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Does Dropping to Zero Nicotine Really Work?

When smokers make the decision to quit smoking by switching to electronic cigarettes, it’s typical to hear them speak of goals of ultimately dropping down to zero nicotine and then finally quitting.

Is this a viable goal? It was for me!

Ok, so if it worked for me, you’re probably wondering why I’m sitting here still vaping. Don’t worry, I’ll get to that.

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A Vaper’s Guide to Prepping for a Natural Disaster


I want to start out by saying that this segment has nothing to do with prepping as far as food, water, heat, or sanitation is concerned. I’m not a prepper and if doomsday happened, I’d probably be one of the first people to die. Well, I might live to Season 2 of the Walking Dead, but probably not much longer. Anyway, I’ll only be talking about how to prepare for a disaster as it relates to vaping. As for the other stuff, you’ll need to figure that out on your own.

With Hurricane Harvey finished and Hurricane Irma probably down to a category 1 storm by the time you listen to this, this advice is a little too late for anyone who has suffered through these recent natural disasters, but things like this will happen again and it’s never too soon to prepare for a future disaster.

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An Engineer Discovers Why The SMOK AL85 Is Dying

There’s a user on Reddit named /u/BadConductor, who is an engineer that does circuit design and failure analysis in his regular line of work. He also enjoys it as a hobby. So he has started publishing teardowns of devices that tend to fail. He has already done a teardown of the SMOK Alien 220w and he just published a teardown of the SMOK AL85.

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Tasting the Difference: Black Note Tobacco E-Juice

Note: Black Note sent me some e-juice to review (coming soon) and I asked them if they would write a blog post to give my readers some expert info on high quality naturally extracted tobacco (NET) e-juice, so here it is!

Even though cigarettes and Black Note vape liquid both contain real tobacco, the taste between the two is decidedly different. You’ll also find a big difference between Black Note vape juice and other tobacco e-juice on the market, as well as enjoying a distinctly different taste with each of Black Note’s tobacco blends. There are many factors that play a role in making each Black Note tobacco blend a truly unique experience – different from anything else you may have experienced, well, ever.

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Nicotine Salts vs Freebase Nicotine

A product that a lot of DIY’ers have been talking about lately are nicotine salts. This is basically a crystallized version of nicotine that come already dissolved in VG and PG solutions. Let’s talk about the differences between nicotine salts and freebase nicotine (the nicotine most e-liquids contain)

Preface: I want to point out that I do not have a background in chemistry but I love to do research, which is what I’ve done here. I’m going to do my best to provide accurate information. If I’ve gotten anything wrong, please let me know and I’ll make corrections.

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Psychological Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

Some of you might be current smokers who haven’t started vaping yet but maybe you’re interested and just want to learn a little more about it. Some of you might be dual users (using both e-cigs and tobacco cigarettes). And some of you might be full-time vapers but know somebody else who is still a smoker.

No matter which group you’re in, these tips might help you or a loved one to eventually quit smoking.

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Using the VapShot to Vape Alcohol

Video Transcript:

Lewis Hilsenteger, or Lew, is a popular YouTube reviewer outside of the vaping space. His channel is called Unbox Therapy and he usually reviews new and interesting products, mostly new technology and unique products. He’s a fun reviewer to watch and other people seem to agree because he’s got 7.5 million subscribers.

A few weeks ago he reviewed a product called the VapShot.

The VapShot is basically an extremely expensive device used to vape alcohol. It looks really heavy duty and well-built and I guess that’s why it costs $1,300.00.

Yeah, freaking expensive!

How It Works

The device has a small reservoir that holds your liquor. The VapShot can vaporizer a minimum of 80 proof and up to 190 proof. You fill up the reservoir, turn on the machine, and the unit converts the liquor into vapor without heat or chemical reactions (meaning no propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, or any other additive).

It has a a pressurized gun powered by a small air compressor which connects to a special cap on top of what looks like a plastic soda bottle. You fill up the bottle with alcohol vapor and when you’re ready you pop the top, put your straw in the bottle, and inhale the vapor.

Is It Safe?

I know that a lot of people within the vape community are going to frown upon this, but I think it might actually be a good idea.

Alcohol isn’t very healthy for us, despite the commonly held belief that one glass of red wine is healthy for the heart. That’s actually no longer suggested by health experts. Even if there are some potentially beneficial ingredients in wine, or any other alcohol, the negative effects that alcohol has on our bodies outweigh those benefits.

I’m not trying to say that you shouldn’t drink if you want to. I drink too. But what if there was a safer way to consume alcohol, much like how we have found a safer way to consume nicotine?

According to the makers of the VapShot, that’s actually what it does. Vaping alcohol allows the user to minimize the negative aspects that drinking alcohol has on your body, while still giving you a buzz. They also say that vaping alcohol could reduce drunk driving incidents, fewer alcohol-related auto accidents, and overall save lives.

Research Shows That You Can Sober Up Quickly With the VapShot

The makers of the VapShot claim that it’s a safer alternative to drinking because alcohol vapor is absorbed by the body much faster than by drinking it.

An authorized Department of Transportation testing organization has actually tested the effects of the VapShot.

Using 190 proof alcohol, they tested a man and a woman. The woman consumed a 1L bottle of Vaposhot and tested at an alcohol level of 0.050 after 1 minute, then 0.00 after 30 minutes. The man consumed two 1L bottles and tested at an alcohol level of 0.062 after 1 minute, then 0.00 after 30 minutes.

This test that proves two things; one, that Vapshot actually works to give you buzz, and two, that the buzz leaves your body within 30 minutes. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours for liquid alcohol to break down.

Research Also Shows That Alcohol Is Safe to Vape

Another benefit of vaping alcohol is that it’s absorbed by the lungs quickly. Liquid alcohol on the other hand needs to travel through the small intestine, the pancreas, and the liver, which is hard on your body and the organs it passes through.

You might be wondering about the safety of inhaling alcohol vapor. They’ve tested this too.

Using OSHA’s safety level standards for ethyl alcohol, they found that consuming one Vapshot every 10 minutes for 7 hours straight would be nearly 3x less harmful than OSHA’s safety standards.

And if you’re still not convinced, consider why breathalyzers are used to test alcohol levels. It’s because liquid alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and transferred to the lungs and ever other organ in your body. Alcohol is in your lungs when you drink and breathalyzers are the easiest way to detect it.

It Works and I Want One

I was skeptical about all of this after watching the Unbox Therapy review, but it seemed to work to get them a buzz. That’s going to be the most important part of the product for most people.

After digging into the information about vaping alcohol, I believe that this could actually be a much better alternative to drinking. Imagine being able to get buzzed or even drunk throughout the night, then all you have to do is wait 30 minutes to sober up and head home.

That’s pretty amazing.

I’d never pay $1,300 for something like this, but I sure as hell want one. This looks awesome.

It’s a cool product and I’d probably get one if something like this comes out 5 years from now for around $100. I would never replace drinking alcohol with it, because part of the fun of drinking is sipping on a drink. And also because I love craft beer and you can’t vape beer with this. But I could see myself using something like this with friends.

Dr. Siegel On The Misconceptions of The Anti-Vaping Movement

Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch recently interviewed two major voices in the anti-tobacco movement. One of them was Stanton Glantz who is adamantly anti-vaping, and the other is Dr. Michael Siegel, who is a pro-vaping advocate. We discussed Stanton Glantz interview already, and now we’ll hear Dr. Siegel’s thoughts.

Dr. Michael Siegel is the professor of Boston Universities School of Health. He’s an expert in the tobacco control movement and a vocal supporter of e-cigs. He did his training under Stanton Glantz in the 90’s. Glantz was Siegel’s mentor and Siegel viewed him as a hero. He admired his work in the tobacco control movement.

The times have changed and they no longer see eye to eye. They are both still very much anti-tobacco as far as cigarette smoking goes, but the difference is that Glantz opposes e-cigs and Dr. Siegel embraces them.

Let’s take a look at some of the key parts the interview.

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