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  • TW - Totally Wicked
  • TECC - The Electronic Cigarette Company
  • (x)mg - nicotine concentration of the fluid

TW Black Label Tobacco, Blended Tobacco and Virginia - 18mg

I could barely tell I was vapourising anything at all with these. Dull tobacco-ish scent, best avoided. I will not be buying any more.

TW Black Label French Pipe - 18mg

A nice, fragrant flavour - light but noticeable, and not too sweet. Actually does taste rather like pipe tobacco. The best of the TW Black Label liquids that I tried, in that it didn’t send me to sleep through boredom.

Dekang Humpback (Camel) - 24mg

A vaguely sweet tobacco-ish thing, not very strongly flavoured. I have heard some people say that this is a liquid they could use indefinitely. I am not one of them. (I never liked Camels anyway, but this doesn’t taste much like Camels at all to me.) Not terrible though.

TECC Titan RY4 - 18mg

Apparently RY4 is a very famous flavour, and there are various versions of it. This one certainly has a very strong taste, of caramel and butterscotch with a few hints of coffee and vanilla. It is intensely sweet, though - despite a pleasantly robust hit, too sweet for me. I suspect that it would go well with actual espresso or black coffee.

TECC Titan Menthol - 18mg

This is like smoking a Fox’s Glacier Mint.

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NYT: "E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit, but They Have Some Unlikely Critics"

“It boggles my mind why there is a bias against e-cigarettes among antismoking groups,” Dr. Siegel said. He added that it made no sense to fret about hypothetical risks from minuscule levels of several chemicals in e-cigarettes when the alternative is known to be deadly: cigarettes containing thousands of chemicals, including dozens of carcinogens and hundreds of toxins.


It really does boggle my mind as well, though Big Tobacco is... big, and these are distributed by lots of little companies outside of the usual corporate sphere. Anyone can extract nicotine and dissolve it in propylene glycol, or copy a fairly simple electronic blueprint. I've seen little general reaction to the things in this country apart from official support of them by various medical sources - for the sensible reason that smoking tobacco is very bad for you, e-cigarettes are not provably bad for you at all, and they encourage people to stop smoking tobacco. This is not a difficult public health decision surely? Hopefully anti-smoking groups in the UK don't decide to follow a US lead here.

I have had one for a couple of weeks now, and have not had a single cigarette during that time. It wasn't hard at all. I still get to flood my system with lovely nicotine, delivered through a fast-acting inhaler, just without the smoke aspect. The major disadvantage has been regaining a sense of smell and realising quite how much people on the Underground actually stink.

Yes, they obviously don't wean people off nicotine - that is not what they are meant for. They are not, in fact, smoking cessation products. They are alternative nicotine delivery products, a function that they perform very well. I'm not in fact bothered whether health charities and the government choose to support them or not (ideally they would not tax them into oblivion, but they could hardly get more expensive than actual fags) but I do expect them not to put any more bars on them than they do actual tobacco, for heaven's sake.

I am not even going to address the "but it teaches children to smoke!" argument because it is idiocy.

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