The UK is one of the most progressive countries when it comes to attitudes towards vaping. Legislation does apply, of course, but for the most part it follows common sense rules. However, there are some slightly strange quirks regarding the law on this matter, and you will find if you look into it closely that the rule simply aren’t consistent enough.
Here we highlight a few examples from across the UK, where the rules simply aren’t clear and are perhaps the result of an error of judgement.
One example is that in Scotland, vaping is banned by default on hospital premises. Many people have questioned this, because people trying to quit smoking should surely be encouraged by healthcare providers. Since the decision was controversial, hospital boards were given the right to overturn the ban if they chose to, and so far several have taken advantage of this.
Train stations and airports
When it comes to transportation, most UK stations and airports follow the same rules, but without actual laws there are always exceptions. For example, Heathrow airport is the only one in the country with a designated vaping zone. Southeastern Trains are in a similar position as the only rail network to permit vaping on their platforms and even on board.
Since there is no law banning e-cigarettes in public places, businesses are left to make their own decisions about whether to treat all smokers and vapers the same way or not. In many cases, bigger chains will enforce a no smoking, no vaping policy in all their shops to make things easier. Independent businesses will sometimes allow people to vape inside, but it depends on their own views.
There have been a few instances over the years of people being hit with fines or even arrested for vaping in the wrong places, which is despite there being no specific law on such matters. This indicates that proper legislation is required, even as people are becoming gradually more used to the trend.
Scientists working on behalf of Cancer Research UK have finally announced that vaping is less dangerous than smoking cigarettes according to real scientific data. This represents a major breakthrough for the vaping community, as this kind of endorsement has been out of reach for many years despite the intuition behind it.
Many people like to tar others with the same brush, whether they smoke cigarettes or use electronic vaping devices. However, there are many fundamental differences between the two habits and only one of them has been proven to have significant long term health risks. Vaping is known to eliminate many of the most severe health risks associated with smoking tobacco, but despite this it has rarely been officially acknowledged as a healthier alternative.
In this case, a study financed by Cancer Research UK took place over the course of six months. The aim was to examine the effects of vaping as a substitute for smoking, by having a group of people take this up for the duration of the experiment. After this, they were tested for various known toxins and carcinogenic substances which could increase the likelihood of developing cancer. Unsurprisingly, the findings were that toxin levels in the people who vaped instead of smoked actually reduced.
Of course, this is not the first study to look at the health benefits of vaping. Many more examples exist, but have not been widely reported or taken seriously by major companies or healthcare providers. For example, Public Health England said that vaping is 95% safer than smoking according to research conducted in 2016. Although e-cigarettes are not a miracle cure, they are certainly a safer substitute for cigarettes, and yet the general public rarely hears this viewpoint.
This is a cause for concern, not only for those in the business who get frustrated with the stigma surrounding vaping, but for anyone who wants better provision of alternatives to smoking. Perhaps if the global community was more receptive to positive stories about vaping, we would see an increased interest in the trend and a reduction in the number of people still smoking harmful tobacco.
If you want to use vaping as a substitute for smoking, you are probably making a wise choice. It’s proven to be a much healthier alternative, and there is an increasing amount of support available for being looking to ditch the habit. Although more than half of people who vape also smoke, you can gradually switch away from tobacco if you follow these steps.
1) Look into NHS support
The NHS officially encourages stop-smoking initiatives to help people who are using e-cigarettes as a method to quit. This means you should be able to get personal or group assistance from any local service in your area.
2) Understand your habit
In order to stop smoking, you first need to figure out why you do it in the first place. Although addiction fuels the habit, there will be specific reasons why you smoke at particular times. If you can identify your triggers you may be able to tackle them directly.
3) Get the right products
There are many products on the market for people interested in vaping, so you might find that something else could work better for you if you aren’t getting to grips with your current choice. You may need to temporarily increase the amount of nicotine in your e-liquids in order to get a strong enough effect, or you might simply want to try more interesting flavours to get more enjoyment from vaping. Speak to a friend or an expert to get ideas and maintain your interest.
4) Stay on track with an app
You can use your phone or smartwatch to help you quit smoking by installing an application of your choice to assist you. Many apps on the market are designed to help you track your habits and change your behaviour. An app could remind you what you should be doing, track your achievements and even tell you much you’ve saved by not smoking. The idea is to boost your motivation constantly to keep you going.
5) Make steady progress
A major change in your life such as quitting smoking doesn’t have to happen overnight. It is usually much better to go slowly so that you can maintain your pace and don’t lose momentum later. Using any of the previously mentioned tips may help you stay on track and eventually make the switch from smoking to vaping. Good luck!
Although many people are happy to see vaping or using e-cigarettes as a beneficial and healthy alternative to smoking tobacco, there are still many others who don’t see it that way. Unfortunately, a lot of people make a snap judgement without knowing all the facts because there are several popular myths about vaping which simply aren’t true. Here are just some of the most common myths, debunked.
Vaping devices can explode
Technically this is possible, in the same way that most electronic devices have the capacity to malfunction or pose a safety risk. However, e-cigarettes and box mods are highly unlikely to explode, catch fire or anything else unless they’re very poorly made or you use them incorrectly.
Cheap or fake products may be missing the “CE” mark which is a sign that legal requirements for manufacturing safe products have actually been met. The older style e-cigarettes (with the appearance of real cigarettes) often suffer from this. Faulty or incompatible chargers can also cause issues in very rare cases. On the whole, though, the risk of your mod or e-cigarette exploding while in use is next to non-existent.
Vaping is just as bad as smoking
Fortunately, there is plenty of scientific evidence to confirm that this is not the case. Although long term research is still needed and nobody can really say for sure what the long term effects of vaping are, it certainly eliminates a lot of the risk associated with the carcinogenic chemicals in standard cigarettes. Studies have shown that smoking is actually at least 20 times as harmful as vaping.
Vapers move on to smoking and other drugs
There are people who claim that teenagers start vaping before moving onto tobacco or even other drugs. There is actually no evidence to suggest this is the case, and in fact a very small proportion of teens or children actually use e-cigarettes or mods without first smoking tobacco. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of under-18s take up tobacco smoking every year for unrelated reasons.
Dripping is a slightly different process to vaping that requires slightly different equipment, although the concept is very similar. You can still use the same e-liquids and almost the same devices to vaporise them, but what you do differently is based around the cartomiser that you would normally fill with juice before vaping. In the case of dripping, this is actually not used or required at all.
Instead, what you would normally do is drip just a few droplets of your chosen e-liquid directly onto the most important part of your atomiser, more specifically the coil or the bridge. To do this you would need to remove the tip of a pen-style device, insert the drips and replace the lid.
You can replace parts on your device to make this easier and stop you from having to dismantle your device repeatedly. For example, it is common for people who enjoying dripping regularly to remove the bridge which usually covers the coil to spread out the liquid, and instead drip the liquid onto the coils themselves manually. You may also choose to use a drip tip on your device with a greater width which makes it easier to drip. This is a major advantage because you can keep your device in one piece while vaping with this method.Continue reading
When people take their vaping really seriously, many start to get into cloud chasing. It has been dismissed by some people as showing off, and it’s also considered rude to constantly blow massive clouds of vapour in public, but that doesn’t stop some e-liquid vapers from enjoying the practice and even making it into something of a competitive sport. There are even several global contests offering significant prizes for the best cloud chasers.
All of this comes down to the skills of those people when setting up their tools, including the atomisers that produce the clouds and the e-liquids that go into them. Here is a basic summary of what aspiring cloud chasers should be considering if they want to get into it.
Powered mods will need a suitable battery to give the best results, which means it needs to provide the correct level of power, and above all be safe.
A major factor is the physical design of your mod and choice of coil, which will vary the resistance. This is definitely going to have an impact on the sort of vapour clouds you produce.Continue reading
Craft e-liquids are a specific category of higher end e-liquids that you may be particularly interested in if you’re really getting into the world of vaping as a hobby. These more sophisticated products have been created with a bit more care and attention than your classic bargain basement e-liquids that might have more weak, basic and artificial flavours.
Craft e-liquids will be made from higher quality ingredients by people with a real understanding of how to make the flavours more intense and provide a great vaping experience. Here are some of the top brands to consider when shopping for craft e-liquids.
This Californian brand is really going for a classy and elegant design scheme, with a traditional look despite the modern industry it’s in. You’ll find Five Pawns in only the best vaping boutique stores, and they have a small selection of very high quality flavours to try.
A lot of the best craft e-liquid brands are based in California, a real hotspot for vaping, and Space Jam Robo Fuel is another juice brand to come from the state. They have seven simple but exciting fruit flavours on their menu, which have been very positively reviewed.Continue reading
For people who are into vaping, whether it’s as an aid to quitting smoking for just because they enjoy it, experimenting with different flavour combinations can be the most fun part. If you’re going one level up from pre-made e-cigarettes, perhaps using a more substantial mod to vape, you can try out some more advanced liquids and mix your own DIY combinations. Flavourings for e-liquids are available from many great brands, but we would recommend trying some of these for a really great vaping experience.
1) Flavour Art
This UK brand has one of the widest ranges of flavours around, with over 180 different varieties to taste. Their liquids are available in nicotine-free varieties as well as the traditional ones which do contain a certain percentage of it. As well as different collections of flavours including Fruit, Sweet and Passion, they even offer a tasting sample kit as well as special flavour enhancing ingredients.
For a huge range of fruit and dessert themed e-liquids which are cheap and also taste incredible, Capella is one of your top options. They have some really unique flavours, and just a few examples include Cake Batter, Dragon Fruit, New York Cheesecake and many more exciting options. Although they are great for e-liquid mixing, Capella flavourings are actually designed for use in any food or drink, especially for diabetic people since they don’t contain any fat or sweeteners.Continue reading
There are so many e-liquids on the market that you might be overwhelmed with choices at first, but many people manage to work their way through a lot of different brands and flavours relatively quickly. Once you’ve figured out what you like or don’t like, the prices of some professionally prepared e-liquids can get frustrating and many people turn to the idea of mixing their own.
If you want to experiment with new flavour combinations and create some original DIY e-liquids, here are the most crucial ingredients you will need before you make a start.
1) Propylene Glycol (PG)
This is the most common choice among vapers and will serve as the starting point for mixing your e-liquid. Since it may contain animal fats it isn’t suitable for everyone, so people who are vegetarian/vegan or have allergies to PG will usually use vegetable glycerine (VG) as a substitute. Whichever option you go for, you have to ensure it’s classed as “food grade” so it’s safe to use.
2) Distilled water
This is not always strictly essential, but if you’re using VG as your main liquid base this is usually too thick and you’ll need to add the distilled water in order to make it thinner.Continue reading