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Neil Mclaren

Neil Mclaren
Neil Mclaren

A Co-Founder of vaping.com, Neil is a pioneer in trying to solve one of the world’s most avoidable problems and has spent 15 years in the world of vaping and nicotine alternatives, there's not much he hasn't seen or written about.

  1. E-Cigarette Summit 2016 - All the Videos!

    E-Cigarette Summit 2016 - All the Videos!

    Apologies to those who’ve been waiting for the videos from the 2016 E-Cigarette Summit, but I’m happy to announce that they are now published. The Summit was co-founded by E-Cigarette-Forum.com and Smooth Events back in 2013 and has been held annually since.

    The E-Cigarette Summit is the top international science and public policy one-day conference on vaping, held at London’s Royal Society. This year’s event was more transatlantic in nature than previous years with a good number of American delegates and presenters in attendance.

    If you only watch one video, please make it the Tom Miller video.

    "It took great courage to be the first to do what you did worldwide. I thank you for that courage. It also takes great persistence. You have shown that and need to continue to show it. From my perspective, you are

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  2. Best Vape Juice Flavours - The Ultimate Expert Guide

    Best Vape Juice Flavours - The Ultimate Expert Guide

    No matter what vape juice flavour profile suits your taste palate, from coffee to blue taffy, there’s definitely a vape juice out there that’s perfect for you.

    Best vape juice by category:

    Choosing the right vape juice can be a challenge however. With thousands of different vape flavours and hundreds of e-liquid brands on the market today, it can seem impossible to choose a flavour that you’ll truly love. It’s

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  3. Best Vape Brands

    Best Vape Brands

    Here at Vaping.com and on our forum ECF we see this question a lot...

    What is the best brand of vape?

    It's a good question and one that's easy to answer. There is no best vape brand. Nearly all of the vape companies in this list have a vape that's so good it features in our best compilations. When a game-changing vape gets released the big companies are quick to release a product that is very similar in appearance and functionality.

    So which vape brand do you choose?

    Our experts have picked their favourite vape brands for devices and vape juice, click the links below to find out why.

    Here are the best brands for hardware:

    1. SMOK
    2. Vaporesso
    3. Voopoo
    4. GeekVape
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  4. Have asthma? Don’t smoke, vape, study concludes!

    Have asthma? Don’t smoke, vape, study concludes!

    In a move that will surprise no one (although it may dismay some on the anti-vaping front), Riccardo Polosa and six scientific colleagues from the University of Catania and other European institutions, found that switching from smoking to vaping improved the health of asthma sufferers.

    Their findings were reported in May in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and showed that subjects vaping with asthma displayed significant improvements in three measures and non-significant improvements in one measure compared to smokers. The improvements had to do with better asthma control, as measured by a standardized questionnaire (Juniper's Asthma Control Questionnaire), better pulmonary function, as measured by spirometry, a common test for lung function in asthmatics and COPD (chronic

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  5. California study finds only healthful chemicals in e-cig vapour!

    Fed up with lack of information about e-cigarettes, San Diego's Channel 10 decided to run its own test.

    They engaged a researcher from the University of California at Riverside, one who has published reports in the past finding e-cigs dangerous, and asked her to go to a vape shop, buy an e-cig, and test it. It was announced that results would be published Thursday evening, January 30, at 11 pm, Pacific Standard Time. NEWS FLASH: Findings show e-cig vapour contains healthful chemicals. See below!

    In preparation for the big unveiling of her results, the news outlet consulted UC San Francisco professor Stanton Glantz, known for his strong stance against e-cigs, for some unbiased information about the product. Predictably, Glantz warned of dire perils.

    One of the perils he selected for special

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  6. Reflections on the Summit

    The E-Cigarette Summit last week was a game changer. I think everyone on all sides of the issue can see that. My take-away, one of them, anyhow, was a vivid picture of the community that has formed among those who want electronic cigarettes to be a harm reduction tool.

    A community of scientists, public health advocates, and consumers, joining forces with those who market the product they advocate, in an effort to bring about the triumph of common sense in the regulation of vapes.

    Nowhere was this clearer than in the misfortunes of the one hapless representative of Big Tobacco, perhaps not the only one present, but the only one who dared to speak up. Midway through the Question and Answer period of the second Experts' Panel, someone noted that some Big Tobacco people were present, persons from

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  7. SMOK Nord Comparison

    SMOK Nord Comparison

    SMOK Nord Comparison - Which is the best?

    With 6 Nord pod vapes to choose from you need to know which one to pick?

    We broke down each Nord's features in the chart below so that you can quickly decide which one is best for you.

    As you can see there is huge variety in the Nord with range, size and wattage changing with each new version. Just like the SMOK Novo 2S the SMOK Nord Pro returns to what made the original so popular and added new technology like Type-C USB.

    Which is the best Nord?

    This is actually quite simple to answer. As technology has advanced the Nord pod vapes have gotten better and better.

    If you want a pod vape with a good battery life, big juice capacity

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  8. SMOK Novo Comparison

    SMOK Novo Comparison

    SMOK Novo Comparison - Which is the best?

    With 6 SMOK Novo options to choose from, which do you pick?

    Hot on the heels of the super impressive and popular Novo pod system has been new innovative reiterations. First came the SMOK Novo 2, then the Novo X was released to mark SMOK's 10 year anniversary. SMOK Novo 3 was released in order to meet PMTA requirements and SMOK then released the SMOK Novo 4.

    Now we celebrate the release of the new SMOK Novo 2S, a revised version of what can be described as the most popular pod vape on the planet.

    Before we get onto all the new cool features on each version let's check out the handy SMOK Novo quick comparison chart below.

    (note: sizes have been rounded to the nearest mm)

    Why release a SMOK Novo 2S?

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  9. Sub-Ohm Vaping [Guide]

    Sub-Ohm Vaping [Guide]

    Sub-Ohm Vape Guide: 2023 Update

    As vaping has increased around the world, innovation has pushed vape mods from small low-powered cig-style devices to high power sub ohm devices. It’s not new for vapers to want to push the limits, and sub-ohm vaping allows them to do just that. If you’re not familiar with sub-ohm vaping, you’re in luck - we wrote this sub ohm vaping guide to teach you everything that you need to know!

    Ohms and Ohm’s Law

    Before we get to all the cool vaping stuff, we first have to cover some scientific basics. An “ohm” is a unit of resistance. Ohm’s Law states that there is a relationship between voltage, current and resistance. More specifically, Voltage = Current / Resistance or V = I/R. How does that relate to vaping? Basically, by decreasing the resistance (ohms) of your atomizer, more electricity will flow through it, changing the overall

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  10. How to start vaping in 5 easy steps

    How to start vaping in 5 easy steps

    We've been helpers quit smoking transition to vaping for over 10 years. Read our updated guide for 2019 on how to give up smoking and start vaping in these 5 easy steps:

    1. Pick your experience
    2. Pick your device
    3. Pick your vape juice
    4. Get the right parts
    5. Read the instructions and vape

    If you’re looking to quit smoking, vaping the right device with the right vape juice can provide you with the same kind of satisfaction as cigarettes. The added benefit is a seriously wide range of flavours to choose. But, even though the vape kits on the market have significantly improved over the years and make it simpler for a smoker to switch, there is still a learning process that new vapers need to go through to get the best out of their gear when

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  11. Best Tobacco Vape Juice

    Best Tobacco Vape Juice

    These are the Vaping.com experts and customers best tobacco vape juice flavours in 2023:


    Once you've been a smoker its hard to resist that welcoming hug of tobacco. Tobacco vape juice is the perfect way to transition to vaping and get your nicotine fix without cigarettes. With so many vape juice flavours to choose from its hard to decide. That's

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  12. Are Nicotine Salts Safe?

    Are Nicotine Salts Safe?

    Nicotine salts (nic salts for short) have risen in popularity over the last several years. You may have heard of them before, or are considering using them yourself, but still wondering how to use them and whether or not they’re safe. 

    Here, we’ll give you a rundown on everything you need to know about this special vape juice. Learn more about how to use nic salts, what they actually are, and how to use them.

    What Are Nicotine Salts?

    Nicotine salts are a type of vape juice that comes in high nicotine strengths. Whether you’ve heard them called nicotine salts, nic salts or salt nics - these are all names for the same thing. While high in nicotine compared to other e-liquids, nic salts offer a smooth throat hit

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  13. Why does my vape taste burnt?

    Why does my vape taste burnt?

    When your vape tastes burnt, you know about it.

    It tastes like charred newspaper and the burnt vapour cloud scratches the back of your throat all the way down to your lungs, where it can make you choke or even vomit. When this happens you should stop vaping immediately and take steps to fix the problem, but you'll want to anyway.

    It’s not nice. But why does it happen?

    Why your vape tastes burnt

    The first thing to say is don’t worry if your vape tastes burnt. This happens to everyone and it is easy to fix. It tastes burnt because the wick inside your atomizer coil has dried out and burned up when it was heated. The wick is the part of your vaporizer that soaks up the eliquid from the tank. The wick holds onto this eliquid before it is turned into vapour when the coil heats up. If the wick is not fully saturated with eliquid when you take a puff, this material can char

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  14. UWell Crown vs Caliburn vs Caliburn Koko

    UWell Crown vs Caliburn vs Caliburn Koko

    UWell Crown vs Caliburn Koko vs Caliburn, the ultimate comparison.

    UWell created what many vapers considered the best pod vape of 2019 with the Caliburn. Towards the end of the year they released and updated version, the Caliburn Koko and here in 2020 the new UWell Crown pod system.

    Which is the best?

    Let's find out.

    Comparison Chart

    Let's take a quick look at the stats behind the Crown, Caliburn & Caliburn Koko.

    What's The Difference?

    Let's start with the Caliburn and the Koko. They both use the same pods but the difference comes in the shape. The Caliburn is a tall slim pod vape and the Koko has a boxier design.

    When it comes to the UWell Crown you'll notice it's a massive upgrade in all areas.

    The pods have increased capacity, up to 3mL, but have the same top fill mechanism. Battery size gets a dramatic upgrade effectively doubling

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  15. The Best New Vape Mods of 2018

    The Best New Vape Mods of 2018

    Can’t-Miss Vape Mods of 2018

    New vape mods are constantly releasing, check out the vaping.com ultimate guide to the best vape mods of 2019 so far. Keeping up with them can be tough. Even worse is trying to figure out which ones are worth spending your hard-earned money on.

    We fancy ourselves experts, and have put together a list of the best new vape mods of 2018, so you don’t have to risk getting a terrible mod.

    Top New Vape Mods

    Vape mods come in all shapes and sizes. The beauty of 2018 is that more mods than ever are heading your way. The downside is that this can be overwhelming. If you don’t know what exactly you’re looking for, or what each mod has to offer, picking one can be incredibly time-consuming and difficult.

    Fear not, vaping enthusiast, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite new vape mods of 2018!

    SMOK Resa Stick Kit


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  16. What You Need To Know About Different Types of Vapes

    Types of Vape

    When it comes to vaping, not all vapes are made equal. As the market becomes more advanced, there are now different types of vape mods available for each different type of vape user - from those who want to vape discreetly, to those who want huge clouds, to those who want a device that closely resembles a smoking experience. The question, “what is the best vape device”, is often asked; and the honest answer is, it depends on what experience you’re looking for! The best vape device is the one that allows the vaper to vape the way they want to vape and that means different vape mods for each person. There are many different types of vaping mods, and the best of one type of mod, might not be the best mod for the experience you’re seeking. Different mods vape in a different way: the best vape for clouds is a bad fit for someone looking for a mouth to lung vape.

    In this post, we’ll explore all the different types of vapes and help you

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  17. How to Clean a Vape Tanks & Coils: The Newbie Maintenance Guide

    How to Clean a Vape Tanks & Coils: The Newbie Maintenance Guide

    Knowing How to Clean a Vape Device is Important

    Your postman delivered your new vape device today, and you just opened the box. Your eyes are wide and excitement fills your entire body. Just look at it… it’s sleek, it’s shiny, it’s the most advanced vape device on the market and you’ve got that new car feeling. Two months later, your device is dirty and gunky, its performance is lacking, and you’re ready for a new one. You just realized that you don’t know how to clean a vape device. If you’ve owned more than one device, this scenario probably sounds very familiar. We were all vape beginners and newbies at one point!

    For long-term usage and performance of your vape pen, vaporizer or vapebox, regular maintenance

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  18. 6 of The Best Vape Apps You Should Try Today

    6 of The Best Vape Apps You Should Try Today

    The Best Vape: 6 Vape Apps You Have to Try

    Vaping is the digital evolution of smoking, so it only seems logical there are vaping apps available. As luck would have it, there are hundreds of vape apps. With so many, is there truly a best vape app?

    Vaping enthusiasts all have different needs, so read on to find the best vape app for you!

    What is the Purpose of a Vape App?

    It’s not like you can vape from your phone (yet) so what’s the point of a vaping app? There are actually quite a few uses for vaping apps, especially depending on your level of experience and how much you like to customize your vaping experience.

    In general, many vape apps can be broken down into a few different categories:

      • A General Vape App: These offer a little bit of everything and may not excel at one particular thing,
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  19. How Many People Vape Around The World?

    How Many People Vape Around The World?

    Ever since the introduction of e-cigarettes, vaping usage has exploded around the world. For those who vape, the practice can seem lonely at times. Those who don’t actually know just how many people vape may easily assume that no one shares their passion. For a smoker, socialisation is easy - there’s always another smoker around to share a cigarette with. Vape users don’t have this advantage though, and it’s not uncommon for them to not have a single friend or associate that vapes. Fortunately, vaping is now more popular than ever, and those that vape automatically belong to a super special and global club that includes millions of other members.

    Just how many members belong to this club? How many people vape around the world today? How many

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  20. Buying Your First Vape? Here’s What You Need To Know

    Buying Your First Vape? Here’s What You Need To Know

    Jump To:

    Box Mod vs Vape Pen vs Pod System

    If you’re new to the vaping world and wondering what vape you should buy, things can get confusing pretty quick. You go to buy your first device and come across terms like a personal vaporizer, mech mod, unregulated box mod, vape pen, pod vape and more. You go to buy your first bottle of juice and you have a million different flavours and a wide range of nicotine levels. Luckily for you we've created lots of blog posts to help you find out which the best

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