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“Vaping Bogan” – Reaver’s RaD Ice Tea

Sending out our heartfelt thanks to both “Vaping Bogan” who tested, paired and mentioned our “Reaver’s VapE-Liquids – RaD Ice Tea ” and also to “Larry” who VB acquired the bottle from during his recent visit to the Vaper Expo Birmingham – 2019 …..

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FACTS, MYTHS, HEALTH-RELATED, RIDICULOUS ADVERTS, DOCUMENTARY “WAR ON E-CIGS”

“5 types of Vape Store Employees” SUPPLIED COURTESY OF DashVapes,
“Top 5 myths about vaping” SUPPLIED COURTESY OF Ryan Hall and Ryan,
“Heart Surgeon says VAPING is SAFER” – SUPPLIED COURTESY OF and is the medical opinion of Dr. Gopal Bhatnagar, Head of Cardiovascular Surgery at Trillium Health Center
“Ridiculous vape advert’s.” SUPPLIED COURTESY OF DashVapes,
“E-Cigarettes: Welcome back, big tobacco – the fifth estate” SUPPLIED COURTESY OF “The FIFTH ESTATE”
“Planet of the Vapes: why is there a war on e-cigarettes” SUPPLIED COURTESY OF – WORLDwrite

5 types of Vape Store Employees
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8lqOP8X5f0

Top 5 myths about vaping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y7sCPcwJ20 

Heart Surgeon says VAPING is SAFER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6fIrNGhucY

Ridiculous vape advert’s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSuYQivfY0A 

E-Cigarettes: Welcome back, big tobacco – the fifth estate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2myg-4zkE8

Planet of the Vapes: why is there a war on e-cigarettes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWyX47PcDH0&t=11s

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“VAPE” – Vaping Associated Preffered Etiquette

A Basic Guide to becoming a “Considerate Vaper”

General Etiquette is definitely important and the cornerstones of modern society and can only be positively driven through the thought for others:

  • Consideration for others requires self-control.
  • Considerate Vapers know how to behave in social settings and will always make proper decisions while in public.
  • Consideration includes being polite and especially how we behave on social media.
  • One of the rudest things a smoker can do is to blow smoke into another person’s face. The same rule definitely applies when vaping. Even though vapors are perceived to be less toxic, the act of blowing vapor is rude in itself.

 

“VAPE” – Vaping Associated Preffered Etiquette:

Each vaper is expected to be aware of these facts regarding their preffered daily past time….

  • “Vaping is perceived to be potentially less harmful than smoking?”
  • “With vaping we tend to take in fewer or less toxins than our stinky smoking counterparts?”
  • “Vapor” or “clouds” should be less of a nuisance than smoke from a cigarette?”

This being said, as Vapers we all feel that we should be able to vape anywhere. By focusing on being considerate of others you positively drive and promote the basic and expected Vaping etiquette.

Some Considerations:

  • It makes a lot of sense that Confined spaces are not a good place for vaping.
  • There maybe people occupying the same space that will have to breathe in the vapors.
  • This may not be so pleasant for others around you.
  • A closed space means that the vapors will hang around longer and the concentration will rise with each cloud.

So where can you Vape?

DO IT AT HOME

  • You have the privacy to do what you like in your place.
  • Good Etiquette is to always be considerate and courteous and air out your space before having guests over.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

  • Good etiquette is to go and vape outside and or find a suitable place downwind.
  • People around you perceive vaping to be just like smoking and vaping in or around them can be both offensive and inconsiderate.
  • Always be courteous and minful of not getting your vapor into the faces of others persons.

OUT AND ABOUT

  • It is always recommended not to vape while out in any public places or spaces, in restaurants, while shopping, etcetera.
  • Just don’t vape where you wouldn’t smoke.
  • Most of the time adhere to the same warnings and restriction adainst smoking in all public places, it is considerate and best practice to follow the same rules for vaping.

WHILE IN A VEHICLE

  • If you are in your own vehicle you will tend to vape in you own vehicles confined space, that’s your choice.
  • We recommend rolling down the windows to avoid impairing your vision while driving.
  • Be considerate to others and air out the vehicle before transporting children, friends or guests.

 

Vaping Etiquette: Be an Example and make a Good Impression……

  • Making a good impression is key to improving the perception of what vapers and vaping is all about and always be mindful of how it compares to smoking.
  • Answering a few quick questions about vaping makes a great impression and helps out everyone.
  • The Majority of people do not understand the difference between vaping and smoking If you see that someone is curious be cordial and enlighten them as to what they are witnessing and how vaping works and try to educate them.

THE SOCIAL ASPECTS:

Vaping socially is becoming more common and when it comes to vaping with or near other people a few pointers should be taken into consideration.

ALWAYS ASK FOR PERMISSION

When you go into someone elses car or home, you always need to ask for permission for a number of reasons especially if you are in close proximity to them and are occupying their space.

  • Always ask the house owner or driver before you start thinking of heating up those coils….
  • If you are in the company of people that do not smoke take a few moments and ask if it is okay to vape.
  • If they end up having any questions be polite and try to inform them about just what vaping is all about.
  • Most times, they will try be gracious and say yes. Even so be considerate and always offer to take it outside.

PETS AND CHILDREN

  • Vaping around children and pets is considered similar to smoking.
  • Recommended good practice to avoid doing it at all.
  • The risk of your pet or child getting into your nicotine e-juices could be fatal.

VAPING AROUND SMOKERS

Vaping Etiquette involves:

  1. Always being Considerate of others
  2. Applying plain old Common Sense
  3. About educating other vapers to be more tolerant and accepting.

In conclusion:

“A persistent and focused positive vaping etiquette will go a long way to countering the stigma and negative bias being experienced against Vaping as a whole.”

Reaversadmin:

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Typical Vapor Content of an Electronic Cigarette

This article is part 7 of the Top 20 Rebuttals to Win an E-Cigarette Debate

For the most part, we know exactly what goes into the production of the liquid used in the majority of electronic cigarettes. E-liquid typically consists of four main ingredients: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine and flavoring. What isn’t exactly clear is what constituents make up the vapor e-cigs produce.

E-Cig Ingredients
Most e-liquid and e-cig cartridges list the ingredients on the label.

Key Points

  • Most e-liquids are made with propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, USP grade nicotine, GRAS flavoring and, in some cases, distilled water.
  • A 2012 study published in the scientific journal Indoor Air found e-cigs vapor contains only 6 out of 20 chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
  • VOC levels in vapor were far below safety limits and up to 40 times lower than those of tobacco smoke.
  • 2nd hand nicotine inhalation is not a concern as only trace amounts were detected from vapor directly exhaled into a 10L glass chamber.

Chemical reactions produced by heat as well as components of the atomizer will often produce unexpected results in electronic cigarette vapor. That’s not to say the vapor is bad, it just simply has more than the four ingredients, on average, that make up the liquid that produces it.

Electronic Cigarette Ingredients

Fortunately, an increasing amount of evidence has shown the vapor produced by e-cigs to be far safer than cigarette smoke. Before we dive into what actually makes up the contents of electronic cigarette vapor, let’s break down each of the main ingredients used in the manufacturing of e-cig liquid.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is an organic compound generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. It is used as an humectant, solvent, and preservative in food and tobacco products, and is one of the main ingredients in the liquid used in electronic cigarettes.

It is also used in pharmaceutical and personal care products. Propylene glycol is a solvent in many pharmaceuticals that are insoluble in water. While it won’t produce the amount of vapor that vegetable glycerin will, PG provides much of the throat hit in e-cig vapor that many smokers are accustomed to feeling in that of a cigarette.

Vegetable Glycerin

Like propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin is another base ingredient of e-liquids that produces the vapor of an e-cigarette. Also known as vegetable glycerol, VG is a considerably thicker liquid solution than PG and thus produces more vapor, albeit with a weaker throat hit.

Because of this, it will cause gunk to build up in atomizers, reducing their life span. However, it isn’t as allergenic and doesn’t cause irritation as often as propylene glycol does in sensitive users. Most e-cigarette liquids incorporate a combination of both PG and VG to give vapers a good throat hit as well as vapor production.

Nicotine

Contrary to popular misconception, nicotine is NOT the cancer causing agent found in most tobacco products. It is an addictive stimulant similar to caffeine that is produced from tobacco leaves.

Nicotine can then be used in the manufacturing of various pharmaceutical products like gums, patches and lozenges to help smokers wean off cigarettes. In the case of e-cigs, it is extracted into a liquid form, often combined with different mixes of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin to dilute its strength.

Distilled Water

Sometimes distilled water is used in place of propylene glycol to thin out mixes that only use vegetable glycerin as a diluent. This is done to decrease the viscosity of the mix to ensure it wicks better in some atomizers and doesn’t gunk up as quick as 100% vegetable glycerin would.

Flavoring

  • Malic Acid: Malic acid is an organic compound made from living organisms that is used in fruit flavored e-liquids. It’s what gives green apples and grapes their sour, tarty taste and has been approved as a food additive in the USA, EU, Australia and New Zealand. Malic acid is also added to some cola drinks to lower their pH levels.
  • Acetylpyrazine: Acetylpyrazine occurs naturally in peanuts, corn and sesame oil. It is another commonly used food flavoring that is often used in tobacco, chocolate and coffee flavored eliquid.
  • Vanillin: As one might expect, vanillin is used in most vanilla and other desert flavored e-liquids. It is the primary component of vanilla bean extract. Vanillin may be extracted from vanilla pods or artificially made from lignin.

So What’s In the E-Cig Vapor?

The nitrosamine argument has been hotly contested for a while now. The electronic cigarette industry doesn’t claim e-cigs to be 100 percent healthy, as nothing we eat, drink or breathe is perfectly safe. We do know that the quantities of impurities found in e-juice are far lower and thus exponentially safer than those in tobacco cigarettes. But what is actually in the vapor and how safe is it?

A 2012 study published in the scientific journal Indoor Air compared the vapor of electronic cigarettes to that of conventional cigarette smoke. The German researchers analyzed volatile organic compounds after test subjects either smoked or vaped in an 8 cubic meter steel chamber. One 0mg and two 18mg nicotine liquids in apple and tobacco flavor were used during the experiment, along with a regular cigarette.

Out of 20 of the chemicals found in the tobacco, only six of which were present in the electronic cigarette vapor and at much lower concentration levels. Those chemicals included butanone, acetic acid, acetone, isoprene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

Concentration of chemicals exhaled

Image by Elaine Keller

As the table above shows, the concentrations of the six VOCs found in the e-cig vapor were at levels far below the occupational safety limit. For comparison, levels found in cigarette smoke were anywhere from 2.5 to 40 times higher.

However, the researchers also examined the vapor contents of a direct exhale into a 10 liter glass chamber to get a clearer picture of what vapers actually inhale. Of the nine chemicals found in the chamber, five are not considered toxic for inhalation at any level. The other four were found to have at least a 90 percent safety margin.

Concentration of selected chemicals in e-cig vapor

Image by Elaine Keller

Another not of importance was the amount of nicotine found in the e-cigarette vapor. While it wasn’t detected in the 8 meter steel room, nicotine was found in the much smaller glass chamber but only at very low levels. According to Allvoices, bystanders would have to directly inhale the same amount of vapor that the user inhales for 300 puffs in order to receive as much nicotine as that of a piece of Nicorette gum contains.

Conclusion

In addition to knowing what the majority of manufacturers use to create their e-liquids, we also have scientific evidence of what typical electronic cigarette vapor contains. Some of the chemicals found are indeed toxic, but only at levels far lower than those detected in cigarette smoke. Next time your local politician goes on a misinformed tirade about the lack of knowledge for electronic cigarettes, just refer them to this evidence. The Indoor Air study further backs the fact that not only do we know what’s in e-cigarettes, but vapor they produce is far safer than cigarette smoke and is not a threat to bystanders.

Further reading:

Characteristics of Tested E-Cigarettes – Indoor Air

What’s in an E-Cigarette?

Levels of Carcinogens and Toxicants in Electronic Cigarette Vapor – Tobacco Control

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Emission of Organic Compounds in E-Cigs is Lower than Cigarettes – Dr. Siegel

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Top 20 Rebuttals to Win an E-Cigarette Debate

Dear Vaper,

please refer to the URL link below for a in depth top 20 rebuttals to win an e-cigarette debate:

Supplied courtesy of and By John Madden Posted September 25, 2013

Top 20 Rebuttals to Win an E-Cigarette Debate

Top 20 Rebuttals E-Cigarette Debate

Posted in late September 2013, but definitely still relevant……..Top 20 Rebuttals to Win an E-Cigarette Debate
Courtesy of: Pinterest and e-cigarette Reviewed

Insight and article supplied courtesy of and By John Madden Posted September 25, 2013

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Everything you need to know about nicotine

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VooPoo Drag 2 vs. VooPoo Drag Mini

VooPoo Drag Mini versus the VooPoo Drag 2 – Starter Kit Comparison

In late 2018 VooPoo released two new versions of its existing extremely popular VooPoo Drag Box Mod that had its successful release in 2017. Now……

Let’s compare the Box Mod Devices…

VooPoo Drag Mini on the left with the VooPoo Drag 2 on the Right

The new VooPoo Drag Mini and the VooPoo Drag 2 come standard in starter kit packages both with a 5ml capacity VooPoo Uforce T2 tank with a N1 and a P2 single mesh type coil that tends to produce the most flavour out of your preferred vape juice.

An exotic appearance and exquisite structure adorns the UFORCE T2 that looks almost similar mechanical design of a TRANSFORMER. Equipped with P2 (U2 instead for TPD) and N1 coils, the DRAG mini kit is remarkable for its acceleration power and the rich flavors it produces. 

The VooPoo Drag Mini 

 

The VooPoo Drag 2

 

 

  VooPoo Mini VooPoo Drag 2
Type Box Mod
Materials Zinc Alloy, Resin
Chipset GENE.FIT
Size (mm) 81.5 x 48.5 x 25.5 88.3 x 51 x 26.5
Range (W) 5 – 117 5 – 177
Battery Factory Fitted Non-Removable Li-Ion 4400mAh 2x 18650
Display Type OLED 128 x 32Pixels; 4:1 ratio with ~145 ppi density
Weight (g) 178 158
Modes VW, TCR, TC-Ni, TC-Ti, TC-SS, TC, Bypass VW, TCR, TC-Ni, TC-Ti, TC-SS, TC, Bypass
Firmware Upgradable YES

VooPoo Drag Mini vs. VooPoo Drag 2

The devices, as you can see in the images below, they look kind of similar.

The Drag Mini is completely sealed while the VooPoo Drag 2 comes with a DRAG branded magnetized removable cover for ease of access to the batteries.

VooPoo’s design on both mod’s has kept them looking almost identical on the outside with the VooPoo Mini reassembling a scaled down version of the  VooPoo 2, a concept that seems to favour and possibly create and avail itself to a perfect “his and hers” option.

Both VooPoo variants are available in a variety of resin options with 8 colour pallets each for the respective Drag 2 and Mini variants having Uniquely Visual Resin Accents that adorning the VooPoo Drag 2……

And the VooPoo Drag Mini……..


The DRAG 2 Battery panel Cover and

Installing batteries into the VooPoo Drag 2


VooPoo have really produced two exceptional premium devices, they are well put together, and both look and feel great. VooPoo’s typical design on both mod’s has them looking almost identical from the outside with the VooPoo Mini reassembling a scaled down version of the VooPoo 2, this similar dual box mod concept actually produces an almost positive “his and hers” appeal.

A quick visual comparison?

The VooPoo Drag 2 is now the new flagship device.

The VooPoo Drag 2 can be classified as a decent when used with the original supplied tank fitted with P2 mesh coil, I am still using the original installed first coil for just over two weeks of testing now.

I really like the feel of and the way they look. I have mainly been using the VooPoo Drag 2 over the last couple of weeks. I have found the performance to be consistent and perfect as can be expect with the use of the “GENE.FIT” chipset.

The previous VooPoo Drag design has definitely been aesthetically improved on with the smoothed down refined finish.

The new VooPoo Mods is around 30% lighter, less angular and smoother than the original VooPoo DRAG.

 

Functional OLED display Panel above looks better and also uses less power to operate.

The VooPoo Drag 2 operates exceptionally well with all the RTA’s, sub ohm tanks, RDA’s and RDTA’s, delivering kick ass performance throughout the varying wattage ranges that were tried.

The original VooPoo Drag Box Mod actually performed just as well if not better than the VooPoo Drag 2, in the authors view anyone considering purchasing the new VooPoo Drag 2 is basically paying a lot more for the new design accents and a better refinement.

The current price of the VooPoo Drag 2 puts it out of the reach of entry level vapers, because of this I would rather recommend the original VooPoo Drag as it is available at about 50% of the current VooPoo Drag 2 price.

It’s a smaller device that can perform at up to 117Watts. Unfortunately running the device at 117Watts will definitely greatly reduce the expected battery life. I found that when using the VooPoo Drag Mini between 40 to 50Watts the battery life was comparable to the VooPoo Drag 2 that operates with two 18650 battery cells.

With the VooPoo Drag Mini I found that it worked best with MTL and also single coil RTA atomizer. Using these types of tanks on the VooPoo Drag Mini will definitely conserve at keep battery life at an acceptable level.

Thanks to the GENE chipset the VooPoo Drag Mini can also perform well at higher wattages at the expense of battery life, unfortunately this becomes a part of life when choosing to buy and use any mod with a non-removable battery.

My only concern with the VooPoo Mini is that It is not fitted with the most recent USB Type C technology,  has no Quick Charge facility available and uses standard USB charging that can normally take anything between 90 to 100 minutes. If a quick charge facility was fitted to the VooPoo Drag Mini it would have been able to charge from flat to full in just over 35 to 45 minutes.)

Best Atomizer’s To Use on the VooPoo Drag Mini?

Tanks that can operate at lower wattages as well as any single coil RTA’s or low powered MTL atomizer were found to be suitable alternatives.

You will have no problems with battery life when running the lower wattage single coil RTA or a low powered MTL atomizer’s on the VooPoo Drag Mini.

I have also been using the Vapefly Galaxies MTL RTA on mine, running this set up at around 16Watts the VooPoo Mini gets an average of two days of battery life.

Vapers that prefer to vape between the 80 to 100W range will definitely find the VooPoo Drag 2 their go to VooPoo Box Mod of choice.

When all is said and done!

The new VooPoo derivatives are equally good and have been supplied to suit the varying and respective styles of vaping.

If you prefer to do high-powered vaping then the VooPoo Drag 2 is the choice that will satisfy you more with its longer battery life (Drag 2 Runs on 2x 18650 Batteries) and is better suited for performance type vape tanks.

The slightly smaller VooPoo Drag Mini is less powerful, and is designed for use with certain types of atomizer’s that can run at lower wattage ranges the VooPoo Mini is specifically suited too single coil RTAs and suitable MTL atomizer’s.

Both of the new VooPoo derivatives are great options depending on the type of vaper you prefer to experience.

Researched, tested, drafted and Post by: Reaversadmin

Content and images supplied courtesy of VooPoo

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Reaver’s sponsored Competition running in store at Vape Tronix………..

 Reaver’s sponsored Competition

The Competition started from Mid September and has been extended through to end of November:

“Get unlimited entries,” for each 60ml Reaver’s Branded VapE-Liquid purchased you will get an additional entry into the Competition to win 1 of 3 amazing Reavers sponsored prizes………….

The Vape Tronix Store now stock All of Our Premium Reaver’s VapE-Liquid Brands (including the newly released and “Affordable Premium VapE-Liquid Range”“Keep Calm Come to the VapeSide” and are all available from the Vape Tronix Store.

 

Please visit and support the Vape Tronix Shop above Nando’s at the Mulbarton Shopping Center off Klipriviers Drive.

Promotion extended and now ends 30 November …………

Winners will be drawn and notified via What’s App on the 1st December, 2018 

Get there, enter and look forward to becoming one of the fortunate Winners..

 

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Malboro embark on a “Hold My Light” Anti-Smoking Campaign in the UK?

Marlboro maker attacked for ‘hypocritical’ anti-smoking campaign

Re-Post Courtesy of CNN and By Rob Picheta, Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT) October 22, 2018

As well as Marlboro, Phillip Morris owns e-cigarette and heated tobacco brands.

As well as Marlboro, Phillip Morris owns e-cigarette and heated tobacco brands.

(CNN)The world’s biggest international tobacco company has come under fire for a “hypocritical” campaign encouraging people to give up cigarettes.

Philip Morris — which produces Marlboro cigarettes among other brands — launched it’s “Hold My Light” push in the UK on Monday, urging smokers to switch to vaping or heated tobacco products instead.
But anti-smoking campaigners attacked the company, which also owns e-cigarette brands, saying it is “jumping on the bandwagon” of declining smoking rates in the UK while still selling cigarettes around the world.
“It’s not that the message is the wrong one — it’s that it’s hypocritical for a company that is still promoting smoking in most parts of the world to be saying that it’s turned over a new leaf,” Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), told CNN.
“They’re basically hanging on the coattails of government anti-smoking regulation that has worked, and they’re trying to get some kind of benefit for them from it,” she added. “They’re looking for a commercial advantage, make no mistake.”
The campaign was launched with a wraparound advert on the front page of British newspaper The Daily Mirror. It encourages people to give up smoking cigarettes with a 30-day challenge, using products such as e-cigarettes to help.
Philip Morris owns e-cigarette and heated tobacco brands including IQOS, Vivid and Nicocig.
“This is a staggering hypocrisy from a tobacco company to promote its own smoking cessation products in the UK while continuing to promote tobacco cigarettes across the world,” George Butterworth, Senior Policy Manager at Cancer Research UK, said in a statement.
“The best way Philip Morris could help people to stop smoking is to stop making cigarettes,” he added.
The company has pivoted towards marketing smoking alternatives in recent years, with the company’s online manifesto saying it is “designing a smoke-free future.”
Mark MacGregor, Corporate Affairs Director UK and Ireland at Philip Morris International, told CNN the company was “surprised” at the criticism of its campaign. MacGregor said: “This campaign is designed to stop people smoking and to give up cigarettes as fast as possible.
“If we simply stopped selling cigarettes tomorrow, literally all that would happen is that smokers would switch to our competitors’ products,” he added.
At the beginning of this year the company launched an advertising campaign in British newspapers encouraging smokers to quit with the tagline: “Our New Year’s Resolution: we’re trying to give up cigarettes,” again citing smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products as alternatives.
But Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, also questioned the company’s motives.
“Their claims of ‘commitment to a smoke-free future’ might be more believable were they not continuing to aggressively advertise Marlboro across the developing world, where tobacco regulation is regrettably far laxer than in the UK,” Cramer said, adding that “this latest messaging from Philip Morris stretches credulity.”

‘We’re suspicious’

Arnott, from the charity ASH, said the campaign was an attempt to subvert the ban on advertising tobacco products.
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“Wherever it’s legal Philip Morris is still advertising its Marlboro brand. The fact of the matter is that it can no longer do that in the UK, we’re a dark market where all advertising, promotion and sponsorship is banned, and cigarettes are in plain packs,” she said.
“So instead Philip Morris is promoting the company name which is inextricably linked with Marlboro. That’s why we’re suspicious.”
Smoking rates in the UK have declined rapidly in recent years, with 400,000 kicking the habit in England last year. Public Health England recently predicted that just one in 10 people in England will be smokers by 2023.
Advertising tobacco products has been illegal in the country since 2003, but advertising e-cigarettes is permitted.
Philip Morris International, which sells tobacco products outside the US, has annual profits of over $6 billion and is 108th on the 2018 Fortune 500 list.

Re-Post Courtesy of CNN and By Rob Picheta, Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT) October 22, 2018

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What did the CDC find when they tested vape shop air?

NIOSH tested the air in a busy vape shop and found…

Related articles are supplied courtesy of VAPING360, Jim McDonald and Colin Mendelsohn

By  Jim McDonald

September 20, 2017

Re posted by: Reaversadmin

new report by a U.S. government agency says that their tests showed that levels of “vaping-related chemicals” in the air of a vape shop were all below workplace safety limits.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued the report — titled “Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop” — in July, but the testing took place in January of 2016. The shop isn’t named in the report.

NIOSH is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its stated mission is, “To develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.” NIOSH says it has a mandate to assure “every man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.”

What were they looking for?

According to the report, NIOSH was asked to evaluate the shop by its owners. The agency’s “primary objective was to evaluate employees’ potential exposures to chemicals associated with
vaping in the shop.”

“Our work involved (1) sampling air for specific flavoring chemicals associated with respiratory disease; (2)sampling air for nicotine, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, and other VOCs [volatile organic compounds]; (3)sampling work surfaces for metals and nicotine; and (4) observing work practices.”

Oddly enough, we haven’t seen any CDC publicity about this report.

The shop sold both pre-packaged e-liquid brands, and their own juice made on site. The custom e-liquid was mixed at a juice bar by employees. The shop was about 1,000 square feet in size, had 10 employees, and was open during typical retail hours.

NIOSH took air samples at several locations within the shop, testing for the presence of diacetyl, acetyl propionyl (2,3-pentanedione), acetyl butyryl (2,3-hexanedione), acetaldehyde, acetoin, and formaldehyde. They also tested for nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), and volatile organic compunds (VOC’s) in the air, and collected samples from surfaces to measure metals.

What did they find?

The first thing they found was ridiculous: the employees kept nicotine base (100 mg/mL) in the refrigerator that also was home to food they ate. That should just never happen. And it really shouldn’t happen when a government agency is observing your routines. Employees also rarely wore gloves (which were present and available) when handling 100 mg/mL nic. Again, not wise.

As far as air samples…well, none of them even remotely approached the various exposure limits NIOSH compared to. Results varied, but overall there just wasn’t much to be said.

“The results for the area air samples taken over the entire work day in the juice bar and
lounge areas using silica gel tubes are presented in Table 3,” says the report. “Diacetyl, 2,3-pentanedione, 2,3-hexanedione, and acetoin were not detected in the lounge area. For the full-shift area air samples taken behind the juice bar using silica gel tubes, we found detectable, but not quantifiable, concentrations of 2,3-pentanedione on day 1.

We did not find detectable
concentrations of any of the other flavoring chemicals in the other juice bar samples.”

Formaldehyde was found in two of the eight samples at about half of the NIOSH recommended exposure level (REL). The rest of the samples were lower or not detectable. “Low concentrations of formaldehyde exist in many indoor environments because of off gassing from furnishings, clothing, and other materials,” they noted.

Nicotine measures came with an asterisk. “Estimated concentration; this concentration was between the minimum detectable and minimum quantifiable concentrations,” they said. In other words, the amount measured was too low to provide an accurate number.

Volatile organic compounds: “Employees exposures to all of the compounds quantified were well below OELs [occupational exposure limits].”

Metals: “Quantifiable concentrations of calcium (15–94 micrograms per 100 squared centimeters [µg/100 cm2 ]), copper (ND–0.49 µg/100 cm2 ), iron (ND–1.8 µg/100 cm2), and potassium (ND–17 µg/100 cm2) were identified in the wipe samples. Detectable, but not quantifiable, concentrations of chromium, lead, magnesium, nickel, phosphorus, strontium, and tellurium were also identified in some samples.”

“Some of the other elements that we detected on surfaces are found in human sweat (calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous),” they noted. “It is unknown if their presence on surfaces was from e-cigarettes, people touching surfaces, or both.”

NIOSH’s conclusions were pretty bland.

“Employees were exposed to detectable levels of diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione in the air
while working in the vape shop,” they wrote. “Although the measured concentrations were below all applicable OELs, to better protect the health of employees we recommend that the employer implement a policy prohibiting vaping in the workplace with e-liquids that contain diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione.

“The concentration of other vaping-related chemicals that we measured were also below their relevant OELs. Employees should be trained on proper chemical handling procedures and the need for consistent use of chemical protective nitrile gloves when handling liquids containing nicotine.”

No news is good news

Oddly enough, we haven’t seen any CDC publicity about this report. You’d think the CDC would want to share the good news that vapers and employees in vape shops aren’t endangering their health by breathing the vapor-laden air. No press releases or news conferences, no amending of the scare-mongering Surgeon General’s report from last year.

This adds to the evidence from earlier studies. There has never been any indication that breathing e-cig vapor poses risks for vapers — let alone bystanders — but it’s nice to have confirmation from the usually anti-vaping CDC.