Vape Nation: Your Freedom is at Risk!

Hi, Everyone!

I started Lauren Vapes to share “vaping thoughts and reviews.” Thus far, I’ve focused primarily on reviews… But I can hold back my thoughts no longer!

There’s a BIG problem in the vaping world, and I’m finally prepared to talk about it.

Certain groups of individuals against fun and freedom are trying to take away our right to vape. This has been an issue for a while now, and it’s only growing.

Vaping Restrictions on a Government Level

Last year, the FDA finalized their plan to put vaping under their authority. In addition to restricting sales to minors (which most states did on their own anyway), each new vape product now has to go through the FDA’s strict approval process.

This process is long and difficult. Not to mention EACH product needs a separate application — an application that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions!).

Basically, the FDA is now regulating vaping products as they would tobacco products — even though vape juices contain ZERO tobacco in them. In fact, many new vape juices don’t even use nicotine derived from tobacco AT ALL, instead opting to get their nicotine from eggplants, potatoes, or synthetic properties.

Due to the high prices demanded by the FDA, fewer and fewer new vaping products are hitting the market, and many small business owners have faded away into bankruptcy.

Not only does this mean that we have fewer innovations in the vaping world (no fun!), but these policies could also slow the decline of traditional cigarette usage. To put it simply: If vaping products aren’t available as harm reduction devices, smokers looking to quit can’t buy or use them!

Essentially, the FDA is driving smokers back to harmful cigarettes as their form of nicotine consumption. But why would they do that? In this recent report from Public Health England, experts revealed that vaping is 95-99% safer than smoking. In fact, the researchers also suggested that we could save 76,000 lives per year by convincing smokers to switch to vaping!

The answer, in my opinion, is government greed. Continue reading “Vape Nation: Your Freedom is at Risk!”


Bring Back #StupidHandcheck

Twitter has been filled with anger and political turmoil for a while now. But, for a brief time last month, vapers united to lighten up their followers’ feeds with the hashtag #StupidHandcheck.

The idea was simple: Post your hand holding your mod (as you would with a traditional “handcheck”), and then include something you clearly will NOT be vaping. The more ridiculous, the better!

I truly enjoyed this Twitter hashtag and feel it came and went much too quickly.

I’d personally LOVE it if #StupidHandcheck became a hashtag staple for vapers both on Twitter and Instagram.

I follow all sorts of people on Twitter, but the vapers almost always have the funniest, most positive, feeds. They’re a fun-loving bunch of folks! And this was one hashtag where that fun-loving spirit really shone.

After scrolling through endless negativity, it was great to have a break to just chuckle at something purposely stupid. It really lifted my spirits every time a #StupidHandcheck was posted.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Missed out on the fun? Don’t worry. I screencapped and saved some of my favorites as they were going up last month. Check ’em out: Continue reading “Bring Back #StupidHandcheck”


Don’t Trust Wismec

Hey, Everyone!

Back in June, the picture to the left was circulating the vaping community in regard to the Wismec EXO Skeleton ES300.

Alarmed, I immediately wrote to the company to see what was up. I was informed that there were “no problems and no recall.” Reassured by a company I THOUGHT I could trust, I figured the picture was a one-off incident and I didn’t need to worry. I continued to use the mod.

Then, on August 4th, my own EXO Skeleton ES300 caught fire!!

Fortunately, I was awake at the time, and the damage was minimal. But I was plenty pissed.

Wismec had lied to me, and its other customers, and they needed to be held accountable.

I immediately wrote them another e-mail, and took to social media to call them out for their carelessness.

The E-mails

In this section, I’ll show screencaps of the exact response I got from Wismec via e-mail. In the next section, I’ll talk about the “solution” they gave to me via Twitter.  Continue reading “Don’t Trust Wismec”


How It Feels to Quit Vaping

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve quit vaping. Temporarily.

Here’s the thing: I recently lost my main source of income, and could no longer afford some of the “extras” in my life until I get my next GOOD gig. (Shameless plug: If you’re looking for a freelance writer or editor, hit me up!).

Such is the life of a freelance writer/editor. It’s called the “Feast or Famine” cycle. When you’re a freelancer, things are either really good, or really bad, and hardly any in-betweens. Right now, I’m in the “famine” part of the cycle, but, fortunately, that never lasts for TOO long. I’m good at what I do, and usually find work fairly quickly.

In the meantime, I’ve had to cut out some of my expenses that weren’t “mandatory.” Vaping was one of the things that got the cut, sadly.

How It Feels

I was never a smoker, so I never had to deal with quitting smoking. I started vaping as a way to ease my crushing anxieties and to give me something to do with my hands other than nervous ticks.

I was vaping at a level six nicotine.

Quitting was both “easy” and really, really hard. Continue reading “How It Feels to Quit Vaping”