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Vaping in America Under Threat

Electronic cigarettes have been proven time and again to help smokers quit the habit and improve their health. They have also been confirmed to be far safer than cigarettes.

And yet some countries are far behind in their understanding of the advantages and benefits of vaping – America included.

On September 11th, Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary announced that flavoured vaping products would be banned. Vapers throughout America have long been having a tough time. While many people have confirmed e-cigs were the reason they were able to quit smoking, those in charge don’t appear to understand how powerful vaping is.

Does the recent spate of lung disease deaths have anything to do with this decision?

We think it might, even though vaping was not behind the deaths attributed to the lung condition that has killed several people and made major headlines across the world, not just in the US. The outbreak was deemed to be linked to the use of illegal products containing THC oil and vitamin E acetate, rather than to regular legal vaping products.

While the truth is now out, it hasn’t done vaping any good. It certainly hasn’t changed the minds of those in power. All flavoured vaping liquids are going to be removed from the market. The ruling won’t affect tobacco flavours, but we wouldn’t be surprised if that eventually happened too.

The secretary stated they will ‘do what’s necessary’ to protect kids and prevent youths using the products. He suggested that tobacco-flavoured vaping liquids would eventually be included if youths started gravitating to using those instead. We wonder… with flavoured liquids removed from the market, surely they are going to gravitate to whatever is left? It’s an odd stance to take.

Could a lack of products in the vaping market drive more people to buy illegal products?

It could well happen. It should be noted that the recent lung illnesses that have taken lives were caused by illegal products. That was highlighted from the investigation into that outbreak. So, there is a real risk that this knee-jerk reaction from the US government to ban flavoured vaping products could lead more people to try illegal products instead.

Lots of studies confirm that vaping has assisted thousands of people in quitting smoking. It is proven to be far safer than smoking. Some would say those living in the UK are far better off than those in many other countries, as the UK is relatively forward thinking in supporting vaping and confirming its ability to help people quit smoking. The US is far off that mark, clearly.

Unless the new ruling comes to court and is overturned, Americans will soon face a world where they can only get hold of tobacco-flavoured vaping liquids. And one suspects there is a good chance those might eventually be banned too.

What do you think of this new ruling? Do you think this could be another nail in the coffin of electronic cigarettes in America? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Vaping Helps Reduce UK Smoking Rates

While the jury may be out among some portions of the population regarding vaping, a recent study conducted by Dr Emma Beard of University College London showed that vaping has had a significant effect in helping reduce the smoking rates in the UK.

Smoking rates have been steadily dropping over the past few decades. However, this study used data from 1973 through to 2016 to see how and when smokers stopped.

Stop smoking initiatives led to bigger drops in smoking over the years

Various initiatives have been introduced over the years to help smokers quit the habit. The study indicated that the number of people quitting rose in the late Nineties.

Then came vaping, which has often been spoken of as the most powerful way to help smokers quit cigarettes and other tobacco products for good. Some speculated that vaping also encouraged non-smokers to start, thanks to the popularity of e-cigarettes. However, the results highlighted in the study showed this was not the case. That issue, spoken of as ‘contentious’ in the published piece highlighting the study in the BMJ Thorax Journal, has been debunked in many quarters already. This study backed it up, saying that evidence ‘does not support concerns’ of this kind.

The government wants to make the UK entirely smoke free in just over a decade, by 2030. That is a bold target, but it is one that could be met with the help of vaping. As time has gone on, vaping has become more widespread and more popular among smokers. Many have quit when they had never been able to do so before.

The evidence supporting vaping as a powerful anti-smoking tool is piling up. What are your thoughts on this new research? Do you think the UK could be smoke free by 2030?

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Fact Checking the Lung Disease Epidemic

If you keep up with the news, you may have noticed a few stories have been finding their way into the UK press concerning a nasty lung disease spreading throughout America. The headlines have been shocking, worrying, and eye-catching, telling of people who have died of a ‘mysterious lung condition’.

Those same headlines have mentioned that the fatalities from the ‘epidemic’ have been e-cigarette users. Suddenly, vaping has come under the cosh.

So, is there reason to be concerned?

Well… yes and no. Investigators have highlighted the fact that people who have fallen victim to this strange lung condition have been using THC oil cartridges. These are illegal and contain marijuana extract and vitamin E acetate. The vitamin E might sound healthy but acetate? Not so much. This is found in many health and beauty products designed to be used on the skin. However, it is not designed – nor it is suitable – to be inhaled.

With 34 cases being investigated as of early September 2019, an update from the New York State Department of Health confirmed that:

“At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing.”

At least one from each person. While it is still early days and there are no definitive answers yet, it seems there is a strong link between the lung condition that has taken several lives and illegal products containing vitamin E acetate. There is no reason and certainly no evidence to suggest legal vaping products are involved.

Unfortunately, this has not stopped the media from jumping on the story with both feet and getting the facts wrong. Vaping has been put in the dock when the real suspect should be illegal products containing THC oil cartridges. Sadly, some people who are against vaping and believe it should be banned have taken this as a golden opportunity to push for that result.

We await the results of the investigation with interest. However, it is heartening to see that officials have already spoken of the likelihood that ‘non-traditional’ products are behind the illness, rather than legal vaping products.

What do you think of the recent headlines surrounding this outbreak? Do you believe more should be done to limit access to these illegal products? Do you think anything can be done? Let us know your thoughts by leaving your comments below.

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San Francisco Bans Vaping

If you’re heading to San Francisco on holiday anytime soon, best you leave your vaping supplies at home. Vapers have learned the shocking news that vaping is set to be banned in the city. Two votes have taken place allowing the ban to come into force. While you can still legally vape in San Fran at present, the legislation is expected to kick in within weeks.

Illegal to vape… but not to smoke?

Quite what this means for the health of San Franciscans remains to be seen. You’d think that a ban this wide-ranging would encompass smoking too. However, that’s not the case. While vaping looks set to become illegal in the city, lawmakers have in their wisdom failed to extend the ban to smoking. So, you can happily smoke cigarettes that have been proven to harm health while being unable to switch to the far less harmful electronic cigarettes.

Why have people voted to ban vaping?

Good question. The reason for the vote seems to be that those in charge are concerned about young people vaping. However, we know many people have stopped smoking because e-cigs represent a far safer alternative. If those e-cigs do end up being banned, as looks likely to be the case, young people (and everyone else trying to quit smoking) are less likely to succeed in their efforts.

Vaping is also far safer than smoking. While some could say neither is desirable, many smokers have kicked the habit with e-cigs when they failed to do so by any other means. Time after time, we hear how much better vaping is for your health when compared to smoking. Those who never smoke will be unlikely to take up vaping (again, studies have shown this).

So, who are the winners if this law passes? Undoubtedly the tobacco companies. It seems unlikely anyone else is going to benefit. What are your thoughts on this?

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Vape Shops Open in Hospitals

With many hospitals now becoming smoke-free zones, it’s rare to see anyone – patients, visitors, or staff – hanging around outside hospital entrances smoking cigarettes. You might just see people vaping there more often though, especially if the steps taken by two West Midlands hospitals are repeated elsewhere.

Birmingham City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital, both operated by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, now sell a range of vaping products. A vape shop has been opened on each site, encouraging patients and visitors to consider switching to the safer option instead of continuing to smoke.

25% of patients thought to be smokers

The NHS sees the consequences of smoking every day. Research suggests around 25% of hospital beds are occupied by smokers. The current percentage of people in the UK who smoke is around 14.7%. That suggests there is a higher chance of smokers landing in hospital when compared to the population in general.

While smoking rates are dropping fast, the NHS is keen to encourage more people to quit smoking and try vaping instead. An independent review has suggested e-cigs are 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. It seems a common-sense move, therefore, to open vape shops in hospitals, where patients and staff may be encouraged to make the change.

An impulse buy

We’re all familiar with impulse buys – products we want to buy the moment we see them, and therefore we do just that. By introducing a range of vaping products in hospitals, it’s thought that more smokers might make the snap decision to try and quit.

The idea of offering advice on how to quit while smokers are in hospital is a good one. Until now, however, the supplies have not been on hand to encourage the change to take place. It’s one thing to give someone information on vaping and how to swap from smoking to e-cigs, but quite another to offer the products right there in the hospital.

No doubt many NHS trusts are looking at the progress made in these two West Midlands hospitals to see what happens. If the scheme is a success, we can expect it to be introduced in other hospitals across the country very soon. It could end up leading to another significant drop in smoking rates in the next few years.

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you like to see vaping shops open in other hospitals across the UK? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Discover Our New Range of CBD Products from Medterra

Not long ago, CBD products were almost unheard of.

So, why are CBD products becoming better known? Why are more and more people becoming interested in them? We are about to find out.

What does CBD stand for?

It is a shortened term for the word cannabidiol. This is a legal component of the cannabis plant. The plant is comprised of several compounds, and while some give the user a high people associate with weed (compound THC) , others do not (compound CCBD). Cannabidiol doesn’t produce this high, but some people have found it helps them with various medical conditions. Hence why people are searching for products containing cannabidiol or CBD oil.

Why are people interested in using CBD products?

Thousands of people have already ordered Medterra’s products. Many have left positive reviews sharing their experiences of taking the capsules or tincture.

For example, several people said they found it helped them sleep better. Another individual suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia stated the product reduced the pain levels they experienced from these conditions. Someone else said they had used the tincture to help ease their dog’s anxiety and had seen positive results.

As you read through reviews for Medterra’s CBD products, it becomes clear people have seen improvements in various conditions pertaining to both mental and physical health.

Purchasing quality CBD products at Matchless

Here at Matchless, we are always looking to introduce new products to our range. We always demand the best quality too, as we want to make sure all our customers are satisfied with their purchases.

We’ve sourced two products from a company called Medterra, both of which can now be found on our website, ready for you to order. These products are available for use by those over the age of 18.

We’ve introduced two of the best products from their collection – MedOil CBD Tincture and CBD Gel Capsules. Both are comprised of at least 99% cannabidiol isolate, ensuring you receive only the best product each time. Some CBD products have lower concentrates, so if you purchase these you know exactly how much CBD you are assured of in each dose.

Choosing the most appropriate Medterra CBD product for your needs

The decision on which product to buy depends on how you intend to use it. Some people prefer the convenience of taking a capsule each day. Others want more control over the amount they take. For these individuals, the tincture is the best option.

Medterra CBD Gel Capsules

Do you like the convenience of being able to pop a vitamin pill into your mouth first thing each day? Just one capsule, packed with the exact measure of the vitamins or minerals you need.

If that sounds ideal and you are looking for the same idea in your chosen CBD product, the Medterra CBD Gel Capsules are for you. The MCT oil carries the CBD isolate in a concentrate of at least 99%. These are encased within a gelatin capsule for easy digestion and dispersion. The gelatin means the capsules aren’t suitable for vegans or vegetarians, who may wish to consider using the tincture below instead.

If that’s not a concern, you can take one 25mg capsule as part of your daily routine. You choose whether to take it in the morning or evening, depending on your own requirements. The container includes 30 capsules, enough for a month’s supply. It’s also child-proof, although it should still be kept well away from children and pets for safety.

MedOil CBD Tincture

Available in a convenient 500mg strength, the bottle uses MCT oil as a carrier and includes CBD isolate of the highest quality. The MedOil CBD Tincture screw-top bottle includes an easy to use dropper hidden inside the cap. The dropper is marked to allow for 0.25ml, 0.5ml, 0.75ml, and 1ml servings. Simply squeeze the dropper to take in the liquid, squeeze out as necessary to reach the desired serving size, and squeeze again to place the drops under your tongue. The whole process takes mere seconds, especially once you are used to it.

The simple nature of the ingredients – just two of them, including the non-psychoactive cannabidiol component – means the product can safely be used by vegans and vegetarians.

Quality is the watchword for Medterra

You can see that these products are of equally high quality. You merely need to select the most appropriate method of delivery. This could depend on how much you wish to use each day.

Medterra guarantees its CBD is made in America, sourced from non-GMO hemp. Tested and confirmed free of contaminants prior to use, you can rely on the quality of these products. Let us know if you have any questions or share your experiences of using CBD oil here.

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Could Hong Kong Lose British Tourists Due to Vaping Ban?

It’s easy to assume another country’s stance on vaping doesn’t have any effect on people in other countries. Yet this is far from true when you consider the tourism industry. Every year, millions of people travel abroad on holiday. With vaping becoming the most popular nicotine replacement therapy to help people quit smoking, it seems likely some will run into issues when travelling abroad. If they visit countries that have banned electronic cigarettes, it could mean some are at risk of falling foul of the law.

Are you travelling to Hong Kong soon?

If so, you might want to be careful about vaping. The Hong Kong Legislative Council is thinking about passing a new law that would prohibit people from manufacturing, selling, and using all kinds of electronic cigarettes and vaping supplies. The proposed punishment for being caught doing any of those things would likely be 50,000 Hong Kong dollars and a prison sentence of up to six months.

Many have spoken out against the proposed measures, pointing out that vaping products have been proven to help people quit smoking. Sarah Jakes, a trustee of the New Nicotine Alliance, said such a move would be ‘crazy’.

Thousands of UK travellers could potentially be affected

Over half a million people travelled to Hong Kong from the UK last year alone, making it a popular holiday destination for Brits. The NNA said that with 6% of Britons using vaping products on a regular basis, that could mean around 34,000 people could fall foul of the new laws if they come into force.

Smoking is not banned in Hong Kong, which is ironically where many vaping products are created. The jury is out on whether vaping is 100% safe, but it has been proven time and again to be far safer than smoking. The nicotine is still there, but many other toxic and harmful substances included in cigarettes are not.

What should you be aware of when travelling abroad?

If you vape and you plan to go on holiday to another country, check in advance to see what the legal status is on vaping. Are there restrictions? Is it banned? Are there potential punishments if you were caught vaping? This could soon be the scenario UK vapers are faced with in Hong Kong.

What are your thoughts on this potential change to the laws in Hong Kong? Let us know below.

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Free E-Cigarettes for Manchester Smokers

It is not unusual to hear of people finally quitting smoking by switching to vaping products instead. However, while England is leading the way in providing support to those who wish to quit smoking, a new trial in Manchester looks set to garner big headlines.

Trafford Council is supporting a scheme whereby smokers in the Trafford region of Manchester can get their hands on a free vaping starter kit. Six local chemists are involved in the scheme, and those who are interested can visit one of the chemists to sign up for their free kit.

Public Health England already supports the use of electronic cigarettes to help people stop smoking. The scheme will see the kits given out along with advice from an advisor on how to stop smoking. E-cigs have already been confirmed as the most popular product chosen by smokers to help them quit. We suspect many other councils up and down the country will be watching the results of this trial very closely. Should it meet with success, we have every confidence we will start seeing similar trials popping up in other parts of the country.

The scheme clearly aims to make vaping more visible. Electronic cigarettes are already the most popular aid chosen by those who want to give up smoking. However, rates are still low, with PHE figures stating that just 4.1% of people trying to stop smoking using vaping tools to assist in their efforts.

By giving away free advice along with the free vaping kit, it is easy to see how that percentage could soon begin to rise. Could this be the first step towards seeing further drops in the percentage of smokers in England? Let us know what you think about this scheme in the comments below.

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