If you do remember Saturday Night Live then youâ€™ll also remember Harry Enfieldâ€™s character screaming out the 80â€™s slogan â€œLoadsamoney!â€
The stakes are high. The latest figures, from 2012, say that we as a nation spent Â£15.1billion on tobacco and the current estimate is that vaping will overtake smoking by 2023.
In Wales there are moves to ban vaping from enclosed public spaces and work areas. Consequently, if this interests you, you might wish to watch to the speech given by Kirsty Williams to the Welsh Assembly where she says that there is “no justification” for a ban in Wales. As speeches go, and I try to avoid them if I can, it is a good one. Passionately, logically she explained the logical fallacies to the other members, pointing out that people vape “to help them stop smoking or helping them stay stopped.”
In stark contrast to the goings on across the Atlantic, where a lot of media coverage is being given to the notion of vaping being a gateway into smoking, Kirsty Williams told the assembled that there is “no evidence” that this is the case.
Additionally, if you feel so inclined, Public Health England published independent evidence papers on e-cigarettes, on the 15th May, which will form part of the terms of reference for any impending laws. Worth reading if you are interested or suffer from insomnia.
Finally, if you are new to all of the comings and goings, or have just got lost, the arguments are summed up very well on the Saveecigs blog, in response to some of the points made during the debate in Wales.
There are many places on the Internet where you can find out about batteries but this counts for nothing if you purchase a clone by mistake.
Brand names like Efest, Panasonic, AW, Sony, MNKE should only be purchased from highly recommended suppliers. Some brands like AW will only sell through authorised resellers and there was a spate of clones on the market recently. In short, do your homework.
There are many good forums like Planet of the Vapes and UK Vapers where people will answer your questions.
A good vendor will be able to provide you with the performance details about the battery. The good news is that there are a growing number of batteries able to cope with a constant current of up to 30amps. With all vaping, ensure that your battery uses â€œsafe chemistryâ€ and follow Rule.1: Never scrimp when buying batteries.
From when you first started coiling your atomisers you ought to have drummed V=IxR into your mind, where V is the battery voltage, I is the current in amps and R is the resistance in ohms.
To find out what current you are sending through your mod you need to divide the maximum battery voltage (commonly taken as 4.2V) by the total resistance.
When you are measuring the resistance of your atomiser make sure that you use a quality ohmmeter (like this one) capable of reading to two decimal places.
If you donâ€™t know how to work out the total resistance when you place coils into parallel (dual/tri/quad) then bookmark this page and it will work out the total resistance for you.
Current from a fresh 4.2V battery
When you are vaping at low ohms you might want to consider using a lower nicotine liquid than you would normally vape. The volume of nicotine entering your body is greatly raised and you can suffer from headaches and nausea. Serious cloud chasers often opt for a zero nicotine high VG liquid.
As a final caveat, in some research carried out by Doctor Igor Burstyn and Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos it has been identified that acrolein and formaldehyde are formed at high temperatures/low ohms/high currents/high voltages. Although there is more research to be completed in this area, to discover at what quantities and how harmful, it is one reason why some people shy away from low sub-ohm vaping.
Ask yourself this question: â€œWould I carry off a lead role in Braking Bad or be able to sing with ZZ Top?â€ If the answer is yes then it is very possible that you are a Beardy vaper. Facial foliage has become so popular that some vape emporiums are now denying access to anyone not sporting a minimum of a healthy seven-day growth. The growth of the hirsute can be traced back to Professor Beard, the earliest and beardiest vaper ever.
Fresh-faced fauna abounds on the bleak tundra too.
Interbreeding between the most miserable examples gave rise to the Expects perfection even though the product was on discount and cost a tennervaper and the Post things for freevaper(who are unaware that the cost of the stamp is then included in the retail price). When not incessantly complaining to each other, this group like nothing more than to email the people theyâ€™ve just bought something from demanding to know why it wasnâ€™t delivered yesterday. You can recognise them in the wild by their mating call of â€œIâ€™ll never buy from you again!â€
Thanks in part to the government being spineless and not implementing the compulsory sterilisation of stray dripping enthusiasts, these simple folk have bred and produced feral spawn. Becuz clowdz, brovapers can be seen everywhere: at vapemeets, the entrance to Morrisons, downing a pint in the local and playing bingo with your grandma. A skittish beast, when startled they will exude voluminous quantities of opacity to aid their escape â€“ shooting off to breed in bus shelters.
Arguments rage as to whether Free shitvaper came about after some idiot poured some unwanted juice down a sink or descended from an escaped imported American pet. They are attracted to the noise of exhibition centres and online giveaway lists. This genus is a simple beast and splits its time between listing what they obtain on vaping forum classified sections and sharing competitions on Facebook.
The insignificant but incredibly annoying They can afford it so Iâ€™ll nick what I want vaper appears to be flourishing. Conditions appear ripe for them and there are few natural predators. Timid by nature, they stay clear of other creatures unless hunting. If you find one and would like to look after it, they enjoy being hit on the head with a baseball bat and having their fingers crushed under the wheels of an articulated truck.
Twitter vapercan be identified by its pale complexion and glazed expression. It is probable that you could go a lifetime without ever encountering one unless you venture into its darkened lair. They gain sustenance from staring at a computer screen 24 hours a day, waiting for Simon Chapman, so they can put as many insults into 128 characters as possible.
Squonking vapers, despite all claims to the contrary, donâ€™t really exist – they are just characters in a J. K. Rowling story. Seriously, how could anyone believe the tales of sexual prowess and intelligence? No. These things are as real as Loch Ness monsters and economic austerity programs that work.
Previous studies carried out estimated that there were between 900,000 to 1.3million vapers (electronic cigarette users) within the UK. The striking lead finding from ASHâ€™s most recent survey is that there are now 2.1million vapers within the UK.
This figure is broken down into 700,000 ex-smokers who now only use electronic devices in place of cigarettes and 1.3million vapers who use vaping devices in addition to their smoking habits.
ASH contrasts the number of smokers who have tried an electronic cigarette. They state that in 2010 only 8.2% had tried one while this figure has now exploded to almost 58%. Of these smokers they note a rise from almost 3% regularly vaping had increased to almost 18% by this year.
They discovered that the figure for the non-smoking general public who knew about electronic cigarettes and vaping now stands at 90% of the population and of those almost two fifths agreed that vaping was a good thing for public health while only one fifth disagreed.
While debate still appears to focus in the media on the topic of vaping being a gateway into smoking ASH report that around 1% of non-smokers had ever tried an electronic cigarette and next to none of them continued to do so â€“ destroying any gateway argument and supporting the findings from 2013.
For the second year running they found that the main reasons for vaping were to use as a tool to stop smoking, to remain from smoking and, for people who dual-fuel (vape and smoke), to cut down on the number of cigarettes smoked.
This turns the gateway argument on its head and amply demonstrates that vaping is not a gateway into smoking cigarettes but a gateway out of smoking cigarettes.
Despite all the arguments that banning and controlling when and where vaping can take place (because it looks like smoking a cigarette), ASH released findings demonstrating that this is far from the case. It stated that only 8% of people who vape use cigalikes (electronic cigarettes that look like cigarettes); these are also known as 1st generation devices.
Of the rest, half vape using second generation devices (a small Ego-type battery and a small tank like an Evod). The other half use 3rd generation devices such as mechanical mods and variable voltage/wattage devices along with genisis or silica tanks and drippers.
The third generation devices were most popular with ex-smokers and so there is a clear progression away from smoking through the three generations of electronic cigarettes.
Repeating the findings of 2013, ASH found that knowledge and understanding of electronic cigarettes was high among children and teenagers. They also demonstrated for the second year running that vaping in children and teens was restricted to a statistically insignificant number â€“ and those who did either dual-fuelled because they were smokers or were ex-smokers. Again, this adds huge weight to the argument that vaping is a gateway out of smoking and not into it.
The report was released on the same day that ASH USA made the following statement: â€œWhile the FDA proposal is an important step, ASH is disappointed that the proposal does not include the regulation of the marketing of e-cigarettes nor the banning of flavors, such as bubble gum, that specifically target young people. Even if electronic cigarettes prove to be an effective tool for adults who are trying to quit, they should not be marketed to children.â€
The disconnect between the two positions, one founded in research and the other not, could not be more contrasting. All of ASH UKâ€™s evidence points to the fact that neither are electronic cigarettes marketed to young people nor are young people adopting electronic cigarettes. While ASH USA provide a caveat of â€œifâ€ ecigs are effective quitting agents, ASH UKâ€™s research amply demonstrates they are working year on year.
Thing is, and thereâ€™s a truism from football, that form is temporary and class is permanent.
Iâ€™m not a dedicated follower of fashion and resolutely refuse to accompany my daughter shopping. Sheâ€™s 13 and apparently clothes are important to 13yr-old girls. I know this because I stood with her for twenty-three minutes and nineteen seconds as she attempted to decide which top to buy. Once, never again, will I spend twenty-three minutes and nineteen seconds before leaving the store and go listen to the radio in the car.
Itâ€™s got to that stage at home where my teenagers mock me for my clothes but Iâ€™m OK with that, itâ€™s all part of my anti-fashion/anti-brand stance. My teen punk ethos bleeding into my middle age spread. Or so I thought.
As much as I refuse to countenance paying more than a tenner for a shirt or Â£20 on shoes I keep finding myself pulled out by the rip tide of vaping fashion into deep waters. One minute I was happy paddling with my Kayfun-lite, the next Iâ€™m sitting looking at a Dome wondering how on Earth it floated onto my desk. And then it struck me that I am my daughter; I spend far more time flitting from browser tab to browser tab comparing vape gear than she ever does with clothes. Iâ€™m not knocking the KFL, far from it. As someone who was using Evods and learning to swim in vaping circles I was given an almighty push in the back to flounder about with it.
The Kayfun, in its present iteration, is still the only silica atty I keep going back to again and again. Yes it dribbles a little bit from the fill hole even though Svoemesto have now put an o-ring there but it doesnâ€™t have the hit or miss quality of the Taifunâ€¦or the ridiculous size. I got a GT because everyone was going on about how they were better than Kayfuns and, being more sheeplike than the ones that cartoon wolf tried to steal (only to be pounded by the dog), I followed the crowd.
Now itâ€™ll sit here on the desk and be used once in a blue moon either because of its bulk or because the exact same wick and coil set-up will dry hit or leak. More than anything Iâ€™ve learnt that going with the pack only leads to frustration.
Itâ€™s not an easy thing to do if you are me and have my vast list of bad choices Iâ€™ve made. If I just reel off the unaided vehicle-based decisions Iâ€™ve made youâ€™ll get the picture:
A Vauxhall Victor estate â€“ 2 months, dead in the drive
A Polski Fiat â€“ 1 hour, died after one mile
A Moto Guzzi â€“ three days, shaft seized
A Leyland Princess â€“ one month, died on the A1
A second Moto Guzzi â€“ died while doing 80mph in the outside on the M6
A Volvo 440 â€“ died during test drive when I was selling it
Trust me, it goes on…
So, I was quite proud of myself that I gave the Aqua a wide berth. Especially when I looked at how fussy it was inside at a recent vapemeet. That was a real bullet-dodging moment for me. It ranks up there with the time I avoided being arrested with my mates, for driving around Northampton throwing lit bangers out of the window, on the way back from the pub.
It seemed a great idea at the time. Stupid.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
This is the person who has lived through two major housing-price crashes and both times they came days after I bought a house. It wouldnâ€™t have been so bad had they been decent houses but I opted for quirky and unique. People donâ€™t buy quirky and unique. I should be kept away from money, decisions and cheap Chinese fireworks.
The second proper mech mod I bought fell into that quirky subset. I loved the design in the way a mother loves her hideously ugly baby. After two large price drops on the vendors website I couldnâ€™t give it away. Well thatâ€™s not true because I have just given it away, no one would have bought it.
When it came to mods there was one I resolutely stayed away from, I didnâ€™t buy a thing from Atmomixani because the world and her husband had one, real or clone. For months I resisted until my birthday loomed and the wife wanted to know if there was anything Iâ€™d like.
Figuring that I would never pay for a Nemesis I suggested it. What do you know? I made a decent call for once. But then you already know that because youâ€™ve probably got one. I guess when you make the volume of poor choices in life that I do then some of them will come good; itâ€™s like the roomful of monkeys with computers.
Iâ€™m doing myself a disservice. For a start Iâ€™ve never read a Dan Brown novel, watched Titanic, listened to One Direction or dialled to have a contestant evicted from a televised house/jungle. Not all my choices have been stupid.
The mods and attys I have now may not be anybody elseâ€™s cup of tea but what does that matter? The wick in my Pulse-G may look like a monstrosity but itâ€™s my disaster and it vapes brilliantly.
Living in the now and exploring is what makes vaping the journey it is because, like travelling, the wrong turn can often take you to the most interesting of destinations. Just donâ€™t follow my lead.
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