How To Vape While Travelling

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If you’re a keen vaper and are travelling abroad this summer, you will have to bear in mind how you’re going to handle your favourite pastime while on the move. If you’re travelling with vape gear in tow, you’ll need to know about the places where you can and can’t vape, the safest storage methods and whether or not you can use your e-cigs while in transit. This basic guide to vaping while travelling tells you what you need to know.

Vaping In Airports

Most airports do not permit vaping indoors, and while some provide vaping areas in their terminals, these are few and far between. Should you wish to vape before your flight, you will need to go outside the airport into one of the designated smoking areas if that is permitted. Usually, this means that in most cases you will have to get your fix before you go through security. You should therefore bear this in mind when you plan your arrival time as you will need to give yourself a few extra minutes.

Packing Your Vape Gear

You should keep your vape kit inside your carry-on baggage for peace of mind and for security reasons. You should certainly take your batteries in your hand baggage. No batteries are allowed to be packed inside your hold luggage. While you may be allowed to pack your tanks, mods or RDAs in your hold luggage, it’s a better idea to put them in your carry-on items since the majority of airlines demand that you do this. Even if your chosen airline doesn’t, it’s still the safest way to transport your equipment. It will also reduce the chances of breakages since you can keep an eye on your bags all the time and take extra care. Remove the battery and ensure that the kit has been well protected during transit.

Conversely, e-juices should be put in your hold suitcases since you can then take a greater supply. If possible, take e-liquids that are in plastic bottles rather than glass to avoid breakages and wrap them up well. You could even seal them inside a plastic ziploc bag too just in case there is an accidental spillage while en route. If you put any e-juice in your hand baggage, remember that you will need to put it into a clear plastic bag and that the amount cannot exceed 100 mls.

Vaping On Planes

Vaping is usually prohibited on aeroplanes so you should not expect to be allowed to vape in-flight. While transiting some airspaces, vaping is actually illegal, and you could receive a penalty or a fine for indulging. Even if you’re desperate for a vape, don’t be tempted to vape in the toilets as you won’t get away with it! Instead, use a nicotine patch, spray or gum to help to tide you over while in the air. Even if the airline sells e-cigs on the aeroplane, you are still not permitted to vape during your flight.

Vaping At Your Destination

Depending on where you are taking your holiday, you may discover that even if you were permitted to vape at the airport and during your flight, you cannot vape once you have arrived at your final destination. In some countries, vaping is even an illegal activity, so you need to do your research before you travel. In many countries, especially in the majority of European destinations, you are allowed to carry and use your vape kit in any designated public space, however in some places you will only be permitted to vape nicotine-free products. Whereas some countries have banned the use of e-cigs, some countries still sell and use them despite the law stating otherwise, and this makes matters especially confusing. To be best prepared for your trip, always research the e-cig rules for your holiday destination before setting off with your vaping equipment, and also check the policies for your airport and airline as well.

E-Zigaretten – die aktuelle Lage [DE Version]

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Zigaretten sind heutzutage nur schwer aus unserem Alltag wegzudenken. Ob an der Bushaltestelle, vor dem Büro oder am Bahnhof, sie gehören in unserer modernen Gesellschaft dazu.

Die Tradition des Rauchens geht bis zu den mittelamerikanischen Indianern zurück, die bereits im 15. Jahrhundert Tabak im Rahmen spiritueller Rituale inhalierten.

Doch seit geraumer Zeit möchte die E-Zigarette den herkömmlichen Zigaretten nicht nur Konkurrenz bieten, sie möchte sie auch ablösen. Ist das überhaupt möglich? Welche Vor- und Nachteile bieten E-Zigaretten?

Die gesunde Alternative?

Die gesunde AlternativeDass Rauchen das Lungenkrebsrisiko erheblich ansteigen lässt, ist längst bekannt. Beim Rauchen einer Zigaretten wird Tabak bei etwa 800 Grad Celsius verbrannt. Dabei entstehen krebserregende Stoffe, sogenannte „Karzinogene“, die der Raucher einatmet. Lungenkrebs ist die mit Abstand häufigste Krebsart, die zum Tod führt.

Die elektronische Zigarette verbrennt keinen Tabak, sondern verdampft eine Flüssigkeit, die der Raucher bzw. „Dampfer“ schließlich einatmet. Dabei entstehen deutlich weniger schädliche und krebserregende Stoffe, wie das Deutsche Zentrum für Krebsforschung (DKFZ) in einer offiziellen Stellungnahme bekannt gibt. Das britische Gesundheitsministerium schätzt, den E-Zigaretten -konsum als 95% weniger schädlich gegenüber dem Tabakrauchen ein.

Doch auch die Flüssigkeiten der E-Zigaretten, die sogenannten Liquids, enthalten meist Nikotin und können somit abhängig machen. Weiterhin enthalten die Liquids Substanzen wie Propylenglykol, Glyzerin und Aromastoffe, deren inhalierende Wirkung ebenfalls schädlich sein kann. Da es die elektronische Zigarette erst seit 2006 auf dem Markt gibt, fehlen Studien zur langfristigen gesundheitlichen Beeinträchtigung.

Wer also E-Zigaretten raucht, schadet zwar ebenfalls seiner Gesundheit, jedoch laut aktueller Forschungslage deutlich weniger, als durch das Rauchen herkömmlicher Zigaretten.

Rauchfrei durch E-Zigarette?

 Einen wahren Mehrwert könnte die E-Zigarette im Rahmen der Nikotinentwöhnung spielen. Bereits heutzutage werden E-Zigaretten (mit nikotinfreien Liquids) am meisten von Rauchern und ehemaligen Rauchern verwendet und nicht von völligen Neueinsteigern.

Bislang gibt es zwar keine Studien, jedoch geben befragte Raucher von E-Zigaretten an, ihre Nikotinsucht dadurch abmildern zu können.

 Dafür sprechen auch die Verkaufszahlen der Zigaretten in Deutschland von 2002 und 2015;

so wurden laut statistischem Bundesamt 2002 etwa 145 Milliarden Zigaretten und im Jahr 2015 nur etwa 81 Milliarden Zigaretten verkauft.

 Die E-Zigarette könnte also eine wahre Hilfe auf dem Weg zum Nichtrauchersein darstellen.

Dennoch ist Vorsicht geboten

Dennoch ist Vorsicht geboten

Auch wenn E-Zigaretten einige Vorteile e zigarette bieten, können Gesundheitsexperten nicht zu einem bedenkenlosem Konsum raten.

Einerseits gibt es keine Studien in Bezug auf Langzeitwirkungen, andererseits könnten weitere Faktoren eine wichtige Rolle spielen.

So wird von vielen Ärzten angenommen, dass jugendliche Nichtraucher die gesundheitlichen Risiken verkennen könnten und E-Zigaretten bedenkenlos konsumieren. Ausschlaggebend dafür könnten auch die angenehm schmeckenden Aromastoffe der Liquids sein.

Fazit

 Aus jetziger Sicht der Forschung ist der Konsum von E-Zigaretten weitaus unschädlicher als der Konsum von Zigaretten. Sie bieten Rauchern eine echte Alternative und können auf Grund der nikotinfreien Liquids bei der Nikotinentwöhnung helfen.

Doch zu uneingeschränktem Konsum kann nicht geraten werden, denn sie enthalten ebenfalls schädliche Substanzen, wenn auch in deutlich geringerer Menge.

 Um auf die Eingangsfrage zurückzukommen, ob E-Zigaretten die etablierten Zigaretten ablösen können, kann mit einem vorsichtigen „Ja“ geantwortet werden.

Das hat auch der größte Tabakkonzern der Welt bereits befürchtet und seine erste E-Zigarette „IQOS“ auf den Markt gebracht.

Die Zukunft bleibt ungewiss, jedoch ist eine klare Richtung zu einem bewussteren und gesünderen Konsum zu erkennen.

3 Reasons Why Teenage Smoking is on the Rise

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The cigarette smoking among the teenagers is on the rise. Cigarette smoking is harmful, and this has posed a serious problem in the society. Here are the major reasons why teenage smoking in increasing.

pexels-photo-202390Smoking conceived as something ‘cool’

The old belief that smoking is ‘cool’ is still present. Smoking is now very prominent among the teens and college students. They consider five cigarettes a day to be ‘casual.’ In movies also smoking has been portrayed as cool. Statistics show that 40% of TV shows contain at least one scene with tobacco.

 

15308450119_917638e0e1_bSmoking facilitates conversation

Social smoker is a common term that is used by the millennials. It means someone who smokes to ease a conversation. These smokers are not addicted. They just smoke regularly. Smoking is a way of meeting people. The party-goers use this means of having a conversation with someone. Many of these teenagers feel that they will quit smoking within five years time as they understand the danger of addiction.

60464920_277bc7522d_bDue to e-cigarettes and vapes

As the market is full of e-cigarettes and vapes, the teenagers now feel that it’s quite harmless to smoke now. The effect of nicotine is not that strong, and so it’s all right to smoke e-cigarettes or vapes.

All these reasons contribute to the rise of smoking habit among the teenagers. This is an alarming situation, and the government must take measures to prevent smoking among the teenagers so that they don’t become addicted when they become adults.

3 Smoking Control Programs that are in Place in Singapore

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Smoking is something that harms both the smokers and non-smokers. To control smoking combined efforts from everyone is required. Here are some smoking control programs that can be implemented.

Tobacco taxation


These programs can be done in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance. It is a cost-effective strategy to reduce the prevalence rates of smoking. According to a study conducted by the World Bank, it is seen that a 10% rise in the inflation adjusted price, there will be a reduction in consumption of cigarettes by 2% to 8%. Statistics have shown that if the cigarette prices are increased then, the per capita consumption will decrease.

Tobacco control legislation


The legislative measures started in the ‘70s, and they undergo regular reviews to include the best international practices. These measures also help to keep up with the social behavior trends among the people of Singapore. The two legislation instruments that they use are ‘Smoking Act’ and ‘Tobacco Act.’ The ‘Smoking Act’ prohibits tobacco advertisements and promotions, provide rotation of graphic health warnings about the use of tobacco products, etc. The ‘Tobacco Act’ prohibits the import and sale of emerging tobacco products, extending health warning labels on the tobacco products, etc. There is also the Prohibition on Smoking in Certain Places Act that prohibits smoking in public places.

Public education


Public education is present to prevent the initiation of smoking. Education is also provided to smokers and non-smokers so that they know the harmful effects of smoking.

All these programs are there to create awareness among people to quit smoking. It is expected that the number of smokers in Singapore will decrease soon.

3 Reasons Why Vaping Is Better Than Smoking

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vaping_9832376464Smoking kills about 6 million people every year. Vaping is an alternative to smoking and can improve your health. It has fewer amounts of chemicals than that’s present in tobacco smoke. So, it is less harmful than smoking. Vaping is a device that delivers a nicotine hit by heating a nicotine-containing propylene glycol called e-liquid. It creates an aerosol called vapor that is inhaled. Vaping delivers nicotine as effectively as a conventional cigarette, but without the presence of all the other chemicals present in tobacco smoke.

Vaping has become a new culture. There are various types of devices, e-liquids and flavors available. Vaping is used mostly by those who are trying to quit smoking. The vaping industry is growing rapidly. Health professionals are trying to develop evidence-based guidelines, and the tobacco industry is buying e-cigarette companies. Here are the benefits of using vaping.

  • different_types_of_electronic_cigarettes_15249922438Many countries like the United Kingdom encourage smokers to use e-cigarettes to help them quit tobacco cigarette. Many organizations are supporting this initiative as it is a better alternative to tobacco smoking.
  • Vaping uses fewer chemicals compared to tobacco smoking. In tobacco, there are lots of chemicals available along with nicotine. These enhance the effect of nicotine.
  • It is less harmful than tobacco smoking. Smokers can reduce the immediate harm that occurs due to tobacco inhalation by choosing vaping. But as there are fewer chemicals in vaping, the effect of nicotine is much less here. Some vapers even have zero nicotine content in e-liquids.

Despite all these efforts, smoking is still the greatest cause of ill health and premature death in people. People are concerned that e-cigarettes and vapes will lead to long-term nicotine use as people will no longer try to quit smoking altogether, but simply switch to vaping.

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