We are officially back in lockdown! Stay safe everyone.
This week it’s going to be a quick post about the lockdown and what we will be doing from the 5th of November till the 2nd of December (End date may be subject to change).
So with the lockdown, as you may have heard in the news, all non-essential shops must be closed to the public, however, if a business is able to provide an online service or click and collect then they may remain operational so long as they do not allow customers in-store. Just like last time, we will be sending orders out for delivery via Royal Mail and DPD, but unlike last time our click and collect service can remain open! Below we will be going over how Click and Collect is going to work and how you can get ahold of all your E-Cig essentials.
So as always, our website is available to place your order. When it comes to wanting to collect your order from our store, simply select the “Click & Collect from our Alfreton Store” at the last stage of checkout (you still need to fill out address details before getting to this stage). This is completely free to do so if you live local to the store then it saves you money on postage and time waiting for your favourite flavours or new kit to arrive!
Once you have completed your order, you can start making your way down to the shop as the turn around time for collection is pretty fast – we can get your order ready within minutes.
Once the order has been picked and checked, we will notify you via e-mail (please make sure it’s correct at checkout) that your order is ready! From there, simply press the doorbell on the front of the shop and provide your order number & name, or a copy of the invoice from your confirmation email at hand.
If for any reason you cannot use our website, don’t panic, as we can also take orders over the phone as well (it’s probably easier this way in all honesty)!
To place a telephone order, simply call the shop (01773 687 073) and we will take your order and payment over the phone.
When it comes to collecting your order, we will give you an order number which you can quote to us along with your name so we can then hand over the order to you. Again please press the door bell upon arrival.
If you can’t collect from store, then don’t panic as we are still operating delivery with Royal Mail and DPD. These options are still available on the website or over the phone for if you are either shielding or are too far from the store.
So whether you need a new kit or just a top-up on supplies, then we are still here ready to help.
If you have any queries about ordering then feel free to contact us.
We will be available for Click & Collect seven days a week at normal opening times, any order placed by our website for delivery will be dispatched on the same day providing the order was placed before 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Thanks again for reading and we hope you are all staying safe.
Hope you are all well and keeping good in 2020 (all things considered of course). As you are probably aware, it has been a good few years since we last did a blog post and to be quite frank, we’ve missed doing these blogs so we thought we would jump right back into it and get them going again!
We will be covering a wide range of things here from e-liquid to hardware; deals to outright bargains; tips to tutorials; latest news to regulations; and everything else e-cig related!
In this particular post, I thought it would be best to write about changes that have happened during the lockdown, the first being that we have had a bit of a make-over instore which was long overdue! We’ve had new carpets, decorated the walls and had perspex put up to keep in line with COVID guidelines.
We’ve had quite a few new e-liquid ranges in-store which we will be getting into in our next post, along with lots of new hardware including the latest vaping trend, Pod systems. These particular systems couple well with Nicotine Salts which work slightly different to freebase nicotine; they are absorbed into the body faster to satisfy nicotine cravings quicker, and although they come in a higher nicotine content (20mg is the average) they are a lot smoother on the throat than freebase meaning you can use max strength without the extreme harshness.
As I said previously, this is just a quick “hello” to say we will be doing blog posts as regular as we can, so keep your eyes out for them!
We’re also posting regularly on social media to showcase our products. I’ll pop a link just below so you can check them out as well.
The TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) is just around the corner, so we’d like to keep you up to date (as much as we can) and let you know what’s in store for this year!
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first!
We’re aware that these reminders are probably wearing a bit thin by now, but we just want to make sure that everyone is aware of what the TPD is and how it will affect you as vapers. The TPD is Government legislation that aims to regulate and control E-Cigarettes to make them ‘safer’. As you’re probably aware, as of May 20th 2017, E-Liquids will no longer be sold in bottles with a capacity higher than 10ml. This means that we have not been able to order any more 30ml bottles in since November 2016, so any we have left in stock are our final ones! The strength of E-Liquid will be capped too; 20mg will be the highest strength E-Liquid you can buy (the highest we will sell will be 18mg just to be on the safe side).
In addition to this, E-Cigarette Tanks are also subject to change; they will no longer be manufactured or sold with a capacity higher than 2ml. Similarly to the 30ml E-Liquids, any tanks we currently have in with a capacity higher than 2ml are our last ones and will not be sold after May 20th 2017. Don’t worry too much though, we’re hoping you will still be able to buy the coils for these tanks, plus TPD compliant versions of them will most likely be made.
On with the positives!
Don’t forget we’ve knocked 10% OFF ALL of our Ego K Starter Kits for January, so you haven’t got long to make the most of this offer! Offer ends 1st February 2017.
We have some massive discounts on E-Liquid for you to take advantage of! Hangsen, Liqua and T-Juice E-Liquid have as much as 75% off in some cases, but act quickly because they really do go fast! We can usually replenish discounted stock, however with the TPD Regulations not allowing us to order any more 30ml bottles, this is no longer the case!
We’ve had some fantastic new products in over the last couple of weeks, most of which are TPD compliant meaning they will not be eradicated when the regulations arrive! This is only the beginning; there will be hundreds more new products arriving throughout the year, ranging from TPD compliant replacements of old products, to fresh new innovative products for you to enjoy! We’re confident that the E-Cigarette industry will power through the TPD.
It doesn’t end here, we have an abundance of new products ready to be announced very soon! This includes two new TPD Compliant E-Liquid Ranges and a huge array of kits, batteries and tanks!
The Tesla Touch is the first touchscreen mod by Teslacigs and it’s definitely impressive. There are a lot of incredible features on here so before we take a closer look at them, here’s a quick round-up of the main ones:
Resistance Range: 0.1ohm – 3.0ohm for VW mode (variable wattage)
0.5ohm – 1.0ohm for Ti/Ni200/SS316/TCR mode.
Obviously the feature that makes the Tesla Touch stand out is its touchscreen menu; at 2.4” it is bright, clear and easy to read, with all the information you need on the homescreen. The main screen displays what mode you’re in and how much battery you have left (both appearing at the very top of the screen), there is a lock option which will show blue when unlocked and yellow when locked (press it when blue to lock it, and slide the bar across the screen when yellow to unlock), and a settings button and a back button (all of these appearing at the bottom of the screen). Above this, close to the bottom of the screen is a series of values; in the centre of this is your temperature/wattage control (which can easily be changed), on the left hand side of this, the ampage and the ohms of your tank are displayed, then on the right, if you have the centre button as temperature control then the wattage option and the equivalent in voltage is shown. However, if you have the centre button as the wattage control then the temperature control and the equivalent in voltage will appear on the right. To switch from temperature control to wattage control and vice versa, simply press the button above the voltage setting (this will show as wattage if temperature control has been selected or temperature if wattage control has been selected). The touchscreen opens up many possibilities, including multiple menus and settings, complete control over these settings, customising capabilities, easy mode switches and a quick lock system that eliminates any accidental changes.
To access the display menu (shortcut menu) from the main screen, press the back button or press the settings button, then the back button. This menu will give you the following options:
Screen sleep (15sec, 30sec, 45sec, 60sec, Always and Never)
Wallpaper (4 different options)
Language (Chinese and English)
Software Update (possible only with a computer)
This menu allows for total control over your display settings. Screen too bright in the evening? Turn down the brightness. Tired of looking at the same wallpaper? Change it to a fish. Sick of your display taking too long to turn off? Change the time it takes! Everything you could possibly want to change, you can with this mod, which is exactly what sets the Tesla Touch apart from most other mods!
The red settings button will take you straight to the settings menu which will give you the following:
Material Set (Kanthal, Ni200, SS 316, Ti)
Speed Mode (Soft Mode, Standard Mode, Powerful Made)
Memory (M1, M2, M3, M4, M5. Each of these in customisable and will save your preferred setting so that you can easily access it at a later date).
TCR (SS, TI, NI)
This menu allows for control and customisation over your vaping settings. You can tell the mod what material your coil is made of and what speed you want the mod to work at. You can set up to five different memory modes, which is perfect for vapers prone to switching between tanks; you can easily access the settings for each tank without having to remember what you prefer it on for each of your tanks.
With capabilities of 150 watts and 600°F, the Tesla Touch is one of Teslacigs’ most powerful. This, combined with its ability to work with atomisers as low as 0.1ohm on wattage control and 0.05 on temperature control, means this mod will work perfectly with most, if not all Sub Ohm tanks, and will satiate even the most advanced vaper.
Size and Shape
The Tesla Touch has clearly been ergonomically designed with a human hand in mind. The mod itself is no wider than the palm of a hand and therefore fits snugly. It is easy to switch hand positions (from using the screen, to using the fire button) without having to fumble about. The top of the mod where the tank sits is curved downwards slightly to accommodate the firing button, so there’s no uncomfortable reaching for the firing button with your thumb. The curved edges feel smooth against the hand so there’s no discomfort where there can often be on box mods. There is definitely some weight behind the mod but this only makes it more stable and less likely to slip out of your hand or be knocked off a table.
Protection As an added bonus, and because this is a touchscreen mod, the Tesla Touch comes with a screen protector and a cloth to clean your screen, so there’s no need to go out and buy one yourself! Not only does this kit come with physical protection, the mod itself comes with many device protections too:
Low Voltage Alert
Atomiser Short-Circuit protection
Material Set Error Alert
The Tesla Touch is protected from all angles both physically and electronically, so there’s no need to worry about experimenting; this mod is pretty smart and will keep you from doing anything that you shouldn’t be done with this mod.
Battery The Tesla Touch takes 2 x 18650 batteries, which has great potential for long battery life between charges. We do suggest that because this mod takes two batteries, that these be charged out of the mod using a separate battery charger, much like the two-slot Trustfire charger; this will allow for a better charge, rather than all the charge going to one battery and therefore only lasting half as long. There are two strong magnets holding the battery chamber door to the rest of the mod. These feel really secure, making it a lot less likely for the back to fall off like with some other mods.
Overall, there are some incredible features on the Tesla Touch which really make it stand out from the rest, and marks this as a step up in the world of touchscreen mods. Completely customisable, comfortable to hold and catering to all levels of expertise, the Tesla Touch 150W mod is a great choice if you’re wanting to delve further into the world of E-Cigarette mods.
The TPD Regulations are Government laws aimed at controlling the way in which E-Cigarettes (and E-Liquids) are manufactured and sold. These regulations become fully effective on May 20th 2017, however E-Cigarette companies have up until 20th November 2016 to order in any non-TPD compliant products they wish to sell before 20th May. However, this is at their own risk, as anything non-TPD compliant left over after 20th May will go to waste as it will be illegal to sell.
Here are the regulations for E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids that are coming into place. Anything that does not meet this criteria is deemed non-TPD compliant and is therefore illegal to sell:
-E-Liquid bottles can be no larger than 10ml
-The nicotine concentration (strength) in E-Liquid can be no higher than 20mg. The highest strength we will sell is 18mg just to be safe.
-E-Cigarette Tanks can be no larger than 2ml. This means Sub Ohm tanks will be illegal to sell, along with larger standard tanks such as the Aspire Nautilus. We will be selling extender kits for some products to increase the capacity.
Just to be clear, these rules do not come into action until May 20th 2017, so nothing will change until then; you will still be able to buy E-Liquid in 30ml bottles, E-Liquid with strengths higher than 20mg, and tanks with capacities over 2ml. The November 20th deadline is just for us as a company to order stock (non-TPD compliant) that we think we can sell before May 20th 2017. Please bare in mind that just because we can still sell non-TPD compliant products up until 20th May 2017, it doesn’t mean we will have everything you need in stock; due to people stocking up on non-TPD compliant products, there’s a high chance we could run out quickly, so get what you need while you still can!
We appreciate this is all probably a bit confusing as to what you will and won’t be able to purchase once TPD takes effect, so here’s a table to summarise exactly what will happen to the products we sell, and some alternatives that will hopefully be coming into place.
We hope this clears things up for you! If you have a query about a product related to the TPD regulations, feel free to get in touch and ask us about it! You can email us at email@example.com, call us on 01773 687073, visit our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages to ask us on there, or pop in-store! Our store is located at 86 High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7BE, United Kingdom.
Ingredients, Tools and Procedures needed for DIY E-Liquid
DIY E-Liquid is the process of making homemade E-Liquid by using a PG (propylene glycol) or VG (vegetable glycerin) base, your own flavourings and nicotine to create your very own personalised recipe!
The majority of prepared E-Liquids, as well as most DIY recipes call for a mixture of PG and VG, commonly at a 50/50 ratio. However, the concentration can vary up to 80% vg/20% pg and beyond in some preparations to cater for personal preference. Both PG and VG offer different attributes to your DIY E-Liquid, so it can be handy to know plenty about them in order for you to find your perfect balance of the two. For starters, both are approved as safe for human consumption by the FDA.
PG is a popular base for DIY E-Liquid due to it being the thinner, less viscous liquid of the two bases; therefore it is easier to handle when filling tanks and is less likely to leave build-up in your vaping system overtime. It is also harsher than VG and provides a much more satisfying throat hit.
VG is less ‘harsh’ than PG and provides a lighter throat hit for those vapers who prefer it. Additionally, something that appeals to a lot of vapers is that VG offers huge vapour production; if you fancy becoming a human fog machine then use plenty of VG!
Due to its thickness, VG also makes your liquid take a bit longer to fully heat up and become vapour. This demands more power from your E-Cigarette Mod or Battery, meaning higher powered mods (20watts onwards) are more suited to high VG liquids.
If you’re one of the many converts from analogue smoking to the world of vaping, you’re familiar with this ingredient, but not as familiar as you may think when dealing with homemade DIY E-Liquid:
Undiluted liquid nicotine is a poison even in small amounts, please handle with extreme caution. Use protective clothing, gloves and goggles to ensure no contact is made with skin or eyes. If any contact is made with skin or eyes ensure you thoroughly wash affected area with water for at least 15 minutes. If you feel unwell seek medical attention immediately.
Concentration of nicotine is an important factor in DIY E-Liquid as it can greatly affect the flavour and overall experience of using DIY E-Liquid.
The most common nicotine concentrations are 3 mg and 6mg, but the range of safe levels can range from 0mg (the safest possible level) all the way up to 36mg (very high).
Equipment Needed For Making E-Liquid From Scratch.
We stock base mix which has all of the PG, VG and nicotine mixed together ready to go; all you need to do is add some concentrated flavourings!
When making your own E-Liquid you have to have a desired PG/VG ratio in mind; the more VG you use the thicker and smoother the liquid is going to be. The more PG you use the thinner and harsher your liquid will be when you vape it.
When using a 100ml bottle 70%, VG would equate to 70ml, 30% PG would equate to 30ml and vice versa. You’re going to want to leave room for your flavouring which contains PG, as well as room for your nicotine which will contain either PG or VG.
As an example, if using a Subtank such as an Aspire Triton Tank or a Horizontech Arctic Tank, it’s recommended you have your liquid smooth with less of a kick (because Subtanks make E-Liquid seem much harsher), so to achieve this consistency you need to use a higher VG ratio (example 80% vg/20% pg) and a lower nicotine concentration such as 3mg or 6mg. You do not have to abide by this recommendation though, as not everyone likes their liquid smoother; you can tailor your liquid to your own personal preference.
If you are using a standard clearomiser such as an Aspire Ce5 tank or a Kangertech T3D tank you’re going to want to make your liquid thinner by using more PG. This is because thick liquids (High VG) aren’t compatible with these type of tanks as they aren’t as powerful and are unable to burn the liquid hot enough. This means your tank becomes clogged with liquid which effectively breaks the coil.
How to make your E-Liquid
Step 1) Gather all required equipment (as above) and have your empty E-Liquid bottle ready.
Step 2) Once you have your desired ratio in mind, start by adding your chosen flavour concentrate(s). Use syringe to measure volume. You should aim for anywhere between 5%-15% (This varies due to personal preference and the flavour intensity of chosen concentrate). In a 100ml bottle this would equate to anywhere between 5ml–15ml. When making our own liquids we opt for 15% flavour concentrate (15ml in a 100ml bottle). As mentioned earlier, if you’re going for a 90% VG/10% PG mix then the maximum concentrate you can use is 10% as this accounts for your PG. If using multiple flavour concentrates, this does not mean use 5%-15% of each concentrate; the 5%-15% figure refers to the total volume of concentrates.
Step 3) Add your nicotine carefully using your syringe and protective clothing/gloves. Nicotine is 72mg per 100ml, so if for example you want 3mg it will require 4.2ml of nicotine. See below for calculation to work out required nicotine volume. You can purchase nicotine in a VG or PG base and this will contribute to the overall PG/VG ratio of your mix, so be careful which one you buy! If you’re aiming for a 90% VG/10% PG mix and have already added your 10% concentrate, you do not have any more room for PG, so using PG Nicotine would ruin your mix! FOR THIS STEP PLEASE FOLLOW SAFETY ADVICE UNDER ‘NICOTINE’ SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE.
Step 4) Once both nicotine and flavourings are added, fill the rest of your bottle with your PG and VG. Quantities of these will vary depending on what consistency and ‘harshness’ you’d like your liquid. VG = Smoother & more Vapour. PG = Harsher & less vapour.
Step 5) Once all products are added, put the lid on your bottle and shake well.
Tip: Get a bowl of warm water, place closed bottle with mixed ingredients in warm water for 2/3 minutes . This allows the liquid to thin quicker and mix more efficiently . Continue to shake afterwards for an equal amount of time.
Calculation for working out how much nicotine you need (in ML) to get your desired E-Liquid strength:
mixing bottle capacity DIVIDED BY nicotine strength = volume of nicotine needed for 1mg nicotine concentration MULTIPLIED BY desired E-Liquid strength = volume of nicotine needed for mix.
Example (3mg desired E-Liquid strength, mixing in 100ml bottle with 72mg nicotine):
100ml DIVIDED BY 72mg = 1.4ml MULTIPLIED BY 3 = 4.2ml nicotine needed for 3mg E-Liquid strength in 100ml bottle.
Steeping is the process in which you leave your finished, sealed liquid to stand so the flavour can develop properly. It is recommended to leave the liquid to stand at room temperature out of the way of any heat, for example in a cupboard.
Depending on which flavourings you have used, steeping time can vary between different flavours.
Desserts and custard flavours take around 2/3 weeks to fully steep. This is because these flavours need plenty of time for their flavour to develop fully.
Fruits and sweetie flavours take little to no time to steep fully meaning it is possible to smoke it almost instantly after it has been made. This is something a lot of vapers call “shake ‘n’ vape”.
Once all instructions have been followed carefully your liquid will be ready to vape.
If you have any questions on how to make your own liquid, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 01773 687073, visit our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages to ask us on there, or pop in-store and we’ll walk you through it! Our store is located at 86 High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7BE, United Kingdom.
Stoptober 2016, Public health England (PHE) have stated that UK smoking rates are the lowest they have ever been.
A mere 16.9% of UK adults described themselves as smokers in 2015 compared to 19.3% in 2012.
Since 2012, prescriptions for smoking cessation aids such as patches and gum have dropped, with the NHS dishing out two million in 2004 compared to 1.3 million in 2014.
During the four years sales of e-cigarettes have increased, showing the dramatic effect of vaping in England.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Gina Radford said: “The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before.”
These figures have been released by PHE as part of the ‘Stoptober’ campaign, which encourages smokers to quit during October.
One review from the NHS website sums up a typical reason for using E Cigarettes.
I used e-cigarettes because the habit of smoking was one of the hardest things to manage when quitting. So this way, I got the nicotine hit with less of the harmful effects
E-cigarettes allow you to inhale nicotine through a vapour rather than smoke. Using an e-cigarette is around 95% less harmful than smoking and can help you quit.
E-cigarettes are particularly effective when combined with support from local stop smoking services – people who choose this route have some of the highest quitting success rates. E-cigarettes aren’t currently available on NHS prescription but they can be bought in pharmacies and other retail outlets.
Is it right for you?
Speak to your GP, pharmacist or local stop smoking service for advice.
The more support tools you use the more likely you are to succeed in your quit attempt. Think about using other support tools to help with quitting.
Stoptober is back for a fifth year to encourage the nation’s remaining 7 million smokers to quit together this October.
Smokers across the country are being urged to take part in Stoptober (the mass quitting challenge from Public Health England (PHE) starting on 1 October) and join nearly 15 million people who have already quit.
Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful; the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% 6 years ago.
This increase in successful stop smoking attempts reflects the high number of people using quitting aids. In 2015, just over a million people (1,027,000) used an e-cigarette in a quit attempt while around 700,000 used a licensed nicotine replacement product such as patches or gum. In addition, over 350,000 people used their local stop smoking service in 2015 to 2016.
Alongside this, according to the latest data from Nielsen, the number of cigarettes sold in England and Wales has dropped by 20% in the last 2 years.
The smoking rate in England has also fallen to below 17% for the first time. The biggest decreases in smoking over the last 4 years can be seen in the South West (18.7% to 15.5%), the North East (22% to 18.7%) and Yorkshire and Humber (21.9% to 18.6%).
Dr Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said:
While we know that quitting smoking is not easy, this Stoptober is a perfect time to try again. The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before. The introduction of standardised packs removes the glamorous branding and brings health warnings to the fore and e-cigarettes, which many smokers find helpful for quitting, are now regulated to assure their safety and quality.
We also have a range of free support that can go direct to your phone, laptop or tablet via the Stoptober app, a daily email service or Facebook Messenger bot. The new Stoptober website also has advice and information on stop smoking services and quitting aids. Stoptober has helped lots of smokers quit for 28 days and beyond. So if you smoke, why not make this Stoptober the time you quit – for good.
Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing for PHEsaid:
While it is amazing that there are over twice as many ex-smokers as current smokers in England there are still over 7 million people regularly lighting up.
Alongside unhealthy diet, smoking is the biggest cause of preventable early death in England, accounting for over 78,000 deaths a year. Quitters will soon see they have reduced blood pressure, easier breathing and better circulation. Stopping smoking is the best thing a smoker can do to improve their health.
Ex-England cricketer and Question of Sport captain, Phil Tufnell, comments:
I’m really pleased to be supporting Stoptober this year. I have smoked pretty steadily since I was a teenager, even through my cricket career. I have tried to give up before and know how tough it is, but I am going to try and quit again from 1 October.
Even if you have tried quitting before like me and failed, just give it another go and keep trying. The more you try to quit the more likely you are to get there. Stoptober is here to help, so let’s try and get through to 28 days without a fag by taking it one day at a time.
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said:
Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Coronary Heart Disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and by giving up smoking you’ll be dramatically reducing your chances of having a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke.
Stoptober is the perfect opportunity for people to take action to protect their health and join thousands of others who are also making a quit attempt this month.
Stoptober is back for a fifth year, having driven almost a million quit attempts to date. It starts on the 1 October and is based on research that by the time you have quit for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stop for good.
For more information, search ‘Stoptober’ online and choose the package of support that will help you quit for good.
Working closely together, The Best E Cigarette and Hangsen had the challenge of TPD. I have to admit I was worried at first; we had many UK E-Liquid manufacturers calling trying to convince us that Hangsen would not be compliant. However, our business was built on a partnership with Hangsen, one that we were not prepared to give up on.
After much hard work, we now have over 200 SKU’s that are TPD compliant, with more to come, along with higher VG content for cloud chasers. A broad selection of tobacco, mint, menthol and fruit are flavours on offer.
Being Hangsen’s global partner has been at the forefront of our success and we will continue to work with them as a global partner for the foreseeable future.
Although TPD will have an effect on bottle size (going from 30ml down to 10ml) and E-Liquid strength (limited to 20mg, although many will safeguard this by opting for 18mg), the majority of flavours will be available at TPD stage with the remainder to follow very quickly.
Some promising research conducted by the University of Bristol which states that Human Heart cells show stress response to Cigarette Smoke, but NOT to E-Cigarette Vapour. Here’s the article, we found it on Bristol University’s website:
“Human heart cells show stress response to Tobacco Smoke, but not to E-Cig Vapour
New research has showed substantial differences in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette vapour and conventional cigarette smoke.
Researchers from the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit (MRC IEU) at the University of Bristol investigated how the same type of cells as those found in the arteries of the heart, known as human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAEC), responded when they were exposed to both e-cigarette aerosol and conventional cigarette smoke.
Their results were published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Professor Marcus Munafò, who was part of the study team, said: “The past few years have seen a rapid growth in the use of e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine via inhaled aerosol. It’s thought that e-cigarettes are unlikely to be as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but little data exists to show their relative harms, or the long term effects of e-cigarette use. Therefore, research into these biological effects is critical. Our study looked at the stress response in heart cells in response to cigarette smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.”
The researchers created cigarette smoke extract from a conventional cigarette and electronic cigarette aerosol extract from an e-cigarette aerosol. Both were passed through a culture of the cells. The researchers then analysed the gene expression patterns of the heart cells to see if the cells exhibited a stress response to either the cigarette smoke or e-cigarette aerosol exposure.
Professor Munafò said: “We found the cells showed a stress response from the cigarette smoke extract, but not from the electronic cigarette aerosol extract. This result suggests tobacco smokers may be able to reduce immediate tobacco-related harm by switching from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes.”
A refreshing article here; the Royal College of Physicians are suggesting that E-Cigarettes are a worthy substitute for smoking! With TPD just around the corner, it’s good to have some positivity surrounding E-Cigarettes.
Credit for Article: article found on https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk (click link to be navigated directly to article). So without further ado, here’s the article:
“Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP report
Date: 28 April 2016
Press & Public relations
A new report released today from the Royal College of Physicians, ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’ concludes that e-cigarettes are likely to be beneficial to UK public health. Smokers can therefore be reassured and encouraged to use them, and the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking.
Tobacco smoking is addictive and lethal. Half of all lifelong smokers die early, losing an average of about 3 months of life expectancy for every year smoked after the age of 35, some 10 years of life in total. Although smoking prevalence in the UK has reduced to 18%, 8.7 million people still smoke. Harm reduction provides an additional strategy to protect this group of smokers from disability and early death.
Since e-cigarettes became available in the UK in 2007, their use has been surrounded by medical and public controversy. This new 200-page report examines the science, public policy, regulation and ethics surrounding e-cigarettes and other non-tobacco sources of nicotine, and addresses these controversies and misunderstandings with conclusions based on the latest available evidence:
E-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking – in the UK, use of e-cigarettes is limited almost entirely to those who are already using, or have used, tobacco.
E-cigarettes do not result in normalisation of smoking – there is no evidence that either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or e-cigarette use has resulted in renormalisation of smoking. None of these products has to date attracted significant use among adult never-smokers, or demonstrated evidence of significant gateway progression into smoking among young people.
E-cigarettes and quitting smoking – among smokers, e-cigarette use is likely to lead to quit attempts that would not otherwise have happened, and in a proportion of these to successful cessation. In this way, e-cigarettes can act as a gateway from smoking.
E-cigarettes and long-term harm – the possibility of some harm from long-term e-cigarette use cannot be dismissed due to inhalation of the ingredients other than nicotine, but is likely to be very small, and substantially smaller than that arising from tobacco smoking. With appropriate product standards to minimise exposure to the other ingredients, it should be possible to reduce risks of physical health still further. Although it is not possible to estimate the long-term health risks associated with e-cigarettes precisely, the available data suggest that they are unlikely to exceed 5% of those associated with smoked tobacco products, and may well be substantially lower than this figure.
The report acknowledges the need for proportionate regulation, but suggests that regulation should not be allowed significantly to inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers. A regulatory strategy should take a balanced approach in seeking to ensure product safety, enable and encourage smokers to use the product instead of tobacco, and detect and prevent effects that counter the overall goals of tobacco control policy.
Professor John Britton, chair of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group, said:
The growing use of electronic cigarettes as a substitute for tobacco smoking has been a topic of great controversy, with much speculation over their potential risks and benefits. This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK.
Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever.
RCP president Professor Jane Dacre said:
Since the RCP’s first report on tobacco, Smoking and health, in 1962, we have argued consistently for more and better policies and services to prevent people from taking up smoking, and help existing smokers to quit. This new report builds on that work and concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society.
With careful management and proportionate regulation, harm reduction provides an opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people. It is an opportunity that, with care, we should take.”
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