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COP 7 – WHO do you think you are?

The World Health Organization was set up in 1946, and for 70 years it’s been seen as one of the great achievements of the United Nations. It played a major part in eliminating smallpox, the only human disease that’s been totally defeated so far. It’s helped fight malaria, cholera and other infectious diseases, and has saved millions of lives.

Recently, however, the WHO’s popularity has been fading. The reason is simple: It’s stopped doing what it was set up to do – fight disease – and started to focus on people’s lifestyle choices instead. A series of controversial statements and reports has come out of Geneva, especially since Margaret Chan became director in 2006. The WHO’s anti-obesity campaign has promoted sugar reductions that aren’t backed up by any independent science and praised North Korea, which has starved 15% of its people to death since the 1990s. There’s concern that Chan and senior figures around her are too closely linked to the pharmaceutical industry. Then the WHO grossly exaggerated the severity of the 2009 swine flu outbreak, before bungling the Ebola epidemic that ravaged West Africa in 2014 and 2015.

However, the most severe criticism has focused on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a WHO initiative aimed at reducing smoking. The FCTC is the first UN treaty created by the WHO, and it’s legally binding on the 180 countries that have signed and ratified it.

What’s it all about?

In principle the FCTC shouldn’t be too controversial. There’s no doubt that smoking is bad for you, and the basic rules of the Convention are aimed at helping smokers quit and protecting non-smokers from secondhand smoke. Member countries also have to limit advertising, tax tobacco products and limit industry lobbying.

Tobacco control isn’t just about health warnings and advertising bans any more, though. Harm reduction is becoming prominent, as experts recognize that a lot of smokers just won’t quit unless a safer alternative is available. This isn’t a new concept, of course. Harm reduction products like nicotine patches and gum have been around for a long time – they just aren’t very popular or effective. What’s changed is the rise of vaping. The WHO might be expected to embrace e-cigarettes as a powerful weapon against lit tobacco. Instead, they absolutely hate them.

Since vapor products started to become popular the WHO has relentlessly briefed against them. It’s exaggerated health concerns, denied evidence that they’re an attractive alternative to smoking and refused to consider them as a valid harm reduction product. Over the last few years, as medical opinion slowly moves towards accepting vaping, the WHO has dug its heels in and seems to be taking an ever harder line. That showed up clearly last week in Delhi.

FCTC does most of its business through a series of biennial meetings known as the Conference of Parties. Electronic cigarettes first became a major discussion topic at COP 6, held in Moscow two years ago. COP 6 wasn’t widely reported, partly because it was overshadowed by the Ebola epidemic (Margaret Chan falsely told the media she was working on Ebola control when in fact she was at COP 6). However there was some criticism of the FCTC secretariat’s heavy-handed approach. Like all other UN organizations FCTC is committed to ensuring maximum transparency, but on the first day of COP 6 public observers, and then the media, were expelled from the conference. Whatever the delegates discussed, they did it in secret. The only clues to what they talked about are in the “Report” issued after the conference.

Prevention of a cure…

The COP 6 report has a section on electronic cigarettes, which reveals that at COP 5 delegates had agreed to look into options for the “prevention and control” of vapor products. Right away it’s obvious that WHO is not looking at vaping as an opportunity; instead, it’s seen as a threat.

Digging a little deeper reveals some interesting points. For example the secretariat requested a report on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco. Some delegations objected to that – because it might find evidence that they are effective. This is clearly not an organization that’s too worried about following where the evidence leads.

So when FCTC began gearing up for COP 7, held in Delhi last week, advocates were watching with concern. In September they released a report on vapor products, which they call by the clunky acronym ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems).

The pre-COP 7 report was a bit of a mixed bag. Some advocates saw it as slightly more positive, because it seemed to acknowledge that e-cigarettes could be an alternative to smoking. However, in the same paragraph it claimed that switching from smoking to vaping was only a good thing if you then quit vaping too.

Then it got worse.

Despite having admitted that vaping could kind of sort of maybe not be too bad, the report went on to suggest a range of restrictions – no vaping in enclosed public places, no flavors, no advertising and all the other usual nonsense. It basically the recent pro-vaping reports from Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians, while repeating debunked scares about formaldehyde and heavy metals. Overall there was a lot of worrying stuff in it.

The Delhi disaster

So, on to COP 7. Several independent journalists and advocates had registered for the conference in the hope of actually being allowed to watch it – one of them was vaper and blogger Dick Puddlecote, and I’ll be posting an interview with him in the next few days. True to form, however, FCTC decided to evict the press and public on the first day. This led to some undignified scenes where at least two journalists were manhandled by FCTC staff, and delegates refused to answer questions from their own country’s media about the lack of transparency.

Dissent against FCTC’s secrecy and paranoia is growing, though, and a steady flow of information leaked its way out from behind the closed doors – while FCTC staff and members of anti-vaping NGOs stalked and harassed advocates around the conference venue. For three days nothing much seemed to happen, as delegates tinkered with minor changes to the wording of the previous report. Then, on the fourth day of the conference, the trap was sprung. Delegates from a group of countries led by India and Thailand suddenly demanded that WHO recommend a total ban on the manufacture, sale and use of e-cigarettes. It probably isn’t a coincidence that India and Thailand both have large state-owned tobacco industries.

The proposal was finally defeated and the COP 7 report isn’t much different from the COP 6 one; it does suggest prohibition as an option, but also leaves open other routes. But we can expect that COP 8, in 2018, will see a stronger push for prohibition.

The question is, do the antics at COP 7 matter to American vapers? The USA has signed the FCTC, but hasn’t ratified it – so whatever it decides isn’t legally binding. Even if the WHO recommends a ban the US government doesn’t have to listen to them. But here’s the problem: The US government does listen to pressure groups like Tobacco Free Kids, the American Heart Association and all the other organizations that oppose vaping for reasons of their own.

 Many of those groups had representatives at COP 7, and you can be sure they’re meeting with congresspeople and state legislators right now – telling them how the saintly WHO, which conquered smallpox and slashed malaria deaths by 50% worldwide, thinks e-cigs are death in a stick. GW Bush might not have put the FCTC before the Senate for ratification, but it’s still going to be used to attack your right to vape. That means you need to understand just how corrupt and secretive FCTC really is, so you can meet your representatives and counter the WHO’s propaganda.



A former soldier in the British Army, Fergus Mason is now a freelance writer with a special interest in e-cigarettes and travel. When he’s not writing Fergus enjoys sailing, archery and fishing. He’s been vaping since early 2013 and doesn’t ever plan to stop.

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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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