Video Review of VapeWild’s Smurf Cake Blueberry Cheesecake E-Juice

VapeWild’s Smurf Cake is described as tasting like cheesecake topped with blueberries. It tastes like cake to me, but more like birthday cake than cheesecake. I also couldn’t taste the blueberry flavor.

It could just be my taste buds though. I looked at other reviews online and lots of people say that the blueberry and cheesecake flavors are on point.

Even though I can’t taste the flavors that VapeWild is going for, this is still some tasty Smurf ejuice!

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Sweet Dreams Sleep E-Juice is Like Vaping Tea!

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I purchased VaporBoost’s Sweet Dreams E-Juice (see discount code at end of post) a couple of months ago and I’ve been using it regularly most nights before bed.

Check out my video review.

This e-juice contains zero nicotine since nicotine is a stimulant and isn’t helpful for sleep. The main ingredients in Sweet Dreams are melatonin, L-theanine, passionflower, chai, & earl grey, all of which are great for promoting sleep.

How Does It Taste?

The earl grey, chai, and passionflower ingredients make Sweet Dreams tastes just like you’re vaping tea. It’s actually very nice. There’s no throat hit since it doesn’t have nicotine and it’s very smooth and relaxing on both the inhale and exhale.

How Does It Work?

Let’s take a look at how VaporBoost describes their e-juice and then a quick look at how each of the ingredients work.

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Sounds good, right?

So what do each of these ingredients actually do?

Melatonin – Melatonin is a hormone that helps to set the brain’s biological clock and brings balance to our circadian rhythms. It’s naturally secreted by the body in darkness. When we are exposed to light, secretion of melatonin is inhibited. When we stay up late at night or watch TV before bed, we are disrupting this important hormone, but supplementation, in the form of melatonin ejuice in this case, can help restore our bodies to natural levels. Vaping melatonin is a lot more enjoyable than taking a pill!

L-theanine – L-theanine is extracted from tea leaves and is generally used for its stress relief and relaxing effects. L-theanine does not cause drowsiness.

Passionflower – Passionflower is most commonly used today to treat anxiety and insomnia. For insomnia, it works by boosting levels of GABA, which is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter of our central nervous system, basically meaning it reduces brain activity. The benefits of passionflower are short-term, so it’s helpful for getting to sleep as opposed to staying asleep.

Earl Grey – The main ingredient of Earl Grey tea is bergamot, which comes from the peel of the bergamot orange. Bergamot is believed to have a refreshing, uplifting, and calming effect.

Does It Really Work?

My results are purely anecdotal, so take them at face-value. I used Sweet Dreams sleep e-juice off and on to see if my sleep was impacted in any way, and while the results were subtle, I seemed to sleep much better when using it regularly. I fall asleep faster, I wake up less frequently, I sleep longer and I wake up feeling more rested.

Based on my own experience and from the experiences of others I’ve read online, I’d say that this sleep e-liquid works.

VaporBoost also sells a “Booster” version of this e-liquid, which is not a ready-to-vape e-juice, but instead a booster juice that you add to existing e-juices (zero nicotine only!). You can add a few drops to your e-juice of choice and it’ll work the same way as Sweet Dreams does but using the flavors you enjoy most.

Final Verdict: Buy It

You can pick up Sweet Dreams from their website and you can use the following discount code for 10% Off and Free 2-Day Shipping- SHIP10

How I Quit Smoking In 3 Months Using an Electronic Cigarette

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While cleaning all of the junk out of my home office, I found the calendar printout that I used to track my progress to quit smoking using an e-cig. I kept this calendar at my desk so that I would see it every single day.

I thought I threw my calendar away and I have always been so disappointed that I never kept a record of my progress, but I’ve found it!

To give you a little background, in 2010 (and all the years before it and even a couple after) I used to hang out with my friends every single weekend to hang out and get drunk. This is why you’ll notice my mistakes on the calendar all happened during the weekend because like most smokers, I loved to smoke when I would drink. I wasn’t a heavy smoker on weekdays so I never slipped up.

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Here’s the timeline:

July 25

This was my first day using my electronic cigarette. I think I actually got my e-cig in the mail a couple of days earlier, but this was the day I decided I would stop smoking entirely.

July 31

I was at my friend’s house drinking as usual. I hadn’t smoked or vaped at all during that week, so I figured the battery would be fully charged since I charged it the previous Sunday. Well, it turns out that even when not in use, those little cig-a-likes don’t retain much power. The battery died and I smoked a TON of cigarettes.

August 14

I slipped up and smoked again. I had a fully charged battery, but both me and my friend were vaping on it heavily so it died pretty quick. After it died, I only smoked 2-3 cigarettes, which was still a ton of progress for me. I usually went through a full pack of cigarettes during the course of a night drinking, so only smoking 2-3 was a lot of progress.

August 21

My electronic cigarette kept me from smoking any cigarettes that day, but it didn’t keep me away from smoking a cigar. I didn’t feel too bad about it though. Cigars never really did it for me like cigarettes did, so I didn’t feel like I slipped up too bad.

August 28

I highlighted this day on the calendar because it was a huge win for me. I hung out with friends and didn’t smoke one cigarette. My electronic cigarette was fully charged and lasted me all day and night.

September 18

I hadn’t smoked a cigarette in over a month by this point, minus the one cigar. September 18 was the real test. This was the day of the Great American Beer Festival, which I honestly went into thinking I would probably get too wasted to care about smoking a cigarette.

Well halfway through the session, my electronic cigarette stopped working, so of course I smoked a few cigarettes. I was drunk enough to not know how many I had smoked, but I was able to keep it to minimum.

And that was it! I officially quit smoking on September 19th, 2010!

Reviewing the Kanger EVOD Twist and the Smok RBC Clearomizer

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People always say that buying vape gear online is usually a lot cheaper than going to an actual brick and mortar (B&M) vape shop, but I wanted to see what my closest store had to offer.

I went in with the intention of purchasing a cheap backup battery and tank, just to have something to keep at work and I ended up with the 1000 mah Kanger Evod Twist and two Smok RBC clearomizers.

I actually recorded my video review a while ago (January 16th, 2015), but just got around to publishing it, so I have some updates that aren’t mentioned in the video. Check out my updates below the video.

The Kanger Evod Twist 1000 mah

I think this is a good battery. It looks great, feels good in my hand, and has a decent amount of power, but I returned it, entirely because of the price. I paid $30 at the store.

I felt a little ripped off after seeing how cheap I could get it online ($20 or less).

I bought my 20w iStick for $25 (see my review here), and the iStick is a better and much more powerful device. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep the Evod. If I paid $20, I absolutely would have kept it.

SMOK RBC (Redux Bottom Coil)

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These little clearomizers are great for the price. I’ve since purchased two more so that I can keep a few flavors on me while I’m out and about.

You get what you pay for though.

You can’t expect a ton of performance out of a $3-$6 tank. The draw is very tight (see those little air holes near the base? There are two of them, one on each side), so if you like a lot of airflow, you aren’t going to like these clearomizers.

I recommend these for the budget-conscious vaper. If I could afford to buy a bunch of Nautilus Minis I would, but I can’t, so these work great for me.

They are also really sturdy, so I’m not worried about breaking them. And if I did, they’re only three bucks! I can just go get another one!

The flavor that comes out of these aren’t as good as higher quality tanks, but it’s not terrible.

Basically, these tanks get the job done and cheaply.

My First Vaporizer: The Eleaf iStick and Nautilus Mini

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I’ve been using electronic cigarettes for years, but I’ve only just discovered advanced vaporizers. I’ve been learning a lot about vaping over the last few weeks. I’m a tech geek, so I instantly became intrigued. So much so, that I decided to go ahead and buy my first vaporizer.

I did a lot of research online, mostly on the vaping subreddit, and everyone seems to recommend that beginners start with the Eleaf iStick battery and Nautilus Mini refillable tank, so that’s what I went with.

The cheapest deal I could find for the Eleaf iStick was at VapeNW.com, which I got for $25. iSmoka, who created the iStick, has replaced the 20 watt version with a 30 watt version, so now’s the time to get a 20 watt battery at a sweet deal

I bought the e-liquid from FreeStateVapor.com.

Check out the video to watch me set it up and try it for the first time.

I recorded the video yesterday, so I’ve only been using my new vaporizer for a day, but I’ve already learned how to get more vapor and smoother hits. One of my problems in the video was that I was taking lung hits. Instead, it seems to be better to take mouth hits and then inhale. I had also purchased very high nicotine e-juice, which determines the level of throat hit.

Hitting the vaporizer is much different than the electronic cigarettes I’m used to. E-cigs tend to require a much bigger inhale in order to get a satisfying hit, so I’ve always taken big lung hits. That’s not necessary with the iStick. It’s so much more powerful. I’m really digging it!

Don’t Forget to Charge Your E-Cigs and Vaporizers for New Years Eve

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The last time I smoked was at a concert two years ago. I had a few drinks and all of my friends were smoking. I forgot my electronic cigarette and I was craving it badly.

I took one drag from a friends cigarette and HATED it! That was all I needed to know that I was done with cigarettes for good.

I’ve also never forgotten my electronic cigarette since then.

I absolutely always make sure my e-cig is charged and ready to go for special events, such as parties, concerts, or if my friends get together for poker night (Ooh, is there an e-cigar for poker night?!)

New Years Eve is one of those nights.

New Years Eve is usually celebrated by hanging out with friends and family, partying, and drinking – all of which we know are occasions where we may be tempted to smoke.

Charge up your devices and be prepared to ring in the new year on a high note.

You might have a hangover in the morning, but at least you won’t have the smoker’s cough on top of it 😉

* Cheers To That! photo by BluEyedA73 / CC BY 2.0, text overlaid on original

Smoking Parents Doom Their Children To The Same Nasty Habit

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Warrant” by Ethan Hickerson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One of the best things any parent can do for their kids is to keep them away from smokers, whether it’s the parent themselves or other smokers out in public areas.

We all know how unhealthy smoking is. We also know how hard it is to kick the habit.

As a former smoker myself, I know it’s hell trying to quit smoking. It’s not something I’d wish on anyone. That might sound like an over-dramatization, but most smokers struggling to quit would probably agree with me.

If you’re a smoker that has kids, consider taking steps now to quit, before you destine your children to the same hell you’ve gone through.

According to new research from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the more time a child is exposed to a parent smoking, the more likely that child will become a heavy smoker.

All the more reason to quit smoking now!

Don’t expose your children to cigarette smoke and protect them from becoming addicted themselves.

Can You Guess Which Twin Is The Smoker Based on Facial Aging?

Here’s an interesting study, from the medical journal ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.’ From 2007 to 2010 during the “Twins Day Festival” in Twinsburg, Ohio, 79 pairs of twins were found where one twin was a tobacco smoker and the other was not (or which twin had smoked at least 5 years longer).

Professional photographers snapped photos of both twins faces and then plastic surgeons analyzed these photos to see if they could determine which one was the smoker (or who smoked the longest) using the FDA’s standard Lemperle Assessment Scale, a validated wrinkle assessment scale.

They scored the following facial features using the wrinkle assessment scale:

  • Forehead transverse lines
  • Forehead glabellar lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Upper lip lines (repose)
  • Upper lip lines (pucker)
  • Nasolabial crease

And also scored the following features based on a scale of mild, moderate and severe:

  • Upper lid skin redundancy
  • Lower lid pigmentation
  • Lower lid bags
  • Malar bags
  • Lower lip vermillion lines
  • Jowls


The twin on the left smoked 17 years longer than the one on the right.


The twin on the left is a non-smoker.


The twin on the left is a non-smoker. The twin on the right smoked for 29 years.


Both twins are smokers. The one on the right has smoked 14 years longer.

The results are clear. The smoking twins had worse scores for lower eyelid bags, upper cheek bags, jowls (droopy lower cheeks), upper lip wrinkles, and nasolabial folds (laugh lines).

This study shows the effects of facial aging caused by smoking and even shows that just a 5-year difference in smoking history can cause noticeable facial aging.

* Images source: Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 132(5): 1085-1092, November 2013

Two Leading Causes of Coronary Heart Disease: Smoking and Social-Isolation

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I just came across a really interesting article from the Bulletproof Executive regarding a study that is slightly related to smoking. The study from 1993 tracked the health of more than 1,000 people over the course of six years in order to determine if there is a connection between social support and coronary heart disease.

It turns out that a lack of social support and/or interaction, such as from a partner, family or friends, is one of two of the leading risk factors of coronary heart disease (CHD) in middle-aged men.

The other leading factor?

Smoking of course!

It’s amazing to find out that being anti-social is almost as risky as smoking when it comes to CHD.

The first study wasn’t just some fluke either. The results of the first study was in question, so researchers actually did a follow-up to the study in 2004.

I can only imagine the CHD risks that a socially-isolated smoker takes.

*image couresy of Esther Dyson via Compfight

Electronic Cigarettes Can Boost Mood and Increase Memory

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I used electronic cigarettes to help me quit smoking almost two years ago, and I haven’t had one cigarette since then. Although electronic cigarettes aren’t an official smoking cessation device approved by the FDA, I have high hopes that they will be approved one day.

According to new research, helping smokers to quit is just one of the benefits of e-smokes.

For smokers trying to quit without using a nicotine substitute, their memory decreases while their bodies adjust to the lower levels of nicotine.

As claimed by Dr. Lynne Dawkins from the University of East London, a study done on 85 smokers showed that not only did the electronic cigarette reduce the cravings of the smokers, but it also increased their mood and improved their memory.

You can use any nicotine substitute to boost mood and memory when you’re trying to quit, but nothing can replicate the feeling of actually smoking the way an electronic cigarette can.

* image courtesy of dieupham206 of Flickr

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