Vaping Vs. Cigarettes

Blog By M.

Since vaping hit the market about a decade ago, it’s been hugely popular. Between the fact that there are literally a million flavors and the whispers that vaping is “healthier” than cigarettes, these little portable cloud machines have made quite an impact on people. Unfortunately, whether your inhaling smoke from burning plant matter or vapor, inhaling anything other than air in to your lungs can have ill side effects. So how does one choose between the lesser of two evils without just quitting all together (which can be extremely hard for some people)? This blog goes over some of the differences between vaping and cigarettes to help you make the best choice for yourself.

There are chemicals in both cigarettes and vape juice. Most people are well aware of the negative effects that smoking cigarettes has on the body. In fact, there are at least 20+ chemicals (out of the thousands that cigarettes contain) that have a strong connection to causing cancer, heart disease, and lung disease. The combustion of the tobacco leaves if what sets off this process, creating the smoke which is full of chemicals. Vaping doesn’t use combustion and studies show that the vapor produced contains significantly less chemicals than cigarettes. While cigarette smoke can contain things like arsenic and lead, vapor contains vegetable glycerol, nicotine, and propylene glycol. Anything else in the juice is usually related to flavoring and is typically food grade, meaning safe to consume. However, ingesting these chemicals is different than vaping them and the long term effects of vapor are not quite known yet.

According to statistics, there were 90,000 smoking materials fires in the US over the course of 2011. Of these 90,000 incidents, there were 540 deaths and 1,640 injuries. The cost of damages was also exponential, totaling out at a grand $621 million. While cigarette companies now make “fire safe” cigarettes and furniture is more fireproof than previous years, there are still plenty of cigarette-started fires that happen every day. One recently happening in Manchester, where someone fell asleep with a cigarette and burned half a building down. Vaping, in comparison, doesn’t have any risk of starting a fire if you drop it. However, when the process was still fairly new, there were many reports of exploding batteries. There is a website that lists all of the known battery explosions that have occurred since 2007. The website states that there have been 243 total reported explosions; 63 of which were during use, 84 during the charging process, 52 during storage or transport, and 44 involving spare batteries for various mods. There were 158 incidents that resulted in personal injuries. 

When it comes to cost, vaping is clearly the superior option however. While the initial machine might seem like a steep price to pay, research done by Tobacco Control in 2017 found that one pack of cigarettes costs roughly $13 in New York. The average smoker buys about five packs a week, which totals out at $65 a week or $260 a month. The yearly cost for this level of cigarette intake is $3120 OR MORE a year. This number doesn’t include any health related costs either. Vaping, on the other hand, might be a bit pricey to start, with a machine being around $50 and maybe $15 a week for a bottle of juice. That’s for a heavy user as well. But even so, this would only total out at a grand $720 a year. But be careful, studies also showed that since vaping is much more easily accessible, people tend to vape more than they smoked.

What’s the bottom line? It’s still tough to say for sure. A report published by the Public Health England said that electronic cigarettes are at least 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes and also recognizes e-cigarettes as a legitimate way to quit smoking. Even so, the American Heart Association published a 20 page statement in 2014, suggesting that e-cigarettes are less hazardous than tobacco and vaping can actually assist smokers in quitting. Their report said; “e-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with cigarettes and smokeless tobacco… E-cigarettes present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”

The choice is yours, ultimately. But many people seem to agree that vaping is better for you than tobacco cigarettes. Smokers can look in to vaping as a way to quit smoking cigarettes completely. And while the long term effects of vaping aren’t completely known quite yet, it can be a great device to help you get away from cigarettes and quit smoking anything all together!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

Water Filtration Vs. Oil Rig

Blog By M. Mitera

With all of these constant advancements in glass technology, some people are left scratching their heads wondering what all of this fancy silicate does. Well thankfully, that’s what we’re here for! A question we hear a lot of is “What’s the difference between a water filtration and an oil rig?” The short answer to that question is nothing! The two pieces can be interchangeable providing that you have the right accessories to go with them. However, there is a long answer and if you want to know it, read on!

Water filtration is traditionally used for dry tobacco. They feature a slide where the herbal matter is placed and then lit on fire with a regular lighter. These pieces have been around for a long time and are recognized by most people. The joint for the down stem is usually also a female on water filtration. Oil rigs, on the other hand, usually feature a male joint and utilize something called a nail, usually made from titanium, quartz, or ceramic. This nail must be heated with a high powered butane torch as compared to a regular lighter, although there are electronic nails available if this part is a bit much for you (electric nails also provide the perfect temperature every time). You then place your concentrates on the nail after it has cooled off slightly. This process vaporizes the concentrate, providing a more flavorful and less harsh experience.

When it comes to water filtration pieces, size is totally up to you. In fact, with these guys, the bigger the better. More percolators mean that the smoke gets cooled more before reaching your lungs, providing a smoother hit of your tobacco. The multiple percs also filter out more toxins in the smoke, leaving less of the bad stuff in your lungs. With oil rigs, smaller is actually better. Since the process is vaporizing, the smoke cannot travel long distances and hold it’s flavor and potency. When choosing an oil rig, the smaller, the better.

Of course, you can absolutely use the same piece for both. Again, as long as you have the appropriate attachments, you can use your glass for either simple water filtration or for an oil rig. It is highly recommended that if you are switching back and forth between the functions that you thoroughly clean the glass between each use. Each process is different and can leave different residues on your glass, leaving a severely sticky mess if you don’t take care of it quickly!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

Glass Vs. Wood Vs. Metal Pipes

There are so many different kinds of pipes out there nowadays. Creative smokers will make pipes out of anything, including fruit and even a hot dog! (Yes, that would probably taste disgusting. I wouldn’t recommend making a hot dog pipe….) There are a few tried and true options for the best smoking experience; you can use pipes made from glass, wood or metal. In this post we will discover what the pros and cons of using each type of pipe are.

Glass  is probably the most widely used method seeing as it is easy to make and is very affordable. Here are the pros and cons to this type of pipe:

  • Pros: Readily available, inexpensive, easy to clean, does not disrupt the flavor of  tobacco, comes in really cool colors and shapes for every style, can be used to make a variety of different types such as water pipes and one hitters. The glass pipes made today are pretty strong and most will survive a minor drop.
  • Cons: Breakable if dropped or hit too hard, most are not very discreet with size and color, difficult to travel with due to fragility and size.

 

Wood  is not as popular but does have pros over glass pipes:

  • Pros: Generally made to be very small and discreet, some are fold-able for easy traveling, potentially will alter the flavor of the tobacco in a positive way, unique designs that make cool gifts, sometimes accompanied with a mini stash spot too.
  • Cons: Not easy to clean, will wear with use, will potentially alter the flavor of the tobacco, tend to be small, not very common to find for purchase.

 

Metal  is an inexpensive, easy to find option that gets the job done:

  • Pros: Cheap, easy to find, discreet shape and size, many come with an “oven” on top to keep the matter burning, comes in various colors and shapes, can be taken apart which makes it easy to clean.
  • Cons: Generally small bowl sizes, can get really hot when smoking and cause potential for burns, does not last quite as long as glass or wood, flavors the tobacco sometimes unpleasantly, hits can be harsher because metal heats up quickly and holds onto the heat.

Manchester Adult Life Styles has many different options for glass, wood or metal pieces. We also carry tools and solutions to clean all kinds of devices. Come into our shop today at 179 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101 and talk with one of our friendly staff members to pick out a piece that suits your needs.

 

-Written By Dani Peasley, a freelance writer and fine artist from Contoocook, NH. Dani can be reached through email at myrandomcat@gmail.com

Smoke Shop Etiquette

Going to your local smoke shop is a great time. It’s fun to pick out new glass, find a new flavor of a rolling paper you haven’t tried yet or even splurge on the epic hookah you and your friends have been drooling over. We want you to come in and browse all you like but what if you haven’t been in a smoke shop before? It can seem kind of intimidating when you are new to the scene but here is a handy guide to make your first visit a smooth one:

  1. Be ready to present your ID. If there is any chance that you might look under 18, we will card you and if you don’t have your ID, you will not be able to come in without it.
  1. Use caution around the shop. We sell many expensive breakable items that are on display. If you ask the shop attendant to look at a piece, handle it with care and don’t walk around the store with it unless you intend to buy it.
  1. Those big tall glass things are called “Water Pipes”. If you refer to any potential use of illegal substances, or ask us where you can buy illegal substances, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. We at Manchester Adult Life Styles like to spice it up with edgy products for the alternative and discerning customer. However, we absolutely do not condone illegal activity of any kind; these products are sold with the intent for tobacco use only.
  1. Don’t be shy. Ask questions! If you aren’t sure how something works, would like more information or recommendations on products, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help!
  1. Finally, stop by frequently. We get new products in all the time and we are constantly finding the newest in smoking technology. Feel free to ask what is new in stock.

We want you to come in and have a blast at Manchester Adult Life Styles. Our store is chock full of exciting and cheeky adult novelties, assorted glass products, jewelry, clothing and much more! So now that you know how to play it cool, stop by and take a look at our high quality products!

-By Dani Peasley, a freelance writer and fine artist from Contoocook, NH. She works with many different mediums such as colored pencils, oils, and acrylic paints. She is passionate about the tattooing and body modification industry and can be found in tattoo shops all over New Hampshire. Her two rescue dogs keep her busy at her home studio, while she cooks up creative content writing and visual art. Dani can be reached through email at: myrandomcat@gmail.com

A Brief History Of Glass Art

Glass has been used for thousands of years for form and function. One of the best things about glass is that it can be made to be a usable form of art. This concept has captured the imaginations of artists and glass blowers and has opened a new world to the art of glass making.

Traditionally, glass has been used to make beads, bottles, windows, table tops and other useful items. From ancient Egypt, ancient Rome and ancient China, glass making can be found in all these cultures. The earliest instance of glass making was discovered in Jerusalem. The glass found there was made sometime between 37 BC and 4 BC. Through the ages, the highly valuable skill of glass making was passed down from generation to generation, slowly spreading all over the world. During the 1800’s the art of stained glass became extremely popular with Tiffany lamps and Victorian stained glass windows. Glass has always been a great medium for art, allowing it to be worked into the everyday life.

As glass blowing evolved over time, another use for the art came to light; the glass pipe. The glass pipe, made for smoking, became popular in the 1960’s. The grandfather of modern day glass blowing is Bob Snodgrass. He developed a special technique known as “fuming” that coats the inside of the pipe with silver. By fuming the glass, the user will notice a change in color in the pipe when smoked out of. Bob traveled with the Grateful Dead, making pipes for anyone who would buy them. He eventually taught his technique to other people who carried on the tradition. He became known as a huge influence in 420 culture and alternative hippy culture.

After the 1990’s glass pipe art exploded. People loved that they could smoke out of something beautiful and handmade, truly a work of art. Today there are some famous glass blowers that create mind bogglingly detailed pieces that sell for tens of thousands of dollars. A great documentary on the subject is Degenerate Art. It details the history of glass making and what the culture has turned into today. You can find examples of some top-notch work in this article: World Cannabis Week: World’s Greatest Glass Pipe Artists Gather at the Galleria Glass Exhibition.

Glass pipes are one of the many examples of how wonderful usable art can be. From turning clay on a wheel to wrapped metal wire jewelry, items are always more meaningful when you know someone spent their time and passion on a piece.

 

-By Dani Peasley a freelance writer and fine artist from Contoocook, NH. Dani can be reached through email at: myrandomcat@gmail.com