• New CDC Data Shoots It’s Own Gateway Hypothesis in the Foot

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 20, 2015

    The CDC has released the next set of National Youth Tobacco Survey data, and despite spending the last few years continually harping on about the rising use of e-cigarette by youth and its potential as a gateway to smoking, the “concern” is growing less and less believable, as the data strongly suggests that e-cigarettes are actually causing dramatic declines in youth smoking.

  • Study – Should Vapers Worry About the Flavoring Chemicals in E-Liquid?

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 18, 2015
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    A new study has investigated the flavoring chemicals in e-liquids, and has generated some concern in the media about their risks, with Time using the headline “E-cigarette flavors may be dangerous, study says.” But is this another example of overstating a minor risk for the purpose of spreading mistrust of e-cigs, or is there actually something to it?

  • Study – E-Cigarettes are Less Toxic to Lung Cells than Tobacco Cigarettes

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 13, 2015
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    A new study has offered further evidence of the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes, finding that e-cig vapor is less toxic to lung cells than cigarette smoke, and that it also produces less oxidative stress.

  • How to Write a Bullshit Anti-Vaping Article

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 9, 2015

    Need to write an innuendo-laden, scientific-sounding piece of scaremongering bullshit good enough to make an ex-smoking vaper decide to toss away the safer alternative and pick up a pack of comfortingly-deadly traditional cigarettes? Never fear: we have you covered.

  • Aspire Set to Release Atlantis 2 and Mega – Two New Sub-Ohm Tanks

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 4, 2015

    The Aspire Atlantis has been a favorite sub-ohm tank with vapers for a while, but Aspire has now announced two new Atlantis tanks – the Atlantis 2 ($45) and the 5 ml capacity Atlantis Mega ($55) – due to be released on the 6th of April and at some point mid-month, respectively.

  • Real-World Study Finds that E-Cigs are Effective for Quitting Smoking

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 30, 2015

    A new study looking at one-year quit-rates for smokers purchasing their first e-cigarette has found that around 41 percent quit smoking entirely and another 25 percent reduced their cigarette consumption by at least half. The finding contradicts claims that there is no evidence e-cigarettes help you quit smoking, and joins other research in suggesting that quit-rates with e-cigs dwarf those obtained with over-the-counter NRT.

  • Study – E-Cigs Are Vastly Safer than Cigs, but What About NET E-Liquid?

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 26, 2015
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    A new study from Dr. Konstantinos Farslinos and colleagues has provided further confirmation that e-cigarettes are vastly safer than cigarettes, including naturally-extracted tobacco (NET) e-liquids that use flavor directly extracted from tobacco leaves. Among other findings, NET e-liquids were shown to have over 200 times less nitrosamines than cigarettes.

  • Mt. Baker Vapor Discontinues Almost 200 Flavors Due to Impending WA Regulations

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 23, 2015
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    With harsh e-cig regulations in the pipeline in Washington state, Mt. Baker Vapor has opted to cull a large number of e-liquid flavors, in case each flavor will need to be individually certified for sale. With 190 flavors on the chopping block, it’s a firm reminder of the impact irrational legislation can have on vapers and the companies that supply us.

  • Cadenza by Black Note Review

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 20, 2015

    Black Note’s range of naturally-extracted tobacco-flavored e-liquids aims to bring some class into the domain of tobacco juices, and Cadenza takes on the world-renowned aromatic flavor of basma tobacco. But is it worthwhile, or does it lack that special something to attract sweet-loving vapers?

  • Study Claims E-Cigarette Ads Increase Smokers’ and Ex-Smokers’ Urge to Smoke

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 16, 2015
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    A new study claims to have found that watching ads for e-cigarettes featuring the act of vaping increases the urge to smoke for daily smokers and weakens intentions to continue abstaining for ex-smokers. However, taking a look at the details makes it obvious that this study must be interpreted with caution.

  • Legato by Black Note Review

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 14, 2015

    Legato is Black Note’s attempt at Kentucky tobacco (despite the Italian name), promising a unique vaping experience based on a distinctly aromatic tobacco blend. But does the tobacco e-liquid have enough to offer to convert vapers from sweet and fruity e-liquids to something robust and complex?

  • Study: Users of Newer-Generation E-Cigarettes are More Likely to Have Quit Smoking

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 12, 2015

    A new study looking at the factors associated with switching from cigalike e-cigarettes to advanced devices has provided more evidence that newer-generation devices are more effective when it comes to quitting smoking, and confirms what most vapers know: advanced devices are just better all round.

  • Forte by Black Note Review

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 10, 2015
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    Forte is the burley tobacco blend from Black Note, and while it’s among the more widely-used tobacco blends, I’d be willing to bet you’ve never tried it in e-liquid form before. But is it worth it, or is it just an empty gimmick?

  • A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad E-Cigarette Studies

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 7, 2015
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    The issue of reliability in e-cigarette research is being brought into the limelight recently. So, in the manner of “A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science,” is there anything we should be on the lookout for when considering the findings of e-cigarette-related studies? Whether by incompetence or by design, there are many common problems with vaping related research – and how its often reported – that any critical reader of the science should keep an eye out for.

  • Sonata by Black Note Review

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 5, 2015
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    Sonata is Black Note’s attempt at a Cavendish tobacco, using the characteristic sweetness-boosting process on a dark Virginia tobacco, but does it translate to a pleasant vape?

  • Study – Minors Can Buy E-Cigs Online Easily, Authors Say Ban All Deliveries

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 5, 2015
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    According to a new study, minors can “easily” buy e-cigarettes online – provided they’re happy to lie about their age and are in possession of a credit card – so the authors argue that adult vapers shouldn’t be able to receive deliveries. The authors found that 94 percent of purchase attempts made by minors, that weren’t thwarted by apparent website errors rather than age verification issues, were successful.

  • Solo by Black Note Review

    By Lindsay Fox Posted March 1, 2015
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    The menthol option from Black Note, Solo, aims to fill a niche for ex-menthol smokers looking for a minty vape that doesn’t blow your head off or make you feel like you’re vaping liquefied chewing gum, but have they been successful?

  • Study: If You Lie About E-Cigarettes Often Enough, People Start to Believe You

    By Lindsay Fox Posted February 28, 2015

    In a new study, the profound level of public misunderstanding about tobacco harm reduction products like chewing tobacco, snus and e-cigarettes has been revealed. Among other findings, the study suggests that around half of those who’ve heard about e-cigarettes believe them to be either as harmful as smoking or even more so.

  • UK Couple Banned from Adopting Because the Husband is a Vaper

    By Lindsay Fox Posted February 26, 2015

    A UK couple has been banned from adopting a child because the husband was seen vaping, based on advice from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering that “users of e-cigarettes be considered smokers” until the completely ill-defined point at which the concerns about e-cigs have been settled.

  • Bravura by Black Note Review

    By Lindsay Fox Posted February 25, 2015

    Bravura is one of the eight tobacco-only e-liquids on offer from Black Note, and it challenges the palate with the complexities of perique tobacco. Is it one that will make you reconsider vaping tobacco e-liquids, or a reminder of why fruity and sweet flavors are the staples of vaping?