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 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. My problem in the video was basically that I was taking lung hits. Instead, it seems to be better to take mouth hits and then inhale.

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?!)

Tonight is one of those nights.

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

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

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

Smoking Parents Doom Their Children To The Same Nasty Habit

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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 the hell of trying to quit smoking. It’s not something I’d wish upon 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.

Quit smoking (using an electronic cigarette is a great start) and spend more time with friends! You’ll live longer and healthier.

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 no doubt that it will be approved soon.

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.

Of course 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.

Study Shows That Smoking-Cessation Drugs Cause Extreme Depression

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Sometimes the desire to quit smoking is so strong that we consider any and all methods of quitting. I’ve tried many times to quit cold-turkey and once with nicotine gum. I’ve never used the patch. The method that worked for me was using an electronic cigarette. There’s also another method that many people use, and that’s prescription drugs.

Chantix is the brand name for the drug Varenicline. Lots of people have used Chantix successfully to quit smoking, but according to a recent study, the drug should not be used as a first choice. According to researchers, Chantix has shown that use can substantially increase the risk of depression and suicidal behavior.

The study found that from 1999 to 2011, 90 percent of reported suicide-related behavior related to smoking-cessation devices were connected to Chantix, and Chantix has only been available to the public during four years of the study. That is an extremely high rate.

The researchers claim that based on these results, the benefits of using Chantix outweigh the risks.

With numbers that staggeringly high, you should consider trying other methods to quit smoking first. Have you tried using an electronic cigarette yet? By slowly weening yourself from tobacco, you just might kick the habit once and for all.

Inhibiting This Enzyme Can Aid in Quitting Smoking

The protein, kinase C epsilon is an enzyme that is attributed to the feeling of enjoyment when nicotine binds to nicotine receptors on dopamine neurons. This enjoyment from tobacco leads to a sense of reward, making quitting difficult.

A new study of mice who were genetically engineered to lack kinase C epsilon have been found to consume less nicotine-containing water solution than normal mice. The belief now is that by inhibiting this protein in the body, the areas of the brain that send the reward signal can be regulated Regulation can help people trying to quit smoking be successful, by reducing the cravings that nicotine cause.

The medical community is making great progress in helping us quit smoking and maintain a smoke-free life. Hopefully, one day this will be a non-issue.

If you’d like to read more about the study, visit http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110912152853.htm

Reduce Cigarette Cravings By Listening to What Your Body is Telling You

Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and specialist in alternative medicine and spirituality, provides some tips on how to quit smoking by listening to what your body tells you. Think about the things that smoking does while you’re inhaling. Feel your skin tightening, your stomach knotting up and your heart rate speeding up. These feelings will send those messages to your brain, telling it that it doesn’t want you to smoke. Do this every time you light up and eventually you might start to crave that nicotine less and less.

If you’re looking for an alternative to cigarettes, check out the South Beach Smoke.

Why Do You Smoke?

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If someone were to ask you why you smoke, what would you tell them? I never had a good answer to that question. I would usually say something like “it feels good” or “it helps me relax.”

What makes those answers interesting is that it’s obvious how the addiction of nicotine plays tricks on your mind. Why does smoking “feel good?” Because when you don’t smoke, you start to withdrawal. Put more nicotine in the body and the withdrawal stops.

Why do people think cigarettes help relieve stress and relax? Actually, this is another symptom of withdrawal. Stress and anxiety levels in smokers are often induced by their need for nicotine. By smoking another cigarette, those anxiety levels are reduced to normal levels – the levels they would have been had they never began smoking.

Don’t let the addiction of nicotine trick you into thinking there is a reason to smoke. Quit while you can and get healthy.