• Center for Environmental Health’s E-Cig Formaldehyde Findings Likely Due to Dry Puffs

    By Lindsay Fox Posted September 4, 2015
    E-cigarettes formaldehyde report

    Just when you thought the whole formaldehyde issue had been abused enough, utterly debunked by subsequent research and relegated to the slush-pile of over-stated risks of e-cigarettes, it turns out there’s more. The Center for Environmental Health has announced that they’ve found “high levels” of cancer-causing chemicals in the majority of almost 100 e-cigarettes tested.

  • New Vaping Product Releases Roundup – August 2015

    By Lindsay Fox Posted August 31, 2015
    New Sigelei box mod

    This is the first installment of our new monthly roundup of new vaping product releases, covering August, with a couple of devices from late July and some that are coming up in the near future

  • New Study: How to “Show” E-Cigarettes Are a Gateway to Anything You Like

    By Lindsay Fox Posted August 25, 2015
    Vaping gateway effect evidence

    A new study being touted as evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking really only shows that “teens who experiment continue to experiment,” and actually provides a pretty solid blueprint for showing vaping is a gateway to anything you want. Here’s how to design a study to “support” whatever gateway claim you like.

  • Public Health England: E-Cigarettes Are 95 % Less Harmful Than Cigarettes

    By Lee Johnson Posted August 20, 2015
    Vaping 95 percent safer than smoking

    With widespread claims that e-cigarettes are a threat to public health, evidence-based assessments of the risks are desperately needed. Public Health England has just released such an assessment – updating their previous report in line with new evidence – and is strongly pushing the conclusion that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

  • Vaping Caffeine: Limited Benefits, Unknown Risks

    By Lindsay Fox Posted August 12, 2015

    So, people are vaping caffeine now. It was only a matter of time before the occasional caffeine-spiked e-liquid turned into a full-blown purpose-built caffeine vaporizer, but the question remains as to whether there’s any point in using one. Sadly, vaping caffeine appears to offer no concrete benefits and poses unknown risks.

  • Is Nicotine Really All That Addictive?

    By Lindsay Fox Posted August 2, 2015
    Nicotine addiction vaping

    The picture frequently painted for the public is that nicotine alone creates the addiction to smoking, and that nicotine in itself – whether consumed by smoking or vaping – is hugely addictive. But is this really true? Here’s everything you need to know about e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction.

  • Study Finds That Some DIY Juice Flavorings Contain Nicotine

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 29, 2015

    A new study takes aim at flavoring mixtures used for DIY e-liquid mixing, finding that some concentrated flavors contain nicotine. However, with only an uninformative extract available, the details about what they found are fuzzy. We take a look at the full paper, which shows that only two flavor concentrates out of 30 contained quantifiable levels of nicotine.

  • Five Pawns Releases New E-Liquid Test Results: AP Levels Conspicuously Lower

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 23, 2015
    Five Pawns Absolute Pin AP level

    After a great deal of controversy over the last time Five Pawns’ juices were tested, the company has now released new test results. The findings – which in the previous test showed up to 2,500 ppm (or 2,500 μg/ml) of acetyl propionyl (AP) in Absolute Pin – now show vastly lower levels of the chemical. So what’s going on?

  • The Smoker’s Mentality: Why We Need E-Cigarettes

    By Lee Johnson Posted July 19, 2015
    Switching to Vaping

    An underlying distrust of anything resembling smoking leads some of those in tobacco control to claim that we don’t even need e-cigarettes, and to look for any reason to cast doubt on the value of vaping. But the reason we really do need vaping becomes obvious as soon as you consider things from the perspective of a smoker.

  • Study Shows E-Cig Vapor Isn’t Toxic to Airways, But it (Obviously) Isn’t as Safe as Air

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 16, 2015
    E-cigarette inhalation toxicity study

    A new study looking at the effect of e-cigarette vapor on human airway cells has found no sign of toxicity, with the vapor-exposed cells faring about as well as the air-exposed ones. The new finding adds further evidence that the risks associated with vaping are likely to be very small, and almost certainly much less than the risks of smoking.

  • Study Says E-Cig Ads Are “Persuading” Teens to Vape… Finds No Convincing Evidence At All

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 9, 2015
    E-Cig Ads Targeting Youth

    A new study aims to further the anti-vaping agenda by combining two of the sources of the most indignation about the technology: advertising and the children. Stanton Glantz called the study “direct evidence that e-cig TV ads are recruiting kids to nicotine addiction,” but, as with most things that come out of his mouth, this is pretty much complete nonsense.

  • DA and AP in E-Liquid: Five Pawns, the Reliability of Results and the Worst Offenders to Date

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 2, 2015
    Five Pawns E-Liquid Lab Test

    The recent revelation that Five Pawns’ extremely expensive e-liquid may be riddled with diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP) brings an important issue to the light once again: the flavorings we inhale might not be good for us. So, what’s the deal with DA and AP in e-liquid? Which are the worst offenders based on the tests available? And can we even trust the results?

  • 5 Common Anti-Vaping Arguments Applied to Other Forms of Harm Reduction

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 28, 2015
    Vaping is harm reduction

    The worst thing about the continuous spread of misleading information and the manufacturing of misguided panics about vaping is the fact that e-cigarettes are really about harm reduction. Arguments like “e-cigarettes aren’t absolutely safe” are ridiculous in the context of harm reduction, and this becomes pretty clear when you apply common anti-vaping arguments to other forms of harm reduction.

  • A Guide to Tobacco E-Liquids

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 25, 2015
    Tobacco e-liquid types

    For the just-switching smoker aiming to replace their combusted tobacco habit, navigating the veritable maze of e-liquid in search of a pleasant, tobacco-infused flavor can be a challenge. So what are the major types of tobacco e-liquid? Which tastes the best? Here’s a brief run-down of the options.

  • Why You Don’t Need an E-Liquid that Tastes Like Cigarettes

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 23, 2015
    Cigarette flavor e-cig

    For smokers just switching to vaping, one of the most common questions is: “which e-liquid will taste like my favorite brand of cigarettes?” However, you quickly learn that finding an e-liquid that tastes like Marlboro cigarettes, for example, is not an easy task. So, do you keep searching for the e-liquid that will manage to perfectly replicate your chosen brand of cigarettes, or is there another way?

  • NET E-Liquids: Is the Flavor Worth the Added Risk?

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 20, 2015

    Naturally-extracted tobacco (NET) e-liquid is widely-recommended by those searching for the most realistic tobacco e-liquids, but results from e-liquid chemical and toxicological studies would suggest that they carry slightly greater risks than your average e-liquid. But is the added risk worthwhile? We take a look at the pros and cons of NET e-liquids.

  • Top 10 Must-Vape Tobacco E-Liquids

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 17, 2015
    natural-tasting tobacco e-liquids

    Vapers quickly learn that it’s hard to accurately replicate the true taste of tobacco: somehow, without the 4,000-plus chemicals and the pungent, burning smoky aroma they bring, the taste of tobacco juices just tends to be a little lacking. But some of the very best tobacco e-liquids still manage to beat the odds and produce something well-worth vaping, and here are 10 you’ve got to try.

  • Innokin Announces Disrupter Box Mod and InnoCell Battery Packs

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 10, 2015
    Innokin innocell colors

    Six days after announcing their new temperature control technology, Innokin has revealed the new Disrupter box mod, along with some purpose-built “InnoCell” power cells. The new cells promise an improvement of around 30 percent on battery lifespan in comparison to standard 18650s, and the device and power cells are set for release around the end of July.

  • Why Wales’ Indoor Vaping Ban Makes No Sense Whatsoever

    By Lee Johnson Posted June 10, 2015
    welsh government indoor vaping

    The Welsh government has announced that it will ban vaping in enclosed public places under a new public health law, igniting much debate about the pros and cons of such a decision. It’s argued that vaping could pose a health risk to bystanders and may re-normalize smoking, but are these concerns justified?

  • 10 Reasons Anti-Vaping Propaganda is Winning the PR War (and We’re Losing)

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 1, 2015
    CDC tips campaign e-cigs

    The California Department of Public Health’s Still Blowing Smoke campaign and the CDC’s tips campaign are just two of the latest examples of why tobacco harm reduction is so widely misunderstood by the public. But why is the anti-science, chemo-phobic propaganda winning the PR war over e-cigarettes?