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Health experts claim postcode lottery is hitting people wanting to quit smoking

The expression “postcode lottery” is very much in vogue at present, even though it has nothing whatsoever to do with winning millions of pounds, although we feel sure there will be one somewhere. Nowadays, it is generally used to determine the performance of public bodies which fall within a certain postal area. This is what happened when evidence, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showed that that an increasing number of clinical commissioning groups have been instructing GPs to stop providing help to those wanting to quit smoking.

When, in 2012, local authorities were made responsible for improving public health, they were given £2.8bn of grants, which were, at the time, ring fenced. Since then the grants have been pared back and councils have become more cash strapped and have looked for services to cut to keep the books balanced, cessation of smoking was one area that was hit.

Doctors have been providing treatments such as replacement nicotine therapy in the form of Zyban and Champix. Normally counselling was also provided and the results have been impressive. Figures obtained suggest that nearly a quarter of a million people stopped smoking in the 12 months to April 2015 as a result of using the services, which is success rate of 51%. However, as an example, one County Council Worcestershire has said that services to help quit smoking will only be given to pregnant women.

This of course has put Clinical Commissioning Groups in a difficult position having to explain to patients that the service to help them is no longer available. Other groups have also been similarly affected; East Kent, York and Somerset. Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead are amongst the increasing numbers.

Pressure groups such as Ash has found that smoking cessation budgets have been cut in almost three in five authorities and it could be that more smokers wanting to stop, or reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoked, will turn to the use of vaping which, according to a recent study funded by Cancer research UK, showed that this was far safer then cigarette use.

Maxim USB Blake Lighter

Many people will remember the time when to light up our pipe or cigarette, a box of matches had to be used, this would provide a flame, unless of course the matches or striking surface was damp! Then along came the petrol lighter, which was fine until it ran out of fuel, or the flint had worn out! Soon after, the gas lighter with electronic ignition put the trusty old petrol lighter to “the sword”, with the exception of the fans of the Zippo of course.

The gas lighter proved to be a huge improvement, although it still needed to be re-fuelled regularly and the “Boffins” began the quest for a lighter which did not rely upon fuel and ignition to light it. This has been achieved with the ground breaking Maxim USB Blake lighter that does not rely on fuel or flints. The “Blake” is a pocket sized lighter which is charged from a computer USB port, it is windproof, and it can be used anywhere, anytime and also at any angle.

Defying the anything that the weather sends, all that has to be done to light up your cigarette is to simply pull down on the front panel, and the electric lighter underneath heats up, allowing you to light up and enjoy your smoke. There are other advantages too; it can be taken along when you fly as it has no fuel, the battery is capable of being charged hundreds of times from any laptop USB Port, or any USB wall charger.

Measuring just approximately 73mm x 25mm x 18mm, the Maxim USB Blake Lighter is offered in three attractive colours, black, silver, or gun metal.

420 Wax Wallet

420 Science is a great innovator; what we are able to say is that the company is synonymous with high tech products, working as they do with some of the most well-known names in the industry to bring you the best product to help you enjoy the pleasure of smoking or vaping.

One of the products that have caught the eye of many of you is the 420 Wax Wallet, a hinged storage device that is lined with approved food grade silicone, designed to ensure that none of your product sticks to the lining of the container. With the low profile of the Wax Wallet, it measures only 12.5 mm high, this ensures it will fit neatly into your pocket or bag and you can be assured that your essential oils are kept the same as when you bought them. The Wax Wallet is discreet, lightweight, and durable and as it holds just one gram, just the right amount for a day trip. The hinged container lid is easily opened, and fits snugly together which will ensure that it will always keep your stuff in perfect condition.

420 Science set out to produce a totally unique way to store oils and waxes safe and sound; from our experience and the feedback that we have had from users that have bought this Wallet, they have certainly succeeded in doing that and is offered to you in two colours, Blue or Green.

Chongz 22.5cm Roswell Alien Pipe

Do you believe in aliens, we are sure that many people do, but whether you do or not, what is certain is that you will be able to enjoy a cooling satisfying smoke with this Chongz 22.5cm “Roswell” Alien Pipe. We can tell you that Chongz are a firm favourite here, not only will they ensure a satisfying smoke, the Chongz products offer a , forward thinking, robust and affordable smoking products that are sure to suit the preferences of every smoker.

This pipe could be considered to be a classy looking ornament that would decorate a shelf, even perhaps outshining your other ornaments. But, the main purpose of the pipe is to deliver a satisfying smoke and the Chongz Roswell Alien does just that. The bowl of the pipe is situated neatly on the mouth of the alien and the hole through which the smoke is drawn is situated at the back of the head. The head acts as an aeration chamber; this ensures that he smoke that is delivered is not harsh.

The pipe is made from high quality green borosilicate glass; the height of the piece is designed so that when it sits upon a table, with dimensions of 80mm width, 120mm in depth, but importantly at 250mm height, it is at mouth level, just right for smoking.

University study reveals that vaping is safer than smoking

This recent study seems to confirm something which, for many who use vape pens as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, vaping is safer and they feel better in themselves. Many of us as are aware that there has been a lot of misinformation that has been put out about vaping, but now this latest study has found that after the six month study, the scientists found that smokers who switched from real to e-cigarettes had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than continual smokers.

The experts who carried out the study are suggesting that their findings will reassure those that are anxious to quit who have been confused by mixed messages about the safety of e-cigarettes, will now be reassured.

Naturally those who are wanting to stop smoking cigarettes, or even those that feel that vaping is a safer alternative, it is necessary for smokers to switch over completely to e-cigarettes, those that did not make a “clean break” from cigarettes still had significant amounts of tobacco-related toxins in their saliva and urine.

The lead author of the report, Dr Lion Shahab, from University College London, reported that e-cigarettes, or vaping, is far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk associated with their long-term use.

The study was funded by Cancer research UK and the scientists studied included smokers and ex-smokers who had used e-cigarettes, as well as other alternatives such as patches and nasal sprays, for the six month period of the study. The results have shown that e-cigarette-only users had 97% lower levels of one toxic chemical, NNAL which is a chemical associated with smoking tobacco, it is associated with lung cancer.

British experts have been quick to welcome the findings, Dr Ed Stephens, senior research fellow at the University of St Andrews for example said: “This paper confirms the potential benefits of e-cigarettes and contributes to the growing body of evidence that the risk from chemicals in vapour is far lower than in cigarette smoke when an e-cigarette is used as the manufacturer intended.”

Experts agree that there is growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and it does suggest the long term effects of these products will be minimal.

Efan X1 LCD Universal Charger

You may have been stuck in a meeting, perhaps on public transport waiting to get home and you cannot wait until it is possible to have a cooling vape, but disaster, the battery in your vaporizer is out of charge!

No problem, help is at hand in the shape of the Efan X1 LCD Universal Charger, this single bay USB portable charger is designed to charge an array of different batteries. The Efan is fully compatible with a huge range of batteries, for example 18350, 18500, 18650, 26500 and 26650. It also is able to distinguish between IMR, Li-ion, LiFePo4, Ni-MH and Ni-Cd, C rechargeable batteries and it will automatically stop charging when complete, and the level of charge is neatly displayed on the LED with battery level display, it can even has reverse polarity protection, overcharge and short circuit protection.

You may be saying to yourself, “well that’s okay but how do I find a convenient 3 pin socket walking down the high street”, Efan have thought of that because it will charge your vaporizer using energy from a fully charged cell to your phone from the USB lead which is provide along with a protective pouch.

So for the price of a couple of pints and a pizza, you need never be without a vape for lack of battery charge ever again.

Efan X1 LCD Universal Charger

Jaxx USA “Fat Tony” 30cm Ice Bong

This bong just shouts quality, this ice bong is manufactured in the USA from high quality borosilicate glass, so it is safe from knocks and you can be assured it will not break under stress from heat. The Jaxx Fat Tony is a straight design, becoming more into favour with discerning smokers, both here and overseas.

Standing on a thick and sturdy base, safe from falling over even though it stands 30cm high, the bong has a diffuser down stem and removable bowl as well as ice notches, just what we need for cooling the rips, thanks to this strategically placed ice. Fat Tony is a new addition to the popular Jaxx range offered by us, this along with the others are decorated with the Jaxx USA Logo all up the main tube, a superb decorative high class, space age aesthetic piece as well as giving one of the coolest smokes.

Why not be the first amongst your friends to experience the coolest of smokes with the Fat Tony, we are sure that it will be followed by many more.

Jaxx USA Fat Tony 30cm Ice Bong

Red Eye 40mm Crystal Twist Grinder

Grinders really do make life easier for the budding chef or at home cook, not only do they make life easier, but save you time when it comes to chopping up your herbs and spices. However, they need not be just confined for kitchen us, they can be used for grinding tobacco into the consistency that is just right for rolling, or your pipe or cool bong.

The Red Eye 40mm Crystal Twist Grinder is a quality grinder that is regarded as one of the most innovative products on the market, two items in one in fact because it which can be used as either a classic two part grinder or as a sifter. To use it as a sifter all you have to do is to screw parts 1 and 4 together and it then becomes a superb sifter grinder. Featuring a very strong magnet, this ensures that your Crystal Twist Grinder stay firmly closed that is until you have finished grinding or sifting, and it is decorated with the Red Eyes cool graphics.

The Red Eye Grinder is manufactured from the highest quality aluminium; it is anodised to ensure that it is both smooth as well as tactile and is offered by us in nine attractive colours. Choose from Black, Blue, Pink, Red, Silver, Gun Metal Grey, Gold, Green and Purple.

So with the Red Eye 40mm Crystal Twist Grinder, all that is requires is for you to pop in your herbs, spices or tobacco and in just a few seconds you have exactly the right mixture that you need.

Red-Eye 40mm Crystal Twist Grinder

 

Age limits on e-cigarettes has seen a rise in pregnant teens smoking tobacco

The message appears to be confusing, on the one hand evidence, we are told, is that smoking cigarettes is bad for both a pregnant female as well as the unborn child. On the other hand, numerous studies suggest that e-cigarettes do not pose the same risk, yet more “experts” are saying that they should not be used by expectant mothers!

It is known that when teenagers become pregnant the use of cigarettes slows during pregnancy, but since new legislation was introduced created in 2010 there was a 14% increase in pregnant teens smoking tobacco. What this all means is that retailers more strictly enforce e-cigarette regulations than the identical laws banning cigarette smoking for under-18s, no it doesn’t make sense does it. In the summer of 2016in America, new rules went into effect stating you have to be 18 to buy e-cigs and you have to show an ID if you’re aged under 27.

The result is that pregnant teen smokers cannot to switch to an alternative so when they fall pregnant they simply carry on using cigarettes, directly as a result of these new laws making e-cigarettes illegal for under-18s, far more strictly enforced than the identical age limit on tobacco products.

Many surveys have been carried out, particularly in the “States” where during 2014 a number of them enacted laws which are designed to reduce access to them, the most common policy was a minimum legal sale age of 18, enacted by 40 states between 2010 and 2014. The results of these surveys show that use of tobacco increased.

We find it difficult to understand why the law is so strictly enforced concerning the use of e-cigarettes, but not so for tobacco use, particularly when e-cigarettes are regarded as being a safer alternative, more so in the case of expectant mothers!

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Have some flavoured fun with Juicy Jay

There are smoking papers and then of course there are Juicy Jay’s flavoured papers, and with this trendy upmarket box of 24, comprising eight tasty flavours, generally with three of each flavour, which are randomly selected, but usually can contain Banana, Green Apple, Raspberry, Watermelon, Blackberry Brandy, Peaches & Cream, Very Cherry, and Blueberry, although we cannot guarantee that there will be exactly three rolls of each of those.

We can say that each individual roll is around 5 metres in length and is imbued with the delicious juicy flavour, not the gum strip alone, each paper is sure to be sweet to the lips. Juicy Jay produces these papers by using a triple dipped system, allowing the entire paper to safely be infused with delicious flavours. Each paper has colourful designs printed with soy ink which corresponds to the flavour, for example raspberry has these all over it, and importantly has natural gum for a delicious a tasty smoking experience.

Trying a box of Juicy Jay’s perfect pick ‘n’ mix box you will be able to see if there are one or two particular flavours that you prefer, this will enable you to buy these from our comprehensive selection. Why not use the Mix ‘n’ Roll Box of 24 to try some of these amazing flavoured papers, we are sure that you will love them!

Juicy Jay Rolls