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  • Celebrity Vaping Profile: Katy Perry

    Katy Perry, the international superstar pop singer who hails from the US, is known for her hits “Dark Horse", "Teenage Dream" and "Firework" is a proud vaper.

    Katy was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, but is mainly known as her stage name. She was allegedly one of the earliest celebrity adopters of vaping.

    Katy has been spotted vaping on numerous occasions but most commonly, tends to be using a bright purple device. She was also spotted vaping at a party she held at her estate, leisurely holding her beer and enjoying her vape.

    Katy has a net worth of more than US$125 million.

  • Celebrity Vaping Profile: Johnny Depp

    Ol' Johnny boy is quite the vaper and has been spotted at many prestigious events with his vape in hand in the past few. He took up vaping after a scene in his 2010 film "The Tourist" where his character vapes on a train while sitting across from actress Angelina Jolie.

    Johnny Depp was born in 1963 and has had a huge career since he shot to stardom in 1987. He developed a real friendship with director Tim Burton and has since starred in many collaborations with the director.

    Depp resides in France, Los Angeles, and a secluded private island in the Bahamas. Divides his time in France between Meudon, a suburb of Paris and a villa in Plan-de-la-Tour, an hour outside of St Tropez.

  • Celebrity Vaping Profile: Katherine Heigl

    Actress and former model Katherine Heigl is well known for her starring roles in Knocked Up, Grey's Anatomy and 27 Dresses.  Heigl was born in Washington on 24 November 1978 to parents Nancy Engelhardt and Paul Heigl. She's one of four children. She's been married to Josh Kelley, American singer-songwriter, since 2007, and the pair now have three children together.

    Along with her highest profile small screen success to date, Grey's Anatomy, she starred in comedy film Knocked Up alongside Hollywood comedian Seth Rogan which brought her a lot of media attention. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Heigl called the movie "a little sexist", and said that the film "paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys". This brought her some negative media attention, but at least Heigl was honest about this and mentioned the obvious negative stereotypes of women in comedy films that are common in Hollywood.

    Katherine Heigl has recently joined the cast of incredibly popular TV series Suits.

    Katherine has been using e-cigarettes since just before her interview with David Letterman more than five years ago. She used her e-cigarette on the show and then urged David Letterman to try it too. He said that the device was "remarkable!".

    Watch the conversation between Katherine Heigl and David Letterman about vaping below:

  • The 10 Worst Holiday Destinations For Vapers

    So there are many places that restrict vaping use. Whether they confiscate vape equipment on arrival, dish out fines or their usage results in jail time, it's so important to know the vaping laws of whichever country you are visiting when you're on holiday.

    Here are 10 countries that ban vaping:

    1. Thailand: Unfortunately, the beautiful, beachy location has some of the worsts strictest vaping laws, with penalties up to 10 years!
    2. Singapore: Singapore is a small yet incredible country with amazing food! Unfortunately, like gum, vaping is illegal in Singapore.
    3. Egypt: You may want to see the pyramids, but you, unfortunately, can't take your vape pen with you.
    4. Columbia: Columbia also won't allow vaping, unfortunately, with most of South America joining in on having bans on vaping.
    5. Mexico: Mexico doesn't allow vaping either, so best to stick to the rest of North America if you're planning on bringing your favourite device with you on holiday.
    6. Indonesia: Vaping is banned here too. Exercise caution.
    7. United Arab Emirates: E-cigs have been banned since 2009 in the UAE, and any vaping gear is seized at the airport if you attempt to bring it into the UAE.
    8. Turkey: Allegedly, the sale of vaping products and eliquids is banned here, so it's a bit of a grey area. Do your own research and exercise caution.
    9. Brazil: Tourists in Brazil are warned against smoking e-cigarettes. The country banned them back in 2014 and will fine you for having vaping products.
    10. Belgium: Technically vaping friendly but their laws are quite tough. Do your research and proceed with caution.

    Countries where vaping is allowed:

    You're safe to vape in England. In fact, it's encouraged by the government in the UK. Here are a few more great holiday destinations for vapers:

    North America
    Czech Republic
    Poland
    Switzerland
    China
    South Korea
    Pakistan
    Maldives
    New Zealand
    Fiji
    Ireland
    Finland
    Germany

  • The Vaping Surge In Prisons In The UK

    Last year, the usage of e-cigs in prisons in the United Kingdom was greenlit by the UK government after the smoking ban caused issues in many prisons according to Ali Anderson.

    Prisoners were rioting post the smoking ban. Now, as many as 33,000 (and counting) prisoners have switched to vaping. According to a prison service spokesperson, “All closed prisons in England and Wales are now smoke-free reducing the risk of second-hand smoke to prisoners and staff. Prisoners have been given support in quitting smoking if they need it including vapes, e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy.”

    According to official statistics, a huge 80 per cent of the 70,000 prisoners were reported to be taking desperate measures after the nicotine patches.

    Assaults in the prison increased post the ban, and this lead to The Ministry of Justice sanctioning a new scheme to allow vaping in UK prisons. It was so successful that it was soon rolled out to other jails in the UK.

    A Public Health England communication reported: “Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service have agreed to make the rechargeable vaping devices piloted in Wales available across the whole estate, including within the Long Term High Security and Women’s prisons.”

    A  released inmate that was in  Derbyshire’s Foston Hall Prison during the new scheme told Metro news that they “could not have done my two month sentence without my vape, I saw how bad it was when the smoking ban came in last year and when I had to go back in I was dreading craving a burn. However, I got a vaping machine and it made my sentence a lot easier.”

  • 5 Celebrities That Are Actually Vapers

    We all know that Leonardo DiCaprio is a vaper, but there are a few celebrities that you may not realise are actually vapers.

    Katy Perry:
    The ultra-famous pop star is one of the most surprising on the list of vapers. She was spotted smoking an e-cig at her own party.

    Lindsay Lohan:
    This party girl (or ex.. party girl) is known for her bad habits, but she has since swapped for a vape pen. She's been seen using a vape since 2011, which makes her one of the first super celebs to use a vape.

    Katherine Heigl:
    The Greys Anatomy star outed herself as a vaper on the David Letterman, where she showed off her vape pen, and even took a puff on air. She has also been vaping seen out and about.

    Ben Affleck:
    The Daredevil actor quite enjoys a puff of his device while driving around.

    Isla Fisher:
    The Aussie actress is most well known for her roles on Confessions of a Shopaholic, Wedding Crashers, and being the face of the ING bank. Isla has been spotted vaping in public by paparazzi.

  • Vaping Popularity Boom Has Helped 1.6M People In 6 Years

    According to a recent article by mirror.co.uk, vaping has helped 1.6 million people in six years in the UK.

    Their figures showed that the number of adults that vape in England is equal to 5.5% of the population, which is up from the number in 2014, which was just 3.7%.

    According to them, smoking as opposed to vaping is a lot more common in areas with lower socioeconomic status.

    Several regions had smoking-related hospital admissions above 3,000 per 100,000 of the population in the space of a year.

    James Dunworth said of the issue: “As e-cigs have become popular, smoking rates have fallen. The trend is only going one way.”

    The UK has some of the strictest regulations on e-cigarettes in the world and is very progressive in terms of their adoption of e-cigarettes.  E-cigarette products in the UK are subject to minimum standards of quality and safety, as well as packaging/labelling regulations to help customers to understand their choices.

    According to Public Health England's evidence review, around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette, so there is still a long way to go in normalising vaping.

  • Vaping Nicotine Now Legal In New Zealand

    Vaping has now become legal in New Zealand. The Australian government is still lagging behind in this area, while Britain, the US and now New Zealand all back vaping. 

    Earlier this year, a federal inquiry was made into vaping. The inquiry chairman, Trent Zimmerman, said e-cigarettes could save thousands of lives if long-term smokers turn to them as an alternative to tobacco.

    According to University of NSW professor Colin Mendelsohn, “New Zealand is recognising that ... vaping devices which heat a nicotine solution without smoke or combustion are substantially safer than products which burn tobacco, like cigarettes.”

    “Most of the harm from combustible tobacco is caused by the 7000 chemicals produced by the burning process. It is unethical and unscientific to ban a much safer product that could help many thousands of smokers to quit a deadly addiction. It would be a mistake to delay these products for another 20 to 30 years. Too many lives are at stake."

  • What Is Stealth Vaping?

    From the inception of vaping a number of years ago, many vapers enjoyed the fact that you could brazenly vape almost anywhere you wished to. Many accepted it if they realised that vapour wasn't "smoke". Additionally, as vaping was so new, there were no laws to prohibit it, so vapers were able to do what they liked, to a certain degree.

    Since vaping has become more prevalent and many more establishments have created laws and rules around vaping, many vapers/e-cigarette users have chosen to practice "stealth vaping" while in public to avoid attention. Stealth vaping is vaping in public or prohibited spaces but concealing it so that others don't realise that the vaper is using their device.

    Of course, this is not a good idea for a multitude of reasons. Vaping when you shouldn't could result in a fine or you being removed from a particular location for breaking the rules or law. Plus, organisations and businesses are free to implement "no vaping" rules or policies, and by entering their property, you should ensure that you're respecting their reasons for doing so.

    Regardless of their motives for banning vaping, whether it be for other patrons, the smell or another reason, it's not too hard to walk out the front and vape there instead, just like you would if you were a smoker.

    Of course, "stealth vaping" is totally acceptable if you are simply vaping discreetly at home or at any other acceptable location, just not in an aeroplane bathroom.

    Stealth Vaping Techniques

    For those who intend on practising the technique in a law-abiding and respectful fashion, here are some techniques that some vapers use to hide their vape usage:

    • Zeroing - The idea of zeroing is quite simple. While we don't necessarily recommend using such a technique, the idea is that the vaper takes a puff of their vape and then holds the vapour in long enough that there's no visible vapour blown out when they exhale.
    • Covering Lights - With some vapes, ours included, a light may be visible while the vape is in use. In order to hide this telltale sign of vaping, some vapers place tape over their lights or simply cover them with a hand or finger.
    • Subtle E-Liquid Flavours - While there are a number of techniques that can be used to mask the act of vaping, simply choosing less intrusive flavours of e-liquids can also prove to be helpful, as more subtle flavours may be less apt to draw the attention of others.
    • Think Small - If you have a fairly good sized vape like our Vibe Series, masking its use might not be as easy as say a small cigalike vape like our V-Pack II. Some vapers who practice stealth vaping like to use small vapes for this reason.
    • Smaller Puffs - Blowing huge clouds of vapour is an obvious indicator to many onlookers that you are in fact vaping. For this reason, you may want to opt for smaller puffs, as the less visible vapour you're exhaling the easier it is to conceal what you're doing.
    • Stay Cool - Acting suspiciously certainly isn't going to help your cause if you're trying to avoid drawing attention to yourself while you're vaping. Subsequently, you may want to try and act as normal as possible while you vape if your goal is to not attract attention while doing so.

    Remember to always obey the law. Regardless of how much you want to vape, be respectful of others as well as the laws, regulations, and policies that govern vape use.

  • Proposed 80% E-Cigarette Tax?!

    CASAA (Consumer Advocates from Smoke-Free Alternatives Association) has sent out a call to arms to the vaping community to speak up for the rights of people that vape in the American state of Rhode Island. The Governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, is currently trying to organise their state budget plan which aims to change the definition of “other tobacco products”. This change would create an 80% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes.

    Originally planned to be discussed and debated on the 21st of March, weather in the area has forced the hearing to be pushed back to a later date which has not yet been set. This allows the vaping community time to speak out and share written testimony to express opposition to a wholesale tax.

    This could set in motion large taxes across other states and areas on vaping, so as a whole we should be fighting for our rights and not being taxed for our choices. The CASAA have a simple form to fill in some details and send a message to the correct officials in charge, so please join us in supporting the community in Rhode Island!

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