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  • The Truth

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  • Smoking Hurts

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  • E-Cigarette Summit 2014

    This year's E-Cigarette Summit will be held on the 13th of November at the Royal Society in London. It'll be another great chance for all you vapers, not to mention scientists, heath professionals and e-cig stakeholders to get together to learn about new developments in vaping with both new tech and research. There will be a number of speakers there to kick off another lively debate on the issues of regulation and banning. There are huge issues at stake, things that are dividing policy makers, scientists and health professionals alike.

    We'll be seeing speakers such as, Alette Adison from the Department of Health, Deborah Arnott from ASH, Dr Paul Marshall from the MHRA, Dr Jaques Le Houezec the founder of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. There are many more speakers for the day but this gives you an idea of what we can expect on the day in terms of debate and questions.

    For more information and where to register visit the official site here.

  • Funny Vaping Links

    I'm always coming across amusing bits and pieces uploaded about Ecigs. Here's a list of links where you can find some of the funniest:

    - 11 of the best vaping memes:

    http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2014/09/ecigarette-memes.html

    - 5 of the best E-Cigarette parodies:

    http://www.churnmag.com/features/5-funniest-parodies-about-e-cigarettes/

    - More hilarious pics about vaping:

    http://ejuiceconnoisseur.com/2014/04/30/even-more-funny-vaping-pics-vaping-memes/

    - Pinterest always has some good stuff to find:

    http://www.pinterest.com/VaporAnalysis/funny-humorous-e-cig-things-of-the-sort/

    - Some funny memes on Reddit:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/vape_memes

  • WHO Response

    So we've now had the WHO (World Health Organization) respond to the issue of Electronic cigarettes and vaping. This is something that a lot of us have been waiting for as something that could either really help or hinder the case for the ban on E-Cigarettes.

    So what did the WHO come back with? Well it was both good and bad news. In a great turn of events, they agreed that E-Cigs help people who have been failed by other methods. They also acknowledge that vaping does NOT normalise smoking, and that in the UK the very opposite of that is happening. This all sounds fantastic and helps us hit back in the larger argument on a ban in the EU, but let's see what else they had to say.

    Despite ASH's findings to the contrary, they believe that vapers don't enjoy using different flavours, that these are instead designed to hook children into using ecigs. Now we know from our own experience that our customers, on the whole, prefer our more exotic flavours and a survey of 10,000 flavours says the same thing. How they reached this conclusion is beyond me or any other vaper it would seem.

    They only grudgingly admitted that Ecigs were better at helping smokers but not really much better than NRT aids. This is based on a widely discredited study based on naive and in-experienced vapers.

    The fact is that they have both helped the Ecig argument, and hindered it with lack of proper facts and evidence. It will be interesting to see how this affects us in the next couple of years.

  • The EU Tobacco Products Directive

    How the European legislation is expected to affect the Electronic Cigarette business

    You have probably heard that the bureaucratic machine in Brussels has finally decided to lump e-cigarettes (e-cigs) into its latest Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), thus regulating them officially for the first time. So what does this mean for the ecig industry? Is it an opportunity or a threat? Sadly rather more of the latter than the former, unless you are part of Big Tobacco, so here is some background and an outline of the proposals and how and when they may be implemented.

    Until now ecigs have been regulated by general trading standards regulation as they are not medicines, despite the attempts to have them classified as such, or a tobacco product, or at least not in a way that such a classification has always meant to apply. However the commercial interests of the pharmaceutical industry and the tobacco industry, with their enormous resources for political lobbying and PR, have prevailed in Brussels to include ecigs in EU tobacco legislation so that they will be specifically regulated for the first time.

    A ‘Directive’ is a method of controlling legislation across the EU by laying down certain end results that must be achieved in every Member State; it is effectively a pan-EU law that all countries must obey. Once in place each EU country must duplicate the legislation; a country may introduce stricter laws in this process, but not laws that are more lax or more permissive.

    All sales and marketing of tobacco in the EU are controlled by the Tobacco Products Directive, which is the core regulatory instrument for these products. This directive controls what products may be sold, how they may be sold, and how they may be marketed in the EU. No EU country can sell or market tobacco-related products unless as regulated by the TPD.

    The TPD, as it pertains to ecigs, is an unfortunate mish-mash of ill-thought-out, illogical and irrelevant measures, the end result of which, should they be fully implemented, would effectively be to restrict the ecig market to pre-filled cartridges on cig-a-like batteries.

     

    The main proposals in essence are:

    • E-liquid to be supplied in refill containers not exceeding 10ml, disposable ecigs or in single use cartridges;
    • Electronic cigarettes and the refill containers must be protected against breakage and leakage and have a mechanism ensuring leakage free refilling;
    • Cartridges or tanks shall not exceed a volume of 2ml;
    • E-liquid not to contain nicotine in excess of 20mg/ml;
    • Various regulations on quality control and permitted ingredients in e-liquid;
    • Various regulations on labelling and the like;
    • No advertising permitted, as with tobacco cigarettes;
    • No cross-border sales – ie you cannot sell from one EU country to consumers in another;
    • Manufacturers and importers of ecigs to submit full sales data and information on which consumer groups use their products.

    In practice, the following will be banned or probably banned:

    • All currently available refillable products (just about every tank, clearomizer, cartomizer etc)
    • Rebuildable mods and replaceable heads
    • Vari-volt and vari-watt products would be either banned or reduced to a very few models indeed as the testing regime would be enormously expensive.

    E-liquid flavours as such are not banned but the high cost of complying with the regulatory framework under which they must be produced will greatly restrict the number of possible suppliers and the range available.

    It does rather seem that the TPD is designed to protect Big Tobacco’s entry into the ecig market and negate the competition from smaller and innovative newcomers, competition which is severely eroding the conventional tobacco market. The pharmaceutical industry aren’t too worried either, as they make their money from the illnesses caused and exacerbated by smoking, and the largely ineffective smoking cessation products they sell. And who will most likely be looking after the UK’s implementation of the TPD? None other than the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), a QUANGO largely funded by …. the pharmaceutical industry!

    Finally, each national government must pass laws which implement the detail of the Directive, but can be stricter if they wish to, as with the various countries that straightforwardly ban ecigs. Of course in the UK we like to do things properly and then actually abide by the laws which are properly enforced, which is not always the case elsewhere in the EU.

    What is the timetable for all of this? The TPD was passed by the European Parliament in April 2014, came into force on the 20th May 2014, and must now be implemented by law in all of the individual EU countries by the 20th May 2016. There is however a provision for ecigs which delays the relevant articles by six months to the 20th November 2016. And then any ecig products on sale at that date (but not new products introduced afterwards) may continue to be sold until the 20th May 2017.

    Is there any good news? Well not much if this all proceeds as it stands, but I am somewhat sceptical that it will. Regulation of the quality of hardware and e-liquid can only improve the standing of our business and consumer confidence in it, which must be a good thing. But can the detail of the TPD really be implemented? Take the clause specifying the necessity that “Electronic cigarettes and the refill containers are protected against breakage and leakage and have a mechanism ensuring leakage free refilling”; can that really be drafted in any realistically enforceable way?

    We can but hope that when it actually comes down to drafting enforceable legislation, the difficulties of reconciling the TPD, much of which conflicts with other EU laws and directives, which in reality may well prove a stumbling block. There is every chance that legal challenges will be made to the legislation, although the pockets of those defending the TPD, ie Tobacco and Pharma, are effectively a bottomless pit of money and those who might oppose have limited resources; and in law, of course, money talks. And then our relationship with the EU and its legislative process is not exactly an immovable feast as it currently stands.

    What can you do? Lobby your MPs and MEPs like crazy, because this legislation is crazy, and sign up to the European Free Vaping Initiative (  http://www.efvi.eu/ ) – and get all of your friends and family to do likewise. Look out for and support Trade Associations, and if there is a credible request for crowdfunding of legal action then please donate.

    So watch out for what’s happening, and make sure you are able to give your opinion on what’s happening in the future of your E-Cigarettes.

     

    Written by Tony Price, Managing Director of Volcano EU

  • New Ecig Medical Study

    I've come across a new study on e-cigarettes that once again shows their health benefits to Tobacco smokers. Read it here, and see what you think of their findings. With more and  more studies popping up to help debunk the myth that ecigs are somehow destroying their users, how can governments keep up their crusade to ban them?

  • Customer of the Month - Becki Vieira

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    What us your name?

    Becki Vieira

     

    How long have you been vaping and how long have you been using Volcano?

    I’ve been vaping now since the beginning of the year. Volcano Inferno was the first product I bought and I love it still.

     

    What products do you currently use?

    I currently use the Volcano Inferno and the itazte VTR from Innokin.

     

    What’s your favourite product from Volcano?

    The strawberry and the kiwi juices are both really great, especially mixed together! I obviously love the inferno too but that goes without saying.

     

    What are your favourite flavours we do?

    I guess I’ve kind of mentioned that already but I also love the Menthol.

     

    When did you decide to become a vaper, and how has it changed your life?

    When I started university I started smoking a lot more during the day and in between lectures. I just thought that it was a ridiculous thing to be wasting money on and it’s definitely not worth the damage it does to your health.

     

    Have you ever fallen off the wagon and gone back to smoking? If so what’s your current smoking situation?

    Once or twice, but It’s been my fault for going on a spontaneous night out and not charging my batteries or not having a spare coil with me. When I have smoked, it’s not really been a pleasant experience and I really haven’t enjoyed the taste.

     

    How much money do you think you’ve saved by taking up vaping instead of smoking? Do you do anything interesting with the extra money?

    I couldn’t put an actual figure on it but it’s definitely saved me money. When I first started, I went a little mad and spent a lot of money on juices. Since the beginning of the year though, I’ve never run out of liquid and have only bought more to try new flavours. I know have a rather large collection of liquid that will keep me going for a long time for a fraction of the cost.

     

    What are your goals with vaping? Do you plan to quit altogether or remain a vaper?

    I don’t really have any plans to quit vaping. I really enjoyed the social aspect of smoking before and this way, I still get that but without the other nasty parts.

     

    What would you say to people thinking about making the switch to vaping?

    Do it. There’s literally nothing to loose, other than yellow teeth, bad breath, damaged lungs, wrinkles and the list goes on…

     

    Anything else you’d like to share with us?

    Just a thank you to Volcano, you guys have provided me with some amazing products and even better customer service so thank you!

  • France Says No To Public Vaping

    The newest blow to be struck by governments in the war to keep electronic cigarettes free as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, is to ban their use in public places. So far we have seen both Wales and Spain among others make this step and stop the use of E-Cigarettes in public, now France is about to make the same move. French law states that ecigs are perfectly legal to use, and in fact they've been gathering a great deal of popularity in the country, but now they're set for a ban.

    It would appear that since governments are being met with vast opposition to outright bans, they have come up with this new tactic to get what they want. Already since the ban Spain has seen a decline of vapers by almost 70%. That means most those people have probably gone back to the far un-healthier tobacco. The reason is to stop e-cigs from glamorizing smoking, making others take to them when previously they hadn't smoked. Despite all the evidence to the contrary they still believe this and are now endangering lives through the liberal use of the ban.

    The UK and U.S. are also considering this type of ban as well, we can only hope they see some sense before our vaping rights are challenged to.

  • Ecig Use Trebled in Last 4 Years

    Another great study from ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) which you can see here. This not only gives us an accurate amount of people using electronic cigarettes in the UK, but goes on to detail how the myths of children and non-smokers being turned to e-cigs is completely inaccurate. Not only that, but how most vapers use ecigs either alongside tobacco or as a substitute to help with their health. This is all information that us in the vaping community were fully aware of but with an organisation like ASH finally putting these studies out there might convince the world that e-cigarettes are not only here to stay, but not a danger. Now that 2.1 million people in the UK are vapers, we can only hope that talk of bans and harsh regulations will start to die down. Have a read and share with your friends.

  • Vaping in Films

    Now that many celebrities have taken up the craze of vaping, we begin to see many Hollywood blockbusters and popular TV programs throwing the odd electronic cigarette into a scene. It's really great to see, so I thought it might be interesting to find out the best sightings. I'll list where I've found them, and please feel free to comment with any I've missed.

     

    - Zac Effron in 'Bad Neighbours' just sitting, having a think and vaping away.

    - Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'. He may be cold and calculating but he knows how to save his health.

    - Johnny Depp in 'The Tourist', making sure he's looking cool as usual, helped by his ecig.

    - Dennis Qaid in 'Beneath the Darkness', didn't know the design but they had a whole song titled Electronic Cigarette in the credits.

    - John Cusack in 'Drive Hard' vaped his way through the whole film.

    Here's been only a few but do feel free to let me know of any more you might find and the list will grow.

  • Flavours Are Not Marketed at Children

    A recent spate of articles has begun popping up in the media recently, mostly on Welsh news outlets (no surprise there) but has also popped up on the BBC website. It's an old argument but now apparently it's being re-hashed as a new supposed 'study' has been conducted. It's the argument that all of our wacky and wonderful flavours are somehow a sneaky plot to market to children.

    First of all, I want to point the people with these views to my previous blog post on the ASH study that shows that amount of children who are regularly using electronic cigarettes are almost non-existant, and they are just substituting them for smoking tobacco, here.

    I would also say that that this argument seems to imply that adults don't enjoy these flavours. Apparently, when you hit a certain age we all become boring, plain and no longer enticed by chocolate or fruit flavours. I don't know about you but I stayed with E-Cigs, not just because of the health benefits, but because I enjoyed the different flavours and combinations that I can create. Here at Volcano we keep adding new and exciting flavours because our customers (all of whom are over 18) enjoy trying them and finding their favourites.

    At a time when the future of ecigs is so unsure, why in the world would any right-minded supplier start marketing towards children. We would actually welcome a law that stops under-18's from buying E-Cigarettes but until then we will make sure that we only supply to those over the age of 18. You can see what the BBC and the Welsh new has to say here and here.

  • Citizen's Initiative

    So I mentioned this in another of my blog posts, but I felt it was important to revisit the Citizen's Initiative to overturn Article 18 in the EU parliament. At the moment it certainly seems the best way to combat what's happening in regards to E-Cigarettes and vaping within the EU. You can read my previous post on what Article 18 and how it will affect you here.

    When I first came across it, it seemed like a lifeline to us vapers and I was quick to promote it, trying to get as many people as possible to sign and share it. The amount of signatures needed seems like an enormous amount but with the sheer number of vapers in Europe it could be reached without a problem. I came across this site today and I'm disappointed to see that we're not even a quarter of the way there yet. You can see here the amount of signatures obtained from each member state of the EU, and how close that is to the threshold. We need at least 7 states to reach their threshold in order for the initiative to be affective. At the moment Finland is the furthest along with 44% reached, and the UK is 2nd with almost 25% reached. But the other countries are much further behind and it looks like we are still very far from the total.

    This is a depressing statistic but there is still hope. It's up to all of us to share this initiative and make everybody we know aware. Social media is our biggest ally and the key to making sure all vapers in the EU have signed this. Share this link and please get the word to out as widely as you can so that we can s

  • World Health Organisation Needs to Support Ecigs

    Just over a week ago, over 50 top scientists from around the world have written to the World Health Organisation in protest over their policy on electronic cigarettes. At the moment the WHO class E-Cigarettes in tobacco products, and seem to be leaning towards a ban of our beloved vaping. In light of this, the scientists from around 15 different countries have all come out against this decision in a bid to get them to change their minds on the subject. The WHO have predicted one billion preventable deaths due to tobacco smoking this century, yet they seem to refuse the evidence that shows Ecigs as the solution that could massively reduce the number of deaths.

    Professor John Britton of the Royal College of Physicians had this to say: “E-cigarette use has been a consumer led revolution and grown as a bottom-up public health initiative that could save millions of lives. It has moved at a speed that shows just how much smokers want and will choose nicotine products that don’t kill. I hope the WHO and all public health decision makers can recognise and harness the health opportunities that e-cigarettes can provide.”

    It would now appear that they are holding off on a final decision until more research can be completed on the health risks associated with E-Cigs, but who knows whether any other studies will convince them when so many others have failed to make an impression.

  • New Ecig Study

    So this week the news on Electronic Cigarettes has been going mad over this new study that's been released saying that using E-Cigarettes is 60% more likely to help you stop smoking tobacco over going 'cold turkey' or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). In a study done by the University College London on 6,000 smokers attempting to quit, they found Ecigs to be far and away the best way to do it for the majority. This study was published in the journal Addictions, and really sheds some light on some key problems that critics are having with vaping.

    This week we saw sites like the Guardian and the BBC reporting on this great new finding that once again asks questions on why there are those who would want to ban E-Cigs. This still won't assuage fears of the health risks that they may pose but even so, with this new statistic and the fact that ecigs cause so much less harm than smoking tobacco, how could you disagree with the need for them in our society. There are literally millions of lives that could be drastically improved if only the government would get behind the vaping movement.

  • Customer of the Month - Ryan Hutchings

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    What is your name?

    Ryan Hutchings

    How long have you been vaping and how long have you been using Volcano?

    I’ve been vaping for over a year now and I’ve been with Volcano almost the whole time.

    What products do you currently use?

    I went for the Inferno.

    What’s your favourite product from Volcano?

    Definitely the Inferno, especially with the new tank.

    What are your favourite flavours we do?

    I used to just get Tobacco but now I really like the Cherry Lava.

    When did you decide to become a vaper, and how has it changed your life?

    I took up smoking whilst at school and decided to make the change after someone gave me one of those crappy ecigs you can get at the petrol stations.

    Have you ever fallen off the wagon and gone back to smoking? If so what’s your current smoking situation?

    There’s been a couple of slips whilst out at the pub but overall I’ve stayed strong.

    How much money do you think you’ve saved by taking up vaping instead of smoking? Do you do anything interesting with the extra money?

    I probably couldn’t work out the exact amount but it’s so much cheaper. Living in London means I always find some way to spend the extra money but I’m off to Tunisia later on in the year so it’s helped save up for that.

    What are your goals with vaping? Do you plan to quit altogether or remain a vaper?

    At some point I’d like to slowly move down the scale until I’m vaping zero nicotine but we’ll see.

    What would you say to people thinking about making the switch to vaping?

    You won’t regret it that’s for sure., I’ve noticed a huge difference in my life, not only my wallet getting heavier but my lungs feeling lighter. A really great life choice for all smokers and it’ll make you feel so much better without having to go cold turkey.

    Anything else you’d like to share with us?

    Not much, just a thank you to Volcano for providing such great products and delicious liquids. Oh, and I hope you enjoy the picture of me when I met Gok Wan on a night out.

  • New ASH Study

    Earlier this week ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) completed a study on who, in the UK, uses E-Cigarettes. One of the main arguments against vaping and E-Cigs has been that it acts as a gateway to smoking for those who have never smoked before. Apparently electronic cigarettes "normalised" smoking in the eyes of children and teens, and made people think it was okay to smoke. Well ASH have now found this to be complete and utter rubbish. In fact it shows that, of all ecig users in the country regularly vaping, only 0.1% of them have never smoked before. It also shows that one third of vapers are now ex-smokers thanks to ecigs, the other two-thirds have used them to cut down on tobacco smoking. ASH has always been a little on the fence when it came to Ecigs but even they have to admit that these findings go a long way to showing how effective they can be when it comes to helping smoker cut down or quit.

    You can find the study here.

    A list of useful statistics can also be found here.

  • E-Cigarette Article from the Telegraph

    As usual I'm always keeping an eye on the media and what they have to say about Ecigs and the vaping community. That's how I came across this great article in the Telegraph this week, found here. At first look it really gets to the heart of the debate and is another article in a list that seems to be stepping away from what we'd become used to, the mainstream media helping to propagate the myth that E-Cigarettes are bad for society at large.

    Then I read a couple of the very well-informed comments underneath from some of the article's readers and a it did ask some serious questions. These articles never seem to delve into the real issues of the ban on electronic cigarettes. They always mention the two sides to the argument, and the reasoning behind the ban, but they never ask the question, why are these organisations pushing for a ban? What are their true motivations? Many of us in the vaping community who actively oppose the ban already have our opinions on the matter. It's not hard to work out why the major drug companies would want to take Ecigs off the market. They make a lot of money from smokers, and if there is a much healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, they will see their profits drop.

    Whilst I really appreciate that the media isn't now full with articles telling everyone how E-cigarettes will destroy civilization as we know it, it would be great to see the mainstream media get to the heart of the issue and ask the dangerous questions that we'd all like answers to.

  • EU Citizen's Initiative

    So I mentioned this in another of my blog posts, but I felt it was important to revisit the Citizen's Initiative to overturn Article 18 in the EU parliament. At the moment it certainly seems the best way to combat what's happening in regards to E-Cigarettes and vaping within the EU. You can read my previous post on what Article 18 and how it will affect you here.

    When I first came across it, it seemed like a lifeline to us vapers and I was quick to promote it, trying to get as many people as possible to sign and share it. The amount of signatures needed seems like an enormous amount but with the sheer number of vapers in Europe it could be reached without a problem. I came across this site today and I'm disappointed to see that we're not even a quarter of the way there yet. You can see here the amount of signatures obtained from each member state of the EU, and how close that is to the threshold. We need at least 7 states to reach their threshold in order for the initiative to be affective. At the moment Finland is the furthest along with 44% reached, and the UK is 2nd with almost 25% reached. But the other countries are much further behind and it looks like we are still very far from the total.

    This is a depressing statistic but there is still hope. It's up to all of us to share this initiative and make everybody we know aware. Social media is our biggest ally and the key to making sure all vapers in the EU have signed this. Share this link and please get the word to out as widely as you can so that we can save our ecigs.

    http://www.efvi.eu/

  • Letter from an ex-smoker

    I recently came across a letter written by an ex-smoker turned vaper, Terry Walker. It's a fantastic read that was even printed in the Daily Mail, and really helps give some perspective in to the debate of the ecig ban. Rather than spouting facts and medical figures it provides a more human story in to how E-Cigarettes can, and have, changed lives. This point of view can often get lost as we get bogged down in trying to prove each other wrong.

    Here is his letter for you to read and perhaps compare to your own story:

    There is a distinct lack of information regarding the effects on the health of people trading e- cigarettes for tobacco products. I now have quantitative, personal knowledge of such effects and feel strongly the importance of sharing such information.

    From 1943 until 2012 I smoked 10 strong, unfiltered cigarettes/day (about 250,000 units) 
    In 2010 I saw my GP regarding wheeziness keeping me awake in bed and was given a lung function test and referred to a chest clinic. There the test was repeated and I was diagnosed with borderline Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). (Tragically, my only son Paul, died from this disease at the age of 47.)

    I then reduced my intake to 2 cigarettes a day. In 2012 I started using an e-cigarette and stopped using tobacco inside one week.                 

    I found this quite easy despite being a “hardened smoker.” Many of my friends have also stopped smoking easily.

    Two weeks ago my GP carried out a further lung function test and was amazed at the results, which were repeated.                        

    Since 2010 my breathing had improved from 50% of normal to 80% of normal. This was only 18 months after giving up tobacco in favour of e-cigarettes.

    The wheeziness has gone, allowing improved sleep and although being 82, I feel much healthier and can swim over a length underwater. This demonstrates the body’s remarkable recuperative capabilities in only 18 months despite abuse over 69 years!

    In my opinion e-cigarettes are proving to be the most effective nicotine replacement therapy to date.
    The reason for this is not difficult to see as “vapers” feel, psychologically, that they have not irrevocably given up smoking but merely changed their type of cigarette to a less harmful alternative.

    There can be no doubt that for those of us cannot, or choose not to live without our daily nicotine fix, but wish to continue enjoying  the tactile and psychological elements associated with smoking, e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative. They are orders of magnitude less dangerous to our health than inhaling the products of combustion arising from smoking tobacco.

    Those who wish to give up nicotine entirely, find it easy by gradually weaning themselves off by using cartridges containing graded concentrations of nicotine until they are using 0%. Quite a few of my friends are just using fruit flavoured liquids. Contrary to popular belief, it is never too late to stop smoking, as the above results indicate and, more importantly, it has never been easier.

    Many do-gooders decry the use of e-cigarettes and urge them to be banned on safety grounds due to lack of testing and effect on health. I doubt that they have ever used them and are ignorant of the health benefits their use can bring by helping smokers abandon tobacco. Over the past 75 years many studies have been carried out on the safety aspects of inhaling propylene glycol (PG) vapours.

    Its safety has been proven to the extent that it has even been used as a “carrier” vehicle in inhalers used to supply immunosuppressant drugs to patients undergoing lung transplant!  PG is an antiseptic & in America the EPA re-registration decision in 2007 concluded, “there are no end-points of concern for oral, dermal or inhalation exposure to propylene glycol”.

    My supplier has sent me his Quality protocol, and independent laboratory test results.

    ASH (2014) reported the results of an international web-site survey indicating that 72% of “vapers” felt reduced craving and withdrawal symptoms, with 96% claiming they had stopped using tobacco products. Even accounting for the source, these are important figures in terms of harm reduction. 
    More information of this type is needed—- but who will carry out such investigations??? 
    I welcome comments & any new information on this subject.

    Terry Walker.

    Please let us know your experiences and stories through the comment section, or on our Facebook page.

  • New Cartoon



    FDA Ecig Lifeboat quote


    Source: The Ashtray Blog

    I'm absolutely loving this gem found on the Ashtray Blog. The image and the following quote from Professor Siegel really highlight the ridiculous nature of some people's objections to E-Cigarettes and vaping. Just because Ecigs aren't FDA approved, doesn't mean they haven't proven themselves effective at being a much healthier alternative to tobacco.

    You can check out the Ashtray Blog here.

  • TPD passed in EU

    So we now know that the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has now been passed in the EU. What does this mean for us Vapers and Vaping in general? Well part of the TPD was Article 18, which included a few restrictions regarding Electronic Cigarettes specifically. There was a last minute decision to put Article 18 up for a separate vote which was initially a glimmer of hope, however it has now been ratified as well.

    Here is a summary of the restrictions on Ecigs that we can expect:

    • Nicotine limits of not more than 20mg/ml
    • e-Liquid can be sold in a maximum bottle size of 10ml
    • Tanks will be limited to 2ml of capacity or less
    • Tanks must be leak proof both for filling and use
    • Member states are free to require medical regulations for e-cigarettes

     

    We will now have to find out exactly how this will affect the industry and whether things will get better or worse. There are ways that we can fight back against what is happening in the EU. Here is a link for a citizens initiative to help us change this legislation, or at least stand a chance. We need 1 million signatures from all the Vapers across Europe, so please make sure to share this link everywhere you can.

  • The Long View (Radio 4) Ecigs and Snuff

    I mentioned the broadcasting of this episode of The Long View with Jonathan Freedland about a month ago. It was a very good piece and you can still find it here. Make sure to give it a listen as he's a very good reporter.

  • BCT Tips and Tricks

    With the introduction of our brand new Bottom Coil Tank (BCT), we have a helpful page full of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your vaping experience.

    - If there is anything wrong with your BCT, or you think that the coil has come to the end of its life, it's always worth washing it our: warm water, preferably soapy but then rinsed thoroughly, and fully wiped and dried. This often cures leaking and extends the life of the coil, But be careful not to lose the clear silicon washer/O-ring in the base!

    - Before activating the device, take three or four dry puffs to pull the e-liquid into the coil and prime the device before actually taking a vape on a new coil. Once it's primed press the button and take a long pull to get the most consistent vape possible. Another good tip is to put one drop (one drop only) of e-liquid straight into the head of your new coil before screwing the base onto the filled tank.

    - 'Bubbling' and liquid coming up into the mouthpiece could be condensation, or excess e-liquid getting into the coil, or a combination of both. To reduce condensation, take your finger off the activation button a fraction before you stop pulling in from the Inferno and it will clear the vapour in the tube. The coil may be letting in too much e-liquid because the air shaft is not properly seated on top or because it is faulty. Try changing the coil (see the instructional video in our Blog section) and ensuring that the tank is screwed tightly together. And always have a go at taking it apart and washing it (see above). We will of course replace any defective coil and/or if the above doesn't work will send out a replacement tank without delay.

    - If, after the first prime, the coil seems dry or with out that much vapor or flavour repeat the priming a few times before continuing to vape. Visually check the holes on the coil for blockage. Most heads will have some of the wick 'poking' out of one or two holes. Other than the wicks, if the holes looks blocked with a silica or rubber looking piece, take a paperclip and push the obstacle up and clear of the hole.

    - Also make sure that the coil is tightened all the way down to the base of the BCT tank. Loose coil connections can cause the resistance of the heating element to be higher than it actually is. This can cause the battery to fail to push enough power to the element and thus not vapourize the E-liquid as well as it should leaving behind a kind of concentrate that can taste burnt. In which case wash it out (see above)!

  • New Lavatube 2.5

     

    An introduction to our new and improved Lavatube 2, the Lavatube 2.5.

  • Bottom Coil Tank (BCT)

    Our video showing you our brand new BCT, or Bottom Coil Tank.

  • Introduction video to the Inferno with BCT

     

    An introduction to Volcano's Inferno starter kit, with our brand new BCT (Bottom Coil Tank) and how it works.

  • Introduction video to the Magma Kit

     

    Introduction to the new and improved Magma kit. Now available in either white or black with range of different coloured LEDs.

    The video showing you how to charge your Magma kit:

  • Glasgow and E-Cigarettes

    So for those of you who enjoy a bit of sport I expect your excited to be hosting this year's Commonwealth Games. It should certainly prove to be an excellent event and whilst I won't be making it up that far north, I'll certainly be tuning in to see the athletes competing in such a great city. There is, however, one minor hiccough in what should be a great time for all, Ecigs have been banned from all venues..........

    I was very disappointed to see this recent development as it came in tandem with their decision not to allow smoking in any of the sports venues or on the grounds. The ban of smoking is a great idea, and one I agree with wholeheartedly, but I can't help but think they're missing a trick by allowing E-Cigs, and thus the promotion of a healthier alternative. Instead it seems the organisers have bought into the false propaganda of E-Cigarettes being unsafe and marketed towards children.

    If you wish to stop many of the sports fans from smoking and getting the urge to smoke, then Ecigs are the best way to do that. Perhaps we would do better with Commonwealth organisers who are a little more informed on the facts of vaping.

  • The future of E-Cigarettes in 2014

    Well 2013 turned out to be a very eventful year for us Vapers, what with the rise of #EUecigBAN on Twitter to coincide with the appalling new regulations from the EU and showing the full potential of the vaping community as we stood against the pharmaceutical giants and other powers trying to stop us. We've seen the market for Ecigs leap as more and more smokers turn to vaping as a healthier means of getting their nicotine. However, now we enter into a bright new year and it's time to see what 2014 has to offer us. Will this be the year we see the beginning of the end for Electronic Cigarettes? Or will this be end of the beginning to a promising future?

    First of all the tech is massively improving and I expect we'll see some great products arrive this year. At Volcano we have already had our brand new style of Lavatube 2.5's with variable wattage, nothing too revolutionary but it's sometimes the small improvements which make the biggest difference to an experience. In the next week we'll also be unveiling some great new tech in the form of TubeTanks. They're available already on the site but I'll be posting about them in much more detail very soon so keep an eye on this space.

    We can't talk about the coming year without mentioning the continuing debate on regulations for E-Cigarettes. We all breathed a sigh of relief after October's vote but most of us knew then that this was not the end by far. I reckon that us Europeans will always win in the EU but it'll break down and each individual member state will see its own battle. Here in the UK we still have to contend with the MHRA who blindly refuse to see our point or acknowledge the EU vote and want to ban Ecigs anyway. And this isn't even taking into account what's going on with our cousins in the US and the FDA's stance on all of this.

    Despite a turbulent year ahead I see a rise in the market and if nothing else this regulation debate will only bring vaping more into the public eye, hopefully drawing others to our way of thinking.

    As you can probably tell I'm a bit of an optimist so my hopes are always high that we can defy the odds but by the end of this year perhaps we'll know for definite whether it'll be clear sailing, or time to pack our bags and say farewell to something with so much promise.

  • Customer of the Month - Janet Baker

    How long have you been vaping and how long have you been using Volcano?

    I have been vaping now for 7 months. and been using volcano products all this time.

    What products do you currently use?

    I currently use an inferno I have two different colours and plan to order more, I use a tank sysem mainly with the cartomizers. but use refillable cartridges occassionally.

    What’s your favourite product from Volcano?

    My favourite product is my inferno and tank system,

    What are your favourite Volcano flavours?

    I mainly enjoy the menthol burst with a little added tobacco, I use my refillable cartridges for my favourite flavours such as pineapple and vanilla bean. I have also tried kiwi all have good flavours.

    When did you decide to become a vaper, and how has it changed your life?

    I decided to become a vapour after my friends at work became vapours and I felt that after 40 years I should give it a go.

    Have you ever fallen off the wagon and gone back to smoking? If so what’s your current smoking situation?

    We ll not fallen of the wagon as yet, and I really feel I have no need to I just have a blast on my inferno and the feelings for a cigarette have gone,

    How much money do you think you’ve saved by taking up vaping instead of smoking? Do you do anything interesting with the extra money?

    Bought more euros for my hols and treated myself to a few extra new  clothes.

    What are your goals with vaping? Do you plan to quit altogether or remain a vaper?

    I have it in my head that I dont want to go back to the cigarettes and will continue to vape for a while.

    What would you say to people thinking about making the switch to vaping?

    If you are thinking af switching to vaping just do it, I work with small children and since I gave up the cigarettes its amazing how you can smell the smoke on children and people around you. I can even smell it in the traffic when car window is down, and it smells awful just glad I am having a go at vaping,,,, and oh by the way my husband is vaping now not had a cig for 5 months also. and my work collegues said my inferno and flavours are great and they look jazzy they say my tobacco flavours and others are better then the ones they purchase locally..even though they are a little more expensive you have to pay for a better vape...they agreed... and plus Volcano customer services are really good and pretty efficient at delivery ect.

    Anything else you’d like to share with us?

    Thanks!

  • #EUEcigBan

    For the last several months vapers have been taking to Twitter with the hash tag EUecigBan. Originally this was used to express our outrage and support for those against the original vote that occurred in the EU parliament as to whether stricter, medicinal regulations were needed on Electronic cigarettes. The vote ended up going in our favour but the war is far from won, and now #EUecigBan has almost become a rallying cry for vapers to fight against organisations like the MHRA and others round the European Union who would effectively ban E-Cigarettes and regulate them as medicines. Type it into Twitter and you will find constantly updating tweets from vapers all over the continent expressing their heartfelt opinions on the matter.

    Usually when I log on to Twitter during the weekends leading up to Christmas I'm inundated with Tweets telling me how wonderful certain X-Factor finalists are and how well they've done in their sing-offs. Well last weekend the #EUecigBAN ranked higher than X-Factor tweets by something like a hundred to one. This type of recognition gives us vapers strength to carry on battling the governmental forces that seek to regulate and ban what to many has become a life saver. This is merely the face of an ongoing campaign to bring the rest of the world into the know when it comes to Ecigs and how they can be a much better alternative to Tobacco, and not this monster that many in government and media make it out to be. In fact we can see a marked difference in the way modern media is treating vaping from this great article from the Independent that is such a refreshing change from the scare tactics we have seen in papers like the Daily Mail.

    So next time you're on Twitter or even Facebook make sure to help get the phrase #EUecigBAN trending. Social media has given us a voice to say NO to those who try and stop us so let's use it.

    You can also get involved with this event here.

  • Acting and Ecigs

    As well as writing the riveting blog posts you're all reading I also tread the boards as an actor around London. So far I've not been in anything worthy of an oscar but hopefully I'll be vaping with my Inferno on Downton Abbey soon enough. Being in the business I've met and networked with actors, directors, producers and backstage workers; and the biggest thing I've come to realise is that there are a lot of smokers in this industry. Perhaps its something to do with the stress of trying to put on a production with a limited budget, never enough time and a constant stream of things going wrong. It's a familiar sight to see an ever-changing group nipping outside to have a quick smoke.

    When I first got into vaping myself I saw this as a great opportunity to show my fellow performers the way forward. You have no idea how hard it can be to stand on a stage and project when you're coughing up your lungs thanks to too much smoke. Ecigs seem like a great step forward for the performing community and they seem to take to it like flies to......well you get the idea. It's amazing how it fits in to an actors life so easily; it's so much cheaper, and helps stop the destruction of some of the most important part of an actors body, the lungs. We actors can also be a very decorative lot so when I show people the fantastic colours and designs, as well as the crazy flavours they instantly beg me to tell them where they can get their hands on it.

    And it's not just actors but directors too. A director will spend most of their time stuck in a chair....directing. So there's never much time to stop and pop outside without halting the action. With Ecigs they can just puff away from their very comfy directors chair. Not only that but I was recently in a position to help out a theatre company I know with my new-found Ecig knowledge. When you have a character that needs to smoke on stage things can get problematic. First of all you need to have a specific license to do so, and secondly it can get rather smelly for the audience if you're performing in a small studio theatre. The power of Ecigs saved the day and allowed them to portray their 1920's smokers without a worry. Quite frankly I'm surprised Equity (the actors union) haven't released their own brand.

  • The E-Cigarette Summit

    With the battle against strict regulations for E-Cigarettes raging on, EC Forum LTD with Smooth Event Management Ltd, have organised an E-Cigarette summit. It's a great chance for all those involved in the debate to come together and discuss the issue. Policy makers, Ecig suppliers, health professionals and scientists will be gathering for a day of debate and discussion. Tickets won't be cheap but as the event isn't funded by any outside bodies the organizers will need to try and break even. You can get tickets and information from here.

    Something I personally like the sound of, is that leading debaters for the strict regulation of Ecigs will be attending to argue their point of view. Jeremy Mean form the MHRA and Deborah Arnotte from ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) will be debating with the likes of Ex-ASH boss Clive Bates and Dr. Farsalinos, an independent scientist petitioning for fairer regulations. Whilst I disagree with the stance on stricter regulations, I think it's great that they will be there to make things a little less one-sided. Rather than just another rally for Ecigs, the event will be a proper debate and hopefully a chance to change some minds.

    This event will be a great chance to promote fairer regulations for Ecigs, rather than just a blanket ban that the MHRA would seem to want. Perhaps we can use this to dispel some of the ridiculous myths that surround vaping and show that a lot of what people hear is the media blowing things out of proportion. In any event it'll be interesting and I hope to be posting a report on what went on right here.

  • Children Using E-cigarettes

    Recently there have been many articles popping up on the shocking truth about children using E-Cigarettes. At first I was shocked to see such information, and if it was true then there should be something that we as suppliers need to do about it. The last thing that anybody in the Ecig industry wants is to be encouraging nicotine addiction in minors, if anything that is the opposite if what we aspire to do with vaping. It's shocking to see how more and more young children these days are taking up smoking for whatever reason. With that in mind I was struck hard by these 'facts' that were coming forth.

    I began to look into this to make sure that what I was seeing was in fact the truth, and made some startling discoveries. I'm not entirely sure where these articles having been getting their data but it seems awfully biased. Their findings don't seem to take into account almost any fact or circumstance, they just sensationalise the situation for good media and to help strengthen the case against Ecigs. It was great to know that things weren't as bad as they had made out but disappointing to see the way the media is still treating vaping as an evil enterprise.

    Luckily I stumbled upon the findings of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), who've done extensive research on this subject. I shan't publish their full report but you can read it here. It basically says that whilst there is a very small percentage of minors who are using E-Cigarettes, they are almost all previous smokers. Despite a large number of children being aware of vaping and what it is, the number of children actually taking advantage of it is minuscule, and even they are exchanging it for a much worse habit for the most part.

    Even though there isn't really a problem with minors and Ecigs, at least not nearly as much as with smoking, it's still not something we want to encourage. Yet to look at the problem we see the only people doing anything about it at the moment are the suppliers themselves. At the moment the only reason Ecigs are available to minors is the lack of guidelines from the government. Rather than tackle the issue and ban the sale of Ecigs to minors, the EU and other government bodies would rather spend months arguing over the ban of Ecigs altogether. The Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association will not allow any of it's members to market towards children, and most reputable suppliers would never knowingly sell to those who are underage.

    So it would seem that once again the media has blown the situation completely our of proportion, and rather than take the time to look at the facts they have made assumptions and taken their findings out of context.

  • New EU Vote on Ecig Ban

    Today marks a great change in attitude by the EU government towards E-Cigarettes. The vote on how much the EU should regulate Ecigs today ended up being a great victory for those who have been campaigning for months (even years in some cases) to keep our Ecigs from fading away. The end result is that E-Liquid will not be classified as a medicine, meaning that strict regulations and taxes will not be placed on strengths and flavours.

    There will be regulations but these will mostly be aimed at advertising and selling to minors, which is not the end of the world. There is also a new regulation on the amount of nicotine allowed in E-Liquid, It is now limited to 30mg. This is quite a large amount so it shouldn't trouble too many of us. The important thing is that the main goal of medicinal classification has been overturned.

    We're still unsure of the full ramifications of today's decision but the outcome is being viewed as a definite positive one by EU vapers. Many campaigners in the UK have been keeping abreast of the situation with the MHRA and their intention to regulate Ecigs as a medicine regardless of the EU vote. We're still unsure if today's events have changed things but hopefully we will soon find out.

    So whilst today has been a triumph we can't relax just yet, especially for us here in the UK. The battle has been won, but the war rages on.

    You can see a brief outline of what happened in the EU here:

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20131004IPR21539/html/Tobacco-larger-warnings-flavours-banned-e-cigarettes-regulated

  • Variable Voltage vs Variable Wattage

    As of the end of September, we at Volcano will be introducing our brand new, variable wattage, Lavatube 2.5 (http://www.volcano-ecigs.co.uk/lavatube-2-5-kit.html). Now if you’re like me and not altogether too sure of what all these different technical terms mean then don’t worry, I’ll explain to you exactly why we’ve made the change and the benefits that you will receive.

    First of all you will need to know that our previous Lavatubes were all Variable Voltage. Now this was great as it gives users the ability to modify the output of their devices so that it burns the e-Liquid at exactly the right temperature for them. Everyone has their personal preference when it comes to this as some like their flavours more intense, some prefer something a bit mellower. Whatever you like you’ll set your device to give you the best result.

     

    Both Variable Voltage and Variable Wattage allow you to do this but in different ways. The best analogy I can think of to describe this would be the difference between an automatic and a manual car, one you have to change the gears manually whilst the other does this without you having to do a thing. Allow me to use a comparison to explain.

     

    Imagine two devices being used by the same vaper with a 3.0 ohm cartomizer. This vaper knows exactly how they enjoy their vaping experience and so sets their device accordingly. Now with the actual vaping experience there is absolutely no difference. Our imaginary vaper enjoys their E-Liquid exactly as they like it, burning at exactly the right temperature. Then comes the time when the cartomizer needs to be changed. At this point our vaper fits a new one into their TubeTank, no problem.

     

    With the Variable Voltage device the vaper must now check the cartomizer, which may or may not be at the exact resistance (Ohms) as the previous one. Even if it has changed by 0.1 they must now play around to find the exact ‘sweet spot’ for vaping again (as several circuit values have changed: the change in Ohms means a change in Amps – the volume of electricity). The Variable Wattage (VW) device doesn’t have this problem as once you have set the wattage (Amps x Volts) to your preferred settings it will make the necessary adjustments for you, making sure you always vape at the right power (Watts) specifically for you.

     

    I hope that explains this rather technical issue for you, enjoy your vaping!

    For more information and a great discussion on the subject be sure to visit this thread on ECF: http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/apv-discussion/308277-variable-voltage-vs-variable-wattage-better-why.html

  • Reasons Why Electronic Cigarettes Work

    I recently read an interesting study in the Addiction Science and Clinical Practice journal (found here http://www.ascpjournal.org/content/pdf/1940-0640-8-5.pdf), in which a study showed five main reasons why E-Cigarettes work in helping people make a healthier change from smoking tobacco. In my opinion this study seems to be more about personal opinion as well as scientific fact but nonetheless I was inclined to agree with their points. I'll sum up the five main reasons here and you can draw your own conclusions.

    1 - Bio-Behavioral Feedback

    Possible one of the more complicated titles but actually the simplest of reasons. The fact is that vaping is a lot like smoking in the way that it works. Not necessarily the fact that most Ecigs are shaped to look like analogue cigarettes, it's the way you inhale the vapor that has a direct correlation. The way the vapor hits the back of your throat before you inhale it is the same feeling that makes smoking so satisfying sometimes. It's why switching to vaping is so easy for smokers compared to other alternatives.

    2 - Social Benefits

    One of the first things I knew once I became a vaper was the amount of other people around me doing it to. When you type Ecigs in to Google one of the very first results is ECF (E-Cigarette Forum http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/) and that's just the icing on the cake when it comes to forums, blogs, case studies, chat rooms, all geared towards Ecigs. The amount of online support and information to help new and old vapers alike is both staggering and reassuring.

    3 - Hobby Elements

    Ecigs aren't just about vaping and getting your fix of nicotine; if you want to you can turn it into so much more. It's all about the variety of products you can try, the flavours that you can purchase and create through mixing. You want something a little different? The mods on offer are endless, and endlessly fun. Vaping is something you can just have fun with, a reason to eagerly await the post.

    4 - Personal Identity

    The word I've been using frequently in this article, Vapers, gives us a personal identity. It stops us looking at Ecigs as merely a way to quit smoking and see it for what it truly is, it's own thing entirely. This is a healthier alternative to smoking, not an off-shoot designed merely to help people quit. The term Vaping shows the rest of the world this fact (even if a large part refuse to admit it).

    5 - Difference between smoking cessation and nicotine cessation

    As a smoker, when you turn to nicotine patches or gum to help you quit you're aware that this is only a temporary fix until full, cold turkey. This works for some people who really do want to give it up completely but many find themselves falling off the wagon. Many smokers also have no desire to give up nicotine even though they wish for better health. Vaping is sort of the best of both worlds. Don't fancy giving up nicotine? Want to improve your health? Here's the thing for you.

  • Customer of the Month - Michael Skeates

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    What us your name?

    Michael Skeates

     

    How long have you been vaping and how long have you been using Volcano?

    Almost a year now. Pretty much started with Volcano after trying one of those cheap Ecigs from a petrol station.

     

    What products do you currently use?

    I just switched to the Inferno. I was originally using Magma which was easy to use but I wanted something that would give me a little extra power. I’ll have to see how it goes.

     

    What’s your favourite product from Volcano?

    Well Magma at the moment but the Inferno might change my mind.

     

    What are your favourite flavours we do?

    Shaka strawberry

     

    When did you decide to become a vaper, and how has it changed your life?

    About a year ago I realised I was smoking too much and my lungs were paying the price. Since starting to vape it’s really helped my general health and fitness levels. I also love the flavours!

     

    Have you ever fallen off the wagon and gone back to smoking? If so what’s your current smoking situation?

    Maybe once or twice on a night out at first but not anymore.

     

    How much money do you think you’ve saved by taking up vaping instead of smoking? Do you do anything interesting with the extra money?

    I’ve probably saved loads by now, I’ve noticed much more money turning up in my pockets these days. I’ve not done anything huge with the savings yet but a holiday would be nice.

     

    What are your goals with vaping? Do you plan to quit altogether or remain a vaper?

    I think I’ll keep vaping. It’s really fun playing with the flavours and I don’t see any reason to stop.

     

    What would you say to people thinking about making the switch to vaping?

    Do it! Especially if you’re a smoker, you’ll notice a huge different to both your health and your wallet.

  • Possible Australian Ban on Cigarettes

    Whether this is completely true or not still remains to be seen but I've come across a couple of different sources today stating that the Australian government could be thinking about a possible ban on cigarettes in favour of allowing E-Cigarettes if they're found to be a healthier alternative.

    According to The Age National, this ban could happen in 2015 if a study being funded by an NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) project grant proves that Ecigs are the better way to go. Now since this study isn't being funded by the Australian government it can't be verified whether they are seriously considering this tobacco ban but it looks like all the components are there.

    As Australian vapers will know, their government isn't the most tolerant bunch when it comes to ecigs and many vendors have been told they're not allowed to be selling E-cigarettes with any sort of nicotine in. As you can imagine this becomes a bit of a problem for most people interesting in making the switch from analogue cigarettes. So this move would be enough of a U-turn that it may be a slight exaggeration of the actual situation.

    However, if this does prove to be the truth then the news looks hopeful for our Ozzy cousins. Every test has found E-Cigarettes to be safer than conventional cigarettes, so it seems very likely that this test will find the same results. Could this prompt a change in attitude from the government? We can only watch, wait and hope.

  • Radio 4 Debate

    I've linked a clip from a debate on Radio 4's Today show. On it we have an introduction to Ecigs, followed by a debate from Katherine Devlin, president of the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association, and Jeremy Mean from the MHRA. Now for most of us who have been vaping for some time the first part won't be of much interest as it doesn't cover anything new; but the debate is very interesting indeed. Unfortunately it's not as long and detailed as I might have liked but each side really does get to voice their opinions, and personally I think Katherine Devlin did a fantastic job voicing our side of things.

    Make sure you take the time to listen and if you have any thoughts then tell us about them on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p013v47q

  • Vaping on the Train

    Many a time I've been sitting on the train, wiling away a long and tedious journey by vaping on my Inferno. Very pleasant it is to, I've even converted a couple of hardcore smokers who were very jealous I was inhaling my nicotine whilst they had to wait until well out of the station. It's one of the many advantages of vaping over smoking and I must say it's a pretty great one at that.

    Now, however, I read that many train companies are looking to stop us vapers from using our E-Cigarettes whilst travelling. Most of them don't seem to give any excuse whatsoever, and those that do state many odd reasons that don't seem to have much weight. I heard one company saying that they thought allowing people to vape on the train might encourage smokers to light up in the carriage. Really? I would have thought the large NO SMOKING signs may have put them off a little more.

    In fact I was almost kicked off the train a week or so ago as I argued to the stupidity of the rule with the conductor who told me to put me Ecig away. Even shoving the Inferno in his face and demanding he tell me how anyone could mistake that for a regular cigarette. I realised this wasn't getting me anywhere just in time to stop myself being thrown bodily through the window, but I feel my point was justified.

    It's yet another discrimination of vapers from the powers-that-be. It goes along with the ridiculous decision from Wetherpoons to do the same. As sad as it may be to admit, I think we can expect the same thing to be happening a lot more frequently as the war of the EU bans carries on.

  • Customer of the Month - Richard W

    Customer of the Month Questionnaire

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    What is your name?

    Richard W

    How long have you been vaping and how long have you been using Volcano?

    12 weeks, and I’ve been using Volcano juices for 10 weeks, and their devices for 8.

    What products do you currently use?

    A Lavatube II and 7 ml Tube Tanks.

    What’s your favourite product from Volcano?

    The above. It’s an awesome piece of kit.

    What are your favourite Volcano flavours?

    Menthol Burst, Cherry Lava, and Pineapple. My favourite is Menthol with a few drops of Cherry Lava – a perfect combo.

    When did you decide to become a vaper, and how has it changed your life?

    It’s my 40th earlier this year, including kicking a 19 year 20+ red Marlboro a day habit. And I have to say, vaping has changed my life for the better. Firstly, and from a physical point of view, no more hacking cough, a much larger lung capacity, no more tar stained fingers or teeth, and a new and acute sense of smell and taste. I feel much fitter and healthier, and can train harder and for longer. As a result I’ve lost a load of weight, which I know isn’t always the case for most smokers giving up the fags. And on a personal note……whilst I’ve never had any problems in the ‘trouser department’ – I can happily report increased performance down there (especially in the morning). Good job I’m booked in for ‘the snip’. in November, and with that landmark looming I decided to make a few important life changes

    Secondly, and from a mental point of view, I feel good about myself, and the support and congratulations of friends and family reinforces that. I always smile to myself when I go to the supermarket and don’t feel compelled to buy a box of 20!

    Have you ever fallen off the wagon and gone back to smoking? If so what’s your current smoking situation? 

    No. This is my first attempt at giving up the smokes, and as far as I am concerned they are kicked for good. Vaping is such a good alternative and I have no desire whatsoever to go back. I can’t vouch for alternatives such as patches or lozenges as I’ve never tried them.

    How much money do you think you’ve saved by taking up vaping instead of smoking? Do you do anything interesting with the extra money?

    A lot. 30ml of juice cost £15 and lasts me approx. 10 days. Last time I looked a pack of 20 Reds was £8.40. The kids spend the spare cash, whether I like it or not!

    What are your goals with vaping? Do you plan to quit altogether or remain a vaper?

    I’m a very happy vaper, and very content with my new status quo. Therefore, no plans to change that at the moment, but you never know…

    What would you say to people thinking about making the switch to vaping?

    Give it a shot, as you have nothing to lose. If you can cut 1, 2, 10, or all of your traditional cigarette intake then you are making a change for the good. Hopefully the benefits I have seen are testament to that.

    Anything else you’d like to share with us?

    I can thoroughly recommend Volcano. I’ve tried a number of e-cigs over the last 3 months, but I can’t improve on the vape from a Lavatube and Tube Tank. Great products and first class customer service.

  • Finally, a good article on Vaping!

    I always make sure to keep abreast of what the media have to say about E-Cigarette's, I find that although sometimes I want to scream in frustration it is a great way to know what those outside the vaping community think . If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter you'll see that I'll occasionally share my finds with the world, be they good or bad. Rarely, however, do I actually come across something that really speaks for the vapers of this country.

    Yet scrolling through the BBC about a month ago I came across this fantastic article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23196369). At first I have to admit I was fairly skeptical as often I will find a great piece that will start off well then begin to cite 'research' proving that the E-Cigarettes should be wiped off the face of the earth before they corrupt the hearts and minds of our young. By the time I reached the end I was thoroughly impressed with what I had read. It seems as if the author, William Kremer, has spoken to users and found out for himself what it means to be a vaper and why we take it up in the first place.

    Personally it's the first time I've read an article in the mainstream media that has made the point that nicotine by itself is not very dangerous, nor is it likely someone will overdose on it, especially via E-Cigarettes. This is even backed up by Maciej Goniewicz from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York - an oncologist who has analysed e-cigarettes and the vapours they produce. There's also a few other researchers in there whose voices haven't been heard too loudly recently in the broadsheets, but who nonetheless help show Ecigs in a much better light.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article and applaud Mr Kremer for giving us vapers more of a voice against the hyped up negativity helping to slap on the EU restrictions. Have a read and let me know your opinions.

    LordLava

  • Celebrities and their Ecigs

    So there I was, watching crap TV (New Tricks) and to my pleasure I see THE Dennis Waterman using an E-Cigarette. It was an exciting moment as it would seem that many and more Ecigs keep appearing on my screen, and mostly in a positive light. What with the EU bans and bad publicity that has been put out it's great to see a popular program advocating it's use as a healthier alternative to smoking. Admittedly I think he threw it away at the end but for me just seeing it was enough to reaffirm my faith in our societies burgeoning acceptance for vaping.

    I then thought about other celebrities I have seen vaping. I read somewhere that the first real sign of celebrity vaping was Katherine Heigl's great interview with David Letterman two or three years ago. It was some very obvious product placement as Letterman eagerly gave it a try only to tell the audience how great it was but it was out there and that was enough. Plenty of celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon since. So far I believe a whole host of famous people from both sides of the pond we call the Atlantic have been spotted vaping.

    Personally I've been thinking this is great, especially from a marketing point of view, once a lovely young man like Robert Pattinson has been vaping away for the world to see it's hard to stop the rush. Yet talking to a couple of people in the Ecig community it's become clear that not everyone finds this a good thing. If you look closely at what these A-listers are actually vaping on looks to be the rubbish, cheap Ecig that you could pick up in any petrol station or drug store. So, whilst it's great to be getting exposure it's as if those affected by it are being pushed towards the lower end of the market. Those of us who know what's available find this a little shocking as you would have thought that the ultra-rich of Hollywood would have been able to get hold of the top-of-the-range gear. Some say that this promotes a bad image and anyone affected by it will only go for the rubbish E-Cigarettes and quickly get put off vaping. That actually these celebrities are doing more harm than good to the cause.

    Personally I still think it's a great thing that these celebrities are giving E-Cigarettes some great exposure, especially at such a critical time for the industry. Even if those following the trends start off with the cheap, rubbish Ecigs, I feel that as long as they're getting in to it then there can't be a problem. As long as those of us in the industry are doing our best to promote the next stages to vaping, and the places to get the better products, then actually celebrity culture is giving people an entry into it. We all started somewhere to get where we are today, and by getting the general public involved even at the bottom end we can help build the vaping community.

     

    LordLava

  • Tips and Tricks

    To follow our Tips and Tricks posted through Facebook and Twitter, here is our blog spot for all your helpful hints for vaping. Every few days we'll post some great new things for you to try but feel free to post anything you've found yourself in the comments section and we'll add it to the list.

    Tips and Tricks for Vaping

    - An easy one to start things off. It can be difficult pouring your E-Liquid without spilling it and wasting precious Juice. A great way of avoiding this is to get yourself a needle-tip bottle cap. They are very cheap but very effective, and can be very necessary for filling things like Clearomizers.

     

    - Here's a great tip we found for resurrecting a spent Atomizer. Whilst it's always better to simply replace them, sometimes this can be useful for when you're waiting for a new order and need one right away:

    1. Get rid of any excess juice by blowing it out.
    2. Rinse it with water and blow it out afterwards (Doesn't need to be dried overnight).
    3. Connect it up to your battery of choice (preferably something with a higher voltage).
    4. Keep the button pushed down until the Atomizer's insides grow orange from heat (not too hot, as in white hot).
    5. Once it is then you will need to cool it. Let off the button and blow the inside from a distance, to flash cool it.
    6. Repeat the 4th and 5th step about 5-10 times. Once you have it dry it should begin to glow a lot quicker.
    7. Once at this point begin to pulse the Atomizer. Press and release the button at a rate that maintains the orange glow for about 20-30 seconds, making sure it doesn't go red/white hot otherwise it'll pop.
    8. Once this is done repeat steps 2-7 one more time.

    This should give you an Atomizer that works as good (if not better) than new. It's very easy to pop an Atomizer doing this until you're used to the method so do be careful. There's also no need to remove the wick during this process as it'll clean along with everything else

     

    - Some people like to leave their new E-Liquids to 'age' after they first get it. Apparently, like a fine wine, it can improve and strengthen the flavour. It's under debate as to whether it matters if the lid is left off but you can try each way for yourself to find the best result.

  • Introduction to E-Cigarettes

    Hi, here we have an introduction to the world of E-Cigarettes. If you're new to ecigs, take a look at this video and find out all about the great new craze sweeping the world.

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  • Charging the Inferno

    Hi, and welcome to the instruction video for using Volcano’s Inferno. This will give you the ins-and-outs of using the Inferno.

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  • Intro to the Clearomizer

    Hi, and welcome to the instruction video for using Volcano’s Clearomizer. This will give you the ins-and-outs of using the Clearomizer.

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  • Intro to the TubeTank

    Hi, and welcome to the instruction video for using Volcano’s TubeTank. This will give you the ins-and-outs of using the Cartomizer.

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Really really good menthol flavour, not too minty, just perfect. (Posted on 28/08/2014)

INFERNO Starter Kit
Excellent - Review by Umer

Excellent item. Quick delivery. Good service (Posted on 09/08/2014)

Never been much of a menthol person, but after buying this I was converted. Definitely going to be one of my staples. Great for all occassions and doesn't make you vape-sick! Great! (Posted on 10/07/2014)

Has a great flavour along with a good throat hit, really good product (Posted on 24/03/2014)

love it, really nice! (Posted on 18/07/2014)

INFERNO Starter Kit
Brilliant - Review by Richard

This is the best e cig I've had. Been smoking for over 30 years never thought I would be able to give up but this has made it possible thanks guys will be ordering all my accessories from you and recommending you to my friends. (Posted on 04/07/2014)

ive just ordered this flavor and i love it got good hit and mixes well with RY4 (Posted on 30/08/2014)

INFERNO Starter Kit
Amazing - Review by Adam

I got my inferno today and although I've only had it a few hours I can already tell this is the best ecig on the market. It's super powerful the throat hit quality is brilliant and the over all build is very well done. I would order a second tank for the second battery just so you have two on the go. Only flaw I have with it is that it's such a good value for money product I feel as though I've robbed volcano haha. Honesty the best ecig I've ever used (Posted on 08/08/2014)

This flavour is my all time favourite! I keep trying out the other flavours but always seem to come back to this one, its taste and strength is just right (Posted on 21/04/2014)

I have been using this tobacco flavour for months and recommend it to any one who is trying to quit; I use lights 8mg and 16mg depending on how i feel - both are a great vape (Posted on 20/03/2014)

My favourite flavour. (Posted on 16/07/2014)

INFERNO Starter Kit
amazing - Review by edward

I used to smoke 20 a day of very strong cigarettes; since I started using the Inferno I haven't had a cigarette in 3 weeks and I don't want to ever go back. I'm also reducing the strength of the e-liquid gradually so soon I won't be dependent on nicotine at all. (Posted on 21/02/2014)

This is my sister's all time favourite! So I tried it and it's a really lovely smooth taste (Posted on 09/08/2014)

Love this wasn't sure what to expect but I like it has a solid taste which is sweet but not overpowering (Posted on 05/10/2014)

my favorite (Posted on 19/07/2014)

LAVATUBE 2.5 Tank Kit
THE BEST! - Review by Daniel

This is by far the best e cig that I've used. It's reliable, eliquid doesn't seep into the battery, great vapour production, what more can you ask for?! (Posted on 08/02/2014)

This is a perfect addition or replacement from the original tube tank, so much easier to fill and lasts a lot longer. Yes it does use a little more liquid but that's not surprising considering the extra vape you get! (Posted on 08/05/2014)

The best menthol liquid on the market by a mile. (Posted on 13/08/2014)

Excellent kit all round, cant find any fault absolutely love it! Its my first vape and love the ease of use. After smoking for 30 years I never thought I could give it up, but now I know the inferno gives me what I need! My business partner tried it yesterday, within 5 mins I had to point him to the website and he purchased 2 starter kits!, then today another workmate tried it and wanted one hence why im back for our 4th inferno in 3 days! Im sure I will be back soon! (Posted on 08/01/2014)

INFERNO Starter Kit
super fast - Review by elaine

ordered yesterday received first thing this morning, easy to set up, so lets see, loving the service so far (Posted on 24/06/2014)

Just bought the Inferno starter kit and am really impressed. The first thing that struck me as I unboxed it was that this is a beautiful piece of kit. As soon as you pick up the various components, and begin to assemble them, it becomes clear that the quality of manufacture is extremely high. As for the vaping itself, nice clean draw, full of flavour (Vanilla bean) and plenty of vapour. Highly recommended. (Posted on 31/07/2014)

Wow other strawb flavours I've tried come nowhere near this one. Not too fruity like a mild strawb shake. Vaping as I write this :-) (Posted on 03/05/2014)

brilliant product. produces a real alternative cigarette experience...best I've tried. each lasts about a week so worth the money. (Posted on 29/07/2014)

THIS FLAVOUR IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE USED ... (Posted on 25/03/2014)

Proper little piece of engineering, unlike cheap models with long dangling wicks - which seem so old fashioned to me. These are state of the art and a must have. And they're shiny! (Posted on 26/06/2014)

these heating coils work brilliantly and last almost a whole week. Cheaper than smoking and feels like the real thing. (Posted on 29/07/2014)

M-Pack
Good product - Review by Nufc

Good product, works as well as other well-known brands but the difference of being able to see how much charge is remaining is a nice touch. The torch is an added bonus! (Posted on 24/03/2014)

Tube Tank - Refill Cartomizer
5/5 - Review by Dariusz

Product is fine, very long lasting (Posted on 29/07/2014)

The best menthol on the market hands down. This juice has saved me from a years' long pack of menthols a day habit! (Posted on 02/04/2014)

Have been using Menthol Burst for nearly two years; great for mixing with other flavours. If it was not for Volcano I would still be smoking now, have not had one in 18 months. (Posted on 22/08/2014)