Thursday, 28 April 2016

Royal College of Physicians back vaping big time!

Woke up this morning to some great news. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have released a 200-page report called "Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction", that rips several of the ANTZ favourite arguments and theories apart concluding that we should "Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking". From the press release:
  • E-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking – in the UK, use of e-cigarettes is limited almost entirely to those who are already using, or have used, tobacco.
  • E-cigarettes do not result in normalisation of smoking – there is no evidence that either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or e-cigarette use has resulted in renormalisation of smoking. None of these products has to date attracted significant use among adult never-smokers, or demonstrated evidence of significant gateway progression into smoking among young people.
  • E-cigarettes and quitting smoking - among smokers, e-cigarette use is likely to lead to quit attempts that would not otherwise have happened, and in a proportion of these to successful cessation. In this way, e-cigarettes can act as a gateway from smoking.
  • E-cigarettes and long-term harm - the possibility of some harm from long-term e-cigarette use cannot be dismissed due to inhalation of the ingredients other than nicotine, but is likely to be very small, and substantially smaller than that arising from tobacco smoking. With appropriate product standards to minimise exposure to the other ingredients, it should be possible to reduce risks of physical health still further. Although it is not possible to estimate the long-term health risks associated with e-cigarettes precisely, the available data suggest that they are unlikely to exceed 5% of those associated with smoked tobacco products, and may well be substantially lower than this figure
The report acknowledges the need for proportionate regulation, but suggests that regulation should not be allowed significantly to inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers. A regulatory strategy should take a balanced approach in seeking to ensure product safety, enable and encourage smokers to use the product instead of tobacco, and detect and prevent effects that counter the overall goals of tobacco control policy.
These are all the things a lot of vapers have been trying to get across to regulators and politicians, and to get the media to report, for a long time now. But not many have listened, and many of those who have listened have dismissed it and told us we don't know what we're talking about. Having this report to back it up will hopefully add quite a lot of weight to our arguments, and the hopefully the report will have as much influence as their report on cigarettes from 1962 which was among the first to show the harmful effects of smoking.

I'm also very happy to see that this has gotten the attention of the media already: Smokers Urged to Switch to E-Cigarettes by British Medical Group (NY Times), U.K. Report Advocates Substituting E-Cigarettes for Tobacco (Wall Street Journal), Doctors: Give E-Cigarettes To Smokers (Sky News). Actually... just google "royal college of physicians e-cigarettes" and see for yourself. Now I'm just waiting for Norwegian media to catch up.

I haven't had the time to read the whole report but they've put up a pretty good summary in the summary of the report that I have to say is bloody great and I recommend reading it... and then bookmark it so you can link it to anyone trying to tell you vaping isn't the best thing for public health since soap.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Review: Aromamizer Supreme RDTA by Steamcrave

The Aromamizer from Steamcrave has been one of my favourite atomizers of 2015. I was, and I still am of course, mighty impressed by the RDTA, that in my opinion outperforms a lot of substantially more expensive tanks. When the V2 came out not long ago I was even more impressed. But when Steamcrave release their V2 of the Aromamizer, they also released another atomizer: the Aromamizer Supreme RDTA.

One of the key concepts that makes the Aromamizer so good is, in my opinion, their liquid feeding system and the airflow design that takes the air in from the sides and leads it directly to the coils. With the Supreme, Steamcrave has tried to fine tune these concepts, they've made it bigger and they have added a couple of new features that you won't find on the standard Aromamizer: Top-filling and a juice control system making you able to limit or completely stop the juice from flowing to the chamber. The Supreme is indeed quite a big atomizer, having a diameter of 25 mm and a juice capacity of 7 ml. Shortly after the initial release they also released a 4 ml version of it, and of course... there is a conversion kit so you can just buy a new top and glass tube and you can rebuild your 7 ml Supreme to a 4 ml Supreme, in the same way you can easily swap between 3 and 6 ml for the standard version. I just love that Steamcrave did that ... again ... and I have already ordered the conversion kit for only $9.90. 

In the box
The Aromamizer Supreme comes in the same kind of gift-box as the rest of the Steamcrave Aromamizer family.
  • The Aromamizer Supreme RDTA
  • Spare glass tank
  • Spare O-rings
  • Spare screws and a hex key

Specifications and features
  • Top filling
  • Airflow control
  • Juice flow control
  • Big Velocity style 2-post build-deck (16.3 mm diameter)
  • Juice Capacity: 7ml/4ml
  • Diameter: 25 mm
  • Height:: 67,5 mm
Look and feel
The Aromamizer Supreme is quite a big atomizer... and quite heavy. It feels very solidly built, and the threads are smooth as hell all over the place. Great build quality. When reviewing the the Aromamizer in November I said it wasn't the best looking tank out there. With the V2 this changed quite a bit and now I think it looks quite sexy with the new metal AFC ring. I think the Supreme looks pretty good, especially the black one that I've got. It's also available in the standard Stainless Steal color, and you can even buy replacement glass tubes in red, blue or black glass if you think that will make it look better. I don't ... I think the standard clear glass looks the best.

In use 
As I said above... all threading on this atomizer is supersmooth, making it a dream to take apart, clean and work with in general. The AFC (Air Flow Control) ring and the JFC (Juice Flow Control) ring is also quite well adjusted when it comes to tightness, although I do think the Aromamizer V2 AFC ring still wins the smoothness contest. The JFC is a bit tighter than the AFC, but I guess this is done on purpose since as you don't want to accidentally adjust or even close off your juice flow as you twist the AFC ring.

Building on the velocity deck of this atomizer is also quite a dream. There is a reason we're seeing this design implemented in A LOT of atomizers lately. The one in the Supreme is almost identical to the one in the standard Aromamizer (the Supreme comes with only the velocity deck, not the 3-post they had in the standard), with the same spacing between the posts. The difference however is that they've made the juice holes quite a lot bigger, 2.5 mm, and the deck itself is a bit wider, having a 16.3 mm diameter vs. the 14.3 of the standard Aromamizer RDTA. The chamber of course matches this, giving you some more room to build bigger coils, and with the bigger juice holes it should be able to wick faster and handle more power than the standard. The whole build deck can be removed from the device for inspection, re-wicking or rebuilding without having to empty the tank first, which is also a good thing.

The liquid and air flow paths are the same as they were on the standard Aromamizer. As I said in the review in November, this is best explained with an illustration. The Supreme however, has only two air holes that are a bit bigger than the ones on the standard, and they can be covered up partly (or completely) by twisting the AFC ring. Another difference is that the build deck is no longer screwed into the bottom piece but is rather pushed into the chamber first and you then screw your bottom ring onto the chamber section to lock it in place. The point of this is that the build deck has some tabs that will make the coils align perfectly with the air holes, kind of the same concept used by the UD Bellus. Works very well and the only thing you need to worry about is to make sure your coils are at the right height, which again is pretty easy to see if you just look into the holes.

The Juice Flow Control system also works very well. Just twist the ring to control how size of the openings from the tank down to the bottom. I've mainly used this to shut the juice completely off to avoid leakage when I'm out and about. What I've done is shut off the flow completely, then I've vaped it for a few draws to empty the bottom section, and I've had no leakage problems at all. When vaping it normally I've kept the juice flow fully open, which has worked fine with the juice I have been using, which has been at least 50% VG. I guess for thinner juices it might make sense to limit the juice flow to avoid flooding as you now have 2.5 mm juice holes in the bottom of the deck, but I haven't really tried this. Anyway... I like that you have the ability to completely shut off the juice flow, eliminating leakage problems when you're out and about completely. I doubt it will help you on a plane though... but I haven't tried that either. I've tried running the Supreme up to like 70-75W with no wicking issues on 50/50 PG/VG juice. I guess you can run it a lot higher if you do some trial and error with the amount of cotton you put in there.

The top filling is also just excellent. Very large fill holes which means you can basically pour juice in there from a coke bottle if you wanted. The threading on the top cap is super smooth, and of course they've put knurling on it as well so it's really easy to unscrew. The only negative thing about the top filling is that I no longer inspect my build every time I refill, which means I probably don't re-wick as often as I should.

All in all, the Aromamizer Supreme, as it's little brother/sister, is indeed a dream to use. Steamcrave makes sure of this as they do pay attention to the small details that makes everyday use of the device easy. Knurling in the right places, big fill holes, some grip on the JFC ring etc.

The velocity style deck is a design that does give you a lot of building options. You can do single or dual coils (probably more as well if you really want to), horisontal, vertical or maybe diagonal builds and the deck is big enough for some pretty big coils. So again... performance is of course dependent on how you build it. Then again... you don't need to go super-advanced on this one to get fantastic performance. I've been running it with dual-coil claptons (I'm even lazy enough to buy pre-wrapped coils) and it performs on par with the standard RDTA (and the V2), which I started out saying was one of my favourite atomizers. Hopefully you have read my review of that one so you know that I think it's just fantastic. Great vapor production, great flavour... simple as that.

Pros and cons
++ Great flavour
++ Great vapour production
+ Juice flow control that makes it leak proof as well
+ Great air flow control
+ All tools and spares included
+ Easy to use
+ Great fan-club on facebook ( and they get a lot of kudos for listening to their customers.
- The Allen key was kind of soft so you can't really use much force or it will become unusable pretty quickly.

The Supreme is supposed to cost about $10 ($54.99 at more than the standard Aromamizer RDTA for the 7 ml version and $5 more for the 4 ml version. However, as I'm writing this you get the 4 ml for $39.99 and the 7 ml for 44.99... the same as the V2. So in other words... price shouldn't really matter if you have to choose between them, they're both reasonably priced so I'd say try them both and decide which one you like best. The Supreme is bigger and can probably handle more heat and bigger builds, it has top filling and it has the juice flow control. Then again, the standard is smaller, pretty easy to fill even if it doesn't have top filling and to be honest ... I haven't had much leaking with that either, especially with the new V2 AFC ring that you can just shut and it won't leak. What I'm trying to say is that, in my opinion, both of these are extremely good atomizers, with fantastic flavour and vapor-production, and they're both worth every penny and then some. Which one you should choose depends on your needs and personal preference, and I suspect you'll end up with both once you tried one of them.

Thanks to Maggie at Steamcrave for offering a decent discount, making this review possible.

Vapour UK

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

How does vaping really affect our health?

We've all seen the horror stories in the media, reporting that e-cigarettes will give you popcorn lung, cancer and other health problems. A lot of so called scientists have looked for problems, and they've published studies claiming that they've found them as well. In the most extreme cases we've been told that e-cigarettes and vaping is even more dangerous than smoking, and the media keeps on reporting these stories. According to what has been reported in this area since I started vaping, I should be really ill and probably don't have many months left to live right now. So why am I feeling great then?

One of the problems, of course, is that the media writes whatever generates clicks and don't care too much about if the research they report is any good. I've written about a few of these cases before (for example here and here) and there are of course quite a few problems. I've also seen claims that e-cigarette vapor will make cancer in rats worse... if you let them breathe only vapor for weeks, and that you can kill human lung cells by drowing them in e-liquid. The one thing that all these studies have in common is that they do not study how e-cigarettes affect smokers, or humans in general actually, in real life. They all set out to find a problem, and to find it they had to go to pretty extreme measures, designing scenarios that would never happen in the real world. In most cases it's pretty obvious as well, at least for people who have some clue of what vaping is all about, which should be a pre-requisite to be allowed to publish these studies, don't you think? As Boromir would have said: One does not simply endure dry-puffing on an e-cig for very long. This is also the reason that I, despite that I should be feeling shit according to the media and certain "scientists", feel great. I don't sleep inside a small chamber filled with vapor, I don't poor pure nicotine into my lungs and I hate the taste of a dry-hit.

Meanwhile, in the real world, someone has actually studied how e-cigarettes. I wasn't aware of this study until I read about it on yesterday: Long Term Study Shows Vaping Improves Health. Now that sounds like it coincides a lot better with my own experience. The original study was published in November last year from what I can see. So in the real world vaping has helped people resolve problems like Bronchitis, Asthma, recurring respiratory infections and shortness of breath among others. Sounds familiar. Remember that this is a study that are looking at long term effects of vaping, we're talking of people who, like me, have vaped for at least three years:
Health effects related to changing to e-cigarettes were pronounced and very positive. In the subgroup of vapers with 3 or more years of use, adverse heath events decreased from 1.78 while smoking to 0.07 after starting to vape. This amounts to a 96% decrease in self-reported adverse health events [...] The group as a whole reported on average a decline of 1.1 (61.8%) adverse health events (resolution of existing conditions, or improvement) after starting to vape.
As you can see, in the real world, vaping improves the health of smoker significantly. The doctor behind the study, Robert L. Cranfield MD, even managed to dig up 10 vapers with no history of smoking.... and they didn't report any problems either.
While the number of never smoker using e-cigarettes is low in all studies, there are still enough of them to gather information as a basis of harm potential to never smokers as a result of use of vapor products. This study showed no increased adverse health events in the limited pool of 10 individuals found.
While this of course do not show that never smokers will have positive health effects from vaping, and the positive effects experience by smokers who switch are of course due to the fact that they quit smoking, it leads to a very important conclusion:
We cannot assume that a 95% harm reduction in smokers means a 5% risk of harm to never smokers.
Actually, pure logic would lead to this conclusion, but I've seen the argument used by the ANTZ more than once.

This shows that when studying potential harms from vaping, or actually this goes for studying potential harm in general, it's important to study real life, not made up fantasy scenarios designed to find problems. You see the reason I'm still feeling great is that I actually live in the real world (well most of the time at least). I highly recommend reading the report, it's not that long and well worth it.

Vapour UK

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Juice Review: Quartet - A Latakia Blend by Black Note

A friend of mine who runs a vapeshop (and webshop) told me yesterday that he was getting some amazing e-liquid. Supposed to be the best tobacco e-juice in the world, he said. Not surprisingly, he was talking about Black Note. He wasn't aware that I had reviewed the Notebook a while ago, but anyway I told him I agreed. Of course I haven't tasted all the tobacco juices in the world but the Black Note range is indeed some of the best ones I have tasted.

So when Black Note contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a review of their new limited edition Quartet I was thrilled. Only problem was that they had my old address so it ended with something like a month or so with painful waiting and checking the mail before it finally arrived. But good things come to those who wait, right?

Quartet - A Latakia Blend
Tested on Hellfire Raptor (0.5 ohm dual coil @ 20-50 watts)
Quartet incorporates the four elements of sun, fire, earth and air to produce a rich, intense smoky-peppery tobacco. The blend embraces the Syrian Latakia process of sun-curing the tobacco, then smoke-curing over controlled fires of Valonia oak, Aleppo pine, Lebanon cedar, Greek juniper and indigenous aromatic herbs. The result is a powerfully distinct symphonic delight for the senses.
This is Black Notes own description of their Quartet. You can even read the full story on how it was developed and made on their web-page, and this isn't your everyday tobacco steep as you can see. The tobacco used to create it has been aged for 8 years (!). I guess this might be one of the reasons that the Quartet limited edition is priced at $39 for 30ml. Pretty expensive juice in other words, so the question is... is it worth it?

The answer, in my opinion is: YES! And I did not accidentally hit caps lock there. The smokiness of the juice is the first thing that hits you when you open the bottle and smell this juice, and it is the key flavour that remains all the time while you vape it. I'm actually having quite a hard time describing all the other flavours in there, cause this juice is pretty complex. It's got some sweetness and you get the feeling there is indeed quite a symphony of different flavours playing in your mouth, herbs, tobacco and different kinds of smoky flavours. As I said, quite hard to describe, so I can only recommend you try it yourself. It is one of the most authentic tobacco juices I have tried so far. Indeed a pretty expensive juice, but it's worth every penny. If you've tried some of the other Black Note juices and liked them, you are definitely going to love this one.

Thanks a lot to Black Note for sending me this juice for review. And please don't hesitate to send me any new creation you come up with... so far they only keep getting better and better. Thanks :)


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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Juice Review: Zabadi and Poz by Yogg Lyfe

Yogg Lyfe themselves say they set out to "deliver the perfect combination of delicious Yogurt and fine fruits". This has resulted in a range of 4 juices, all blends of Yogurt and different fruits. As far as I know, all their juices are delivered in white 60 ml bottles in nicotine strengths of 0, 3, 6 and 12 mg/ml. Today I'm reviewing two of the juices and I'll review the other two later on

Tested on: C.O.V Defiant (0.5 Ohm ceramic coil, 60 watts)
Mango and vanilla is supposed to be the main flavours in this one... in addition to the Yogurt of course. Sounds really tempting. Smelling it I suspected this was quite a sweet juice, and I wasn't really all that wrong. The mango is pretty sweet but well balanced with the vanilla and creamy Yogurt flavours. Even if there is quite a lot of sweetness in the juice it's not sickening and the mango is very authentic if you ask me. It even have that little sting at the end that you get from real mangos. A really well balanced juice, creamy and easy to vape all day, that also gives you loads of vapor being a 60/40 VG/PG juice (they all are).

Tested on: Steamcrave Supreme RDTA (Dual Clapton @ 0.3 Ohms, 60-70 watts)

Another juice that smells pretty sweet. Raspberry, Hibiscus and Pomegranate this time. Now Hibiscus and Pomegranate are not the most familiar flavours to me, but raspberries I do love and eat quite often. As I said, this juice also smells pretty sweet, and it tastes pretty sweet as well. Again, authentic fruit flavours and great balance. Same creamy yogurt base as the Zabadi. This base makes the Yogg juices pretty unique, I don't have the feeling that this is something I've tasted before, even if I have tasted quite a few fruit juices. Makes me look forward to try out the two remaining flavours in the range.

Thanks to UKEcigstore for sending me these juices for review.

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Review: Aromamizer RDTA V2 by Steamcrave

The original Aromamizer RDTA has been one of my favourite atomizers for quite a while. I think I can safely say that I've been using my first one every single day since I first got it and reviewed it in November last year, and I had to get another one in black as well cause ... well it rocks. Simple as that.

The V2 is not very different from the V1, so this won't be a normal review, but rather a short update to the one I published in November. I recommend reading that one first, as I'll only focus on what they've changed since then.

So what's new?
One of the things my friend Roger, who recommended the Aromamizer in the first place, emphasized when telling me about Steamcrave was that they really listen to their customers/fans. In the Steamcrave fanclub page on Facebook, there has mainly been two things people have been talking/complaining about: The rubber AFC (Air Flow Control) ring, and the "nipple" on the top-cap that kind of limits which drip-tips you can use quite a lot... at least if you mind at all how the atty looks. So in the V2... these are the two things they've changed.

What Steamcrave have done with the V2 is re-designing two of the parts: The chamber/AFC section and the top cap. These new parts can be bought separately, so you can upgrade your existing Aromamizer and mix and match with the old parts however you like it. I actually just got both the parts and upgraded one of my existing ones... didn't even bother to change the coils.

If you've read my original review, I said that I actually like the rubber AFC ring, cause it gives you the opportunity to adjust the airflow exactly how you want it. After using it for a while though, I've found one disadvantage of it (besides looks), and that is that the rubber band tends to slide off at times when you put the atty in a tight pocket, carrying bag or whatever. On the new V2 they have put a metal AFC ring there instead of the rubber one. What I was worried about when I saw this at first was that it would no longer give me the option of having 2 of the holes completely closed while the other two were open, but it turns out there was no need to worry. With some clever placing of the holes on the metal ring, we still have all the flexibility of the rubber ring, only much better since you don't need to change/choose between a two-hole ring and a 4-hole ring. What impresses me the most is how smoothly the ring turns. I think I've talked about perfectly tight AFC rings in several of my reviews, but this one takes it to a whole new level of smoothness. Finally, I have to admit, it looks a lot better than the rubber one. When it comes to performance, this changes nothing, which is a good thing.

The other part that has been redesigned is the top-cap. I guess this is mainly a visual upgrade, but the drip-tip actually gets a little closer to the chamber so you might get slightly hotter vapor... at least in theory. I still love the drip-tips with the spit-back protection from the V1 so I just use that one. It seems to me however that this is not included when you buy a complete V2... which is kind of a shame in my opinion. Actually, looking at their shop now, it seems that this concept has been abandoned completely. Anyway, I do think the V2 cap looks better, and it makes it possible to use your own favourite drip-tip, so it is a good upgrade as well.

The Aromamizer was already my favorite atty, these upgrades made it even better. It still produces the same awesome flavour, but now it looks a bit better, and you don't have to worry about your AFC ring getting totally out of position whenever you put it in your pocket. If you already own a V1, the upgrades to V2 costs around $15 for the AFC section and $14 for the top caps on The AFC is a no-brainer, just go get it. The top cap is a matter of personal taste. I'm getting both for my other V1. The price-tag for the complete atomizer is not bad either at $45, also on Actually I'd say it's a bargain... plus you might end up selling some of your more expensive atties once you try this one.

Thanks a lot to Maggie at Steamcrave for making this review possible.

Vapour UK

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Friday, 15 April 2016

Worth reading this weekend (April 15th 2016)

Another week closer to May 20th 2016 and TPD regulations so I thought it would be a good idea to start out this weekends reading list with a reminder of all that is wrong with the TPD. But before that I'd like to encourage everyone, or at least those of you voting in the UK EU referendum, to take the Ashtray blogs' survey here. Now, when you're done with that... onto the reading list:
"When will anyone in public health, tobacco control or the European Union accept responsibility for the unintended consequences of banning snus and the outrageous negligence of continuing the ban in the face of all the evidence?"

Have a nice weekend!

Vapour UK

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Worth reading this weekend (April 9th 2016)

A bit late this weekend, but I've been busy, ok? You still have a whole Sunday to get through this weekends suggested reading though, and hopefully you'll find it well worth spending time on. So grab your coffee cups, fill your atomizers and make sure your batteries are charged. Here's this weekends suggested reading:
"Ecigs are there to be enjoyed, with or without nicotine. And that, my friends, is what too many people don't like. They need to get over it. That simple."
Have a nice weekend!

Vapour UK

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Juice review: VG Peaches & Milk + Chocolaccino by Simple Vape Co.

The VG line from Simple Vape Co., as the name implies, is a range of high VG juices (80/20 VG/PG). Should be perfect for high powered box mods, drippers and cloud-chasing. The range currently consists of 4 flavours, and the nice guys at were nice enough to send me two of them for this review.


Tested on: Steam Crave RDA (Dual Clapton @ 0.25 Ohm, 60 watts)

Chocolate, caramel and coffee on a biscuit base says the description. I agree. To me it smells a bit like those Caffè Lattes with some flavour syrup in it, and it pretty much tastes that as well. Maybe some nutty tones as well. I don't get too much chocolate, but rather more caramel tones. Actually, this juice goes pretty well with my black coffee in the morning. A well balanced juice you should try out, especially if you love coffee.

Peaches & Milk
Tested on: Steam Crave RDA (Dual Clapton @ 0.25 Ohm, 60 watts)

I've never tried real peaches with milk. Actually I've never heard of the combination before... but then again, I'm Norwegian. I've learned from googling that my mother should have given me this when I was a kid though, so I'll have to have a chat with her about that. Anyway, it sounds kind of tempting, and it tastes pretty awesome. The peach is pretty sweet, reminds me of canned peaches rather than fresh ones, and that's probably what my mother should have used as well. The milk is creamy and delicious and there is just enough of it to make me say this juice is really well balanced as well. Even though I liked the Chocolaccino as well, I have to say this one was my favourite of the two.

Big thanks to the guys at for sending me these juices for review.

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