E Cigarettes: Miracle or Menace? A BBC Documentary

Michael Mosley investigates the dramatic rise of electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are everywhere these days, but what does the latest scientific research on them reveal?

Are they really better for you than cigarettes? What is actually in them? Is passive vapour harmful? And can they really stop you from smoking?
Michael meets some of the scientists around the world studying them, asks a group of volunteers to try to give up smoking regular cigarettes using them, and even takes up ‘vaping’ himself, using an e-cigarette every day for a month to see the effects on his own health – no easy task for such a committed non-smoker.

 

Source: BBC

 

Ecig Drama: Do electronic cigarette explode?

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Since the introduction of electronic cigarettes, a lot has been spoken about the difference between smoking and vaping. From facts to speculations, critics to promotion, e cigs have always been in the spotlight. Recently, e-cigarette explosion has become a hot topic in the vaping world raising doubts among people whether to switch to this smoking alternative.

Is this really true? Can electronic cigarette explode?

To answer the question, based on the recent stats and reports, yes electronic cigarette can explode, but what causes them to explode is the actual question that has to be asked.

Causes of e-cig explosion

Majority of the explosion happens when the device is being charged.

Most electronic cigarettes these days comes with a rechargeable battery and a USB charger. It was determined that the cause of outburst was due to the use of wrong chargers as opposed to the one provided by the manufacturer. Each electronic cigarette device uses different batteries and each batteries have varied capacity and load. Connecting incorrect USB charger can sometimes overload or overcharge the battery leading to explosion. Also using non-tested and not certified chargers can lead to e-cigarette outburst.

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Lithium-ion batteries must be charged in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Using power sources not approved by the manufacturer can result in an explosion and fire.

Safety Tips:

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A good quality personal vaporizer or mechanical mod battery is quite safe, assuming you follow some basic guidelines.

  1. Always make it a point to read the manual before using any electronic cigarette.
  2. Always read the battery guidelines before purchasing separate battery or charging leads
  3. Anything that plugs directly into a wall socket in Australia must have the appropriate electrical safety certification. For example all soulblu electronic devices carry a C- Tick Stamp.
  4. Using the right charger and charging lead – while a charger’s connection may fit a battery, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is compatible.
  5. Never leave the battery to charge unattended
  6. Charge away from flammable materials
  7. Don’t attempt to charge a battery that is damaged
  8. Remove batteries from charger once charging cycle is completed. Don’t overcharge.
  9. If battery is getting warm while charging, disconnect the charger immediately
  10. Keep all vaping equipment, including the chargers and batteries, out of the reach of children.

It is important to bear in mind that batteries store a lot of energy in a small space; as do other devices using lithium batteries – for example laptops, mobile phones follow pretty much the same sort of charging guidelines.

E-Juice Safety – Know why it is important to be careful around pets

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Our customers love the great flavors and enjoy the wonderful taste of premium e liquids we offer, but one thing they often tend to forget or probably may not be aware of, is the potential hazard caused by eliquid to other members of their home – pets. Cats and dogs are great companions who love to go for a walk or curl up on the couch while you vape your e-cig, however eliquid can be a serious hazard to their health. Here is a look at some reasons to be extra cautious with your flavours when you are around your pets.

Cats

You might enjoy dragging a puff of your nicotine contained eliquid, a slight dosage or a few drops can cause serious consequence to cats, if consumed. Cats are always curious, so be sure they are locked up or you are far away from their sight while you refill your kit. Also clean the place once after you refill, even if you are an expert who knows how to fill without spilling a drop. External exposure such as paws to nicotine or ejuice can get absorbed through skin and affect them.

In addition to this, propylene glycol popularly known as PG in the vaping world, which is a proportion of eliquid can also cause health concerns to cats. This substance along with onions can cause something known as Heinz bodies which is anemia due to red blood cell damage in cats.

Dogs

Dogs are also subject to danger when exposed to e-liquid. Similar to cats nicotine in eliquid can be dangerous to dogs as well. It can cause increased heart rate and breathing, tremors, vomiting and more. Dogs like to chew, especially those little ones love to chew on their toys. Leaving your electronic cigarette kit unnoticed or easily accessible can lead to dangerous consequences.

Please keep your e liquid away from your pets for their own safety, health, and protection. We, at soulblu.com love cats, dogs and all other pets. We don’t want any of them to be in danger or hurt in any way. Make sure to keep e liquid, e juice nicotine, or any of the other e-cigarette products safe and away from your pets.

Is there anything called as second hand vaping?

Many of us would have heard the term called “second-hand smoke or passive smoking” before, an unpleasant smell that comes out, when you go past or stand nearby a person smoking. In recent times, there has been a similar talk in the vaping industry, where some groups have come out with a phrase called “second hand vaping or passive vaping” Is it true? Is there something called as second hand vaping? Let’s find out.

Very recently, the Journal of chromatography A, a leading publication has released a study analysed on exhaled breath of participants who smoked traditional cigarettes,  and ecigarette – as well as ambient room air and normal exhaled air, looking for a series of 156 known volatile organic compounds, in other words, VOCs. Smoke or breath were collected in Bio-VOCs.

In the study, participants were asked to take three deep breaths before they could blow into the sampling device. They observed strong difference in the VOC composition of tobacco cigarette smoke and exhaled breath when comparing with those of e-cigarette smoking. The former involved transfers of a much larger burden of organic compounds into smokers, including benzene, toluene, naphthalene and other pollutants of general concern. E-Cigarettes led to strong absorptions of propylene glycol and glycerine in the users of these systems.

In another research made by BBC, regular breathing and breathing e cigarette vapour was similar and result showed no signs of second hand vaping.

source: outis110

So what could a person determine from this? Science seems to show that there is little to no difference between vaping and breathing. There are many other things which are more harmful than electronic cigarette.

To know more about ecigarette & eliquid visit Soulblu. Our specialist can help you explain more about ecigarettes and its benefits. Also visit our blog to learn more about vaping and how to use it.

The Truth About Vaping

Many people have different opinions about vaping. Some health activists and researchers still consider vaping as a health hazard.  Public health England openly released reports stating electronic cigarette is 95% less harmful than traditional smoking, since then there were number of reports favouring e-cig, but still there are doubts in the minds of many individuals. Some even think that vaping might be a gateway to increased smoking.

Check out “THE TRUTH OF VAPING”

 

Is It About Time To Switch To E-cigarette?

Addiction without consequences

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How many of us have made a resolution to quit smoking on the New Year’s Eve and lived up to it? There are few who have kept their words, while many others are still finding it difficult to quit smoking. Snuffing out the habit of smoking can be a daunting task, but switching to vaping can really help in reducing the effects of smoking.

There are many surveys, polls and interviews conducted by media on smoking and electronic cigarettes. Doctors and researchers have come out supporting the benefits of e-cigarette over traditional smoking. Very recently Public Health England (PHE) also released a report stating e-cigs are 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco.

Reason for Change

The percentage of smoking has declined considerably over past few years and the most likely reason for the reduction is the increased use of ecigarettes.

The reason for this change is that smokers are being swayed to try ecigs by family and friends. Some feel the convenience of using them indoors, while others talk about the cost savings and better health as compared to conventional smoking.

Echoing on the above one can tell smoking is definitely injurious to health while vaping can reduce that effect immensely. In simple words YES it is about time to switch to e-cigarettes. So don’t just make a resolution, live up to it.

Soulblu has all the equipment and eliquid flavours to enhance your experience and can help you kick the bad smoking habit. You can purchase online at www.soulblu.com or visit our store in person located in Melbourne Area. Whether you are looking for a starter kit or an advanced one, our experts will guide you through for an optimal vaping experience.

The Best Christmas Gift ideas for Vapers

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We are just few weeks away from Christmas and many would be wondering what would be the ideal Christmas present for their loved ones. Whether you are gifting it for yourself or for a friend who likes or wants to switch to vaping, Soulblu is a great place to gather your gifts. Electronic cigarette and eliquid are among the top Christmas gifts this year.

 

Here are some Christmas vaping gift recommendations for fellow vapers from Soulblu:

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit:

Mod Box Mini 25w

Maybe you know someone who is wanting to quit smoking and finding it difficult to do so. Gift them an e-cig starter kit and help them out to seek a healthy direction starting this New Year. Each kit comes with the instruction for vaping and don’t forget to get the ejuice along with the kit. Do this and they will owe you a big time.

Eliquid:

E-liquid

Another ideal gift for your friend or family is to purchase different flavours of eliquid. Check out our summer collections or our eliquid specials for some recommendations. Find out their favourite vaping flavour and stock them up to surprise them. Browse our eliquid doublers and if you are looking for nicotine content check out our New Zealand store.

Cartomiser and other accessories:

Nautilus Mini Clearomiser

If you have a friend who is vaping for a while then gift them with ecigarette accessories such as a car charger, a spare battery or coil. You can also gift prefilled or empty cartomisers for an existing kit.

 

 

Look out for Soulblu Christmas specials starting early next week.  Grab the best offer this Christmas and help your loved ones to switch from smoking.

Five Flavours to Freeze the Heat this summer

Favourite summer eliquid flavours - Soulblu

Summer has just started and it is going to be a draining December, sweaty January and fired up February. Are you looking for ways to stay cool and refreshed?

Here are five great flavour summer collections from Soulblu.

Icy Menthol:

Made out of food grade ingredients Icy Menthol e-liquid is the strongest of all menthol which will give you a strong throat hit and will be loved by menthol lovers. You can also mix it with other flavours such as tobacco, fruit flavours or unflavoured PG/VG if too strong.

Fruit Concentrates:

Ideal for experienced vapers who loves to make their own e liquids.  Available in 10ml and 30ml the fruit concentrates has different flavours such as apple, strawberry, blueberry, mango, banana, peach and pineapple flavours. Each flavours are refreshingly different and contain 0mg nicotine.

Grape Haba:

A juicy melting and authentic gum flavour eliquid grape haba can be vaped all day without being too sweet. So delicious to vape on its own and can still be a creative mixture with other fruit flavours giving you a cool sensation.

Lovely flavour, great vapour production and excellent after-taste.

Raging Bull:

Energy you can vape all day.

With legitimate and strong sweet flavour raging bull has been tested not to be overpowering and can be smoked as it is or diluted to your taste. Keep your energy level up this summer and enjoy watching your game of sport with raging bull.

Alpine Ice:

Made of half tobacco and half menthol flavour, alpine ice is neither mild nor too strong, but still most popular as it gives a good strong throat hit. Sit down, relax and enjoy the sun set with alpine Ice.

With many flavours to choose from, you are sure to find your favourite ones.

 What are your favourite eliquid flavours for this summer?

Share your thoughts with fellow vapers and enjoy vaping.

Is Vaping Dangerous?

Are we being lied about e-cigarettes by Big Pharmaceutical Companies

Soulblu- Online Vaping Store

Many Pharmaceutical Companies and other health activists consider e-cigarette as a health hazard. Is this really true? Or are we being lied to?

A film by “A Billion Lives” is set to be released in 2016 exposing the reasons behind the support to ban electronic cigarettes. The trailer which was recently released has the caption saying “The Truth is coming” which projects a billion people will die this century due to smoking. The trailer also says vaping nicotine is not a perfect solution, but will at least reduce the harmful effect of smoking when switched.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER BELOW

The big players with vested interests are keeping this technology away from the masses and their real motive seems to be cold hard cash than health the people.

Source: A Billion Lives

PHE Report- Electronic Cigarette less harmful than Smoking

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A recent report commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) has found that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco and also, the report shows that e-cigarettes are helping smokers who cannot or do not want to stop smoking to change to e-cigarettes could help to reduce smoking related disease , death and health inequalities.

The report indicate the emerging evidence that e- cigarettes can be effective cessation and reduction aids and also e-cigarettes help people quit smoking and it was determined that there is “no evidence” that they offer young people a gateway into smoking, Unlike of this, trends in England explained that since e –cigarettes were introduced to the market, cigarette smoking among adults and youth has declined.

One of the problems that e-cigarettes has faced is the continuing negative media campaigns against them, and it is the probable explanation for the change in the perception of e- cigarettes safety, many people think the risk of e-cigarettes are the same as smoking tobacco and this report clearly shows that e- cigarettes are 95% less harmful to the health than normal cigarettes, and help most smokers to quit tobacco.

“E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm,” explained Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE. “The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely.”

The report also explain that e-cigarettes are not a danger for a young population and also for non-smokers, according to the study realized by smoking toolkit study (STS, England) which showed that some of people who use e-cigarettes for the first time do not still using them, and all of these studies have showed that they has helped a lot of people who want to quit to stop this.

“Fears that e-cigarettes have made smoking seem normal again or even led to people taking up tobacco smoking are not so far being realised based on the evidence assessed by this important independent review,” said Professor Linda Bauld from Cancer Research UK. “In fact, the overall evidence points to e-cigarettes actually helping people to give up smoking tobacco.”

It’s estimated that currently 80,000 people in England die each year as a result of smoking, but if everybody who does smoke were to switch to e-cigarettes, then this figure is predicted to drop to just 4,000. The evidence, according to the report, is clear: Smoking e-cigarettes is much less harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes. And if used in conjunction with stop smoking support services, they offer a much better chance at quitting altogether.

The report of the public health of England suggest “Encouraging smokers who cannot stop smoking to switch to e-cigarettes could be adopted as one of the key strategies to reduce smoking related disease and death”

Download the complete report below.

PHE Ecigarette Report