- April 22, 2015
We all ponder around this little blue marble getting on with our busy daily lives without really giving much thought to the planet in which we reside. For this reason Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, decided to create a national day which would help to raise awareness of the environment and the effects of pollution. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and has grown from strength to strength every year gaining a worldwide following with 192 countries at present celebrating it annually.
Usually the harmful effects that tobacco has on human health usually overshadows its ecological impacts on the environment. Sure we all know that cigarette smoke is toxic and we know that as far as litter is concerned cigarette butts can be seen on our roads, streets and parks in every city and town across the world, but not much is known on the whole regarding the negative environmental effects that cigarettes cause.
The process of tobacco cultivation is accountable for loss of varying organisms and species due to the use of pesticides, soil degradation, deforestation and water pollution. Since tobacco plants are weak and prone to a variety of various plant diseases large quantities of pesticides and herbicides are required to keep the plants in a healthy state.
Up to four miles of paper can be used every hour in the production of cigarette roll and packaging. That’s right, four miles EVERY hour - just think of the devastation this has on a global scale!
Significant Climate Change Footprint
The impact on global deforestation is around 2-4% making its footprint for climate change quite high. In developing countries large areas of forest are cut down annually in order to make room for tobacco crops. On top of this even more t
- April 14, 2015
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the first few weeks of quitting tobacco are the hardest. It’s a habit, and for many it’s a habit they’ve been maintaining for years, so to suddenly stop completely is a very big ask. “People will suffer from nicotine withdrawal symptoms as well as the psychological challenges of ending something that may have been a big part of their daily life”, says Brian Jones, a councillor at Quit, a national charity that helps people kick their tobacco habit for good.
Nicotine withdrawal is at its peak in the first three weeks, and a tobacco-smoker will often only start to feel comfortable with this life change by the 8-10 weeks mark. It’s important, however, to see withdrawal as ‘recovery’, rather than you lacking something.
If this is a second, third, or even twentieth attempt to quit then you’ll probably start to find it easier each time. Most people need a few attempts before they kick the habit for good, so don’t worry if this is a conversation you’ve had with yourself a few times.
So how do you make it easier on yourself? Well, the truth is, it’ll never be easy, but you can make your chances of success much higher.
Some say there’s never a good time, and you’re going to experience stress and irritation regardless, but there are certainly occasions where you’re setting yourself up for failure. “If you try to quit in the middle of a stressful work project, for example, you will reduce your chances”, according to Doireann Maddock from the British Heart Foundation.
It’s important, however, that work doesn’t become one of those repeated excuses and causes you to put off quitting for months on end. The NHS, who are of
- April 10, 2015
There’s always someone who is ‘impossible’ to buy for. Maybe it’s your dad, who doesn’t seem to be able to get excited about anything, or your difficult-to-please partner perhaps? Whoever it is, if they vape you’re onto a winner. Even if they’re currently a tobacco-smoker, their birthday could be the perfect time to get them onto a healthier alternative!
Never rack your brain again with these perfect gifts for vapers;
For the vaper on the go…
If the vaper in your life is endlessly clutching their e-cig one minute and then patting their pockets down for it the next, they’ll love these stylish pouches. Keeping an e-cigarette clean is essential but easy to forget about, and one of these will make sure it stays protected on the go.
This Cloud Flask Kit will especially impress someone who likes the finer things in life and often finds their e-cig gets stuck at the bottom of their handbag.
For the style-conscious vaper...
Need a gift for the kind of person who always wants one of every colour? E-cigarettes are advancing very quickly, so you can get them in almost any colour and design you can think of. You can go for slick stainless steel or a bright purple for that special someone, and keep it tasteful - just the way they like it.
Don't think that the K1 BVC Cartomizer is style over substance though. This cartomizer has a base coil heating element that guarantees a deep, flavourful vape every time.
For the new vaper...
- April 07, 2015
You might be surprised to hear that until earlier last month, most councils in Britain would prevent those who smoked e-cigarettes from adopting children under five years old. . E-cigarette users have been considered in the same category as smokers of conventional tobacco cigarettes, making their homes ‘a risk’ for young children.
After a piece was published in the Mail on Sunday back in February, highlighting one particular couple’s heartbreaking experience, and calling the policy ‘misguided’, adoption chiefs have overturned the ban, and changed the way that vaping is viewed by social workers. The popular newspaper “told how a professional, middle-aged couple had been barred from adopting after a social worker spotted the would-be father ‘smoking’ an e-cigarette”. The couple themselves were understandably devastated, when they found that all of their efforts to adopt within Staffordshire County Council would be for nothing as they answered ‘yes’ to a question about whether or not they had used an e-cigarette in the last 12 months.
“When there are so many children desperate for a family and a stable home, to put up such trivial barriers is ridiculous”, the couple said, reflecting on the experience. They had already proven they were financially stable, had a good home life and were capable of raising a child before their request was denied by social workers.
The British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) produced guidelines which suggested “that users of e-cigarettes be considered as smokers’ until concerns about the devices were cleared up”. There have, however, been numerous studies which have highlighted the fact that e-cigarettes don’t produce smoke and the risk to others is ‘extremely low’, the latter having been taken