Trench reviews Haus Premium Vape Juice

Trench reviews Haus Premium Vape Juice

So a couple of weeks ago I made a vaping mistake. I decided it was time to switch to a nicotine free juice which I purchased from my local vape store. Apparently, I wasn’t ready to go nicotine free just yet. I didn’t feel like I was having any physical withdraws, but I was definitely being cranky AF, as the kids say. I do have to say that it was nowhere near as bad as cigarette withdraw. So I decided to go back to my vape store and buy some 3mg juice, then it started to snow. It snowed to the point where I felt my local vape store didn’t feel as local as it normally did.

Since it was snowing I needed to go to Wal-Mart for the usual emergency supplies. Whenever I go to the World of Wallace I tend to check out in the cigarette checkout line to see if they have any new vaping stuff, that’s when I saw Premium Vaping Juice by Haus. Haus’ previous attempts at juice I categorized as gas station juice because the nicotine content was too high and it burned like gasoline, however their new juice was only 4mg of nicotine. Against my better judgement I bought a 30ml bottle of the Zomberry flavor (non-sponsored link) and I was pleasantly surprised as it actually tasted pretty good. Most commercial juices, in my opinion, have this real bad chemical or synthetic taste to it and the Haus Premium Juice did not. While not the best tasting juice I’ve ever had, it did in a pinch.

The only real problem I had with it was the price. I can get a 30ml bottle at my local vape store for $10 and change. A 30ml bottle of Haus Premium Juice was over $22 at Wal-Mart. However, it’s not so expensive that you would pass it up in an emergency situation like mine. So if you find yourself in need a of juice and you can’t make it to your vape store then the Haus Premium Juice is your best bet.

Additionally, I think that juices like this will be the future of vaping considering the FDA’s impending financial crackdown. While our local vape stores may become a thing of the past it’s a little nice to see that not all national brand juices will taste like hot garbage.

It was nice while it lasted: The FDA just killed vaping

It was nice while it lasted: The FDA just killed vaping
R.I.P.

First off, I’m not one of these guys who goes on about mods or ohms who blows big clouds of vapor while entering vaping competitions. What I am is a man who after 30 years of smoking was able to finally quit after discovering vaping. I tried the patch, nicotine gum, nicotine inhalers and prescription drugs. None of them worked for me as effectively as e-cigarettes and vaping. I started off using national brand e-cigs. Those e-cigs don’t really allow you to gradually wean off of the nicotine like vaping does so I switched to vaping. In the past three years I have not had any cigarettes, not even a cheat smoke. I could not have done that without vaping. I’m not the only person who has done this.

Apparently the FDA had a problem with this many people quitting smoking as this past week they enacted regulations which treats vaping and e-cigarettes the same as tobacco. What does that mean exactly?

That means nearly every e-cigarette on the market — and every different flavor and nicotine level — would require a separate application for federal approval. Each application could cost $1 million or more, says Jeff Stier, an e-cigarette advocate with the National Center for Public Policy Research and industry officials.

Think of your favorite vape store and think of all the flavors they have in all the different nicotine strengths. Each flavor in each different strength would cost a juice manufacturer a million dollars apiece. Your local vape store can’t even begin to afford that. What’s going to be left is juice made by the major tobacco companies. If you’ve ever tried that juice it only comes in one nicotine strength, full strength, and they taste like gasoline and are just as smooth.

So what does the government have to say about killing what is essentially the most successful smoking cessation process?

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says, “There are many other cessation tools available.”

Only ones that aren’t as effective. The ones they are talking about, patches, gum and pills, are the ones that are already paying money to the FDA to be on the market.

Let’s not forget about smoking either. This regulation will send too many back to smoking and whether you want to believe it or not that’s what the government wants. They say they’re concerned about people, especially ‘the children’, going from vaping to smoking but this is exactly what they want. The FDA could ban tobacco anytime they wanted. They choose not to because of all the tax money that the government gets from smoking.

So congratulations FDA, you’ve done exactly the opposite of what your organization was intended to do.

Another E-Cig explodes; what the media is not telling

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A 14-year-old boy from Brooklyn, New York is said to be partially blinded after an e-cigarette exploded in his face at a kiosk at a mall that was selling the apparatus. The article I linked to is from Fox News which does tend to be sensationalistic but it’s a symptom of a larger problem when it comes to the media and vaping.

First off the ‘kiosk’ was obviously not all that concerned about carding someone who they were trying to sell a nicotine product to. That may be an indicator that they may be trying to sell substandard products. Secondly let’s take the word e-cigarette out of the equation and replace it with another common item. If the headline read ’14-year-old left blinded after car explodes’ would we be calling for the entire auto industry to be shut down? Next, not all e-cigarettes or vaporizers are the same. Was it a high-end brand name or some kind of knock off made in a third world country? And lastly how many fires today are still caused by careless cigarette use despite the ‘fire safety’ cigarettes they sell now? They’re still on the market and show no sign of ever being removed.

Vaping is not for everyone. I get that. However it has helped an overabundance of people kick the habit of smoking. So when a fear mongering article like this one shows up in the media about vaping, question it like you should most melodramatic articles written by an exaggerating media.

Harvard study says vaping can give you popcorn lung

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently published a study that, according to their conclusions, 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids contain a chemical called diacetyl. Diacetyl, when inhaled over time, is said to cause a condition known as popcorn lung. It gets its name from the fact that diacetyl is in butter flavoring and caused a number of workers at a popcorn manufacturer to become ill after continued exposure to the chemical. This will probably be the impetus for the government to come down hard on vaping but in my opinion the study (pdf) appears to be flawed.

First off the study mentions products that were deemed ‘appealing to youth’ numerous times. To me that make it seems like they already were biased against vaping and e-cigs to begin with. Secondly while they didn’t mention what brands they tested it seems to me that they tested brands that are available at your local convenience store. I wouldn’t be surprised if those brands cause respiratory problems since they taste like gasoline and are so artificially colored they’ll permanently stain your tank. Most people who vape get their juice from a reputable vape store with better manufacturing standards than the drug store brands. Lastly it completely ignores how many people have been able to quit smoking cigarettes for good because of vaping. While their may be an element of danger to vaping it is highly unlikely that it’s even remotely as dangerous as smoking.

Another Trench vaping tip: Starter kits are just fine

What most starter kits look like
What most starter kits look like

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a vaping expert. I’ve never built my own mod or made my own coils. What I am is a guy who successfully quit smoking after 30 years by vaping so I like to think that my opinion carries at least a little weight.

Anyway as I’m sure you can tell by the title of this post it’s my opinion that for the majority of vapers who are looking to quit smoking the starter kits that most shops sell are just fine. I’ve talked about before how I was talked into buying an expensive iTatse MVP. Within 6 months the button was getting stuck causing not only the coils in my tank to burn out prematurely but it would heat the metal parts of the tank so much that it would burn my skin while in my pocket. So yeah….ouch. Then I bought an iTaste VV not too long after that. Again it crapped out on me after about 6 months. It would just turn off for no apparent reason while I was using it.

Frustrated I went back to my original eGo starter kit and I’ve never been more happy with my vaping. It’s simple and compact and just plain works. Unless you want to be one of those guys who likes to blow world record amounts of vapor the starter kit is just fine. All I recommend is to buy a 2nd battery to use while the primary one is charging and enough replacement coils if your tank uses those. Hell if you want to use the disposable Haus tanks instead more power to you.

So to sum it up the simpler you keep your vaping the more enjoyment you’ll have with it.

Trench’s e-juice tip: Avoid the gas station

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while but just now decided to finally put my theory on vaping e-juices to text.

While you can use just about any vaping pen or mod from anywhere to get you started or help you out in case of an emergency, like the Haus products, my advice on e-juice is the exact opposite. Any time you need e-juice you should always buy it from a specialty vape store.

Every time I’ve bought juice from a drug store or gas station or what have you the juice has always been substandard. Most of it tastes really harsh and has a distinct chemical-like taste to it. Not only that but a lot of them are heavily colored to he point where they can permanently stain your tank. I’ve even had some leave their bitter aftertaste permanently on the tank no matter how much I cleaned it. Depending on what kind of tank you use that can get expensive. Also, even when going to a vape store try to stick to juices that aren’t colored. In my opinion the best juices are clear to clearish with maybe just a slight hue. If you can’t see through the juice it’s not a quality product in my opinion.

So what happens when it’s 3am and you find yourself out of juice? Try to avoid this situation at all costs by having plenty of juice on hand. However if you do find yourself in that situation the only product I can even remotely recommend is the FIN Advanced Vaping V-Tank. They’re the best of the worst.

Trench reviews Avail Vapor

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Recently Avail Vapor opened a new store not too far from where I live so I stopped in yesterday to see what they had in store. I had a very pleasant experience in their store.

The store was immaculate and the tasting stations were clean and functioned flawlessly. The staff was friendly and helpful and even though they recommended a new mod for me that I’m not in the market for they didn’t pressure me into trying to buy a new mod which I greatly appreciate.

I ended up buying two bottles of Dirty Banana (non-sponsored link) which I was able to get on special for $20.00. While I haven’t yet ordered anything from their website it is a top-notch site that you actually can order from. You’d be surprised how many vaping websites look like they’re from the 1990s.

To top it all off they gave me a nice reusable bag to use when I go back to them to buy more juice and I will be back.

While MadVapes is still my number one store Avail just became my number 1.5.

More research tries to link e-cigs to formaldehyde

Formaldehyde

A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine has tried linking e-cigs and vaping to dangerous levels of formaldehyde and much like the Japanese study before it, it exaggerates the actual danger.

Once again one might be inclined to read just the headline that states ‘E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde’, read no further and think that’s all there is to the story. Once again however the true details are buried deep within the article.

From the ninth and tenth paragraphs in the article…

“We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor — the aerosol — into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,” Peyton says. That enabled the researchers to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the vapor. They found something unexpected when the devices were dialed up to their highest settings.

“To our surprise, we found masked formaldehyde in the liquid droplet particles in the aerosol,” Peyton says.

That’s like saying “when we turned up the volume on a TV to the highest level we found evidence of hearing damage”. No one cranks it up to the highest setting. Not only that but what brand of e-cigs or e-juice did they test? What goes for one brand does not mean it happens for all brands across the board.

Hell, I may be biased since vaping has helped me quit smoking after 30 years but I just can’t understand why so many people are trying to discredit a method that has helped so many people get off cigarettes where most other methods have failed.

Japanese study says e-cigs have 10 times more carcinogens than cigarettes

Formaldehyde

One of the more recent articles concerning e-cigs and vaping is this one out of Japan that says researchers have found that e-cigs contain 10 times the carcinogens of tobacco cigarettes. As usual the headline betrays the actual information.

“In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette,” said researcher Naoki Kunugita, adding that the amount of formaldehyde detected varied through the course of analysis.

So in one brand of e-cig they found 10 times the levels of carcinogens. Which brand was it? Where were they manufactured? You can’t paint all e-cigs and vaping items with such a broad brush because of one bad apple.

I get the feeling that this is going to be the study that the anti-vaping crowd clings to as reasons for banning vaping much like the ant-vaxxing crowd still cling to the disproven report of Dr. Andrew Wakefield who claimed that vaccines cause autism even though there is no proof to the contrary. Never mind that I can cite an American study that said the benefits of vaping outweigh the risks or the top scientists who petitioned the World Health Organization to not recommend banning vaping due to the amount of lives it would save.

The next thing you know the anti-vaping crowd will be claiming that vaping causes autism.

Thanks to Jamie for the tip.

Review of the FIN Advanced Vaping V-Tank

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I was at my local Walgreen’s not too long ago and I happened to notice that they had some vaping stuff behind the counter. The thing that caught my eye is that they were selling pre-filled clearomizers/tanks behind the counter. I thought that was interesting concept so I picked up the FIN Advanced Vaping V-Tank. For about $12 I was able to get a two pack of clearomizers that each come with 2.4ml of juice per tank with a nicotine strength of 1.6%/16mg.

Price-wise I can get 30ml of juice from my vape store for that amount however you are getting the tank with it so it kind of evens out. I chose the grape flavor which was ok, reminded me of Sweet Tarts. Decent throat hit if that’s your sort of thing. However the one discouraging thing from the FIN tanks is that on every third or fourth hit I would get this really stale tasting hit. Tried both tanks from the two-pack on both my MVP and eGo batteries and got the same resulting stale hits.

The main attraction for me about the FIN clearomizers is that they’re available at places like Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart that are open 24 hours a day. So much like the Haus tank its major attraction is convenience if you happen to find yourself nowhere near a vape store and in need of juice. They are manufactured in the USA as well.