Friday, 24 March 2017

Review: Target Mini Vape Kit by Vaporesso

Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk.

Quite a few of Vaporessos mods have pretty unique looks I'd say, and the Target mods are no exception. Both the Pro and the Mini versions comes in at least 5 different colors, some of which I would not use publicly under any circumstances. But others look pretty cool, and luckily the Mini Kit provided for this review was the silver/stainless steel version, which I think is one of the best looking ones.

In the box
  • Target Mini Mod
  • Guardian tank
  • SS ceramic coil head 0.5 Ohm (installed in tank)
  • SS ceramic coil head 0.6 Ohm
  • USB Charging cable
  • Two different drip tips
  • User manual

    Specifications
        Target Mini mod:
        • Dimensions: 36.5 x 24.2 x 58.1 mm
        • Weight: 93g
        • Temperature Range: 100℃-315℃/200F-600F
        • Output Wattage: 5-40W
        • Suitable Atomizer: VW:0.15Ω-5Ω / VT:0.1Ω-1.0Ω
        • Standby Current: ﹤30uA
        • Voltage range: 0-9V
        • Battery Cell: Lithium 1400mAh Built in
        • Safety: Set to prevent overvaping, overheating, and with child lock function
        • Casting: Zinc Alloy and Stainless Steel
        • Thread: 510 Thread
        • Display: 0.49” OLED
          Guardian tank:
          • 2ml capacity
          • Pyrex glass tank
          • Direct-lung-hit and Mouth-to-lung drip-tips
          • Top filling
          • Leak-free design
          • TPD-compliant
          • Double child locking mechanism
          • Adjustable airflow control
          • Available in black and stainless steel  
          • CCELL-GD (Giant Dual) Ceramic Coil (Comes in 0.15, 0.5 and 0.6 Ohms)
            Look and feel

            The Target mod, and the mini version I've got here, does have somewhat of a futuristic look, which I think is kind of cool. It's a way to differentiate itself from other mods. There is quite a lot of button rattle though, especially on the fire button. Not something I think about whenever I pick it up, but it does make it feel a bit cheaper than it could have felt, cause other than that both the tank and the mod feels pretty solidly built. The looks of the tank is quite nice as well. Nothing too fancy. When it comes to the 5 colors it comes in, I could have used 4 of them... guess the pink one is aimed at the ladies.

            In use

            Starting with the mod, it's pretty straight forward in use, and quite simple. Charge port is on the bottom. Personally I prefer it on the side so you can charge while it's standing straight up. Not a problem if you're using it with the Guardian tank that comes in the kit, cause that one does not leak any way you put it down, but some atties can leak if you leave them sideways for a longer period of time.

            The menu system is very easy to use. There's a + and a - button for adjusting either wattage or temperature depending on what mode you're in, and there is a button below for selecting the mode. This one needs to be held down for a while to cycle between the different modes (Watt, Ni TC, SS TC, Ti TC and two configurable TC modes). You can also flip the screen upside down (or the other way around if you like) by holding down the + and - at the same time for a while. Those of you who have read some of my previous reviews will probably remember that I'm not a big fan of TC. I mean I don't mind it, I just prefer wattage mode. That said, I believe the SS TC works as intended. This is the only TC mode I've tested as the coils that comes with the tank are both SS coils.

            The mod seems to have pass through functionality in a way, which means you are able to use it while charging. I don't think it charges while you press the button though since you need to give it a couple of minutes before you can vape it if the battery was dead when you plugged it in.

            When it comes to the tank, this one is also quite straight forward in use, once you've managed to see the tiny writing on the the little piece on to that your drip-tip goes into that tells you that you need to twist it clockwise to unscrew it from the top cap (which needs to be done before you can unscrew the top-cap). The top-cap on mine is pretty tight so I need to use quite a lot of force to unscrew it (which is done counter-clockwise). Once you've got the top cap and the drip-tip piece back on you can twist the top cap clockwise to adjust the airflow. You can either make the big airhole a bit smaller or you can twist it even further to reveal two even smaller holes for you MTL vaping needs. You need to use quite a lot of force to adjust the air flow as well. To be totally honest I'm not that happy with this top filling mechanism. You need to unscrew two pieces to fill which is ... well one more than on most tanks, and you shouldn't be bothered to use that much force to adjust air flow and unscrew the top cap to fill it. Once you get the top cap off though, it's easy to fill with big holes for your juice and changing the coil head is quite straight forward.


            Performance

            The flavour and vapor production that the Guardian tank gives you is pretty good to be honest. Nice, crisp flavour and decent vapor production. It's no RTA, but very nice for a sub-ohm tank. There's plenty of air for direct lung hits if you have the air flow fully open, and you can use it as a mouth to lung tank if you prefer that.

            The mod seems to deliver the wattage... in a way. I've only tested it against a DNA200 device, both set to 30 watts, just to see how it feels. It does feel like the DNA200 gives you more power, which could be explained by the fact that the DNA200 measures the resistance to 0.56 Ohms while the Target ways 0.43. Quite a bit difference there. The DNA200 costs quite a lot more. Anyway, assuming that the DNA200 is pretty accurate (it should be at that price), I'd say that the resistance measurements on the Target could have been better. Then again, crank up the watts a bit more on the Target and you get pretty good results on that one as well. It delivers more than enough power for the Guardian tank.

            Pros and cons

            + Flavour and vapor production is quite good
            + Decent battery time for such a small mod
            + Nice display and simple menu system
            + Unique design
            + Size.... if you're looking for something small that is
            + No leaking 
            - Measuring of resistance could have been better
            - Top filling mechanism not my favourite, see above

             Conclusion

            Now despite the cons I've mentioned in this review, I do like Target Mini Vape kit quite a bit. It's small, does not leak at all and have a decent battery, making it a really nice kit to bring along on a night out or on short trips out and about. Battery life is better than both my COV Mini Volt and Nugget, and it does provide you with nice clean flavour on your short trips and nights out. (NOK 599,- at friskedrag.no)

            The product reviewed was provided by Friske Drag.



            Disclosure:
            • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
            • This review does not contain affiliate links.

            Monday, 20 March 2017

            Review: Ammit RTA by GeekVape

            Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk.

            GeekVape has put quite a few successful atties on the market by now but sadly I haven't been able to try any of them out yet. The Tsunami RDAs, the Avocado RDTAs and the Griffin RTAs and in different sizes and versions are all praised classics by now I guess, as well as the Eagle sub-ohm tank. But they are also putting out new interesting atties like the Peerless RDA, the Medusa RDTA and not to forget the subject of this review, the Ammit RTA, which is a single coil RTA aimed at the flavour chasers.

            In the box
            • The Ammit RTA
            • Spare Pyrex tank
            • Spare O-rings and screws
            • Multi-function tool
            • User manual
            Specifications
                • Height: 43 millimeters
                • Diameter: 22 millimeters
                • Juice Capacity: 3.5 milliliters
                • 3D airflow
                • Single Coil build deck
                • Top-filling
                • Air flow control
                • Juice flow control
                Look and feel

                The Ammit comes both in black and stainless steel. I think it looks pretty good in both versions to be honest. Guess it depends on what you like best and what mod you plan to power it with. Build quality seems pretty good with nice smooth threading on the top filling and a nice clicky airflow control. The juice flow control on mine is damn tight though, not sure why. I've seen other video reviews of the Ammit where this also seems pretty nice and smooth. But overall it looks good with "Ammit" and a crocodile head (Ammit was a demon in ancient Egyptian relition with a crocodile head) printed on the chamber section on the inside.

                In use

                As I said, top filling is nice and smooth, and it has nice big kidney shaped fill holes. Works like a charm. Taking the atty apart for cleaning is also pretty easy, but you can't really take the bottom section apart as far as I know, which makes it a bit more time consuming to clean.

                With any atty that has the airflow coming in from the bottom there is always a risk of some leaking, but I've not had any problems on this one. When turning the nice and clicky airflow control ring I can get a bit of juice on my fingers but no real leaks and no problem at all for me. The juice flow control, as I said is pretty damn tight on mine but that haven't been a big problem as I'm not using it actively anyway, I don't even bother closing it when filling. What I use to do with bottom airflow, top filling atties is to turn them upside down when I screw the top cap back on after filling. Not at once of course, but once you feel the resistance of the o-ring that seals the top cap, turn it upside down and screw it all the way down. This way the pressure that is created inside the tank by the top cap pressing down will only push air out from the juice flow holes rather than juice and you avoid leaking.

                Then we have ... the build-deck. That is where the magic happens in this atty. First of all, this is a pure single-coil atty. It has a pretty unique airflow system that GeekVape calls 3D airflow. As you see from the pictures, there is air coming from the underneath the coil, but in addition to this you have the three extra air holes that blows air from the side onto the coil as well. The build deck is really easy to build on, and to wick. I'm not sure about the diameter of the post holes but fitting a 26/32 fused clapton in there is no problem at all and there is room for even thicker wires. When wicking it I've just pulled the cotton down the side and cut it so it reaches the juice holes on the outside and then gently just pushed it into the wells on each side so it covers the holes nicely. You really don't need much cotton to make this atty work and wick really well.

                Speaking of wicking however, I was told that you shouldn't use to high VG juice on this one. I think the thickest juice I have is 60/40 VG/PG and I've had no problems with that. I've also seen people saying that 70/30 is ok, but it all depends on how thick the juice is. The reason for this is that there is very little room between the glass tube and the center chamber section on the Ammit. If the juice is too thick you may have air trapped in the juice flow holes and the juice will not reach your wick. As I said, I haven't tried anything over 60/40, which worked great, but I can see the speed of the bubbles is quite slow so I do believe that much thicker juice will be a problem. Not a big problem for me this, but something to be aware of especially if you need to vape high VG juices.

                Performance

                As I said, what happens on the deck in this atty is indeed magic in a way. I started out trying it out with my favourite juice, and it tasted absolutely fantastic on a .3 Ohm fused Clapton build hitting it with around 40 watts. Takes a while to warm up on the first draw but once the coil is preheated it's no problem. Right now I'm on a .8 Clapton on 30-35W and some great cinnamon roll juice (review will follow) and that also tastes absolutely fantastic if you ask me. This is definitely one of the best, if not the best, tasting single coil flavour chasing atties I've tried. I call it a flavour chasing atty cause that is what they have focused on here, but that doesn't mean it doesn't produce a decent amount of vapor as well, even on pretty low wattages. I am a bit surprised actually how fast my tank is emptied on such (relatively) low wattages. Then again, it only takes 3.5ml's of juice.

                Again... performance wise this tank is just incredible. Tons of pure, delicious flavour.

                Pros and cons

                +++ Flavour is just amazing
                ++ Decent vapor even on pretty low power
                ++ Nice innovative build deck
                + Nice clicky airflow
                + Price
                - Juice capacity
                - Tight juice flow control
                - Can't separate deck from base for cleaning

                Conclusion

                Awesome! I'm impressed. It's ridiculously cheap as well to be honest. At around $25-30 most places it outperforms atties that will cost you twice as much if not more (NOK 299,- at nosmoke.no this week, usually 349,-). I guess I'll have to try out more GeekVape atties now...


                Thanks a lot to nosmoke.no for making this review possible.



                Disclosure:
                • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
                • This product was sent to me for free for the purpose of this review.
                • This review does not contain affiliate links.

                Thursday, 2 March 2017

                Juice Review: Mount Baker Vapor flavour concentrates, Part 1

                Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk

                I have to admit that mixing my own e-juice haven't been a big part of my everyday vaping life. I mean I've mixed some concentrates with nic and pg/vg a few times, mostly cause I've gotten good deals on some of my favourite juices in concentrate form but usually I get my juice steeped and ready to vape. So far, my attempts to mix my own flavours have ended up tasting... well to be honest, soap would be the most describing word.

                A lot of other people, with more time on their hands than I've had lately, are mixing their own flavours, sharing recipes and having a lot of fun with this. Others buy concentrates of more or less known juices, doing the mixing and steeping themselves to save money. It is indeed quite a bit cheaper than buying finished juice. Mixing your own juice from concentrates is also a good way to start if you want to get into mixing your own flavours.

                As you might imagine, soap does not taste very good, so when Dampevarer asked if I wanted to try out and review some concentrates for them I thought it sounded just perfect for me. I get to do some mixing, and it's easy enough for me not to fuck up and get... well soap :)

                Anyway, when I picked up the package with the concentrates in question, it was a lot bigger than I expected. Turns out they didn't just send me a few bottles, but rather a whole bunch of them, including no less than 15 from Mount Baker Vapor. So this concentrate mixing project of mine will actually be a series of reviews, starting off with the first 5 Mount Baker juices I tried out.

                I've mixed all the juices at 6 mg/ml nicotine and 50/50 PG/VG, letting them steep for at least a week before I started trying out the first ones. I started out with some of the more fruity ones, as I do believe (after some googling) that dessert flavours, like custards and the like, benefit more from steeping so I'll leave those a bit longer. As for flavour strength I've been following the guidelines on the bottles, which for all the Mount Baker concentrates says 20%. This means you'll get 50 ml of finished juice from the 10 ml bottles that they use for the concentrates. Considering a bottle costs 49 NOK (which is like $6/£5) and the nicotine and pg/vg for a 50ml costs like a couple of dollars you end up with some pretty cheap juice.

                So lets get on with the first 5 Mount Baker juices that I skill-fully created in my kitchen:

                Apple rings

                Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer Plus (Dual fused claptons @ 0.16 ohms, 100 watts)

                This on is supposed to imitate sour apple ring candy rings. It does have a quite sweet apple smell, and the flavour is pretty accurate resembling apple candy, not real apples I'd say. I'm not sure I've tasted the exact candy they are aiming for here but it sure tastes just like I'd expect those rings in the illustration photo would taste like. It's a good juice that I've vaped all day. I'm not sure I'd vape it several days in a row though... I tend to get tired of these kinds of flavours, but that's just me. But great juice to pick up from time to time when you feel like vaping some apple candy flavour.

                Pear

                Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer Plus (Dual fused claptons @ 0.16 ohms, 100 watts)

                I was a bit disappointed with this in the beginning. It wasn't that sweet pear flavour I expected. A bit too sour for my taste... kind of like a pear that should have been left for a couple of more days ripening before you ate it. And you know what... leaving it for a couple of more days, or weeks will probably help a lot for this juice as well. I had steeped it for just a week or so when I first tried it. Since I've been using a 10ml tank to test this, the juice just got better and better as the juice was left in the tank, constantly heated and then cooled off, which probably speeds up the steeping process quite a bit. It quickly got quite a lot sweeter and it is indeed a pretty authentic pear juice.


                Thug juice

                Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer Plus (Dual fused claptons @ 0.16 ohms, 100 watts)

                Berries and melon, with a cool menthol finish... now we're talking. Before I tasted this juice the combination of berries, melon and menthol sounded like ... well, "ok" I guess. After tasting it... it sounds fantastic. What I'm trying to say is that I didn't expect that much from this juice, or to put it in another way, it wasn't on the list of the flavours that I've looked the most forward to trying out. But it surprised me by being bloody delicious. Never underestimate the power of fresh fruits and menthol, and try this one even if the description makes you go "meh".

                Orange Dream Bar

                Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer V2 (Dual claptons @ 0.4 ohms, 70 watts)

                Supposed to be an orange creamsicle flavour. To be honest I am a bit confused about this. Every time I pick up the setup that I've used for this I'm not too happy with the first hits. I get kind of a bitter flavour like orange zest instead of the creamsicle flavour it is supposed to be. However, once I vape a bit on it the bitterness goes away (almost like the juice needs to be pre-heated) and it becomes much sweeter and better. I'm not sure I get the full creamsickle experience though. I've seen some other reviews that praise the accuracy of this vape so it might be my mix that is a bit off. Maybe it needs to steep some more or maybe another setup will get more out of it. Anyway, not my favourite so far this one.

                Blue Moo

                Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer V2 (Dual claptons @ 0.4 ohms, 70 watts)

                A quick google search reveals that this blueberry cream muffin juice is hated by some and praised by others. I'll admit I was a bit sceptical when I smelled this juice, fearing that those that claimed this tastes like butter was right. I did not get much blueberry when smelling it at least. Vaping it wasn't that bad  but certainly not good.... at first. I'm not really sure what happened, usually my juices taste best on a fresh wick, but this one was just strange. Might have been me having a bit of a cold at the time so my taste buds might have been all messed up. You see after a while when I picked up my setup again I started getting the blueberry, cream and muffin flavours from the description. On the inhale I get quite a lot of blueberry, and on the exhale it is accompanied by cream and muffin. I feel it keeps getting better and better, making me suspect I might have cracked the bottle a bit early. It's already a great juice in my opinion, but I'm looking leaving some ml's to steep for another week or as I suspect this will make it even better.

                Out of the 5 juices I've reviewed here I'd definitely say that the Thug Juice was my favourite. The Blue Moo is still getting better and better and coming in second for now. Looking forward to see if any of the other 10 juice I still have steeping in a dark and smelly place will reach the top of the list.

                Thanks a lot to Dag Einar at dampevarer.no for making this review possible.


                dampevarer.no
                Disclosure:
                • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
                • These products were sent to me for free for the purpose of this review. 
                • This review does not contain affiliate links.

                Wednesday, 25 January 2017

                Review: Aromamizer Plus RDTA by Steamcrave

                Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk.

                I might as well start this review by saying I am a big fan of the Aromamizer series from Steamcrave. I've reviewed the original Aromamizer, the V2 and the Supreme and I've loved all of them. Out of all the atomizers I own or have owned, the Aromamizer V2 is the one I've used the most. I've tested quite a few atomizers, and quite a few great ones as well that I still use quite often, but I still make sure I have an Aromamizer V2 with my favourite juice available at all times.

                My life have been quite busy lately (well actually for quite a while to be honest, as you might have noticed since it's been a while since my last post) so I haven't really had much time to keep track of the vaping market... or politics and science for that matter. I did, however, notice that one of my facebook notifications said something about Steamcrave a couple of weeks ago. I have to say I was a bit surprised when I clicked it and saw what madness Steamcrave was up to so just had to ask one of our Norwegian vapeshop owners if this thing was for real. One thing led to another and some days later Michael from pgvg.no sent me an Aromamizer Plus RDTA for review. Then I started wondering... do I even have a mod that I can pair this 30mm monster with?


                In the box


                Standard kit:
                • The Aromamizer Plus RDTA (10ml) including drip tip
                • Spare 10ml glass tube
                • Vape band
                • Spare o-rings and screws 
                • Allen key
                • 510 drip tip adaptor
                • User manual 
                5 ml conversion kit:  
                • 5ml chimney
                • 2 x 5ml glass tubes
                20 ml extension kit:
                • Extension chimney 
                • 2 x 20ml glass tubes 
                The kit that was sent to me contained both extra kits and you can buy this as a bundle with everything included. (I guess the bundle kit is the one available at pgvg.no)

                      Specifications
                      • 30mm diameter
                      • 37.95mm / 48.24mm / 59.65mm / 81.75mm height including driptip (Dripper / 5ml / 10ml / 20ml mode)
                      • Can be set up as a dripper or 5/10/20 ml tank
                      • Postless deck, single or dual coil setups
                      • Adjustable airflow control
                      • Adjustable juiceflow
                      • Top filling

                        Look and feel

                        The Aromamizer Plus comes in Stainless Steel, Black or Gun Metal and it does resemble the Supreme quite a bit when it comes to design. It is bigger though... in fact it's huge. As I said in the beginning I was wondering what mod I could pair it up with, and the conclusion I came to was that I need a bigger mod. I ended up using my Reuleux RX200, which is powerful enough but not quite big enough to handle a 30mm atty without having it stick out a bit on the sides. I see people use this with the IJOY Limitless LUX Dual 26650 and that looks pretty awesome. It's a pretty heavy setup that I probably wouldn't take for a night out, but for using at home or at work it's pretty awesome. Build quality seems too be very good as well. To be perfectly honest, the Aromamizer series doesn't look stunning to me. I mean they all look pretty ok, but there are nicer looking atties out there.


                        In use

                        When I first got this atty out of the box I did have quite a hard time getting it apart. I had to use some rubber gloves to unscrew the top lid (the part you unscrew to fill from the top) and the chimney. There is knurling on both these parts to help you out, but the parts they are screwed into does not have this knurling and there is not that much metal to grab hold of. I've seen people complain about this, and I've even seen some breaking their glass tubes in the process so be careful... and use rubber gloves or something like that. Actually, once I put on the rubber gloves it wasn't that hard. Once you get it apart and get it lubed up a bit, put some juice on all the o-rings you can find, it's a whole different thing. It then seems like all the threading is nice an smooth and both the juice flow control and the airflow control is smooth as hell. The only exception is the top lid that might be kind of tricky to get on. What I've done is twisting it counter clockwise until I feel it kind of clicks into place and then once the threads are properly lined up it's nice and smooth. Takes a bit of practice though. Apart from this, the top filling is excellent, with some nice big fill holes that you can literately just pour juice into.

                        The postless build deck is very spacious and easy to build on. It can fit some huge coils. Steamcrave claims it can fit 6mm internal diameter coils, and I have no problem believing them. I ended up with a dual fused clapton build with 3mm internal diameter that fit without any problems at all. Wicking it is pretty straight forward and easy. I've cut my wicks so they just reach the bottom of the deck on the outside and it seems to work very well. No wicking problems at all when I run this setup at 100W. I have tried it up to 200W and it works as well as long as you don't fire it for several seconds.

                        The setup I've been using ended up at around 0.16 ohms, and I've been running it at 100W, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it will be pretty damn thirsty. Then again, you have quite a bit of juice capacity available if you want. I did actually have to refill my 10ml some time in the evening even when I had filled all the way up in the morning, but they I was home from work anyway so I didn't really need to bring extra juice. And if you're going to be out all day ... you have the 20ml option. I'd say the 10 and 20 ml options makes this atty excellent for all day high wattage vaping using it exclusively. Then you have the 5ml and dripper options that I for one would use if I was brining several setups somewhere or just using it at home in the evening.

                        As I said both the juiceflow and the airflow control rings are nice and smooth once you get some juice on them. You get plenty of air, and I've had no leaking issues whatsoever. 


                        Performance

                        I think the thing that makes me keep using my Aromamizers as much as I do is the combination of great flavour and great vapor production. I usually set up my V2s for around 50-60W so I get quite a lot of vapor, but it still tastes fantastic. The Aromamizer Plus just takes this one step further. It can be set up for even more vapor, but it still manages to keep the great flavour. My expectations were pretty high before I tried this one, and I was not disappointed. I don't think there is much more to say about that, except... try it. Giraffe happy!
                         

                        Pros and cons

                        +++ Great flavour and vapor production
                        ++ Great spacious build deck, very easy to set up
                        + Easy to use and clean
                        + 4 different modes and sizes
                        + Huge juice capacity
                        + 100W all day setup
                        - Hard to get apart out of the box
                        - Top lid threading could have been smoother


                        Conclusion

                        I love it. It's huge and wonderful. I wouldn't bring it to a party or anywhere where I need to worry about weight, but for everyday use at work or just at home it's excellent. The only thing that worries me bit is how this will affect my juice budget. The price of this atty isn't bad either, you get the bundle with all options for $59 (NOK 599,- at pgvg.no) while the standard kit is $55. $4 for both extra kits is kind of a no-brainer if you ask me.

                        Thanks a lot to Michael at pgvg.no for sending me this atty for review.

                        dampevarer.no

                        Disclosure:
                        • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
                        • This product was sent to me for free for the purpose of this review.
                        • This review does not contain affiliate links.

                        Thursday, 22 December 2016

                        The Norwegian Institute of Public Health censored their own top researchers

                        Last week I wrote that the TPD and plain packaging passed in the Norwegian parliament. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, NIPH, played an important role in this, not only through their response to the public consultation prior to the vote, but also through their reports on e-cigarettes (which I've written about before) and their statements during a committee hearing in October this year. Now, some of NIPH's own researchers reveals that important information was held back during this committee hearing, and hence the members of parliament, that voted in favour of the new tobacco act, had inadequate information. Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet has gained access to emails showing this and they've talked to Erik Nord and Karl Erik Lund about it. This was published in an article last week (sadly behind a paywall).
                        Erik Nord
                        Karl Erik Lund
                        "NIPH handled this case in a way that Karl Erik Lund's and my own views on e-cigarettes were never submitted to the Committee. (...) This was in my opinion contrary to the general desire for the best possible  information on the case, and disloyal to the parliamentary committee on health and care services", writes FHI researcher Erik Nord in an email exchange Dagbladet has accessed.
                        Both Nord and Lund have argued that what we know about relative harm and usage patterns strongly suggests that a strict policy on e-cigarettes can lead to loss of a lot of lives. They wanted to get this view across to the committee, but instead their calculations and summary on the research done on e-cigarettes were omitted when NIPH held their presentation to the parliamentary committee.

                        Nord directs harsh criticism towards the leaders of NIPH that he in this case says are driven by a wish to satisfy the politicians instead of a wish to objectively impart knowledge. Nord and Lund both have their background from the The Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, SIRUS, that earlier this year was merged with NIPH. SIRUS researchers then expressed concerns that they risked loosing their freedom, credibility and freedom of speech as NIPH has a less independent role compared to SIRUS. It looks to me that they had a very good reason to worry. The two institutes have often disagreed publicly for several years in different questions, for example the use of snus. Karl Erik Lund have been a strong supporter of harm reduction through both snus and e-cigarettes and have expressed this publicly a lot of times while he was Research Director at SIRUS, and I'm happy to see he and his colleagues from old SIRUS still puts ethics and science above satisfying egocentric politicians.

                        This is not the first time Lund and Nord have ended up in this situation after the SIRUS/NIPH merge. They also wrote a report contradicting Minister of Health, Bent Høie's views on plain packaging. Despite that an article in newspaper VG revealed that this report was ignored and left out of the background material when the proposed changes to the tobacco act was written, nothing was done. The Australian lies fit Høie's agenda better, so they kept those instead.
                        "After the VG article about snus packaging some time ago I sent out an email about a crisis of confidence in the NIPH. In a meeting immediately afterwards Camilla (NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg, ed note) asked what was needed to restore confidence. I have since pointed out that action, not words, is needed. The handling of this case was the opposite of what is needed", Nord write in his email.
                        Talking to Dagbladet Nord estimates that between two and three thousand Norwegian smoker will die prematurely as a direct consequence of a strict e-cigarette policy. "This is the reality that the politicians will have to expect", says Nord.
                        "When the health care committee requests to be presented with the different views, it is natural to do so. Instead the area director chose to give a kind of unified presentation where our calculation was completely gone", he explains to Dagbladet.
                        In an email that Dagbladet has read, Nord writes that NIPH in some cases obviously has "issues dealing with its dual role as a research / information provider on one hand and advisor on the other, and that it's leaders unfortunately sometimes ends up being political actors".

                        Area director Knut-Inge Klepp have been publicly sceptical to e-cigarettes all along. This also goes for NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg, and that suits Bent Høies agenda quite nicely. Lund and Nord research and views on the other hand, doesn't fit this agenda at all. So one can only wonder... why did they decide to merge SIRUS and NIPH?

                        Klepp, of course, does not agree with Lund and Nord and says: "I disagree that we in any way attempted to withhold information. We have been completely open that there is scientific disagreement within the institute" What a load of crap. What he's actually saying is that they admit that their researchers (the people that actually know something about this) does not agree with the leadership, but they chose not to present their views anyway. Why? Because they've found other science that fits the politicians agenda better?

                        He then goes on with the usual "there is not much research done on the consequences of e-cigarettes and a fresh survey from the USA supports a stricter policy than Nord and Lund wants", and goes on:
                        The math is interesting. There is uncertainty about the numbers just as there is uncertainty about much of the knowledge about e-cigarettes. Here we get new results every week, and I think that it is wise not to be too firm, but monitor research on health effects both in Norway and internationally closely in the future. 
                        I'm not sure what to say to that? "Blah, blah, blah" might be fitting? There is a lot of research available, just not much supporting the views and agenda of Klepp and whatever politician he thinks he needs to satisfy to keep his job. Klepp goes on:
                        (...) It is not a problem that it appears there is scientific disagreement within such a large institute, but rather a strength. The challenge is of course that we can use the controversy to develop good research that can bring us results in this field.
                        More empty words from Klepp there. The research is already there, from researchers at his own institute among others. Still he was the one that chose to omit it when presenting what was supposed to be all the views and research to the committee, depriving them of the ability to make well informed decision.

                        Then again, would it really have mattered if Lund and Nord had been able to get their views across, telling the committee the real consequences of their actions? Apparently not. Tove Karoline Knutsen (Norwegian Labor party, AP) says that the committee members are well aware of the views of Lund and Nord but still:
                        Of curse we listen carefully both to NIPH and others, but for Labour it is also important to proceed somewhat incremental in cases where there is so little research as in this case, and in any case ensure that we don't do something that is irreversible. If at some point we get far more knowledge our view can be revised, but I think it is important now that we treat e-cigarettes as regular tobacco with the same restrictions, if they are primarily intended to be a tool for smoking cessation.
                        I get the feeling you've listened a lot to NIPH, and paid extra attention to Klepp's way of ignoring science. What really is irreversible is the damage done by the new tobacco act. Pigs will learn to fly before Norway removes or changes a law that complies with the EU TPD.

                        Last week I tried to figure out what motives the Minister of Health and his department have for doing this, even though they have to know by now that they will slow down the accelerating decrease in tobacco smoking. Here's a scary thought: What if that is exactly what they want? Why? From a purely egocentric point of view, just thinking of their own political life it makes sense though. Because no matter how poorly their plain packaging works, smoking rates will continue to decline. The Australian government have demonstrated how, by some simple statistical tinkering, they can make it look like this has worked. That looks great in a political campaign. Same thing with e-cigarettes, even if they manage to slow down progress, which will result in less lives saved, e-cigarette use will slowly become more visible and mainstream, and they can say that "hey, we legalized e-cigs... and have a look at our statistics now. Smoking is declining." (Which it would have done anyway, of course). What's even better from their point of view is that if the decrease in smoking is slow enough, they can continue to make up useless provisions to score political points for years to come as well.

                        The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has become the government's tool to deceive the public, making us believe that they're doing a great job for public health. As we've seen they are willing to go pretty far to do this, even censor their own top researchers if their research show the "wrong" results. We can only hope that Lund, Nord and the other researchers from SIRUS will create such hell that the house of cards eventually falls apart. These are the most experienced and best tobacco researchers we have here in Norway and they are the ones that should be responsible for NIPH's statements, views and presentations regarding this.

                        RDA