What’s the big deal with craft e-liquids?

You have e-liquid… and then you have what lots of folks refer to as “craft e-liquid.” I won’t pretend to be a full-blown pro, but from my expertise there’s a noticeable difference between inexpensive, bargain-priced e-liquid and the more exclusive, high end TOP-SHELF stuff. There are certainly exceptions to the rule, but generally, firms that use only the finest ingredients (and take lots of time to perfect each new flavor) often have the best e-juice. Spending months in the growth stage, “craft e-juice” has a tendency to be more complex and flavorful than your typical e- liquid, artfully combining a wide array of ingredients to generate a pleasing and rich encounter.

#1 – Five Pawns E-Liquid

Five Pawns e- juice is made by hand with handwritten batch numbers included on every bottle, in exceptionally small batches in California. It’s carried at a number of high end, boutique vape stores and has earned a powerful reputation among the vaping community. We’re talking about incredibly complicated and abundant varieties, consisting of 50/50 PG/VG and only highest-quality ingredients. Grandmaster and Gambit are personal favorites, but they offer ten exceptional flavors between the “Touch” and “Mixology” lines.

We refuse to allow any liquid before it’s entirely perfect to leave our facility … and they’re perfectionists. There are many other ingredients that help improve what you really taste although we disclose the clear flavors for tasting note reasons.

#2 – Suicide Bunny E-Juice

Suicide Bunny is another exceptionally popular craft e-juice maker, with a limited variety of merely five superior flavors. Mother’s Milk is the most popular, creamy and a sweet strawberry custard blend that’s gained enormous fanfare among vaping enthusiasts, including myself. It’s so good! Like all superior e-juice makers, the finest ingredients are used by Suicide Bunny, and while their flavor collection is restricted, each one is totally formulated to be well balanced and tasty.

“The other guys go blue in the face. We only do it, and we’re until it’s perfect relentless. If it’s not constructed out of the very best ingredients to make the very best e-liquid in The US, it’s not a Suicide Bunny merchandise. Straightforward as that…” says Suicide Bunny.

#3 – Space Jam Robo Fuel

Handcrafted Space Jam, with attention asserts that it’s seven e-liquid flavors will “ blow you out of this world.” Possibly that’s a slight exaggeration, but they certainly have some of the most delectable fruit-flavored varieties available on the market. While Astro is a perfect mix of apples and strawberry, my personal pick, Andromeda is a creamy combination of blueberries and pomegranate, a big winner. Despite the apparently straightforward combinations, the flavor profiles are sophisticated and dainty; sweet enough to make sure that you stay interested, but light enough to make perfect all-day-vapes.

#4 – The Standard E-Juice

The Standard creates several rich, multi-layered flavors that you’ll locate at the most exclusive, high end stores that were vape. Their merchandises are not just delicious, but the vibrant glass bottles are surely not “regular.” Frankenvape (kiwi marshmallow) is likely the most popular, and also my favorite; while Interested Jorge (creamy banana) comes in a close second. Nothing low quality or subpar here, whether it comes to the ingredients or the packaging. From Henley:

The Standard is an outstanding brand that produces and markets a couple of rich, well rounded and exceptionally popular e-liquid flavors. Aside from the flavor profiles that are multilayer, we absolutely love the packaging! Bottled in glass cubes with trendy, creative labels.

#5 – Halo E-Liquid

Halo is an established name that’s known for producing high quality, premium e-liquid. With almost 20 distinct flavor choices, they have a good selection to select from but they’re lacking the exceedingly sweet and fruity flavors that a lot of folks prefer. They’re best known for their complex, rich and flavorful tobacco combinations although they offer several epicure, dessert flavors. Tribeca has been one of my long time goto flavors, and they’ve many different creative varieties layered with subtle hints of sweet and hot. Should you adore tobacco flavors – you’ll love Halo!

Are we any closer to a definitive answer on whether vaping is worse than smoking?

Originally posted at the NYTimes:

So I suppose you heard about the latest e-cigarette study, the one that said that the vapors e-cigarette users inhale contain multiple forms of formaldehyde. It was much in the news last week, after its authors, five scientists from Portland State University, published a peer-reviewed letter outlining their findings in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

Before You Vape: High Levels of Formaldehyde Hidden in E-Cigs,” said the headline at NBC.com. “Can You Guess What Cancer-Causing Agent Researchers Just Found in Electronic Cigarettes?” asked The Motley Fool. “E-Cigarettes Not Safer Than Ordinary Cigarettes,” claimed the online publication Tech Times. The New England Journal of Medicine chimed in with a tweet of its own: “Chemical analysis of e-cigs’ vapor show high levels of formaldehyde,” it read. “Authors project higher cancer risk than smoking.”

The study focused on a device known as a premium vaporizer that heats a flavored liquid containing nicotine. The heat causes the liquid to turn into vapor, which the user inhales. Most of these devices also allow the user to control the voltage. These devices have become increasingly popular as a way to ingest nicotine without smoking.

In the study, the Portland State scientists ran the device at both a low voltage and a high voltage. At the low voltage, they did not detect formaldehyde. But at the high voltage, they found some. Formaldehyde is, indeed, a known carcinogen, which also exists, among hundreds of other toxic chemicals and dozens of cancer-causing agents, in combustible cigarettes. The authors concluded that someone who was a heavy user of a vaporizer at the high voltage was five to 15 times more likely to get cancer than a longtime smoker. Or so they seemed to say.

There is not much doubt that studies like this have an impact on the public perception of e-cigarettes. Even though cigarettes result in 480,000 American deaths each year — and even though it is the tobacco, not the nicotine, that kills them — many in the public health community treat e-cigarettes as every bit as evil. Every dollop of news suggesting that vaping is bad for your health, much of which has been overblown, is irrationally embraced by anti-tobacco activists. One result is that, whereas 84 percent of current smokers thought e-cigarettes were safer than ordinary cigarettes in 2010, that number had dropped to 65 percent by 2013.

Worse, close to a third of the people who had abandoned e-cigarettes and returned to smoking did so because they were worried about the health effects of vaping, according to a study published last year in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

The Portland State study fits right into this dynamic. It is, on the one hand, factually true that vaping at an extremely high voltage will cause formaldehyde-releasing agents to develop.

You can read the rest of the article at the NYT by following the link provided at the beginning of this post. One thing about vaping is the hardware can almost be invisible. Take something like a beetlejuice vape pen, for example. The design is so sleek that a lot of people would probably mistake the hardware for some sort of a makeup container (if you’re a woman). There’s zero chance of this happening with a cigarette. If you’re curious about other ‘vape mods‘ that can give you a similar looking device, you can learn more by reading on different vaping blogs and forums or by entering a search into your favorite search engine.

Where are all of India’s tourists?

Alex at Marginal Revolution writes:

India has tremendous advantages as a producer of tourism, but its tourism sector is far too small. India is underperforming and in the process giving up tens of billions of dollars in foreign exchange revenue that could lift millions out of poverty.

Nearly nine million tourists visited India in 2016 generating foreign exchange revenues of about $23 billion USD annually. At first glance, the figures are impressive. Tourism is one of India’s largest export sectors, beating out such leading sectors as apparel ($17.4 billion, 2014) and medicinals and pharmaceuticals ($13.9 billion, 2014). A more careful examination, however, reveals that India’s tourism sector is small compared to its potential.

Visit the link provided above to read the rest.