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Study: Effect of Vaping On Heart Function

It is common knowledge that cigarette smoking creates multiple health risks. One of the more adverse diseases caused by smoking is coronary heart disease, a leading cause of death in the US. Among many other health and lifestyle reasons, the serious health conditions associated with smoking is one of the main motivators for smokers to switch to vaping. With health consciousness growing in the field of nicotine consumption, numerous studies have been conducted to examine the direct effects of vaping on health. In relation to heart disease, it is important for this research to be conducted to give people the knowledge and understanding of how vaping really affects our health, as it is a relatively new occurrence. One particular study investigated the instant effects of both smoking and vaping. The study measured the heart function a few minutes after vaping or smoking, compared to a baseline reading prior to any smoking or vaping. Results found that those who smoked had an instant and significant change in heart functioning, and those who vaped had no adverse effects. It was concluded, “This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes.”

 

It is important to note, however, that as vaping is such a new form of nicotine ingestion, there needs to be much more study into the long terms effects, to confidently conclude that it is safe. Compared to smoking, the results do point at it being a safer method, but as it is still nicotine consumption, this does not mean that vaping is 100% fine for the body’s health.

 

To find out more about how you can quit smoking and switch to vaping visit your local e-cigarette store.

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How to Maximize Your Results: Smoker’s Transition to Vaping

Upgrading e-cig vaporizer with kanthal clapton coil dripSwitching to a safer, healthier alternative than smoking is one of the main reasons people begin vaping. To help to curb cravings and allow you to maintain the element of routine is paramount for those tapering themselves from a smoking addiction. Some people also come to vaping without any background of smoking, but purely for the novel pleasure and social function. For those, however, coming off smoking and looking to get the most out of the vaping process to help with their transition, here are a few tips on how best to utilize the vaping technique so as to get the most benefit from the experience.

 

There are generally two types of vaping styles. Mouth-to-lung inhalation is more suited to how smokers inhale. In this two step process, you draw the ‘smoke’ into the lungs, and then into the mouth. The resistance and airflow settings need to be tweaked here to ensure that this form of vaping flows with more ease, like tighter airflow. Take longer, slower puffs when vaping to draw the process out longer to get more effect. It is said that it can take about 30 min to get the same amount of nicotine from your vape than it would from 5 mins of smoking, so for those looking to really aid their cravings in the transition, vape for much longer.

The other form of vaping is the direct-to-lung style, which is where the vapor directly comes down into the lungs in one process as you inhale. This requires a much larger airflow setting on your device. It is recommended for those switching straight from smoking, the mouth-to-lung form is most suitable for the transition, though overtime, you will find your own rhythm and preferred style, depending on the effect you wish to achieve.

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Selecting a Franchise Business

2015-02-11 18.40.38For entrepreneurs today there are many franchise businesses to choose from. Selecting a franchise business may seem a difficult task from the vast number available. Researching every angle of an available franchise before signing any documents will make selecting a franchise business easier.

 

When selecting a franchise business there are a variety of costs involved in purchasing the business. The first important step is knowing how much money you are willing to initially invest in buying your franchise, and how much money you are able to invest as your franchise business grows. Initial franchise fees may be as low as tens of thousands of dollars or run as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another expenses that should be considered is the cost to rent a pre-existing office, store, building or facility, or the costs involved in building a new structure. Other investments to consider in a new franchise business may include cost to equip the business, initial inventory, operating licenses, insurance, and promotion fees.

 

What type of business you are looking for is an important step in selecting a franchise business. The skills, training and education you already possess can be an asset if looking to select a franchise business in a field you are already familiar with. For example, lets say that you enjoy electronic cigarettes and vaping and go into those stores on a normal basis. A Ecig Franchise would be a great next step in your franchisee pursuits. businesses do require training, licensing or certifications for the business owner and employees. These businesses may include real estate agencies, auto repair, interior design, or tax preparation.

 

Having business goals already in mind when you are selecting a franchise will help in your search for the perfect business. Have a clear understanding of what industry and type of business you would like to work in. Know the environment you want your franchise business in. Also decide whether you want your franchise to be a sales oriented, or service type business.

 

When selecting a franchise business there are several ways to find businesses you are interested in. Visiting local franchise outlets that are open for business can give you a preview of how that business runs. Other places to help in selecting a franchise business are franchise expositions, franchise brokers, franchise handbooks.These handbooks can either be obtained online or at your local library.

 

When selecting a franchise business it is important to know that the franchisor is required by regulations to provide you with the Franchise Disclosure Document for the franchise business. This document gives the buyer information to help weigh the risks and benefits of owning that particular franchise. The document is required to include 23 specific items. These items must include information about the franchise, the franchise’s offices and about other franchise owners. The Franchise Disclosure Document is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Determining the goals you have for your franchise business, what type of services you intend to offer, and knowing your investment ability are important steps in selecting a franchise business. These steps will ensure you invest in a franchise business that fits your needs, skill level and future goals for you and the business.

 

References:

1. Federal Trade Commission. “A Consumer’s Guide to Buying a Franchise.”

9 April 2016
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/consumers-guide-buying-franchise

2. Federal Trade Commission.

9 April 2016
https://www.ftc.gov/

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What Are the Fundamental Differences For Vapors?

advanced vaping deviceOne of the most attractive things about vaping is the use of eLiquid or eJuice. Vapor Galleria creates and carries 100+ lab created flavors. These juices are added into an electronic cigarette or vape pen where it will be turned into vapor. Each device can differ on where the eJuice is added. Some devices require vaping cartridges, cartomizers or tanks depending on how they are designed.

So how do I know what vaping product to use?

Vaping Cartridges

eCigarettes will typically require cartridges, especially a lot of the disposable eCigs. There are different options to choose from. You can use a blank cartridge that you can fill with eLiquid or you can use prefilled cartridges which allows you to quickly change out your juice.

Read more on Vapor Galleria – Houston blog: http://vaporgalleriasouthloop.com/what-are-the-fundamental-differences-for-vapors/

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Atomizer Wicks: Going Beyond Cotton

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It used to be easy in the old days. We used silica wicks and we liked it that way. Then cotton became the new hottness and fundamentally changed the way coils were built and atomizers were designed. But if there’s one thing you can count on in the world of vaping, it’s that someone somewhere is trying something new and weird.

But do these crazy materials really make a difference? And if so, which is best?

Sterile Cotton Balls

Balls

You know it, you love it, it’s sterile cotton. Give it a round of applause, folks. It’s been my go-to for a long time, and probably yours as well. If you’re new to cotton, the main thing to remember is to use the sterile, unbleached variety. I don’t want to wade into the ongoing war that is “boil vs. no boil,” but I will just say I don’t boil. Sterile is sterile, right?

Pros:
• Cheap
• Easy to find
• Good flavor

Cons:
• Easily burnt
• Slow wicking
• So-so wicking

Cellulose Cotton (CelluCotton)

Cellucotton

This cotton is found in large boxes in beauty supply stores. The brand name is Graham Professional. I have no idea what them ladies are doing with it, but I love the price on this stuff. Some folks confuse this with rayon, because the boxes are nearly identical.

I’ve been using cellulose cotton for a couple months now, and I love it. It wicks better than regular sterile cotton balls, seems to burn less, and remains cleaner, so it’s not necessary to rewick quite so often. I also like the strandy nature of it, which makes it even easier to work with than sterile cotton balls.

I have a hard time coming up with any cons for cellulose cotton. The main objection seems to be that it is relatively new as a wicking material, and the health effects are unknown. Myself, I don’t see how it would be any different than cotton balls, but then when you’re inhaling something hundreds of times a day, it’s not ridiculous to be concerned.

Pros:
• Cheap
• Great wicking

Cons:
• Requires visiting a beauty store
• Ugly box

Cellulose Rayon (Rayon)

Rayon

This is the cousin of cellulose cotton, also made by Graham. Like I said, the box looks nearly identical, save for a few words indicating that there be rayon inside, rather than cotton. Don’t be confused, as I once was!

Some folks really love their rayon. It wicks crazy fast and it’s really, really difficult to burn. But as fast as it wicks, it just doesn’t have the same capacity as cotton. In other words, it doesn’t expand to hold juice the same way. Because of this, it tends to work great in drippers. But conversely, it’s easier to get a harsh hit in a vacuum-based RTA such as a Kayfun or Orchid when the wick can’t keep up with your incessant chain-vaping.

Some folks have wondered about the possibility of inhaling small bits of rayon (much like concerns with silica). As far as I know, there’s no science on this yet. As a man-made material, it just doesn’t seem as safe as cotton.

Pros:
• Cheap
• Great wicking
• Damn hard to burn

Cons:
• Doesn’t hold as much juice as cotton
• Unknown health effects
• Ugly box

Japanese Organic Cotton (Bleached and Unbleached)

Japanese Bleached2

The other new hottness in the wicking wars, Japanese cotton appeals to the distinctive vaper, who enjoys only the finest in wicks. Yes, we’ve reached our Kale and Quinoa moment.

Japanese cotton comes in the form of a pad, and is apparently also used in some sort of beauty regimen. Who knew? You can choose from bleached and unbleached. I’ve tried both and didn’t notice a difference, but in the future, I’ll stick with unbleached, because, you know – bleach.

The best method for wicking with Japanese cotton pads seems to be to pull the pad apart into two pieces, then cut into strips with scissors. It’s quicker than unrolling a cotton ball, and you can have a usable wick in no time.

But how’s it vape? It vapes well, my friend. Very well. It’s right there with cellulose cotton, and may even be better. Like cellulose cotton, it’s strandy and expands to hold lots of juice. It leaves cotton balls in the dust as far as wicking and juice capacity. And for whatever arbitrary reason, I feel a little safer vaping with something called “Japanese Organic Cotton” than a bag of stuff from a beauty supply shop.

Pros:
• Fantastic wicking
• Less prone to burning
• Cool packaging
• Imparts elite status

Cons:
• Expensive

Hemp

Hemp

Some vapers swear by hemp. And by that, I mean as a wicking material. I took the plunge and ordered some (again, wicking material). This stuff is expensive. A small bag containing one gram was $4 plus another $4 in shipping. I’m sure there are more affordable means, but even in larger amounts, it’s still the most expensive wick out there.

And I really wasn’t impressed. It’s stringy, rather than strandy, and doesn’t “fluff.” Fashioning it into a cohesive wick is decidedly more involved than other materials. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, it’s just another step. And that wick has a lot of space in between those fibers. It should, in theory, hold plenty of juice with all that airspace. But in my trials, I found low juice capacity and slow wicking compared to various cottons. Plus, there’s an earthy, “hemp” flavor that only goes away after some break-in time.

I know lots of folks insist it’s the best wick out there. But then there are folks who wear the stuff for clothing, as well.

Pros:
• Natural fiber

Cons:
• Expensive
• Hempy flavor
• Poor wicking
• Difficult to work with

It’s Wick Pickin’ Time

As with most things in life, there is no “right” answer. The best wick is the wick you like best. For me, that’s Japanese cotton. You just can’t go wrong with it. I like Cellucotton just fine, and if it’s handy, I’ll use it. I’m going to continue to give cellulose rayon some more time in the atties, but I’m not sure it’s right for me and my vaping habits.

The one thing I know for certain is the reign of cotton balls is over. Cotton is dead, long live cotton! If you want the best and don’t mind paying, get the Koh-gen-doh cotton pads (Muji is also great, and the no-name pads sold on Amazon and eBay are fine, too). If you want cheap and almost as good, get a box of cellucotton. It’ll last forever. If burning wicks is your main concern, go with rayon. And if you’re a hippie, go with hemp. But you knew that already.

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