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Latest Blog

Dear Public Health: This is why we’re angry

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A few days ago I was talking to someone who works in public health. This person is genuinely well-meaning, and seemed upset at the amount of hostility they’re seeing from vapers. Why, they wondered, are we all so angry at them? Don’t we realise that public health activists are trying to help us? Their hurt

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Something fruity this way comes – Steepd e-liquid

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I get lazy when it comes to e-liquid. I usually mix my own, and it’s easy to just knock up a couple of big bottles of my all-day vape – Inawera’s Vanilla for Pipe, in case anyone cares – and stick with that. I do like to try new flavours though, so it’s always very

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Public Health – Medicine’s mad dogs

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Public health activists used to give valuable, life-saving advice, and in many parts of the world they still do: Don’t shit upstream from the village, because it’ll foul the drinking water; don’t let standing water accumulate, because mosquitoes will breed in it; vaccinate your kids, because it will protect them from disease; stay away from

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So irony it’s rusting

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I read lots of stuff. From academic papers to the sort of shiny thriller that airport bookstalls specialise in, if it contains words I’m usually willing to give it a shot. Sometimes I read to gain knowledge, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes because it’s a reliable way to pass the time on long journeys. Usually

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It’s been great, mech mods, but it’s time to say goodbye

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A couple of years ago you’d rarely see me without one of my FastTech Nemesis clones in my hand. Mech mods were basically all I used; none of the regulated devices on the market at the time could deliver the power I liked or handle the coils I was building. My first mech was a

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And more nice liquids

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I’ve been writing some stuff today about switching to vaping at New Year, instead of making yet another resolution to quit smoking that you just know will be broken by the second of January. Along the way I got to thinking about my own switch, which seems like quite a while ago now. In fact

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Steam Potion – What e-liquid SHOULD be like

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Not that long ago I had a bit of a rant about some of the dumb branding that’s prevalent in the e-liquid industry. I’m sick of seeing bottles that violate intellectual property law, or feature the sort of cartoon characters that play into the hands of nanny statists and their incessant bleats about targeting children.

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Black Note liquids gain TPD approval in 15 EU nation

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“Black Note is proud of our position as a responsible and forward-thinking company, and we constantly work to deliver the best products and most professional service to our customers. We want our liquids to be available for as long as you want them, and to give the best possible vaping experience. That means we seek

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Grotty Crotty

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One from the archives. I like California. I really, really do. But the constant flow of anti-vaping propaganda that vomits from its university system sometimes makes me wish the San Andreas Fault would just dump the whole damn state on the bed of the Pacific. We have yet another study from San Diego, revisiting the

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Trump, Brexit and childish politics – The centre cannot hold

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, – WB Yeats, The Second Coming   I’m no fan of Donald Trump. He’s not a good businessman, I don’t think he’ll be a good president and all the

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Stupid vaping products sold by stupid vendors

Let’s call time on stupid vendors

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A few weeks ago I expressed some annoyance at vendors who were, in my opinion, being stupid. In this particular case it was a rash of morons selling “Pokéjuice”, a trademark-busting product that’s also an absolute gift to those who claim the industry is targeting children. I made some comments on Facebook and reported a

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The World Hitler Organisation

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The World Health Organisation’s stated objective is “the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health”. This is a noble goal, and in the first decades of its history the WHO worked hard to achieve it. The organisation played a major role in eradicating smallpox, for example – the only human disease ever

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This is how freedom dies

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Ever heard of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health? No, I didn’t think you would have. It sounds respectable enough, of course. “Chartered Institute” suggests a sober, responsible organisation that maintains professional standards across an industry. My father’s a chartered surveyor, for example. My mother is a chartered accountant. All highly respectable. The Chartered Institute of Environmental

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Human stupidity

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“Only two things are infinite,” said Albert Einstein, “The universe and human stupidity. But I’m not sure about the universe.” Happily, I can confirm that while the universe now seems likely to be finite, human stupidity is as boundless as Einstein always believed. I’ve just reported a vape shop to Trading Standards. This is not

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Brexit – Why I am voting to leave the EU

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Despite the relentless smears and insults hurled at me (and millions of others) over the past few months I am neither a xenophobe nor a Little Englander. I have travelled widely, most of my friends are not British, I choose to live abroad, and (as anyone who has ever spoken to me will testify) I am

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How to lie with Twitter polls

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Twitter has a polling feature. It’s not hard to use, but for some reason many people don’t like using it. Maybe they access Twitter through an app that doesn’t support polls, or maybe they just aren’t very good at clicking the right buttons; it doesn’t matter. Instead of using the simple poll-creating tool they go

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Limitless RDA in zombie green

Limitless style – Zombie atomisers & laser cats

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Vaping is a lot more than just a replacement for cigarettes. It has an incredible number of things going for it – it saves money, it’s much better for your health, it doesn’t scatter ash everywhere (if it does you’re doing it wrong) – and, maybe most of all, it offers an almost limitless amount of fun.

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ASHes to ashes, trust to dust

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Well, colour me surprised. Action on Smoking and Health, the “pro-vaping” political lobby group who’ve “been supportive for quite some time”, just decided to publicly throw vapers under the bus. In an atrocious press release earlier today they announced that the EU Tobacco Products Directive, which becomes law on Friday, is “not a problem” for most

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An appeal to ASH: Save e-cigarettes from your stupid colleagues

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Clive Bates has just written an excellent post about the stupidity of those in “public health” who stubbornly insist on supporting the EU’s ludicrous restrictions on electronic cigarettes. I won’t go through all his points again, but suffice to say that he’s thoroughly demolished every possible argument in favour of the TPD. The Article 20 regulations

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Public health and vaping – Silence isn’t support

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The UK is in the grip of a moral panic deeper than any that’s been seen since the medieval witch-burning craze, and about as firmly based in reality. The anti-sugar cranks are whipping themselves into a frenzy. Local government busybodies are incensed that restaurants are merely giving free tap water to anyone who asks for

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When foot meets bullet

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So a couple of days ago an article appeared. Some vaping advocates thought it was a great piece of work. A somewhat larger number were less impressed. I’m with the second group. It may have been meant well, but the author could have spent his time more profitably doing something else. Practically anything else, in

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Formaldehyde Strikes Again

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With the “gateway effect” dead in the water formaldehyde has become the new cause du jour of the anti-vaping nuts. The latest assault has been launched through the letters page of a major US medical journal. Let’s look at the facts. So the New England Journal of Medicine has joined in the latest crusade against electronic

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Lying It Up At The Hotel California

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“Mommy, why does the state bear smell of burning fur?” “That’s because his pants are on fire, son.” The recent formaldehyde fiasco reminded us, if anyone needed it, that we can’t expect a lot in the way of integrity from the weird coalition of temperance zealots, tobacco companies, pharma manufacturers and crackpots who’re opposed to electronic

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E-cigarette Batteries: Vaping for journalists, Part 1

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Vaping advocates have known for a couple of years now that the standard of media reporting on e-cigarettes is truly dire. Personally I hoped that when Public Health England said last year that scaremongering about tiny amounts of chemicals was frightening people back to smoking there would be a sudden improvement in quality. After all, surely the

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Vendors, explosions and the TPD

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In this post I’d like to make two suggestions to all vape vendors. This isn’t something I really want to do, because many of you are doing a great job for the vaping community, but right now I feel I have to raise both these points. What you do with them is up to you,

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Boiling frogs

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It’s often claimed that if you put a frog in a pan of water, then slowly heat it up, the frog won’t notice the rising temperature and will stay in there until it’s boiled alive. I’ve always had my doubts about this – surely it stays in there because you put the lid on the

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The face of Big Vaping

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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken So on Saturday I got pointed to this article, which purports to tell us how “Big Vaping” is spreading cynical misinformation

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Wikipedia, and why it matters

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Wikipedia is a byword for unreliable information written by some social inadequate who never comes out of his room. This is slightly unfair: Only parts of it are like that. Unfortunately those parts include almost everything it says on the subject of vaping. It’s easy to say this doesn’t matter, but sadly it does. Here’s why. Wikipedia, “the

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