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  • WHO Scientist Admits E-Cigs Are Less Harmful Than Cigarettes

    Dr Ranti Fayokun, a representative from the World Health Organization (WHO) and a scientist in the National Capacity-Tobacco Control Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, has admitted that e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes. Fayokun's acknowledgement came in response to a question from a Filipino congressman during a congressional hearing on vaping regulation in the Philippines last December.

    A Surprising Statement

    At the time, Fayokun’s comment came as a surprise because of the WHO’s cautious stance on e-cigarettes. To date, the WHO has not made an official statement regarding their stance on switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes despite mounting scientific evidence that e-cigs are less harmful than regular cigarettes.

    One of the most prominent examples of scientific evidence comes from Public Health England (PHE) which, in a study, concluded that e-cigarettes are as much as 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes. PHE has since encouraged smokers who could not quit smoking through more “traditional” means like nicotine patches and gums to switch to the likely less harmful electronic alternative.

    Another prominent example comes from the National Academies from Science, Engineering and Medicine which in 2018 released a report in which it acknowledged “completely switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes will reduce exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens found in cigarettes”.

    Speaking in the context of regulation, another WHO official commented that a ban on electronic cigarettes would create a sort-of black market that would be dangerous to public health. “If you ban them, there will simply be a black market. When the United States banned alcohol in the 1900s, that did not work out,” said Dr Andrew da Roza, an addiction psychotherapist and lawyer. “We need to regulate them, not ban them,” he added.

    Why E-Cigarettes?

    Cigarettes are extraordinarily addictive; a point that virtually all smokers can attest to. They have a very powerful impact on the brain. “If you are feeling depressed, smoking will lift your depression. If you are feeling anxious, smoking will calm you down. If you are feeling sleepy, smoking will pick you up,” da Roza said.

    A huge part of cigarettes that makes them addictive is nicotine, a substance to which our bodies are genetically geared to be tolerant. Once nicotine enters your body, it is very easy to get “hooked” on it and this is how people become addicted to smoking and find it difficult to stop despite all the harm they cause.

    One common way people attempt to quit is through the use of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) which deliver nicotine to the body in what is believed to be a safer way. A classic example is the nicotine patch and while they can work for some people, they are not as effective as e-cigarettes in helping people quit smoking. “NRTs vs. e-cigarettes show that e-cigarettes are twice as effective as NRTs,” admits da Roza. This is because e-cigarettes mimic the feeling and sensations of smoking in the mouth. They are also a good substitute because there is a social element attached to e-cigarettes, which is something that other NRTs do not have this. Wrapping up, da Roza added e-cigarettes “should be more accessible to smokers than cigarettes at a price point equal to or less than cigarettes.”

    Always Consult a Doctor

    We always recommend that you consult with your own doctor or physician before you make a major lifestyle change, including taking up the use of e-cigarettes. This is because your own physician is best placed to provide you with tailored health advice that accounts for your own health situation.

    Although we are very supportive of vaping and believe that it is an unbeatable cessation tool, we are not public health experts---we simply pass on the latest information to our readers so that they can make their own informed decisions.

    Ready to Try E-Cigarettes?

    If you have already decided that you would like to give e-cigarettes a shot, there is no better place for you to get started than our own online store here at Vaper Empire. Although e-cigarettes and vaping can appear complex to the uninitiated, everything is kept very simple and easy to use… even our more advanced vapes have been designed with unparalleled simplicity.

    Our online store is packed full of our own bespoke products that are designed to make vaping easy for you while providing a distinct vaping experience. We offer everything from cig-a-like e-cigs and powerful all-day vaping devices to unique artisanal e-liquids and premium vape pods. No matter what your preference is, you'll find what you're looking for here at Vaper Empire!

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  • Tips For Keeping Your Vape Battery Charged

    E-cigarette and vape batteries are not like your standard double- and triple-A batteries that you find in a remote control: they are generally far more powerful. And because they are more powerful, they need to be handled carefully to prolong their lifespan. One way to do this is to ensure that you are looking after them and keeping them properly charged, among a few other things.

    Looking After Your Vape’s Batteries

    Not only does looking after your vape’s batteries improve safety (after all, batteries are sensitive chemical systems) but it improves the overall vaping experience, too. Here are a few ways you can look after your vape’s batteries to keep them charged and lasting longer.

    Don’t Leave Batteries Unattended

    There are two reasons for this.

    Firstly, leaving a battery unattended while charging for a prolonged period of time can, in rare circumstances, prove to be a fire hazard. Now, this is incredibly rare, but it is important to remember that batteries are electronic devices, and any electronic device can malfunction and fail. Although the chances are slim, it is something worth mentioning.

    Secondly, leaving a battery on charge when you don’t need to (i.e. when it has already charged) can stress and damage the battery cells. This will degrade the battery and over time, it will die quicker between charges. Subsequently, you only want to charge your vape batteries when they need to be charged and should remove them from their charger once they've been fully charged.

    Avoid High Temperatures

    Although most good quality batteries can tolerate temperature extremes at either end of the scale, you don’t want to test their limits and push your luck!

    High temperatures strain your batteries and make them degrade faster, so make sure that you avoid using them in extreme direct sunlight and that when you are not using them, they are stored in a cool, dark place… and never in your car where temperatures might exceed their safety range.

    Don’t Let Batteries Get Too Empty

    You recharge batteries when they’re empty, right? Well… not exactly.

    If possible, avoid letting your batteries get completely empty before you recharge them. The further that you let lithium-ion batteries discharge, the more capacity they lose. Most batteries of decent quality will come with some form of battery level indication, and we recommend keeping an eye on this so that you can charge them when they are almost empty but not quite. Doing this will help prolong their lives.

    Use Married Batteries

    If you are using a device that requires more than one battery, always make sure that you are using the same batteries… never use two different ones. In other words, keep them married in pairs and always together---this is a safety practice that makes sure the cells get the same number of charge cycles, helping delay capacity and performance problems.

    We also always recommend using a battery developed by the manufacturer of the device you are using for the very best performance.

    Replace Your Old Batteries

    No matter how well you look after your vape’s batteries, they will grow tired with age. A battery that may have lasted for days with heavy use when you first bought it will eventually struggle to get through half a day of the same type of use. Lithium-ion batteries, the type used by e-cigs, vapes, and most electronics, degrade over time and there is nothing you can do about this. Although looking after them will get more time out of them, you are simply delaying the inevitable.

    So, when you start noticing that your battery is not lasting for as long as it once did and it is becoming an inconvenience, perhaps it is time to start looking for a replacement? We recommend battery replacements roughly every six months to one year depending on how frequently and intensely you use your device.

    Use The Right Battery

    Just like there are many different types of vaping devices, there are many different types of batteries. This is because different vapes have different power requirements depending on their features and power requirements. For example, basic e-cigs and pens will require much less power and thus much smaller and simpler batteries than large tanks for sub-ohm vaping.

    When you are choosing batteries for your device, ensure that it has the appropriate specs. Don’t just pick a random battery and hope for the best; this is a great way to waste your money!

    If you find that your battery isn’t lasting as long as you’d like or that your device isn’t giving you what you think it should, you could always choose a bigger and better battery with more power. Obviously, bigger batteries have a higher capacity last for longer, and more power means that it will be able to produce more vapour. A good example is the 2000 mAh rechargeable battery seen in our very own Vaper Empire Vibe Series. Of course, the onus is on you to make sure that the battery is OK to use with your device---you can’t just go ahead and plonk a powerful battery in a standard vape pen.

    Use The Right Device

    Vaper Empire VIGGO Series Pod Vape The VIGGO Series pod vape is the latest e-cigarette from Vaper Empire. Easy to use, ultra portable, and long-lasting with a fast recharging time. The perfect vape.

    If you think your vape experience is sub-par, perhaps you’re not using the right device?

    Are you constantly on the move and running out of power? If so, you may benefit from a device that comes with a portable charging case like our V-Pack II system. Although the device itself is discreet and relatively simple, it is highly comparable to a cigarette and delivers just as much nicotine, plus there's the added bonus of being able to carry an extra battery stem and always being able to recharge your batteries using the case, which acts as a portable charging station.

    Which brings us to our next point. You also have the option to carry extra batteries with you for your favourite type of device, whether it's a cig-a-like like our V-Pack II or a vape pen like our Vantage Series.

    We recommend taking a look at our new pod system, the Viggo Series, which offers a powerful battery that's long-lasting and fast charging.

    Buying Spare Batteries

    Buying spare batteries can be a bit hit and miss. That is because batteries are much easier to manufacture than the rest of the components generally found in e-cigarettes and vapes. Naturally, some will be better than others. We always recommend buying from a vendor that also manufactures their own e-cigarettes and vapes because this is an indicator of better quality.

    At Vaper Empire, we do just that. We design and manufacture our own range of high-quality vaping products. Widely recognised as an industry leader in Australia, none of our products, including accessories like batteries, compromise on quality. We offer only the best vaping supplies to our customers.

    If you would like to find out more, check out the Vaper Empire online store.

  • Study Estimates Vaping Helps Over 50K Smokers Quit Each Year In The UK

    Despite a flurry of bad press that has hit the wires recently, particularly towards the middle and back-end of last year, a research report published in the journal Addiction suggests that e-cigarettes help around 50,000 smokers in the UK quit each year.

    This is fantastic news for an industry that has seen a rise in scepticism amid negative press coverage and misleading links between e-cigarettes and lung damage in the United States that are now known to have been caused by the inclusion of vitamin E acetate in black market vaping products, a substance banned in the UK.

    An Increasing Success Rate

    The study, which was led by University College London (UCL) researchers and supported by Cancer Research UK, drew data from the Smoking Toolkit Study, a series of cross-sectional household surveys that date back 14 years to 2006. According to the report, around 1,200 past-year smokers per quarter---50,498 in total---were involved in the study which included data on smokers aged 16+ in England between 2006 and 2017 who had smoked in the last 12 months.

    The UCL research team found that as the use of e-cigarettes as a nicotine therapy and smoking cessation tool began to increase in 2011, so did the success rate of people successfully quitting smoking. And when the increase in the use of e-cigarettes hit its peak and flattened off around 2015, so did the increase in this success. The researchers then made statistical adjustments to factor for seasonality, population levels, underlying trends, and the affordability of tobacco to arrive at their estimation, that in 2017 around 50,700 to 69,930 smokers had stopped with the help of e-cigarettes. These people, the researchers say, would have carried on smoking if it were not for using e-cigarettes.

    “This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers to stop. England seems to have found a sensible balance between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes,” said lead author Dr Emma Beard, Senior Research Associate at UCL.

    “Marketing is tightly controlled so we are seeing very little use of e-cigarettes by never-smokers of any age while millions of smokers are using them to try to stop smoking or to cut down the amount they smoke.”

    However, the researchers acknowledged that the full picture is not yet known when it comes to e-cigarettes and the health effects, if any, are yet to be discovered.

    Is Vaping Safe?

    The most recent research backed by Public Health England (PHE) shows that using e-cigarettes and vaping is much better for you than smoking, with their research claiming that it is likely 95% safer, if not more. Therefore, if you already smoke cigarettes then switching completely to e-cigarettes will more than likely improve your health significantly.

    However, we can say that about a lot of things. If you swapped smoking out for something else such as skydiving, you would still come out ahead. Skydiving daily for 70 years will give you a 23% chance of meeting an early demise whilst lifelong smokers have a 50% chance of dying before the age of 70.

    E-cigarette vapour does not include thousands of chemicals like cigarette smoke. E-cig vapour also contains no tar, whereas tobacco smoke does. And although e-cigarettes do contain nicotine when used with nicotine e-liquid, nicotine itself is not known by medical science to cause cancer.

    Should I Replace Cigarettes With An E-Cigarette?

    We think that the evidence we have so far is pretty conclusive and that there are plenty of benefits to replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes.

    When you replace your regular cigarette with an e-cigarette, you are able to satisfy your nicotine cravings to the same extent as smoking a regular cigarette but without having to smoke one. Essentially, you get the same feeling and the same relief but without all of the nasty chemicals, tar, smell, and expense.

    If you are somebody who has already tried smoking cessation products like nicotine patches and gum before but to no avail, you may be naturally sceptical. However, nicotine patches and gum products make it difficult to control how much nicotine your body gets and when. So, if you have a particularly heavy craving, gums and patches may not satisfy it the way you need them to, which can lead to a relapse in smoking. In contrast, e-cigarettes can be picked up and used whenever you have a nicotine craving, allowing you control your cravings and stand a fighting chance of staying off cigarettes for good, which is part of the reason why they are so effective!

    Ready to Try E-Cigarettes?

    If you are looking to quit smoking and have decided to give e-cigarettes a go, there is no better brand you can go with in Australia than our own---Vaper Empire.

    We are widely recognised as an industry leader thanks to an innovative range of vaping products that include various types of e-cigarettes and e-liquid in various strengths and flavours. Why not try out one of our famous e-cigarette starter kits that include everything you need to hit the ground running?

    Visit the Vaper Empire online store to start shopping now.

  • E-Cigs Can Dramatically Increase Odds Of Successfully Quitting Smoking, UK Study Finds

    According to a report carried out by researchers in London that was recently published in the journal Addiction, people using e-cigarettes to quit smoking are around 95% more likely to find success than those who are trying to quit without any form of smoking cessation aids. The research, which was funded by Cancer Research UK, analysed the success rates of several common smoking cessation methods and products, including nicotine replacement therapy: patches, gum, and tablets.

    The research, which was conducted by a team at University College London (UCL), also adjusted for a range of factors that could influence the likelihood of a smoker quitting successfully. These adjustments included age, social status, the severity of cigarette addiction, previous attempts to quit, and whether quitting was a slowly phased-in effort or something embarked upon abruptly.

    What the Research Shows

    The study involved around 19,000 people from all over England who had already tried to quit smoking in the 12 months preceding it, collected over a 12-year period from 2006 to 2018. Findings of the research team indicate that e-cigarettes can dramatically increase the odds of someone quitting smoking successfully to as high as 95% more likely. Those who were prescribed tablets were around 82% more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who tried to quit without any cessation aids or products.

    “Our study adds to growing evidence that use of e-cigarettes can help smokers to quit,” said Sarah Jackson, a professor at University College London who co-led the study. This is great news for the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has previously released data that shows that smoking and other tobacco use kills more than 7 million people per year globally.

    As for those who were prescribed nicotine replacement therapy by a medical professional, they were 34% more likely to quit successfully while those simply buying nicotine replacement therapies from a shop were no more likely to succeed in quitting than those who tried to quit with no help at all.

    Peter Hajek, director of the tobacco dependence research unit at Britain’s Queen Mary University of London, said the study yielded two key findings about e-cigarettes: “They help smokers quit at least as much as stop-smoking medications, and they are used by many more smokers. This means they generate many more quitters and do this at no cost to the NHS,” he said

    An Effective Way to Quit for Good

    E-cigarettes and vapes contain no tobacco and produce no smoke. According to Public Health England's latest e-cigarette evidence review, vaping is likely at least 95% less harmful than smoking.

    When a cigarette’s tobacco is burned, it produces thousands of chemicals, toxins, and by-products, many of which are cancer-causing, which are inhaled along with cigarette smoke. This increases someone’s chances of catastrophic illnesses such as several types of cancer and lung disease. On average, a smoker will live for 10 years less than a non-smoker, research has shown.

    In contrast, e-cigarettes contain a nicotine-containing liquid that the user inhales as a vapour. Because no combustion takes place and because no tobacco is present, the chemical composition of the vapour greatly differs from that of cigarette smoke. The inclusion of nicotine, along with the control that the user has over how much nicotine they “use”, means that e-cigarettes are an effective way to satisfy nicotine cravings and quit smoking.

    Notably, e-cigarette liquid is available with and without nicotine. It's also available in various nicotine strengths. This provides vapers with choice, a choice that's not present in conventional cigarettes.

    How Do E-Cigarettes Work?

    Despite popular belief, e-cigarettes are generally very simple devices. They are composed of a few simple components which, in conjunction with vape liquid, create an inhalable vapour that can carry nicotine into the body.

    Although there are many different e-cigarette brands, products, and devices, many of these work in largely the same way. In an e-cigarette or vape, you will find a battery, an absorbent material such as cotton (often called a “wick”), a heating element (often called a “vape coil”), a tank, cartridge, or pod where the vape’s liquid (“e-liquid” or “vape juice”) is held, and a mouthpiece.

    When the device is activated---either through the draw- or button-activation---the battery heats up the heating element that is wrapped around the absorbent material which is kept topped up with vaping liquid by the tank or cartridge. When this material is heated, the liquid in it is also heated and this turns into aerosol known as vapour that can be inhaled like cigarette smoke.

    Despite the relative simplicity of e-cigarettes and vapes, it is still very important that you choose to purchase from a reputable brand that manufacturers quality products.

    Looking for a Quality Brand?

    With countless vaping brands, companies, retailers, and manufacturers for vapers to choose from, sussing out those that are reputable is easier said than done. Fortunately, you've found us, Vaper Empire, and we have a long-standing reputation to uphold.

    Since 2012, we have been manufacturing and selling our own range of e-cigarettes, starter kits, accessories, and e-liquids that are designed and developed in house. At our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, all our creations are brought to life under strict quality control measures using the highest quality materials and proven processes. Today, Vaper Empire is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading vaping brands and for good reason- we take the quality of products seriously and aim to provide the best possible support and guidance to all of our customers, which is why our Australia-based customer support team is always available to answer any questions and resolve any concerns.

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  • A Dental Expert's Urgent Call For Smokers To Switch To E-Cigs

    A renowned and respected dental expert has come out in support of vaping, urging smokers who are unable to quit to switch to vaping products or, where vaping products are unavailable, heated tobacco products (HTP). Fernando Fernandez, president of the Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PCOMS) is urging smokers to do this “as a harm reduction measure,” as he reportedly believes that they mitigate the risk of oral cancer.

    Encouraging Smokers to Use Vaping Products

    “We warn our patients who are smokers that smoking is the leading cause of oral cancer and strongly advise them to quit smoking. For those who cannot or do not want to quit smoking by themselves or with currently approved methods, we convince them to switch to non-combustible alternatives,” said Fernandez.

    Fernandez, who was once the president of the Philippine Dental Association, also said that encouraging patients to switch to the “safer” alternatives is a much better and more efficient strategy “than watching our patients who smoke, die of oral cancer.” He went on to speak about information from several studies, including that of Public Health England in the UK that found vaping to likely be at least “95% less harmful” than smoking. He also cited the UK Parliament Science and Technology group which has indicated that vaping presents an “opportunity to significantly accelerate already declining smoking rates.”

    One of PCOMS’ largest goals is to promote awareness of oral cancer among Filipino dentists. “The dentist is the first line of defence against oral cancer. He or she will almost always be the first healthcare professional to notice potentially cancerous lesions in the patient’s mouth and other early symptoms of oral cancer,” Fernandez added.

    Vaping’s Oral Health Benefits

    Fernandez’s comments do not represent the first time that vaping’s oral health benefits have been discussed. In 2017, an Italian study looked at the oral condition of real-world vapers who had just switched to e-cigarettes from smoking. The clinical observation study took place at the Unit of Periodontology at the Calabrodental Clinic in Crotone and published in December of the same year.

    The clinical observation study involved 110 participants and indicated that the shift from smoking to e-cigarettes and vaping devices “greatly improved” their oral health. Oral examinations took place at the start of the study then twice more every 60 days.

    At the beginning of the study, 61% of participants in Group 1 (who had smoked for less than 10 years) and 65% of participants in Group 2 (who had smoked for longer than 10 years) experienced bleeding gums. At the end of the study, 92% in Group 1 and 98% in Group 2 no longer had any signs of this dental problem.

    Another problem associated with smoking is the presence of plaque. At the start of the study, 85% from Group 1 had a ‘plaque index score’ of one out of three, with only 15 of them having zero plaque. In Group 2, three-quarters of participants had a plaque index score of two and none of them had zero. At the end of the study, 92% from Group 1 and 87% from Group 2 had a plaque index score of zero.

    In a report published on their study, the researchers concluded that e-cigarettes can be “considered as a valuable alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but with a positive impact on periodontal and general health status.”

    Quit Smoking With Nicotine E-Cigarettes

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  • Is Bad Press Driving Vapers Back To Cigarettes?

    In June 2019, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban e-cigarettes until their health effects become clearer.

    From late January, famous vaping shops and cafes like Gone With the Smoke and Vapor Den became a distant whiff of bubblegum-flavoured vapour; they were forced to close. While vaping has been banned in SF, the sale of tobacco cigarettes will continue. “San Francisco has never been afraid to lead. That will always be the case when the health of our children is on the line,” said San Francisco’s city attorney Dennis Herrera in a statement shortly after the ban was passed.

    This ban and the subsequent closing of vaping establishments follows earlier action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the national regulator, which issued proposed guidelines giving companies until 2021 to have their e-cigarette products evaluated officially.

    Although there were other places in the world where e-cigarettes were outlawed prior to San Francisco, the fact that such action was taken in the United States—the “land of the free”—marked a significant event in the world of vaping.

    Teenage Vapers

    Behind the ban on e-cigarettes in San Francisco is something that has been touted as an “epidemic”—teenage vaping. More than one in four American teens have admitted to trying vaping, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Furthermore, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 12% of 16- and 17-year-old Americans were medically addicted to nicotine, causing the study's authors to begin to raise the alarm and make announcements regarding the effect that nicotine has on a developing adolescent’s brain. Recently, the FDA described the use of e-cigarettes among teens as “a crisis among America’s youth”.

    This is not the only bad press that vaping, and the wider vape community, has faced. In fact, since its inception in the mid-2000s and its popularisation throughout the 2010s, vaping has had an uphill struggle and has had to fight off more than its fair share of negative coverage and smear campaigns.

    Most of the bad press surrounding vaping comes from one key area: the impact on our health. With a lack of long-term data on vaping's health implications due to the relatively short period of time that vaping has been around, inconsistencies in how governments approach vaping have risen around the world. For example, officials in the US are beginning to crack down on vaping while at the same time, the UK is promoting e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to smoking and as a way to quit.

    The Damaging Impact of Bad Press

    Where the truth lies and whether or not vaping is “safe” and/or “healthier” is a major argument that is worthy of consideration, but this is a topic for another time as what we are examining in this article today is the impact that all this bad press is having, and the impression it is leaving on smokers and former smokers.

    A new report from Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, indicates that recent data shows that a majority of smokers over the age of 50 are deciding to return to smoking cigarettes after having switched to e-cigarettes and vapes. Although some of this can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic—the pandemic has made it more difficult, especially for the older generations, to buy vaping supplies—we cannot ignore the potentially obvious underlying cause: bad press and regulatory crackdowns.

    According to Billy Gifford, the CEO of Altria, who spoke in a virtual meeting with investors, older consumers of vaping products are primarily purchasing discounted cigarettes after the “sustained vilification” of vaping products and the FDA’s push towards strictly regulating them. One of the more recent moves by the U.S. FDA has been the requirement for vape product vendors to apply for product approval under the premarket tobacco regulations.

    “Over the last several months, we’ve observed an increase in the number of age 50 and older smokers in the cigarette category,” Gifford said during his virtual meeting. “We believe these smokers had previously switched to e-vapour products, but recently returned to cigarettes due to negative publicity and regulatory and legislative developments in the e-vapour category.”

    Shaking Up the Vaping Industry

    The FDA’s enforcement actions against e-cigarette manufacturers and vaping product vendors have shaken up the U.S. vaping industry. However, it is not only U.S. firms that have and will suffer. The impact of actions by U.S. regulators and official bodies are often felt worldwide.

    Despite the actions of the FDA and others, however, vaping is still considered a safer alternative to cigarettes by public health organizations across the world. In the UK, Public Health England was the world’s first health body to endorse regulated e-cigarettes when it said that the scientific evidence that they've reviewed in their government-mandated e-cigarette evidence review suggests that they are 95% safer than cigarettes. In fact, the FDA itself, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has also said that vaping products are “theoretically” safer than cigarettes.

    The fact that people seem to be making the switch from e-cigarettes back to smoking may be indicative of serious misinformation and misperceptions about the huge risk gap between smoking and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) like e-cigarettes. Only time will tell whether other countries like Australia will go along similar lines to the US or will instead take what appears to be a more science-based approach like the UK. As for the issue of misinformation, Greek cardiologist Konstantinos Farsalinos, discussing Altria’s findings, said, “Drastic measures are needed so that smokers will receive reasonable, unbiased, and evidence-based messages [to] make informed decisions”.

  • E-Cigs More Effective For Quitting Smoking Than Counselling Alone, Study Finds

    According to the American College of Cardiology, e-cigarettes are far more effective for quitting smoking than counselling alone.

    This revelation, which was published at the end of March, follows a clinical trial and study where smokers who received counselling to quit smoking and used e-cigarettes containing nicotine were found to be more than twice as likely to successfully quit altogether in contrast to those who received counselling alone but did not use e-cigarettes.

    The Canadian Study

    The research study enrolled 376 individual participants from all across Canada. Participants were on average 53 years old and had smoked an average of a pack per day for around 35 years. All those involved were identified as motivated to quit, with over 90% of the individuals having previously attempted to quit via smoking cessation medications and/or behavioural therapies in the past and, of course, failed.

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    One-third of the participants were placed in a group that received nicotine e-cigarettes and one third received non-nicotine e-cigarettes. The individuals in these groups did not know which type they were using. The final third was assigned to the group where only cessation counselling was provided. All participants involved received counselling, around 100 minutes’ worth over the course of the 12 weeks, and those with e-cigarettes were told that they could vape as much as they felt was necessary.

    Progress was reported via three phone calls and two in-person clinic visits during the 12-week treatment period. To ensure that none of the participants had smoked cigarettes, breath tests were administered to test for carbon monoxide. Those who passed the breath test were identified as having successfully quit. The researchers also accounted for whether the participants had at least reduced their total cigarette consumption per day in comparison to their total consumption at the start of the study.

    Quitting Smoking In 12 Weeks

    In as little as 12 weeks of the clinical trial, 21.9% of the participants who had used nicotine e-cigarettes were able to quit smoking altogether. This is in comparison to 17.3% of participants given non-nicotine e-cigarettes and 9.1% who only received counselling. This means that overall, the participants were 2.4 times more likely to ditch the dirty smoking habit than those who did not use e-cigarettes at all—a brilliant result.

    “These findings show that nicotine e-cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation in the short term,” said lead study author Mark J. Eisenberg, MD, MPH, a cardiologist at the Jewish General Hospital, professor of medicine at McGill University. “Vaping with counselling is more effective than counselling alone, although it’s not a magic bullet for smoking cessation.”

    Although the study has now ended, the researchers will continue to collect data for 12 months, with the last follow-up due by September of this year. This research data will help paint a clearer picture of whether e-cigarettes are a successful long-term cessation product or whether the effects are merely felt in the short term. It may also help provide some clarity on the health front, too.

    Why Vaping Works

    Vaper Empire V-Pack II Series E-Cigarette Kit Vaper Empire's V-Pack II Series cig-a-like kit.

    One reason and perhaps the most important reason that so many people are able to quit smoking by vaping is because of the nicotine present in nicotine e-cigarettes, which are filled with nicotine-containing vape juice. Vaping also provides a similar sensation to smoking as e-cigs produce an inhalable vapour that is, in some sense, similar to tobacco smoke. However, while the vapour produced by e-cigs may appear to be similar, it is actually quite different. For instance, e-cigarette vapour does not contain any tar, which is more than can be said about tobacco smoke. So while different, both e-cigarette vapour and tobacco smoke contain nicotine, which is certainly an important factor for cigarette smokers who are trying to switch to vaping in order to quit smoking.

    While not all vaping devices resemble the cigarettes they aim to displace, cig-a-likes do. Cig-a-likes, a type of e-cigarette, are often similar in shape and size to conventional cigarettes. Some cig-a-likes, like our very own V-Pack II Series, even come with portable charging cases that resemble a cigarette packet. For this reason, cig-a-likes appeal to some smokers who are trying to quit smoking. And they don't just appeal, they work! As electronic nicotine delivery systems, cig-a-likes are one of the many types of vaping devices that deliver nicotine to users via vapour, making them a suitable alternative to cigarettes.

    By replacing a harmful cigarette with what Public Health England has found to likely be an at least 95% less harmful alternative that contains nicotine, an e-cigarette, many people find that they are able to satisfy their nicotine cravings that they would otherwise have turned to cigarettes for. Over time, this begins to dampen the ‘urge’ to smoke a cigarette until it has disappeared completely, at which point the person has successfully quit. It is not uncommon for those quitting to start vaping with strong nicotine e-cigarettes and then gradually reduce this strength as their cravings become more manageable and less intrusive.

    Are You Ready To Quit Smoking?

    If you are a smoker who is looking to quit, Vaper Empire has everything you need. Our expert support staff is always ready to help and our online vape shop carries everything from e-cigarette starter kits to premium vape juice in numerous flavours and strengths. To quit smoking and start vaping today, visit our online store and place your order now. We ship all orders express and we deliver our vaping products to vapers in all areas of Australia and New Zealand. Order now you will receive your vaping supplies in as little as 3-5 days!

  • Tips To Keep Vape Pods From Leaking

    You have probably dealt with a leaking vape tank before, but what about a leaking vape pod? Just like tanks, pods can be prone to leaking, and this can lead to a messy and frustrating experience. As tempting as it may be to blame the pod, this is not always the case. Sometimes, it’s down to you and how you are handling the pod. Knowing how to fix a leaking vape pod (or even better, prevent it altogether) is a good idea if you are going to be using vape pods a lot.

    Don’t Ignore Leaks

    Pod systems are extremely portable, convenient, and easy to use. However, one of the most common complaints when it comes to pod-based vaping is leaks. A pod that is leaking is not just a massive pain, it is a complete waste of money. What’s more, it can damage your pod system over time as the vape juice seeps into the system’s components and crystallises into a sticky resin or hard mass. If this gets into your battery connections and other components, it can cause malfunctions and worse yet, it has the potential to eventually break the device entirely.

    A leak also has the potential to damage more than your vape pod. If e-liquid leaks onto your clothes, into your bag, or on any of your other possessions, it will turn them into a sticky oily mess, causing potentially irreparable damage to more delicate items.

    So, it goes without saying that if your device is leaking then you should definitely be looking to fix it as soon as possible (and looking for ways to prevent it from happening again!)

    What Causes a Vape Pod Leak

    The first thing that you need to do is figure out what is causing your pod to leak. There are lots of common causes of this, with these being some of the most common:

    Mishandling the Pod

    While pods may appear to be sturdy, they're not impervious to damage caused by mishandling. Squeezing a pod the wrong way can cause it to leak. The same is true for biting it while it's in your mouth. Actions such as these, which are tantamount to user error, can result in structural damage that in turn causes pods to leak. This is why you should always exercise caution when handling your pods.

    Using a Cartridge for Too Long

    If you are not changing your cartridge often, it may start leaking. This is because the fibres found in the wick will start to fray and lose their ability to hold on to e-liquid. When this happens, the e-liquid simply seeps through it over time and has nowhere to go other than directly out of your device.

    A Low Battery

    A low battery can actually cause your e-liquid to leak out of your pod because if the battery isn’t strong enough, it cannot turn your e-liquid into vapour. With a low battery, each draw will pull e-liquid through your mouthpiece rather than vapour because it is simply not being vapourised.

    Defective Hardware

    In some cases, defective hardware is to blame. Pods themselves can be defective upon arrival, and not just pods but device batteries as well. For instance, if the opening on your device where the pod is inserted is too tight, it can squeeze the pod when it's inserted, causing it to leak.

    Excessive Vaping

    Vaping excessively can cause e-juice to leak out of the mouthpiece. When this happens, the easy solution is to vape in a less aggressive manner, allowing the vape to essentially cooldown between puffs.

    Tips to Stop Vape Pod Leaks

    By being careful and making slight adjustments to your vaping habits, you can quite easily avoid messy and unpleasant leaks. Here are a few top tips:

    1. Don’t Drag Too Hard

    Taking too hard of a drag on your pod can draw way too much liquid into the mouthpiece. This is true even if the battery is sufficiently charged. It is important to understand that pod systems aren’t necessarily as powerful as vape pens and almost certainly not as powerful as box mods, they are designed for a more subtle and laidback experience. So, if you are going to use one, be sure to only pull hard enough to get some vapour into your mouth---don’t take super hard drags.

    2. Keep Your Battery Charged

    Remember that a low battery can cause leaks, so never let your battery go too low. How often you charge up your device’s battery depends on how you use your device, but you should certainly be looking at doing it every few days at least. If you find that your battery isn’t able to hold its charge well anymore, it may be time to buy a new one. You can buy replacement pod vape batteries for the Vaper Empire VIGGO from our online store.

    3. Regularly Change Cartridges

    Disposable vape pods are designed to be changed relatively frequently. The rate at which you should change your cartridges depends on how often you vape. Over time, you will figure this out for yourself by trial and error. When you do figure it out, be sure to stay on top of switching them out to avoid leaky pods and burnt out coils. With our VIGGO Series pod system, it's easy to tell when it's time to replace your pods because all VIGGOpods are designed to allow users to see exactly how much e-liquid is left inside thanks to their transparent design.

    4. Make Sure Everything Is Tightened

    When you screw in a new pod, make sure that it is tight enough and that nothing is dripping out. Hold the device at a few different angles to test this out. At the same time, make sure not to tighten it too much because this will damage your equipment’s seals and lead to leaks in the long term.

    5. Check Your O-Rings

    Over time, O-rings can degrade and fail naturally. If you have a leaking problem that you can’t seem to solve with anything else, it could be caused by this. Check your O-rings and if they look a little worse for wear, it’s time to replace them. Make a habit of checking your O-rings often too.

    6. Allow Time Between Puffs

    Taking rips off your vape one after the other can overload your vape, causing it to leak. By vaping less aggressively, you can avoid potential leaks caused by overuse. If you're not getting enough vapour or if the vapour isn't potent enough, you can try increasing the voltage or wattage if your device is equipped with either of these features. You may also want to consider increasing the nicotine strength of the e-juice that you're vaping.

    7. Blow Through The Mouthpiece

    If your pod is starting to leak, one trick you may find useful is to gently blow through your pod's mouthpiece after first detaching it from your device battery. Don't worry, e-liquid shouldn't start pouring out the other side when you do this because an airhole on the other end of the pod should allow the air to escape; the e-liquid will simply be pushed back into the pod.

    Visit the Vaper Empire Online Vape Store

    At Vaper Empire, we have our very own vape pod system, the VIGGO. It's equipped with easy-draw activation and leakproof technology that works to keep your e-liquid where it’s intended to be (in your pod!)

    As Australia’s leading premium e-cigarette company, we also stock a huge range of other vaping devices, accessories, and replacement parts. We also stock our own bespoke ranges of classic and artisan e-liquid ranges developed by our in-house mixologists. With shipping to mainland Australia in as little as three-to-five business days, there truly is no better place to shop for vaping supplies!

  • Australia Nicotine Ban

    UPDATE: The Australian Government has officially postponed the nicotine import ban until January 2021. This delay couldn't have happened without all of you uniting together to oppose it. Thank you all for taking the time to sign petitions and share your stories. This shows that Australian Vapers have a voice and we will be heard by those in power.

    The Vaper Empire vape store is open and accepting orders!

    Now is the time to keep up the momentum. Over the next six months, Vaper Empire will continue to work with advocacy groups and the Government to push for commonsense regulations for the industry. Our work is not complete, but we are more united and determined than ever. Thank you again for making this happen!

    Today the Australian Health Department announced a plan that would effectively block all imports of nicotine for vaping, starting 1 July 2020. This plan is a serious threat that will likely impact your ability to continue vaping nicotine liquids.

    As a valued member of the Vaper Empire family, we would like to answer some of the urgent questions customers have regarding this new plan and what it could mean for you.

    If your questions have not been answered below, please contact us at [email protected]

    What exactly does the proposal say?

    Under the proposed guidelines, Australians will no longer be able to import nicotine for their own personal use. Only doctors or medical suppliers will be able to import nicotine with the permission granted by the Health Department.

    This means that from the 1st of July, 2020, Vaper Empire and all other online suppliers will no longer be able to offer Australians nicotine for vaping, should the plan go ahead.

    Department of Health (ODC) proposal

    Can I still purchase nicotine e-liquid before 1 July 2020?

    Yes | We will continue offering nicotine e-liquid until the plan comes into force. The proposed nicotine ban is scheduled to become effective on 1 July 2020. At that time, Vaper Empire will be required to cease sales of all nicotine e-liquid and only be able to offer nicotine-free e-liquid as an alternative. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as we know more.

    Can I still purchase nicotine e-liquid after 1 July 2020?

    Unlikely | Currently this is a proposed ban and the situation could change prior to the ban being implemented on 1 July 2020. However, if the proposal is enacted, the importation of e-liquid containing nicotine will be deemed illegal after this date and we will no longer be able to offer nicotine e-liquid.

    Will I still be able to get e-cigarettes?

    Yes | The Australian Government’s recent proposal DOES NOT apply to e-cigarette devices or nicotine-free e-liquid, only e-liquid containing nicotine.

    Should I stock up on my nicotine e-liquid supplies?

    Yes | As of right now, Vaper Empire is operating normally. However, with the expectation that this proposal will come into force on 1 July 2020, we recommend that you quickly stock up on your e-liquid supplies in anticipation of the ban.

    What will happen to my existing order if it's not delivered by 1 July?

    "The Australian Border Force (ABF) may seize e-cigarettes containing nicotine which arrive in Australia on or after 1 July 2020".

    Will I get a refund if I paid for my order and it's seized by the ABF?

    If the proposal does come into effect on 1 July 2020 and your order has been seized by the ABF, it is our policy to reimburse any customers affected. If this happens to you, please contact us:

    If you need assistance, please contact us at [email protected]
    or call us on 1800 VAPERS (1800 827 377)
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    We understand that access to vaping supplies and nicotine is important – and shouldn’t – simply stop. We are working hard to fight for the future of vaping in Australia and will be in touch in the coming days.

    On behalf of the entire Vaper Empire family, we thank you for your support and your loyalty and will continue to keep you updated through this dynamic situation.

    Wishing You Well,
    The VE Team

  • How To Prolong Your Vape's Life

    A vaping device is an investment and it is something that you need to look after to prolong its life and get the best bang for your buck. Even if your device isn’t as expensive and highbrow as some of your friends’ devices, you are still going to spend a fair chunk of money on accessories, e-liquids, disposable pods. Most people go into vaping knowing this, however, there is another cost that some people don’t consider---replacement parts.

    Replacement parts are something that nobody wants to spend money on, but unfortunately, it is necessary. With vaping devices, wear and tear are unavoidable and even the most high-tech vapes succumb to the toll time takes on them.

    How to Prolong Your Vape’s Life

    While unavoidable, with maintenance and the right level of care, you can dramatically mitigate the cost of replacement parts and keep your devices alive and well for the longest time possible.

    A vaping device requires maintenance on several levels due to the number of components it has. Even the simplest of devices have components like wicks, coils, and batteries that will need replacing as time goes by.

    In this post, we are going to look at the two components that most commonly need replacing and what you can do to keep them in good condition and make them last longer.

    The Battery

    The battery is your vape’s most important component. It is its heart and without it, the device would simply not work. For the best vaping experience, you want a battery that is able to be charged to full capacity and maintain its life for as long as possible. What you may not know, however, is that there are many common mistakes that people make, and these add up over time to reduce the battery’s effectiveness.

    Not keeping the battery fully charged

    Although it is not always possible to keep your device fully charged, for example when vaping away from home, you should charge it to full as often as possible. Li-ion batteries, which vapes use, are known for degrading over time and one thing that causes quicker degradation is only charging the battery partway full or leaving the battery uncharged for a long time.

    Overcharging the battery

    While not fully charging your batteries can be problematic, overcharging is too. Overcharging can damage the battery’s cells and is also a fire hazard, especially when the battery is left charging for days on end. With charging, it is all about finding the right balance---learn how long it takes yours on average to charge to full and make a point to remember it.

    Leaving the device turned on

    Lots of people make the mistake of leaving their device turned on when they aren’t using it. Many vapers think this is fine because power use is minimal when the device isn’t being used. Whilst this is true, there is still power flowing through it, sapping the device’s battery. Although the battery can be recharged, vape batteries have a finite number of charge cycles (the number of times it can be drained and recharged before needing to be replaced) and idling your vape eats into these cycles.

    Using high voltage and wattage settings

    Some devices have variable voltage and wattage controls that give their users ultimate control over their vaping experience. With these devices, it can be easy to give in to temptation and whack the settings up to full and leave them there, but this can significantly shorten your battery’s life. If you have a device with these controls, we recommend only turning these settings up when you specifically want a high-level experience, otherwise turn them down.

    The Coil

    Vantage Series CE4 Cartomiser Tanks Vantage Series CE4 cartomiser tanks with built-in coils.

    Another key component is the coil, and they can be quite expensive. The coil is your vape’s heating element that turns your e-liquid into vapour that can be inhaled and exhaled, and it can usually be found wrapped around or otherwise in contact with the wick. Due to the coil’s function, it is sometimes not possible to avoid stressing it---there is a reason the coil is the most commonly replaced component.

    If you want to keep your coils going for longer, try making some changes to your vaping habits or regularly maintain them by:

    Priming your coil

    The most important coil tip we can give you is to prime it before you use it. Most devices will include a small manual that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do this---keep it until priming becomes your sixth sense.

    To prime a new coil, install it into the device. Then, locate the holes in the coil’s head that are used to transport e-liquid from the tank to the wick, and add several drops of e-liquid, slowly and one at a time, until the cotton wick looks saturated. Let the coil sit for a few hours so that the e-liquid can work its way through the cotton entirely. Next, fill your tank with e-liquid and reassemble your vape.

    Once you have done this, you can begin using the vape. Start on the lowest wattage setting and slowly work your way from low to high throughout the course of your first tank. This slowly breaks in your vape and its components and avoids any damage. Once you have done it, you can use your vape as normal.

    Changing your e-liquid

    Some e-liquids cause more ‘damage’ to coils than others. Those that are high in vegetable glycerine (VG) are thicker and as such, they are far more likely to become lodged in your coil as they are more difficult for the wick to absorb. This increases the risk of dry hits and, over time, leaves behind a residue that can solidify and damage your coil. Changing to a lower VG e-liquid is a quick fix for this problem.

    Something else to watch out for is e-liquids that contain extra ingredients like sugar. The heat from your coil can cause this sugar to crystallize and leave a solid residue on your coil. So, avoid e-liquids with sugar wherever possible---sugar is an unnecessary filler ingredient commonly found in cheaper e-liquids.

    Washing them

    Washing your coils is something you can do to avoid the problems above and make your vape coils last a lot longer. If you do use an e-liquid that is high in VG, washing your coils is a good way to avoid gunky buildup.

    It is quite easy to wash your coils by running it under warm water and then leaving it to dry for 24 hours. If you want to make your coil extra clean though, you can soak it in clear alcohol (rubbing alcohol, for example) for a few hours and then leaving it to dry on a paper towel. You don’t need to wash the alcohol off your coil because it will evaporate into the air over time. Be sure to only use clear alcohols, though, and make sure you allow plenty of time for the alcohol to evaporate before using.

    Need Replacement Components?

    If you are looking for replacement components for your device, check out our range at the Vaper Empire online store. We are Australia’s number one retailer of vaping devices, products, accessories, and e-liquids, and we ship everything to mainland Australia within as little as three-to-five business days.

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