Troubleshooting Common Vape Problems (And How To Fix Them)

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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

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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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New PHE Report into Vaping

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The last major Public Health England (PHE) report on e-cigarettes was published over a year ago. In this report, the government agency presented plenty of research that pushed them to support the use of e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco smoking as a matter of public policy.

PHE has already released a 2019 update regarding more evidence to continue their advocacy for e-cigarette use. With this in mind, it is still worth going over the 2018 report’s more comprehensive view on e-cigarette safety and regulation. We will focus on the key findings and policy updates in this article for your convenience.

Health Facts on E-cigarette Use

According to Professor John Newton, the Director for Health Improvement of Public Health England, “Vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders.”

This claim has been maintained by PHE later on at the end of 2018. It is certainly encouraging to have official recognition backed by scientific evidence on the safety of our products.

On the lethality of tobacco smoke, Professor Ann McNeill, lead author and Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London, had this to say: “When people smoke tobacco cigarettes, they inhale a lethal mix of 7,000 smoke constituents, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.”

This, unfortunately, comes with the sobering data that says less than 10% of adults understand that the biggest health risks of smoking are brought on by nicotine. It is concerning that over a quarter of smokers also think that vaping is as harmful as smoking.

On the bright side, the report does state that the use of e-cigarettes plays an important role in the increase of smokers successfully quitting smoking across the country, with as much as 20,000 successful new quits and more per year possibly being attributed to vaping.

Points on Policy

Now that we have gone over the general health claims in the report, let us take a closer look at the policy changes and legal ramifications that come with the findings:

  • Support for e-cigarette as a tool to quit smoking

One of the primary statements to come out of the PHE 2018 report was the agency’s backing of e-cigarette use for smokers who want to quit.

The statement reads:

“Anyone who has struggled to quit should try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help. The greatest quit success is among those who combine using an e-cigarette with support from a local stop smoking service.”

  • New training course for healthcare professionals

PHE also mentioned a new training course from the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training. This free online course is designed for healthcare professionals who want to help smokers quit the habit via e-cigarettes. Its goal is to teach professionals how to provide the proper behavioural support to smokers. It is now live and can be accessed in this link.

  • Licensing e-cigarettes for medicinal use

The report goes on to implore the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to “continue their work in regulating and licensing e-cigarette products and support manufacturers to expedite the licensing of e-cigarettes as medicinal quit aids.”

As of this article’s writing, there has yet to be a medicinally licensed e-cigarette.

This call for licensing falls in line with the general directive of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive by way of the UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

The UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 demands:

“...a notification process to the MHRA, minimum standards for safety and quality of e-cigarette products, standards for information provision (including a nicotine health warning) and advertising restrictions and updated standards.”

The PHE 2018 report states that “over 32,000 e-cigarette and nicotine-containing e-liquid products have been notified.”This suggests more industry-wide compliance, and your company should undergo the process if it has not already done so.

For non-nicotine e-cigarettes, general product safety regulations apply.

  • Advertising ban lifted

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), meanwhile, has since lifted their blanket ban on health claims for e-cigarettes.

Through the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP), they have made it so health claims can be made for e-cigarettes through non-broadcast advertising, with the heavy caveat that extensive evidence specific to the product being advertised is required to make such claims.

  • Vaping in public areas and in hospitals

The use of e-cigarettes in public spaces continues to be restricted. However, PHE’s support for its use coincides with many UK hospitals allowing e-cigarettes in some areas where tobacco smoking is prohibited.

PHE then urges the sale of e-cigarettes in hospital shops as an alternative to nicotine replacement therapies.

The Tobacco Control Plan for England, published in 2017, reinforces this with its commitment to “maximise the availability of safer alternatives to smoking.” With PHE’s call for e-cigarettes to be made available to National Health Service (NHS) patients, e-cigarette companies have an obligation to answer this need.

  • Proper labelling

The PHE 2018 report also touches on proper labelling that advises the safe storage and transportation of e-liquids and batteries to avoid poisoning, fires, and explosions.

  • More research needed

The executive summary closes with the desire to investigate e-cigarette use in the community to help quit smoking, long-term research on the effects of vaping on cardiovascular health, and more studies into the potential risks of the lesser known chemical ingredients in e-cigarettes,

Ultimately, PHE’s goal is to have people stop smoking completely, including those who smoke tobacco and use e-cigarettes.

Vaping in 2019 and beyond

PHE’s 2019 evidence update marks a few important developments.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published a report that concludes with calls for changes in regulations, advertising, and taxations on e-cigarettes that should be proportional to their health risks. In response, the Government has accepted the recommendations, committing to do more research and enacting a proportional regulation system.

The 2019 PHE update mentions the NHS Long Term Plan for England’s drive to promote e-cigarette use in inpatient settings for smokers who use mental health and learning disability services and want to quit smoking.

The report also mentions the ASA’s lift of their blanket ban on e-cigarette health claims, as we have stated earlier.

PHE will continue to release yearly reports until the end of Parliament in 2022, and Superior Vapour will be sure to stay on top of the legislative implications of all the major vaping news.

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2018 Vaping News Roundup

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2018 was a momentous year for the vaping industry in the UK. With an increasingly large body of research shining a light on the benefits of vaping, the public saw government support for the industry increase. Some of the biggest businesses have also made more concentrated efforts in selling their products in the country, showing confidence in the growth of vape usage by the British population.

Let’s take a look at the most important news stories that came out of 2018 to see how much the industry has changed over the past 12 months.

1. YouGov found that 43% of Britons believe vaping is better than smoking

Vaping in the UK already enjoys a positive reception within the country’s vape market. In fact, it’s the third largest in the world (next to USA and Japan), and it is only getting better as public opinion rises in favour of this practice over smoking.

In January 2018, independent data company YouGov, as commissioned by the Electric Tobacconist, ran a survey of 2,134 Brits. These are the pertinent results:

  • Almost half or 43% of the respondents think “vaping is generally better for your health than smoking.”
  • 31% think “vaping has the same impact on your health as smoking”, while only 5% think “vaping is generally worse for your health than smoking.”
  • 21% responded saying they did not know either way.

The survey also took into account gender and social economic backgrounds. Men and women, as well as higher and lower-income respondents, provided opinions that were shared almost equally across these factors.

2. Public Health England says vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking

Public Health England (PHE) published a comprehensive evidence review on e-cigarettes with studies from independent tobacco experts in February 2018.

The biggest takeaway from the report is that vaping only carries a fraction of the risk that comes with smoking, being “at least 95% less harmful”. Second-hand exposure to vapours, meanwhile, is deemed “of negligible risk to bystanders.”

Unfortunately, over 50% of smokers either believe “vaping is as harmful smoking or just don’t know.”

On a more positive note, the report states that at least 20,000 smokers successfully quit every year with the help of e-cigarettes. This has led to PHE suggesting that smokers who want to quit the habit to try and use e-cigarettes instead. They also recommended that vaping should be prescribed by doctors and sold at hospital shops.

3. Action on Smoking and Health says e-cig use in ex-smokers rise to 23%

In March, public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) presented data to Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee, showing that e-cigarette use has risen to 23% in ex-smokers and current smokers.

Only 4% of young people use e-cigarettes, with only 0.4% of that number currently vaping without ever having smoked. Perception of e-cigs in this demographic has unfortunately gotten less accurate since the last survey, with 31% believing the use of e-cigs is just as or more harmful than smoking compared to 28% in 2017.

The data was taken from the annual ASH Smokefree survey done by YouGov.

4. UK Vaping Industry Association launches nationwide vaping awareness programme VApril

The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) started the first ever national campaign to promote awareness and education about vaping in April last year. The programme was called “VApril” and developed by MP Mark Pawsey, with Dr. Christian Jessen serving as the face of the initiative.

It ran for the entire month, with classes held in specialist retail stores that educated smokers about the products that would help them quit smoking.

The UKVIA also published the educational guide Vaping to break the Smoking Habit.

5. Supreme becomes first UK vaping company to go public

In May of last year, Supreme, one of the country’s biggest e-liquid manufacturers, listed its shares on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, with an expected market value of £150m. In doing so, it has become the first publicly traded vaping company in the UK.

The e-cig giant owns KiK and 88vape, and has partnerships with major retailers and wholesalers such as Asda, Halfords, B&M, Booker, and Bestway.

6. JUUL launches in the UK

JUUL Labs, the most dominant e-cigarette firm in the United States, made its entry into the UK vaping market in July. The landmark launch was backed by a $1.25bn (£1bn) funding round as part of the Silicon Valley-based company’s plans of expanding its reach across the world.

The JUUL vape pen has become popular with America’s youth, in part due to its sleek, discreet aesthetic that resembles a flash drive. Anti-tobacco groups in the UK expressed grave concern over the arrival of JUUL, however, fearing it would lead to addiction in the country’s youth. However, ASH, welcomes the news and said in a statement that “Juul could be an opportunity for public health.”

7. MPs urge ease of vaping restrictions

In an August report by the British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, MPs pressed the UK government to relax its rules on vaping. The push was aimed to ultimately reduce the number of smokers in the country, as e-cigs have been proven to be effective substitutes for ex-smokers while being safer than their tobacco-based counterparts.

Some of the most significant proposals from the report include e-cigs being made available for prescription, more advertising freedom and less taxation for the products, licensure of e-cigarettes as medical devices, and debates on their use in public spaces.

8. Vapers in the UK grow to over 3 million

ASH reported a rise in the number of vapers in the UK to over 3 million in a survey released in September, reaching a national record high. 62% of the respondents said their decision to use e-cigs was based on wanting to quit smoking. The number is an estimate based on an inquiry of 12,000 adults in the country.

9. Philip Morris Limited says smokers should switch to vaping

In its £2m “Hold My Light” campaign started in October, Philip Morris urged smokers to switch out their cigarettes for e-cigs. The campaign to go “smoke free” for at least a month was based on the PHE study that people who stopped smoking for 28 days were five times more likely to completely quit the habit.

Coming from the biggest tobacco company on the planet, the initiative marked another seismic shift from smoking toward vaping in the country.

10. UK allows health claims for vaping

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP and BCAP) announced in November that “health claims are no longer banned from ads for e-cigarettes.” Such claims can be made broadly, but not for a specific range of products, including the PHE statement that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.

The requirement to state nicotine content was also removed, alongside the permanent institution of the e-cigarettes section in the BCAP’s code.

While this is a step forward in the possibilities of vape marketing and public acceptance of e-cigarettes, there are still plenty of barriers for the industry to deal with regarding product advertising.

With 2018 being mostly a positive year for the industry, let’s hope the trend continues for vaping news this 2019.

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Vaping & the Proposed Driving Ban

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Smoking a cigarette is not currently illegal while driving in the UK, provided that there are no children under 18 in the vehicle at the time. However, if it is deemed to be a distraction to the driver the police may fine drivers at their own discretion. This rule is due to be applied to vaping as well as cigarettes.

I want to take a look at how the proposed new laws may in effect create a ban on vaping whilst driving and what vapers need to know before they get behind the wheel with their vape.

Vaping and the driving ban

E-Cigarette Use

Three million Brits are now regularly using e-cigarettes. There has been a rapid increase in the numbers of e-cigarette users across the world, growing from 7 million vapers in 2011 to 35 million in 2016. Euromonitor, a market research group, has estimated that adults who use e-cigarettes will increase to a staggering 55 million globally by the year 2021.

The cloud of vapour produced by vaping tends to be much larger than the smoke produced by traditional cigarettes. Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Road Policing Unit has said that clouds produced by e-cigarettes are a distraction - one which can lead to potentially fatal consequences.

‘Cloud-chasing’ is certainly very fashionable amongst vapers. By rebuilding vape tanks, setting specific airflow settings, adjusting power settings or using the right type of battery, vapers can increase the size of the cloud that they expel when using their e-cigarette.

Any risk of putting yourself and others in danger should deter anyone from vaping whilst driving. However, eating and drinking, adjusting the radio, smoking tobacco and that modern scourge of driver distractions, mobile phones, are already included in this list.

Some headlines may make you believe that vaping is the dangerous aspect here but the law applies to anything that can cause the driver to lose focus. It is in the way e-cigarettes are being classified that may well be the problem here though.

E-Cigarettes vs Mobile Phones

The proposed ban has been proposed as a result of the potential for e-cigarette vapour clouds to obscure the vision of the driver. Vaping while driving a vehicle is not an illegal act in itself. However, the authorities have confirmed that e-cigarettes will be treated in the same way as any other electronic device used while driving, which could put it in the same category as mobile phones - a far more distracting device.

Handheld electronic devices such as phones, tablets and sat-navs are commonly cited as one of the leading reasons for car crashes in the UK. The figures show that ‘text driving’ is twice as likely to cause a road accident than drink driving. On 1st March 2017, a law was introduced to ban texting while driving, resulting in a £200 fine and up to six points on the offender’s driving license.

In the same vein, e-cigarettes will be treated as though they are a distracting handheld device.

In addition and as mentioned earlier, the vapour cloud, or ‘smoke’, produced by vaping can be large and dense. If this were to obscure the vision of the driver, they could end up causing a fatal accident. A driver’s view restricted by a cloud of vapour would have the same effect as sun glare, which also impairs vision and therefore judgement whilst driving.

Whilst this isn’t at all unreasonable, there is some concern amongst the vaping community that vapers will be targeted by police even if their view isn’t disrupted by clouds of vapour, leading to a similar zero tolerance approach as that applied to drivers caught on their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel.

If the driver is seen by a police officer as being distracted by a vape whilst driving, they will potentially receive between three and nine points on their driving license. This will be in addition to a monetary fine of up to £2500, or even disqualification from driving altogether.

Other Vaping Restrictions

Where else in the UK are vapers restricted by law? Currently, there are no specific spaces in which vaping is legally banned in the UK. There have been proposals, for example, in Wales, a bill was almost passed to ban vaping in public places with children present but it did not garner enough support from the MPs. There are currently moves by MPs to try and lift restrictions on vaping in public spaces including a lifting of the ban on vaping in the NHS.

While legal restrictions may not apply to the use of e-cigarettes, there are still locations in which you will be asked to stop using your vape. You cannot be punished for vaping, but you can be asked to stop or leave the premises. This is at the discretion of the owners of the establishment. Many pubs and restaurants treat vaping in the same fashion as they treat smoking cigarettes - you cannot smoke inside, but there is a designated outside area for both.

Restrictions similarly apply in public buildings, academic institutions and public transport, including the vast majority of airlines. It is always recommended that you check with staff prior to vaping in any interior location.

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Is making your own E-Liquid Safe?

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Apart from a functioning e-cig, your e-liquid is the other essential component that makes the vaping experience possible. Since its introduction to the global market, a wide variety of flavours have now become available—from traditional tobacco to a whole range of dessert and fruit flavours.

The vaping industry has evolved over the years to cater for every type today of vaper, from the casual to the hardcore DIY mod vaper. Some dedicated individuals even choose to create their own e-liquids. This emerging trend has seen a multitude of DIY recipes appear online.

But should you create your own e-liquid, when there are serious concerns surrounding the safety of this practice. At Superior Vapour we would say no, especially given the dizzying range of e-liquids on the market, made by true artists in their craft.

That being said, we thought we’d put something together to look at this growing trend in order to help you come up with an informed choice.

Pros of Creating Your Own E-liquid

When creating your own e-liquid, you basically need to mix nicotine, flavour concentrates, and a base liquid of PG/VG. Not all three are strict requirements since some vapers prefer nicotine-free or unflavoured e-liquids.

Here are the benefits of creating your own e-liquid:

1. Customisation

One of the top reasons why vapers mix their own e-liquid is to add variety to their experiences. If you have been vaping the same flavour for a while or if you get vaper’s tongue, you now have the option to just make a new e-liquid flavour.

The same goes for nicotine levels. If you want to vape something stronger (or less), you can control the nicotine level that you’re comfortable vaping.

2. Lower cost

Considering the array of products available today, it’s tempting to try multiple bottles of different flavours. Indulgence and your vaping frequency can get expensive. DIY e-liquids are often cheaper, provided that you buy the ingredients in bulk. As with any product, wholesale prices are always lower than retail price.

3. Unlimited e-liquid

On top of the cheaper price point, you will also end up with a lot more e-liquid if you make your own. When you DIY your e-liquid, all you have to do is whip out your tools and ingredients, and you’ll have a fresh batch in your hands.

The Risks of Creating Your Own E-liquid

DIY e-liquids are only recommended for advanced users. This alone is enough of a reason not to do it in my opinion. It’s is not a task for those who do not understand the intricacies of each ingredient, the right percentage, the safety procedures, and how each content would react to each other. There are plenty of risks at stake if you do this the wrong way.

1. Your safety

This is the number one risk that you have to contend with when DIY-ing your e-liquid, for a number of reasons:

  • Nicotine content – High dosage of nicotine is volatile at best and dangerous at worst. Never make the mistake of using pure nicotine. On top of that, there are adverse health effects that you’ll experience (e.g. burning) just by touching or accidentally spilling nicotine on your skin.
  • Controlled environment – E-liquids are manufactured following an exact formula that often take years to create, as well as strict compliance with government laws. The wrong measurement, even in small amounts, can result in dangerous chemical compounds. E-liquids are also developed in labs where the environment is controlled and there are safety protocols in place.
  • Lack of experience – Whether this is your first or tenth time to create DIY e-liquids, there will always be risks when doing it at home. Some experts will say at least six months of experience is needed to start DIY-ing your liquids; however, the fact of the matter is that at six months, you’ll only have enough time to appreciate various e-liquids and the ingredients in them. You need to understand the entire process, before deciding to set up your own home lab.

2. It is a complex process

Mixing your own e-juice is not as simple as mixing your own cocktail or following a baking recipe. You need to do actual calculations to get the right amount of ingredients in one bottle.

For one, you need to account for the nicotine level and the liquid base ratio. And then, you also need to find out how much nicotine is enough to get the hit that you’re looking for. On top of that, you also have to consider the flavouring—how much do you need to get the taste that you’ll be happy with?

This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Calculations take time; so does the experimenting. If your final product is not to your liking, you will need to start over again.

3. The taste may not be up to your expectations

Even if you followed the recipe to the letter, there is a huge risk that your final product will not taste like what you had in mind.

More often than not, you’ll end up with a bland-tasting e-liquid that does is not on par with any of the store-bought bottles you tried before. This is how it is when you DIY anything. The professionals that make e-liquids have honed their craft over years and years and are experts. It’s unlikely you’ll get anything approaching an e-liquid bought from a professional supplier on your first, third or even twenty third go.

It could, therefore, actually take you quite a lot of time and money before you nail the actual taste that you want in a bottle. And that’s just one flavour.

4. You’ll waste products

Plenty of vapers buy ingredients in bulk to save on costs. But if you end up with a bottle that you’re not happy with, then you likely won’t vape it. Even if you give it away, you’ll end up with wasted ingredients.

5. It can get costly

On your first few tries, you’ll also most likely waste a good amount of ingredients to get everything right, either by experimenting or because of any untoward accidents (e.g. spilling).

While some might argue that experimenting is part of the fun of DIY, the amount of money you’ll spend on wasted ingredients can quickly add up.

The E-Liquid Brands that make it look easy

There are a lot of talented producers out there making insanely delicious and inventive e-liquid flavours. Whether you decide to DIY or not, there is no shortage of choices for any vapers out there in today’s market.

Here are just three of our absolute favourites

1. Bo Vaping

Known for their pod vaping system, Bo Vaping, introduced by French vaping company J Well, is known for their premium flavours. You can choose from lemonade, tobacco, bubblegum, butterscotch, peppermint, and many more.

2. California Vaping Company

Based in San Diego, Cali Vapes focuses on providing premium e-liquids which are all made using organic ingredients. Among the flavours that they have include the apple berry cream puff, Kentucky sweet leaf, vanilla cloud, white mango, and waffle batter. Check out our exclusive interview with Dakoda Collins of Cali Vapes.

3. J Well

J Well brings to the market the elegance that the French are known for. Not only are their e-cigarettes made from premium products with elegant designs, their e-liquids are created using the highest quality of raw materials. Each of their 46 flavours is made without diacetyl or acetyl propionyl. You can pick from the classic tobacco or other more specialised gourmet flavours.

Not For Beginners

The e-liquid bottles that you see out in the market today are products of years of innovation. Before hitting store shelves, these delicious concoctions have gone through multiple iterations and testing, making it nigh on impossible for any amateur DIY e-liquid maker to replicate.

Perhaps more importantly though, creating your own e-liquid can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. For this reason alone, we don’t recommend it to beginners. Leave it to the pros. They’ve definitely got you covered.

If you need help picking out flavours that you’ll be happy with, give us a call at 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com

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A Guide to Vaping and Travelling

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With such an uneven playing field when it comes to laws and regulations across different countries, travelling can be quite tricky for vapers. It might be commonplace in the UK, but your destination might not be so accepting since it's still a relatively new concept and many legal systems and societies are struggling to catch up.

Vaping on the beach

Whether you travel for business or leisure, it is best to equip yourself with the correct information.

Rules of Thumb when Travelling with your Vape

The best rule of thumb when travelling with an e-cig vape is to never assume you know the legal and regulatory situation where you’re going. Ignorance can lead to fines or punishments varying from a couple hundred pounds to 10-years imprisonment.

When in doubt, here is some general advice for any vaping traveller:

  • Do your own research about relevant laws and regulations to the country of destination by checking the concerned government websites. Don’t assume that vaping is fine and socially acceptable just because you’re in a Western country.
  • Call your airline and check on travel restrictions. Get proper advice on whether vape gear is allowed and the recommended handling and packaging for smooth security checks and overall onboard safety.
  • Check with airport information personnel days prior to your flight. They will give you an authoritative answer to all your travel concerns.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and respectful of others. Just as there is vaping etiquette in the UK, so too should you be mindful of social norms in other countries and cultures.
  • Upon arrival, ask hotel/resort staff whether vaping is allowed. They will probably be some of the best-placed people to advise you on local rules and regulations.
  • Always err on the side of caution. It doesn't hurt to ask and one valuable piece of advice might spare you jail time or deportation. If in doubt, don’t risk it.

 

Vaping and Airline Regulations

Can I bring my vape inside the plane?

Yes, you can. However, this is subject to the regulations of the Civil Aviation Authority and the International Civil Aviation Organization. In some cases, it also depends on the airline if they allow vapes onboard. There are some things to bear in mind when bringing your vape onto the plane:

  • If you have mods and vapes with non-removable batteries, the device must be completely switched off or locked to avoid any accidental activation.
  • Take off any removable batteries and store in a separate carrying container or better yet, have your own vape case. This prevents mishandling and the contact with other metals causing it to short-circuit. You can travel with a maximum of two batteries.
  • Rechargeable batteries allowed must have a watt-hour (Wh) rating between 100 to 160 Wh, while non-rechargeable batteries must only have a maximum 2g of lithium metal content. Most vape batteries are within the prescribed range however, it is best to check the battery and the device as well as the manufacturer's website.
  • Empty tanks or atomizers to avoid leakage as a result of fluctuating cabin air pressure inside the plane.
  • Limit liquids to 100 ml or smaller and place it in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag with other liquids. If you want to bring more, store it in a larger bottle in your checked luggage.

 

Can I vape inside the plane?

No. It is prohibited to smoke inside commercial aeroplanes and vapes are regulated the same way as tobacco and regular cigarettes.

 

Can I charge my batteries inside the plane?

In as much as it is prohibited to use vapes in the aeroplane, you are not allowed to charge batteries to avoid overheating of the device.

 

Vaping around the World

It is important to note that most countries (including the ones listed below) treat vaping the same as smoking from a legal perspective. Consequently, laws on tobacco also apply to vapes and e-cigarettes.

Selling to minors under the age of 18 is strictly prohibited and its use is banned in public enclosed areas (bars, restaurants, clubs, offices and the like), other outdoor spaces near children (schools and playgrounds), hospital grounds and public transportation.

Here is an overview of vaping rules in the top ten countries most visited by British nationals:

Spain

Because of Royal Decree 579/2017, the sale of atomizers over 2ml and e-liquid containers above 10ml has been banned across the country. Before flying, stock-up on e-liquids because there might be difficulty in finding shops. Online selling of e-liquids has strict restrictions too.

France

A 2017 decree prohibits smoking and vaping in areas where minors are present (schools and establishments intended for the reception, training, and accommodation of minors), public transport, and common and covered workplace areas. Fines are levied for offenders. Always ask a local to be sure!

Italy

Selling of e-cigarettes and vapes to minors (under 18 years) is prohibited for nicotine-containing cartridges. Violators caught selling to minors have fines between €250 - €2,000. Vaping is allowed in private homes, open-air areas or special places reserved for smokers. Establishment owners are essentially tolerant and will permit you to vape indoors. Don't risk it though, since police monitoring is intensive. Italy also has one of the toughest taxes levied on e-cigarettes and e-liquids. It is advisable to bring enough e-liquids for the duration of your trip (although don’t go silly as customs authorities might think you're smuggling e-liquids into the country).

Portugal 

Portugal seems to follow Italy in its tough regulations against vaping. The sale of nicotine-containing cartridges is restricted. Reserved smoking areas are available in bars and restaurants while smoking is still generally allowed in some sporting venues. Best to recheck once you're there to see if the laws have changed.

USA

Vaping is a massive industry in the US but keeping track of the laws per state is an extensive undertaking. Here is a list of vape bans across America. As a general rule, selling of e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 is prohibited and buyers under the age of 27 must present valid identification for verification.

Greece

Selling vaping products is prohibited for people under 18 years of age but this is relaxed for nicotine-free cartridges and e-liquids.

Rounding up the top ten are The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, and Belgium. Germany has one of the laxest regulations on vaping and is generally accepted. In Ireland, vaping is not covered under the Irish smoking ban and shops are plentiful. Nonetheless, it is entirely up to the owner of the premises to allow or ban vaping so ask permission first. In the Netherlands vaping is legal and in Belgium nicotine cartridges and e-liquids sold outside of pharmacies can only contain 20mg/ml of nicotine and in not more than 2ml amounts.

List of countries where vaping is restricted: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Hongkong, Hungary, Iran, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland

List of countries where vaping is banned: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Brunei, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela

Some countries allow the use and importation of personal e-cigarettes but ban the sale of e-liquids, others allow the sale of non-nicotine containing e-liquids only while others ban them completely. Please find a more exhaustive list here.

Vaping and UK Airports

Vaping at UK airports

The UK public smoking ban has made it illegal for smoking in enclosed public spaces such as airports. There are designated smoking areas outside of the premises and inside the terminals, where vapers can also access unless otherwise stated by airport management. Locations vary but it is generally before security control and mostly none in the departure gates.

  • London Heathrow Airport - Despite having smoking designated areas outside the terminal building, its website specifically states that e-cigarettes are not allowed within its premises. Feedback varies since other websites claim vaping is allowed in the smoking-designated areas.
  • Manchester Airport - Terminals 1 and 2 have smoking designated areas after check-in and security control. Whilst in terminal 3, smoking is allowed only in designated areas outside. Usage of e-cigarettes is banned within the airport.

Here is a list containing information on vaping regulations across most other UK airports.

We’ve prepared this guide to give vapers practical travel guidelines, answer key questions relating to air travel and airline regulations and summarise vaping rules in some of the UK's most visited countries. Laws change, so it’s prudent to do the necessary research, even if you’ve been there before. As such, this guide may quickly become out of date, so keep up to date with the situation, wherever you’re travelling to.


If you want advice on picking the best vaping kit for travelling, then why not give us a call on 01179 669309, or drop us an email on info@superiorvapour.com.

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An A to Z of Vaping Terminology

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For the uninitiated, the world of vaping can get pretty overwhelming, with it’s strange terminology. Add to this the fact that the technology is continuously evolving with new products added on a regular basis and new trends coming and going. Knowing the difference between your PG and your VG, or what in the world squonking is, can be confusing to say the least.

So, we thought it high time that we put together a comprehensive glossary of vaping terms for your reference, so be sure to bookmark this one. We hope it comes in handy.

Atomizer

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construction_of_electronic_cigarettes

The atomizer is the part of an e-cigarette that heats the nicotine solution (e-liquid), and then turns it into vapour. Nowadays, this term is starting to fall off vapers’ vocabulary, as more and more people refer to it as “coil”.

Battery

An e-cigarette is powered by a battery, with most being the rechargeable type. It allows the atomiser to heat up and turn the e-liquid into vapour.

Some battery units are integrated into the e-cigarette, while others are removable. Also, the size of the battery will affect the device’s power, and consequently, how long you can use it. The type of rechargeable battery e-cigs use is called lithium-ion.

Cartomizer

The original e-cigarettes were made up of three parts: the battery, a separate cartridge, and the atomiser. However, plenty of vapers complained of e-liquids leaking with this design.

Designers quickly came up with a solution. Instead of three separate parts, the atomiser and cartridge were combined—giving birth to cartomizers.

Cartomizers solved the leaking problem, held more e-liquid, and can easily screw on a battery. However, these typically do not have a clear pane, which means you can’t see how much e-liquid you have left.

Cartridge

Cartridges are containers pre-filled with the e-liquid of your choice. It is then attached to a closed system e-cigarette.

While you cannot refill a cartridge, these are more convenient to carry around than an entire bottle of e-liquid. You also won’t have to worry about leaks or spills.

Another good thing about the cartridge is that the mouthpiece is already attached to it. In case you want to change flavours, you won’t taste the previous flavour when you vape the new one (also known as flavour ghosting).

Clearomizer

Clearomizers are the younger brothers of cartomizers. It also holds e-liquids, can be unscrewed from a battery and then refilled.

The main difference that they have with their predecessors is that clearomizers have a clear pane, which allows vapers to monitor their e-liquid.

Cloud Chasing

Cloud chasing is one of the activities that emerged from the vaping community. This is the art and science of exhaling voluminous clouds of vapour using a variety of techniques. It has become a huge part of vaping culture that competitions are held regularly.

Coil

Previously known as atomisers, the coil is what heats up the e-liquid to produce vapour. Most devices have a coil and wick system, with the former wrapped around the latter (like in an oil lamp).

Draw

Draw refers to the inhalation of vapour when using the e-cigarette. You can take either a long or short draw.

When it comes to inhaling, you can either choose to do a mouth hit or a lung hit. With mouth hits, you’ll draw and retain that vapour inside your mouth (which cloud chasers do to perform their tricks); with throat hits, you’ll draw until it goes directly to your lungs.

Dripping

Dripping is the process of placing e-liquid drops directly on your device’s heating element. This is in stark contrast to devices that get their e-liquids via their tanks or cartridges.

Dripping uses a mod that does not have a tank. Then, you’ll place e-liquid drops to the atomiser. This, however, isn’t for beginners, as a working knowledge of e-liquid portions and maintenance of the device is required.

If done right, you’ll get bolder, richer flavours, thicker clouds, and stronger throat hits—a definite plus for enthusiasts.

E-liquid

Also referred to as e-juice, the e-liquid carries your vaping device’s nicotine content and flavour. Depending on your preferences, you can play around with various flavours, nicotine strength, as well the PG/VG ratio.

Flavour chasing

Flavour chasing is the process of getting the most flavour out of your vaping experience. It involves several techniques, including knowing the right equipment, the right PV/VG ratio, and temperature control, among others.

Those who prioritise flavour are called flavour chasers.

mAh

mAh is the milliamp-hour (1/1000th of an amp hour)—the amount of charge that is transferred at the rate of one amp every hour.

You would often see this on battery description labels, so you’ll get an idea of how powerful the battery is. A battery with a larger mAh will have a longer life but would recharge slower than one with a lower mAh.

Mechanical Mod

mechanical mod is an e-cigarette that you can personalise. You can choose to tweak its appearance or its power settings since it’s an unregulated device without a circuit board. As such, the battery would continuously supply it with power.

Given its complexity, mechanical mods would best fit the more advanced users.

Mod

“Mod” is the shorthand term for “modified device.” The term emerged when vapers experimented with flavours and device voltage by connecting flashlight batteries to their e-liquid tanks. Today, there are plenty of ready-to-use mods out in the market, including mech mods, box mods, and squonk mods.

Nicotine Strength

The nicotine content of an e-liquid bottle can be in percentage, millilitres, or milligrams. In the UK (following EU regulations), the max amount of nicotine in an e-liquid bottle is 20 milligrams per millilitre.

Ohm

Ohm is the measuring unit of electrical resistance. In the vaping world, the lower the resistance, the hotter the coil, which would then affect a user’s vaping experience.

Open-System E-Cigarettes

Open-system e-cigs are made of a clearomizer, which you can then manually re-fill with e-liquid. This contrasts with closed-system e-cigs, which comes with a tank already filled with e-liquid (you cannot refill them) and is then screwed to the battery.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol (PG) is a tasteless and colourless organic compound used in e-liquids (most of the time in ratio with Vegetable Glycerin).

Due to its low viscosity, it can absorb flavours better than VG, gives a stronger throat hit (which current and ex-smokers prefer), and produces weak vapour. Do note that some vapers experience allergic reactions to PG. If this happens to you, switch to e-liquid with lower or no amount of PG.

RBA, RTA & RDA

RBA is the acronym for rebuildable atomisers. Under the RBA umbrella are rebuildable tank atomizers (RTAs) and rebuildable drip atomizers (RDAs).

Rebuildable devices would allow you to physically wrap a coil, attach it to the device, and then add a wick.

Squonking

Squonking is the process of feeding e-juice directly to the atomiser by squeezing the bottle at the bottom of the device. This earned it its name as “bottom-feeder” mod.

With a squonk mod, you won’t have to manually drip anymore. You’ll also get bigger tanks and minimise leaking when you vape. You would, however, have a shorter battery life with limited design choices. Beginners would also have a challenging time using squonk mods given their unregulated nature.

Tank

Tanks are the top part of an e-cigarette, which contains the atomiser and e-liquid. Its mouthpiece can either be removable or fitted.

Throat Hit

Throat hit is the sensation at their throats that vapers experience when inhaling. The e-liquid nicotine level affects how strong or weak the throat hit is.

Vaper's Tongue

Vaper’s tongue is the dry sensation that users experience after vaping for a while. You’ll also experience this when vaping the same flavour for a long time. A cold glass of water or orange juice, sucking on a lemon, or taking a whiff of coffee beans can solve this.

Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is also a tasteless, colourless organic compound used in e-liquids. However, it’s thicker than Propylene Glycol (PG), which means you can produce thicker clouds when the VG content is higher. VG also has a bit of sweet flavour, which could affect the e-liquid flavour.

Wick

The wick, together with the coil, helps heat up an e-cig. The wick would absorb and hold the e-liquid from the clearomizer. Its material is often fabric or cotton, while some have a percentage of silica in them.


As you progress in your vaping journey, you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with all these terms. If you need help finding your first device or e-liquid, give us a call on 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com

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