Vaporizing E-meds

Addiction and substances

With the 2016 regulations moving ever closer for the e-cig market and early announcements that e-liquid and vaping products will be regulated as medicines by MHRA and FDA, it is fair to say that both tobacco and e-cig manufacturers are extremely concerned.

The new regulations could see all rights for current e-liquid producers removed and only companies that hold a medical licence able to produce and distribute e-liquid. The result of this could cause leading e-cig brands like V2, VIP, Socialites and Blu to simply disappear, leaving the door open to the existing pharmaceutical corporations to take control of vaporizing E-meds or V-meds (vaporizing medicines)

Regulated medical E-liquid

A medical licence is not an easy thing to obtain and the pharmaceutical industry has one of the toughest regulatory bodies to enforce this. There are already well-established companies that are in favour with current governments and they are among the biggest corporations on the planet, GlaxoSmithKlien and Pfizer to name a couple and would be likely candidates to produce regulated medical E-liquid.

It is very likely that these long-standing well-established companies will take over the production and distribution of e-liquid, and sales by those outside the close-knit industry will be made illegal. Considering the pharmaceutical industries’ overall power it is very unlikely that all existing e-cig brands and tobacco companies will be granted a medial licence to produce e-liquid.

Who will control E-medicine?

The control and management of e-medicine will be a lengthy battle and is likely to be heavily debated and disputed in the courts. Appeal processes and law clarification will take a very long time; during this period e-cig brands will most likely continue business as usual. Inevitably though the pharmaceutical companies will come out on top in the battle of who will control E-medicine.

The plan is to bring out e-liquid with a medicinal applications such as vapable cold and flu syrup, painkillers and aspirin. With the development of these innovative e-meds and e-liquid, and the move towards stringent regulation under medicinal guidelines, it is plain to see where this fledgling industry is heading. Private companies like Alsa Refinish LLC are hoping to tap into the next highly lucrative market by patenting a specific e-smoking device for use as a medical administration device.

A little research shows that Alsa refinish LLC are a paint manufacturing company, evidently hoping to branch out and place their bets on the potential of a booming e-med/v-med industry. It is ridiculous to think that a company of this size, and with their expertise in stark contrast to the medical industry, could ever compete with the likes of the pharmaceutical giants, especially as they currently produce no regulated medicines.

Aiming to patent such a broad field, inclusive of so many possible variations of e-liquid ingredients, flavours, ergonomic design and application, it seems ludicrous to think that a paint manufacturing business believes they could control the manufacturing and distribution of the abundance of products that will be brought to market. I highly doubt they will successfully obtain rights to all manner of e-liquid formulas and device designs, but I guess it’s an ambitious goal and I don’t blame them for trying!

 

Medicinal E-liquid

Medicinal e-liquid, nicotine-free e-liquid, administered via an electronic vaping device, is next on the agenda for the think-tanks of the e-smoking industry. Vapeable medicines to treat all manner of ailments are set to revolutionise not only the e-smoking industry, but pharmacology as well.

What we are witnessing currently is a titanic battle between two real super powers: pharmacological corporations, that effect the decisions of governments and push laws through to suit their fields of involvement, and the titans of the tobacco trade whose power and influence far outreaches the mere cigarette between your fingers. The tobacco giants are involved in a complexly intertwined world of regulatory back-scratching with high-level government and adjusted tax levels supposedly in the public’s best interest. So will medicinal e-liquid be any different?

No medicine licence for tobacco firms

It’s not news that tobacco smoking has been targeted with tougher regulations, which have been pushed through by many governments globally in recent years. The banning of smoking in public places has had a social impact and in many cases created a shift in attitude towards tobacco puffers.The trend of harsher regulations suggests that tobacco companies will not be granted a medicinal licence to allow them to trade in e-smoking products.

The e-smoking industry at first was a major threat to tobacco companies, who had been operating successfully and untouched for years. The tobacco firms combated that initial threat by themselves investing heavily in the new electronic smoking industry. However, the move to medical-grade equipment, regulated under the strict and watchful eye of the government and medical officials, will be a change that tobacco companies will struggle to adapt to.

Pharmaceutical E-liquid

Although no information has been released about who will be able to produce pharmaceutical e-liquid post-2016 regulation, it has been announced that any company that wishes to produce and distribute e-liquid must operate under a medicinal licence. Companies that already hold a medicine licence need not worry. This could lead to tobacco companies trying to purchase smaller pharmaceutical companies in a bid to secure themselves a position in this newly heavily-regulated industry.

Actions like this have been seen in the past and are not uncommon nor illegal, it is highly likely that tobacco firms will take this measure to try and steal their share of the market. Whether the MHRA and other regulators allow this to happen, the issuing of medicine licences to tobacco firms will be one that’s contentious and no-doubt contested by the medical world and healthcare professionals. Only the future will tell and time will display the results.

E-cigs are better than vaporizers five reasons why

E-cigs better

E-cigs and vaporizer are becoming more and more common. Every street you walk down you see people vaping. Either puffing on an e-cig or chugging a vaporizer but which of these devices is this best? Which one suits you? Is it easier to quit smoking tobacco with a device that looks like a cigarette?                               Here are five pro reason why e-cigs are better than vaporizers, they should help you making your mind up when buying a vape. If they don’t what ever I prefer vaporizers anyway. Although I started with e-cigs I switched after a year or so to a vaporizer. The e-cigs helped me quit tobacco.

 

 

5. The size

E-cigs are small and light compared to some bulky vaporizers.

4. Discreet

You can cup an e-cig in your hand and puff discreetly, most vaporizers are too big to be covered by one hand.

3. Strength

E-cigs are generally more durable than larger vaporizers, e-cigs are more likely to survive when you sit on them!

2. Portable charging unit

Some e-cig brands have portable chargers shaped like a cigarette box, this allows you to charge e-cigs on the go; you can also store cartomizers and spare batteries in the charging box.

1. Quitting

E-cigarettes look like traditional tobacco cigarettes, most even have a glowing tip which lights when puffed. This similarity helped me to stop smoking tobacco by bridging the cap from tobacco cigarettes to a vaping pen.

5 Advantages e-liquid

advantages e-liquid

Here are 5 advantages e-liquid has over tobacco. I will outline the advantages e-liquid has compared to the dirty weed. Tobacco has been around for hundreds of years and has been linked to deaths of millions of people. So it about time a new healthier alternative other than quitting came along to improve the health of the people. Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco that people crave. It stimulates the brain receptors and releases endorphin’s, the brain gets used to the buzz and when you stop your brain goes crazy.

E-liquid gives your brain nicotine and it’ also a similar action to smoking. This makes it easier to quit smoking and nicotine free of e-liquid helps quit the nicotine addiction. Quit once and for all!

5. E-liquid flavors

E-liquid comes in a number of flavors, these flavors enhance the vaping experience and leave a pleasant taste in the mouth. There are so many flavors of e-liquid to choose from. Whether you like the taste of tobacco or want to mix things up with a fruity flavor. The choice is yours and there is plenty to choose from.

4. No yellow fingers with E-liquid

When e-juice is vaped fingers are left clean from yellowy brown nicotine stains associated with tobacco smoking advantages e-liquid. It was a disgusting by product of smoking tobacco, dirty yellow stained fingers. Especially if you were a heavy tobacco smoker. Tobacco would not just stain your fingers it would stain your teeth, mouth and nose. Disgusting!

3. The odor E-liquid

E-liquid produces little or no odor during vaporization, the only odor produced is generally pleasant and comes from the flavorings. It does not have the fowl stench of cigarette smoke, advantages e-liquid! You can get away vaping almost anywhere if you are discreet. If smoking tobacco you can smell it from 50 meters away. Smoking tobacco is smelly and hard to do discreetly.

2. Price advantages E-liquid

E-liquid is cheaper than tobacco: 20 Benson and Hedges are more than £9 a pack, around 45 p per cigarette. 30 ml of e-liquid is about the same price but can last 2-3 weeks advantage e-liquid. You can make your own e-liquid at a fraction of the price it is sold for in the shops as well. If you buy the raw ingredients you can make a 10 ml bottle of e-liquid very cheap. There are only 3 ingredients in E-liquid, minus the flavorings. The ingredients are propylene glycol, glycerin and nicotine.

1. No Nasty Toxins in E-liquid!

When e-liquid is vaped you don’t get any of the toxins associated with smoking cigarettes, that means no tar! No carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide! No lead and no arsenic! The latest expert advice on vaporizing is that they up to 95% safer than smoking tobacco. If you are a smoker you would be stupid not to switch to vaporizing. There are plenty of advantages e-liquid has compared to tobacco and probably more than I have outlined.

 

 

10 Reasons why vaping e-liquid is better than smoking tobacco.

10. Online sales

You can order all of your smoking paraphernalia online strait to your door.

9. Stealth

You can smoke your vaporizing stealthily in work or public places. (beware of CCTV)

8. No more standing outside

No need to stand outside at family gatherings puffing on a cigarette.

7. Smoking in public?

Smoking on trains planes and buses is made more possible but probably not legal, (no laws have yet been passed specifically for vaping).

6. Lasts longer

e-liquid lasts up to 5x  longer than a packet of smokes.

5. Almost unlimited puffing

Lithium-ion batteries last for days before they need recharging.

4. No flame

No need for a lighter or matches.

3. Improved health

Your lungs and skin start to feel better and healthier, after stopping smoking tobacco for some time.

2. Cheap Cheap Cheap

E-smoking is cheaper by far! with cheap online products you can stock up for at least 3 months for less than £100. Smoking tobacco for the same period on 20 cigarettes a day would be over £550 at roughly £6 a day.

1. No bad smell!

Your mum and girlfriends stop moaning about the smell. Your clothes stay fresh and don’t stink of smoke, No more yellow fingers, or smelly hair and no more tar on your lips.

Nicotine and e-cigs

nicotine from tobacco

Nicotine is a drug and a highly addictive one – some people say one of the most toxic and hardest to quit. So for those who wish to stop smoking tobacco, but lack the will power to quit nicotine, vaping fills the gap and offers a healthier alternative to tobacco products.

Nicotine is used as a poison and a relatively small amount can kill a horse! It is used for this purpose by veterinarians all over the planet due to its low manufacture cost and effectiveness.

When injected in its raw form nicotine speeds up the heart to such a rate that the pressure builds and it essentially explodes the heart and surrounding arteries, resulting in a very quick death.

Nicotine history

Nicotine was first extracted from the Nicotiana tabacum plant way back in 1828. However it is thought to have been used as a stimulant for thousands of years. Some ancient civilizations produced carvings and art work depicting its use, the Mayan civilization being one of them.

Tobacco in Europe

It is widely known that Christopher Columbus sailed back from the Americas in 1492 with a precious cargo. One of which had never been seen in Europe before.

It did not take long for the powerful addictive qualities of the non-native weed to work its way through the classes of post medieval Europe. It wasn’t until the 1600’s that its true potential as a cash crop was harnessed.

By the 1700’s tobacco farms grew and high demand for tobacco required more man power; slaves were shipped from Africa to fill the labour gap. It wasn’t until around this time that tobacco was refined into the highly-addictive nicotine-laden device of control we know it to be today.

In the 1880’s there was a move from man-power to machines. This meant the speed at which cigarettes could be produced was drastically increased. Thus the cost of the end product significantly reduced. The reduced cost lead to higher demand, greater profits and more smokers.

Nicotine was first used in insecticide in 1793. It is a potent toxin that effects the nervous system. The insecticide had other effects though. Both human and animal life was effected as the potent drug was absorbed and diluted through the food chain. It has also been linked to the current plight of the honey bee population.

Electronic Cigarettes History

Electronic cigarettes history

Everything about the electronic cigarettes history. Who designed the first e-cig? Tracing the electronic cigarettes from the history of tobacco.

‘Electronic cigarettes’ is an umbrella term to describe electronic vaping devices. These devices vaporize liquid nicotine into a mist that’s inhaled by the user. The e-cigarette devices come in various shapes and sizes. There are e-cigs, vaporizers, atomizers, electronic pipes, vape pen, electronic cigars. Using one of these is called ‘vaping’. They are being marketed as a healthier alternative to tobacco products, though there is no research to categorically prove this. No study can yet determine whether the new technology might cause long-term side effects or health implications. The distinct lack of long-term research studies is because the products are relatively new to the market.

History of Tobacco

Smoking of the tobacco plant can be traced back as far as 600 – 900 AD in comparison to electronic cigarettes that are truly in their infancy having only made it to the mass market at the beginning of the naughties. It is thought that the original concept for an electronic ciggarettes alternative to tobacco smoking was conceived by Herbert Gilbert who filed a patent for the first ever electronic smoking device in 1963. At this time tobacco smoking was not perceived as a health threat – in fact to the contrary – and was so ingrained as the status quo in the social psyche that Gilbert simply didn’t have the custom for his product idea, and so it remained just that – an idea.

E-cigarettes Inventor

Gilbert failed to launch his product beyond the drawing board, but a few decades later Han Lik was considerably more successful when faced with a public well educated in the dangers of smoking tobacco. He used the death of his father from lung cancer as motivation to develop a way of  inhaling nicotine without the superfluous chemicals, toxic smoke, bleached paper and noxious tar entering the body with it. The company he worked for at the time, Ruyan, encouraged and supported Lik’s product invention, manufacturing and introducing them to the Chinese market in 2003. They were an instant success and within a few years the products similarly flourished in the European and US markets too.

In 2008-9 preliminary research results started to emerge, and a study conducted by Health New Zealand and with funding from Ruyan found that of 50 tobacco smoke toxins tested none were detectable above trace level in e-cigarette vapour. They concluded that inhaling mist from an electronic cigarette is 100-1000 times less dangerous than smoking tobacco cigarettes. Dr Murray Laugesen who conducted the study said,

“They are not going to die from an e-cigarette-but they could die tomorrow from a heart attack due to their smoking.” (source)

Electronic cigarettes history conclusion

In spite of some positive results from the initial short-term studies, some countries imposed strict regulations due to the uncharted territory of such a new and untested technology, and others implemented both full and partial bans backed by legal legislature. It would be tedious to outline the laws and regulations in every country, but some are particularly interesting. For instance, Canada allows the advertisement, use and sale of electronic vaporizers, however it is entirely illegal to bring the devices and paraphernalia into the country from elsewhere. Brazil has imposed a full ban on the usage, advertisement, sale and purchase of e-cigs, determining that e-cigarettes are imitation tobacco. The use and sale of e-cigs are legal in most European countries, with the exception of France which has imposed bans to treat e-cigarettes with the same stringent laws for traditional tobacco products.

Growing addiction

Addiction and substances

Addiction is blamed for the substantial rise in the amount of nicotine consumed. This due to electronic smoking. I have experienced this first hand; when I quit smoking tobacco I was on about twenty per day. Cigarettes contain between 8 mg to 20 mg of nicotine. This depends on brand but only around 1 mg per cigarette is absorbed by the body.

Vaping addiction

When I took up vaping as a way to quit tobacco I used my electronic devices constantly. I was amazed at the seemingly never ending source of nicotine; I only ever stopped to change the battery or refill the atomizer with juice. With this easily available cheap form of nicotine, my addiction has grown to around 5 ml of 16 mg E-liquid. This is the equivalent of over 100 cigarettes per day.

This is worrying on a personal level for me. But from a tobacco farmers point of view to see a rise in consumption of their produce is good news. I was not alone in noticing a rise in my nicotine consumption. In vaping forums around the globe people are saying that their nicotine consumption has trebled or even quadrupled. Compared to when they were smoking tobacco some people are saying they are smoking the equivalent of 200 per day!

E-liquid addiction

E-liquid in the UK is very easy to acquire, it is widely available on the internet. New e-liquid retailers are opening shops on the high street and in shopping centers. E-liquids are easy to buy and there are no restrictions on the amount an individual can vape. So is it any wonder a persons nicotine consumption could increase compared to when they were smoking cigarettes?

If a person takes up vaping as a way to help quit smoking. They might end up vaporizing more nicotine and building up a greater dependence. Then surely this will make it harder to quit in the long run.

Has tobacco finally met its match?

tobacco lighter

Well, trending figures would suggest not really – not yet anyway. Demand for tobacco is still high, despite recent legislation in many countries to ban smoking in public places. It seems they are trying to ostracise those who smoke by pushing them outside on to cold rainy doorsteps.

Recent studies show that in some parts of the world smoking tobacco is becoming less popular. If you look at global statistics the number of tobacco smokers is actually rising.

Tobacco vs Electronic smoking

Online sales of e-cigs are flourishing. New specialist high street vaporizing shops are opening. As well as existing tobacco retailers selling electronic paraphernalia alongside tobacco products.

Research conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that between 1990 and 2010 the price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK more than doubled from around £2.80 to £6.  Therefore e-cigs not only offer the possibility of a healthier alternative to puffing on tobacco, but also present a less costly way of obtaining nicotine – the only listed addictive component of cigarettes.

E-cig users are on the rise in many countries; sales in the UK increased by 340% in 2013. The industry is expected to be worth £340 million per annum by 2015. At present ‘old school’ cigarette smokers are still by far the majority of the smoking population,  though it is predicted that e-cigarette revenue will overtake tobacco within the next decade.

It is estimated that around 42.1 million Americans over the age of 18, around 20% of the adult population, smoke on a regular basis. The percentage of male smokers is slightly higher than female smokers. In Europe the figures are similar but with a higher total percentage of smokers at around 29% of the adult population regularly smoking tobacco products.

The number of of people with a nicotine addiction has dropped quite rapidly in the last few years. Addiction is down around 7% in Europe since 2005. Still it’s not far off 1 in 3 of us that smoke.

So why should we quit smoking tobacco?

We have been warned for quite some time of the adverse health effects that tobacco addiction causes. Lung disease, heart disease, bad breath and stained teeth to name a few. The social implications are causing smokers to be evermore ostracised and cast out from a new healthier less nicotine-dependant society. One that is adopting a more intolerant view towards smokers in an attempt to change peoples habits; this pressure is working to an extent with smoking numbers declining and less new smokers starting up.

Non-smokers are adopting a hard lined defense towards electronic smokers. This despite the fact that electronic smoking poses a very low health risk if passively inhaled. The FDA is proposing a complete ban on e-smoking in public places. Even though research shows the effect to a person’s health is improved compared to smoking tobacco.

The health impact and anti-social aspect of smoking has always been the main spearhead in non-smoking advertisements. So if electronic smoking offers a “healthier” almost odourless alternative what is the problem?

Conclusion

The tobacco industry’s roots lie way back in 1492 after Columbus arrived home from the Americas. Tobacco is now being reinvented with innovative technology. Although maintaining the same morals, driven by money and greed. E-smoking devices are new products in an almost virgin market. Corporations are trying to get as many addicted to a new brand of nicotine double time. This form can be flavored, advertised on TV and endorsed by celebrities. In a free market it’s open to entrepreneurs all aiming to make as much money as possible. It’s hard to say if this new technology has taken us backwards or forwards in terms of ethical thinking. Backwards or forwards in terms of health. Long-term data will have to be analysed in due course and only time will tell.