July 2016


Sales of e-cigarettes continue to grow

In June, the electronic cigarette industry crossed the threshold of $6 billion in annual sales worldwide – a huge milestone for the relatively new trade. As more and more smokers eschew the use of traditional cigarettes in favour of safer, cheaper methods such as e-cigs, the tobacco industry is slowly realising that this is a problem that will not go away any time soon. Many in Europe believe that certain aspects of the Tobacco Products Directive were actively lobbied for by those looking to stifle sales of e-cigs and prevent... Read More

What Is Vaping?

How was vaping invented? When Hon Lik’s father died of lung cancer 2001, the Shenyang-based pharmacist believed that he could do more to prevent more deaths that resulted from smoking cigarettes. He recognised that many smokers did not necessarily enjoy the habit, but rather continued to smoke as a result of a strong chemical and habitual addiction that allowed them to relax during stressful situations. Lik believed that the available anti-smoking aids such as nicotine patches and chewing gum were relatively ineffective, providing small amounts of relief from the chemical... Read More

Is vaping safe?

For many who are unaware of the history and internal workings of e-cigarettes, it’s easy to understand why they might think it’s a brand-new idea and therefore wonder ‘is vaping safe?’ – but in fact, the concept of vaporizing is not very modern at all. Vaporizing has been used for over 2500 years, originating in Egypt where hemp would be used on hot stones, creating a breathable vapour that users would enjoy in a similar fashion to a Turkish bath. In the 20th century, there were many failed attempts to... Read More

The Tobacco Products Directive 2016 – what does it mean for e-cigarettes?

As e-cigarettes have got more popular in recent years, it was only a matter of time before the EU introduced certain regulations to maintain the industry. Though it officially became law on 20 May 2016, many are still unsure exactly what effects the TPD will have on the average vaper. In this article we’ll be examining the advantages and disadvantages of the bill and how it relates to e-cig users.   A limit on e-liquid strength The EU is limiting the concentration of nicotine in e-liquid, believing high-strength liquids could... Read More


Latest Study in Scotland Backs E-Cigarettes

The Centre of Substance Use Research in Glasgow have presented a paper at a large tobacco conference in Poland stating that vaping has reduced the possibility of young people starting to smoke. It was believed that the sweet flavours and packaging of e-cigarettes and e-liquid could be attracting young people into vaping who wouldn’t ordinarily have smoked. This has lead to the belief that vaping is a ‘gateway’ into traditional smoking habits. The study interviewed a number of young people in Scotland who were a mix of current and former... Read More

What is an atomizer?

With the rapid rise of e-cigarettes over the last five years, there has been a large influx of jargon entering the social mainstream in relation to vaping. From clearomizers, cartomizers and coils, to dripping, tanks and e-liquid; for many who are looking to try an e-cigarette, the vaping world can often seem a little complex. Essentially, whichever format of e-cigarette is used, they all have one thing in common and that is the inclusion of an atomizer.   So, exactly what is an atomizer? In standard diction, an atomizer refers... Read More