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Here at Vaper Empire we want to wish you a happy holiday season and say thanks for all the support in 2016. It’s been a big year for Vaper’s throughout the world and particularly in Europe where figures published show:
6.1 million people have completely quit tobacco using E-Cigarettes
And a further
8+ million people have cut down tobacco by using E-Cigarettes
Research done at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians show that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking which means that moving to Vaping is much smarter than continuing to smoke cigarettes. In fact, the RCP have called for promotion of E-cigarettes as a substitute for smoking!!
If you have family members or friends’ that are smokers that can’t seem to quit, then an E-Cigarette product could be the perfect Christmas gift. It’ll help them to swap their tobacco to a far healthier alternative but also save them thousands of dollars in 2017.
Thanks again for all the support and we hope your Christmas is full of fun and happiness.
The V.E Team
Those people that suffer from Asthma and continue to smoke significantly exacerbate their condition and in certain cases smoking is the primary cause of their ailment. Of course the best solution is to stop smoking altogether but nicotine addiction is a powerful foe. For those people that have tried to quit multiple times and have failed it appears that moving to vaping as an interim solution is the obvious choice to reduce symptoms.
A recent study by Dr Christina Russo which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed that ‘electronic cigarette use improves respiratory, physiology and subjective asthma outcomes in asthmatic smokers. E-Cigarettes are a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes in this vulnerable population’. As a result of the study Dr Russo is now recommending E-Cigarettes to her patients if they do not wish to use traditional methods of quitting smoking such as patches and gums.
Even though Public Health England (which is publicly funded) have found that E-Cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco the general population continues to be confused about the comparative benefits of vaping to smoking. Here at Vaper Empire we suggest doing your own research on Vaping and try to understand that there are very powerful interests producing misinformation.
On May 20th of this year the TPD (Tobacco Primary Directive) comes into effect in Europe. We expect the U.S. will follow with a similar set of Regulation although the FDA is still yet to make a decision, so these changes are not likely to be enforced until 2017/18.
So what is going to change on May 20th? Well here’s a run down:
• All flavours will have to be rigorously tested and meet certain standards through the EU notification process.
• No E-Liquid bottles larger than 10ml.
• Nicotine strength limited to 20mg.
• Child-proof E-liquid bottles.
• All E-Cigarette hardware will require testing for emissions and consistency.
• No Tanks larger than 2ml.
• Tanks/Clearomisers must be completely leak-proof.
• E-Cigarette advertising to be banned across all media channels although websites can continue to operate.
What’s Vaper Empire’s opinion on the new regulation?
Regulation was inevitable so we are happy to see that a set of standards have been introduced. It is also encouraging to see that the EU have allowed medium-sized business to continue to trade. The costs involved to meet the regulations are expensive but achievable.
However there are elements of the TPD that will probably slow innovation and prevent people moving from tobacco to E-Cigarettes. The advertising ban will certainly do this as people will be less exposed to Vaping and their chances of learning about the benefits of switching to E-Cigs will be significantly reduced. Also the hardware restrictions could potentially drive E-Cigarettes backwards to cartridge based systems impeding innovation.
At this point it is too early to say how strictly the regulation will be imposed and only time will tell how destructive it might be. The reality is that over the past few years 1000’s of new E-Cigarette vendors have managed to create a livelihood courtesy of Big Tobaccos profits. Regulation could be the beginning of their fight back. Lets see!
A great article that explains what’s happening in Europe and guess what?? Its not Good! The article briefly explains what is coming and it appears that heavy lobbying and European Parliament secret meetings with Big Tobacco have created a non-competitive environment for the E-Cigarette industry. As all vapers' know the E-Cigarette industry is a consumer lead revolution, it wasnt formulated by big tobacco or any other big multi-national, it started small and has grown organically from individual vendors due to the popularity of the product. However the strict regulatory framework being introduced in May ‘16’ makes it almost impossible for small vendors to survive (due to v.high costs) handing the industry over to you know who! The big pharmaceutical industries and Big Tobacco. The regulations will involve the abolishment of Tank systems, bottled e-liquid and E-cigarettes will return to the dark ages. Innovation will almost stop. Its in the interest of Big Tobacco to see e-cigarettes fail so why would we hand over the responsibility to them?
So we have a legitimate claim from one of the worlds most trusted public bodies regarding how safe Vaping is in comparison to smoking; the figure = 95%. Obviously it does not come as much surprise to us here at Vaper Empire, it doesn’t take a genius to know it is the preferred option to tobacco. Unfortunately in Australia the ‘Nanny State’ the information surrounding e-cigarettes tends to be presented to the public negatively so please be vigilant and read the data and make your own mind up. We’re all waking up to the fact that the private press have their own interests and so does the Government which is lobbied heavily by corporate interests, so be strong people and let’s hope sense and a moral approach is taken with up and coming regulation.
Now I’ve featured this guy in some of our older articles before but Clive Bates (along with a few select others) is THE voice of reason for the E-Cigarette industry. He’s been here from the start supporting E-Cigarettes and Vapers and trying to challenge the huge negative press and agenda coming from the corporate interests. He is a true progressive and has been a director general for the Welsh government as well as taking a role for ASH (Action for smoking and Health)
His website the Counterfactual is a great reference point for people wanting to know more about the industry and the current research and impending legislation. He’s on hand to break down this information so its palatable and easy to understand. Check it out and see what you think…
So there’s this study that’s been flying around on Formaldehyde in E-Cigarettes…it’s been quoted and printed all throughout the world and almost every article has had a headline along the lines of ‘‘E-Cigarettes worse than smoking’ or even more disturbing ‘E-Cigarettes 10 X worse than smoking’ as one Japanese paper displayed in their headline. This is propaganda at its most abhorrent and has involved twisting an interesting study to meet the agenda of certain interests that clearly do not value scientific findings nor the public's health. Joe Nocera highlights the injustice in this article printed in the New York Times that explains that the results of this study are very promising and actually in favour of E-Cigarettes. No formaldehyde was found in E-Cigarettes that use a standard voltage (essentially all E-Cigarettes including our models). Only very high voltages (not typically used) produced any form of formaldehyde. To interpret these finding to suggest that E-Cigarettes are worse when cigarettes is scaremongering and very damaging to people’s perception. E-Cigarettes could be the single biggest public health prize in history and these type of articles need to stop..
Obviously we know the issue of E-Cigarettes in Australia is a contentious one. There is a continuous smear campaign against the product and we seem to hear the same fustrating rhetoric coming from certain public health officials. One of which they love to use is 'there is no evidence that E-cigarettes help people quit tobacco'. Obvious we at Vaper Empire know this is not true and of course it doesnt take a genius to realise that if people are vaping then their tobacco usage will drop or entirely cease as the nicotine they require is met from consuming E-Liquid. Luckily there is a great study attached in Australia Business Insider that explains that nicotine replacement therapies are not useful for most people and that E-Cigarettes and Vaping do help people to reduce their tobacco usage. Lets hope the Australian government see common sense one day and let E-cigarettes readily available
Here's a taster of a discussion that was completed by the founder of Vaper Empire
Why did you decide to found Vaper Empire?
Vaper Empire was founded over 2 years ago simply by providence. Luckily an e-cigarette was presented to myself well before they had even begun to show signs of any popularity and straight away I was blown away by the potential of the product. As a smoker I could not believe that finally there was an alternative to tobacco and one that was exponentially more appealing. As I discovered more flavours I instinctively knew that vapour products would eventually replace tobacco and subsequently bet my life savings on it…
Why should we switch to electronic cigarettes?
If you’re a smoker then the switch to e-cigarettes is certainly the smart decision. There are two key reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a harm reduction product. No one is suggesting that e-cigarettes are 100% healthy but all scientists and public health officials are in agreement that compared to tobacco, e-cigarettes have to be less harmful purely because of their simple ingredients and mode of action (heating over burning). The second reason for switching is a financial one. Many people are crippled by the cost of their nicotine addiction and this restricts them from many of the goals they would love to achieve because they are forced to buy expensive tobacco. An average vaper saves approximately $4000 a year – imagine the extra freedom that comes with a saving like that.
What is the biggest misunderstanding about e-cigarettes that still exists wrongly today?
There is ONE very simple misconception about e-cigarettes; that it has been created by Big Tobacco companies. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Vaping has grown organically from very small independent firms (like Vaper Empire). No major advertising budgets have pushed the product into the public arena. Uptake has happened simply through word of mouth and recommendations. Only recently has Big Tobacco begun to get involved as they finally realise that they need to try and control the spread of electronic cigarettes. However they have no incentive to see e-cigarettes take-off so their involvement maybe more about slowing and impeding growth and development by buying major e-cigarette manufacturers. Only time will tell.
To read more please go to http://au.snipsnip.net/interview-vaper-empire/
You may or may not be aware that E-Cigarettes have become a huge success in the UK with Vape stores in practically every town and village. The public over there have been exposed to the vaping products as nicotine refills are widely available and this means that they have become educated on the Vaping and E-Liquid as a whole. It is therefore very difficult for the government in the UK to manipulate the public because people have been fully informed on E-Liquid and THEY have made the choice that vaping is a far better way to satisfy their nicotine addiction than typical tobacco cigarettes. 'The cat is out of the bag' so to speak.
In Australia the product has been controlled and continues to be made less accessible and this is limiting people's choice. Also the media in Australia are creating fear over E-Cigarettes which is completely unjustified. The Australian government don't want E-Cigarettes to be available and have this quit or die approach. The Reason?? Maybe it could be something to do with lobbying and special interests, it is a $16bn a year industry after all. Do you think people should have a choice to use a cheaper, less harmful way of satisfying their addiction? Regulation is required but lets be sensible and give people a right to choose while protocols are put in place!
This is an article that you would probably not be published in Australia but luckily we can hear what's happening in countries where E-Cigarettes are being embraced.