Jun 242012

Now today I have another funny story for you.  One of the many joys of being an electronic cigarette ‘vaper’ is the fact that you get to convert analogue smokers. In fact, I’m always ready to spread the love and acquire some good karma. Aside from my beautiful wife and twins, there’s nothing I love more than showing smokers ‘the light’.

My younger sister started smoking soon after I did and in some ways I blame myself for not having set a better example to her. Still, we were both too young to know any better. Being older and wiser now, I was concerned about her still smoking analogues when I discovered e cigarettes.

Until a couple of months ago sis was what I can only describe as a die hard smoker.  Breakfast for her consisted of a smoke and a cup of espresso. Not a healthful start to the day, as I’m sure you would agree! Sure she had tried to quit on more than one occasion, but my sister is a social butterfly and a couple of glasses of wine at a party would be enough to put an end to her good intentions.

The first time I got my e cig out in front of her and started vaping she laughed so much I thought she was going to fall over. After ripping me mercilessly I offered her a go. I had to admit that I was disappointed when she spurned my Greensmoke. At the time I resolved that I would bring her round eventually.

Now, my sis was a single gal, she had a high powered job, but nobody to share her life with. When I bumped into her at a mutual friend’s barbeque with good friend of mine I could instantly see the chemistry between them. They really hit it off. Unfortunately, my buddy is a health nut who likes to keep fit and he expects his women to be just as dedicated to clean living as he is. He didn’t twig that dear old sis was a smoker. Maybe it was the aroma of burgers masking the smell of cigarette smoke on her clothes, but he was oblivious to my sister’s secret. Later that evening he asked for her number!

Later that week when my sister called round I explained to her that the smokes might prove to be a deal breaker. Laughing it off, she told me not to worry about her and left to get ready for a double date with my friend, myself and my lovely wife.

We had decided to all go for a meal before catching a movie. At some point between the starter and main course sis was becoming increasingly agitated. On the way out she cornered me. She practically begged me for a quick vape on my e-cig. She was that desperate to conceal her unhealthy habit from her date. Now, she didn’t have to ask me twice, I was more than happy to help out a family member. Getting to play Cupid was pretty awesome too and I was determined to do everything I could to get my sis and my buddy together! I popped a fresh filter in and told my sister to get stuck in.

So, my sis had her very first vape while stood outside the restaurant waiting for a cab. Her date didn’t bat an eyelid since he was already used to my vaping. As you can imagine, he had already heard my sermon about the benefits of e cigarettes many times before! In fact, I think he was pretty impressed when I explained that my sister had quit smoking and switched to e cigarettes like my good self.

Ever since then my sis has been a loyal vaper! I’m also happy to tell you that her and my buddy are still together and they are very much in love. Not long after that fateful night, my sister bought her first Greensmoke starter kit and she has never looked back. I think it’s safe to say that things could have worked out very different if she had lit up an analogue while we stood outside that restaurant. Please check out the electronic cigarette starter kit reviews on my site if you’re a newcomer to the e cigarette scene.  Hopefully you can find the best e-cig kit for you. Even if you’ve been vaping for a while it’s worth comparing the best electronic cigarette brands for offers and new products.

So until next time….

 Posted by at 1:28 pm
Jun 242012

It’s always amusing to see people’s reactions when they see someone vaping in public for the first time. E cigs have gotten a lot of publicity in the last couple of years, but there are loads of people who’ve never actually seen one in the flesh.

We all know how some electronic cigarettes can look quite a lot like analogues right? This can be the source of some confusion to non-vapers. It’s also a never ending source of amusement to me. Maybe I just have a cruel sense of humour, but I have grown to love the look of shock and outrage on an anti-smoker’s face as you get your e-cig out in a public place. Even better is the sheepish expression on their faces as you explain that you’re not actually smoking a real cigarette!

Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get mine out in public. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m actually talking about my trusty electronic cigarette! It was almost as though a world of new possibilities had opened up to me. Obviously my wife was delighted. She had been going crazy trying to get me to quit. At the time I was pretty ticked off with her threats, but I guess I was in a river in Egypt (in denial). Now I understand that she just didn’t want to lose me. She needed me to be there for her and our sons. I was equally as delighted that I could live a long, prosperous and healthy life with my family.

But I digress. My electronic cigarette starter kit had arrived and I was eager to road test it. During the last few years of my analogue smoking I had felt increasingly persecuted and I’m not just talking about my wife. I remember a time when you could light up a smoke in a restaurant after a good meal. Not anymore though. Smokers have become sad social lepers these days and they are now people to be ridiculed and segregated. I mean, look at the way poor smokers end up huddled together in their little smoking spot. They look kinda guilty, as if they’re doing something that’s a bit naughty.

Now, even a smoker knows that smoking is not the best habit a person can have, but I don’t think that people who have never smoked analogues can understand the powerful addiction.

There’s a way to have the pleasure without the pain though and that’s why I decided to take the plunge and start on the e cigarettes. It was funny, because I hadn’t even considered that vaping in public was going to be one of the major plus points.

My vaping debut occurred when me and the wife had our weekly date night at a local bar. E cig in hand; I proceeded to vape. Imagine my amusement when a young lady at a nearby table shot an evil look my way. She then put her hand up to her mouth and started making loud (and obviously fake) coughing noises. Her friend also glanced over and the look on her face could have only been described as priceless! It’s not often that you see such a look of utter horror on a person’s face.  I mean, anyone would have thought I was sitting at the table with my beer whilst clubbing a baby seal to death!

I knew what was going on straightaway. No, I hadn’t attracted this female attention with my animal magnetism and finely honed body. It was clear that they thought I had just blatantly lit up an analogue!

My wife ,by now, was  looking a little disgruntled and this is never a good thing. I wasn’t about to let my e cigs spoil our date night and I quickly went over to the young ladies and explained that I wasn’t actually smoking. I showed them the e cig and explained how it worked and their frowning faces softened instantly. Maybe it was the sight of me engaged in an enthusiastic conversation with a couple of young lovelies, but my wife came over to join in the banter!

To cut a long story short; my e cig proved to be quite the conversation starter and my lovely wife and I even joined the girls for a drink before returning to our table. One thing I have found is that non-smokers nearly always end up accepting the fact that electronic cigarettes are a healthy and socially acceptable alternative to the old analogues. Even if they think you’re committing the eighth deadly sin of smoking in public at first, a quick explanation clears things up. Of course, there will always be the occasional person who even objects to electronic cigarettes, but generally they are the sort of people who have a problem with just about everything!

I’ve noticed that more and more people seem to have seen the light. Electronic cigarette smokers are popping up everywhere and that’s no surprise considering the fact that you can vape just about anywhere. So until next time, remember that if people give you the evil eye when you start to vape in public, it’s only because they need educating in the ways of the e cig.

 Posted by at 1:26 pm
Jun 212012

Because electronic cigarettes are a relatively new product many people are unsure of where the law stands regarding e cigarettes. The answer to this question is not straightforward. Laws vary between countries. Different states within the US even have their own legislation. Let’s start by having a look at US legislation and what the FDA has to say about e cigs.
Many e cigarette smokers have wondered whether the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) attempts to classify e cigarettes under various legislation has been all about taxation. This may sound cynical, or maybe not! To date; the FDA has attempted to block imports of electronic cigarettes a number of times. Courts have ruled, however, that the FDA could only block imports of electronic cigarettes if they were subject to drug legislation. Since e cigarettes aren’t drugs or tobacco products they fall outside any current FDA legislation and this is great news for electronic cigarette smokers.

If e cigarettes were marketed for therapeutic uses such as smoking cessation, the FDA would have a case. Electronic cigarette manufacturers have argued that their products were never intended as nicotine replacement therapy. They are simply targeted at smokers and not those who seek to quit. Although, stopping smoking analogue cigarettes is a happy side effect.

Some states have banned sales of electronic cigarettes, whereas others have adopted a more relaxed attitude. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been vocal in his support of electronic cigarettes and vetoed a bill to ban them. Like many others, he argued that adults are capable of making their own decisions

Unfortunately, in 2009 e cigarettes were put in the same category as tobacco in New Jersey. This was simply because they look like cigarettes. Connie Wagner voiced her concern over the fact that fruit flavoured cartridges might appeal to children. Surely it’s the job of parents to ensure that their kids aren’t buying nicotine products?

In fact, the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors was legal in New Hampshire right up to July 2010. I don’t think anyone can object to minors being prevented from buying products containing nicotine. The King County Board of Health in Washington banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public. They prohibit sales to minors, as does their neighbouring county Pierce County. Pierce County do permit the public use of e cigarettes, so a gold star of Pierce County then!

Linn County joined the rank of the spoil sports when they decided to regulate the sale of e cigs and treat them as analogue cigarettes. This means that vendors of e cigarettes who sell them to people within Linn County now need a tobacco retail license.

An interesting case happened earlier this year Feb 2012 when a fellow vaper decided to fire up his e cig on a plane. Continental Airlines were not impressed by this. When passenger in question refused to relinquish the e cig, the flight was diverted back to whence it came! It has to be said that the passenger was asked to stop vaping by a staff member of Continental Airlines. Upon which, the passenger ran through the plane screaming.

To cut a long story short; it is completely legal to use electronic cigarettes in a public place in the United Kingdom. All the anti smoking legislation is geared towards tobacco products. E cigs don’t contain tobacco, so they are not subject to the laws that govern smoking.

Interestingly, the wording of this legislation places a great emphasis on the words ‘smoking’ and ‘lit’. Any vaper knows that e cigarettes aren’t lit and neither do they produce any smoke. This is good news for all UK vapers.

Many people in the electronic cigarette scene have postulated that the anti-smoking zealots object to e cigarettes because quite a few models look so much like the real thing. Some of these people just seem to have a knee jerk reaction to anything that looks like an actual cigarette. Are these people just killjoys? Maybe, but many vapers are mystified as to why anyone would want to ban a safer alternative to smoking that could actually save lives.

Although there is nothing wrong with smoking vapour cigarettes in public you might want to explain what they are to people before you go ahead and vape. I’ll be posting some information about e cigarette legislation in other countries in the near future. So, keep checking back to see how you could be affected. If you’re new to the e cigarette scene you might want to check out electronic cigarette starter kit reviews to find a kit that suits you.

 Posted by at 8:18 pm
Jun 132012

Electronic cigarettes are a truly revolutionary product. Smokers have long been plagued by numerous health problems that are related to their habit. At one time cigarettes were considered to be medicinal. In fact, they were even prescribed by health professionals! These days smoking tobacco is frowned upon by many people. It’s even regarded as a dirty and antisocial habit and this is partly true.

Second Hand Smoke – Not a Problem with Electronic Cigarettes!

The issue of others breathing in second hand tobacco smoke from cigarettes is very serious. This is completely understandable, as there are so many harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes. Aside from that, the smoke from cigarettes can aggravate people’s asthma and it’s just highly unpleasant for non-smokers. Electronic cigarettes just don’t cause these problems. These are also known as smokeless cigarettes or vapour cigarettes. They produce a vapour that contains nicotine as the name suggests.

Now, you know that I am passionate about this subject. I intend to make this the ‘go to’ blog for anyone who wants information about the best electronic cigarettes, or the place to read the best impartial electronic cigarette reviews. So, whether you have been vaping for a while, or you’re an e-cig virgin, there will be information and electronic cigarette reviews for you!

My Top 5 places to Use your Electronic Cigarette

Smokers have increasingly found themselves becoming social outcasts. That might sound a little bit melodramatic, but it’s true none the less. Back in the 1970’s people could smoke just about anywhere; restaurants, bars and even offices. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this was a good thing. It’s not fair to inflict your smoke upon non-smokers! However, these days you can usually find smokers huddled outdoors puffing furtively on their cigarettes. So what is the alternative? Well, electronic cigarettes of course! Since there is no second hand smoke, other people are not affected by your habit. Technically speaking, electronic cigarettes are not even cigarettes, they are an entirely different creature altogether. So let’s look at the best places to smoke your vapour cigarettes.

1 – It’s Safe to Vape around Children

Vaping is just the term used by those in the know for puffing on an electronic cigarette. We all know that smoking around children is bad right? None of us want kids to breathe harmful cigarette smoke and why should they? In fact, I used to nip outside to have a crafty puff when I was around my nieces and nephews. I also felt pretty guilty even when I went outside because I worried that they would see me.  I didn’t want to set a bad example! Switching to electronic cigarettes is totally child friendly and you don’t have to worry about them inhaling harmful second hand smoke.

2.       Smoking in Bed is Not a Problem with Electronic Cigarettes

Smoking in bed is a pretty gross habit and if you share your bed with a non smoker it’s even worse. It makes your bedding smell of stinky old cigarette smoke and it might even prove to be a bit of a passion killer. This is never a good thing! If you share you bed with someone else you really need to switch to electronic cigarettes. Aside from that, smoking in bed is dangerous. People have actually set fire to their bedding and themselves because they’ve fallen asleep smoking. This is perhaps one of the best places that I’ve come up with so far for vaping on your e cigarette!