• Had I continued smoking them, fags would probably have shortened my life by about ten years as I had smoked them for about thirty years.

    Two and a half years ago I exchanged them for an e cig. I’m still a nicotine addict but I can feel the difference in the delivery method every day in my lack of cough, higher fitness, skin condition, dental h…[Read more]

  • “All things are poison… only the dose makes a thing not a poison”

    Are e-cigs bad for you? Depends on the circumstances. If you were previously a non-smoker I would have thought so, if you have replaced fags for e-cigs probably not.

  • My mate went on a business exchange to China. Whilst over there he toured a factory that makes the vape flavour thingies.

    He spoke to some of the workers on their break, who were all smoking traditional cigs. He asked them why they weren’t smoking e cigs. The workers all burst out laughing before one said ”’know what’s in that stuff”.

  • @timo nicotine most certainly is a poison, it does however have a use that it stimulates the dopamine pathways in the brain when administered in small doses. The administration device can be a cigarette or a vape (or gum/lozenge/spray etc) cigarettes are deadly as we know, vapes less so, early tests have indicated. we won’t know the long term u…[Read more]

  • @timo Nicotine on its own does have a long list of adverse events and despite rigorous research the issues are still not well understood. It’s the addiction and dependency that go hand in hand with all the cancer causing components that makes it nastier still.

  • Nicotine in and of itself is pretty much harmless, it’s certainly no worse than caffeine. It’s not a “poison” any more than caffeine or sugar or some supplements.

    The issue with tobacco isn’t due to nicotine.

  • A fascinating thread for one born in Feb 1934. For me the Great Recession started in 1929 and the fallout was cataclysmic.The first catalyst for change in social attitudes had been WWI but such progress as had been made were reversed by the catastrophe. In UK the divides were as much about class, education, opportunity, and power as they were…[Read more]

  • Global warming started well before the Millenials came on the scene. We’ve all been dealing with global warming for decades. The Millenials aren’t exactly doing anything about through their actions either.

    @sam That’s a poorly informed view. Do you have Millenial children? My son is a research chemist who’s developing a green production process…[Read more]

  • @joey Its also not been known about for decades.. we learn more and more all the time.

    Man, it was only back in the 50’s we learnt about Plate tectonics, for 40 years everyone laughed at Wegener. Kids didn’t learn about that until the 60’s and 70’s. It takes a long time to science to infiltrate education.

    I teach at a conservative catholic…[Read more]

  • Global warming started well before the Millenials came on the scene. We’ve all been dealing with global warming for decades

    @sam You mean we’ve been fuelling it for decades, enjoying our cars and cheap fossil fuel energy, even though the science has been telling us for a while that it was crazy. And the worst consequences of it will be felt by t…[Read more]

  • @joey Global warming started well before the Millenials came on the scene. We’ve all been dealing with global warming for decades. The Millenials aren’t exactly doing anything about through their actions either.

  • I once was seconded to work for an international tobacco company whom had basically modelled the future market and concluded that the market for traditional tobacco in the western world would be dead in 5-10yrs and e-cigs would follow shortly once people got wind of the issues with them.

    These people had more money than entire nations, the power…[Read more]

  • @joey Diacetyl has been banned in e-cigarette juice flavorings in the UK for over 18 months now. The ‘ejuice’ industry has been booming recently and there’s an incentive for manufacturers to develop flavors with minimal additives as it appeals more to their customer base. I quit smoking through using an electronic cigarette and would say that…[Read more]

  • It’s a ticking time-bomb. Flavour ingredients are allowed to be used to give aroma (which is 95% of taste) to foods. These molecules are ingested and dealt with by the stomach or passed straight though but the flavour molecule diacetyl, which gives the butter flavour to popcorn, has already been found to cause lung damage in eight workers in a…[Read more]

  • @bob I don’t know where to start, pretty much every claim you’ve made in your past post are easily verifiable as completely false.

    The UK finances were broadly fine before the recession. National debt was at broadly satisfying level and the increase in spending in the 2000 is statistically insignificant.

    The U.K. productivity was fine bef…[Read more]

  • Would you care to give the rationale behind that? Comparing key economic measures like earnings, gdp, productivity etc.

    My personal experience is of 10 years

    @irk I don’t think the problem with the recession, was the recession, but the absolute dire state of the UK finances before it. The ok was massively over spending, despite the so called…[Read more]

  • @gutted I agree, but to suggest millennials are having it tougher than previous generations and are coping admirably as @joey suggest is just laughable. All generations have different challenges and all cope as best they possibly can. In the 70/80s there were very very few who were doing well at all, the majority suffered for a variety of…

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  • The ‘great recession’? It was or is barely a blip and huge number of people have unaffected by it. Many have benefitted from near zero rate mortgages etc..

    @bob Would you care to give the rationale behind that? Comparing key economic measures like earnings, gdp, productivity etc.

    I think unemployment has been relatively unaffected which is…[Read more]

  • @gutted I agree, but to suggest millennials are having it tougher than previous generations and are coping admirably as @joey suggest is just laughable. All generations have different challenges and all cope as best they possibly can. In the 70/80s there were very very few who were doing well at all, the majority suffered for a variety of reasons.

  • @bob Many millenials have not benefitted from the crash, as mortgages are only any use if you can save up for a deposit. If you can’t, you just get screwed from not earning interest on any savings you can save, rising rent prices and wages dropping in real terms!

    I have been incredibly lucky in that I have always been able to find rental…[Read more]

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