10 Myths About Electronic Cigarettes – Debunked!

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Since vaping has became so popular and has helped millions of people around the world, some negative propaganda has been spread through media to intentionally make everyone believe e-cigarettes are as bad as smoking cigarettes. Whether you are an experienced vaper or someone still exploring e-cigarette options, you might have heard different articles projecting different information about vaping. If you come across any of the below mentioned instance about vaping, we recommend you to do your research before making a decision.

Vaping and smoking contain the same harmful ingredients?

Non-vapers and people who don’t have knowledge about vaping, strongly believe that e-liquids contain harmful ingredients. The truth is that e-liquid contains only 3 to 4 ingredients namely propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, artificial food grade flavoring and some low percentage of nicotine. All these ingredients are found even in foods, drinks and vegetables that we consume every day.

Does e-liquids contain anti-freeze?

E-cigarettes are claimed to contain anti-freeze. Propylene Glycol PG, one of the main ingredients in e-liquid, is used in anti-freeze. However, it is used as a non-toxic anti freeze in e-liquids. In fact, this ingredient is used in everything from pharmaceuticals to food and cosmetics to anti-freeze. Several studies were conducted on dogs and rats and concluded that PG does not pose any big threat to these animals when inhaled.

Does vaping lead to Popcorn Lung?

The big fuss about e-liquid is that it contains diacetyl which is responsible for causing popcorn lung when inhaled. Dr. Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health conducted a study and concluded that (if present) Average Diacetyl Exposure from Vaping is 750 Times Lower than from Smoking.

Does Vaping Causes to Inhale Formaldehyde?

The most recent myth associated with vaping is the formation of formaldehyde. Professor Michael Siegel conducted a research and found out that the temperature at which glycol would be converted into formaldehyde was much higher that e-cigs could not even reach. He also added that the vapor produced at very higher temperature would taste unpleasant and no one would like to do this anyway.

Is vaping As Harm as Smoking?

According to the British study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the absence of combustion, smoke and different chemical composition results in the creation and absorption of less toxic chemicals as is the case of vaping. So, electronic cigarettes are too far from being as harmful as tobacco cigarettes. Dr Laugesen from Health New Zealand has confirmed from studies done on e-cigarettes, they are 100 to a 1,000 safer than smoking.

Are E-Cigarettes explosive?

While you would have read several stories associated with e-cigarette explosions, the truth is that they are not as explosive as your smartphone. When used properly as dictated, e-cigarettes do not pose threat to explode in your hand or pocket. You should strictly adhere to manufacturer’s guidelines when dealing with mods, external batteries and resistance. Most of histories related to exploding e-cigarettes are due to low maintenance and poor storage practices of batteries.

Is second hand vaping dangerous?

There are plenty of confusions and misconception out there about second hand vapour. According to the research carried out by Public Health England, it is concluded that the exposure to e-cig vapour does not harm by-standers as that of second hand smoke.

You can be sure, there is a higher exposure to harmful particles in a normal road, compared to those one caused by exhaled vapour caused by e-cigarettes.

Is vaping a gateway to smoking?

This is one of the biggest e-cig misinterpretation that is more prevalent among the public. David Levy published a study in Nicotine and Tobacco research and concluded that e-cigarettes are likely to reduce smoking and never act as a gateway to the use of tobacco cigarettes. Similarly, Action on Smoking and Health Wales has also concluded that 98% of e-cig users were smokers in the past.

Is vaping more addictive than smoking?

The entire world has been manipulated to believe that nicotine itself is addictive. Two different studies were conducted by Dr. Murray Laugesen and Dr. Thomas Eissenberg and confirmed that e-cigarettes deliver nicotine in lower levels when compared to tobacco cigarette and nicotine gums.

Does vaping leads to long-term health issues?

Another popular myth about vaping is that it leads to long term health issues. But, the truth is that e-cigarettes can provide long-term health benefits to smokers with asthma, blood pressure and allergies. Many studies have been conducted on this topic and now it is proven that e-cigs can reverse the negative impact of tobacco smoke on lung functions, allergies and asthma symptoms.

Please be aware, no matter how much noise and controversy the big headings of an article can generate, it’s always important to do your own research about the facts to avoid the fear of vaping and put you back to smoke.

Article Source:

http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com.au/

Image Source: https://shcs.ucdavis.edu

Vaping regulations in Victoria

 Vaping regulations

Despite of all the studies and researches done worldwide proving the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a harm minimization alternative to smoking, government in Victoria has disregarded the potential Vaping has fighting the battle against cancer causing tobacco products. While other countries such as, UK, USA and New Zealand are welcoming e-cigs to achieve a smoke-free nation in the near future, the state of Victoria have denigrated vaping by categorising all e-cigarettes products and its use similar to Tobacco products and smoking.

What does this mean to Vape Shop?

From o1 August 2017, all Vape stores (Brick and Mortar shops) in Victoria will become “Specialised E-cigarette Retailer”, If they meet all the requirements and comply with some regulations:

  • Have started operation prior to 01 September 2016,
  • More than 80% of sales are vaping gear,
  • Display of e-cig products are limited,
  • No sampling or testing flavours,
  • No vaping inside Shop premises,
  • No discounts, promotions or sales,
  • No brand or flavour recommendations,
  • No sales of e-cigarettes products to under 18s,

What does this mean to vapers?

From 01 August 2017, vaping will be having the same restrictions as smoking, therefore you will not be able to vape in places where smoking is not allowed. Furthermore:

  • You will not be allowed to vape in offices, shops, venues where food and drinks are served, etc,
  • You will not be able to try different flavours before purchasing eliquids,
  • You still will not be able to purchase nicotine products for your e-cigarettes from B&M stores, and the possibility of nicotine legal sale is far from being a reality,
  • Your right to “freely” vape to win the battle against carcinogenic tobacco and to improve your health is getting restricted.

How to tackle the situation?

We hope you understand is not easy for us as a Vendor, so the minimum you can do to help each other when you come to Soulblu vape shop is:

  • Be polite, be patient and understand,
  • Ask any questions regarding the changes to tobacco law, or search our website for more information.
  • Do not vape inside Soulblu premises as it’s an offence, so both you and our business might get fines. We will be patient and wait for you if you need to vape outside and come back when you are ready.
    • Do not ask for discounts. Take advantage of sales, discounts are clearances in our website, which will not apply instore.
    • If you are looking for new flavours, please purchase a 3x sample pack, a 5x sample pack or a 10x sample pack.
    • Refer as many friends who smokes to switch to vaping, and also inform them about this changes to make their transition smoother and hassle free,
    • Plan your visit to our shop by searching different ecigs products on our website www.soulblu.com, as we will not be able to recommend products by brands or flavours.
    • If you want recommendations for any products, brands or flavours please contact us by phone, email, or online chat, or complete the contact us form from our website www.soulblu.com.

How to know vaping is right?

  • Its important you stay strong and don’t let this changes make you loose hope in vaping. The biggest proof to you, your family and friends that vaping works if how you feel since you started vaping. Your health and the benefits gained so far are your motivations.
  • Countries such, UK, USA and New Zealand encourage people to switch to vaping based on researches and studies. Those countries have strong visions and interest to achieve smoke-free goals,
  • Do your search, get information from reputable sources. You will be surprised with the amount of researches, studies, health advocates, doctors, science supporting vaping.

How you can help to save vaping?

  • Its never to late to write a letter to MPs – Members of Parliament in your area. Tell them your experience, how the changes affect you, vaping businesses and the future of the health system by tagging e-cigarettes as tobacco products,
  • Use Social Media to let everyone know about vaping, the benefits and how you feel about all the regulations,
  • Review our e-cigarettes, flavours on our website to help others know what product should they choose,
  • Refer as many friends who smokes to switch to vaping, and also inform them about this changes to make their transition smoother and hassle free,
  • Support vape stores,
  • Understand and adhere to the new regulations.

 Although some changes have and might happen to our Soulblu shop layout, we still continue to offer our great customer support, friendly atmosphere, an awesome selection of vaping gear and premium quality e-liquids.

Thanks for your support,

 Soulblu Store

673 High Street, Preston, VIC 3072

Vaping Nicotine E-liquids Safely

nicotine

It is important to be well informed, rather than panicking and getting alarmed by those anti – vaping news who might put you off vaping with incorrect facts.

It is true, nicotine is a highly addictive compound that can accelerate your heart and breathing rate, but it also enhances your focus and concentration, increase blood pressure and raise alertness when ingested. Many research and studies have been conducted on nicotine and it is found out that the controlled quantities of nicotine can have therapeutic effect on the consumers.

Although higher than 500mg dosage of nicotine can be lethal, it’s impossible to find e-liquids containing more than 18mg for premixed juices and 60mg for unflavored e-liquid which are recommended to be diluted down prior to use.

What Is Nicotine Overdose?

Nicotine overdose happens when you intake a much higher dose of nicotine (in milligram) compared to the dose a human body will handle before getting some uncomfortable symptoms.

Nicotine overdosed by vaping nicotine e-liquids is very unlikely, since nicotine e-liquid have been manufactured to match the range of nicotine doses (from 3mg to 18mg) contained in traditional smokes. It is important when you switch to vaping to source nicotine e-liquid which nicotine dosages are comparative similar to that of traditional cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and spray.

A simple guide to avoid overdose:

  • a smoker of marlboro red cigarettes, should vape under 18mg ejuices.
  • a smoker of Winfield dark blue, light blue cigarettes, should vape under 12mg ejuices.
  • a smoker of benson and hedges silver, should vape under 6mg ejuices

-          Symptoms of Nicotine Overdose:

While the symptoms of nicotine overdose are not life-threatening, they seem to be very unpleasant:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hypertension
  • Dizziness
  • Shaking
  • Rapid heart rate

-          How to Treat Nicotine Overdose?

If someone has swallowed e-liquid or exposed to large doses of nicotine, they should be taken to the hospital and given the first line of treatment. In most cases, charcoal will be administered to slowdown the gastrointestinal absorption of nicotine. Even if they don’t have any symptoms, they should be given emergency treatment.

What Is Nicotine Poisoning?

As the lethal dose of nicotine for adults is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams, it is practically impossible to experience nicotine poisoning from vaping, as you will rarely find nicotine e-liquid with concentrations higher than 18mg for premixed e-liquids and 60mg for unflavored, which requires dilution prior to use.

As already said, nicotine poisoning is likely to occur only in rare circumstances such as accidental ingestion of e-liquids or high industrial exposure to the chemical.

Signs and Symptoms of Nicotine Poisoning:

  • Reduced heart rate
  • Hypotension
  • Central nervous system depression
  • Coma
  • Shallow breathing
  • Finally, breathing and respiratory failure

-          How to Treat Nicotine Overdose?

If someone has swallowed e-liquid or exposed to large doses of nicotine, they should be taken to the hospital and given the first line of treatment. In most cases, charcoal will be administered to slowdown the gastrointestinal absorption of nicotine. Even if they don’t have any symptoms, they should be given emergency treatment.

Be a responsible Vaper

-          Store the nicotine e-liquids away from children and pets in a locked cabinet.

-          Source your nicotine e-liquids from known manufacturer’s complaint with high quality standards.

-          Do not buy e-liquids containing higher than 18mg nicotine concentrations,

-          Vape nicotine e-liquids which concentration is comparative similar to the nicotine strength present in analog cigarettes.

-          Adhere to manufacturer’s recommendations while using e-liquid.

If you are not sure how to use e-liquids containing nicotine, ask for advice on 03 9078 0538.

What to expect when traveling With E-Cigarettes by Air

traveling With E-Cigarettes by Air

In the recent years, the e-cigarettes have seen massive growth in its popularity. However, the rules pertaining to vaping has been changing constantly and many vapers have been left uncertain of the rules regarding flying with e-cigarettes.

Although the vapor generated by e-cigarettes doesn’t harm bystanders and does not set off smoking alarms in airports and planes, it’s highly recommended to search and understand vaping policies, rules and regulations related to the airlines you travel with, as well as, the airports and countries of destination.

Carefully read this simple guide prior to starting your trip, to avoid fines, e-cigarette confiscation, and other uncomfortable situation which can spoil your trip:

Can You Vape In The Airport?

Vaping restrictions inside airports vary widely from one airport to other. It all depends on each country, state and city’s vaping policies and regulations. When this is the case, it’s a bit easier to understand what to and not to do with your e-cigarette; but it can be a lot harder to know what to expect when the airport itself has its own policies and rules. So this is what we suggest:

-          Search the airport website to find any policies about using e-cigarettes within airport areas,

-          Search for any sign which prohibit the use of e-cigarettes,

-          Search for any vaping designated area,

-          Call the airport help desk,

-          Ask staff at the airport if you are allow to freely vape,

Can You Vape On The Plane?

Unfairly most airlines worldwide have restricted the use of e-cigarettes on board, so vaping on the plane is merely illegal. Even though there is no second hand effect to other passengers, the main argument to rule e-cigarettes out in planes is that vaping mimics smoking. To avoid bad attention during your flight or what is worst to be fined up to $25,000 is best to:

-          Avoid the use of e-cigarettes on board,

-          Take the most discrete e-cig on board,

-          Discretely puff on the toilet (consult flight attendance first),

-          Use a nicotine patch or spray while the flight,

-          Consider travelling with a different airline.

Going through Security Check

Depending on the state or country of destination, there might be none to very high restrictions during security checks. Some recommendations for a hassle free during security check:

-          In countries where e-cigarettes or nicotine e-liquids are banned is best to keep your E-cigarettes in your checked baggage, to minimize the chance of confiscation,

-          Be aware by law you are not allot to keep any e-liquids in containers larger than 100ml in your carry-on bags, so split your juices in smaller containers (10ml or 30ml) in preparation to your trip, also don’t take more than what you need for the trip,

-          Don’t put your vaping gear in just one place, split your supply of eliquid into small bottles and place them in different places inside your bags.

-          Take the most discreet, safest and smallest vaping device while traveling. Be aware, batteries pose a safety hazard, which airlines and aerospace companies would prefer to avoid, to ensure passengers and crew arrive to their destinations safely.

-          Place loose batteries inside plastic carrying cases.

-          It is also recommended to carry the e-liquid containers in the plastic bag to avoid the mess-up.

As long as you strictly adhere to the rules and regulations put forth by the airport, airlines and aerospace companies, you will not encounter any difficulties to carry your vaping gears while you travel domestically and internationally. However is best to follow some preparation tips:

Preparations

-          Search policies and regulations,

-          Take the safest, smallest, and most discreet gear,

-          Store properly your e-liquid and vaping gear.

Whether you are traveling for business or leisure purposes, you must do some research to get acquainted with the up-to-date regulations so that you can enjoy smooth vaping throughout the trip.

If you are planning to travel and need some advice, please contact us 03 9078 0538.

Positive Sides of Vaping Revealed in 9 Research Studies

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Paid media including, magazines, newspaper, radio and TV are leading false campaigns against revolutionary nicotine delivering devices “Vaporisers”. In order to disprove these false statements, various studies have being conducted by scientific research teams around the world. Below are a number of studies, researches and special reports carried out on e-cigarettes and vaping that you as a vaper must read to keep informed and to help others get educated about the benefits from vaping:

  • Vaping Helps People Quitting Smoking:

Researchers at University College London wrote in the British Medical Journal that they have analyzed the latest data on electronic cigarettes and have found out that vaping has helped about 18,000 people in England with quitting in 2015 without leading to any serious side effects.

  • Vaping Reduces the Severity of Asthmatic Symptoms:

A study conducted by the research group led by Prof Riccardo Polosa shows that electronic cigarettes could not only assist asthmatic patients to quit, but also reverse the damage caused by tobacco smoke in asthmatic patients. The study published in Discovery Medicine also revealed out that switching over to vaping can improve overall health condition and respiratory function in asthmatic patients.

  • Vaping Releases Only a Small Amount of Aldehydes:

Kurt Kistler, a chemistry professor at Penn State, worked with a research team at Enthalpy Analytical Lab in North Carolina and analysed the vapour for the presence of formaldehydes, acetaldehyde and acrolein. The team found that the aldehydes produced by e-cigarettes are less than 1 mg per day even at the highest power setting.  However, a pack of cigarettes produced 10 – 30 mg of acetaldehyde, 1.5 – 2.5 of formaldehyde and 1.5 – 3 mg of acrolein.

  • Vaping Reduces Blood Pressure & Heart Disease:

A recent study, led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, analysed the results of patients who reduced or eliminated cigarette consumption and switched over to vaping. It is found out that they all had significant reduction in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. The study also suggested that switching to vaping could greatly reduce the risk for heart disease.

  • Vaping Reduces the Possibility of Smoking in Young Adults

A new study conducted by Dr Neil McKeganey from the UK Centre for Substance Use Research reveals that e-cigarettes are playing a vital role in reducing the likelihood of teen-smoking. Some detailed qualitative interviews were conducted among people aged between 16 and 25 years in Scotland and England. Majority of the participants claimed e-cigs as the roadblock to smoking and an excellent alternative to traditional cigarettes.

  • Second Hand Vaping Is Not Harmful:

A new study performed by Spanish Council of Scientific Research on e-cigarette aerosol measured the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC) exhaled by three different groups of people – people who inhaled air, people who inhaled tobacco smoke and people who inhaled e-cig vapour.  It was found that the levels of these compounds are very lower than the amount exhaled by smokers. Moreover, the exhaled e-cig vapour had lower concentrations of VOCs than exhaled air.

  • Vaping Is 95% Safer Than Smoking:

A study carried out by Public Health England has concluded that e-cigarettes are not harmful as smoking and are found to be 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. The research team also has also reported that National Health Service must recommend e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking completely.

  • Vaping Does Not Cause Cancer:

Researchers from London-based British American Tobacco conducted a new study and reported that e-cigarettes do not cause cancer. The study, published in the journal of Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, concluded that only traces of tobacco cigarette collected in the cells and led to tumour development. However, e-cigs did not cause any cancer related symptoms at any nicotine dosage.

  • E-Cigarettes Are Less Addictive Than Tobacco Cigarettes:

A new study conducted by Jonathan Foulds revealed out that e-cigarettes are less addictive than regular tobacco cigarettes in a large sample of long-term users. A detailed report was published in the journal, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, which showed that the consumers who used e-cigs for a longer time felt less addictive than the cigarette smokers.

Although many people against vaping e-cigs have stated their hesitation allowing smokers to switch to e-cigarettes freely, there is enough positive scientific evidence showing the benefits gained when smokers switch to ecigarettes.

We hope you make your own research and read the evidence and pass the information to others who struggle to make the right decision to improve their health.

Article References:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0916/130916-e-cigarettes-may-have-helped-18000-people-quit-smoking-in-2015

https://www.myscience.org/news/2016/e_cigarettes_may_have_helped_18_000_people_quit_smoking_in_2015-2016-UCL

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/5/4965

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4838001/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/em.22091/full

http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/whatsnew-2015/226-sp

https://clinmedjournals.org/articles/iaarm/international-archives-of-addiction-research-and-medicine-iaarm-2-023.pdf

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/11/1123/htm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230015301549

https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotine-without-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0

Is The Vapour Released From E-Cigarettes Harmful To Bystanders?

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There seems to be a fair share of uncertainty, fear and doubt about the effects of vapour released from e-cigarette. Second hand vaping has been a major argument among people who are very serious about implementing e-cigarette bans. These bans have been increasing in many places as people are linking them to traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, several researches have been conducted to analyse and understand the effects of second hand effect from ecigs vapour.

Different studies have come up with different benchmarks, but most of them confirmed that the aerosol emitted through vaping is not harmful. A study published in BMC Central in early 2014 confirmed that there was no evidence for harmful effects when exposed to the e-cig second hand vapour. It was also predicted that the secondhand exposure would be less than 1% when compared to workplace air quality.

Another study conducted later in 2014 published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health looked deep into the carbonyl and phenolic compounds found in e-cigarette vapour. When overexposed to these chemicals, it leads to serious health problems. But, this does not seem to be a concern for second-hand exposure as exhaled e-cigarette vape does not increase bystander exposure for carbonyls and phenolics.

Another study published in the magazine Nicotine & Tobacco Research looked specifically at the effects of secondhand e-cigarette and the findings suggested that e-cig smoke will not impose any harmful effects on the by-standers. They also criticised the idea of e-cig bans in public places.

All these studies offer more evidence to the safety of e-cig vapour for bystanders and are against those unsupported assumptions. The bans on vaping are implemented only due to unnecessary panic towards the inherent risk to second hand vaping. In future, many realistic studies will be conducted for other chemicals to uncover more details on the positive sides of electronic cigarettes.

E-liquid Regulations and Labelling Requirements

 E-liquid Regulations and Labelling Requirements

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – MHRA is an UK agency responsible for implementing the rules for any vaping products with nicotine, and creating guidelines for both consumers and manufacturers.

MHRA’s Tobacco and Related Product Regulations took effect in 2016 in UK and made Tobacco Products Directive as a priority for e-cigarette manufacturers. Any vaping device with nicotine sold by the e-cig manufacturers and suppliers should be in compliance with the new set of rules and regulations to be able to survive in the UK e-cig market after 20 May 2017.

Although the new regulations have been thought to protect public health, the whole community is in disagreement and concerned about current and further limitations which could put at risk business future and freedom to customize individual vaping experiences.

Below are some changes to the rules to be followed by the e-cigarettes industry from the 20th May 2017.

-          Strengths of nicotine e liquid

The highest nicotine strength to be sold in the market cannot exceed 20mg/ml.

Although it could be a good idea to avoid nicotine overdose, this decision limits a portion of the vaping communities who prefers e-liquid customization. To customize e-liquids a person needs PG/VG bases of nicotine higher than 24mg/ml, to be able to dilute it to 6, 8 or 12mg/ml.

-          Regulations to tanks and bottles

The maximum capacity of tank/ cartridge/ clearomizer has been reduced to 2ml. This includes both prefilled, refillable tanks and disposable electronic cigarettes.

Manufacturers and suppliers should also limit the size of the bottles where they supply the nicotine e-liquids to 10ml capacity maximum.

Moreover, the devices should be tamper-proof, child-resistant and protected against breakage and leakage.

Safety measures are great idea to avoid accidents and to protect children and consumers. However the volumetric limitations to 2ml tanks and 10ml bottles not only will make it tedious for consumers who consume more than 2 ml a day, but for manufacturers which production costs will be affected pushing the price per ml of e liquids higher.

-          Quality compliance

The TPD compliant e-liquids should not contain artificial colorings and prohibited additives, also must be manufactured only using ingredients of high quality and purity. The e juice must also be free from ingredients that could pose some health risks to the consumers.

This measure could cut down a lot of overseas suppliers which ingredients and manufacturing practices are below quality standards or unknown.

-          Labelling information

The labels on the 10ml bottles should look a lot different than they are used to. Any TPD compliant e-liquid should display the following details on the label.

  • Brand & e-juice name should be mentioned
  • Ingredients must be mentioned clearly on the package along with their weight.
  • Nicotine content should be clearly visible.
  • The amount of nicotine delivered per dose must be indicated.
  • Details on the flavouring substances should be stated.
  • Directions for use and advice on the disposal of the contents and contained should be mentioned.
  • Batch coding along with the name, address, phone number and website of the importer/manufacturer/supplier must be present.
  • Shelf life and storage instruction of the product must be stated.
  • Information related to any known side effect must be explained.
  • Health Warnings “Product not to be sold to people under the age of 18 – Keep out of reach of children and animals – Nicotine is a highly addictive substance – Not recommended for use by non-smokers – Not to be used during pregnancy” must be present covering at least 30% of the unit package.

This measure is a positive step, as customers should be informed about the product to feel safer when using it, although it is a bit contradictory, as there is not much area in a 10ml bottle for a label displaying the whole information listed and still letting visible what is contained inside the bottle.

Without a doubt, 2017 will be the year of change for electronic cigarettes not only in the UK but across the globe as well. There can be a massive shakeup of the industry and enormous reduction of product offerings.

At Soulblu, we are well-positioned to adapt to any changes brought to the vaping industry and remain in compliance with legal requirements, serving customers across Australia and New Zealand.

References:

https://www.gov.uk/

Are E-Cigarettes better alternative for Asthmatic Patients?

E-Cigarettes better alternative for Asthmatic Patients

Governments all over the world are trying to enforce more and more regulations to control the use of e-cigarettes, even though there have been many studies done proving how beneficial it is to smokers when switching from tobacco to vaping e-cigarettes.

Smoking tobacco cigarettes makes asthma sufferers condition worse, affecting their lung function and make corticosteroids treatments less effective. On the other hand, using electronic cigarettes as an alternative to smoking will substantially reduce the impacts of smoking and associated health issues among asthma sufferers. A new study made by Professional Ricardo Polosa and his crew looked into the improvements seen among asthma patients who cut down smoking or fully switched to vaping. Some of the findings are shown below:

About the experiment:

Eighteen (18) asthmatic patients who switched from tobacco smokes to e-cigarettes were involved in the study to investigate any development in the respiratory function and overall health condition. They were closely monitored and various baseline measures were taken and checked against the figures obtained after 6 months, 12 months and 24 months.

Outcome:

The long time observation revealed consistent improvements in respiratory symptoms and lung function in all the patients. The evidence has proved that switching from smoking to vaping can benefits asthmatic patients in different ways. It not only helps in reversing the damages caused by tobacco cigarettes but also improves the effectiveness of treatment given to asthma sufferers.

Impacts of E-Cig Use on COPD Disease:

Apart from asthma, e-cigarettes can also benefit (converted to vaping) patients suffering from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. As per the global internet survey conducted on over 19,000 consumers, it is proved that people with emphysema, non-reversible asthma, chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis have experienced reduction in the symptoms after switching over to vaping.

Final Verdict:

Media and regulators are trying to make everyone believe that e-cigarettes are extremely harmful, but real studies have revealed out the benefits that can be gained by switching from smoking to vaping. In order to emphasize more on this finding, further studies should be conducted with a larger group so that people can gain a better understanding of how e-cig usage can reduce health problems like asthma and encourage smokers to switch to a 95% less harmful alternative to smoking.

References: Nicotinepolicy.net & Vapingpost.com

Is Nicotine Dangerous?

Is Nicotine Dangerous

Most people tend to associate nicotine with tobacco, smoking and as the cause of life-threatening diseases. But, the truth is that nicotine by itself is not harmful unless taken in high doses. Yes, nicotine can be addictive but not more addictive than substances like caffeine, which has a similar effects to the brain; in fact, some prescribed medicines containing moderate levels of nicotine have significant beneficial effects on a variety of psychiatric and mental disorders.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a parasympathomimetic alkaloid produced by plants of the nightshade family. Tobacco is not the only source of nicotine, you can find this substance even in some fruit, teas and vegetable sold at the supermarket, such as eggplant, potato, green pepper, tomato, cauliflower, etc., being tobacco plants the highest producer of nicotine.

Nicotine by itself is only a mild central system stimulant similar to caffeine and has very mild addictive properties also much like caffeine.

Is nicotine harmful?

As already stated, nicotine is not harmful by itself when used in moderation. When you smoke a cigarette, you will be consuming around 2 mg of nicotine. An individual who smokes two packs of cigarette per day would be ingesting 80 mg of nicotine. Similarly, a nicotine gum delivers around 2 to 4 mg of nicotine and on an average, a person can consume up to 64 mg of nicotine per day. These are safe levels, but taking 60 mg of concentrated nicotine in one dose is considered to be fatal. Is always recommended to stick to dosages under 18mg to avoid reactions, such as, headaches, dizziness or even vomits.

Is Vaping Nicotine safer than smoking?

When you vape, nicotine e-liquid gets heated up to controlled ranges of temperature, immediately converted to vapour that can be inhaled and exhaled. Here, there is no burning, combustion or tar involved, so you are cutting down the main causes of tobacco related diseases. Scientifically it has been proven that the amount of toxins found in nicotine e-liquids are minimal molecules sizes which are not harmful to humans, in some cases they are not even present.

It’s highly recommended to always source vaping gear and e-liquids from reliable, local and known manufacturers. Remember the cheapest option is not always the best option. Always ask for the best, safer and user friendly vaping device.

Positive sides of nicotine:

  • According to studies, nicotine is known to improve the cognitive function and memory of people with Alzheimer disease and schizophrenia. It can also be beneficial in preventing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Researchers at Standford University discovered that nicotine can stimulate the body to grow new blood vessels when used appropriately.
  • Nicotine helps improving mood and is recommended for people with mood disorders like anxiety and depression. It also provides you relief from stress, panic attacks and anxieties while increasing your focus and productivity.

Although, anyone can conclude that nicotine is not harmful, it’s highly recommended to use eliquids containing small doses of nicotine (up to 18mg) and source safe vaporisers from reliable, known and local suppliers.

Soulblu Australia does not supply, sell nicotine eliquids, but you can order up to 3 months  worth from a recommended overseas supplier online.

Recommended Harm Minimization Method for Smokers

Recommended Harm Minimization Method for Smokers

While you read this lines, you might have already realized the benefits that you can reap by switching over to electronic cigarettes. The biggest positive effect of replacing your regular cigarette with e-cigarettes is that you could eventually switch to a safer alternative while still enjoying blowing clouds away. However, without a method that perfectly works for you, it seems to be very tedious to make the transition and get rid of tobacco cigarettes.  In order to facilitate smokers like you, we have come up with a step-by-step method that helps you through the process:

Harm minimization strategy

  1. Make the right decision

Choosing the right electronic cigarettes supplier might take a while as there are so many websites online. If you are not sure call the supplier and get all your questions answered. Finding a local supplier who offers after sale support will make things easier, so search for one, visit them or call them. Remember always, a good supplier is not the one that offers hundreds of cheap e-cigs, it’s actually the one that offer original products, good quality, after sale support and service.

-          You will need to decide which e-cigarette starter kit to choose, although be prepare to upgrade as technology keeps catching up as it does with any electronics. You need to feel comfortable with your vaping device, so choose the right size, the most functional and easiest to use, refill and maintain.

-          Choose the right e-liquid flavor, if possible try many and choose up to three flavors to vape, so you can swap them without getting bored with the same

-          If you are a chain smoker, you can start with a comparative similar nicotine e-liquid strength to that from the tobacco ones you smoke. An average smoker can opt for higher strength whereas the social smokers can go for lighter end. In order to make the transition successfully, you need to strict with the appropriate nicotine strength for about eight weeks. Once you have got used to it, it’s time for the next step.

Reduce the nicotine strength:

If you are consuming nicotine e-liquid with the highest nicotine strength, drop it down to the medium strength once you feel is time or about 3 month after you started vaping. Again, you have to stick to this for around eight weeks before moving onto the next level. Try vaping less what you have been for the past 2 months.

Drop down to low strength:

This is the scariest level as you will drop down the nicotine strength from medium to low and rely much lesser on the e-cigarette. One of the best ways to cut down your dependency is to leave the e-cig at your home when you pop around. This would help weaning yourself away from the nicotine addiction completely.

Switch to zero nicotine:

In this stage, you have to drop down to zero nicotine e-liquid. Though you would be feeling irritating for a couple of days, you will not be addicted to nicotine anymore. If you are able to do this, you are almost done.

It is recommended to always keep a bottle of nicotine eliquids at home if you feel stress or going through difficult life situations. It’s best to fill up your tank with nicotine e-liquids during those times, rather than going back to buy cigarettes.

The harm minimization process through vaping might not happen overnight, it may even take several months to wean yourself away from nicotine. It is suggested to keep your e-cig with zero (or lowest strength) nicotine on reserve as you are likely to be susceptible to smokers for a while. Having it as a backup will be a favour in that situation. When you follow this method, you can certainly be free from smoking!