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Getting ready for National No Smoking Day 2019?
Yes folks, it’s National No Smoking Day on 13th March 2019, and it’s time to start thinking about switching to vaping again! But which device to choose? Here are three great vape kit options recommended for beginners from Edinburgh-based supplier JAC Vapour. Check below for National No Smoking Day discounts!
Wee VIM Bundle
The Wee Vim is probably the simplest – and at £12.99 by far the most affordable way to kick off No Smoking Day and a cracking option for new vapers. An All-in-One device, with the Wee Vim, you just have to recharge, click in a pre-filled nicotine “pod” and start vaping. VIM PODs come in a choice of 4 flavours: SMOKING Tobacco, SMOKING Tobacco Menthol, Strawberry Chew and Blackcurrant Squash. All Wee Vim nicotine pods contain “salt” nicotine, which is the best option for relieving initial smoking cravings of recent quitters.
You can get a further 15% off the Wee Vim with this discount code: VAPEMEUP
The Series-S17 starts at £24.99 and is a slightly larger and more traditional vape pen with added features tailor-made for newcomers to vaping. Though a bit bigger than the Wee Vim / Vim, Jacvapour’s SERIES-S17 is easy to use and offers both mouth to lung and direct lung vaping options with a change of coil. Mouth to lung mimics smoking by increasing draw resistance, while direct lung vaping settings offer less resistance to allow for bigger clouds of vapour, if you so wish. You can currently get the SERIES-S17 plus Strawberry Lime Anise and Passionfruit Ice Cream e liquids all for just £39.99.
15% off the Series-S17 indicated price with this discount code: VAPEMEUP
A slightly larger and much more serious-looking beginner kit for heavy smokers is the Series-S22. If you smoke 20+ cigarettes per day or have a busy work schedule, battery life on the Series-S22 will be ideal for you. The Series S22 will keep you going at least a whole day before it needs to be recharged. Like the Series-S17 you can also swap out coils to try different vaping styles. The kit comes in at £34.99 on its own but during this month you can get the SERIES-S22 kit, 50ml of quick mix e liquid (choose from 45 flavours) and a pack of coils for only £49.97.
15% off the price above for Series-S22 with this discount code: VAPEMEUP
JAC Vapour are the only independent vape supplier in the UK and they design all their devices in their studios in Edinburgh. Looking to quit smoking by making the switch on National No Smoking Day? Get in touch with JAC Vapour’s friendly and knowledgeable customer service team today!
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Still smoking? Maybe you’ve heard of vaping and have seen people walking around using strange-looking e cigarettes that give off clouds of vapour, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge. Here’s a very brief beginner’s guide to vaping in 2019!
The word “vaping” comes from the vapour produced by e cigarettes. E- cigarettes are small battery-operated gadgets that generate a fine spray of nicotine vapour which users inhale. Vaping lets smokers get all the pleasure of smoking with only a tiny fraction of the dangers of smoking.
When you vape, there is no burning of tobacco (or anything else). Instead, people who vape inhale a pleasant-tasting vapour. E cigarettes produce this vapour by heating “e liquid”, which is made from a harmless carrier liquid, flavourings and nicotine.
How do you use e cigarettes?
Most e cigarettes these days have a small power button which you press while you suck on the device. When you press the power button, the battery heats the e liquid in the device and turns it into a thick vapour which you inhale, just like when you smoke.
Likewise, almost all e cigarettes nowadays are fully rechargeable, meaning you don’t need to buy replacement batteries for them. You just plug your e cig into a power source for a couple of hours, and this gives you roughly a day’s worth of power before the next recharge.
While some e cigarettes have disposable/replaceable e liquid “pods”, most models nowadays are “refillable”, meaning you can keep refilling your cartridge with e liquid as required until the cartridge gets too old to use any more (usually several days or weeks).
Does vaping feel the same as smoking?
Many smokers want to know if vaping “feels” the same as smoking before they take the plunge.
When smokers smoke a cigarette, nicotine in the burning tobacco triggers a “swallow” reflex in the throat muscles as they inhale the smoke. This is a pleasurable sensation for smokers. Nicotine vapour from e cigarettes triggers exactly the same sensation in the throat, and so provides the same satisfaction.
Smokers get a “head rush”, or pleasant dizzy feeling from smoking, that they say they cannot get from vaping. It is true that more traditional e liquid formulations do not always “hit the spot” quite as effectively as cigarette smoke, though newer “nicotine salt” (or nic salt) e liquid brands certainly do offer a noticeable nicotine hit or head rush, even to hardened smokers.
How many people vape in the UK?
According to the NHS Smokefree website, there are now around 2.9 million adults who vape (use e cigarettes). The NHS also claims that 1.5 million of these “vapers” have now completely stopped smoking.
These estimates are probably a little outdated because vaping has since become mainstream in UK. This suggests there are now most likely even more vapers out there than the NHS data suggests.
My own vaping story…
Before I started vaping in 2011, I was a lifelong smoker (since age 15) and had tried to give up smoking many, many times over the years (I’m now in my forties). Before 2011, I spent years switching back and forth from cigarettes to gum, from gum to patches, then would stop the patches only to find myself having the odd “cheeky cigarette”, at a party or with friends. A few weeks later, and I’d find I was buying packets of cigarettes and smoking regularly again just like before.
Since my first vape eight years ago, I have smoked only once (in 2012), and didn’t enjoy it at all – I still got the same nicotine hit as before, but the flavour was too smoky and too dirty compared to vapour from my e cigarette. I haven’t smoked or even wanted to smoke since that time. I have vaped on and off ever since, though have had absolutely no desire to return to smoking cigarettes.
Yes, as a vaper, I am still a slave to nicotine, though by choosing to take up vaping, my life has changed for the better. By not smoking cigarettes, I’m avoiding the tar and thousands of dangerous chemicals that are produced by burning tobacco. I now feel healthier than I did when I smoked, I can exercise without getting out of breath, my house and clothes no longer stink of stale smoke and my mind is clearer.
Is vaping safe?
Research into the safety of e cigarettes though still ongoing, is so far very positive.
Official advice from NHS UK is that e cigarettes pose only “a fraction of the risk of cigarettes“. While it’s true that e liquids do sometimes contain compounds similar to hose found in tobacco smoke, these are found at much lower levels.
Vaping is of course not the best way to deal with your nicotine addiction, if it’s the actual addiction side of things that worries you.
Vaping is however, a useful way to limit your access to smoking, even if that means just cutting down your smoking habit rather than giving it up altogether.
There are of course limits to who can use e cigarettes (those under 18, pregnant women, etc). If you are not sure if e cigarettes are right for you, it goes without saying that you should first consult your GP or a smoking cessation professional to look at all the options.
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In case you weren’t aware, ASMR is the latest weird craze to hit the internet – but now that it’s vapers who are getting into ASMR too, things are becoming much, much stranger. Want to add some extra fizz to push your vaping experience up to the next level? Here’s how!
What is ASMR?
ASMR (or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is the official scientific term for the gentle crackling, fizzing feeling you get in your neck, back and shoulders when you’re feeling extremely relaxed, for example, during a foot massage or when you are sitting in a hot sauna. However, over the last few years, growing communities of self-confessed ASMR junkies have discovered that other, more mundane things, such as pulling stickers from a sheet or carving soap can also make your neck and scalp tingle (or just put you to sleep).
One thing that all ASMR videos seem to have in common is a keen focus on environmental sounds (chewing, tapping, rubbing, etc), and these sounds are amplified with powerful microphones by video makers to generate more tingles in their viewers. The only other sounds you hear are whispers as bloggers tell you very slowly and softly how to undo a stapler or put together a Lego train. Feeling fuzzy yet? These videos can often go on literally for hours.
You’re freaking me out..
And freaked you should be. At this very moment, hundreds of dedicated ASMR bloggers around the world are churning out video after video of the most bizarre visual content designed specifically to trigger the ASMR response in whoever watches them. This ASMR video from Japan in my opinion could very easily be misunderstood as something a bit cheekier, while this video of someone chomping on seaweed is simply beyond me. Some bloggers are putting on make-up or crinkling tissues for their fans, while others are acting out cosy, head fuzz-generating role-plays in which they pretend to make tea, talk about wine or brush their hair in a certain manner. It’s all about that fuzzy neck feeling and it’s very odd indeed. Add ASMR to the already unusual concept of vaping, and you have something that is odder still.
So what happens in Vaping ASMR videos, exactly?
Well to be honest, it’s early days as yet, though this video of ASMR vaping vlogger Karuna Satori kind of gives you a fair idea I think. No talking, just vaping- and yes, you can hear every single rub, scratch, blow and puff she makes.
As for vaping role-plays, this one’s a good starter, but this next video of a Vape Shop role-play did actually give me a bit of a neck thing. Try it with headphones on and volume up and you’ll see what I mean.
Vaping and ASMR: what’s the connection?
God only knows. It could be because for many people, vaping – like ASMR, is about changing your state of mind and using a trigger of your choice to control – or modify – the way you feel for a few moments, perhaps to relieve stress, boredom or other unwanted feelings. Or it could just be that vapers and ASMR fans are just very like-minded, and that it was only a matter of time before one craze would adopt the other.
What’s next in the world of ASMR and vaping videos?
Alongside all the videos of people whispering in vape shops and puffing out clouds in a slightly suggestive way, I genuinely believe there could be a market out there for e cigarette and e liquid reviews that are done in the ASMR style (tee hee). Watching people discuss, dismantle and reassemble vaping equipment again and again is already very relaxing to watch and listen to for many, so could this be the next thing?
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It is still possible to find high quality e liquids made from real tobacco extracts, though sadly these days, an ever increasing number of commercially-available “tobacco e liquids” contain food flavourings, rather than real tobacco extracts. Making your own tobacco e liquids from tobacco extracts can be an authentic, cost-effective and fun way to get real tobacco flavours in your e liquids just the way you like them.
Tobacco extracts: tinctures and flavour concentrates
Assuming you don’t want to spend several days making your own tobacco extracts from real tobacco, the easiest way to make your own DIY tobacco e liquid is to get hold of some pre-made tobacco extracts.
There are basically two main types of real tobacco extracts that you need to consider before making your own DIY tobacco e liquids: tinctures and flavour concentrates.
Tinctures (often also confusingly called concentrates) are the most powerful real tobacco extracts available and require only a few drops to transform your VG/PG/ nicotine base into a rich-tasting tobacco-flavoured brew. Though tinctures pack much more flavour than flavour concentrates, they are thinner in consistency, and usually much darker and more opaque in colour.
The great thing about real tobacco tinctures is that they go a long way and allow for huge flexibility in terms of flavour strength and quality, and in very small amounts. I usually add only 2ml of these real tobacco tinctures to my usual 50ml PG/VG/nicotine base to create a powerful and distinctive tobacco-flavoured e liquid, though you can get away with using even less if you prefer a lighter flavour.
Tobacco flavour concentrates
Tobacco flavour concentrates are the thick, gloopy, golden-brown coloured liquid additives that make up around 30% of the liquid content of most off-the-shelf Chinese-made tobacco e liquids. Flavour concentrates are almost always PG-based, and are produced by using heat to extract tobacco essences from dried tobacco leaves.
Tobacco flavour concentrates are more widely available than tinctures, and are cheaper in terms of the amount you get vs cost per unit. However, they are also much more dilute, so you need to add much more flavour concentrate per batch of DIY e liquid to produce the same effect as you would with a tincture. Hangsen is the best-known biggest producer of tobacco flavour concentrates, and having tried most of these myself, I can recommend a handful of flavours: “Reds”, “Tobacco”, and “Turkish tobacco” and “Virginia” are all worth getting hold of, though be sure to avoid “Euro Blend”, and any of the clear-coloured bases, as these contain no tobacco extracts.
Despite the lack of concentration, tobacco flavour concentrates seem to add “body” to most home-brewed e liquids (at least in my experience) and I personally like to use concentrates at a ratio of about 10% in all my own e liquids, as they usually make for a softer, mellower vape in general.
DIY tobacco e liquid: best base liquid?
Most DIY vapers have their own preferred blends of VG/PG/distilled water, etc, as indeed have I. Having now switched mostly to DL vaping, I tend to prefer much lower nicotine in my own. As for VG/PG mix, I likewise usually mix my own rather than ordering pre-made nicotine base liquid, as it tends to work out a lot cheaper, though I know some people who prefer the simplicity of buying their base liquid already mixed.
If you want extra authenticity and a smoother throat hit, your best bet is to try mixing with nicotine salts. These are more or less same as regular nicotine bases, but contain an additive which makes the nicotine easier to be absorbed by the lungs and bloodstream.
As a general rule of thumb, if you are using flavour concentrates (the thick, gloopy extracts) to make your own tobacco e liquids, you will need less VG, as your finished concoction will already be quite thick, thanks to the concentrate. I would also recommend a few seconds in the microwave when completely mixed, as this will make the finished liquid silkier and more fluid. Tinctures, on the other hand don’t tend to add much body to your juice, so try upping the VG to 50% or so in relation to overall PG content, and this will provide a slightly smoother, heavier draw when vaped.
Until recently, I’d tried several times to make my own tobacco e liquid from real tobacco but every time the same old problems would emerge: my e liquids would take ages to brew, would always turn out too oily, too dirty, too sweet, too harsh, or just didn’t taste or smell “tobaccoey” enough. Now at last I’m pleased to say I’ve developed a simple four-day DIY tobacco e liquid production process that promises a clean, strong-tasting and authentic rich tobacco flavoured eliquid, with no oiliness or unwelcome flavours. Safety first: please read disclaimer below.
How is this NET extraction method different?
Previous NET tobacco extraction methods I have seen and tried involved a lot of boiling, steeping and soaking in alcohol, and these processes tend to subdue a lot of subtle flavours and create a lot of gunk and tarry aftertastes. Other methods recommend PG as the only solvent, though this tends to extract only flavours but not aroma. My extraction method produces a cleaner, richer NET e juice thanks to an accelerated four-day cold maceration process, zero use of alcohol and no direct heating of the tobacco itself, so less gunk and bitterness.
Why bother making your own NET tobacco e liquid?
There are a lot of suppliers already stocking eliquids that contain real tobacco extracts, and a few that are also selling NET tobacco concentrates and extracts that allow you to mix your own realistic-tasting NET e liquids. Of course, mixing from pre-made extracts is a lot easier to do, though most tobacco concentrates are produced using chemical processes, which can remove a lot of the freshness. Doing the whole thing from scratch is a rewarding process, and will produce a richer, more authentic flavour. It’s also a lot of fun!
Are NET tobacco E liquids safe? Disclaimer:
Making your own e liquid from real tobacco might be seen as a bit of a step back for those vapers who have already weaned themselves off the taste of tobacco. If that’s you, keep vaping on whatever you usually vape – this recipe is for die-hard tobacco loving adults who just can’t get on with vaping factory-bought “tobacco” eliquids, and who run such a big risk of going back on the smokes that only the real thing will do. Even then, I wouldn’t recommend vaping tobacco extracts in the long-term, for obvious reasons. View this e liquid recipe as a one-off treat for special occasions. I am likewise in no way pushing real tobacco eliquid extracts as a safe form of vaping – if you are unsure about the safety of doing this then please don’t bother!
Read on to find out how to make your own NET e liquids from real tobacco in four days!
e liquid from real tobacco: recipe
This method makes about 100 ml of NET tobacco eliquid that may tolerate a little extra dilution with PG/VG (30% or so) though it is best vaped neat. You can use any loose tobacco you like to make this e liquid – I’ve suggested blending the two most common light (golden) and dark (OH) rolling tobaccos in UK because they are fine cut and complement each other well. Pipe tobacco works well in small amounts to add extra flavour, though creates a bit too much gunk if used on its own – it’s also usually rougher cut and so may need more time to soak. Likewise, quantities in this recipe are pretty approximate – I’ve suggested more PG than VG as you will waste roughly one third of the PG you use – you can likewise adjust these proportions to your liking. Your finished NET e liquid will contain a small amount of nicotine – therefore, add extra nicotine sparingly, especially if you are direct-lung vaping – you’ll only need a few drops of extra nicotine.
Things you need: 3g (1/8 oz) light rolling tobacco, 3g (1/8 oz) dark rolling tobacco, 75ml Propylene Glycol (PG), 50ml Vegetable Glycerine (VG), few drops of distilled water, a few ceramic bowls or cups, basic kitchen utensils, a flour sieve, a microwave oven (or small saucepan and hob), paper tissue or nylon muslin bag, cling film (Saran wrap).
Important: if you can get fresh whole leaf tobacco, you will get better results and your resulting e liquid will be much cleaner and purer in flavour. Most “roll-up” tobacco (in the UK at least) is full of additives and will not give you a great flavour. Better still, you can grow your own tobacco in the UK (though this requires more patience!) and this will give you the best results all round.
Day 1: tobacco preparation and initial cold soak and mash
Put your tobacco (1/4 oz total) into a clean bowl and cover generously with cold PG (but don’t drown it – see picture) and leave for one hour, then mash with a fork for a couple of minutes to release initial flavours. Cover with cling film and leave at room temperature overnight, high up and well away from children and animals.
Day 2: soak and mash
Remove cling film and repeat the fork mashing process again – the liquid around the tobacco should be a bit darker now. Cover again with cling film and store as before. You can mash twice (morning and night) to release a bit more flavour if you wish.
Day 3: soak and mash
Remove cling film, mash again and leave to soak as you did the day before.
Day 4: final mash, rough filter, VG soak and flush, fine filter
1) Mash one final time and pour out your PG/tobacco mixture through a fine sieve (a flour sieve or tea strainer will do). This is just to remove the big bits of tobacco and make the liquor easier to process later on. DO NOT throw away the spent tobacco in the sieve!
2) Put the strained juice to one side and meanwhile heat roughly the same quantity (or a little less) of vegetable glycerine and a few drops (1/4 – 1/2 ml or so) of distilled water (if not distilled, tap water’s ok) in a seperate bowl/cup for either a few seconds until finger hot (not boiling) in the microwave, or in a small saucepan on the hob. You can skip the water if you prefer, though it makes the liquid easier to filter later on and shouldn’t affect your vape.
3) Once ready, take your tobacco from the sieve and add to the hot vegetable glycerine. Mix well to extract flavours and flush out any PG left from before the sieving process. Cover the tobacco and glycerine bowl with cling film (to stop water evaporating) for about an hour.
4) Pour the glycerine/tobacco mixture through the sieve into the bowl containing the PG tobacco juice. You may need to squeeze the remaining tobacco in the sieve to extract all the juice from it. Clean hands or a (very) clean garlic press should do the job nicely.
5) Now, throw away the tobacco in the sieve, mix the extracted VG/PG tobacco juice liquid in your bowl and heat until finger hot (microwave or hob).
6) Set up a filter with either a nylon muslin bag or a couple of paper tissues doubled up and laid over a clean bowl (you can secure your filter with clothes pegs or a plate if you wish). Pour the hot liquid onto the paper filter and leave for 30 minutes or so until (or most of the liquid has been filtered.
If the juice takes ages to filter, heat liquid mixture again for a few seconds and try one sheet of tissue filter paper instead of two. The end result should be a dark and suberbly clear liquid that is neither cloudy or filmy (if it is, you’ve done something wrong and will need to throw it all away). It should also taste satisfyingly bitter (thanks to the PG extraction) and should have a strong sweet aroma, as long as you left the tobacco long enough in the VG.
7) When completely cool, add nicotine base liquid to taste, mix well, bottle and enjoy.
DIY Mixing with nicotine salts for a smoother tobacco flavour
For greater authenticity, and a smoother throat hit, I would strongly recommend using a nicotine salt base at 18mg, either on its own, or blended with your regular nicotine base. Adding nicotine salts will improve the flavour and richness immensely.
Final points: this real tobacco eliquid recipe works because the tobacco is given time to yield its most subtle flavours over a few days in the PG, while the short-contact VG soak extracts warmer and sweeter flavours, as well as aroma. You can try extending the PG + mash steep time to a week or more, though you may find that you end up extracting too many nasties, like oils, sugars and starches, which are to be avoided if possible. If your filtered e liquid looks at all oily, cloudy, or has a film over the surface, it’s probably best to discard it.
Despite the lack of heating, and relatively fast production time, this DIY tobacco e liquid will contain more soluble compounds than commercial tobacco eliquid, never mind how many times you filter it. Therefore, it’s best vaped in a device with a replaceable wick, and this will need to be changed daily for best results. Try also vaping at a low temperature (ideal power set up for flavour in my opinion is about 3 volts / 17.5 watts with a 0.5 ohm coil) and maximum 8mg nicotine. That’s a pretty weedy build for most sub-ohm vapers but for me these settings provide the best conditions for enjoying subtle flavours.