Volcano Ecigs EU Blog

  • How to Get Your Friends to Switch to Vaping

    We've all been there, we've made the switch to Electronic Cigarettes and feel healthier, happier and better off, yet we still have that friend who insists that it's not for them, that they've tried to it before and it hasn't worked. I know many people like this and I sometimes I always feel like I'm banging my head against a brick wall, or going around in circles when trying to convince them that they'd be better off. However, I've recently come across some great tips on getting them to make the switch in the best way to make it stick

    • Throw away your old cigarettes! - Just get rid of them. It might seem like a good diea to keep the old pack lying around 'just in case' but habit will make you go back to them. Once you've properly got into vaping you won't need them, so don't leave the temptation just hanging around.
    • Make a list of why you switched! - Write down the reasons you wanted to start vaping instead of smoking; perhaps it was because you didn't want to smell of smoke anymore, perhaps you didn't want your hair and fingernails turning yellow, perhaps you wanted to save more money. keep this list on you so that should you wish to re-lapse you can remind yourself why you switched.
    • Choose the right E-cig! - There are so many options out there that sometimes it can be easy to pick the wrong one. So many smokers have gone back to tobacco after picking up a cheap cig-a-like at the the pharmacy and being disspointed. Check out you options, do you want, convenience, power, style, feel, size; make your choice and pick wisely.
    • Always have a back-up! - The battery will run out, this is just the way of things, and when it does it will need charging. Don't put yourself in a position where you have to go back to cigarettes whilst you wait, have a back-up battery you can go to and make sure it's always charged. Don't get caught out!
    • Play around with Nicotine levels! - Here at Volcano our e-Liquid comes in four different strengths of nicotine, from none to strong. At first try you may find that you need more or less nicotine to get the same level you're used to. Play around with it until you find the level for you, then like most vapers you will probably find that you need less and less until you may even end up on zero nicotine.
    • Try different flavours! - We have a huge variety of different flavours here at Volcano and sometimes it's about finding that one that fits you and suits your needs. Never be afraid to try out something new, it might be just the right one for you!
  • I don't always vape...


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  • That Feeling When I'm Waiting for my E-Liquid


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  • Flavour of the Month

    Our Flavour of the Month at the moment is Bluewater Punch. Straight from the Hawaiian Islands it's a wonderfully mellow taste that could almost make you believe you were sipping a cocktail, chilling out on some beautiful, tropical paradise. Whether you're on a busy tube, bustling to work or sitting at home, let Bluewater Punch transport you away from your cares and worries.



  • Vaping Etiquette

    In Britain, most of us aim to be incredibly polite at all times (though some are better at than other), and being a British vaper makes no difference. With that in mind it’s always important to have a code of politeness when vaping, to make sure that we as vapers are only seen to help the image of E-cigs. So here is our code, our etiquette, for vaping in the most considerate way possible.

    • Be aware of other people! – It might be vaper, it might not be harmful to other people, but it’s still impolite to blow your sweet-smelling vapour cloud straight into somebody’s face. It’s always good to remember that we share public space with other people, and should always be aware of how they may feel about large clouds wafting in every direction.
    • Always ask nicely! – If you’re sitting at a table with friends, travelling in a car with others or waiting at a packed bust stop; never be afraid to check that it’s okay before you vape. 99% of the time it’ll be fine but it’s just good manners for those around you and helps to make us all look better.
    • Share your knowledge! – Always be happy to share your vaping knowledge and answer questions, that way we can help educate the masses and help people learn that there’s nothing sinister about Ecigs.

    These are only a few points but hopefully it should make us vapers look like the heroes that we are. Good luck, and good vaping!

  • Nicotine Can be Found in Surprising Places

    I've seen a few articles floating about the dark recesses of the internet recently telling all about the surprising places one can find nicotine. Obviously this is very interesting considering the flack the Electronic Cigarettes are taking over providing nicotine to those who use them, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the many other places that it can be found.

    Nicotine is a naturally occurring chemical some plants, such as tobacco, use as a way of warding off predators. Tobacco obviously contains much higher doses of nicotine than most, hence its high demand throughout the centuries, but nicotine can be found in many other sources as well, though in much smaller quantities.

    • Aubergine – It would take about 20 pounds of aubergine to feel the same effect as just a single cigarette.
    • Cauliflower – You would need to eat around 60 of these just to get the same effects that you would from passive smoking.
    • Potatoes – Nicotine is found in different quantities in the flesh and peel of a potato. Just to feel the effects of passive smoking would take 65 grams of pulp or 210 grams of peel.
    • Ripened Tomatoes – It would take around 245 grams of lovely tomatoes to get the effects of passive smoking
    • Pureed Tomatoes – This contains a lot more nicotine than its whole counterpart. Only around 20 grams of this to get the effects of passive smoking.

    So whilst many things out there that you may eat from day to day may contain nicotine, it’s only in very small doses, so small you’d probably never notice. It just goes to show that things in life can still surprise you.

  • Customer of the Month - Emma Griffiths



    What is your name?

    Emma Griffiths


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

    I’ve been vaping for less than a year now. I started with cig-a-likes from the local pharmacy and went to Volcano a couple of months ago.


    What products do you currently use?

    I use the Inferno with the new BCT.


    What’s your favourite product from Volcano?

    Well, the Inferno is obviously my favourite, so much better than the standard stuff.


    What are your favourite flavours we do?

    I quite like mixing the Coocoo Coconut and Cheery Lava. It’s not for everyone but I like the taste it creates.


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

    I’ve smoked since I was a teenager and after trying and failing to quit so many times I thought I’d give ecigs a try. My breathing is so much easier and I just feel better about myself in general. It’s also saved me a lot more money which is great.


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

    Nope, once I found Ecigs I was done with smoking for good.


    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 that’s for sure. I might use it for an extra nice holiday this year.


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

    I may give it up in the future, but for now I’m happy to vape away.


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

    Do it, stop thinking about it and just go for it, you won’t regret it!


    Anything else you’d like to share with us?

    Thanks Volcano and the great online vaping community for saving my life!

  • The Future of E-Cigs in 2015

    So 2014 was a big year for the Electronic Cigarette community, full of ups and downs. The biggest event of last year for most vapers was the TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) and what it might mean for Ecigs in the next few years. Most can agree that it was badly worded and should have had proper consultation from the industry on how it will try and regulate the vaping world. We're still trying to work out how this is going to affect us and whether we can change things so that they're better for us i the long run. This might mean that 2015 is a very important year indeed as we all band together in order to save the E-cigarette in its current form.

    Hardware and E-Liquid looks like it could really improve this year. We may see hardware that's easier to use and that makes it easier for first-time vapers to get into playing with things like variable wattage and voltage. You may have the brand new tank system that we're selling, the revolutionary BCT, but perhaps tank technology will go even further this year, and we'll see something even better crop up (though it would have to try hard for that). The hobbyist community will probably be coming up with even more weird and wonderful set-ups for us to enjoy as well, definitely something to look forward to. It's also looking as if we will see less cig-a-likes in the market as more smokers and vapers turn to larger and more powerful devices like the Infernos and Lavatubes of the market. Though Big Tobacco will be attempting to take this market and push it to full force.

    It's also likely we will also see a rise in the quality and quantity of E-Liquids available on the market, what with a lot more companies setting up operation. We at Volcano are looking to expand our range of flavours, looking to bring in some of the best from the US, and we'll be looking for your input on what to get.

    The debate will, of course, carry on in regards to the TPD and further regulation of the Ecig industry but I remain hopeful that we can begin making headway into the issue. Here's to a brighter 2015, with more and better vaping ahead.

  • Free Your Mind


    Don't get caught out by the agents!

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

  • The Look at mE-Cigarette

    I think we all know a vaper like these guys.

  • Ecigs Are Not a Gateway to Smoking

    One of the biggest annoyances to us vapers these days is the persistent myth that is commonly trotted out by politicians and lobbyists firmly against electronic cigarettes, the Ecigs are a gateway to tobacco smoking. This idea that E-cigs are more accessible, therefore children and non-smokers will be far more likely to pick them up and be so led to smoke tobacco once they have gained a taste for the nicotine and habit of it. Not only does this argument not make sense since E-cigarettes are used as a better alternative to smoking tobacco and wouldn't really lead others to move on from vaping, but it has been consistently proved false through studies and tests.

    The Guardian released an article today that shows how main-stream media is finally catching up to this fact. It even contains a quote from Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, saying, “While it is clearly important to continue to monitor smoking rates and the use of electronic cigarettes in adults and children, so far there is no evidence that use of electronic cigarettes is proving to be a gateway into smoking”.

    Have a read of the article and see what you think, maybe leave a comment to show your opinion on the subject.


  • Next Generation E-Cigarette Conference

    Last week I had the privilege of attending the Next Generation Nicotine Delivery conference in London. Following on from the E-cig summit this was a great chance for many in the electronic cigarette industry to talk and discuss what is currently going on with EU regulations, British health authorities, Ecigs in the US, and all the pitfalls and hardships that we may come across in the near and far future.

    We heard from a number of prominent guest speakers who detailed their particular knowledge and expertise of the industry today. We heard from the likes of William McEwan, editor in chief of the Tobacco Journal International, Katherine Devlin, president of ECITA, Ronald Tully, from National Tobacco Company over in the US, and of course Volcano's own Managing Director Tony Price.

    Over the next couple of weeks I'll write up many of the individual talks that were given and how the future of vaping is being shaped by many different types throughout the industry. I'll show you how there are plenty of people out there, fighting to protect our right to vape.

  • Dr Hilary Jones - Benefits of E-Cigarettes

    In the wake of the fantastic E-Cigarette Summit last week, here is a great interview from Dr Hilary Jones. Dr Jones is a regular face on the UK TV circuit, doing many interviews for shows like GMTV and now here he is talking from personal and professional experience, on the benefits of vaping and Ecigs.

  • BeetlE-Juice


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  • The Truth


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  • Smoking Hurts


    Found at: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/474918723176014213/

  • 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:


    - 5 of the best E-Cigarette parodies:


    - More hilarious pics about vaping:


    - Pinterest always has some good stuff to find:


    - Some funny memes on Reddit:


  • 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


    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


    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.


  • 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?


  • #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:


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