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Vapor 2 Pro Series 7 vaporizer unboxing and review videos.

Here we take a good look at the Vapor 2 Pro Series 7 vaporizer that is currently one of the leading loose leaf/herbal/e-liquid hybrid vaporizers.

In the first video the legendary Fergus unboxes the V2 Pro and in the second video is a review of the device when filled with his favourite rolling tobacco.

The vaporizer can also be used with illegal substances but we are a responsible blog so we will not be going down that avenue.

This can currently be bought for around the £120 mark here in the UK, it’s a lot different to the iQOS but there will be a market for this type of device no doubt about that.

Next up is our unboxing of the new PAX 3 so watch this space! This is the very latest upgrade over the PAX 2 that we have reviewed here before.

Video above is the unboxing of the Vapor 2 Pro Series 7.

Video above is the review of the Vapor 2 Pro Series 7.

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Heat not burn products similar to smoking for heart disease? Confusing acute nicotine effects with long-term smoking effects

Recently there has been a few negative news stories about heat not burn products, this will increase as time goes by. Not all of it will be true, a lot of it will be utter nonsense. Here we are posting a rebuttal of one of the more recent “studies” coming out of the USA.

For people unaware of who Dr Farsalinos is he is a cardiologist at the University of Patras in Greece and a recognized expert in vapor devices. His website is www.ecigarette-research.org. Also he is not supported financially (or by any other means) by any commercial entity related to electronic cigarette, tobacco or pharmaceutical industry.

We have got the permission of Dr Farsalinos to reproduce his blog post here on Heat Not Burn UK, all credit is given to Dr Farsalinos.

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By Dr Farsalinos

An abstract at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions evaluated the acute effects of exposing mice to a heated tobacco product (IQOS) on endothelial function in comparison with a tobacco cigarette. The study found that IQOS had the same adverse effects on Flow-Mediated Dilatation (FMD), a marker of endothelial function, as the tobacco cigarette. The abstract concluded that “Use of HNB tobacco products does not necessarily avoid the adverse cardiovascular effects of smoking cigarettes”. The poster was, as expected, accompanied by a press statement which concluded with a similar statement: “Using heat-not-burn products may not avoid the adverse cardiovascular effects of smoking cigarettes”.

 

Although FMD (and other measures of vascular function) have no prognostic value when measured after an acute exposure, the abstract itself could be considered alarming and create some concern. Of course, there has been some publicity on it already. But we all know that “the devil is in the detail”. In this case, some critical information omitted from the abstract is mentioned in the press statement (and in the presented poster to which I have access).

 

The poster mentions some very interesting information. For the same exposure in terms of duration and puff number, IQOS delivered 4.5 times MORE nicotine to the mice compared to tobacco cigarettes. So, the comparison was between exposure to the tobacco cigarette resulting in 15 ng/mL plasma nicotine levels, versus exposure to the IQOS resulting in 70ng/mL plasma nicotine levels. This creates two fundamental problems with this study, which makes the conclusions of the abstract and press statement obsolete.

 

First, in laboratory studies it is crucial to compare equivalent exposures. In this case, I suppose none can consider the 4.5-fold difference in plasma nicotine levels as equivalent exposure. Secondly, the fact that IQOS delivered so much higher nicotine levels compared to the tobacco cigarette is not only bizarre but also contrary to all available evidence. In June 2017, I published a study measuring nicotine delivery to the aerosol of IQOS and to the smoke of a commercial tobacco cigarette (the same brand as used in the mice study). We found that, at 2 different puffing regimes (changing puff duration only), IQOS delivered about 30% less nicotine to the aerosol compared to the tobacco cigarette. Recently (July 2017), a research group led by Dr Bekki and Dr Kunugita from the Japanese National Institute of Public Health found that IQOS delivers 30% less nicotine to the aerosol compared to a standardized tobacco cigarette (3R4F). The manufacturer of IQOS published a study in 2016 showing that it delivers (you probably guessed it right) 30% less nicotine compared to a standardized tobacco cigarette (3R4F). So, this amazing consistency from 2 independent and one industry research groups is suddenly challenged by a study showing 4.5 times more nicotine delivery from the IQOS. Obviously, either the 3 chemical studies are completely wrong or something went wrong during the exposure of mice to IQOS and tobacco cigarette.

 

There is another error, fundamentally linked to the abstract methodology, results and conclusion. It is a fact, observed in humans, that nicotine itself (in the form of NRT-nasal spray) has an adverse effect on FMD. The authors found that, for the same plasma nicotine levels, NRTs had a significant but lower adverse effect compared to smoking. So, what would happen if the NRT delivered 4.5 times higher nicotine levels compared to the tobacco cigarette in this study? We can only make a reasonable assumption. Acute adverse effects on FMD have been observed with other stimulants too, such as (you probably guessed that too) caffeine.

 

In conclusion, the study found that IQOS has the same acute adverse effect on FMD as cigarettes when delivering 4.5 times higher amount of nicotine compared to the tobacco cigarette. This should have been the study conclusion, but this information was not even mentioned in the abstract (however, it was presented in the poster). Considering that a substantial part of acute adverse effects on FMD is caused by nicotine itself (with nicotine having minimal, long-term cardiovascular risk), in my opinion, this is almost clear evidence that IQOS has a lower acute adverse effect on FMD than smoking (it would have been perfectly clear if the nicotine exposure to mice was similar). In fact it is possible that this adverse effect is caused by nicotine alone. Due to the assessment of an acute effect on FMD, the study has no prognostic value for cardiovascular disease risk. NRTs have the same acute effects on FMD, but they are approved for long-term use as smoking substitutes (by both FDA and MHRA). Finally, I have strong concerns about the experimental procedure because it is impossible for IQOS to deliver more nicotine than a tobacco cigarette with the same puffing regime (at least in humans).

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KT&G Enter The Heat Not Burn Market With The Lil

Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, better known as KT&G, are the leading tobacco company in South Korea. It looks like they have seen the light with regards to tobacco harm reduction, because they’ve just launched their very own heat not burn product – the Lil.

The product is more similar in design to the BAT Glo than it is to the PMI iQOS, and it looks like it operates exactly the same way that Glo does; it heats the tobacco stick externally, rather than having a central heated blade like PMI’s iQos does. The tobacco stick that Lil uses will be called Fiit. It will also be interesting to see if KT&G run into any patent issues in the future from either PMI or BAT, due to the nature of the tobacco sticks.

The device itself will be available in two finishes –  Creamy White and Saffron Blue. KT&G are saying that the unit holds enough charge for 20 Fiits to be used without the need for charging. In the past we’d have been sceptical of a claim like that, but when we reviewed the BAT Glo we found that it did indeed hold enough charge for 20 uses with a fair amount of charge remaining. As the unit is almost the same size as Glo we expect that the Lil’s battery will also be as good as Glo’s is.

Lil is currently on a very limited release in South Korea, but it’s set to gradually roll out to the whole of South Korea.

Will KT&G release it worldwide? That’s a tough one to call, but we doubt that it will. It may well end up in the Asian market but we doubt that it will go as far as Europe or the USA. We would love to be proved wrong though!

As for cost, the Lil has been released at a price that’s similar to Glo and a bit cheaper than iQOS. The Fiit tobacco-filled sticks are going to be priced similar to the Heets and NeoStiks used by its competitors. There is currently a very real possibility of a tax hike going through the South Korean National assembly; that would ramp up the tax on a packet of Fiits, punishing people for having the temerity to switch to a less harmful option –  and, of course, keeping those tobacco taxes rolling in.

Heat Not Burn UK will be trying to get our hands on a Lil so that we can give it a full going over in the near future.

UPDATE (13th Nov 17) As expected Korea’s national assembly have decided to tax heat not burn products to the same level as regular combustible cigarettes, thereby punishing people for choosing to use a safer alternative to traditional smoking. There’s not a lot else to add other than saying this is an incredibly moronic decision and will do nothing to help reduce South Korea’s smoking prevalence which currently stands at 19.9%. Expect the price of HEETS etc. to rise from next month in South Korea.

UPDATE (11th Dec 17)

According to a new report from Korea Joongang Daily pretty soon there will be a chance that Heat Not Burn refills will cost MORE than conventional cigarettes in South Korea. How on earth can reduced risk products be priced higher than regular cigarettes? How is this going to help reduce the high smoking rate in South Korea? We have a feeling that there’s something dodgy going on here.

 

 

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Will iQOS get FDA approval in the United States?

This could be absolutely massive if Philip Morris’ iQOS is granted FDA approval as a modified risk tobacco product later this year, or early next year when it is announced.

So what are your thoughts on this? Vote now in our poll!

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BAT Glo- Heat Not Burn UK gets hands on.

As mentioned before we are not all about the iQOS, sure it’s a great bit of kit but there are also many others out there. Here we see our very own HnB aficionado Fergus doing a hands on video review of British American Tobacco’s entry into the heat not burn market, the BAT Glo.

As Fergus rightly points out this is currently on limited release but as soon as it becomes available here in the UK we will do our best to add it to our online web store where we are currently selling the iQOS.

Also please see the “related” area underneath this video review for more posts related to the BAT Glo, including a very good tear down of the NeoStick, which is the name that BAT uses for its tobacco sticks.

We will be doing another video on the Vapour2 PRO Series 7 within the next couple of weeks along with an extensive blog post review so watch this space!

Update: As promised here is an extensive blog review of the Vapour 2 Pro 7


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We are now selling iQOS and HEETS.

Heat Not Burn UK, not satisfied with being the most comprehensive blog in the world on everything there is to know about Heat Not Burn are now actually selling the superb iQOS system along with corresponding HEET tobacco sticks.

Currently we are only selling to UK customers but we hope to be able to roll out to the rest of the world sometime in early 2018. We currently have a special offer on all iQOS kits and that is the special price of just £75 for either a navy or white iQOS starter kit along with a packet of 20 HEETS. The recommended retail price for the iQOS is £89 so our price of £75 is a very good price indeed.

Shipping is via Royal Mail First Class recorded delivery and all orders are sent out very promptly. Every iQOS kit sold comes with a no-quibble 1 YEAR GUARANTEE too, click the banner below to be taken to our online store.

 

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The great Heat Not Burn quiz!

Please feel free to test your knowledge, all answers are contained within blog posts on this website. 🙂

Welcome to our Heat Not Burn Quiz

Who makes the IQOS?
What is the name of the tobacco cartridge that goes into the IQOS?
Who makes the Glo Heat Not Burn device?
What temperature does the IQOS run at (in degrees Celsius)?
Which HnB unit is the heaviest?
What temperature does the Glo run at (in degrees Celsius)?
Which country was the first test market for the IQOS?
Heat Not Burn is expanding rapidly in South Korea, what is the current smoking rate in that country?
Roughly how much smoke from a single traditional cigarette is actually inhaled?
Which large tobacco company launched Ploom TECH in Switzerland in July 2017?

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When will Heat Not Burn become popular?