The “US Vaping Deaths” and Flavour Ban

The “US Vaping Deaths” and Flavour Ban


Dear Customers,

We realise many of you will have seen the disturbing news stories coming from the USA, where there have been 380 cases of the respiratory disease reported among ‘otherwise healthy young people’, which US officials claim are caused by vaping.

As a responsible and honest vaping business who takes the health and safety of our loyal customer base into constant consideration, we feel it is only right that we should inform you of the facts as we currently know them.

Firstly, we can be very clear that there have been no reported illnesses linked to vaping in the UK.

Secondly, in the US and much of the international media, there is no reasonable distinction between vaping products designed as harm reducing alternative to smoking and vaping illicit drugs.

The experts are telling us that all of the available evidence so far suggests that the unfortunate victims of this outbreak have been using black market THC (marijuana) vape products or other homebrew e-liquids. Some of these bootleg products contain synthetic cannabinoids like spice and are not products bought from or produced by reputable manufacturers, but in fact from street dealers.

Martin Dockrell, head of Tobacco Control at Public Health England has said, “Unlike the US, all e-cigarette products in the UK are tightly regulated for quality and safety by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and they operate the yellow card scheme, encouraging vapers to report any bad experiences”.

From what we know, the most likely cause of the illness is Vitamin E Acetate. On September 5th, the New York State Dept of Health stated, “Laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing samples analysed by the Wadsworth Center as part of this investigation. At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing”.

Vitamin E acetate is a common food additive which is used in topical skin treatments and is not known to cause any harm when ingested. However, it does have oil-like properties, which means that when vaped it is likely to cause the kinds of respiratory symptoms that have been reported – shortness of breath, chest pains and coughing.

The Washington Post has reported that the FDA has stated that ’nothing unusual’ has been found in the nicotine-containing e-liquids that have been submitted to officials. However this is not being reported by the media, and it seems the key information wasn’t relayed to the president before he made his somewhat awkward announcement this week.

In the UK we have very robust regulations surrounding the production and distribution of vaping products. These regulations came into effect on May 20th 2017 and are known throughout the EU as the Tobacco Products Directive or TPD. Once transposed and established within UK law, we named it the TRPR or Tobacco and Related Product Regulations.

We have a strict list of banned ingredients which includes anything with carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic properties, formaldehyde, Diacetyl and many more. There is an obligation to conduct emissions tests and create full toxicological dossiers on all nicotine-containing e-liquids. This information must be submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency before the product can be placed on the market. This ensures that our consumers can have complete faith in the products that they are purchasing.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has said, “In Britain, you can check on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website whether the product you’re using has been notified and can be legally sold.”

Fortunately, here in the UK, our Public Health Experts have been quick to respond to these stories and allay any fears that vapers in the UK may have. Here is just a small selection of quotes from the last few days:

Paul Aveyard, a professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford, said: “These cases are worrying and need investigating but advice from all official bodies in the UK is that it is always preferable to vape than to smoke. These reports should not change that advice.”

John Newton, Director of Health Improvement for Public Health England said “There is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than completely switch to vaping”

Professor John Britton, director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, “Tobacco cigarettes cost the smoker one day of life for every four days they smoke,” Britton said. “It is by far in a way the most lethal legal product on the market. It’s inconceivable that e-cigarettes are as harmful as that.

The Flavour Ban

On the back of this story, Donald Trump himself had made a speech wherein he condemned vaping as not being ‘wonderful’ and stated that it is a threat to the children of America. Feeding off the same nonsense rhetoric that keeps circulating around the US media, with no actual evidence to support it, he’s decided that the root issue of underage vaping are the flavours.

We believe, the problem is not the use of flavours in e-liquids, the problem is retailers who are illegally selling these products to minors. Flavours are proven to be absolutely vital in helping smokers switch to vaping and stay away from combustible tobacco for good. Without them, far more people would fail in their switching attempts, and the huge public health benefits that vaping provides would be hugely diluted.

We have strict laws about the sale of these products to minors. And much like tobacco and alcohol, it is not legal to sell vaping products to anyone under the age of 18. We should not be vilifying the products, but we should be vilifying the unscrupulous retailers who are knowingly selling them to children.

And I should add, in the UK we simply don’t have the problems being alleged in the US. In February 2019 Public Health England released figures which stated that while 1.7% of under 18’s have vaped weekly, the vast majority of these were already smoking. The number of young people using a vaping device that has never smoked is just 0.2%. The latest figures from the NHS actually show a decrease in youth uptake when compared to 2016.

Professor John Britton states, “PHE has promoted electronic cigarettes as a health reduction strategy. The most recent figures on children aged 11 to 16 show a continued linear decline in smoking. Although people are experimenting with e-cigarettes, it’s certainly not making them smokers.

In the UK there are no plans to restrict flavours.

We will, of course, keep you updated with the story as it unfolds, but for now please be assured that the problems being experienced by our vaping friends over in the States are not problems in the UK and fortunately our public health professional’s stance on this topic is different to that of the US.



Thank You!



Best Vape YouTube Videos 2019

Best Vape YouTube Videos 2019

There are many ways you can get your latest vape news, reviews and updates. Online video is a perfect way to keep up to date. Here are 5 popular vape video channels you should probably be subscribing to:


1. RIP Trippers 

According to RIP Tripper, smoking is dead, vaping is the future. This guy is a vaping fanatic providing you e-cig reviews(mechanical mods, tanks, RDAs, etc…) and informative coil building tutorials for you more advanced vapers. 


2. Mike Vapes 

Mike Vapes is definitely vape famous. He has probably reviewed every vape kit out there (or at least every vape kit worth reviewing). His reviews are complete and well-informed. Definitely check him out!


3. Vaping Insider

Vaping Insider is a pro-channel you can find good summary reviews on vape mods, kits and tanks. Dueces Jack is a top guy and very knowledgable on all-things-vape.

4. Dash Vapes

This is a large retail outfit in Canada that posts some interesting videos on vape news and reviews. 


5. Grimm Green

Grimm Green is all about vaping since he started 8-10 years ago. He spreads the vape love by sharing great reviews, first impressions, tutorials, entertaining vape videos. His TuesdayBroTuesday program drops every Tuesday and his VLOG drops every Thursday, 


So there you have it, 5 vape channels you should be tuned into for 2019. This should make you a pro and keep you fully up to date with the latest vaping news, reviews and tips. 

If you ever need advice or a new vape device come visit our Folkestone Vape Shop when you a visiting the town or check out our online vape shop

We love to give advice on vaping any day of the week.
See you soon 🙂


Why Vaping is Not a Gateway to Smoking

Why Vaping is Not a Gateway to Smoking

So I find myself seeing all over the news over the last week, MP’s calling for relaxed rules surrounding vaping… this is, well just great! But still people refuse to see the key point, they see every little bad bit of press that some half-cocked scientist decides to jump in with and say nope that it’s worse than smoking.

The health benefits and lifestyle changes this has brought to me but also many many other people young or old is just immense, but still to this day with all the studies done by the Royal College of Physicians stating that Nicotine without smoke leads to tobacco harm reduction: they state that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking, that it does not result in the normalisation of smoking, and the long-term side effects of vaping are highly unlikely to exceed that of 5% of what is associated with smoking tobacco, which puts vaping in and around 95% SAFER than smoking! Now I say safer bold because it’s just that safer… not immune to harm but is anything in life safe? the car fumes you inhale every day walking down the road, even the paracetamol you take to relieve you of that pounding headache, can cause harm or even death if you take too many…. so if the NHS can prescribe some of these tablets and other drugs that could kill you faster than smoking and trust you not to swallow the box, why can’t they prescribe life-saving vapour equipment that yes may not be 100% safe over 20-30 years of vaping but that are 95% safer than smoking for that same period of time!

As stated by the Royal College of Physicians ‘Nicotine without SMOKE, tobacco harm reduction’ and that’s what this is all about, vaping yes, is now used by some as a hobby, but a lot less of a dangerous hobby as clubbing and binge drinking. But it’s key element, that niche market of people using vaping to cut back or quit conventional tobacco products, for them it is something that could save their life, something that could give them one more year, month, week or even day with someone that they would never have had.

There are around 600 ingredients in a cigarette that when burned creates over 7,000 chemicals, At least 70 of which are known to cause cancer and many more that are poisonous!
In E-liquid there are 4 maybe 5 chemicals: you have Nicotine, Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, and food-based flavours and sweeteners.

Let’s start with Propylene Glycol… anyone with asthma will be very accustomed to this ingredient as it has been the base for inhalers since the 1950’s … so what does that mean? Medically safe to be atomised into the lungs, which for the people quitting smoking could make up to around 70% of their e-liquid…

Vegetable Glycerin is created as a by-product from different plant oils and is used in anything from shampoo to medication, again something that has been certified as safe.
Food flavourings are again branded as safe and are suspended in either of the previous two chemicals.

Now onto nicotine… nicotine is a drug it’s not cancer-causing but is highly addictive. Studies have been carried out that prove, in small doses, nicotine can help with concentration and memory, but at the end of the day this is a harmful chemical.

But what does that mean? If I had to choose.. and I did! I would choose to get the nicotine (the harmful drug) that I am already addicted to, in the safest way I could and for me looking at those figures and not to mention the health benefits I have already had since vaping I know I would choose it time and time again.

But it’s a ‘Gateway to Smoking’ I hear you saying…. Before vaping what was the gateway to smoking? What did we have then to blame for the growing popularity of smoking conventional tobacco products? Nothing…. so why now does a product created to help those give up smoking get blasted for essentially being a gateway drug? the gateway to smoking is…. Us… kids see us smoking so they copy… they see us drinking so they want to, they see us do drugs or drive fast and they want to do it. When will everyone stop blaming a device created to help battle the cancerous stick and start taking accountability for the fact that the only reason our younger generations grow up wanting to do these things is that they observe older generations doing it? Whether we didn’t mean to or not it’s our examples they are following.

So what do I feel should be or could be done, well the rules relaxed on the advertisement of vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking, prescriptions for mouth to lung kits to help people quit and a reduction on limitations set to the size of bottles of nicotine, containing e-liquids, I say this on the last part more for other reasons than just health benefits but because of the sheer quantity of waste packaging it creates limiting it to only 10ml bottles with no more than 20 mg of nicotine.

I feel that the limitations set to what can be in our e-liquid are fair and should be monitored, but the nicotine warnings on mods and tanks that do not and may never contain nicotine just demonises the industry.

All in all, I like the way the vaping industry is heading in the UK, but I just wish that the masses didn’t listen to every little bit of bad press as if they did with everything else in life you would never leave the house.

Just remember….

Vaping is a lifestyle improvement! not a trend … 🙂

Yours truly,

Snapback Vaper

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