European Union Considers Tax on Vapers

The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union (EU), is holding a public consultation on the taxation of tobacco and vaping products.

After postponing a decision on an EU-wide vape tax earlier this year, the Commission could introduce excise duties or ‘sin taxes’ on vaping products in all 28 EU member states in 2019.

Consumer associations and tobacco harm reduction organisations in 16 EU countries are encouraging European vapers to respond to the consultation questionnaire and sign a petition opposing the tax.

In a similar consultation in 2016, 90% of respondents rejected the idea of taxing vapor products.

At the time of writing, the petition had attracted more than 17,000 signatures.

Vaping has helped more than 7.5m Europeans stop smoking

Using data from the EU itself, vape advocates from the Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK, among others, argue that vaping has helped more than 7.5 million Europeans stop smoking and a further 9 million reduce their cigarette consumption.

The European Commission says that the consultation is designed to collect views on taxation on tobacco products including what it calls ‘novel products’ like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

Views from private citizens, businesses and governments will be used to inform a possible revision of European Council Directive 2011/64/EU, which sets out rules on the structure and rates of excise duty of tobacco products.

“The purpose of the Directive is to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market and a high level of health protection,” says the Commission.

Vaping campaigners, however, point out that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking and can promote positive health outcomes through tobacco harm reduction.

“Any harmonization project should instead look to prohibiting the levy of excise duty on vaping products in the European Union,” said the coalition of campaign groups.

“Vaping products do not contain tobacco and are not combustible. Vaping does not therefore produce smoke, carbon monoxide or tar, and vaping is at least 95% less harmful to health than smoking combustible cigarettes.

“Vaping products are not tobacco products and the users of vaping products should not have to suffer a punitive and unjustified tax,” they concluded.

Strictest vaping legislation in the western world

The EU has already imposed some of the strictest vaping legislation in the western world.

Introduced in 2016, the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) restricts e-cig tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml and nicotine e-liquid containers to no more than 10ml. It also bans e-liquids with a nicotine strength above 20mg/ml.

Nine EU member states already have some kind of tax on vapor products. European countries that tax vaping products include Italy, Portugal, Greece, Estonia and Hungary.

In these markets, data shows that the tax has served to protect smoking, with fewer people ditching combustible cigarettes for electronic alternatives.

Some EU countries, meanwhile, have adopted a much more progressive approach to tobacco harm reduction and vaping.

Britain has been at the forefront of the vaper revolution, not just acting against bans and taxation but deliberately making e-cigs more widely available and using regulation to improve quality and reliability.

Public Health England completed a landmark study showing that vaping is 95% safer than smoking and the Royal College of Physicians and the UK’s National Health Service have both backed e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking.

The Nanny State Index, produced by the Institute of Economic Affairs, ranked the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic among the most vaper-friendly European destinations.

Sweden came out on top of the list because it is the only EU country where snus, another kind of smokeless tobacco, is legal.

If you are a European vaper, make sure that you respond to the questionnaire and sign the petition to protect tax-free vaping

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Major US Vape Retailer Closes Its Doors Due to Unrealistic FDA Laws

Like many vape businesses, the brand is finding it impossible to meet the FDA’s unrealistic regulatory requirements.

AVAIL Vapor LLC’s specialized brick-and-mortar shops and website, were started by James Xu  in 2013 and grew to over 100 retail stores in 12 states, 400 employees and a manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County. However, given the current hostile regulatory environment, Xu saw that the brand was entering 2022 with essentially “zero” business, hence decided to dismantle everything. “Right now, we are unwinding everything,” said Xu as quoted by The News and Advance.

The founder explained that like other vape businesses, the brand is finding it impossible to meet the FDA’s unrealistic regulatory requirements. “Under this environment, we cannot operate a legitimate business,” Xu said. “Our biggest problem was we tried to believe in the FDA – that one day it would regulate this market with common sense.”

Of course this sentiment is echoed throughout the industry. Infact, while the FDA has rejected Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) for small to medium-sized businesses by the thousands, new documents reveal that PMTA reviewers have created a method to get through a backlog of millions of PMTAs, enabling them to quickly dismiss many of them without reviewing their submitted documents.

The FDA’s strategy to quickly sift through and get rid of PMTAs

The uncovered memos reveal how the FDA planned to deal and quickly dismiss the heavy volume of applications. “Office of Science has been tasked with developing a new plan to effectively manage the remaining non-tobacco flavored ENDS PMTAs not in Phase III, substantive scientific review,” reads a memorandum signed on July 9 by Matthew Holman, the director of CTP’s Office of Science.

“This task has been assigned by the Acting Commissioner given the likely impact on the marketplace on September 10, 2021 (the end of the enforcement discretion period for deemed tobacco products) and in order to take final action on as many applications as possible by September 10, 2021.”

“Considering the large number of applications that remain to be reviewed by the September 9, 2021 deadline, OS [Office of Science] will conduct a Fatal Flaw review of PMTAs not in Phase III for non-tobacco-flavored ENDS products,” the memo goes on. “The Fatal Flaw review is a simple review in which the reviewer examines the submission to identify whether or not it contains the necessary type of studies.”

The memo actually states that the studies’ content will not hold any weight. “The Fatal Flaw review will be limited to determining presence or absence of such studies; it will not evaluate the merits of the studies.”

Quoting the memo, Filter recently explained that the CTP used “a database query to identify the top twelve manufacturers with the largest number of pending PMTAs not in Phase III for non-tobacco flavored e-liquid products,” which then represented 85% of all pending PMTA applications. The agency pulled these applications “out of their respective place in the PMTA priority list,” and once “Phase II filing was initiated,” they underwent the “Fatal Flaw” review. A former CTP employee said that they had never heard of the “Fatal Flaw” standard until now.

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Astroturf Vaping Group Exposed (For the Second Time)

A Daily Beast story published last weekend tells the story of the worst-kept secret in vaping—that British American Tobacco is behind the World Vapers’ Alliance, a supposed grassroots vaping advocacy group.

The tobacco giant’s involvement with WVA was no secret among vaping advocates, which is probably a major reason why the organization only has 20,000 individual members, despite extensive social media efforts. What the Daily Beast story doesn’t explain is that activist vapers—particularly in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe—tend to mistrust and resent involvement in vaping issues by the tobacco industry.

That’s partly because companies like BAT’s American subsidiary Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) have gone out of their way to eliminate the competition posed by independent vaping businesses beloved by many vapers.

For example, in a 2014 comment to the FDA regarding the agency’s just-proposed Deeming Rule, RAI essentially offered the FDA a blueprint for destroying the open-system vaping industry. RAI and other Big Tobacco companies also regularly propose local and state taxes and laws that favor their products over those sold in vape shops and by online retailers.

Facebook and other social media ads were directly approved by BAT’s global head of campaigns, but employees and contractors at the affiliated firms were only allowed to contact BAT by phone to avoid a paper trail.

Clearly BAT understands that many vapers dislike the tobacco industry and that’s probably why it has taken great pains to hide its connection to WVA. Many vapers, if they were aware of the WVA connection to BAT, would steer clear of the organization (and many have). WVA’s “partner” groups are mostly from Latin American and Africa, where there is less mistrust of the tobacco industry and fewer non-corporate donations available for advocacy groups. No American advocacy group is affiliated with WVA.

The Daily Beast article is nevertheless interesting, providing fascinating detail about the connections between BAT and its partners who helped create and run WVA (less interesting is the unraveling of connections between those partners and their donors).

London-based BAT “played a central and hands-on role in orchestrating, directing, and funding” WVA, working with consulting and public relations firm Red Flag and right/libertarian think tank the Consumer Choice Center. Anonymous sources told Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger that BAT “ran the show” and spent “millions” on the WVA effort.

Facebook and other social media ads were directly approved by BAT’s global head of campaigns, but employees and contractors at the affiliated firms were only allowed to contact BAT by phone to avoid a paper trail. They were discouraged from even mentioning BAT in emails about the WVA.

These groups are called astroturf because they’re the opposite of grassroots. Rather than being built from the ground up by vapers, they’re planned and created by tobacco companies and their consultants.

The Daily Beast story is essentially a retelling of a 2021 article in French newspaper Le Monde, which also described the connections between the WVA, BAT, CCC, and various right-wing/libertarian individuals and organizations. But the European story contained comically florid language (at least in translation), calling the connected groups an “elusive nebula…working to disseminate a radical right-wing ideology, hostile to government intervention, in the heart of Europe: libertarianism.”

According to Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Michelle Minton, some of the Le Monde story’s authors, working for The Investigative Desk in the Netherlands, were funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies through the University of Bath (UK). A condition of the reporters’ employment was not revealing that the Bloomberg organization paid for their reporting.

That sounds familiar. Of course, astroturf and hidden agendas aren’t unique to tobacco companies. Journalism too can be shaped by unseen forces working to spread a radical authoritarian ideology, hostile to American liberty: prohibition!

Astroturf vape advocacy groups are old news

The astroturf concept is hardly new in the vaping world. Subsidiaries of Altria and Imperial Brands also created astroturf “vapers groups,” and there may have been others.

These groups are called astroturf because they’re the opposite of grassroots. Rather than being built from the ground up by vapers, they’re planned and created by tobacco companies and their consultants. They may look like the work of activist vaping consumers, but they’re not. The deceptive appearance is intended to give the tobacco company’s lobbying and advocacy agenda an air of legitimacy, but allows them to control the direction and tactics.

Tobacco companies are free, of course, to donate to legitimate consumer groups that work to defend vaping consumers (CASAA, for example, will accept money from anyone). The problem is that actual consumer organizations won’t allow tobacco industry donors like BAT to shape their agendas and plan their strategies.

Altria’s Vaper Rights group, which dates back at least to 2015, was fairly transparent as astroturf vaping groups go. It stated clearly at the bottom of the page, “Vaper Rights is operated on behalf of Nu Mark, LLC, an Altria company.” It remained in operation at least until November 2019, when Altria stopped making vapor products, shut down the Nu Mark subsidiary, and bought a stake in Juul Labs.

The Vaper Rights website encouraged vapers to sign a petition. However, the petition was not targeted at or sent to any particular government entity, but was just a tool for collecting contact information. The gathering of personal information is a common feature of astroturf groups.

Tobacco companies have created bogus “smokers rights” groups at least since the 1990s, using them as fronts to combat local indoor smoking bans and other unwelcome legislation.

The short-lived 95 Percent website, created by public relations firm Levick for Imperial Brands’ vapor subsidiary Fontem Ventures, encouraged vapers to share testimonials. Before launching the site (which is no longer visible even on the Internet Archive), the Fontem group reached out to individual vapers on Twitter, asking them to direct message the 95 Percent account for more information.

Nowhere in the return messages vapers received, or on the linked web page they were sent (which asked for—of course—contact information), was 95 Percent identified as being affiliated with Fontem/Imperial.

The 95 Percent effort fell apart quickly after an actual grassroots advocacy group, CASAA, publicly called out Fontem’s ruse and recommended vapers avoid the organization. [Disclosure: I am on the CASAA board, although I wasn’t when this event occurred in May 2016.]

Those groups were small and poorly funded compared to World Vapers’ Alliance, but the mission was the same—to trick unsuspecting vapers into lending their legitimacy and numbers (and sometimes names) to campaigns against laws and rules the tobacco companies oppose. Sometimes those laws align with vapers’ interests; sometimes not. The groups were mostly ignored by all concerned—as the WVA also has been, except by people who get a chill down their spine when they read about the Koch brothers.

Of course, astroturf strategy isn’t unique to vaping. Tobacco companies have created bogus “smokers rights” groups at least since the 1990s, using them as fronts to combat local indoor smoking bans and other unwelcome legislation. And other industries—like oil, farming, and insurance—have done the same thing.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy

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Alternative Nicotine Products Could Save up to 4 Million Smokers Annually

Yach, an anti-tobacco activist who had played a main role in the enactment of the WHO FCTC in 2005, said he doesn’t think the FCTC has done much in assisting existing smokers to quit.

“We are truly facing a revolution in nicotine technology. Thanks to massive investments in research and patents being fathered, the ramifications of this intellectual property are being felt in the real world,” said Yach during the 8th Global Forum on Nicotine which took place in Liverpool, England last June.

“Already, a hundred million people using harm reduction products and projections suggest that if these tools were more widely available, we would be able to cut the long-term trends of deaths by maybe between 3 and 4 million,” he added.

Dr. Yach, is the former president of the controversial Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which while independent of the tobacco industry, is funded by one of the main tobacco companies in the world. In 2017 Philip Morris International Inc (PMI), had announced it was allocating $1 billion to set up the foundation to help fight smoking, and then dispense a further $80 million yearly towards the project for the following 12 years.

Using the resources available to big tobacco to help counteract the damage it caused

Naturally from the get go, many anti-smoking experts were sceptical that the aim of such a motion was nothing but an effort to ensure the visibility and success of Philip Morris’ harm reduction product, iQOS, and promote any other Big Tobacco agendas.

However Yach who is widely respected as an anti-tobacco activist who had played a main role in the enactment of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005, had explained that he regarded this initiative as an opportunity to use the resources available to the tobacco industry, to help counteract the damage it has caused. He rightfully added that despite believing in the provisions of the FCTC in preventing people from becoming smokers, he doesn’t think it has done much in assisting existing smokers to quit.

Infact, sharing his insights as a speaker in the Michael Russell keynote titled “Why has the WHO FCTC failed to reduce adult smoking and its health impact?,” Yach highlighted that despite such changes made possible by investment in innovation, policy has lost touch with science. “Industry has created tools that have the potential to create one of the most profound public health shifts in history,” he said.

Read Further: The Manila Times

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The Best Pod Flavors We’ve Vaped This Year

A few years ago, everyone was talking about huge clouds and sub-ohm devices that could push hundreds of watts in a single fire. For many vapers, vaping is about big devices, multiple batteries and power – but that isn’t the goal for every vaper. In fact, there is a growing number of vapers who simply just want an easy and reliable vaping solution. They don’t care for huge clouds, they just want to satisfy their desire without having to put much effort in. For those who want a simple vaping device that delivers a fulfilling amount of nicotine with each pull without huge vapor production there’s a new option – the pod system; and the wide variety of new and awesome pod flavors that come along with them.

What is a Pod System?

Vaping pod systems are gaining steam and becoming much more popular today. They are a step above normal e-cigarettes, but not as complex or powerful as box mods. Pod systems are designed for ultimate simplicity – most of them don’t have screens, and some don’t even have firing buttons. For those that are just transitioning to vaping, these devices provide several benefits including:

  • Ease of Use: Many pod system kits provide an all-in-one vaping solution. Just pop in a flavor pod and you’re ready to vape, right out of the box. Other vape systems like box mods require many more steps – assemble the device, prime the coil, insert the battery, fill the tank with juice and etc.
  • Familiar Experience: Instead of firing buttons, many mods only require for you to take a pull on the device to activate the vapor. For those who previously smoked cigarettes, this is a more familiar experience which makes for a smoother transition into vaping.
  • Stealth Vaping: Let’s face it, even when we’re proud of our vaping – sometimes we don’t want to blow huge clouds and haul around a humongous device. Pod systems give us the ability to draw a powerful hit from a compact device, satisfying our craving, without advertising our experience or drawing curiosity from those around us. Staff Favorites: Awesome Pod Flavors

Some pod system kits come with refillable pods that can be filled with your favorite vape juice flavors. Other devices accept branded pre-filled pods that are made for that specific brand’s devices. However, most brands often only offer a limited number of pod flavor options – so what are the best ones? At Vaping, we tried every pre-filled pod flavor we can get our hands on from three top pod system manufacturers – PHIX, SMPO and BO. Here’s our staff favorites from each brand.

Pod Flavors for PHIX Devices

Cool Melon

This cool and refreshing pod flavor is a 5% nicotine salts-based liquid that has been carefully formulated by Brewell Inc. A cool melon treat, this flavor combines the iciness of menthol with the succulence of melon to create the perfect summer day vaping option. Refreshing, cool and crisp, Phix Cool Melon is a pod flavor you’ll never get tired of.


For those looking for an awesome classic tobacco flavor, this option by Phix is a crowd favorite. Made to work with Phix’s highly-acclaimed pod systems, their pod flavors are in a class by themselves. With a patented 1.5 ohm ceramic coil, Phix pods provide a bold and strong vaping experience from the first puff to the last. This ‘Original Blend’ is a complex and advanced re-creation of the flavor of a traditional tobacco cigarette. Original Blend provides the tobacco satisfaction you remember without the smoke, chemicals and other dangerous additives found in traditional cigarettes.

Hard Strawberry

Another awesome pod flavor produced by Brewell Inc. is Hard Strawberry; a scrumptiously sweet flavor that captures every flavor tone of traditional strawberry hard candies. Bold flavors, smooth hits and sweet sensations are qualities often associated with Phix’s Hard Strawberry pod flavor. When you need sweet flavor and ultimate convenience – Phix’s products and pod flavors are sure to suit your needs and provide an ultimate vaping experience each and every time.

Butterscotch Tobacco

As a leader in the vape pod system market, Phix is one of the top innovators in pod flavors. For those looking for a traditional tobacco with a twist, Phix Butterscotch is a delicious option. Butterscotch delivers complex notes of tobacco with a delightful accent of creamy sweetness that can be compared to a rich creme brulee. Butterscotch gives you the same rich tobacco flavor you may remember from smoking, but without the smoke and with an amazing sweet aftertaste that you’ll appreciate on every pull.

Pod Flavors for NexLabs SMPO Device


This prefilled pod option was made specifically for SMPO pod systems, ensuring a mess-free always enjoyable vaping experience. This flavorful option has the overwhelming awesomeness of succulent mangos, with tropical backtones on every pull. When you want a Hawaiian twist on life without visiting the islands, you’ll want a few of these pods in your collection. SMPO has a wide variety of awesome pod flavors, and they scored big once again with their amazing Mango flavor.


If you’ve got a SMPO device and you’re a menthol lover, you’re in luck – SMPO Menthol is one of the most satisfying menthol pod flavors on the market today. This cool and icy flavor is one you should definitely keep in your collection. A cold inhale with a minty exhale that is sure to keep your breath sharp at all times. Each flavor pod contains 1.8 mL of fantastic vape juice and is made for a convenient vaping experience.

Summer Taste

What does summer taste like, you ask? Well, it’s the taste of sunshine, green trees and liveliness – and of course, watermelon and menthol. This awesome pod flavor is one that can both cool you down on a warm summer day, or give you a quick taste of summer on a cold winter night. Summer Taste pods were made specifically for the SMPO device and has been one of their top selling flavors since its inception.

Pod Flavors for Bo Vaping’s Bo One Device

KiwiBerries Ice

Produced specifically by Bo Vaping for their Bo device, KiwiBerries Ice is a cool treat that will make your taste buds jump. Bo Vaping makes it easier to customize your vaping experience by offering KiwiBerries Ice in both 35 mg/mL and 55 mg/mL. What are Kiwiberries? It’s an intense strawberry and kiwi blend enhanced with an arctic kick. If you want a relaxing vape – like sipping an ice-cold fruity smoothie – you’ll love Kiwiberries.

Mango Caps

Bo Vaping’s Mango Cap is like sipping on an exoctic drink after a long day of hard work. This pod flavor is a sweet tropical mango chock full of awesomely refreshing and exotic blasts of flavor. If you have one of Bo Vaping’s pod system devices, Mango is a pod flavor that is sure to compliment your pod collection and deliver the perfect flavor profile every time.

A Final Word On Pod Flavors

The great news for pod system fans is that pod flavors have really come a long way. Sure, most pod systems offer refillable pods that you can fill with any vape juice; but that can take away from one of the biggest advantages of using a pod system – convenience and no-mess refills. Over the next few months, you’ll see many new pre-filled pod flavors hit the market, which will allow you to keep a nice varied collection of pods and have more options than ever! Vape on!

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American Study Shows That Vaping Can Help Smokers Quit

A new U.S. study shows that vaping could help smokers who had no intention to quit kick the habit entirely.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A new study that was led by doctors at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo found that adult smokers who had no intention to quit smoking were more likely to do so if they switched behaviors to daily nicotine vaping.

“These findings are paradigm-shifting, because the data suggest that vaping may actually help people who are not actively trying to quit smoking,” said Dr. Andew Hyland, the chair of Health Behavior at Roswell Park, in a press statement. “Most other studies focus exclusively on people who are actively trying to quit smoking, but this study suggests that we may be missing effects of e-cigarettes by not considering this group of smokers with limited intention to stop smoking — a group that is often at the highest risk for poor health outcomes from cigarette smoking.”

Hyland was joined by others, including researchers with affiliations at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This involvement from these agencies is noted because the study was done under the PATH program that measures tobacco use trends in the US. This study was an official collaboration between the FDA the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“While clinical trials show strong evidence that vaping can help people quit smoking, findings from real-world population studies have been mixed,” said Dr. Karin Kasza, a research scientist also based at Roswell Park who was also involved with the study.

“Our study identified a positive association between daily vaping and cigarette quitting specifically among the segment of smokers who were not planning to quit, consistent with data from clinical trials,” Dr. Kasza added in the same press release as Hyland.

The study was published by JAMA Network Open.

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Stop Smoking Without Putting on Weight

Quitting tobacco is hard. It’s even tougher to quit without piling on the pounds.

Research from the UK and France indicates that smokers put on around 10 pounds in the first 12 months after they quit, with most of the weight gain coming in the first three months.

Exercise, dieting and stop-smoking treatments can all help you control your weight gain throughout your quitting journey.

Here is our guide to giving up tobacco cigarettes without putting on weight.

Why Do Quitters Put on Weight?

Ditching tobacco is a healthy lifestyle choice. After 24 hours, carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body and your lungs start to clear out mucus and other nasty stuff caused by smoking.

After two days your sense of smell starts to improve and after three days you should start to breath more easily and see your energy levels increase.

But weight gain can diminish some of the benefits of quitting. If you want to stop smoking without plumping up, you first need to understand why quitters put on weight.

There are five key reasons:

  • Nicotine increases your metabolism – Your metabolic rate is the amount of energy you use over time. Nicotine reduces bodyweight because it raises the resting metabolic rate, meaning your body uses energy faster. This means that when you stop smoking, your body actually needs fewer calories.
  • Nicotine can suppress your appetite – A receptor in your brain mediates nicotine’s ability to reduce food intake. This explains why you can feel less hungry after you have a cigarette.
  • Food tastes better when you quit – Food starts to smell and taste better about 48 hours after you quit smoking. This might lead to more food cravings, particularly cravings for sugary foods.
  • Food can distract from nicotine cravings – It is possible for quitters to mistake nicotine cravings for hunger. Quitters can also use food to distract themselves from nicotine cravings.
  • Food can replace the ‘hand-to-mouth’ smoking action – The action of putting your hand to your mouth to smoke is a comforting habit. Smokers’ hands and mouths often become fidgety when they quit and food and gum can help satisfy this desire to fidget.

How to Avoid Weight Gain

Exercise, dieting and nicotine replacement therapies can all be used to prevent weight gain when you quit smoking.


When you quit smoking, your metabolism slows down, so your body burns calories slower. Even if you eat the same as you did when you were smoking, you can still put on weight.

You can keep your metabolism high by completing exercise regularly.

Research also shows that regular moderate exercise can help reduce the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to quit.

Taking moderate exercise could mean simple things in your everyday life. You could walk where you might otherwise drive , for example, or take the stairs where you would have previously used an elevator.

You can also start running, go to the gym or take up a new activity or sport. For more advice and inspiration, read our blog post on 14 basic exercises to help you ditch tobacco.


Dieting is tough, but not as tough as quitting smoking. If you are struggling to juggle dieting and quitting, most stop smoking services will recommend that you concentrate on quitting first and think about your food intake later.

With that being said, there are some simple things that you can do to limit your weight gain while you ditch tobacco. Eating a healthier diet can also help you realise more of the benefits of stopping smoking.

You can combat hunger pangs and nicotine cravings by carrying a store of healthy treats around with you. Nuts, fruit and vegetable sticks make great healthy snacks and they can help satisfy your hand-to-mouth cravings.

Another strategy is to eat smaller portion sizes until your metabolism stabilizes. Chew your food slowly and savor each mouthful.

Remember that it takes 20 minutes for the body to feel full, so take a break after eating before you go back for a second helping.

Nicotine replacement therapy 

As well as helping you ditch tobacco, nicotine replacement therapies can help boost your metabolism and satisfy cravings.

There are dozens of nicotine replacement therapies on offer including nicotine patches, nicotine gums and special lozenges.

The FDA has also approved two smoking cessation medicines that do not contain nicotine. Chantix and Zyban are both available in tablet form and by prescription only.

Chantix acts in your brain to inhibit the rewarding effects of nicotine. The precise way that Zyban helps with smoking cessation is so far unknown.

E-cigarettes are not currently approved by the FDA as stop smoking aids. But most vaping products contain nicotine and many former smokers have used e-cigarettes to help them ditch tobacco.

One recent study from the UK found that vaping helps support long-term smoking abstinence. Funded by Cancer Research UK, the study found that e-cigarettes helped hardened smokers and people who didn’t even want to stop smoking quit.

Researchers concluded that: “This study suggests that vaping is a viable long-term substitute for smoking, with substantial implications for tobacco harm reduction.”

Read our beginner’s guide to start vaping in five easy steps.

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Malaysia Postpones Steep E-Liquid Tax

The Malaysian government has postponed imposition of a new tax on nicotine e-liquid after complaints from consumers and industry over the steep proposed rates. The plan also would have tripled the existing tax on zero-nicotine e-liquid. The vape taxes were supposed to go into effect Jan. 1.

The postponement was announced earlier this week by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. No reason was given for the delay, according to The Edge Markets.

Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz announced Oct. 29 that the government’s 2022 budget included new taxes on vaping products that contain nicotine—currently illegal in consumer products sold in Malaysia. A few days earlier, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had informed the World Health Organization that the country would legalize and regulate vaping products to prevent youth access.

But details of the new tax proved problematic. The planned tax rate was 1.20 Malaysian ringgits (RM) per milliliter—about $0.29/mL. The current RM 0.40 tax on zero-nicotine vape juice would have tripled in the new plan.

Such a steep tax rate—about $17 on a 60 mL bottle of e-liquid—would have forced legal sellers to compete with much less expensive black market products. “The increase in tax will make vape products more expensive than tobacco cigarettes in Malaysia,” Malaysian Vape Industry Advocacy (MVIA) president Rizani Zakaria told The New Straits Times.

The high tax rate is opposed by Malaysian vape advocates, and at least one medical organization has also urged the government to adopt taxes that recognize the low relative risk of vaping versus smoking.

“The taxation levels for tobacco harm reduction (THR) products in Malaysia must remain risk-proportionate, benchmarked against high-risk products such as cigarettes,” Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Associations Malaysia president Steven Chow said in a statement last November.

Malaysia currently prohibits nicotine sales for non-medical purposes, and police raids have occasionally disrupted the country’s thriving vape trade. Eliminating the current prohibition and regulating nicotine vaping would make Malaysia one of the few Southeast Asian countries without a vape ban.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy

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Public Health Experts: Proposed US Vape Tax May Create More Smokers

Higher e-cigarette tax rates reducing vaping rates and increased traditional cigarette use.

While the proposed House bill includes a nicotine tax which would apply to vaping products and nicotine pouches, making the tax on them on par with the existing one on cigarettes, it excludes FDA approved NRTs such as nicotine gums and patches. The measure is part of the latest version of the party’s social-spending and climate bill that could pass shortly, yet faces an uncertain path due to opposition in the Senate.

Are vape taxes effective?

Meanwhile, in line with arguments by tobacco control experts, a recent study published in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, looking at the effects of traditional cigarette and e-cigarette tax rates on adult tobacco consumption rates, found that increased tax rates on vaping products are directly proportional to increased smoking rates.

The study titled, “The effects of traditional cigarette and e-cigarette tax rates on adult tobacco product use,” analysed the effects of taxes on traditional cigarettes and vaping products, on use patterns of these same products among adults in the United States. The researchers examined data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), over the period from 2011 to 2018.

The research team found that higher taxes on traditional cigarettes reduced adult smoking and increased adult e-cigarette use. Similarly, higher e-cigarette tax rates increased traditional cigarette use and reduced vaping.

“Cross-tax effects imply that the products are economic substitutes. Our results suggest that a proposed national e-cigarette tax of $1.65 per millilitre of vaping liquid would raise the proportion of adults who smoke cigarettes daily by approximately 1 percentage point, translating to 2.5 million extra adult daily smokers compared to the counterfactual of not having the tax,” read the study Abstract.

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Five E-liquids for the New NFL Season

The new NFL season is here, after an eventful first game week the championship is well set-up for the Super Bowl at the remarkable new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta next year.

The perennial New England Patriots are early favorites to take the championship, along with last year’s winners the Philadelphia Eagles and the Packers and Steelers.

In truth, we can’t say who will take the 49th Super Bowl crown, but we can answer the question on every vaper’s lips – what should I vape while I’m watching NFL action?

As far as we know, nobody has perfected a chicken wing and beer e-liquid flavor combination.  But we do have some exciting beverage and dessert-based vape juices that will complement the football perfectly.


Bourbon cocktails are a game-day favorite in parts of the US. We haven’t tried that many good alcohol-flavored e-liquids. In our experience, beer vape juices are pretty poor, but this bourbon juice is excellent.

Castle Long from Five Pawns is a dark Kentucky bourbon-flavored vape juice, dripping in toasted coconut, roasted, almond, vanilla and caramelized brown sugar flavors.

Want the taste of bourbon without the liquor-soaked hangover, make sure Castle Long is loaded in your tank.


Apple pie

America’s most popular sport needs a traditional American dessert flavor. And what’s more American than apple pie?

Liquid State’s Apple Butter juice is inspired by a classic apple pie recipe. You’ll taste slow-cooked apples, spicy cinnamon and buttery pastry in this juice (think McDonald’s Apple Pie if you can’t imagine it).

If you want something with a sweeter apple punch, you can also try Air Factory’s sweet taffy blended Wild Apple e-liquid.


Not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet? No, neither are we. But you can hang onto the last gasp of summer with a delicious lemonade vape in your device.

There are so many incredible lemonade flavored e-liquids out there. One of the most popular on is the cooling Peach Blossom Lemonade from Lemon Twist.

The pack comes with two large 60ml bottles, so the Peach Blossom Lemonade is sure to last for a long time. If you are looking for a satisfying nic salt lemonade e-liquid, we recommend Orange Lemonade from Mr Salt-E.

Sweet tea 

Watching football in the South? A pitcher of sweet tea is absolutely essential. And, importantly, sweet tea flavors are just as tasty when you put them in an e-cigarette.

The strangely named SVRF Satisfying from SAVEURvape is a supremely satisfying raspberry and dragon fruit ice tea with a subtly sweet kick. Awesome.

It’s a 20/80 PG/VG too, so it’s perfect for use with a rebuildable dripping atomizers, which helps deliver an even bigger flavor blast.


A red, white and blue punch should be a fixture of any great Super Bowl party. The combination of tropical fruit and spiced rum is perhaps the best way to get your buzz on.

Tropical Pucker Punch from Fruit Twist is a lip smacking tank blaster. Expect a bouncy blend of tropical fruits that taste just as fresh as if you labelled it straight out the bowl into your mouth.

If you want something a little fizzier, you could try the Pink Punch Lemonade blend from Lemon Twist.

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