Thursday, 2 August 2018

Quit Smoking using Vape Pens

I've been very quiet these past years for the very good reason I've quit vaping (and smoking).

I 100% support peoples right to vape and think it is by far the healthiest alternative to smoking. It was in my experience the easiest way to quit smoking and I'm glad that since I've quit the National Health Service are supporting people, encouraging them to vape instead of smoking. If you haven't already try contacting your local NHS Foundation for help to quit smoking some are offering vouchers to cover the costs of a eCig starter kit. If your NHS can't help I'd suggest you try and support your local Vape Shop by purchasing a starter kit. Local Shops can be very friendly and helpful, explaining everything you need to know.

In the past couple of years Poundland have improved the quality of their eJuice and ego-t vape pens, stick with the 88vape brand (other brands could be old stock no one buys). Your local Vape Shop may have better quality for the same price.

Try using the eCigDirectory to find local Vape Shops.

Technically nicotine is optional

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Who is eCig friendly in the 2015 General Election?

Let's start by being very clear; none of the major parties are eCig friendly. Looking at all the party manifestos shows a complete lack of interest in vapers. Good you may be thinking but with the British exchequer losing so much money to eCigs any party could end up attacking vapers in the future.

What the manifestos say.

The Conservative manifesto says nothing about eCigs and although they haven't attacked vaping whilst in power, they haven't always been the most sensible of governments. Pasty Tax, anyone?

The one openly hostile party is Plaid Cymru saying: "We will introduce better regulation, including stricter marketing rules, on e-cigarettes". Exactly what it is about eCigs that needs "better regulation" is left to your imagination. "Stricter marketing rules" suggests they are supporting the scare stories that vaping appeals to under 18s, obviously it does in a limited way but since they can't buy eCigs it's not an issue and I can't help but find this manifesto pledge troublesome.

The only other Party to mention vaping in their manifesto is the Lib Dems, saying they will "carefully monitor the growing evidence around electronic cigarettes", and adding that they are "a route by which many people are quitting tobacco". Again "growing evidence" is so vague it's hard to know if they are friendly or hostile but since the scientific evidence is consistently positive this may indicate a friendly attitude, at least they acknowledge it helps people quit smoking.

Are there other hints about were the Parties lie.

Another Party often assumed to be friendly is UKIP, they don't mention eCigs in their manifesto but their leader is a smoker and could be described as standing up for smokers' and by extension vapers' rights. His party has been clear they would bring back smoking in pubs and reverse plans to outlaw branding on cigarette packs.

That leaves Labour and SNP as the two parties likely to carry weight after the election and with nothing to say about us vapers. Labour do however have plans to introduce a £150m levy on the profits of tobacco companies to fund improvements in the NHS - a policy backed by the SNP. I have no idea how encouraging Tobacco companies to move to another country helps anything but it's an example of the type of fantasist thinking that may well see eCigs attacked with counter-productive taxes.

One more Party worth considering are Vapers in Power who without question support people using eCigs and if you see them on your ballot paper I'd wholeheartedly encourage you to vote for them. They are a newly formed single-issue political party, who realistically have little chance of winning any seats. A vote for them does however send a very clear message to other politicians on what they can do to win your vote in the future.

Friendly Parties Ranked, based on what little we know.

Vapers in Power - Very Positive.
Lib Dem - Positive-ish (Although they've disappointed many before).
UKIP - Assumed to be positive by many.
Conservatives - Neutral.
Labour - Assumed to be Negative.
SNP - Assumed to be Negative.
Plaid Cymru - Openly Hostile.

Of course the reality is this General Election is going to be a very tight race and issues like the economy, defence, living standards and equality are going to be the deciding factors when we show up at the ballot box. I myself live in a swing seat so a tactical vote based on who I think is better for the economy means I probably won't be able to vote for an eCig friendly party.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Download CNET a Malware Host, do not trust.

Sorry I know this blog shouldn't be used as a soapbox for me to have a rant, but tough that's what a blog is ideally suited for I've decided to believe. This particular moan is about a large Software Download company that damaged(f****d) my computer up with Malware.

The offender or as it is more accurately called Download Malware. I just wanted a simple application to streamline a task I had to do*. A Google search showed me a program that sounded reasonable, it turned out a CNET staff member had given it a good review with 5 stars. I unfortunately believe computers are suppose to make life easier and quicker so common sense ideas like, check real users feedback tend to be skipped in these situation. Kind of like how no-one ever reads terms and conditions.

Anyway I began the installation and alarm bells started going off, I'm asked if I want to install the super awesome(ie nasty spyware) Delta Search Toolbar. Knowing I'm only moments away from my computer living up to my exceptions of being useful I leave good judgement aside and decide I can out smart this scam. I de-select the Toolbar and continue. There's no warnings from my web browsers about any changes, I've won I have the application running. It's predictably too flashy and doesn't do the simply task it claims to be designed to do. No problem back to Google, right?

Needless to say my Browser nay all the Web Browsers on my computer had been molested. After following instruction from other CNET victims I found in forums I remove Delta Search. But Google Chrome is still going to Delta Search when I open a new tab. Long story short Anti-Virus finds all kinds of Malware and Trojans, some of which can't be deleted. I could give you detailed step by step instructions to remove this mess if you find yourself here because some website you trusted did this to you too, but it's pointless. It would be outdated in a weeks time, the fastest solution anyway is to re-install Windows, sorry but it is.

Things I learned.

  1. Windows UAC is pointless (Nagging screen that appears when you try to install untrusted programs, virus makers know how to appear trusted)
  2. Anti-Virus only protects you from old viruses.
  3. ICANN won't do anything about a domain hosting Malware, they suggest bothering some fantasy law enforcement agency that deal with this sort of thing.
  4. CNET are scum, I'm not unreasonable my opinion would be improved if the App wasn't still there with their pretty 5 stars.

UPDATE: I'll post a time-frame for how long it takes to get taken down if it ever does.

* I'm not giving any clue to the App as I want to see how long it takes to get removed, remember many people have already commented on this App and presumably like me reported it.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Poll Results: What is your favourite eCig flavour?

My first Poll attracted a massive 10 votes. Despite reaching the heady highs of double digits I'm a little concerned about the margin of error. According to this BBC article Electronic cigarettes - miracle or menace? the number of people using e-cigarettes in the UK is expected to reach a million this year. So lets shove all these numbers into a simple equation E=Sqrt[(N - n)x/n(N-1)] and we get a margin of error of 30.99%. Good nothing wrong with that.

  1 (10%)
  3 (30%)
  1 (10%)
  3 (30%)
  0 (0%)
  1 (10%)
  1 (10%)

So we can absolutely safely say Menthol or Vanilla are the most popular flavours of eCigs, or may be Tobacco, or Peach and I suppose Cherry. Who said statistics lie! Anyway for my next rock solid and informative Poll I think I'll set it to run longer, after all if we can get 20 votes we may be able to start throwing the word "fact" around.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Latest eCigs Coupons for July.

Smoke Relief - free P&P on starter kits: STARTER
Smoke Relief - free P&P on orders over £10: FREESHIP10

Electric Zebra - 20% off refills: ZEWJNA

Friday, 28 June 2013

Can Flubit get me cheaper eCigs - Flubit claim good discounts on any online UK purchase.

The tried and tested methods of getting discounts on any online purchase are Coupons and Cashback for which I recommend the following.

Cashback: TopCashBack*

Some people may have heard of Flubit, they have been mentioned in the UK national press and are gaining some traction on HotUKDeals. They work as such, find something you want to buy, copy and paste a link into their website and they will try to beat the price. So far I've tried two eCig vendors and they have been disappointing. By all accounts however they're good for electricals and video games etc.

First I tried a starter kit from Smoke Relief.

The first nonsensical response from Flubit claimed Smoke Relief was a foreign website and couldn't help. So I tried again and a couple days latter I got an offer.

Flubit: £10.46
Vapey Joe: £8.59 with coupon and cashback as detailed here: Review

So far utter failure but I tried another kit from Electric Zebra.

Flubit: £11.38
Vapey Joe: £11.32 with cashback as reviewed here: Review

Okay Flubit are not looking good so far but there is potential, I'll be keeping an eye on them and keep you updated. Please if you give them a try leave a comment and let us know how you get on Flubit.

*The honesty bit. Posts are written without any financial incentive, when possible affiliate links will be used to help fund this blog. Any link that potentially earns this site money will always be mentioned below.

TopCashBack is the only link that may earn this post money.

Thursday, 27 June 2013 Review - Honest and Unbiased

As mentioned in a previous post Are eCigs cheaper than Rolling Tobacco in the UK. I've been using Smoke Relief's products for over 6 months. In fact it was the first eCig I tried, so it's time to offer a full review.

The design is a standard simulation of a cigarette, yellow cartridge, white battery and red LED. Every time I use this vendor deliveries have been made in 1 or 2 days. They have loads of Flavours to choose from (all good) and a decently high nicotine strength of 22mg. It's the cheapest starter kit I've found at £9.95 plus cashback and it's one of the best priced for cartridges.
Starter Kit includes:
1 e-Cigarette carry box.
1 USB Charger
1 Battery
7 Cartridges

Starter Kit is £9.95 plus 17.17% cashback using TopCashBack*- COUPON CODE: STARTER.
Tested, I effectively paid £8.59.

10 cartridges for £11.90 + 17.17% cashback - COUPON CODE: FREESHIP10.
I effectively paid £10.20.

For maximum cost saving use a cashback site then copy and paste relevant coupon. For people new to cashback this may be daunting and confusing so follow theses easy steps.
  1. Sign up for a TopCashBack* account.
  2. Once logged in search for Smoke Relief.
  3. Open Smoke Relief website using link on TopCashBack.
  4. Make your purchase as usual, remember to use Coupon code before finishing.
I'm going to rate this 9 out of 10 for being of outstanding value and quality. Ideal for first time vapers and long termers alike.

Battery and Cartridges are interchangeable with Freedom, iCig, Nicolites and Skycig.

*The honesty bit. Posts are written without any financial incentive, when possible affiliate links will be used to help fund this blog. Any link that potentially earns this site money will always be mentioned below.

TopCashBack is the only link that may earn this post money.