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  • FDA Regulations Are Coming: Vapers Should Have A Voice

    The Confusion Over the FDA

    The FDA is leaving many questions hanging over the vaping industry. On the one hand, I do not think they don’t wish to stifle a budding industry that is creating economic activity for thousands upon thousands of people. On the other hand, they wish to create standards that they believe will help the industry thrive without creating undue harm.

    The problems come in when the FDA decides that they know what they do not actually know. They have decided that this industry is the same as the tobacco industry. It is unequivocally not the same. We have wholly different products. The only thing that is the same is that you can get nicotine from both products.

    So to go through these regulations we find that there are a number of problems with them that needs to be address so that we can continue to help people save and extend their lives by switching to vaping.

     

    The FDA believes that we are increasing consumption with children.

    This is fundamentally wrong. There is not a vape shop that I know of who will sell to people under 18. I can tell you in our shop we card those who look under 25. We will not sell our products to those under 18.

    The belief that vaping is increasing consumption of nicotine has also been proven wrong. Research has shown in England, that the rate of increase in consumption of nicotine has continued to decrease even as more and more people switch to vaping. There is nothing that has shown an increase in this area.

    If you are actually looking at the studies, it shows that even though use of vaping is increasing among youth who already smoke, it is because they have already started to smoke. It is likely they do not care about that, just the raw numbers.  

     

    FDA believes that they need standards in the making of e liquid.

    Many people may disagree with this, but it is actually something that makes sense. While being able to adjust and make to order juices is great, people do not understand that there are drawbacks to this as well. While most places try very hard to be as accurate as possible, it will never be one hundred percent on the money.

    There is also the fact it is being made in air that is not pure. This will inevitably lead to foreign particles being inside the juice that you are going to be vaping on. This is why we have taken the steps to ensure that where we make our premium line is the highest quality that we could get, a Class 5 ISO clean room, and we have also brought in people who are trained to the highest standard to make our premium e liquid.

    Also, if you look throughout the vape industry, you will find that there are no longer things like dicetyl, which is the main component in popcorn lung.  It is being shunned by companies and consumers alike, and for probably upwards of 95% of the industry no longer uses this products.  Yet, in cigarettes there is 750 times the amount of dicetyl in them, and there is no huge uproar over the sale of something that is known to kill people. 

     

    The FDA does not know the long-term effects of vaping.

    I feel like I shouldn’t even have to discuss this, as there is scientific study after scientific study that shows that the effects are better than combustible tobacco. As long as they continue to ignore science, we cannot make headway in this area. 

    Then we have all the anecdotal evidence in our day to day lives. People come in, quit smoking, say they can actually breath again. They don’t wake up with tar in their mouth, coughing up a storm. Their skin looks healthier; their taste buds come back, their able to walk without getting winded. We have reports also about people having precancerous spots on their lungs and they made the switch. Two months later, their lungs are clear.

     The government is willfully ignoring the known effects of vaping.  When a government such as England puts out studies, it would behoove our government to pay attention to things like that.  I mean that whole common sense thing and all. 

     

    The FDA believes that anything that was made after 2007 should be taxed retroactively.

    The FDA does not even realize that the entire industry has changed since 3 years ago, let alone almost a decade ago. February 15th 2007, is the date that the FDA believes we should go back to and force every product that has come on to the market since then to pay for the privilege of the FDA’s approval.

    It is utter nonsense, and we are hoping for the Office of Management and Budget to strike this down, otherwise it will have to be an issue that is brought to the courts. If the FDA doesn’t recognize that they don’t know anything about the vape industry, it will be a battle worth having.

    To do the Premarket Tobacco Application on every line of juice that a vape shop carries could potentially lead to costs totaling in the millions just for one vape shop.  When you figure in that there are tens of thousands of shops and e liquid companies in the country, then the costs reaches billions upon billions of dollars in taxes that otherwise would not have been paid, and who does that tax money go to? We are not really sure. 

    If their purpose is to bankrupt vape companies and put people out of work, then job well done FDA.

     

    The FDA does not really understand the vape industry, but wants to regulate it anyway.

    The vape industry prides itself on being open and honest. We are trying to give people their freedom back. With that, we recognize that we can do things better, and every year we are learning and developing better processes. People wouldn’t be coming back time and time again unless it was helping them. 

    They have also claimed they want child resistant locks and warnings on bottles that contain liquid nicotine. Well every bottle of e liquid that I have received in the past has always had child resistant caps on them. It just makes you want to scream at them to do their homework. If they are not capable of seeing that the vape industry sets a pretty high standard for itself, then they are not really capable of making the rules to govern it.

    Setting The Standard Is Being Better Then The FDA

    And that is how we operate here at MSS. We are already going above and beyond what the FDA wants us to. Where our juices are made, who they are made by, the way that they are made, the quality of products that they are made with. We can show and attest to the fact that everything we do here is to set a standard so high that the government will not be able to touch us on these products.

    It is very important, though, that the vape industry stands as one to make sure that we do not allow the government to quell an industry that is actually helping people. We cannot allow the big tobacco companies to win out because they have more money and have friends in higher places. The whole point is to take their customers and turn them into non-customers, i.e. save lives.

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  • Tips To Help You Get Started Vaping

    Don't forget to check out our posts, The Truth About Vaping and Vaping Into The Quit, for further information.

    Trying to quit smoking is one of the most difficult endeavors you will ever go through. Believe it or not, nicotine is not the culprit. It’s the Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOI’s. They are found naturally in tobacco and reduce the levels of dopamine that nicotine release. The other 3999 chemicals don’t help either. Don’t worry though, I’m here to help (Insert super hero theme song of your choice here).

    Unlike cigarettes, the juice, or e-liquid, used in vaping only has two chemicals. Vegetable glycerin, or VG, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. Propylene glycol, or PG is used as a preservative in food products. Propylene glycol is also used in various edible items such as coffee-based drinks, liquid sweeteners, ice cream, whipped dairy products and soda. The nicotine and flavoring are either VG or PG based. There are different blends that you can get your juice in from a 50/50 blend to 80/20 (which is what our premium line is.)  There are also some juices that are 100% VG.

    Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to it, shall we.

    1 – Throw away your cigarettes immediately.

    You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. All it will do is to remind you that you have not finished smoking, so it is better to get them out of your life as quick as possible.  Change small things about your smoking habit.  If you used to open your driver side window to smoke, open your passenger side.  You spent your mornings out front of your house, head out back and see what that is like.  By changing small things you will have less of the triggers that compel you to smoke. 

    2 – Choose the right device for you.

    With so many options for devices, tanks, coils, batteries, etc., it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but stay calm. Come see us (or head to your local vape shop), tell them you want to start vaping and ask questions. The vaping community is very friendly and most shops have a knowledgeable staff. Be patient and don’t jump on the first thing you see.

    Many of the people that hang out at the vape shops will be using some advanced mods and tanks or rda’s, that most beginners will not really want to touch, so don’t worry about them.  You will want to choose something that fits you and that will help you achieve what you are trying to do. 

    3 – Have a secondary device.

    The worst thing that could happen is the batteries dying or the coil burns out in your device half way through the day. That may just make you go buy a pack of cigarettes, so make sure you always have at least one extra battery and a backup coil.

    Take it from experience: If you are trying to fight the battle of quitting, there is one thing you don’t want to do is run out of juice or be down a coil.  It will lead to temptation to buy a pack of cigarettes.  When I ran out, all I could do is get to the shop as quickly as possible, so make sure that you plan ahead.  If you are going out of town, bring a couple spares along with, just in case.  Murphy’s Law and all that.

    4 – Find the right nicotine level for you.

    The nicotine in vape juice is absorbed differently then it is from a cigarette. It takes a little bit longer with vape juice. Again, rely on your vape shop staff for helping you decide the level that is right for. If you start vaping and think you need more or less nicotine, just let the staff know and they can adjust the nicotine level.

    Nicotine is a very important part of the process of quitting smoking.  You are going to need it to get through the initial cravings and you will need to slowly ween yourself off of it.  You need to have a plan in place to lower your nicotine.  Many of our people will lower their nicotine levels when they come in to get new juice.  We have found that it is a good way to start lowering, but some of you will be a bit slower in the lowering process and that is okay as well. 

    5 – Find the flavor that is right for you.

    It is very important to find what flavors you need to help you in the transition. For some, vaping tobacco flavored juice is like drinking non alcoholic beer. It makes you want the real thing. Almost all vape shops have tester bars that allow you to try the flavors of juices they offer. Everybody has a different palette so take your time and taste as many as you can. Just know, that it doesn’t matter how fruity your juice is, what matters is the fact that you are going to use it to quit!

    6 – Vape through the cravings.

    For the first couple of weeks the cravings will still be there and they will be fierce, stay strong and vape through them. If you go through a 15ml of juice in six minutes to get past a craving, it will be totally worth it. After about two weeks with zero cigarettes, you will have forgotten all about them.

    7 – Don’t listen to the haters.

    There are people in the world that would let you believe that vaping is just as bad for you as smoking. Those people either make money off of big tobacco or are too lazy to do the research themselves. Don’t take my word for it, do the research, check facts. It’s all there on the internet.

     

    At the end of the day it’s your choice, your freedom, your right to make the switch and live a happier healthier life. Also, if you have questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us at info@modernsmokingsolutions.com. We are always here to help, and will do our best to assist you in your journey back to living the life that you want.

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  • Vaping Into the Quit

    If you have ever tried to quit smoking, you know it can really be tough.  That's why we are here to help.  There are a number ways that you can try, but one way we have seen that is effective for our customers is vaping.  Every day we have people coming in to quit smoking and use vaping to put the habit down.  It can be done. 

     

    Recognizing that you have reasons to quit!

    One of the biggest issues that people who quit smoking face is not really recognizing the reasons why they need/want to quit smoking.  It is very easy for those of us on the other side to forget, as we have already been through the process of quitting.  It is one of the hardest steps to take.

    The cigarette has been your best friend for years. That time your boyfriend dumped you, your cigarette was there.  Remember when you got a huge raise at work? Your cigarette was there.  Remember when you had your first kid, the nerves and the joy? Well, your cigarette was there as well.  It has always been there, with you through the thick and the thin.  The cold winters and the heat of summer.  No one has been as big a part of your life as a cigarette, and this is what makes it so damn hard to quit. 

    It all seems so easy once you are on the other side.  But the reason for getting to the other side is to know that there is freedom once you get there.  Find the reason, whether it comes from wanting to see your kids grow up or because you want to run your first 5k.  This is the single most important step that you need to take.

    Quitting is made easier

    If you find those reasons to quit, that is where vaping comes in.  Vaping can be used as a supplement to get you through those first few hard weeks of coming down off of all the chemicals that you put into your body.

    Your cigarette friend has been poisoning you in almost every way imaginable, and yet we all continued to go back to it.  We woke up in the morning proclaiming that this would be the day, and yet, right after the coffee, you walk outside with cigarette in your mouth.

    But here is how that changes.  Vaping, it’s this trend that you have been hearing a lot about.  And guess, it is better than a trend.  It is changing lives for the better.

    Understand what vaping is; it’s actually important.

    So you have made that decision to quit and now you are wondering how to do it.  You could go with the patch or gum, or you could even go cold turkey.  The question is why would you? There is a better way, and that is to vape!

    Vaping doesn’t have to be scary because that is what we are here for.  First step is to know what you are jumping into.  The biggest thing to know is that vaping is not supposed to become a way of life for you.  It is a tool that you are going to use to get your freedom back, 10 minutes at a time.

    So the basic fundamentals that you need to know about vaping are what ingredients go into the juice that you are vaping on.  Four ingredients is all that it is. Vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavoring, and nicotine; these four ingredients combine to give you that sensation of smoking, and that is why vaping helps the person trying to quit.  You get both the nicotine that your body craves, but also that same movement and sensation that you are smoking.  Do you want to see a list comparison between the ingredients in a cigarette and vape? Well here you go. And just for good measure, here is another one.

    Just by the list alone, you can see that this is going to be better for you. While it is better than smoking, it should be used as a tool to get nicotine out of your life.  This is why we always suggest a cessation plan.

    (For more on this, check out our previous article.)

    Nicotine has to go!

    The whole point to all of this is to end your addiction to nicotine, to live a happier and healthier life.  Every time you step out to light up, there is 10 minutes gone of your day.  A pack a day, 200 minutes which just so happens to be about three hours and change of your life spent in your ritual of smoking. 

    That’s a lot of the hours spent trying to get your nicotine on.  How much more can you get done? How much better could your relationships be if you had that time back? How much better could your health be? How much less stress would you be under if every hour or so you weren’t craving your nicotine. 

    It will make a huge difference in your life.  That is why once you start vaping you have to be under the mindset that you need to get rid of your nicotine as soon as possible.  You will most likely start fairly high in your nicotine, but set a goal to go down two milligrams in your first 2 weeks. Then you keep reducing it.  However long it takes you to get to zero doesn’t matter.  What matters is that slowly but surely you are winning the battle.  You are taking that step.  You are pushing forward in your goal. 

    As you can see, there is a way to never be tied to another cigarette.  While vaping will help you, it still won’t do it all for you.  You have to be willing and have the strength of will to see out quitting nicotine forever.  If you don’t, there will always be the chance that you return to cigarettes.  And as we all know, it is not a habit that is healthy for you, and those around you.  If you are willing, we are here to help you in this process.  As a company that is our goal, to help you see out the addiction to cigarettes and start to transform your life!

    It really is the best thing that you could do for you, and the only person stopping it from happening is you.  So the question comes down to: Are you ready to make ready to end it?

     

    P.S. Next week we will be having a further blog post on understanding the transition through vape and how choosing the right device and juice can make or break the process.

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  • Today is the Day!

    MSS Premium is available for purchase!

    We told you we would let you know when MSS Premium becomes available.  Well that day is here, and what a great day!

    It has been a long process to be able to bring this new line to you.  We have taken every step to ensure that MSS Premium is the best, cleanest, and safest product that we could possibly give to you.  Between the ISO 5 clean room and the highest quality ingredients, we have done what we believe is a great product. And we think you will believe the same!

    Small Select Batches

    Remember there is a limited number in these batches so that we can ensure quality and reliability of flavor.  So don't wait too long to get yours, as you may end up having to wait until the next batch comes.

    This is a very exciting time for us, and we hope that you will join us as we jump into this new endeavor. 

    To get your bottle of MSS Premium today, click here!

    As always, if you have questions, email us at info@modernsmokingsolutions.com

     

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  • The Truth About Vaping - What is Vaping?

    *Editor’s Note: Vaping is not a smoking cessation product, and we are not advertising it as such.

    Do you ever have anyone who asks, "What is vaping?" There are a lot of people out there who do not know very much about vaping.  It is completely understandable as it is a fairly new industry; it is less than 20 years old.  If you look through the entirety of the internet, you see every view point under the sun.  You never really know who is telling you the truth and who is lying to you. That is why over the next few articles on here we are going to explore exactly what it is.

    If you care to get some answers, this is what you have been looking for.  We are going to take an in depth look at a ton of research and we are going to give you the truth about what is helping thousands of people each year.

    Get ready to dive in head first! We are going to go over quite a bit.

    Study, Study, Study

    Many people don’t know that there are tons of studies going on as we speak.  There have been some great studies for vaping, and some not so great ones.  The thing that most are misunderstanding in this is that vaping is never going to be 100% safe for someone.  As an alternative to other choices out there it is definitely much safer, and if the company that you are getting your product from teaches you how to use them properly and takes care in making your juices, we can make it as safe as possible.

    Now some of these studies may blow your mind:

    Mayo Clinic Study on Postoperative Recovery – What this is basically saying that they noticed a correlation between faster recovery times in cigarette smokers who switch to vaping during their recovery. 

    Vaping has similar effect on lungs as air – This is an amazing study that showed the comparison between cigarette smoke and vapor.  It was done to try to predict long term effects of both of them.  In the study after a 6 hour test, the cultures that were exposed to cigarette smoke died and those that were exposed to vapor tested the same as if they were only exposed to the air we breathe.

    E-Cigarettes: an evidence update – This report was put out by Public Health England.  They have done multiple studies on vaping and this one is the latest that they published.  Some of the main points are that they have found that it is 95% safer to vape than to smoke traditional cigarettes, and also that use among youth who have never smoked is not increasing, which is a big point in the FDA’s remarks and proposed legislation on the vape industry.

    Those are some pretty good studies, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  We are going to be going further in depth with so hang on. First, I wanted to show you that there are some tests showing that show why some are still having reservations and want more testing done (which we are all for).

    Boston University – Avira Spira is a Boston University professor of medicine and pathology.  He states that while it is possibly safer alternative, we still don’t know for certain.  While he does think that it can help people get off of traditional cigarettes, he doesn’t want them to believe that it is a “safe” option because we aren’t for certain at this time.

    What you can see here is that they just want to have more testing done, and we should be all for that.  The biggest thing that we should take away from this is that we should take caution when creating these products, as the ingredients to make them can be a danger if not used properly.  That is usually where we can find the biggest anomalies.

    What you see is not always what you get.

    When someone walks into the shop, the most important thing to do is to teach them about what they about to embark on. As you can see from the studies above, there are people trying to do just that. The next important part is to understand what actually goes into creating the liquids that we all enjoy.

    No matter what you may hear, there are four basic ingredients in vape juice: vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), nicotine, and flavoring. It is four, not thousands that you would find in traditional cigarettes. It’s four. These four ingredients can be combined in a multitude of different ways to create different flavors and ratios for the liquid, but when you break it down it is going to be just those four that you are inhaling.

    There are many uses that the four ingredients can be used for of which vaping is just one. Here at our company, we use 100% Kosher, USP, non-GMO, food grade VG and PG, and it shouldn’t be done any other way. As long as you are using the highest quality ingredients, you can create the highest quality product. It is also important where it comes from, as there are different standards around the world. For the most part, you can trust USA made products as there are extremely high standards for these things, but you should always do your due diligence.

    It is also important to know where this juice is made, how it is made, and under what conditions. The difference between no clean room, an ISO Level 7 clean room, and an ISO Level 5 clean room are immense. If you don’t believe that, check out this website. It will explain the difference in great detail. It is enormous. 

    Is it really helping?

    Every day we are around people who have made the switch to vaping. I watch them come in and ask questions and try to learn about why they should make the switch. I watch over as they start their journey from high nicotine content in their vape juice to being down to zero and putting down their vape. This is our goal as a company, to make our customers no longer customers. We want to see them eventually put down our product, but in between, we put out a product that is better and that we know is safer than just about everything on the market.

    We want our customers to know that they are getting our best, and that is why it is also important to understand the process and to understand what is going into the product. This is the whole point of it all: to set the standard for the vape industry.

    As always, let us know your thoughts! We always love feedback.  

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  • Safety and Standard: Changing the Vape Industry

     

    And Do it Right

     

    That is what we are offering.  You knowing that your juices are the best and the safest that they can be, is very important to us.  We understand that what you put into your body cannot be cheaply done.

    MSS Premium is going to be the one that sets the standard for us.  With this being our first product launch and us bringing you one of the best products on the market, you could forgive us for being a little excited about it.

    The great thing about our premium line is that it is going to be made in small, select batches so that we can ensure the highest quality.  That will mean, though, that each batch is a limited number, and with the number of people that are looking to preorder, there is a good possibility that there will be a full line come March 15th. 

    But when you create quality, it takes time.  A better product, better ingredients, better process, being in a Level 5 ISO cleanroom is why this will be better than anything that we have put forward.  

    If you have a question as to how this process works, or if you are wanting more information about MSS Premium, you can email: sales@modernsmokingsolutions.com

    There is Pride in Quality

     Now, you may be asking yourself why you should preorder as opposed to waiting. Or you may be thinking, "What's the big deal?"

    We at MSS understand those questions.  The best and easiest answer for why you should preorder is that you will be assured a bottle of your favorite juice come March 15th.  As we have stated, there is a large demand for our Premium Line already, and we are seeing that grow everyday.  Some of our favorite flavors are going to be coming under the MSS Premium label, so that will ensure that you have your bottle of it!

    The second answer is a little more in depth.  The way that most vape shops make juice is by you coming in and asking for it, and then they make it on the spot.  While this is a convenient and a good way to do it, there is a better way. The best part about MSS Premium is that you know the quality and safety standards have been adhered to. With the ISO 5 cleanroom, and the quality tested and safe VG and PG, and high quality nicotine, you will know what you are getting in every bottle of MSS Premium.  

    This is very important to us as we continue setting the standard for the vape industry. 

    Can it get better?

    With all these great things coming with MSS Premium, you have to wonder what could be better?  Well it's the fact that we can send our product across the entire nation. If you have family or friends that you have been saying they need to check us out, well here is their chance! Through our newly redesigned website, we are able to help everyone.  

    Just remember to tell them to get in the queue early, as it is filling up quickly! Also, don't forget to check our blog to get updates and information about new products and vaping in general.

    We are so excited to be at this point with you.  And as always feel free to reach out to us at info@modernsmokingsolutions.com if you have any questions. 

     

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