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Public Health Professor Advises the Public: ‘Don’t Let the CDC Fool You’

The Centers for Disease Control is one of the most highly regarded agencies in the United States. The CDC is responsible for collaborating “to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.” As a result, The CDC has gained the trust of countless people all across the country. But what if this organization doesn’t really have our best interests at heart?

According to former CDC employee and currently Boston University professor, Dr. Michael Siegel, that might be the case. Siegel, who has become very vocal against the CDC’s negative claims about vaping, believes the organization is spreading false information about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarette products.  

Dr. Siegel became increasingly outraged when he noticed the way The CDC handled reported of vape related lung damage that left teens from several states hospitalized. Several media outlets reported that the teens had experienced serious lung damage after vaping, but few mentioned the fact that the products the teens were vaping were THC cartridges purchased from illegal (and unregulated) sources. 

According to Dr. Siegel, “The CDC has continually downplayed the role of THC vape carts in the outbreak and even today, continues to blame it on electronic cigarettes generally. Most revealing is the fact that every time the CDC even mentions a potential role of THC, it immediately undermines it by emphasizing that ‘The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases.’”

“Don’t let the CDC fool you. What they’re not telling you is that in epidemiological outbreak investigations, we almost never identify a single exposure that ties together all of the cases. This is why we calculate odds ratios to estimate the strength of association between the exposure and the cases. If every single case was associated with a single exposure, then it wouldn’t take an epidemiological analysis to identify the source of the outbreak.”

Dr. Siegel, along with many others, believe The CDC failed to properly research and report the truth behind the events. In turn, he says the CDC is putting people at risk by spreading inaccuracies. 

As more information continues to come to light regarding the truth behind vaping, the industry hopes it will eventually result in honest education about the products and their benefits.

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Former Smoker Testifies That Vaping Is A ‘Health Miracle’ That Saved Her Life

Did you know that more than 16 million people in the United States are fighting a smoking related disease? In addition, the average smoker will live 10 years less than a non-smoker. Even people who don’t smoke can be put at risk when coming in contact with cigarette smoke.

Needless to say, almost all of the statistics surrounding cigarettes are connected to serious health issues, and even death.

Although more than half of cigarette smoking adults have admitted that they’d like to quit, doing so is easier said than done. Until now at least.

With the rise of e-cigarettes, many smokers have seen this option as the ideal way to quit. Research has shown that not only are e-cigarettes far less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but they’re also more successful than other methods at getting people to quit smoking.

A study conducted by researchers in England shows that people who used e-cigarettes were about 60% more likely to quit smoking than people who didn’t. For many smokers, the option to vape different flavors is a huge factor in using e-cigarettes over traditional cigarettes. One woman, Vicky Porter, even believes that flavored e-cigarettes likely saved her life.

In a recent hearing regarding widespread reports of vape related lung damage, Porter testified that e-cigarettes were the only thing that helped her quit smoking. Porter, who discovered e-cigarettes after 23 years of smoking and several failed attempts at quitting, says that her health improved almost immediately after switching to e-cigarettes. 

She specifically mentions that flavors are a huge factor in what makes vaping a great experience and cites a recent survey that found 92% of adult vapers preferred non-tobacco flavors.

Porter’s testimony comes on the heels of several cases of vape related lung damage — and even death — across the country. However, as she mentions, these incidents were not the result of vaping itself, but the result of teens attempting to vape illegal THC cartridges purchased from the black market. 

Despite these facts, lawmakers in several states have decided to move forward with stricter regulations on vape products. Some states have even gone as far as to ban the sale of any flavored vape products. 

Officials are claiming this flavor ban will put an end to the ‘health crisis’ caused by vaping, but Porter and many others disagree. Limiting access to e-cigarettes and other products could actually cause a health crisis of its own.

As organizations and officials make plans to overturn these bans, vapers everywhere hope words like Porter’s will be heard — and taken seriously.

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Getting Familiar With Tranquil Earth – What Is CBD?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in hemp and is known for three main medical benefits; anti-inflammation, anxiety and stress relief, and natural pain relief. This supplement is non-psychoactive and will not get you “high.”

CBD has been shown to support the proper functioning of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) inside your body. The endocannabinoid system is one of science’s newest discoveries and opens a window into the physiological processes of the body including pain-sensation, mood, memory, inflammatory responses, and even cognitive function.

Since the ECS is responsible for your body’s response to pain, most cases of people suffering from chronic pain have an insufficient supply of cannabinoid to control the endocannabinoid system. This explains why CBD is so effective for such patients and why so many people find relief in routine CBD use.

Potential Treatment of:

  • Pain (chronic, neuropathic, cancer-related)
  • Anxiety
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression and other mental illnesses
  • PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Glaucoma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Substance Abuse/Withdrawal

Concentration and Dosage

Every person is different and may require a different dosage. We suggest 1 ml a day to start.


Concentration Levels

  • Each 150mg, 30 ml bottle= 5mg per ml = 30 servings (of 5mg CBD)
  • Each 500mg, 30 ml bottle= 16.6mg per ml = 30 servings (of 16.6mg CBD)
  • Each 1000mg, 30 ml bottle = 33.3mg per ml= 30 servings (of 33.3mg CBD)

CBD Intake Options

As a Tincture – Our product can be ingested daily orally by placing drops under your tongue for 20 seconds. It can also be mixed in with cold food or drink. Tinctures are the most potent in terms of dosage precision as you can easily increase or decrease your dosage by the drop.

As a Vape – Vaporizers heat the CBD liquid so that it can be inhaled like an e-cig. The inhaled vapor enters your bloodstream through your lungs and can quickly produce results.

CBD is intended for adult use only.
Our products have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  
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Smokers who become vapers drastically cut inhaled toxins, study finds

By: Bradley J. Fikes

Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes greatly reduce their exposure to carcinogens and other toxic inhaled substances, according to a British study released Monday.

The study of 181 smokers and former smokers was the first to directly measure and compare levels of these substances in people, its authors said. The harm reduction depends on a total substitution of e-cigarettes for smoking, the study stated.

Previous studies have been performed on cell cultures or animals, or measured substance levels in e-cigarette vapor. While these proxy measurements are useful, direct measurements in people provide superior knowledge of the risks incurred.

Researchers analyzed the saliva and urine of long-term smokers, as well as that of e-cigarette users, called vapers, and users of nicotine replacement therapies, or NRTs. They measured levels of TSNAs (tobacco-specific nitrosamines) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds), established risk factors for smoking-related diseases.

The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It can be found at j.mp/ecigrisk.

Four other researchers who didn’t take part in the study said it added to evidence that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking. But they differed on its significance.

American public health organizations have generally opposed vaping, even as an aid to quitting smoking. They say evidence is lacking that e-cigarettes are effective, and endorse alternative methods of quitting, such as nicotine patches or gum. And they say non-smokers may take up vaping under the mistaken belief that it’s harmless.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is imposing strict new rules on e-cigarettes, classifying them as tobacco products. The e-cigarette liquids vaporized contain no tobacco. The e-cigarette industry says these rules would add so much expense that smaller makers would fold, leaving the market to the big vendors, who happen to be tobacco companies.

But British public health agencies have generally endorsed e-cigarettes as being far less risky than conventional cigarettes, and useful for smokers trying to quit. They embrace an approach called harm reduction that endorses lessening risk. Since there is widespread agreement that e-cigarette “vaping” poses less of a risk than smoking, they say smokers should be encouraged to try vaping.

Last spring, the Royal College of Physicians approved vaping for smokers, saying that e-cigarettes have been shown to be effective for smoking cessation.

Where danger lies

While nicotine is the addictive drug in cigarettes, it’s not the most harmful one. Researchers are even studying the use of nicotine to help against certain neurodegenerative illneses, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

The real danger of cigarettes lies in the other substances carried in smoke, include those produced by combustion. The threats include lung diseases, including cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The study paid particular attention to the risk for cancer.

The level of dangerous chemicals found in solo e-cigarette users was found to be a fraction of that in solo smokers of regular cigarettes, expressed in percentages.

— 2.5 percent the level of TSNAs

— 33.3 percent for acrolein

— 42.9 percent for acrylamide

— 2.9 percent for acrylonitrile

— 11.0 percent for 1,3-butadiene

— 43.5 percent of ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile and vinyl chloride.

But e-cigarette users were found to have 126.9 percent of nicotine or equivalent of smokers.

These numbers were reported at a 95 percent confidence level.

The four researchers interviewed for this article agreed that e-cigarettes are less hazardous than smoking. But they disagreed on the study’s significance.

Useful, but limited

David W. Bareham, a specialist respiratory physiotherapist in England, cautiously endorsed the study, while emphasizing that it has limitations.

The study indicates that a total switch from cigarettes to vaping should significantly reduce the risk from cancer, all else being equal, said Bareham, of Lincolnshire Community Health Services near Nottingham, England.

But the study’s findings related to cancer don’t address other potential harms from e-cigarette use, Bareham said by email. Moreover, more work is needed to reduce potentially harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapors.

“This new study under review here, though helpful, is only part of the puzzle that is e-cigarettes,” Bareham said.

“Further, long term studies, following e-cigarette users for a prolonged period of time, tracking not just issues mostly related to cancer, but other specific respiratory and cardiac risks, are still required, before anyone can confidently claim that the harmful effects of switching purely to e-cigarettes are ‘minimal’ . . . .”

“CDC data demonstrates, importantly, that basically as many people die from the cardiovascular effects of smoking tobacco as from cancer effects, so, if we then add on the premature deaths of the non-cancer lung disease, it becomes clear that the health effects of smoking are much more than those purely related to cancer,” Bareham said.

Ground-breaking

Dr. Michael Siegel, a tobacco control specialist at Boston University who supports e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, was enthusiastic about the findings.

“This study adds to the abundant evidence that e-cigarettes are much safer than real tobacco cigarettes,” Siegel said by email. “In fact, for the four carcinogens and two toxins tested, levels in e-cigarette users were comparable to those in nicotine patch users and much lower than in cigarette smokers. The study also showed that dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes did not significantly reduce exposure to these 6 chemicals.”

Siegel said the study “suggests that benefits in terms of cardiovascular disease and cancer will only occur if a smoker switches to vaping completely.”

“The bottom line of this study is that there is now no scientific uncertainty: vaping is much safer than smoking,” Siegel said.

The study also breaks new ground by measuring levels of dangerous chemicals directly from people, Siegel said.

Cautious optimism

Laura Crotty Alexander, M.D. a UC San Diego researcher and pulmonologist, said by email that the study is “a nice addition” to existing research.

“These data are reassuring in that e-cigarette users have lower urine levels of nitrosamines and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are two types of chemicals that are found in the urine of conventional tobacco smokers, and contribute to the development of tobacco related diseases,” Crotty Alexander said. “Thus, these data suggest that e-cigarettes are far less dangerous than smoking conventional cigarettes.”

Crotty Alexander said caution is still needed, because the long-term health effects of regular e-cigarette use have yet to be determined.

“These researchers were specifically looking at levels of chemicals known to be a problem in tobacco smoking, which is an excellent starting point for evaluating the safety of e-cigarettes,” she said. “However e-cigarette vapor is very different than tobacco smoke, and thus effects on human health may not mirror those seen with tobacco use.”

Skepticism

UCSD researcher Wael Al-Delaimy, M.D., said by email that the study didn’t find anything significantly new.

“We all know that using only e-cigarettes is less harmful than using combustion cigarettes for the simple reason that combustion of tobacco is what produces the carcinogens,” said Al-Delaimy, UCSD’s division chief of global health in the department of family medicine and public health.

E-cigarettes have been documented to produce close to 50 percent of the harm from regular cigarettes, he said, because of the effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

“The authors just brushed aside that impact and focused on the lower carcinogens from tobacco,” Al-Delaimy said. “Nevertheless if a smoker has a choice between smoking a cigarette or an e-cigarette, of course it is better to use e-cigarettes as the less harmful choice.”

Al-Delaimy said he was especially concerned that smokers generally don’t find e-cigarettes helpful in quitting, especially in the United States. 

“Further, there is clear evidence that non-smokers are starting e-cigarettes (especially young adults and teens) because of the publicity and novelty of e-cigarettes. The paper does not address nonsmokers who use e-cigarettes compared to nonsmokers who do not use any e-cigarettes to see the chemicals they are being exposed to (other than the carcinogens, such as flavoring chemicals).

“More importantly, the paper shows that those who use both combustion cigarettes and e-cigarettes actually have higher levels of these carcinogens which is counter to the belief of the e-cigarette and vaping advocates that using e-cigarettes will help cut down combustion cigarette use. It is indicating the opposite, and this is consistent with studies we have published and others, that using e-cigarettes is making it more difficult for smokers to quit. The authors don’t point to this problem and try to justify it otherwise.

“In this paper the former smokers who now use only e-cigarettes is a positive outcome, but what is their proportion in the real world of smokers? Not a substantial one I am afraid,” Al-Delaimy said.

For information on how to quit smoking without e-cigarettes, go to smokefree.gov. For information on how to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, go to vaping.org.

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A Flavor For Every Vaper – Introducing PRIME Juices

A short while ago we brought you an article breaking down the ins and outs of E-Liquid and how to choose one for your best vaping experience. While we may have given you the information needed to make a selection, we didn’t give you any specific recommendations. That changes today as we’d like to take some time to focus on our PRIME E-Liquid.

Our juice bars are what set us apart in the vape community, and we wanted to take the guesswork out of our guest’s search for the premium juices they (and we) love. We hit the lab so we could deliver the best and most popular flavors to our customers and enhance the engaging experiences our juice bars provide.

The PRIME premium pourable juice line offers something for everyone, especially those with a bit of a sweet tooth. Check out all of our flavors below…

Fruits

Mad Vapes PRIME E-Liquid Juice

Buddha’s Punch – Find Your Inner Peace With the One-Two Combination of Strawberries and Candy.

Celestial – Chewy Candy and Blood Orange With Notes of Champagne.

The Strand – Scientifically Engineered to Mimic the Mouthwatering Flavor of Strawberry in the Form of a Gummy.

Tyde – A Yummy Yummy Fruit Punch Gummy!

Victory – Triumph Over The Bland and Hold Your Head High With This Citrus Chewy Candy.

Desserts

Mad Vapes PRIME E-Liquid Juice

The Brew – Hop Aboard and Float Through a Mash-Up of Strawberry Shortcake and Ice Cream

Vial – Experiment With a Fusion of Blueberry, Ice Cream, and Fluffy Shortcake.

Zenith – Sweet Sherbet Ice Cream With a Burst of Juicy Candy.

Tobacco

Mad Vapes PRIME E-Liquid Juice

Boujee ‘Bacco – Premium Sweet Caramel and Smooth Ripe Vanilla Tobacco.

Icy ‘Bacco – The Cleanest, Coldest Cut of a SMooth Tobacco.

Non-Boujee’ Bacco – Rich, Bold, and Ripe. It’s Straight to the Point.

Menthol

Blunderbuss Ice – No Mistake Here! A Perfect Concoction of Strawberry and Watermelon w/ Ice!

Celestial Ice – Chewy Candy and Blood Orange With Notes of Champagne and Topped w/ Ice!

Fruit Flavors PRIME E-Liquid Juice

The interactive and individualized encounters our guests have at the juice bar just got a new, fresh upgrade. On top of that, when it comes to “premium juice,” the cost is usually high. However, with PRIME, we packed a punch to the palate but not the wallet…

Anti-Matter – A Phenomenal Mix of Sour Rasberry You Must Taste to Believe!

Blunderbuss – No Mistake Here! A Perfect Concoction of Strawberry and Watermelon.

Genesys – A Deliciously Sweet and Tart Green Apple.

Sucker Punch – Clobber Your Taste Buds With a Blast of Sour Lemon and Lime!