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Day 107: New study shows high toxin levels, bad science bingo.

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I was going to do a long drawn out discussion of this issue, but I don’t need to. Dr Farsalinos has given all of the technical details.

Eyes down for a full house:

  • The researchers could not provide any information about the resistance of the atomisers used.
  • They used a machine to produce vapour – vaping is not smoking and the same protocols won’t work.
  • At the tested levels there would be very few vapers that could inhale vapour containing these levels of toxins: It would taste vile.
  • They used a top coil atomiser, not a rebuildable with good wick and the right resistance for the voltage.

What have they proven? What experienced vapers tell beginners like me all of the time.

  • Don’t play with this stuff until you know what you’re doing.
  • If it tastes burnt, don’t vape it and work out what’s wrong.
  • Rebuildables are for experienced vapers willing to work to get things right.
  • If your dripper is starting to lose flavour, pull the top off and check. Learn to drip more juice *before* you get a dry hit. In a month of dripping I’ve had only one dry puff and I’m a) using cotton yarn and b) a clueless newbie.

The trouble with common sense is that it isn’t common. In other news, my granny knew how to suck eggs long before you were born.

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Author: Beki

A Mad middle aged woman who lives in the middle of nowhere, Scotland with a parrot, two Jack Russells, some koi, and a tank full of tropical fish. I have M.E. but that's really not important. I draw, paint, write, game, garden, blog and enjoy a good vape. I have three lovely grown up offspring, and 2 ex-husbands. I do genuinely have the legal title of 'Lady Rebecca Jane [SURNAME]', and am proud to support the restoration project which bestowed that title on me. I will happily explain where to find more information on this if you contact me.

2 thoughts on “Day 107: New study shows high toxin levels, bad science bingo.

  1. Sadly, I think I’m beginning to get used to this. Over the past 5 years plus of vaping I’ve gone from the elation of discovering a real, live, viable alternative to killing myself by smoking tobacco cigarettes to feeling part of a seriously beseiged minority. Paranoia about what the MHRA or others might do to vapers supplies has fuelled several rounds of manic panic-buying which may well have helped contribute to the growth of some of our longest-established vendors, but probably also increased vapers’ blood pressure to dangerous levels at the same time.

    It seems the media can never pass up any opportunity to misreport or misrepresent anything it can find regarding vaping in what has become a boringly repetitive round of horror-mongering. Scientists exist who will happily churn out rubbish ‘research’ to order on behalf of any party who fills their pockets. The chances of ever seeing people like Chris Price or Clive Bates (as obvious examples) interviewed on TV in depth, at length, to explain the situation from the point of view of real vapers out here in the real world seem so remote they might as well be fantasy.

    At the end of the day, the thing that really and truly breaks my heart is that if all this nonsense succeeds in driving vapers into an underground black market situation, we all lose. All the gains in hardware improvements as manufacturers have come to appreciate the advantages of producing reliable equipment which genuinely complies with CE requirements etc – out of the window. All the work innumerable people have done (and are still doing) to improve liquids and ensure appropriate flavourings present the minimum hazard by inhalation – also out the window. It defies all reason to think that this is genuinely the intention of the legislators, and yet they seem not to comprehend that every long-term smoker discouraged or prevented from giving vaping a try is being effectively sentenced to early death.

    Signing up to EFVI is great, but I rather think that every serious vaper had better get used to the idea that coasting along thinking that ‘someone’ will do something about this is no longer a viable option. We ALL have to become activists like it or not.

    Well done and thankyou Beki for YOUR efforts; if I actually wore a hat, I’d be doffing it in respect every time one of your posts arrives in my InBox.

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  2. There’s a tagline, a hashtag slogan appearing from the States, and I’m stealing it unashamedly. “If you vape, advocate.” variations on that theme have been rattling about in my brain for the last few days and here, your comment, has started to pull my thinking together on the subject.

    I agree, we all need to be standing up and spreading the word. Before the regulations come in, either here or in the US, we need to be heard. Not shouting and swearing, but pointing at facts clearly, calmly, quietly. ESPECIALLY those of us who have no links to industry, although we’re saying the same things as those who do have those links because it’s the simple truth. I too think that signing up to EFVI and spreading the word, although hugely important, isn’t the only thing we should be doing. We don’t need more petitions and keyboard activism now, we need people to be proactive in spreading the counter arguments to the propaganda. In fact, there may be more on this subject in a future blog.

    Because yes, the ultimate outcome of the regulations as they stand is to create a booming underground illegal market in the ecig products which work, and they won’t be as regulated as they are now. You’re right. It will also open the legitimate market to the big tobacco companies peddling the less effective products, which will very probably gateway into the illegal market or leave people unable to switch completely. It also protects the revenue of pharmaceutical companies peddling the lotions, potions, patches, pills and snake oil that fails so predictably to enable smokers like I was to quit or die. Puritanical finger wagging moral crusaders against smoking making it more difficult for individual smokers to become tobacco free… oh yes, I need to blog this when my brain’s working and I don’t have a bored man talking at me about the film that’s on TV and derailing my train of thought.

    Thank you for your kind words and for your food for thought. From a fellow activist – and you are! – it means a lot. Vape on, and if you vape, advocate.

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