levels. 
  • Airflow — Getting the right amount of air flowing into your mod is key to keeping vapour production consistent without thinning out the clouds.
  • Coil Builds — The general rule to building coils for competitions is to make the resistance as low as possible. This results in thick clouds that can impress judges and audience members whether you’re doing vape tricks or just blowing the biggest vapours.
  • Wicking — How air and vape juice flow through your device is dictated by how well you wick your coils. Because of how hot it gets producing big clouds, wicking is even more important in competitive cloud-chasing.
  • E-liquids — While the PG and VG ratio for casual vaping tends to be more balanced, e-liquids need to be way more VG-concentrated to turn into voluminous clouds that win competitions.
  • Inhalation/Exhalation — The usual method of inhaling vapour mouth-to-lung won’t cut it for competitive cloud chasing. To minimise vapour dissipation, you need to adapt the direct-to-lung inhalation technique. Proper posture and measured exhalation are also practised by the pros. 

 

Much like entering any kind of competitive field, you will also need to get some practice in before you sign up for vaping contests. Follow basic vaping etiquette and don’t try to chase clouds out in public. There are already people who don’t appreciate the relatively tiny puffs of vapour and the aroma from casual vapers, imagine how they’d react to you blowing billowy cloud trails in their faces. 

Practice in private in a room that doesn’t have too much air flow. It’s good to get a constant supply of air into your mod, but by the time you’ve exhaled the vapour, you don’t want it to dissipate quickly because of a rush of air in the room. It’ll also just be harder to control vapour when you’re doing tricks and air is blowing from outside.

 

Elements of Vaping Competitions

There are two types of vaping competitions: cloud competitions and vape trick competitions. 

 

1. Cloud Competitions

 

Cloud competitions are basically contests to determine who can blow the biggest clouds. The clouds are generally judged by length, density, and cleanliness. 

In a typical cloud competition, two competitors are stood back-to-back with a scale behind them so judges can easily compare the sizes of the two clouds blown. The competitors need to blow a cloud in a straight line with no excess vapour being exhaled to the side. The one who blows the bigger cloud moves on, while the other gets eliminated.

Because vapour production is mostly affected by the device build and the e-liquid used, contest organisers enforce restrictions on what contestants can use to ensure fairness. These vary from event to event, but you can expect limits on maximum wattage and minimum resistance. Every competitor uses the same e-liquid provided by the event runners to remove variables from that part of the competition.

One major equalizer in regulated cloud competitions is having contestants build their coils 10 to 20 minutes right before the competition starts while using the same set of limited parts. This way, nobody gets an advantage from having all the time to make a super-optimised build. 

 

2. Vape Trick Competitions

 

In vape trick competitions, competitors are primarily judged for their creativity. 

These events are more free-form in nature relative to cloud competitions, as there are no objective points to measure performance. Competitors are just given a set amount of time, which could be a minute or two, to perform as many vape tricks as possible. Showcasing a variety of cool tricks is preferred over doing only a handful numerous times even when done well. Of course, entrants are still expected to have technical proficiency in the form of cloud consistency and cleanliness. 

Showmanship is central to vape trick competitions, as entertaining the judges makes a huge impact on a competitor’s score. Part of this is being able to chain multiple tricks together in a seamless, stylish way. Adding variety to vape trick combos also ensures a contestant stands out from the usual routine. 

Because creativity is the most important criteria in judging vape trick competitions, competitors aren’t restricted in what kind of equipment they can use. As long as you can pull off shark bends and triple O’s skilfully and effortlessly, you’re free to use whatever tanks, juices, and mods. 

 


Tips for Vaping Competitions

 

  • Choose 0.3 ohm and below builds — This tip follows the principle of the lower the resistance, the better the cloud production. With builds of 0.3 ohms and below, you are in unregulated mech mod territory where coils have very low air resistance and plenty of surface area. Parallel coils are simple to build within the typical 10-minute time limit in competitions.
  • Aim for the highest wattage — You want to be using as much power as you safely can to ensure the consistent production of big, thick clouds. With regulated competitions, you shouldn’t be afraid to get as close as possible to the maximum wattage with the device you’ve built to stay competitive.
  • Make use of temperature control when possible — Mods with a temperature control feature are perfect for preventing overheating, especially when you’re using up a lot of power. When you keep your wick from drying up too fast, your clouds will maintain the consistency that’s crucial to scoring well.
  • Pack quality wicking material tightly — Whether it’s Japanese organic cotton or cellucotton, make sure it’s pressing up on the insides of your coil when you insert it. Use a piece that’s a bit thicker than your coil and fluff it before inserting. 

 

Vaping Events to Attend

 

  1. The Vaper Expo UK As the biggest vaping event in Europe, the Vaper Expo UK draws the most enthusiasts across the continent to watch and participate in cloud and vape trick competitions. If competing at such a big event sounds daunting for you, there are demos and tutorials that you can join to learn more before you sign up for a competition.
  1. VapeJam UK — VapeJam UK is another established vaping event that holds competitions for cloud chasers and vape tricksters. In fact, it was the first trade show in the UK for the vaping industry back in 2014. 
  1. The World Series of Vaping Arguably the most prestigious international cloud chasing competition, TWSOV is sponsored by major industry players with huge prizes. 2019’s event will be held in VAPEXPO Moscow 2019 in Moscow, Russia. 

 

While these are the major destinations for competitive vaping glory, there’s no shame in starting local when you’re just a beginner. Contact your neighbourhood vape shop and ask about vape meets that run competitions. Don’t be shy about joining a community that is as enthusiastic as you are about the intense world of vaping competitions.

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How to make Bigger Clouds

Superior Vapour

For a lot of people, getting into vaping means having a healthier alternative to cigarettes above anything else. Vaping is a means to an end and that end is to quit the habit, without suddenly removing that nicotine hit.

If you’re included in this demographic, chasing clouds may have been the furthest thing from your mind when you started. But now that you’ve embraced the vaping lifestyle, it’s more than just a simple stress reliever. 

You’ve found yourself as part of a community, comprised of experienced vapers who can blow big, billowy vapours and pull off the coolest tricks. It looks fun (and it is), so you want to get in on the action and make bigger clouds. 

Without getting too deep into the more advanced methods, like rebuilding your own mods, this guide will help you get started with cloud chasing. 

 

1. Vape Tank

There are a couple of variables to the type of tank you can use for blowing big clouds. One such factor is size. The bigger the tank, the more e-liquid it can hold; the more e-liquid you can vaporise, the bigger the clouds you can blow. You will also be able to cloud-chase for longer without refilling.

The material also matters. Glass or Pyrex is a must to withstand the level of heat your device will be producing when blowing big clouds.

Sub ohm tanks have these qualities built in, and they’re pretty much what cloud chasers use. These are tanks with a coil resistance below 1.0 ohms. 

 

2. Coil Build

Your device’s coil resistance has a significant effect on how much vapour you can produce and how fast you can do so. The rule of thumb is the lower the resistance, the more vapour you can exhale at a speedier rate. Low resistance vape coils are thus the preferred choice for cloud chasers. Coils with a resistance rating above 1.0 ohms can still be used to blow big clouds, as long as there is enough power and the wick is durable enough to withstand high heat.

Size also matters. Coils with bigger wires take longer to heat up than those with thinner wires. Experienced cloud chasers opt to go with a dual coil setup with very thin wires. The ultra-low resistance and increased surface area make for even bigger vapour production. There are even coil builds that have triple and quadruple coils for those who want to get the most clouds out of their devices. It might take longer to ready the coil, but when cloud chasing is the goal, patience is a virtue.

How you position your wick can play a role in cloud production as well. With low-resistance coils, you can tuck the wick below or behind the coil to optimise the vaporisation of your e-liquid. It helps to cut both ends of your wick and fluff them out before tucking.

 

3. Device Settings

The two important settings you need to tune properly are airflow and power:

 

Airflow

Making big clouds requires a lot of power, which produces extreme heat. Airflow is what keeps your device’s coil cool, preventing your wick from burning from the intense heat production. The cooling process also condenses the vapour being produced, making it look thicker when exhaled. 

The introduction of more airflow over your coil also helps create more vapour. When vaporising e-liquid, the air above the coil is filled with vapour. Allowing “fresh air” that isn’t yet saturated with vapour to come in means even more space for vapour to fill. 

Another effect of more air is puffing out the exhaled vapour. With the right balance of condensation and air, your clouds will be the perfect mix of size and thickness.

 

Power

    As mentioned earlier, cloud chasing requires a lot of power. Vaping at 50 W results in bigger clouds compared to vaping at 20 W, provided the tank and e-liquid are the same between both devices. 

    And as also said before, the higher the power output means the hotter the coil gets. This is why you don’t just crank up your power usage to the highest level.

    Sub-ohm tanks are made for power use, so you can choose to increase the power when chasing clouds. However, be careful not to go beyond a coil’s suggested power settings. Just because the tank itself is rated for high power doesn’t necessarily mean the coil can match it. 

    Just one of the cool tricks you can pull off with bigger clouds.

     

    4. Battery Type

    To fuel your cloud-chasing sessions, your vape needs the right set of batteries. Generally speaking, you want high-power batteries. The stronger the batteries, the bigger the clouds you can exhale for much longer. 

    Fixed voltage batteries should be good enough for starters with simple vape devices. There are regulated box mods that allow the user to adjust how much voltage and wattage they want to use with their batteries for a customised vaping experience. Going down this route can lead to producing larger clouds, alongside a smoother hit.

    With regulated box mods, you can fine-tune how much power you get out of your batteries either through the wattage or voltage. Variable wattage is the preferred choice for maximising cloud production. It is more consistent performance-wise even if you’re using different coils. 

    If you do have a regulated box mod, start with a low wattage. Check the recommended wattage range for your coil, and set your wattage somewhere at the bottom end of that range. If the drags you’re taking aren’t too hot or dry, increase the wattage. Repeat until you hit your comfort limit. At the higher end of your coil’s suggested wattage range, you should be blowing huge clouds. 

    Sub ohm tanks should be paired with batteries that have a high discharge rating to match the low resistance coils. A high continuous discharge limit is a must for a mod with a separate battery. With a defined limit you can reference, you’ll be able to chase clouds safely.

     

    5. E-liquid

    E-liquids are typically made with a mixture of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). The amount of PG and VG in an e-liquid determines how smooth a drag will be and how much vapour you will exhale. 

    Remember: PG affects the throat hit, while VG affects the quantity and quality of vapour. 

    A 50/50 split between PG and VG can be enough to produce big clouds while still having enough of a kick when you inhale. 

    However, if you are going for even larger clouds, choose an e-liquid with more VG. The higher VG content leads to more concentrated vapour. A 70:30 ratio of VG to PG is perfect for cloud chasing. Just keep in mind that tanks not built for sub ohm vaping can have trouble dealing with thick vape juices. 

    Another important thing to consider is that the more vapour you make, the more nicotine you will end up consuming. If you want to puff big clouds, factor in the nicotine strength of the e-liquid you’re buying. 

    Too much nicotine in one vape session can be rough on your throat and make you nauseous. 0.6% to 0.3% nicotine e-liquids are better for sub ohm vaping to avoid taking amounts of nicotine that you’re no longer comfortable with.

     

    6. Inhaling/Exhaling Technique

    All the right equipment and fine-tuning in the world won’t do you any good in your quest to chase clouds if you aren’t inhaling and exhaling the vapour properly. 

    The first thing you need to do is to stop using the “mouth-to-lung” inhalation method that most regular vapers and smokers do. This way of inhaling makes it so that the vapour starts dissipating in your mouth before it even gets to your lung. It’s a slow and soft way of sucking in vapour that results in less-than-impressive clouds. With a sub ohm device, you’ll just be coughing instead of cloud chasing.

    The direct-to-lung inhalation method is the way to go. This requires you to inhale fast and hard. By doing so, you minimise vapour dissipation and allow air to cool the coil, preventing a hot, harsh throat hit. Exhale slowly to keep the cloud from thinning out. It might take some time getting used to, and there’s a chance you will cough your first couple of tries. But with enough practice, you will be blowing big, beautiful clouds.


    If you need help picking out the right device and build to produce bigger clouds, give us a call at 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com.

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    A Guide to Vaping Safety

    Superior Vapour

    To enjoy all the pleasures of vaping with peace of mind, it’s important to remember that you are using an electronic device that produces extreme heat to vaporise chemicals that are toxic when directly ingested. Irresponsible handling of your device and e-liquids can lead to malfunctions and poisoning.

    In this guide, we will go over general vaping safety tips and best practices regarding specific elements of vaping to ensure an enjoyable and safe vaping experience.

     

    Basic Vaping Safety

    1. Read the instruction manual

    This is especially important if you are a beginner. However, even experienced vapers should still take the time to check their vaping device’s instruction manual.

    Just because there are foundational similarities to how atomisers, chargers, coils, and other parts work, it doesn’t mean they all have the exact same functions and settings for proper use. Follow the instructions and heed the warnings.

     

    2. Keep your e-cigs and e-liquids away from pets and children

    Your device is made up of mechanical and electrical parts that, when damaged or when they overheat, can become health hazards. Batteries have even been known to explode if not used properly. E-liquids are poisonous when ingested. In other words, make sure all of your vaping kid is properly stored in child-proof containers and kept out of the reach of children to avoid accidents.

     

    3. Carry your vaping equipment in a separate carrying case

    This bears repeating: your e-cig is basically a small machine with parts that should not be used when any part is damaged.

    Don’t risk your device getting scratched, squeezed, or scuffed in a bag with your other belongings. Metal objects like keys and coins can carry a charge and activate your device’s batteries, leading to overheating.

     

    4. Clean your device regularly

    A dusty, dirty, and/or gunked-up device doesn’t just pose a sanitary problem; it can degrade your device’s condition to the point of mechanical failure, which can also become a health hazard. Do a basic weekly cleaning and a deep cleaning once a month.

     

    5. Inspect your device thoroughly if you suspect there’s a problem

    The moment you notice your device isn’t operating the way it should or that you’re not getting the experience you want, stop using your device and give it a thorough inspection. Check for cracks in the tank, look for grime build-up in the connection terminals, and turn it off if it feels like it’s overheating.

     

    6. Repair or replace damaged parts immediately

    When you have determined that a part of your vaping device is broken, you should look into getting it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. It is not worth trying to vape with a leaky tank or a battery that can no longer hold a charge for a quick hit, as you will be putting yourself at unnecessary risk.

     

    Usage Safety

     

    1. Ensure your tank is not low or close to empty before vaping

    Trying to vape on a low or empty tank will result in a “dry hit”, an unpleasant burning sensation on the back of your throat. Refill your tank before you start vaping to avoid damaging your throat and the nasty taste in your mouth.

     

    2. Choose e-liquids with nicotine-strength levels that fits your needs

    It is virtually impossible to “vape yourself to death” and die because of nicotine poisoning, but it is still isn’t a good idea to consume large amounts of nicotine beyond that which your body can take before feeling ill. The stronger the nicotine, the harsher the hit.

    Those vapers who vape frequently throughout the day, will do well with low nicotine, while those who vape less may prefer higher nicotine levels. Ex-smokers who have just started vaping will probably need the strong nicotine hit to replicate the hit of smoking cigarettes, at least until they can wean themselves onto lower concentrations.

     

    3. Consider inhaling techniques with nicotine-strength levels

    Jumping off the previous point, the nicotine content of your preferred e-liquid is a good determiner of how you should inhale safely while vaping.

    Vape juices with high amounts of nicotine are best inhaled mouth-to-lung, while vape juices with low amounts of nicotine are best inhaled direct-to-lung. For medium nicotine levels, either technique works, although 6mg nicotine is the safe upper limit for direct-to-lung inhalation.

     

    4. Consult with your doctor if you have a chronic medical condition

    While vaping is considered to be safer than smoking, there is much scientific work to be done on the long-term effects of vaping on health.

    E-liquids also have ingredients that some people might be allergic to, with propylene glycol (PG) being the most common allergen. Public Health England states that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, but your doctor should know the state of your health better than anyone, so listen carefully to their advice.

     

    5. Don’t vape when you are pregnant

    Nicotine consumption of any kind during pregnancy is generally advised against by the medical field. Better to stop vaping altogether when you are with child to avoid potential complications with you and your baby’s health.

     

    6. Keep yourself hydrated in between vaping sessions

    Vaping is a fun activity that can leave you dehydrated, especially after extended sessions. Don’t forget to drink water after vaping to stay hydrated and prevent common side effects of heavy vaping such as a dry, itchy throat and dizziness.

     

    E-Liquid Safety

     

    1. Store your e-liquids in a cool, dark, and dry place

    Exposure to heat and direct sunlight will drastically reduce your e-liquid’s lifespan and potency. Vaping expired e-liquids will literally leave a bad taste in your mouth.

    Although using vape juice that has gone bad won’t necessarily kill you, you will want to get rid of them when you they taste or smell funny and have darkened faster than their given expiration date.

     

    2. Immediately wash your skin with soap and water when it comes into contact with an e-liquid

    Inhaling the vapour is relatively safe, but vape juice in its concentrated liquid form is toxic. If you spill e-liquid on yourself, clean the spot ASAP with soap and water. If it spills on your clothes, change so it doesn’t soak your skin.

     

    3. Spit out e-liquid if it gets into your lips or mouth and wash afterwards

    As mentioned in the previous point, e-liquid is toxic and shouldn’t be ingested. If you accidentally get some in your mouth, don’t let it sit in your mouth or on your lips for long and wash your mouth out with water immediately.

     

    4. Buy from trusted sources

    The adage “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to e-liquids and vaping products in general. While an e-liquid from a trusted source will likely be more expensive than from some no-name vape shop, the trade-off for your safety is worth any price. The government has provided a list of registered vape retailers, which includes Superior Vapour.

     

    Battery Safety

     

    1. Use your vape device’s dedicated charger

    Just because most electronic gadgets nowadays have similar chargers doesn’t mean you can use any charger with your vape’s batteries. Using the device manufacturer’s charger ensures compatibility and optimal performance.

     

    2. Don’t leave your batteries charging unattended

    Whether you are stepping out of the house or going to bed, it’s a bad idea to keep your device’s batteries charging. At best, you end up overcharging the batteries and reduce their lifespan. At worst, you are setting up a fire hazard that you can’t immediately put out.

     

    3. Don’t completely drain your batteries

    While not as dangerous as overcharging your batteries and risking a small explosion, draining your batteries empty also cuts their life expectancy significantly. Lithium-ion batteries are more prone to having fewer cycles when fully drained.

     

    4. Match your batteries with your device

    Not all batteries for vaping works for every kind of device. If you’re using a high wattage vape mod, you need batteries that can supply that kind of power. If you’re a casual vaper, low watt batteries are fine.

     

    5. Re-wrap or discard batteries with peeling wraps

    Battery wraps keep batteries from shorting out when they come into contact with charged points. If you see that your batteries’ wraps are nicked or peeled, stop using them. You can buy battery wraps for cheap, have your batteries re-wrapped in your go-to vape shop, or just get new batteries.

     

    6. Store your batteries separately in cases away from extreme temperature

    Batteries can short circuit when they come into contact with other metal objects. Extreme heat or cold will also damage your batteries. A plastic container is ideal for battery storage.

     

    Vaping should be a good, fun time, but that doesn’t mean you should be totally carefree when going into this lifestyle. Be a responsible vaper, practice these safety tips, and vape with your mind at ease. Feel free to get in touch with our team if you need assistance with your device by calling us at 01179 669309 or via our email at info@superiorvapour.com.

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    Troubleshooting Common Vape Problems (And How To Fix Them)

    Superior Vapour

    When everything is working as intended, vaping is a relaxing and enjoyable experience like no other. Unfortunately, issues do crop up now and then with e-cigs and e-liquids that can ruin your vaping experience.

    To minimise frustrations with your vaping experience, we’ve listed some troubleshooting tips to common vape problems so you can address issues yourself before replacing your kit or taking it into a vape shop.

     

    Vape Device Issues

     

    1. My battery can’t hold a charge

    With all the gadgets we use in our everyday lives, it’s easy to use the wrong charger for your vape. Double check to see if it’s the correct one for your device.

    The battery terminal might be dirty with dust and e-liquid gunk, causing connection problems. Clean it with a cotton bud.

    Practice better battery usage: Don’t leave batteries charging overnight, don’t fully drain them, and don’t charge and use your vape simultaneously.

     

    2. My atomiser isn’t being detected

    Inspect your coil to see if it’s loose or dirty. The terminal could also be gunked up and need cleaning. The tank itself might be too tight on the mod, so loosen it up.

    If you’re using an adjustable 510 pin, adjust it to match your mod.

    Also, your vape tank might not be properly aligned with the rest of your device. The crookedness could’ve been caused by dropping or knocking your vape around. You will have to get it repaired or replaced.

     

    3. My vape device is leaking

    The simplest explanations could be that you filled it over capacity or just didn’t assemble each part properly, either by screwing them on too tight or not tight enough. Leave some allowance for air in the tank. Take your device apart and put it back together more carefully.

    The o-rings and seals might need cleaning or replacing. The tank itself could have a hairline fracture at the end caps.

    If the leakage is with the airflow, the e-liquid might have thinned through overheating. Don’t leave your device exposed to direct heat for long.

    Try increasing your device’s power so your coil doesn’t flood. If the coil is low resistance, stick to VG liquids and avoid using PG vape juice.

     

    4. My vape device is making gurgling/spitting sounds

    Your e-cig should not be making any sort of sound when you’re using it. A gurgling or spitting sound is a sign that there is too much vape juice in your device.

    Check your tank to make sure it’s not filled to the brim. It might also be overly tightened to the battery, so loosen it up.

    If your device has a removable mouthpiece, take it off then flick the vape. This should remove excess e-liquid from the coil.

    Soaking the disassembled parts of your tank in warm water can clear out any remaining liquid. Dry everything thoroughly afterwards before reassembling the tank.

     

    5. My vape device’s digital screen is blank

    You might have just put your device into stealth mode. Press the fire button three times to turn off stealth mode and get the screen back up.

    The firmware could also be outdated. Download the latest firmware and install it on your device via your computer.

    If neither method works, have the mod repaired or replaced.

     

    Vape Consumption Issues

     

    1. My vape device isn’t producing enough vapour

    When the clouds you are producing aren’t big enough for your liking, you are likely using an e-liquid that doesn’t have enough vegetable glycerin (VG). Choose a product that is more VG concentrated.

    Your battery might also just need recharging. Other probable hardware causes are a dry coil, a flooded atomiser, or a dirt connection terminal.

    If trying all these methods still doesn’t lead to satisfying vapour production, you should look into purchasing a more powerful device.

     

    2. I’m getting a burnt taste when vaping

    If you have been using the same coils heavily for over two weeks, you might need to change them out for new ones. Check the wicks if they’ve already blackened out to know when replacements are required.

    Chain vaping contributes to burning out the wicks faster than they should. Take 30 seconds between puffs to avoid this problem.

    Prime your coils before vaping, especially when they’re new. Soak the wicks with e-juice and let them sit for a while.

    This problem could also be simply caused by vaping immediately after refilling. Give it some time before taking your first puff.

     

    3. I’m barely tasting my e-liquid’s flavour

    When you’re not getting enough of the flavour from your e-liquid, try gently blowing through your device. This will get the juice flowing.

    It might also be that you’ve kept that particular e-liquid for too long and the taste has degraded.

    Cleaning the tank and connections is always a good idea and could solve this problem.

    If you’ve been vaping just one flavour for a long time, you might have a bad case of “vape tongue”. This means your taste buds have grown too accustomed to the flavour that it doesn’t register any more. Use this an opportunity to branch out to other flavours. Come back later to your favourite one and it should taste as good as it did before your tongue got used to it.

     

    4. I’m not getting a throat hit

    What gives vapers that distinct throat hit is the propylene glycol (PG) content in the e-liquid. The vape juice you’re using might have a low PG to VG ratio. Another ingredient that contributes to a throat hit is nicotine. The stronger the nicotine content, the more impactful the throat hit. You can also try flavours with citrus or menthol notes.

     

    5. The throat hit I’m getting is too strong

    When your problem is actually feeling the throat hit too much, look for an e-liquid that has a high VG to PG ratio instead. VG is what makes the vapour go down smooth.

    The reverse is also true for nicotine strength in a vape juice. The less nicotine, the weaker the throat hit. If you don’t want to sacrifice the amount of nicotine you’re vaping, consider nicotine salts. They provide a good dose of nicotine without much of a throat hit.

    Sweet flavours make for a smoother vaping experience as well.

     

    6. I’m not getting my nicotine hit

    This is generally a problem for ex-smokers who are used to the strong nicotine hit cigarettes give. Since most e-liquids have slow-acting freebase nicotine, vaping might not be as satisfying for ex-smokers. Thankfully, there are vape juices that have stronger nicotine content for power users. Nicotine salts are also a great alternative.

    A lacklustre nicotine hit can also be solved by simply increasing the power setting of your vape and pulling gentler and for longer.

     

    7. My e-liquid is dark

    While all e-liquids eventually turn dark and expire if not used, you can keep your vape juices for longer without going bad. Store them in a cool, dry place and away from light sources.

    Avoid keeping e-liquids in your vape device’s tank where they’re more prone to heat, ultraviolet light, and oxygen exposure. They can also gunk up the tank and adversely affect new liquids.

    Vape juices with stronger nicotine content should be consumed quicker than e-liquids with standard nicotine strengths. Oxidation occurs faster for e-liquids that contain a lot of nicotine, which speeds up the expiration.

     

    8. My e-liquid is getting in my mouth

    If you are sucking in the actual juice before it’s vaporised, you might be taking too strong of a drag. As relaxing as it might sound, don’t vape lying down, or in any position where your head is tilted up and your device is tilted down. These positions will definitely end up in liquid dripping down your mouth.

     

    9. I’m getting dehydrated/feeling light-headed

    Much like so many enjoyable activities, vaping is best when done in moderation. Don’t overdo it with hours-long vaping sessions when your throat is getting dry and you’re starting to feel light-headed. Take breaks and drink a lot of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

    Adjust your vaping technique. Instead of consecutive long, hard drags, keep your puffs shorter and gentler with more time in between.

    Don’t vape on a low tank. Doing so increases the chances of getting an unpleasant dry hit. Lastly, stick with e-liquids that have a higher VG to PG ratio for smoother pulls.

     

    Are you still experiencing issues with your device? Contact us today via our email info@superiorvapour.com or call us at 01179 669309, and we’d be happy to help you out!

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    Vaping Glossary

    Superior Vapour

    Joining the world of vaping requires an understanding of a wide range of terms. The jargon can understandably get confusing at the beginning, but the more you’re exposed to it, the better you can refine your vaping preferences.

    To help ease you into this lifestyle, let’s start with the following terms:

    Analog — A slang term that vapers use to refer to regular tobacco cigarettes.

    Cartridge — A removable container that’s pre-filled with e-liquid for a user’s convenience; this is one part of a three-piece closed e-cigarette set with a plastic or metal mouthpiece attached to it.

    Cloud chasing — Theart and science of exhaling huge amounts of vapour using techniques aimed to produce dense clouds, which will then form a variety of visually-stunning shapes.

    Coil — A metal conductor that works together with the wick to heat up your e-liquid. Coils are also called atomisers.

    Disposable — A small non-rechargeable e-cigarette that you will need to dispose of when the battery runs out or when the cartomiser is exhausted.

    DIY — In the vaping context, this refers to any homemade modifications that a user does, whether to their device, e-liquid, or storage solutions. Note thatDIY solutions are not for beginners.

    Draw — The process of inhaling vapour from your device.

    Drip shield — An external cover used to catch e-liquid when it leaks to prevent damage to the device. This is an accessory made of a hollow metal tube and is used to cover an atomiser.

    Drip tip — An alternative mouthpiece accessory that allows users to practice “dripping”. A drip tip is a hollow tube that can be screwed on the atomiser.

    Dripping — An alternative way of vaping; this process lets users “drip” e-liquid drops directly on the device, resulting in a much more flavourful experience with denser vaping clouds.

    Dry burn — This is a way of cleaning your device’s coil. The process involves removing any source of e-liquid, holding down the power button, and watching the coil reach red heat. You will then need to repeat the steps until the coil impurities are burned off.

    Dry hit — The unpleasant experience of taking a draw off an e-cigarette with an unsaturated wick; often taken as a sign that you’re out of e-liquid. Also called dry puff, this results in a harsh dry taste.

    Dual coil — These are cartomisers, clearomizers, or atomisers that have two coils. Some vapers prefer this setup as it gives more vapour. It, however, comes with the cost of having a reduced battery life.

    E-cigarettes — A handheld device used for vaping, often as an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. It involves heating up liquid, which then turns it into vapour. The most basic setup of an e-cigarette is an atomiser (or a coil to heat up the e-liquid) and a battery (to power up the device).

    E-liquid — A liquid solution that contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), flavour, and nicotine. This is then vapourised using an e-cigarette. Vapers can modify their e-liquid content depending on their preferences; also called e-juice and smoker juice.

    Leaking — A frustrating experience for vapers, this happens when e-liquid leaks out of the cartomiser, atomiser, or the tank. If left unchecked, the leak can reach the battery and cause the device to short circuit.

    Lung hit — One of the two ways to inhale vapour (the other one being mouth hit), lung hit (also called direct-to-lung inhale, D2L, and direct inhale) refers to inhaling vapour directly to the lungs. This is a technique that cloud chasers often use. The device and e-liquid matters with this technique, as the appropriate e-cigarette for lung hits are those with low-resistance coils and high power. E-liquids, meanwhile, should have nicotine levels no greater than 3 mg, as high nicotine content can cause discomfort (e.g. nausea, coughing) when inhaled directly to the lungs.

    Mods — These are devices composed of multiple parts which can all be separated from each other. The term “mods” traditionally referred to any device that’s modified by its users. Today, the term has evolved to refer to any vaping device that doesn’t look like a cigarette. Mods usually have longer battery lives and stronger vapour production, includingmech mods,box mods,squonk mods, and many more.

    Mouth hit — One of the two ways to inhale vapour (the other one being lung hit), mouth hit (also called mouth-to-lung inhale, M2L, and indirect inhale) refers to collecting vapour in your mouth, letting it linger, then taking it inside your lungs. This process is similar to how smokers draw from cigarettes, which makes it popular among ex-smokers or those who alternate between vaping and smoking. You’ll also get to taste the e-liquid’s flavour better with this technique.

    Nicotine salts — A recent trend that started gaining a huge following, nicotine salts is the product of nicotine (the base) reacting to an acidic element (in this case, benzoic acid). Nic salts were introduced to the market by JUUL in 2018, allowing vapers to experience less throat hits despite using a higher nicotine salt level, which makes vaping more enticing to tobacco smokers who wish to quit the habit.

    Ohms — The measuring unit for the coil’s electrical resistance.

    Pen style — These are e-cigarettes that are shaped like a pen, often included in starter kits.

    Propylene Glycol (PG) — A tasteless and odourless organic compound which makes up one-fourth of an e-liquid’s content (alongside nicotine, flavour, and vegetable glycerin). Higher amounts of PG (relative to VG) will result in a stronger throat hit but weaker vapour.

    Puff — A technique that involves taking quick short drags of vapour. Some devices are activated by puffing, instead of the user pressing on the power button.

    Rebuildable atomisers (RBA)Rebuildable atomisers are devices that users can customise. It includes a build deck and a tank for the e-liquid. You will then need to build and wick your own coils. There are two types of RBAs, namelyrebuildable tank atomisers or RTA (which houses e-liquids in a separate tank) andrebuildable drip atomisers or RDA (which involves dripping e-liquid into the coil or wick).

    Resistance — The rate at which electricity travels through the atomiser. An atomiser with high resistance (HR) produce less vapour, while an atomiser with lower resistance (LR) produces more vapour.

    Rig — A term vapers user to refer to a complete e-cigarette setup.

    Squonking — A style of vaping that involves squeezing the e-liquid bottle at the bottom of the device to feed the juice into the atomiser.Squonking evolved from RDAs, and is a more convenient way of vaping as you won’t need to manually drip e-liquid into the atomiser.

    Sub-ohm vaping — This is a vaping style that uses a device with a coil resistance lower than 1 ohm. Depending on the setting,sub-ohm vaping can increase vapour or flavour production. This also requires a fundamental understanding of the principles of ohms and joules, and as such, more fitted to advanced users.

    Tanks — The part of an e-cigarette which houses the e-liquid and atomiser.

    Variable voltage (VV) — An e-cigarette’s feature that allows users to control the voltage output of their device.

    Variable wattage (VW) — An e-cigarette’s feature that allows users to control the wattage output of their device.

    Vegetable Glycerin (VG) — A tasteless and odourless organic compound which makes up

    one-fourth of an e-liquid’s content (alongside nicotine, flavour, and propylene glycol). Higher amounts of VG (relative to PG) will result in thicker clouds. VG also has its own sweet taste, which may be noticeable to some vapers and get in the way of the e-liquid’s flavour.

    Voltage — This refers to the amount of power or the electrical potential of your vaping device.

    Watt — This refers to the power that the atomiser consumes. With higher wattage, you can expect more vapour. However, this comes at the cost of flavour and hotter vapour.

    Wick — The absorbent material that soaks up the e-liquid for the coil to then heat up. Wicks are usually made from cotton, fabric, or silica.


    As with any community, vaping jargon will continue to grow as the number of vapers increase and the technology evolves. If you need someone to show you the ropes and give you an idea which device is better suited for beginners, give us a call on 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com.

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    Vaping 101: Nicotine Salts

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    Nicotine salts started out seemingly like a fad in 2018, but the vaping world has come to accept this alternative form of e-liquid for the options it provides to newbies and veteran vapers alike.

    Now that we know they aren’t just a passing trend, it’s time we dedicate a Vaping 101 guide to nicotine salts. Whether you’re starting out vaping or someone who’s tied to the traditional ways of vaping, read on and you just might learn something that could prove to be valuable to your vaping lifestyle.

    What Are Nicotine Salts?

    To avoid any confusion, let’s get this out of the way immediately: nicotine salts have zero relation to the popular seasoning you put on your food. Although chemically, they are a salt, your vape juices won’t taste salty nor will you suddenly increase your daily sodium intake if you use nicotine salts.

    In the case of nicotine salts, they’re the result of nicotine (the base) being mixed with an acid. They are actually fundamentally the same as the nicotine found naturally in a tobacco leaf.

    What Makes Nicotine Salts Different From Traditional E-liquids?

    Traditional e-liquids have “freebase” nicotine. This is the purest form of nicotine, isolated from any other element usually present with nicotine. This is also what cigarettes contain.

    Freebase nicotine was the brainchild of Philip Morris’ research into making more effective cigarettes back in the 1960s. It is more bioavailable than nicotine in its natural state, which makes freebase nicotine easier for the body to absorb. Mixed with ammonia, this type of nicotine could be delivered in higher amounts in cigarettes for a more addictive experience.

    Nicotine, however, has a high pH level (around 7 to 8), which means high alkalinity. This translates to the harsh feeling on your throat when you smoke or vape a lot of it. This is where nicotine salts come in.

    The History of Nicotine Salts

    Because of how vaping was originally invented as an alternative for smokers who want to quit smoking, it’s only logical that just about every e-liquid uses the same type of nicotine to approximate the buzz-like effect of smoking a cigarette.

    However, the average cigarette still contains more nicotine than the average e-liquid. Matching the nicotine levels in your typical e-cigarette with a traditional cigarette generally makes for an unpleasant, rough vaping experience.

    Enter Pax Labs, the creator of JUUL. In 2015, they patented a way to make a vape product that would deliver the strong nicotine kick of a cigarette without the burning sensation in the throat that usually comes with smoking through. This would make the idea of switching from tobacco smoking to vaping more enticing for smokers who want to quit but still want the strong nicotine feel.

    Pax Labs went back to the basic concept of nicotine salts, but looked for an acid that would mix in well with nicotine to make it as bioavailable as freebase nicotine. Their research led them to benzoic acid.

    Benzoic acid in nicotine salts achieves a similar level of bioavailability to freebase nicotine. It also reduces the pH level of the nicotine. In turn, this lowers the alkalinity of the nicotine, resulting in a much smoother vaping experience even with relatively high amounts of nicotine. This also allows for more nicotine to be used even in low-powered vaping devices.

    This breakthrough in vaping technology led to the breakout success of nicotine salts and JUUL’s current domination of the US market.

    Are Nicotine Salts Safe?

    Because we are dealing with substances that we directly inhale, it’s only natural that you express some concern over the safety of this particular version of nicotine. After all, the idea of a more powerful nicotine kick can raise eyebrows, especially for those who want to curb their addiction.

    On the most basic level, nicotine salts are no more or no less harmful than freebase nicotine.

    There has yet to be any major study done on the health effects of inhaling benzoic acid. What research there is does point to benzoic acid causing mild allergy-like reactions upon contact with skin or the eyes. It might trigger coughing, but benzoic acid, in general, has not proven to be extremely toxic to humans. There has currently been no public case of people suffering adverse effects directly because of smoking nicotine salts with benzoic acid.

    What might be more of an immediate concern is the potentially more addictive quality of nicotine salts. There is definitely more nicotine that can be consumed through the use of nicotine salts in vaping. Using them in high-powered vape devices is not advisable.

    Although it would take an unreasonably high amount of nicotine (ingesting more than 500 mg in one go) to actually die of nicotine poisoning, it’s better to err on the side of caution. For reference, the strongest nicotine salts can have as much as 50 mg nicotine.

    Pros and Cons of Nicotine Salts

    Now that you have a general understanding of nicotine salts, we can go over their advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional e-liquids. From there, we can also identify the types of vapers who can get the most out of using nicotine salts.

    Pros

    • Quick and Powerful Nicotine Kick — Nicotine salts will hit you much faster and stronger than your standard vape juice. It’s the most similar vaping experience to smoking a cigarette, so it’s particularly useful for smokers who are just about to transition from tobacco smoking to vaping.
    • Smooth on the Throat — Thanks to the benzoic acid found in popular nicotine salts, vaping high amounts of nicotine won’t burn your throat the way traditional vape juices would at the same nicotine levels. If you’re just starting your vaping journey, nicotine salts aren’t a bad first option if you get turned off by the relatively rougher hit from a standard e-liquid.
    • More Concentrated Flavour — Freebase nicotine has a distinct effect on the taste of ordinary vape juices. Nicotine salts don’t have that problem when mixed with e-juices. You will be able to enjoy the full flavours as originally designed by e-liquid makers.
    • Easy-to-Use — Nicotine salts are often used with low-powered vaping devices, and these devices are generally no-frills, low-maintenance vape pens that can fit in your pocket. Beginners might find this more to their liking, as they don’t have to worry about fiddling with mods and having to carry around a big rig in public.
    • More Affordable Long-Term — Because of the more potent nicotine content in nicotine salts, users tend to consume less e-liquid to get the buzz from vaping than those who vape with traditional e-liquids. Coupled with the fact that nicotine salts are mostly vaped using cheaper, low-powered devices, it’s the budget-conscious vaper’s choice.

     

    Cons

    • Limited Availability — Because nicotine salts are considered an alternative, not all vape shops have them in stock. If they do, the supply won’t be as much as it is for standard e-liquids, and there will likely be fewer flavour options, too.
    • Constrained Customisation — A huge part of the vaping lifestyle is the customisation. Being able to express yourself through modifying your own vape rig is a culture in and of itself. Nicotine salts users are mostly confined to vape pens and pods, which aren’t fully customisable.
    • Compatibility Issues — Standard vape juices can be used with just about any kind of vaping device. Trying to use nicotine salts with a sub-ohm tank would require a decent amount of tinkering if you don’t want your lungs to feel like they are burning.
    • No Cloud Chasing — Because you can’t be inhaling too much with nicotine salts, you won’t be producing big clouds. While the casual vaper probably isn’t joining cloud-chasing contests or performing vape tricks, there is still a huge cloud-chaser scene that just won’t find much use for nicotine salts.

     

    When it comes down to it, the choice to use nicotine salts depends on what your vaping goals are. While they certainly have their benefits, they also have their downsides that may not sit well with the vaping lifestyle you’re aiming for. Hopefully, this guide has given you enough information to go on to decide for yourself if nicotine salts suit your specific vaping preferences.

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    Vaping Trends in 2019

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    2018 was an important year for the world of vaping, with landmark advancements in product reach, scientific research, and legislation. 2019 is already shaping up to be another big period for vaping.

    Here are the vaping trends we foresee happening throughout the course of the year in terms of e-cig technology, regulation across countries, as well as market challenges and opportunities.

    Vape Product Innovation

    Since its inception, vaping has been a hub for technological progress. Consumers’ desire for a better vaping experience and more options for optimisation and self-expression via mods has e-cig and e-liquid manufacturers constantly innovate on their products. 2019 points to more advances on this front, as we are likely to see the following trends:

    • More Smartphone Integration

    Premier vaporizers already have Bluetooth apps available for download on your smartphone for easier, more finely tuned control over such devices. With smartphone use having become integral to everyday living, it’s not going to be a surprise to see more connectivity between your mobile phone and your mod.

    • More Compatibility with Vape Mods and Kits

    Flexibility in your product is key to market success, as customers don’t want to be constrained with what they can use with their pod and vape kits. Expect more kits to be compatible with all kinds of flavours, batteries, atomizers, and mod components.

    • Vegetable Glycerin in E-Juice Flavours to Increase in Popularity

    The presence of vegetable glycerin (VG) in your vape juice makes for a sweeter taste, a smoother drag, and more puffs on your vapours. All these positives are bound to make VG juices more popular among consumers this year. 70% VG content in e-liquids containing this ingredient will be more of the norm.

    • Nicotine-Free E-Liquids

    It is very much the standard for juices to have nicotine, and it is quite common to have options for choosing products with varying levels of nicotine strength. However, there is still a space to be filled for e-liquids that are completely free of nicotine.

    For potential consumers that are interested in vaping but don’t want any nicotine, 2019 looks to be the year to get into the hobby as more nicotine-free e-liquids come to the market.

    Vape Research and Regulation

    Vaping has become a scientific, legislative, and ideological battleground for academics, policymakers, and industry leaders. Last year saw significant steps in promoting vape use as an alternative to tobacco smoking and easing regulations on sales and advertisements, at least here in the UK.

    This year will continue the trend of more studies being done on vaping’s effects on health, governments around the world passing new laws, and tobacco supporters making their voices louder.

    • More Research on Vaping as Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR)

    Vaping was invented as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. However, it is a relatively new practice, which means long-term studies on its effects on health are very few and far between. Fortunately, major strides have been made throughout the years in terms of vaping’s immediate impact on reducing tobacco smoking and the benefits that come with quitting.

    Government bodies in the UK like PHE and the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Select Committee publicly supporting vaping as THR in 2018 was encouraging. With education on vaping becoming more of a priority to address tobacco smoking problems, more research will be conducted on the risks of vaping and its effectiveness as part of public anti-smoking campaigns.

    • More Opposition to Vaping from US Institutions

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US made waves in the vaping industry last year when Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced in November they were moving to limit sales of flavoured e-cigarettes. Just this January, Gottlieb said e-cigarette companies will “face an existential threat” if vaping use in American youth continues to rise.

    Major states like California, New York, and Massachusetts are looking to impose even more restrictions on e-cigarette use and sales. The US is one of the biggest vaping markets, so any seismic shift in regulation will have ripple effects internationally.

    • The lifting of Vaping Bans in the UK

    On the bright side, the support of our local government regarding vaping can lead to the relaxation and reversals of vaping bans in the UK. From hospitals showing more interest in providing e-cigarettes to patients, to hotels and restaurants allowing customers to vape, we could be seeing more freedom in the vaping lifestyle here at home.

    Vape Business Opportunities

    With technological progress and legislative roadblocks come the unpredictable market forces that make speculating about the industry exciting.

    While there is no way of knowing for sure what we will see regarding the challenges and opportunities vape businesses will have for the rest of the year, we can comment on trends that are likely to happen this 2019:

    • More Online Retailers

    Of all the predictions in this article, the growth of online vape shops in 2019 is the surest bet that can be made about where the vaping industry is heading—not just this year, but in the years to come.

    When global e-commerce sales are expected to break £2.2 trillion in 2019 and 51% of UK consumers prefer online shopping over going to physical storefronts, it’s a given that more vape retailers will offer their products over the internet this year.

    • Marijuana and CBD Markets Are Prime for Business

    The controversies surrounding marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) have been giving way to more public acceptance and legality in the Western world. As more states in the US make marijuana legal and medical cannabis is also available for prescription in the UK, vaping companies have fewer obstacles to deal with if they decide to jump into that specific market.

    CBD usage faces even less mainstream opposition relative to marijuana and vaping, and the marketability of an even healthier product makes it an alluring prospect for more vape businesses to take advantage of this 2019.

    • More Support from Private Companies and Consumers

    Even with all the pushback from politicians, anti-smoking groups, and Big Tobacco on the use of vaping, there’s simply no denying the rapid increase of e-cigarette users and businesses answering the growing demand around the globe.

    As reported by the BBC, there were 7 million e-cigarette users in 2011 worldwide, 35 million in 2016, and by 2021, that number will likely reach almost 55 million. The same story pointed to money being made in the industry has grown from £3.1 billion in 2013 to £17.1 billion in 2018. Barring any credible scientific breakthrough that convincingly shows disastrous health problems caused by inhaling vapours, there is no stopping the burgeoning lifestyle of vaping.

    Looking Forward to Vaping in 2019

    While there are real concerns over the public perception and regulation of e-cigarettes in 2019, the immediate future is mostly something we can all look forward to as vape enthusiasts. When we look back on these predictions by the end of the year and the start of 2020, let’s hope our optimism is validated.

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