Parliamentary Committee Urges an Easing of Vaping Restrictions

Superior Vapour

In October 2017, the Science and Technology Committee launched an inquiry into e-cigarettes. Led by Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb, the committee aimed to determine whether vaping is becoming a gateway to smoking addiction, if it is addictive to its users, as well as establish its short and long-term health risks.

Last August, after 10 months of examining written and oral evidence from various stakeholders, MPs have concluded that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that backs up the benefits of e-cigarettes.

Recommendations

Although vaping was shrouded in controversy and plagued by misconceptions when it was first introduced to the UK, many lawmakers are now urging the government to relax vaping rules, in the light of all the new evidence on how it is helping huge numbers of smokers to quit.

The committee’s three-part recommendations include:

1. Reducing Harm

There is a growing body of literature that proves e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes.

In fact, the Public Health of England (PHE) says that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking and has a negligible risk to bystanders. The committee found that e-cigarettes do not have tar and carbon monoxide—two components produced during combustion that are much more dangerous to both smokers and second-hand smokers.

While there is a gap in independent research proving that ‘heat not burn’ products are better, the vaping process is still 90% less harmful than smoking. Although vaping also produces nicotine, it does so without the need for combustion.

Uncertainties will continue to hound vaping, given that it’s only been in the market for a decade. In light of this, the committee recommends:

  • More long-term studies to be conducted. Despite the research gap, however, the committee maintains that the risks of smoking far outweighs that of vaping—even going so far as saying that if quitting altogether is not possible, then switching to e-cigarettes is a much better alternative.
  • The government should continue its annual ‘evidence review’ on e-cigarettes and other ‘heat not burn’ products. Filling the gap for long-term studies should also be done, together with the help of PHE and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products, and the Environment.

 

These annual reviews are encouraged to be made available to the public via an online hub, as well as including stakeholders other than the tobacco industry and e-cig manufacturers in the process.

 

2. Smoking Cessation

There is no strong evidence that proves vaping leads to conventional smoking. In fact, in the 2.9 million vape users in the UK currently, more than half of them are ex-smokers. Even the perceived risk of flavour variety attracting young non-smokers to take up vaping is also found to be negligible.

The committee then recommends the following:

  • A medically-licensed e-cig user should assist medical professionals to help a smoker quit the habit. This way, it would be easier to claim how effective it is, which is currently prohibited by law.
  • The government is also urged to review with the MHRA, as well as the e-cig industry, how to streamline the process of using vaping as a smoking cessation therapy. 
  • Recommend the use of e-cigarettes to patients in mental health units, as those with mental health issues are found to smoke more than others. Vaping has a two-fold benefit for them: help them to stop smoking, and allow them to participate in the facility’s activities (given that there is no need to leave the room when vaping).
  • The NHS is encouraged to lift their ban on e-cigs, which is currently in effect in three-quarters of their mental health trusts. The committee points out that the NHS is mistaken in thinking that second-hand vapour is detrimental to one’s health. They also called for the NHS to review their policies on e-cigarettes in their mental health facilities.
  • Change public perception of e-cigarettes, as currently, it is treated similarly to combustible cigarettes. Vapers should not be forced to go to ‘smoking shelters’, as it will undermine their efforts to quit smoking. On top of that, there is no evidence that second-hand vape can affect one’s health. The committee, of course, recognises that the public would have to accommodate vapers in the short term.

 

3. Regulation

In terms of regulations, MPs are strongly encouraging legislators to loosen restrictions on vaping, especially after Brexit. Current UK laws follow EU Directive on e-cigarettes, which includes banning its advertisement, strict labelling, and controlling the amount of nicotine per millilitre.

The committee, however, believes that all these hold back e-cigarettes as a viable option for smoking cessation.

For one, limiting nicotine strength means vapers would need to puff harder, which might turn heavy smokers off from vaping. Secondly, restricting tank sizes has no scientific basis. Prohibiting e-cig manufacturers from claiming that their products can help with smoking cessation means limiting the options for a lot of smokers.

As such, the committee recommends:

  • That the ASA and MHRA review regulatory anomalies and the EU directives and then publish their findings in the next Tobacco Control Plan.
  • Taxation should directly correspond to the level of health risk that a smoking-related product presents. If this pushes through, e-cigs would be the least taxed.
  • The government should review current legislation, especially in light of Brexit, which includes regulations, taxation, and advertising. The committee also encourages that these decisions should be based on scientific evidence.

 

Public Reception

The MPs’ findings are in stark contrast to other countries’ regulations. Australia continues to ban e-cigarettes completely, while the US is concerned about vaping’s long-term risks and effects on minors.

While the EU continues its limits on size, strength, and e-cig advertising, the UK is much more open to vaping. Every year, the number of vapers grow, while the number of smokers declines.

Action on Smoking Health (ASH) found that current smokers use e-cigs to cut back on their tobacco intake. Another study by the Cancer Research UK found that nicotine level in vapers is the same as those with smokers sans the harmful components, making it a viable alternative. The Royal College of Physicians echo these findings with their own study.

However, despite the scientific studies both short and long-term, conclusions of the inquiry still drew flak. It has been criticised to be only taking evidence from vaping lobbyists, big tobacco, and pro-e-cig users, despite numerous experts cautioning the public about vaping’s long-term health impacts.

ASH, on the other hand, welcomes the committee’s findings, adding that prescribing vaping can help those in low-income brackets as well as those with high levels of addiction.

We, at Superior Vapour, also welcome this positive development in the vaping industry. If this is your first time to vape or you are looking into this as a way to quit smoking cigarettes, email us at info@superiorvapour.com or call us on 01179 669309. We’ll help you look for the first vaping kit that would fit your preferences.

Read more →

Vaping vs Smoking: Busting Myths and Weighing up the Evidence

Superior Vapour

It wasn’t too long ago when vaping became synonymous with health issues akin to smoking cigarettes. It was also believed to encourage smoking addiction, especially within the younger demographic.

Recent studies have, however, shed light on the misconceptions surrounding vaping. In this article, I want to take a close look at the current scientific evidence shattering the myth that there is any kind of equivalence between vaping and smoking.

1. Long-term side effects

Long-term studies of vaping are few and far in between, especially since e-cigarettes have only been introduced to the UK in 2007. Experts from the British government and research bodies both note the need for more research on the topic.

However, 2017 saw the first cross-sectional research that looked at the long-term side effects of e-cigs. Funded by the Cancer Research UK, the study found that e-cig users have substantially reduced levels of carcinogens and toxins in their bodies.

Vapers also reported fewer symptoms that are traditionally associated with smoking like coughing, irritability, and nausea.

They also experienced improved circulation and a better sense of taste and smell, compared to smokers.

2. Health risks

Since e-cigs first hit the global market, scientists have put to question the health risks that come with vaping. The World Health Organization even went as far as saying it’s not a legitimate way to quit smoking.

However, pretty much every peer-reviewed study has shown unequivocally that vaping comes with far fewer risks than that of smoking. Let’s examine this in more detail now.

  • Cancer risk

A study published on the NCBI in 2017 compared the lifetime cancer potencies of vaping and smoking when users inhale aerosol emissions and combustible tobacco, respectively. Results revealed that the cancer risk that comes with vaping is less than 1% of that from smoking.

  • Cardiovascular and lung disease

According to an updated evidence review by Public Health England (PHE), the risks of cardiovascular and lung disease for vapers have yet to be quantified. This, however, is more likely to be below that of those who smoke. In fact, acrolein content (a respiratory irritant) among vapers were found to be consistent with those of non-smokers.

PHE also found that certain flavours do not pose health risks, but noted that inhalation of some can be a source of preventable risks.

A separate study by the Cancer Research UK found that a chemical called NNAL, which is known to cause lung cancer, is 97% lower in vapers compared to smokers.

3. Less harmful than smoking

A study by the University of Birmingham found that exposure to vapour boosts production of inflammatory chemicals in the body, kills protective cells in the lungs, and decreases the body’s ability to engulf bacteria. However, study leader Professor David Thickett maintains that e-cigarettes are still less harmful than smoking and safer with regards to cancer risk.

PHE echoes this by saying that vaping only poses a small fraction of the risks that smoking does. Switching from smoking to vaping also comes with substantial health benefits, with the PHE research concluding that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.

The important point here is that there is still work to be done to establish the health effects of long-term vaping but the evidence is crystal clear that compared to smoking cigarettes, vaping is significantly safer.

4. Risk to bystanders

PHE found no health risks associated with passive vaping to bystanders, as opposed to the various health risks of second-hand smoking. A 2015 survey by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), e-cigarettes do not have any impact on others who are exposed to vapour but do not use e-cigs.

5. Tobacco content

Inhaling burnt tobacco, as in the case of smoking, is what causes damages to human health. Vaping removes the tobacco element and its combustion, replacing it with nicotine instead, which then decreases its health risks.

In fact, a study from PHE revealed that tobacco levels in vapers were close to that of non-smokers. There are also early studies that showed e-liquids and their vapours do not contain the same level of toxic chemicals as that of cigarettes.

However, as pointed out above, this does not automatically mean that vaping is completely safe. There remain to be studies that suggest smoking e-cigs for 30 minutes can also stiffen arteries similar to smoking tobacco. This then calls for more research in long-term safety of e-cigs.

6. Vaping as a gateway to smoking

One of the reasons cited by various governments and organisations for banning the use of e-cigs is because it’s deemed to be the gateway to smoking addiction, especially in teenagers.

However, there have been no conclusive studies that prove causality. Indeed there are simply too many other factors that can contribute to teenagers picking up their smoking habits for this to ever be accurately ascertained.

In 2017, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published the largest study (to date) that looks into young people and vaping. With over 60,000 teenagers as respondents, research revealed that regular vaping by teens who have never smoked is only at less than 1%. On top of that, youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline. If there is, indeed, causality between vaping and smoking, the number of teenage smokers should increase as vaping continues to grow in popularity.

PHE also found that experimentation occurs naturally among teenagers (as it always has) but e-cigarettes attract relatively few young people who have never smoked before.

7. Quitting smoking

quitting smoking research

Source: ASH

The top reason for e-cigarette use is to quit smoking, based on ONS data. In fact, 2017 numbers by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) showed that there is a continued rise in ex-smokers who switched to e-cigarettes (52%), while current smokers who use e-cigs are on a decline.

As for current cigarette smokers, e-cigs are their way to cut back on tobacco intake but not to completely quit the habit.

Another study by Cancer Research UK found that nicotine levels in vapers were the same as those in smokers and those in need of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This means that vapers can satisfy their nicotine cravings even with e-cigarettes.

According to study leader Dr Lion Shahab, three decades into the research of NRT and they have yet to see any significant long-term health issues. This then suggests that e-cigarettes are relatively safe as well.

The Royal College of Physicians also published their own research, revealing that e-cigs are effective in aiding people to quit smoking and that the long-term hazards of inhaling vapour are unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm that tobacco smoking causes. They go further by recommending that GPs promote vaping as a substitute for smoking.

8. Perception of harm

Data from ONS revealed that e-cigarettes are perceived to be less harmful than cigarettes, be it a vaper who is an ex-smoker, a current smoker, or one who hasn’t used any e-cig.

perception of harm

Source: ONS

9.Response from various UK government bodies and organisations

All the new studies that recently came out had a huge hand in influencing UK policies.

For one, PHE and various public health organisations like the Cancer Research UK and ASH released a joint statement in 2016, relaying their broad consensus that e-cigarettes are a lot less harmful than smoking.

In 2017, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)issued a position statement that encourages clinicians to recommend vaping to patients who want to stop smoking. They also highlighted the fact that ongoing research is needed to further establish the safety of e-cigs and their contribution to smoking cessation.

The British Medical Association (BMA) also published their own position paper in support of e-cigarettes. Similar to the RCGP, the BMA also believes that using e-cigarettes is a positive choice for smokers who intend to quit. Vaping would also help the organisation’s goal in achieving a tobacco-free society.

Last year, PHE even included e-cigarettes for the first time in their annual Stoptober campaign.

Video:https://youtu.be/p2qmcE58oY0

Meanwhile, in Scotland, various organisations led by Health Scotland reached a consensus and issued a statement in support of vaping. Although the goal is to completely stop smoking, vaping remains to be an effective way to help smokers start quitting.

The British Heart Foundation, on the other hand, maintains that smokers with heart conditions will find it easier to quit when they use e-cigarettes. Although the organisation do not advise non-smokers to start using e-cigs, they do believe that it’s a useful tool to reduce harm and stop smoking.

10. Response from countries that previously banned vaping

Worldwide, there are still plenty of countries that continue to ban vaping use. For some, this could result in fines, while other governments punish this with imprisonment. But we are seeing a massive change in policies around the globe.

In New Zealand, for instance, their Ministry of Health started supporting vaping products in 2017, putting in place regulations similar to that in the UK.

Canada also started to legalise e-cigarette use, although regulations are still in the works.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Although vaping started with much controversy and opposition, these studies prove that there is a growing acceptance of e-cig use within the scientific community and various health sectors.

Today, the number of smokers in the UK dropped to 17.2%--a number that the country hasn’t reached since 1974 and is attributed to the rise in vaping. On top of that, more than a million people in Britain are now vaping to quit smoking. And these numbers continue to increase worldwide.

If you’re just starting out, be critical of the information you are getting. Make sure these come from reputable sources and are factual. Contact us via email at info@superiorvapour.com or call us on 01179 669309, if you need more information.

Read more →

How to get more Flavour from your E-Liquids

Superior Vapour

While others take joy in creating huge clouds of smoke, a lot of vapers prefer to focus on the flavour itself. We’ve covered cloud chasing before so, in this spirit, I thought it time to do something on getting the best possible flavour from your e-liquids; something known as flavour chasing.

PG vs VG

PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerine) are two of the four ingredients that you’ll find in today’s e-liquid bottles, along with nicotine and flavouring.

Let’s say a typical bottle has 10% nicotine and 10% flavouring. The remaining 80% would be PG and/or VG, which helps dilute the nicotine and the flavouring.

Here’s the difference between the two:

  • Propylene Glycol (PG) – PG is an organic compound that is tasteless and colourless. Given that it has a lower viscosity, it flows easily like water. PG tends to absorb flavours better than VG, so e-liquids with higher PG content will have a more concentrated taste. It also produces the “throat hit” that current or ex-smokers prefer in their vapes.

If you use e-liquids with higher PG amount, it produces weaker vapour but stronger flavour. Note that PG has a higher rate of sensitivity among users (some experience hives, itching, or difficulty in breathing), so a number of vapers prefer to have less or no PG content in their e-liquids.

  • Vegetable Glycerine (VG) – VG is also an organic substance that came from plant extracts (e.g. coconut oil, palm oil, soy). Similar to PG, it is tasteless and colourless. However, it’s a thick liquid with a subtle sweet flavour, which could sometimes diminish the e-liquid’s flavour.

Having a higher viscosity means e-liquids with higher VG content can produce bigger and denser clouds of vapour. It also produces fewer throat hits when inhaled.

“PG/VG ratio” is a term you’ll encounter in the process of flavour chasing. This ratio is based on how you like to vape. We’ll discuss this in more detail in a bit.

Steeping E-liquid

Another technique you need to be aware of is steeping e-liquid. This is the process of ageing your e-liquid so that any bottled taste or alcohol are removed. The entire process is done via oxidation, which then mixes the VG/PG content, flavour, and nicotine. The end result is a much darker liquid with no alcohol, but with a more concentrated flavour.

Homemade e-liquids will benefit from this to remove the chemical taste. Commercially-bought bottles that came with too strong or too sweet of a taste can be steeped to mellow it down. Do note, however, that lighter flavours, when steeped, may completely remove the taste altogether.

There are plenty of ways to steep e-liquids, but the basic steps involve storing it in a dark and cool place for a few weeks, and then occasionally shaking it and exposing it to air for oxidation.

Video tutorial:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP5YKiawHU8

7 Ways to Get More Flavour From Your E-liquids

1. Wattage and temperature control

Tweaking the settings is one of the simplest ways to get more flavour out of your e-liquid.

Different flavours vaporise at different temperatures. Your settings and your coil’s resistance will ultimately determine how hot your coil will be, so adjusting the temperature control will give you the flavour that you’re chasing.

Think about it: your food will taste better if it’s cooked at the right temperature. That is essentially what we mean. You need to play with your settings until you get the flavour you want.

The best way to do this is to start at a lower setting and adjust it until you find your “sweet spot.” Remember that flavours vaporise differently, so one e-liquid may react better with 20 W while another would have better flavour at 35 W.

2. Get rid of vaper’s tongue

Vaper’s tongue is a condition wherein your taste buds become fatigued for vaping the same flavour for a long period of time. You may also find similar flavours hard to enjoy.

To deal with this issue, make sure that you switch flavours every now and then. Drink plenty of water, try sucking on a lemon, or take a whiff of coffee beans. All these would help reset your palate.

3. Store your e-liquid properly

How you store your e-liquid is crucial in keeping its flavour intact. When storing them, make sure that you keep your bottles in a cool, dry place.

You should also limit the amount of open air and heat that you expose your e-liquids to. Screw the cap on firmly. If a large bottle of e-liquid is only half full, you can transfer it to smaller bottles so it won’t be exposed to a lot of air.

For long-term storage, it’s best that you use a glass bottle. Plastic bottles can affect the flavours when stored for an extended period of time. We also recommend that you freeze or refrigerate your e-liquid to maximise its lifespan.

Note that cooling e-liquids will make it thicker, so warm it to room temperature before use. It won’t freeze though since both PG and VG have low freezing points (except in cases of 80% VG content).

A lot of e-liquids benefit from steeping to bring out their flavours. Refer to our section above on how to properly steep your e-liquid.

4. Limit airflow

Cloud chasers prefer a lot of airflow since it helps them release big plumes of smoke. This would, however, diminish the flavour.

Flavour chasers, on the other hand, should limit their device’s airflow. Close off your airflow, so you’ll get denser and warmer vape with a more concentrated flavour. This will be easy to do with atomisers that come with adjustable airflow systems.

Note that the vapour will get too hot if the airflow is too closed off. Similar to tweaking your device’s temperature settings, start low and adjust until you find your sweet spot.

Atomisers with a wide bore or larger diameter would result in a harsher throat hit; the same goes for rebuildable atomisers with a large chamber. With this in mind, it’s best that you stick to smaller bore coils and smaller chambers to go with a limited airflow.

5. Choose the right equipment

The right materials and parts for your device can have the biggest effect on flavour. Here’s a guideline you can use:

  • Atomiser – Bottom-coil atomisers can produce a much better flavour than top-coil ones. This way, there’s less pressure on the wick to get the flavour to the top.
  • TankWhat your tank is made of can affect the flavour. Similar to bottle material, plastic tanks can diminish flavour quality, so it would be better for you to use glass tanks.
  • Drip tip– Today’s atomisers and tanks have a much larger bore drip-tips. However, this will only give you airier vapes, cool vapours, and bigger cloud production. Find a tank or atomiser with a narrower tip. It may not have such a dramatic effect as limiting airflow settings, but it makes a noticeable difference.
  • Coil- A small bore coil, as mentioned above, will help with the flavour as well as it restricts the airflow. A dual coil setup is also preferable than a single coil, as it would let you produce more vapour. More vapour means more flavour.
  • Wicking material – Silica wicks can actually mute e-liquid tastes, so go for cotton (e.g. Japanese cotton, cotton bacon a.k.a. cellucotton) or ceramic wicks that are resistant to heat.
  • Rebuildable atomiser– We recommend this for the serious flavour chaser, as this is going to be more hands-on and customisable based on your preferences.

6. Use e-liquids with high PG content

Remember our discussion on the differences between PG and VG? This is where it comes in. The PG/VG ratio affects the flavour. A typical e-liquid bottle has a 40:60 PG-to-VG ratio. Higher VG means bigger clouds, but higher PG means better flavour.

The ideal ratio is half and half. With a 50/50 ratio, the throat hit can get a little bit harsher, so make sure you’re okay with that. You can push to a higher PG content if that’s your preference.

Every vaper is different. The idea here is to keep testing, so you’ll find which ratio would give you the flavour you want.

7. Clean everything

Just as the right material and parts affect the flavour, so does their maintenance. Think of a plate with barbecue sauce, and then you decided to place a slice of cake on it. The flavours would mix and you wouldn’t enjoy your dessert. The same goes for your device.

Clean coils and wicks produce better flavours. This does not mean you should rinse your coil or change it each time you try a new flavour. However, a regular rinse will extend your device’s lifespan and improve the flavour you’ll get.

You can read our extensive guide on cleaning your mod. The process here is to disassemble all the parts, rinse it in warm water or cleaning solution, and let it dry completely.

In cases of rebuildable atomisers, you can easily swap your wicks each time you use a new e-liquid. Just take it out, fire your coil so it would dry up, and wait for it to cool down. Then, insert your new wick.

If you have an extra device, you can use that while your first device is drying up.

Find What Floats Your E-liquid Boat

As you can probably tell by now, there are a variety of ways you can chase the flavour to get the best vaping experience. The key here, however, is to keep adjusting your settings and picking the right materials to find a system that works for you and your vaping style.

If you need help figuring out which device to use, give us a call on 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com.

Read more →

Giving up this Stoptober

Superior Vapour

The Stoptober health campaign aims to encourage and assist 9 million adult smokers in the country to finally quit smoking through the help of a positive mass quitting trigger, personal support and a variety of resources.

Despite the well-established risks and range of tools for quitting (including vaping), plenty of smokers still struggle to kick tobacco. If you find yourself in this camp then read on as you may well find the advice or even motivation to help you make that first step.

History of Stoptober

Since its inception in 2012, Public Health England (PHE) has been running the nationwide Stoptober campaign to give smokers the chance to be completely smoke-free for 28 days. Its premise is based on numerous psychological studies that point to 28 days as a crucial window to quit any addicting habit.

More than saving money (the average cost of a cigarette pack in the UK is £10.40 with sectors calling for price hikes), quitting smoking will also reduce your chances of getting various cancer strains and cardiovascular diseases.

On top of that, you’d also stop exposing those around you to second-hand smoke, which is shown to be a lot more dangerous. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a ‘safe level’ of second-hand smoke.

The very first Stoptober campaign, in fact, saw a 50% increase in quitting attempts in October 2012 compared with other months of the same year. This translates to an additional 350,000 smokers attempting to quit that year, as well as saving 10,400 discounted life years.

Over the course of six years, Stoptober has led over one million quit attempts and is the biggest mass quit movement in the UK.

Stoptober 2018

This Stoptober 2018, PHE provided various support to help you quit smoking. This includes Facebook groups, an app, as well as in-person support from stop smoking services in your area.

You will also find information on getting nicotine replacement therapy products. On top of that, you’ll get to read various success stories from those who stopped smoking with the help of Stoptober.

thank you for not smoking

How Vaping Can Help You Quit

Apart from going to support groups and relying on sheer willpower, you are also encouraged to use alternative forms of nicotine. This can be in the form of gums, patches, or e-cigarettes—all of which can help manage any withdrawal symptoms through the use of nicotine sans the toxic chemicals.

It may surprise some to know that Public Health England backed vaping for the first time in 2017, saying that over 50% of smokers used it to quit smoking the year prior. After this, vape kit sales increased by 29%. The consensus towards backing vaping as a very effective and comparatively safe way to quit smoking has truly shifted and this move (which was hugely under-reported) is significant.

This can be attributed to the fact that PHE found vaping to be 95% safer than smokingAnother study even encourages the daily use of e-cigarettes to completely stop smoking, as opposed to using it infrequently. Refillable tanks are more recommended, as these could deliver higher doses of nicotine.

There is also no risk to bystanders, according to Public Health England, who are exposed to vapour smoke. Tobacco levels are found to be lower in vapers and almost at par with that of non-smokers.

It’s not just PHE that backed vaping. The London Fire Brigade also urged smokers to use e-cigarettes, citing that smokers are at risk of causing fire 266 times more than vapers.

Although the National Health Service is yet to officially prescribe vaping, various health organisations—including the Cancer Research UK, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the British Medical Association—have all pushed for its use as an alternative to smoking.

If you want to successfully kick the habit through the use of vaping, here’s a step-by-step guide that you can follow. Note that the idea here is to wean you off over time:

Step #1: Know how to use an e-cigarette

There are a lot of vaporiser models out in the market, especially since it’s been around the UK for the past 10 years.

Giving up smoking is a huge investment in your health, which is also why you need to invest time and resources in picking the right gear for you. However, buying the newest and coolest looking vape with an e-liquid flavour that you think you might like may not cut it.

You need to have a plan in place to make sure you’ll be able to deal with smoking urges each time they kick in:

  • Figure out the number of puffs you need to get the amount of nicotine that your body craves. Keep in mind that one cigarette puff contains more nicotine than one puff from an e-cigarette.
  • Understand the various components of vaping. This includes vape kits, pod kits, e-liquids, how the entire device works, the varieties available, and many more. We have written a number of guides on our blog to help you out.
  • Go to your local vape store and ask the staff who work there for information.
  • Scour the internet for information, but make sure the sources are reliable.
  • If you feel like vaping is fake or artificial, go for a vape that resembles a cigarette. Oral fixation is often a reason behind smoking, so a kit that’s shaped like a cigarette can satisfy that.
  • Start with a higher nicotine level to make sure you get the hit that your body is looking for (more on this later).
  • Manage your expectations, as you may need to go through a few devices to settle with the one that’s right for you.

It may sound tedious, but researching goes a long way in making an informed choice when buying your first vape. If you skip this step, you risk reaching out to the nearest cigarette stick just as fast as you bought your first vape kit.

Step #2: Start with a stronger nicotine content

Nicotine is actually not the content that’s dangerous for smokers; it’s burning tobacco that releases toxins which then causes health problems down the line.

The good thing about vaping is that you can control its nicotine content, depending on your body’s needs. If you’re serious about quitting smoking, you can’t start with a nicotine-free e-liquid (unless you have the willpower to quit cold turkey).

We suggest that you start with an e-liquid that contains the strongest, highest level of nicotine strength. Once you use this, you will see that too much nicotine is a lot better than not getting enough of it (which will cause you to reach for a cigarette).

Additionally, the more you associate vaping with nicotine, the more you will see it as your primary source of a hit instead of cigarettes.

Step #3: Gradually lower the nicotine level of your e-liquid

So you’ve done your research and picked the right gear for you. You are also now vaping an e-liquid that contains the right amount of nicotine that satisfies your cravings.

When you’ve vaped for a while and you feel more comfortable vaping, start to consider dropping your nicotine level. While this may set off an internal panic alarm, know that it will help you in the long run. Just so you’ll know what to expect, you’d feel the difference in nicotine level the same way as you’ll feel the difference in smoking a lighted cigarette.

The key here is going at your own pace. Some vapers who used to smoke lowered their nicotine level after a month of vaping, while others take longer than that. Whatever timeline it is that you feel comfortable with, go with that. If you rush, you’ll feel agitated and risk falling off the wagon.

Step #4: Get e-liquids with low nicotine

Once you get over the hurdle of lowering your nicotine level, you’ll find it easier to go nicotine-free or quitting vaping altogether.

You will realise this when you start ‘forgetting’ to bring your vaping kit or you can go for long periods of time without craving for it. You’ll also feel less agitated when you find yourself in a situation that you don’t have easy access to vaping.

When you’re at this stage, you can start leaving your e-cigarette at home. A couple more months and you’ll feel ready to go from nicotine-free e-liquids to not smoking at all.

Step #5: Talk to people and have the right mindset

In the beginning, you may feel like zero nicotine is a scary thought. What we found to have helped a lot is to talk to those who have successfully kicked the habit—much like a support group.

When you find out how difficult it was for them, as well as the tips and tricks they employed to get over nicotine cravings, you’ll learn how to apply that to your own life.

Your mindset plays a huge role in quitting smoking. Focus on your goal, whether that is to be healthier, to save more money, or both. Know what triggers your smoking urges—lunch breaks with fellow smokers, lighting up after meals—and avoid these situations until such a time that you feel stronger. Each person has their own timeline. Quitting altogether may be too much to ask of your body, so focus on taking baby steps instead.

Lastly, don’t be scared of failing. Find the method that works for you, whether that’s quitting cold turkey or gradually slowing down. If you relapse, take that as an opportunity to figure out what was the cause of the relapse so you’ll be more conscious of it the next time it’s triggered.

Road To Being Smoke-Free

Asking for help goes a long way in quitting smoking. You can go to a family member, a friend, or even an online forum to make sure you’re surrounded by supportive people. To find out more go to the 2018 Stoptober NHS website.

And if you’re thinking that vaping could be your best chance of quitting smoking, then feel free to email us at info@superiorvapour.com or give us a call on 01179 669309. We’ll help you pick out your first vaping kit and e-liquid.

Read more →

Guide to E-Liquid Flavours

Superior Vapour

When you’re getting started in the world of vaping, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the lingo and options available out there. This includes the e-liquid, without which, e-cigs are basically just portable pieces of technology without a purpose.

It’s important to understand the components of e-liquids and how to properly use them, as this is how you’ll get your nicotine hit and how you’ll get to kick your smoking habit (if this is what you intend to do).

Brief History of E-Liquids

Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik is credited as the creator of the e-cigarettes that we recognise today. He found out that his design needed a liquid base, which can be vaporised, look like cigarette smoke, and hold safe amounts of pharmaceutical-grade nicotine.

He then discovered propylene glycol (PG), a petroleum by-product and food additive that is odourless and colourless. It was also FDA-approved by the time he used it for his e-cigs.

Hon Lik used PG, as it recreates the throat hit that smokers enjoy, allowing them to get their nicotine in a much safer way. On top of that, when diluted, PG vaporises into a cloud that resembles smoke.

An alternative base liquid to PG, called vegetable glycerine (VG), was also discovered. VG is hypoallergenic and thicker than PG. While it provides fewer throat hits, it does gives better plumes of smoke.

And so, with the birth of modern e-cigarettes came the inevitable proliferation of e-liquid flavours.

With the success of Hon Lik’s creation, manufacturers brought vaping to the US and European markets. From then on, many weird and wonderful flavours have emerged on the market.

Guide To E-Liquid Flavours

E-Liquid Ingredients

Also referred to as e-juice and vape juice, e-liquids today have a wide variety of available flavours, from tobacco to raspberry donut, blueberry waffle to peppermint.

A typical bottle of e-juice includes these ingredients:

  • Distilled water
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Flavouring or extracts
  • Propylene Glycol (PG)
  • Vegetable Glycerine (VG)

PG and VG make up 90% of an e-juice bottle. The other 10% is composed of the nicotine and flavouring.

PG/VG ratio” is a term you’ll encounter throughout your vaping experience. Although plenty of vapers do not look too closely into this, different proportions do produce different effects (more on this below).

Choosing The Right Flavour For You

There’s no simple answer to knowing which flavour would work well for you. There are, however, a few factors you need to keep in mind:

1. Pick the flavour first

A huge part of the vaping experience is the flavour you’ll get while doing it. Fortunately, you will not be want of choices, as e-juices come in numerous flavours.

Plenty of first-time vapers, who are also current or previous smokers, prefer tobacco blends that closely resemble the cigarette brand that they used to smoke.

Eventually, you would want to branch out to other non-tobacco flavours. For instance, dessert flavours include strawberry custard, apple berry, and lemon bar cake. You can also choose from a variety of fruit flavours like cherry, honey lemon, or peach. If you’re into sweets, you can find sherbet lemon or blueberry waffle e-juices.

With the infinite possibility of blends today, it’s logical that cocktail flavours also emerged, as well as beer, brandy, and wine.

It’s important that you start with a flavour that you’ll like, be it a blend or a single flavour. Otherwise, that e-juice would just gather dust in storage.

2. Look at the nicotine content

Cigarettes have a fixed amount of nicotine content, often in unhealthy levels. With vaping, it’s easy for you to pick the nicotine strength that you’d like.

Use this list as a reference:

  • Low level: 6mg and below (ideal for light smokers)
  • Medium level: 9mg to 16mg (ideal for average smokers)
  • High level: 18mg to 36mg (ideal for heavy chain smokers)

Heavy smokers would find it tempting to go for the highest nicotine strength. However, do know that vaping is different than smoking cigarettes. You may not need that much nicotine to satisfy your daily cravings.

As a rule of thumb, start with medium strength, then work your way down to a lower level.

3. Check the PV/VG ratio

E-juices with higher PG have more flavour but have weaker vapour. It also has a stronger throat hit that smokers prefer.

On the other hand, e-juices with higher VG have a slightly sweeter taste (which could diminish the flavour a bit), but produce bigger and denser clouds of vapour.

A typical e-juice has a 40:60 PG-to-VG ratio. However, if a particular e-liquid that you’re using feels too harsh, switch to something with higher VG content. If you’re looking for more throat hits, then you may want to try those with more PG content.

Also, while it is rare, some users turn out to be allergic to PG. If you experience hives, difficulty in breathing, or itching after vaping, you may want to try a pure VG blend or one with a much higher VG content.

4. Choose quality over price

Given the demand today, plenty of vendors take advantage of this and sell e-juice that are subpar. To not fall into this trap, make sure that you do your research.

Check out guides online, ask your vaper friends, look for reviews, and read the labels. Legit and quality e-juice bottles would list down their ingredients and where they were made. If the bottle is made in Europe, it should comply with EU’s labelling requirements for packaging of chemical substances.

5. Start with a small bottle

If this is your first time, it would be wise to pick a smaller bottle, so you can test it out. In case you don’t like it, it won’t be much of a loss to you. Remember that retailers do not accept returns if you say you don’t like the flavour.

6. Keep testing

Give yourself room to test different flavours, nicotine strength, and PG/VG ratio. If you settle for what’s available, vaping may not be an enjoyable experience for you.

Look for other brands and flavours. One brand’s chocolate flavour may taste different from another’s. The same goes for nicotine strength.

Brick-and-mortar stores have the option to let you test their flavours before purchasing. Online stores, on the other hand, can give you tester packs. Do remember to pick high-quality ones, as the cheaper e-juices will not be worth it.

E-Liquid 2018 Trends

It’s not only e-cig models that evolve; e-liquids today are more complex than what was available just a couple of years ago.

In 2018, vapers see the following changes in e-liquids:

  • More vape flavours with distinct effects – Hailing from Malaysia, fizzy e-liquids (those that give you the same feeling after drinking soda upon inhalation) are starting to gain popularity in the UK. Another trend called the cold vape juice will give you a cold hit upon exhalation, with some reporting to get an actual brain freeze.
  • Shake and Vape – Following the government’s new regulations that limit nicotine content to 10ml bottles, vapers came up with the Shake and Vape. Also known as Short Fills, this kind of e-juice comes at a larger bottle with 0% nicotine. You can then add your own nicotine shot when you use it.
  • Nicotine salts – These are getting more popular among those who alternate between vaping and smoking cigarettes. Nicotine salts have fewer throat hits and are easier to inhale. They, however, have higher nicotine content, allowing vapers to experience a faster nicotine rush that also lasts longer.

The Future of E-liquid Flavours

In light of its growing user base, two things happened that would affect the future of e-liquids.

First, more diverse and nuanced flavours started entering the market. Hundreds of new flavours are introduced to the market each month, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. And secondly, both the EU and the UK government have published laws regarding the proper usage and selling of e-liquids.

A 2018 study by VIP Electronic Cigarettes revealed that users prefer e-liquid flavours that are not tobacco blends. In fact, the top flavour that respondents wanted to try is roast dinner. This is closely followed by apple crumble, chocolate brownie, and cheesy chips. Flavour preferences also vary, depending on the user’s location, gender, and age (refer to image above).

Among the popular brands in the UK currently are iBreathe, Vype, Heisenberg, Kik, Vapouriz, Hangsen, Blu, and Mist, among others.

E-Liquid Regulations

Apart from banning those who are underage from purchasing e-cigarettes, as well as the EU’s rule against e-cig advertising, the UK government also implemented new regulations on vaping:

  • Vape tanks are limited to 2 ml
  • One e-liquid container should be restricted to 10 ml
  • One e-liquid container should only have a nicotine strength of 20mg/ml
  • Package e-liquids to be child-resistant
  • Ban colouring, caffeine, and taurine as ingredients
  • Proper labelling (ingredients, health risks, potential side effects)
  • All e-cigs and e-liquids must be registered to the MHRA before selling

Despite its numerous health benefits, vaping is still not recognised worldwide as a viable alternative to smoking.

Plenty of studies are, however, looking into the long-term benefits of vaping. The Public Health England has also pushed for vaping recognition.

Post-Brexit, some experts predict looser regulations on the country’s vaping use, although like so much stuff concerning Brexit this is still uncertain.

The Evolution of E-liquids

Although vaping started as a way to help people quit smoking, it is now enjoyed by both smokers and non-smokers alike. Plenty of vapers prefer e-liquids with zero nicotine content to simply enjoy the market’s incredibly diverse set of flavours.

When you get your first e-liquids, make sure that you shake the bottles every now and then to help distribute the flavour. Also, clean your device regularly to remove clogs and eliminate the risk of your new e-juice being contaminated by older ones.

If you need help choosing the right flavour for you, let us know via phone call on 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com, and we’ll be happy to guide you.

Read more →

Ultimate guide to squonking

Superior Vapour

It could well qualify as one of the weirdest and most amusing words to come out of vaping lexicon, but ‘squonking’ is a big trend in the industry right now. And for good reason.

You may already be familiar with rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDAs) and the performance these devices bring, especially for cloud chasers. However, its need for constant dripping puts a damper on its otherwise superb use.

This is where a squonk mod—otherwise known as bottom-feeder mod—comes in. This device removes the need to drip e-liquid on your device. While its setup makes vaping easier, it still requires precision. Use it wrong and this mod can blow up in your face.

Here’s a guide to get you started.

What Is Squonking?

Squonking evolved from RDAs. Instead of dripping juice on the coils, a squonk mod feeds e-juice directly to the atomizer via a bottle located at the bottom of the device (hence, its moniker “bottom-feeder” mod). All you need to do is squeeze the bottle and it will fill your coil with juice.

If you’ve used RDAs before, then you know the convenience squonking brings. Squonk mods marry the taste and vapour production of RDA and the convenience that comes with using a tank.

Origin Story

Although it’s becoming popular just recently, squonking’s history goes as far back as 2009. It started as a DIY project by an E-cigarette Forum member named Carlos49.

Initially called the JuiceBox, Carlos49’s model didn’t take off. For one, the integrated atomizer cannot be serviced without returning it with the modder. And secondly, there was too much demand. The term “Squonk” was then coined and attributed to another forum member, Jack Murray, and it stuck to this day.

Since the device created clamour among vapers, another E-cigarette Forum member, Robert O’Neill, picked up the design. He then created the REO in 2010, which he successfully produced and sold.

The REO started gaining traction and is sold in small batches and niche stores.

It was, however, the 2016 Kanger Dripbox that made it available to the mass market. It separated itself from the REO by offering disposable coil decks with its RDA, making it accessible even to those who don’t want to build their own devices. It also costs a lot less.

Plenty of squonk boxes made by large-scale manufacturers followed since then.

Squonking vs Dripping

With RDAs, you have to drip e-juice on the cotton until the wick is sufficiently saturated. After a few puffs, you’ll see that the wick is dry, so you have to start from step one again and drip more e-juice. While it does provide great flavour and cloud production, RDAs, do, therefore, take more time to vape.

Squonk boxes, on the other hand, rely on an internal e-juice source. Squeeze the bottle and you’ll see the liquid go directly to the RDA.

While it shares features with conventional devices, do note that squonks require a brand-new mod and an RDA that has a feeding hole in the middle for the liquid to pass through.

What Does it Look Like?

A typical kit includes:

  • Squonking mod
  • E-juice bottle
  • Bottom-feeding squonk that’s compatible with RDA
  • Bottom fee pin
  • Battery

This device houses the e-liquid bottle, the battery, and the dripper. The bottle is attached to the RDA at the top via a tube, then into a hollow 510 positive pin.

When you squeeze the e-juice bottle, the liquid with travel up to the tube and into the atomizer. This removes the risk of spilling and creating a mess each time you vape.

When you shop for a squonk mod, you’ll see that the bottle is exposed through a hole in the casing. It’s also made of clear plastic.

There are a couple of reasons for this design: 1) So you can see how much liquid is left in the bottle, and 2) so you can easily squeeze the bottle.

Step-by-Step Guide on Using A Squonk Device

A squonk mod still follows the basic process of any e-cig—supply e-juice to the wicks and coils, provide electricity to the wicks and let the heat turn the e-juice into vapour.

While squonk boxes remove the need for dripping, it’s not quite as automated as sub-ohm tanks. However, the main advantage of this technique is how easy it is to use. Just follow these four steps:

Step 1: Squeeze the bottle gently, until you see your e-juice rise to the RDA. Wait until your wicks are sufficiently saturated.

Step 2: Release the bottle and wait until it regains its shape. You’ll see that any excess juice on the wick will get sucked back into the bottle due to the vacuum caused by releasing it.

Step 3: Fire up your device and start vaping.

Step 4: Squonk again when the flavour starts diminishing, you start to get a burnt taste, or you see the wick drying up. Depending on your coil build, you may need to do this every three to six puffs.

Pros of Squonking

There are plenty of advantages that come with this technique, including:

  1. No manual dripping needed – Simply squeeze the bottle, and your wicks will get the e-juice that you need. You don’t need to constantly drip nor carry an e-juice bottle around, making its use more convenient. You can also easily bring this with you when you travel.
  2. More time to vape – Without the need for constant dripping, you get more time to use your device each day.
  3. E-juice is always with you – You won’t have to run back to your house to go back to the e-juice that you forgot to pack. It’s already installed right into the mod.
  4. Bigger tanks – Most tanks out in the market carry an average of 5 ml of e-juice or less. Squonk bottles, on the other hand, is generally over 7 ml and can hold as much as 30 ml.
  5. Less leaking and over-dripping – With RDAs, you most likely experienced adding too much e-liquid that you had to immediately look for a cloth or paper towel to clean up the mess. Squonk mods minimised this issue. When you release the bottle, a vacuum effect is created that draws any excess e-liquid out of the atomizer and back to the bottle.
  6. Competitive pricing – With plenty of squonk mods coming out, you can now find kits that offer an all-in-one package, including both the mod and the bottom fed atomizer. All these are available at competitive prices.

Cons of Squonking

On the flip side of the coin, squonking also has a few drawbacks that turn some vapers away:

  1. Battery life

Squonk mods are approximately the same size as that of dual-battery box mods, but it only comes with half of the battery life. Given its limited space, most of it can only accommodate a single 18650 battery.

This also means that you need to build coils that can function at lower wattages. There are, however, dual-battery squonk devices available, but these tend to be larger in size and not available everywhere.

  1. Under-squonking

If it’s your first time to squonk, there’s a learning curve involved in making sure your wicks are sufficiently juiced. It would help to pick a bottom fed dripper with a clear cap, but this may not always be the case. As a result, you might under-squonk, which would then give you unpleasant dry hits.

  1. Over-squonking

Over-squonking is also a risk for first-time users, as it takes a bit of time to be able to estimate how much squeezing is needed to get enough e-juice. This would then flood your deck, resulting in leaking and spit-back.

  1. Limited choices

Although the first design was introduced in 2009, there is a limited number of squonk devices out in the market currently.

You would have to do your research, as not all vaping websites sell squonking kits. Also, there are plenty of unscrupulous vendors out there who take advantage of limited-supply-but-high-demand ratio and sell poor-quality devices.

  1. Not for beginners

The biggest drawback of squonking is that these don’t have regulated power. Most of these devices are mechanical mods, meaning they won’t give you any warning if the battery is installed incorrectly, if you need to connect your atomizer with a short, or if you need more power than what the battery can give you.

In the end, this means that this technique is not for the uninitiated. You need to have a working knowledge and experience with Ohm’s law, as well as how to keep yourself safe when vaping a mech mod.

Otherwise, you run the risk of this device exploding in your face, as well as the people around you, due to incorrect building.

Should You Try Squonking?

As shown above, squonking comes with its own set of pros and cons. This technique might be a good fit for you if you:

  • Prefer an all-in-one-solution and want to just continuously vape without the need to go through the tedious process of dripping
  • Travel a lot and wouldn’t want to bring bottles of e-juice
  • Tried dripping, but you want to do away with the mess involved with RDAs
  • Want to experiment with something different than other vapes out there

If you don’t want to build and/or install your own coils, re-wick, or deal with a weaker battery, this device may not be for you.

At the end of the day, you need to try it out to make sure that this device would fit your vaping style.

Best Squonking Devices

Thanks to its increasing popularity, you can find a myriad of squonk devices that would fit your needs and style.

You can see devices fitted with single/dual batteries, mechanical/regulated, mechanical with safety protection features, and a range of battery wattages. You can also find them sold as kits, which comes with a squonk-compatible bottom feed RDA or some pre-built coils.

Here are some of the best squonking devices you can use:

  1. Rampage Squonk Mod by Purge Mods

The Rampage Squonk Mod, developed by Purge Mods, gives you the option to power your device using either a 18650 battery or a 20700 one.

The bottle is made of one of the strongest material available today—soft silicon that can carry up to 15 ml of e-juice. The Ultem adaptor gives you the convenience of refilling the bottle without removing it from the device.

Visually, this device doesn’t disappoint, as its aluminium chassis features the Matthew Hagermann Skull logo. It also comes in red or blue colour.

Rampage Squonk contents:

  • 1 x Rampage squonk mod
  • 1 x 8.5ml squonk bottle
  • 1 x 15ml refill bottle
  • 1 x 510 PEEK & o-rings
  • 1 x Hard shell carry case
  • 1 x Certificate of authenticity

Hurry and purchase this, as we only have 500 of these limited-edition devices left.

  1. Therion DNA 75 Squonk mod by Lost Vape

The Therion DNA 75 by Lost Vape is easily a classic device. Its single 18650 battery can reach the full 75 wattage, with a minimum resistance of 0.25 ohm and minimum temperature resistance of 0.15 ohm. To make sure this device is safe for you, this mod includes atomizer, low resistance, short circuit, and overheat protection.

The 24-mm Delerium RDA that comes with this kit is made of 304 stainless steel, with dual internal airtubes inside the chamber and adjustable airflows for both the bottom and the top. Lastly, it’s fitted with a squonk-ready 510 connection

What makes this device to stand out among its peers is its beautiful craftsmanship. The chassis is made of die-cast zinc alloy, with genuine leather wraps and wood panels. Choose from black, tan leather, stud leather, purple leather, and dark brown leather.

Therion kit contents:

  • 1 Therion Squonker Mod
  • 1 delirium RDA
  • 1 Micro USB cable
  • 1 Allen key
  • 1 squonk Bottle
  • Spare parts and screws
  • Instructional manual
  1. Suicide King Squonk Mod by Purge Mods

The Suicide King Squonk Mod, also by Purge Mods, gives you the option to choose between a 20700 battery or a 18650 one. Similar to the Rampage Squonk Mod, this device’s soft silicon bottle can also be refilled using the Ultem adaptor.

This mod gives off a luxurious look and feel, thanks to its 24k gold plated silver contacts, naval brass body and door, suicide king engravings, and Matthew Hagermann artwork.

Suicide King Squonk contents:

  • 1 x Suicide King squonk mod
  • 1 x 8.5ml squonk bottle
  • 1 x 15ml refill bottle
  • 1 x 510 PEEK & o-rings
  • 1 x Hard shell carry case
  • 1 x Certificate of authenticity

Convenient and Easy to Use, But Not For Beginners

Squonking is a breath of fresh air for long-time RDA users, who want to do away with dripping and leaking. However, its mech mod build means you need to understand Ohm’s Law and building a device that’s safe to use—typically not ideal for those who have not vaped before.

If you want to get started in your squonking journey, email us at info@superiorvapour.com or give us a call at 01179 669309 and we’d be more than happy to talk squonking.

Read more →

How to Clean your Mechanical Mod

Superior Vapour

How to Clean your Mechanical Mod

Although a mechanical mod is easily customisable, making it popular among cloud chasers and sub-ohm enthusiasts, it is quite the high-maintenance device.

For one, there are a lot of removable parts that you need to keep track of and make sure are functioning right. Additionally, a lot of mech mods are made from copper and brass. While these materials are highly conductive, they are also prone to oxidation and dirt.

If this is your first mech mod, you need to know that your device requires regular clean-ups, so it will look and work the way you want it to. Otherwise, it will get all gummed up.

Here then, is the Superior Vapour guide to Mechanical Mods:

Quick Rinsing of Your Mech Mod

Set aside a few minutes per day to clean your device. Copper, for instance, oxidises in just a few hours of use. While brass does it less, it still needs frequent cleaning. Some vendors include cleaning kits with their mech mods, but it’s possible for you to DIY it.

Materials needed:

- Container or basin that’s big enough to hold all the parts of your mech mod

- Warm water

- Dish soap

- Paper towel

- Pair of gloves

Steps:

  1. Fill your container or basin with warm water.
  2. Wear your gloves.
  3. Carefully disassemble all the parts of your mech mod, making sure any e-juice is disposed of.
  4. Place each component in the container with warm water.
  5. Wash the components with warm water, until they are clean. If the dirt won’t come off, add a few drops of dish soap.
  6. Dry each part with a paper towel.
  7. Air dry for about 15 minutes.
  8. Reassemble all components.

Deep Cleaning Your Mech Mod

Deep cleaning will help your mech mod look like it’s brand new. It would also remove any grime, dust, or oxidisation built up over time.

A.Deep cleaning the entire mech mod

Materials needed:

- Container or basin that’s big enough to hold all the parts of your mech mod

- Citric acid dissolved in water (e.g. 70% vinegar solution)

- Eraser

- Soft toothbrush

- Pair of gloves

- Paper towel

Steps:

  1. Mix the citric acid with water solution in the container. Hint: Some people advise using cheap vodka.
  2. Wear your gloves to protect your hands from grime and dirt.
  3. Detach the tank from the mod and dispose of any remaining e-liquid.
  4. Carefully disassemble all the other mech mod parts.
  5. Place all the components in the container with citric acid solution, and let it soak for a few minutes.
  6. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the mech mod components. Use it especially for the threads, so you can remove all the dirt stuck inside. You can also dampen a paper towel with citric acid solution and scrub the pieces clean.
  7. Use an eraser to further clean the pin (if still needed).
  8. Rinse the pieces with water and wipe them.
  9. Let it air dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. Reassemble all the components.

B.Cleaning the contacts

Unkempt contacts caused by dirt and arc marks often prevent consistent connection with the battery. You might notice this when the battery gets overly hot. This would then result in less conductivity, which would eventually affect your device’s performance.

When cleaning your contacts, be extremely careful as these are crucial to your device’s performance.

Materials needed:

- Mouse pad

- Non-abrasive cloth

Steps:

  1. Place your mouse pad on the table with the back side showing (the rubbery part).
  2. Take the top cap, then push the button to push out the contact.
  3. Rub the exposed contact back and forth on the mouse pad. Be careful not to rub too harshly, as that will take the plating off.
  4. Next, take your RDA and rub the contact on the back side of the mouse pad.
  5. Use a cloth to wipe off any residue that the mouse pad leaves.

Some vapers use Q-tips dipped in vinegar, ketchup, or isopropyl alcohol to clean the contacts. But make sure you remove all the cleaning agent’s residue, as it might affect the taste of you e-juice.

C. Cleaning the subtank, RDA, RDTA

When cleaning the subtank, you need to disassemble all the large parts. For your RDA/RDTA, it’s advisable that you clean them only when you need to replace the coil as these are highly sensitive parts.

Materials needed:

- Warm water

- Non-abrasive cloth

Steps for your subtank:

  1. Disassemble all the large parts of your subtank.
  2. Rinse every part with warm water. Do not use soap, as that would leave a residue, which would then affect the taste of your e-juice.
  3. Make sure your coils stay dry as water will destroy it.
  4. Wipe the parts and leave it to air dry.
  5. Reassemble your subtank.

Steps for your RDA/RDTA:

  1. Disassemble the parts of your RDA/RDTA. Be careful, so you won’t damage the stripping screws.
  2. With your RDA, remove the coils and cotton, then rinse the build deck and top cap. Let it air dry, then reassemble it.
  3. With your RDTA, remove the 510 pin, unscrew the body, and remove the glass and the o-ring. Then, rinse it with warm water. Let it air dry, then reassemble it.

D.Polishing the outer body

Materials needed:

- Alcohol wipes

- Eraser

- Isopropyl alcohol

- Polish

- Non-abrasive cloth

- Gloves

Steps:

  1. Polishing the outer body of your mech mod is easy. You can use alcohol wipes or an eraser to clean the dirt and grime. Then, polish it using isopropyl alcohol.
  2. You can also use polish, especially for brass and copper mech mods. Wear your gloves, then apply a small amount of polish to the cloth. Then, wipe it all over the mech mod parts.

A Little TLC goes a Long Way

It’s important for you to take care of your mech mod to help with its performance and longevity. Clean it at frequent intervals, charge it before the battery completely drains out, buy a protective case for it, and store it in a cool, dry place.

Although this device requires more maintenance, the personalised experience you get out of it is worth all the effort.

If you need help starting your mech mod journey, call us on 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com and we’ll gladly guide you.

Read more →

Guide to the best Pod Vaping Systems

Superior Vapour

Much like any technological creation, e-cigarettes are also subject to the laws of creativity. Those who started vaping a decade ago saw its evolution from cigalikes to vape pens to box mods and beyond.

A technology that is currently very of the moment in vaping culture are pod vaping systems. In much the same way that coffee pod machines like Nespresso have bridged the divide between instant coffee and complex barista style home coffee machines, this latest e-cigarette trend is touted as the bridge between disposable e-cigs and box mods.

 

Pod Vaping

Let me explain a little more...

What Are Pod Systems?

Instead of using an atomiser or a tank, a pod system uses a small plastic tank called a pod that already contains the coil, wick, and the e-juice. You simply have to push it into place or pull it out when you need to change your e-liquids.

There are a few distinct features of pods, namely:

  • Tank capacity – Given its size, pods only have a 1 ml to 2 ml of capacity (although some may be bigger). Its tanks are smaller than cigalikes and are usually clear, allowing you to see how much e-juice you have left. This is as opposed to cartridges for cigalikes, which are not clear.
  • Battery life – Compared to box mods, pods only have around 300 mAh of battery. For comparison, vape pens have around 650 mAh, while cigalikes have around 200 mAh of battery. You still have several hours of vaping with pods, however, and some pod devices have fast charging adapters which can give you full battery power in 30 minutes.
  • Design – Since they came out to the market, there has been a variety of pod designs. Some come in USB-like appearances, while others can resemble box mods. Pods can also have manual buttons like vape pens and mods, while others will allow you to simply inhale from the tip like you would a cigarette (also called an auto-draw).
  • Open and closed pods – An open pod basically means it’s refillable. With this, you can use whichever e-liquid that you prefer. A closed pod, on the other hand, is not refillable. You would have to dispose of it when the e-liquid is done.
  • Nicotine salt – Having nicotine salt in its e-liquid, instead of the traditional freebase nicotine, is what makes pods stand out. Nicotine salt is its natural form and is the element found in tobacco before being extracted and processed as freebase nicotine (the current content of cigarettes and e-liquids, which the body absorbs).

 

Pod systems have stronger e-liquids (e.g. JUUL uses 59 mg/ml in its e-liquid), as opposed to ordinary e-juice (around 12 mg/ml). This, however, doesn’t mean that pods are harsher to vape, as pods add an acidic element to its e-juice, allowing it to keep the pH level from being too high (which then gives you the harsh throat hits).

In other words, vaping nicotine salt means you’ll get higher concentrations of nicotine without it being too harsh.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Pod Systems

As with any vaping technique, there are benefits and drawbacks to using pod systems. If you’re on the fence with using pods, take a look at both sides of the coin to help you decide:

Advantages of Pod Vaping Systems

  • Greater satisfaction

Although people interact with nicotine in different ways, vaping a higher-strength e-liquid or those with very high nicotine salt is much more satisfying compared to standard e-liquids. On top of that, it does not compromise its smoothness or its flavour, as pod systems can keep the liquid’s pH level down.

  • Higher nicotine consumption

Coming from the point above, a lowered pH level means e-liquids become less alkaline, allowing it to feel smoother and easier to inhale. Nicotine salts can also give you up to 50 mg of nicotine strength without any throat irritation. This is as opposed to only 18 to 24 mg from traditional e-liquids, which can be harsher to the throat yet still contain insufficient nicotine for long-time smokers.

This makes pod systems a great start for newbie vapers, especially those who are trying to quit smoking since you’ll be able to get your nicotine fix without getting harsh throat hits.

  • Reduced use of e-liquid

If you’re familiar with how much e-liquid sub-ohm vaping devices consume, then pod systems will be a breath of fresh air. Pods produce small vapour clouds, which decreases the amount of e-liquid you’ll consume. Also, thanks to its high nicotine content, you won’t have to vape more often, allowing you to save more money.

  • Portable

Since pod systems remove the need for an atomiser or a tank, it becomes much more compact and easier to carry. It also won’t take up a lot of space in your closet or your desk.

  • Intuitive

If you’re coming from smoking cigarettes, you would find pod systems much more intuitive to use, as opposed to, say, box mods which makes you do a number of things—choose e-liquid flavours, clean its tank, change the coils, or understand and pick the right wattage for your chosen tank.

Pods can easily be attached and detached from the battery section. And depending on the design you choose, some pod systems will even allow you to simply inhale and vape. You would only need to charge the device when its battery runs low and refill/discard the pod when the flavour quality starts declining.

  • Relatively cheaper

Although the price range varies, pod systems are more affordable compared to other vaping devices. You can also save up more on e-liquids since you won’t feel the need to vape as much considering its high nicotine content.

  • Discreet

Not all vapers enjoy clouds. Since pod systems produce less vapour clouds, you’ll be able to vape in certain areas that box mods won’t allow you to.

  • Leak-proof

Pod systems have a pre-built and disposable tank, which means you won’t have to deal with loosening caps on your device or the e-liquid seeping through any small openings.

 

Disadvantages of Pod Vaping Systems

  • Too much nicotine

Although it’s one of the pod system’s main selling points, its high nicotine content is also one of its drawbacks.

For one, a 50 mg/ml nicotine strength may be what smokers need to feel that nicotine rush, but it may be too much for those who are already full-time vapers. Secondly, the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive limits an e-liquid’s nicotine strength to 20 mg/ml, which means you would have to buy nicotine salt from outside Europe.

  • Not suited for cloud vaping

Due to its high nicotine strength, nicotine salt e-liquids will not work well with sub-ohm devices. This means you’ll produce lower vapours and will not be able to blow huge clouds.

  • Closed pod system has limited flavour options

If you prefer a closed pod system (non-refillable pods), you won’t be able to switch to any e-liquid that you prefer. You would need to make do with flavours that the manufacturers have provided.

  • Smaller battery

Due to its compact size, a pod system is incapable of accommodating batteries with power comparable to box mods.

A box mod user will not find this as much of a problem since they would only switch to pod systems when they are travelling. An exclusive pod user, however, would need to vape more sparingly, as batteries can last anywhere between two to three hours of mild use. Even pods with higher-capacity battery would still pale in comparison to box mods.

  • Less liquid capacity

Of course, given its size, a pod system will not be able to carry a lot of e-liquid. The smallest pods can carry up to 1 ml of e-liquid, while those that are relatively larger can go up to 2 ml.

 

Should You Choose Pod Systems?

The vaping device that you’ll choose would depend largely on your preferences and lifestyle.

Pod systems would fit you best if:

  • You prefer something more discreet to be used in public, as pod systems do not produce as much vapour. This, of course, means you won’t be able to perform cloud chasing techniques.
  • You are a beginner in the vaping world and feel intimidated by the complexities involved in the process of using vape pens, tube mods, or box mods.
  • You prefer a stronger nicotine hit, which is especially helpful for those who come from a long history of smoking and are planning to reduce use or quit altogether.
  • You want to reduce your vape use since the nicotine hit from nicotine salts are much more satisfying even in smaller amounts.
  • You prefer smoother throat hits and would like to do away with irritation or unpleasant experiences associated with using freebase nicotine. This is especially helpful for those who find it hard to inhale vapour without coughing.

 

Pod systems will not be a good fit for you if:

  • You prefer less nicotine content. This is especially true for those who have been vaping for a long time since your tolerance for nicotine has already been reduced due to your vaping use.
  • You want to vape heavily, as a stronger nicotine hit will not be a good experience when done plenty of times.
  • You find stronger throat hits more satisfying than smoother ones.
  • You are a cautious vaper, who prefer to wait for more conclusive studies to be published on nicotine salts before using it.

 

Pod Vaping System Reviews

If you prefer intuitive and grab-and-go vaping device, read on for our reviews of the best J Well pod systems available in our store:

1. Bo Plus (BO+) Starter Kit

France-based J WELL created the Bo Vaping product line to compete in the growing pod mod market. The sophistication that the French are known for especially shines in their Bo Plus (BO+) Starter Kit.

The BO+ is a leg up from its previous incarnation, the BO One, as it doubles the battery life of the latter with an 800 mAh battery. It also comes with a USB-C connection cable that will charge your device in 15 minutes.

Don’t be fooled by its name, however, as the BO+ Starter Kit can also fit veteran vapers’ preferences. You’ll have disposable liquid pods, which you can easily activate by inhaling.

Design-wise, the gloss vaporiser finish and matte battery is the perfect balance between simplicity and chic. All these features are packed in a sleek, high-quality leather cover.

BO+ Features:

  • Unique disposable liquid pod mod system
  • Lightweight and ergonomically designed
  • Fast USB-C Charging
  • 800 mAh battery
  • 1.5ml pod capacity
  • Dimensions 95 x 24 x 12mm
  • Improved airflow

BO+ Contents:

  • 1 BO+ Kit
  • 1 70cm USB charging cable
  • 1 Faux leather pouch
  • 1 Instruction manual

 

2. Le Cube Kit

Another pod mod by J Well, Le Cube is compact yet full of surprises. Don’t underestimate this device, as it comes with a 1,750 mAh battery and a 3 ml pod capacity, making it perfect for users who vape daily. This can also carry higher VG juices of up to 70 VG.

Order it from us and you’ll also get a free 10 ml, 3mg e-liquid. We also have refill pods available.

Le Cube Features:

  • 1750 mAH battery
  • 2ml fill pod
  • LED control system
  • 0.6ohm coil install
  • Carbon fibre wrap
  • USB charge
  • Ultra small and compact design
  • 35mm x 55mm x 20mm

Le Cube Contents:

  • 1 x Le Cube mod
  • 1 x Le Cube pod
  • 1 x USB lead
  • 1 x user manual

 

3. La Carte Kit

Smaller than your credit card, La Carte Kit by J Well is a user-friendly portable vape that can easily fit in your pocket when you travel. It has a 2 ml refillable pod, which is easy to fill and is activated when you inhale.

This pod mod’s innovativeness also shows with its charging capabilities, as it can power up your device to full battery in less than 20 minutes, thanks to its USB-C port with 2A charging.

Take your pick from its black or stainless colours. You can also choose your e-liquid from these seven available flavours: apple, cherry, double menthol, blackcurrant, lemon sherbet, premium tobacco, and pineapple. Want a stronger nicotine hit? La Carte can give you 6 mg, 12 mg, and 18 mg of nicotine content.

If you order this from us, you’ll also receive a free 10 ml bottle of e-juice. We also have La Carte refill pods available.

La Carte Features:

  • 2ml pod easy fill system
  • Ultra-thin design
  • 400mah battery
  • Inhale activated
  • 2A USB charge

La Carte Contents:

  • 1 x La Carte
  • 1 x Easy fil pod
  • 1 x Leather Pouch
  • 1 x USB C charger
  • 1 x User manual

 

Bridging The Gap

Pod vaping systems successfully bridge the gap between beginners and veteran vapers, as its features can appeal to both target audiences. This device has convenience and performance all wrapped inside its small shell.

If you plan to switch to pod mods or want to start your journey as a vaper, give us a call at 01179 669309 or email us at info@superiorvapour.com and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

Read more →

pod

The Rise of Vaping

Superior Vapour

There is a rapid increase in the number of vapers around the globe, with Euromonitor estimating it to reach 55 million by 2021—a huge leap from the 7 million global vapers in 2011. The vaping industry itself is predicted to grow to $61.4 billion (£46.21 billion) by 2025.

The growth in vaping

Source: Euromonitor

Although vaping only started to gain mainstream traction in the past decade (the Oxford Dictionary even announced “vape” as their Word of Year in 2014) this technique has a long history that dates back to ancient times.

History of Vaping

Vaping, regardless of the method or device used, is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by heat applied to ingredients without burning them. In ancient Egyptian times, this took the form of hot stones that vaporised hemp seeds, resulting in a pleasant-smelling vapour.

About a thousand years later, Irfan Shiekh, who lived during the Mogul’s Safavid Dynasty in present-day Afghanistan, invented the hookah. The Moguls then brought this to India (however, the Indians were already using a similar device called the chillum).

These ancient techniques paved the way for modern humans to turn to vaping as an alternative way of smoking nicotine.

A Series of Patents

Before the modern e-cigarette came into existence, it went through a series of patents filed by a number of inventors—all of which had varying degrees of success when it comes to taking the product to market:

  • 1930 – In 1927, John Robinson filed the first patent for an electric vaporiser, which was then granted in 1930. Robinson, however, never created any prototype. He also stated that his invention was created to hold and heat medicinal compounds to produce vapours for inhalation.

First vaporiser patent

Source: Google Patents

  • 1963 – Herbert Gilbert filed the patent for a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette in 1963 (granted in 1965), stemming from his desire to curb his smoking addiction. This design is widely accepted as the first electronic cigarette, which produced a flavoured steam without needing nicotine. However, big tobacco industries dominated the early ‘60s—the era when smoking was considered sophisticated and cool without considering its ill effects. With tobacco advertising present everywhere, Gilbert’s creation didn’t reach mainstream consciousness.

Patent for smokeless non-tobacco cigarette

Source: Google Patents

  • 1980s – Phil Ray, credited for inventing the microprocessor, also worked on curbing his smoking addiction by inventing a device that allowed users to inhale nicotine using a device that does away with combustion. This took the form of a nicotine-soaked paper inside a cigarette-like plastic device. When he partnered with Dr Norman Jacobson, they were able to sell their product in Western US, advertising it as a “smoke-free cigarette.” Although the business did not succeed (ultimately failing due to the short shelf life of the device and no FDA approval), Ray and Jacobson were credited to be the first users of the terms “vaping” and “vape.”
  • 1990s – In Europe, Frank William Wood a.k.a. Eagle Bill Amato (a Dutch resident but American born) became known as the father of the cannabis vaporiser. He invented the first portable vaporiser called the “Eagle Bill Shake & Vape”, which was inspired by ancient Egyptian techniques. For over a decade, his invention was a favoured exhibit at the Hash Museum in Amsterdam.

Eagle Bill - Shake and Vape

Source: Herb.co

  • 1994 – Taking inspiration from Bill Amato’s design, Canada-based BC Vaporizer created the first electrically-charged vaporiser. The company is still running today. About a decade later, German company Storz & Bickel created the “Volcano”, a desktop vaporiser.

Birth of the Modern E-Cigarette

The design and creation of modern-day e-cigarette is attributed to Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. He started working on a device that would deliver nicotine in vapour form in 2001, which he then patented in 2003.

Similar to Gilbert and Ray, Hon Lik’s smoking addiction led to his invention. He also watched his own father succumb to lung cancer due to his smoking habits.

The difference between Hon Lik’s design and the e-cig that we know today is that the former lacked a battery-powered heating element. He, instead, used ultrasonic technology to apply heat to the nicotine solution. He also created e-liquids by performing experiments on various liquids that can both hold nicotine and produce vapour.

Patent for modern e-cigarette

Source: Google Patents

In 2004, his design hit the Chinese market via Ruyan, the company he worked for. It was a huge success, which then led to the introduction of the device in the US and European market in 2007.

In 2013, Netherlands-based Fontem Ventures bought Hon Lik’s patents for $75 million (£56.53 million), He now works for them as a consultant.

Among the early adopters of this technology are brothers Umer and Tariq Sheikh, both hailing from the UK. They invented the early prototype of the cartomizer and launched it in the UK in early 2008. Instead of needing separate pieces, users would now only need one, as a cartomizer features a heating coil within the liquid store. This then allows the device to be filled with e-liquid manually (as opposed to needing a new cartridge).

The Sheikh brothers’ invention led to a number of people modifying the device to fit their preferences, thereby creating a subculture of vapers who prefer e-cig mods.

Controversies, Restrictions, and Regulations

Vaping was, however, not readily accepted by various government bodies, health organisations and scientists. It also sparked multiple debates in the media.

In the years that followed, vaping began to catch on in a big way and along with the mass production of modern e-cigarettes, so too did some research detailing the negative side effects of vaping. There were even a few countries (e.g. Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Australia, etc.) that banned its use.

However, the past decade has seen a massive turnaround in both the perception of vaping and the evidence for its benefits, both from governments and health communities. A number of these studies reinforced what has long been known by many vapers themselves—that vaping can help smokers quit tobacco.

Perhaps one of the most significant was in 2015 when Public Health England started recognising e-cigarettes to be safer than smoking. The American Heart Organization, also echoed this, encouraging the use of e-cigs to successfully quit tobacco smoking.

Additionally, a 2017 landmark study published on the Annals of Internal Medicine, funded by Cancer Research UK concluded that long-term e-cigarettes users had “substantially reduced levels of measured carcinogens and toxins relative to smoking only combustible cigarettes.”.

Current Events

As of 2016, worldwide sales of e-cigarettes have amounted to $11.43 billion

(£8.61 billion) and is expected to have an annual growth rate of 23.25% until 2025.

Data from Euromonitor also showed that, given its year-on-year increase, vapour products are on the verge of taking over other tobacco product categories (aside from cigarettes). By 2025, vapour products are seen to eclipse cigars and smoking tobacco in terms of sales.

Tobacco companies have already taken note of this increase, which may explain why they started buying up e-cigarette companies around a decade ago. Philip Morris International (owner of Marlboro), for one, saw a400% increase in their e-cig sales between 2016 to 2017, while British American Tobacco (owner of Lucky Strike) expect their alternative cigarette products to grow to£5 billion by 2022.

The Rise of Vaping in the UK

Since the vaping industry entered the UK market, it has been on a steady rise both in terms of sales and number of users. What began as products sold by independent retailers has now grown into a sector that sees even the biggest manufacturers as major players.

Despite the country’s ban on cigarette ads way back in 1965 the first e-cigarette commercial aired on British television in 2014, depicting a woman exhaling vapour and promoting e-cigarettes. TheUK also currently holds the title of the second largest market for vaping devices next to the US.

UK Rules on Vaping

In 2014, those who are under the age of 18 were banned from purchasing electronic cigarettes, as experts fear that it encourages teenagers to pick up a smoking habit. Retailers can be fined up to £2,500 if they’re caught selling to those under 18.

This was followed by the European Parliament’s banning of e-cigarette advertising among its member states (applying the same law for tobacco products). Advertisers are also not allowed to align vaping products as beneficial to users’ health.

In May 2017, the UK published a new vaping law which includes the following changes:

  • Vape tanks are limited to 2 ml
  • One e-liquid container should be restricted to 10 ml
  • One e-liquid container should only have a nicotine strength of 20mg/ml
  • Package e-liquids to be child-resistant
  • Ban colouring, caffeine, and taurine as ingredients
  • Proper labelling (ingredients, health risks, potential side effects)
  • All e-cigs and e-liquids must be registered to the MHRA before selling

Although the new laws were seen to be positive, there is some concern from smokers trying to quit the habit, who are worried that 20mg/ml of nicotine may not be enough to curb their cravings, leading some to return to smoking tobacco.

Just recently, the police issued a warning against drivers who vape, as this can be considered distracting. If caught, it may lead to a £2,500 fine and a driving ban.

Although there is still some uncertainty about UK vaping laws in a post-Brexit world, some scenarios would see the UK no longer obligated to implement the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2) regulating e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco. Some believe this could provide an opportunity to re-examine current EU rules on vapour products. This may include removing vaping bans in the workplace or public spaces, as well as encouraging the adoption of e-cigs (since they won’t be lumped together with tobacco products anymore).

Current Vaping Statistics in the UK

Vaping stats

Source: Blu

According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), e-cig users have increased to almost 3 million in 2017, up from 700,000 in 2012.

Source: ONS

Data from the Office of National Statistics showed that the majority of vapers in the country choose e-cigarettes, as these devices are perceived to be less harmful than cigarettes.

The ONS also found that there has been a steady decline in the number of smokers in the UK since 1974, reaching its lowest point in 2015. Current data shows that 17.2% of adults in the UK smoke, as opposed to 20.1% in 2010.

Thanks to more studies that demonstrate the positive effects of e-cigs, Public Health England has also been pushing for its use, even going as far as calling hospitals to prescribe the device to patients who want to quit smoking.

Rough Road, Bright Future

Although it started from modest beginnings, even having a long history of unsuccessful patents and designs, the e-cig industry has become one of the most promising technologies in terms of tobacco harm reduction. It has been adopted by millions of users worldwide, and studies continue to be published regarding its health benefits.

Read more →

Vape Scandinavia

Superior Vapour
Vape Scandinavia 2018 is the first ever Vape Expo / Convention in Scandinavia, and will be held in the beautiful and historic city of Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
We can't wait to exhibit there and we hope you can make it as we'll be showcasing the new " Slam piece " mod by Purge Mods and Red Alert Vapors stunning Russian mech mods and RDA's as well lots and lots of other products! See you there!
Find us on booth K17 / 18
 
More info on the expo can be found here

Read more →