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Vaping laws are changing in the UK

Although new stringent laws relating to tobacco are shortly to come into effect, these include a ban on packs of 10 cigarettes, the phasing out of menthol brands, plus plain and even more graphic packaging of the cigarettes. The millions that have turned to vaping, considered by many experts to be far safer than smoking tobacco, firmly believed that they would be exempt from the draconian laws affecting tobacco, but if so then they are in for a disappointment!

The Tobacco Products Directive comes into force on May 20th which has raised questions and concerns with vapers, and in the industry. Firstly vaping will not be banned, but some accuse the Government of doing all they can to discourage the use of the products without banning it outright. This all seems rather draconian when vaping is a recognised method of weaning people away from tobacco products.

In total there are seven new requirements which are:

  • Restricting e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml.
  • Restricting the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml.
  • Restricting e-liquids to nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml.
  • Requiring nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident.
  • Banning certain ingredients that include colourings, caffeine and taurine.
  • Labelling to require warnings for e-cigarettes and e-liquids
  • E-cigarettes and e-liquids must be notified to heath regulators before they can be sold.

Clearly the new regulations are seen as an erosion of the freedom vapers have had until now.

From the manufacturers of the products and the liquids, they view it as a concern that they will be required to tell the regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, about new products coming onto the market.  They point out that a lot of what is now law is already carried out on a voluntary basis by reputable dealers and manufacturers, of more concern is the fact that the cost of complying with the new laws will be passed on to vapers.

Manufacturers have been aware of the new regulations for a year now, but vapers, in general, are completely unaware, some vapers will not understand why their vapes are weaker and smaller on May 20. The suggestion is that it would be wise to stock now before their vapes are taken off the market.

420 Classic Pop Top Jar Space Man

We can be sure that whatever you may have been smoking in your smoking pipe, chillum or bong, out in space there will be nobody that will be able to smell it, what is more, with this great 420 space man jar, no one will smell your herbal smoking blends when stored In them and they will always remain nice and fresh too.

These jars first bust upon the scene at the last High Times Cannabis Cup 2006 and they are made from the very finest American glass, perfect for keeping your herbal smoking blends nice and fresh, plus these jars also make great display pieces. One of the main features is the Heavy Duty Pop Top lids and bases that seal in the freshness, you can check this out for yourself when you open them and hear the air vacuum pop when you open your jar.

The jar features great designs, you do not need to worry, and they will not rub off because they are baked on during the manufacturing process. Offered in four sizes and with different designs, you can choose: X-Small: Height 8.25cm, Width 5.75cm, Holds 89ml or 4.75 grams, Small: 6.5cm x 8cm; 7grams, Medium: 7.5cm x 10cm; 10grams, Large: 9cm x 11cm; 16grams.

Our price for these jars starts at just £9.99 for the X-Small size, in fact a small price to pay for the security of always having fresh herbal smoking blends when you pop the lid.

Snoop Dogg MicroG Vaporizer

The popularity of vaping is increasing and there are very good reasons why, not least amongst them is the accepted view of the medical profession that “vaping” is not harmful and it is said to be preferable to cigarettes, and more people are using vapes both as a method to quit smoking, as well as for personal pleasure.

One vaporizer, which is amongst the many that we offer, and proving to be a top seller is the GrenCo microG Herbal Vaporizer, which although it is one of the smallest of hand held hand held herb vaporizer that we sell. Don’t be fooled by that because the Snoop Dog Micro G vaporizer from Grenco Science is a compact vaporizer designed for use with waxes, and concentrate, but more importantly it is designed to handle dry herb.

This discreet vaporizer looks cool, has superb building quality, excellent battery life, and perfectly hand sized at approximately 100mm in length. This makes it a perfect companion for anyone on the “go” and Grenco provide three chambers allowing the user to pre-fill the spare chambers and quickly exchange them when on the move, a sensible and great idea!

Everything that you need is supplied in the box including a Rechargeable microG Battery, 5 mouthpieces, a very useful keychain, G Wall Adapter, microG USB Charger, 3 cleaning tips, and a cleaning brush. It is not difficult to see why; this is amongst the favourite vaporizers on our web pages.

Snoop Dogg microG is amongst the best vaporizing pens and is extremely discreet and easy to transport; it can be used over and over again, and it requires only the purchase your particular herbs or other concentrates.

Wolf Z1 – 2 Part Storage Box

We all need storage to keep the essential rolling papers, tobacco, blunts and herbal mixtures clean safe and stored at the exact humidity for us to enjoy our relaxing smoke; the battered old tin could be used, but Wolf Productions has something much better.  What about a “cool” looking maple box that has four recessed magnets set into the base and lid, to ensure that the lid is held tightly to the body? Although the base has no recessed apartments, there is ample room to keep all your smoking items and when the lid is reversed and resting on the base, it makes a perfect rolling area.

Because Wolf Productions take real pride in the simplicity of their products, but at the same time ensuring that they detail every one of their designs to the highest possible standard, both in the materials they use and in the finish that they deliver. These superb items are all designed for the discerning smoker; we have to say that this storage box will not be out of place sitting on your coffee table or sideboard.

The maple wood not only looks great it also has properties that ensure that will help to maintain a constant humidity within the storage compartment, The Wolf Z1 2 Part Storage box measures 98mm (w) x 43mm (h) x 98mm (d) and we are offering this at only £13.99, we are sure that you will enjoy looking at, but more importantly using it.

Chongz Deluxe Dr Death 52cm Percolator Bong

Without question Chongz, we believe, is one of the best and this is also what has made it into one of the world’s favourite brands when it comes to creating quality, high-grade scientific glass bongs, water pieces and other smoking accessories.

dr death bong from chongzChongz have an amazing wide range of innovative, durable and most importantly affordable smoking products to suit all of their many fans smoking preferences, none more so than this piece, it is what we consider to be the ultimate in the Chongz range, they are Dr Death bongs and are simply awe-inspiring.

This cool and efficient percolator bong is made from high quality borosilicate glass, and stands a very impressible 52cm tall, equipped with multiple chambers and for the ultimate smooth and cool hit. To give to you the coolest and best, the smoke is split into the two side chambers, where the diffusers break it up into smaller particles to begin the cooling process. From there it is directed back through the main body of the bong to a third inline diffuser, before it enters the final chamber, where the percolator further filters and cools the smoke.

Featuring a beautiful drop in style bowl, complete with glass handle, you have a choice of six stunning coloured accents to add to the overall awesomeness of this bong. We offer: “The Original” which features blue accents, “Signor Dick” with black accents, “Meat The Loaf” features mint accents, aptly named “blizzard has cool white accents, and finally “Sideshow Rob” has green accents. T

However, perhaps the “daddy” of them all for many is the “Biggus Dickus” with glowing amber accents.

Naturally the bong is finished to Chongz’s usual high standard, these pieces will certainly compliment any collection and provide years of pleasurable service.

Obesity not smoking is the top cause of preventable deaths

For years we smokers have been subjected to a barrage of negative comments about the pleasure of a cigarette or cooling smoke through a bong, telling us on numerous occasions that we are not only killing ourselves, but costing the NHS billions of pounds!  The last suggestion may seem strange considering the amount of duty and tax that our pleasure brings to the treasury, but that is another matter.

Now the target is people who are overweight, as it has been reported that being obese can increase your chance of heart disease and stroke, which are the world’s biggest killers and having a bulging waistline is now the leading cause of preventable deaths, all according to a team of scientists from the Cleveland Clinic.

The data, which was collated using 2014 data on causes-of-death in the US and analysing behavioural risk factors that may have contributed to the deaths put obesity ahead of smoking and they went on to suggest that obese people lost as much as 47 per cent more life years than those who smoke. This is a big turnaround from fifteen years ago, and then tobacco would have topped the list as the leading cause of preventable deaths.

This is of course not the first time that obesity has been highlighted as the cause of preventable deaths; here in the UK levels have more than trebled in the last 30 years and, on current estimates, more than half the population could be obese by 2050, according to the NHS. Other figures that have been obtained show that in the year 2015, pharmacies in England dispensed just under half a million products for treating obesity at a cost of £13.9 million. In that year 6,000 or more people underwent obesity ops like gastric bypasses stomach stapling and gastric band maintenance in England alone!

Being overweight can cause a person to have heart problems, this is well known and it is one of the biggest killers in the world. Currently there is a war on sugar as a means of trying to get obesity levels down, but portion sizes, snacking on crisps and chocolate must play a huge part. Before we become too sanctimonious, heart disease and stroke, two of the world’s biggest killers, can be caused by both smoking as well as obesity.

Headchef Medi Pod Grinder

Getting your herbs, spices or tobacco to just the right consistency is what most of us will be looking for when we want to conjure up that culinary delight, or enjoy the very best cool smoke with our bong or “ roll up”. But, getting it “just right” is not always easy, unless of course, you have a Head Chef Medi-Pod grinder.

We all now know that grinders do make life so much easier for the budding chef or at home cook, but naturally 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, your pipe or cool bong.

This could present a problem if you are “out and about” but, not with the Medi-Pod grinder which provides a neat little storage and grinding solution, perfect for anybody looking for a compact solution to take out and about with them. Your freshly ground tobacco will not become tainted either, the Medi-Pod has an air tight storage container along with the grinder and milling bowl.

Now in order to ensure that the herbs, spices or tobacco are always in tip top condition, just like your kitchen surface or bong, keeping it clean is a must. Cleaning can of course be a bit of a “turn off” but, with the help of our No. 1 Grinder Cleaner, which comes in a handy 50ml spray bottle, all that you need to do is simply spray a little of the cleaner onto your grinder, wait a few moments while it does its stuff and simply rinse and dry to clean it off.

We are currently offering this Pod Grinder for just £4.99 and it is available in Black, White, Purple, Red, and Green.

Create beautiful designs with this traditional Henna Kit

Now we are not referring to the lotion that vain men might shampoo their hair with to try to disguise the onset of the grey creeping in, nor the tradition in Indian and other cultures in the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. We are taking about the artistic designs that have been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean.

No, these gorgeous traditional Henna Kits are designed for those who want to express themselves with this ancient art form, if fact everything that you will need to create beautiful henna tattoos. We include in the box, as well as the henna paste, and henna oil, the kit contains two tattoo stencils so you are guaranteed to be able to create perfect tattoos. The kit is not difficult to use and beautiful designs can be created using the no-fuss, no-mess products, plus for those who just want to take a step further, there is also a book full of stunning designs for you to try.

This kit can be the first step for you to the road of embracing the artistic culture that some tattoo experts offer, but unlike the permanent inked on pictures, with this kit you can remove it if you become bored with it or want something more exciting. Priced at only £4.99, the Henna Kit is a great way to show friends your temporary tattoos.

Head Chef HC002 Scale

It cannot seem so long ago that if we wanted to measure some herbs, spices or in the Californian “gold rush” the flakes of the precious metal that prospectors hoped would reward them for their long trek with horses and waggons across the continent.  In those “heady” days the Assay offices would not have had today’s digital accurate scale, weights with balance scales would be the order of the day!

How handy would the Head Chef HC002 scale have been to the prospector knowing that he could accurately know the true weight of his gold before he cashed it in? The scales weigh in at just 74g and are a handy pocket size at just 60mm (w) x 20mm (h) x 88mm (d), but don’t befouled by the small size, They have a capacity of 100g and weigh at an accuracy of 0.01g.

The HC002 Scale has a useful back lit LCD screen, a choice of weights Grams, Ounces, Carat’s, Grains, Troy Ounce & Pennyweight, Tare/Calibration and Overload Protection and automatic shut-off.

The scale works with the aid of two AAA batteries which we include in our price of £18.99, you will find these scales more convenient than mechanical or other traditional methods of weighing.

The Good Book Deluxe

There are numerous examples of classy hiding places to keep valuables away from the prying eyes of “Billy the Burglar” many examples of which can be seen at our web pages. The Good Book Deluxe is another example and one which has to rank pretty near the top.

It would be hard to distinguish this from an old book, which can be either left on a coffee table or standing upright on a shelf. When you open up The Good Book Deluxe you will see all sorts of compartments for you to store your personal items, with separate compartments that are large enough to store your smoking mix, grinder and lighter, there is also a draw compartment that is great to keep anything that is fresh and pungent.

That is not all though, inside along with the handy compartments is a chopping board which is built in the book, together with a knife, perfect for chopping up your culinary herbs. We can say that the Good Book Deluxe takes all the best bits of the standard Good Book and then add some more, it is fair to say that just like most of the great texts of the world this is a huge book packed with good stuff and the fake leather-bound cover and ornate typography gives it a feel of an ancient text that, when opening shows that it really is full of magic.

Weighing in at 1.5kg, and offered by us at £19.99 a saving of £20.00 a bargain in every sense of the word, more so if it protects your valuables!