Mar 26, 2014

Coffee & Cigarettes, Caffeine & Nicotine

I love coffee, and I'm not awake until I've had a cup.

I was recently in Jamaica, famous for its Blue Mountain coffee. I love having a nice fresh cup of coffee, with just a little cream and dark brown sugar. I shot a little video in the courtyard of the little cottage where I stayed.

Coffee & cigarettes, caffeine & nicotine
Your coffee break can also include a little nicotine! Nicotine is not the deadly
culprit in cigarettes. It's all the other chemicals that are so harmful. 
Caffeine is a stimulant and it’s addictive. I tried giving up caffeine once and just got killer headaches. Now I try to limit myself to just one cup in the morning.

Nicotine is also a stimulant and it’s even more addictive than caffeine. But nicotine is NOT carcinogenic. A surprising 40 percent of doctors think nicotine is the deadly culprit in cigarettes. How dumb are they?

When you smoke, it releases almost 5,000 chemicals, including tar, lead, arsenic and about 60 chemicals linked to cancer. 

Nicotine is what makes it so hard to give up cigarettes. But with the e-cigarette, you don’t have to give up nicotine. You can vape nicotine, without worrying about how bad smoking is for you.

(Of course, if you're like me, you might also just like vaping with no nicotine. We also sell non-nicotine e-cigarettes at Vaping Vamps!)

The main ingredient in e-cigarettes is the FDA-approved stuff (propylene glycol) that’s in asthma inhalers, nebulizers, fog machines and even drinks and cake mixes. Add a little vegetable glycerin and flavoring and that’s all that’s in an e-cigarette.

So now you can have your coffee and figgie break guilt-free every morning. You, too, can be a Vaping Vamp!

Mar 18, 2014

Cigarette Butts are Ugly Butts

I recently was on vacation in Negril, Jamaica, home of the famous Seven Mile Beach. It's easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, if not the entire world.

Unfortunately, this beach is like many all over the world: it's littered with cigarette butts. Ugly, filthy, disgusting cigarette butts. There's nothing that makes me sadder than to see one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world littered with trash.

My first instinct was to pick up these butts. I may have looked like a fool, but who cares. I'm long past the point when I care what people think. I'm revolted by these butts, and I'm going to at least clean up my little area of the beach.

My first instinct was to pick up these ugly butts.
After I returned back to my little cottage where I worked for three weeks, I got onto my computer and did a little research. I learned that cigarettes are the most littered thing in the world. And unlike what you might think, they're not made of innocuous cotton.

Cigarette butts are actually made of thousands of plastic fibers (cellulose ace tow) that are not biodegradable. In fact, it will take decades for these ugly butts to decompose. Cigarette filters are damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every year, some of them fatal. Research has also shown that cigarette butts are toxic to fish, who will die in water that contains cigarette filters.

I got so mad reading about the fact that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year, I decided to do something about it. So I made a video. OK, I probably won't get nominated for an Academy Award. It's my first video and it's a little rough. But I tried to make a couple of points:

First, if you smoke, please, PLEASE don’t litter. Find a proper receptacle to dispose of your cigarette butt!

But in some places, I know it’s hard to find a place to dispose your butt. So then, what do you do? Well, my solution is to use the smarter, safer, sexier option: the e-cigarette, of course!

You can simply take your e-cigarette out when you want to vape and put it back in your beach bag when you’re done. A Vaping Vamp cartomizer equals 6 or 7 cigarettes, so you can bring one of our e-cigs and vape at the beach all day long!

Take a look at my video and let me know what you think. And please join me in getting rid of all the ugly butts on the beach!

Mar 13, 2014

Kids and E-Cigs: The Debate Rages On

A new study conducted by the University of California San Francisco gives the e-cigarette nay-sayers one more reason to get hysterical.

UCSF researchers examined data from middle and high school students who completed the National Youth Tobacco Survey in 2011 and 2012 and found that kids are experimenting with e-cigarettes as well as with cigarettes. Lo and behold, the same kids who tried e-cigarettes also smoked more cigarettes than non e-cigarette users. (Does any of this strike you as incredibly obvious?)

None of us want our teenagers to start smoking.
But let's look at the big picture for just a second. The survey wasn't designed to derive any insights about the possible motivation or relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking regular cigarettes.

In fact, what the survey data does show us is that cigarette smoking among teens has decreased. And the fact that we now have a better, safer alternative to deadly cigarettes is a positive thing, not a negative.

Remember: the smoking rate has not gone down in years. An estimated 42 million people in the U.S. -- about 20 percent of the population -- still smokes.

For every one of the 480,000 people who die every year from smoking-related diseases, another huge group of teenagers picks up a pack of cigarettes and eventually becomes addicted. In 2012, the American Cancer Society reported that nearly one in four male high school students smoked and nearly one in five female students smoked.

The fact that we now have a better, safer alternative is only a positive thing. The nay-sayers need to view e-cigarettes in light of the fact that it's a much better substitute for smoking, and the vast majority of people transition from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes.

In fact, if kids had actually purchased an e-cigarette with a rechargeable battery (not the disposable kind), my guess is that they wouldn't also be smoking, since vaping is cheaper in the long run. It defies logic that someone would switch to something they know is bad for them and that actually costs more.

Kids will be kids. And they will continue to experiment with whatever is out there. But kids are still able to access tobacco cigarettes, alcohol and whatever they can to be cool and act like adults.

Eventually, I hope that they will see traditional cigarettes as old school, NOT cool, like their mom and dad's big old Chevrolet, 8-track player and polyester suit.

The e-cigarette industry is doing its best to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors. And our industry is the first disruptive product to come down the pike that is helping to reduce the smoking rate. That trend is clearly taking off. Analysts predict that the sale of e-cigarettes will outpace the sale of traditional cigarettes in 10 to 15 years.

And that's a good thing for both kids and adults.

Mar 6, 2014

Kids Help Adults to Stop Smoking

Kids say the darndest things, don't they?

Kids who simply asked adults why they smoked went viral on YouTube. Shot in Thailand, the message is universal: adults who smoke would never want kids to smoke. Yet, despite the fact they well know of the serious health risks, they smoke themselves.

The video follows a little boy and girl who walk up to men and women smoking outside an office building. Cigarette in hand, they ask the adults for a light.

 Shocked by the request, the smokers refused to give them a light and instead tell them:

"I'm not giving it to you."
"Smoking is bad; you have to stop."
"Cigarettes contain insecticide."
"You look old when you smoke."

Every adult filmed reminded the children that smoking was bad for them. 

"If you smoke you die faster. Don't you want to live and play?"
"You know it's bad, right?"
"When you smoke, you suffer from lung cancer, emphysema and strokes."

So why are you smoking?, the children asked. Then they handed them a piece of paper on which was written, "You worry about me. But why not about yourself?

Almost every adult who received a brochure stopped to think and threw away their cigarette. 

No adult, however, threw away the brochure. 

Powerful stuff. And it made a difference. They reported a 40% increase in calls by smokers wanting to quit.  

Makes me wonder if a similar approach in our anti-smoking ads would be as effective in the U.S.