Vaping Facts and Fiction

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As an ex-smoker (of coming up thirteen years) I wish that vaping was around when I was first tried to quit smoking. Smoking cessation is far from easy and many struggle to give up smoking without support. With NHS stop smoking services regularly being cut and up to 75% fewer cessation-related prescriptions being given out now compared to a decade ago (according to the British Lung Foundation latest report) I wish there was more information out there for people about vaping and the benefits of e cigarettes over tobacco cigarettes on their health and often their bank balance.

So many myths surrounding vaping exist which is why I’ve put together these few vaping explanations to help you separate the fact from the fiction.

Vaping is as Unhealthy as Tobacco Smoking

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Back in 2007 Public Health England, the government public health group implemented the Go Smoke Free legislation. This has seen smoking in public places, on public transport, and at work effectively banned. Part of the reason for this was to protect non-smoking individuals from the harmful effects of passive smoking. Part of the reason was to reduce the numbers of individuals smoking full stop.

Clearly, Public Health England (PHE) are staunch anti-smoking and yet why would advocate for the use of e cigarettes as a valid alternative to smoking if vaping was as unhealthy as smoking? They wouldn’t. PHE’s own review reported their findings that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than tobacco smoking. After a longer period has passed many expect PHE to award vaping that last 5%. In order to do so vaping studies need to be run over a longer time period.

Vaping and Smoking are the Same

Not even a little bit. Yes, you inhale something and exhale something. With that description, you could say that smoking and breathing are the same. Cigarettes contain a high number of toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals (according to WHO). These are breathed in via a smoke after tobacco and other contents are burned. Vaping contains no toxic or harmful chemicals and vaping produces a flavoured vapour by heating up an e liquid.
Smoking is classified by WHO, PHE and countless other health and research organisations as being harmful to health. Vaping is not.

E Cigarettes Randomly Blow Up Regularly

The media love this one! Yes, there have been some reports about exploding e cigarettes and no-one can or should deny that. What they should do however is look a little closer. The London Fire Brigade support vaping over smoking as to date no vaping-related deaths and serious incidents have been recorded whereas sadly the same cannot be said for smoking.

E cigarettes are powered via a lithium battery, the same as mobile phones. If batteries are not taken care of or individuals modify their e cigarettes without understanding the safety implications of this there is a possibility of damage. It comes down to common sense. I haven’t seen many calls for mobile phones to be banned recently but the newspapers love to do just that with e cigarettes. Before you make your mind up on this one look a little closer.

Vaping Will Give You Popcorn Lung

Now, this is a story that hit the media that does require some explaining. Diacetyl is a chemical found in buttery-flavoured foods and such-like. Studies showed that those exposed to high levels of diacetyl over a long period of time i.e. those working directly with it in a production setting could be at risk of a diacetyl related condition called popcorn lung. This is not something to sweep under the rug and quite rightly so legal action on behalf of those affected has been taken and in some case is still underway.

In relation to vaping, however, studies show that the few eliquids found to contain diacetyl (in tiny amounts) would not cause popcorn lung in vapers. In response to the news of diacetyl’s shortcomings e liquid manufacturers, the few that were using it, stopped adding it to their buttery-flavoured e juices, despite evidence showing vaping does not cause popcorn lung. If you buy your e liquids from a reputable source you will not find diacetyl in any of the ingredients.

In Summary

It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity surrounding vaping (which is reported with huge headlines) and forget to look at the many benefits of vaping. Don’t forget that it is a significantly healthier alternative to smoking. Before making up your mind, do your own research via reputable sources and make an informed choice.

Beauty Hacks to Get You Beach Ready

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As you’ll know if you’ve read my Winter Growler Guide, I’m keen on getting seasonal grooming right. With that in mind, if you have a holiday booked this summer and you don’t feel beach ready and that’s important to you, don’t panic. There’s still time to perfect your look so that you ooze confidence whether you’re taking a splash in the ocean or hitting up the beach bar.

In this blog post, you’ll find three beauty tips that are guaranteed to make you feel fab just in time for your upcoming trip. The good news is, you can easily purchase the products you need to get gorgeous from online retailers. For example, you can order toiletries from HiHouse and have them delivered straight to your doorstep. 

  1. Prep Your Skin in Advance

So that you’re totally holiday ready, it’s important that you prep your skin – especially if you plan on strutting around in a bikini. Before you jet off to your destination, get rid of dry, flaky skin using an all over body exfoliator with a pair of scrubbing mitts. Each time you hop in the shower, gently rub your skin from top to toe, focusing on the areas that are particularly prone to dryness, such as your elbows, knees, ankles and heels.

Afterwards, use a rich moisturiser to hydrate your skin. Doing this in the run up to your holiday will ensure that you’re ready to strip down to your swimsuit when you arrive at the beach.

  1. Get your Beach Tan Off to the Best Possible Start

Sometimes, it can take a couple of days for the sun to work its magic on your skin, leaving you feeling a little pasty at the beginning of your holiday. So to get your tan off to the best possible start, and to give you the confidence boost you might need to feel your best on the beach, why not faux your glow? Fake tan is a great way to give yourself a little bit of colour, and it’s a much safer alternative to lying out in the sunshine.

There are a variety of different types of tan on offer, from tanning mousse, to gradual cream, to in-shower lotions. You could even treat yourself to a professional spray tan. The tanning product you use will determine how long before your holiday you should bronze up. For example, if you’re planning on using a gradual tanner, you may want to start using it in the weeks leading up to your trip, while a spray tan should be done a couple of days before to make sure it lasts you all holiday.

  1. Schedule in Enough Time for Hair Removal

There’s no doubt you’ll want to be fuzz-free for your beach holiday, so it’s essential that you schedule in enough time for your hair removal session before you leave. This is especially important if you plan on visiting a salon. It’s likely you’ll need to book an appointment, so make sure you give them plenty of notice. Leaving it to the last minute could mean that they’re unable to squeeze you in.

If you’re taking your hair removal matters into your own hands, it’s just as important that you time it right. For example, if you’re going to be using wax, you should allow your hairs to grow as long as possible for optimum results, so it might be a good idea to skip a few shaves in the run up to your holiday.

As long as you feel great, there’s nothing holding you back from having the holiday of a lifetime. If some extra preparation and grooming does that for you, these tips area good place to start.

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