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Vaping in Public – Should it Be Allowed?

A few weeks ago, Husband and I went on a rare night out for our friends’ 40th birthday. We went for a meal and a few drinks and a brilliant night was had by all (even if it did go far too quickly!). After we’d finished our meal, we went to a bar we’ve been to lots of times before, and as I was walking out of the door to use my e-cigarette, a bouncer stopped me to ask if I was going outside to vape (I got my e-cigarette from a vape store online). I confirmed, and he said something frankly fabulous to me:

“You don’t have to go outside to vape. You can use it inside”.

So disbelieving was I that I asked the doorman to repeat himself, but he was 100% serious. The venue we were in allowing vaping inside. Being able to sit at our table and use my e-cigarette made my evening so much more enjoyable for me (obviously, I checked that my friends were okay with it, too) and it got me thinking – should more places allow vapers to vape indoors?

It seems I’m not the only one to have had these thoughts – an official report has been released which says that making vapers stand with smokers to use their e-cigs is doing more harm than good. Many people use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes (something which currently costs the NHS £2.6bn per year) and exposing quitters to cigarette smoke could cause a slippery slope back to smoking again.

Quitting smoking has been shown to be so much easier with e-cigarretes – an estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.

If you’re thinking of switching to a vape, there’s a ton of vape reviews online to help you to work out which would be best for you. Aside from the health benefits, you’ll save an absolute fortune versus conventional cigarettes, and with more and more places allowing it inside, you’ll never have to stand in a cold, dingy, STINKY smoking shelter again!

Vape Your Way Through No Smoking Day

It’s been many years since I gave up smoking cigarettes, apart from the very rare drunken night out where I succumb and smoke one or two, but that’s literally been about twice in the last ten years! I do, however, enjoy the occasional vape, and it’s got me thinking about the benefits of using a vape pen ahead of the NHS’s National No Smoking Day. Here are just five things that vaping can do for your health:

Weight Loss

I’m a classic “quit smoking and gained weight” case, where I replaced the cigarettes with food to fulfil my oral fixation and hand-to-mouth habit, and I’ve struggled to control my weight ever since. However, vaping instead of smoking reduces the appetite and replaces food with a healthy alternative to cigarettes, which was more than enough incentive for me to buy a kit and give it a go.

Pain 

As someone who has certain chronic illnesses and pain to deal with, using a vape to inhale CBD oil can really help to control the pain. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been amazing at helping with my gynae pain.

Anxiety

In addition to CBD being a great ally against pain, it’s also been amazing for helping with my anxiety and vaping it is a much nicer way to ingest the oil than just dripping it into your mouth. CBD has been shown in studies to be just as effective as valium for some people dealing with anxiety, but with none of the side effects or addictiveness, which is remarkable for people who don’t want to use heavy pharmaceuticals.

Concentration

Believe it or not, nicotine is actually good for you in some ways, it’s all the OTHER parts of cigarettes which are bad for your health. Nicotine can actually improve focus, concentration, memory, refine motor skills and increase creativity.

Protect the Brain

Long term studies have shown that nicotine can actually protect the brain and as such has potential for treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and other degenerative brain issues. This means that choosing an e-liquid which contains nicotine can actually help your brain in the long term.

Working from Home – 5 Things I Love

Working from homeBeing freelance can be a really scary prospect at times; the irregular pay, people taking forever to pay your invoices, lack of sick pay or holiday pay and the isolation are all things which weigh heavily on most people who work for themselves. However, there are some amazing upsides to it all as well (otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people who do it!) so I thought I’d make a list of all of my favourite things about working from home:

Lack of Other People

There are times, usually around Christmas, when I quite miss working in an office because of the lack of Christmas do and general excitement, but then I remember how much I’ve disliked certain colleagues in the past! Having to say a forced “hello” every morning to people I don’t like is something that I really do not miss, nor do I miss that march past the smoking shelter where, despite being a non-smoker, you end up stinking of smoke before you get to your desk. Having said that, if they were all to switch to vaping and use the best e-liquids of 2017, I probably wouldn’t mind it so much!

Flexibility

During the holidays, our routine is usually that we get up, Husband and I spend the morning doing a bit of work, we spend the day with the girls and then we both do some more work in the evening once they’re asleep if we have anything left to do. It means that we get to really dedicate time to the girls during the holidays and still get to carry on earning money. We can also work in other places if we need to; I’ve been known to sit on a park bench uploading work in the past!

Cost

When I met Husband, I was working as a payroll clerk in the NHS, and there were times when it felt like I was spending more money that I earned. Between the travel, needing to buy lunch, the daily scone and coffee run by another staff member, the birthdays that everyone had to chip in for, the expenses really totted up. Working from home means no travel expenses, no temptation for mid-morning pastry and the only birthday I celebrate is my own!

Variety

One thing that I love about freelance writing is the variety in my work, and I think this is actually the main reason that I’ve stuck as it for so long. I’m definitely a “variety is the spice of life” kinda girl, and I do get bored with a strict routine or structure, so this aspect of my work is a massive bonus. One day I can be writing about private education, another about a local shopping centre and the next I’ll be writing about high-end beauty products. It keeps my brain ticking and stops me ever getting bored.

Weather

When I worked in an office, the weather always had an impact on my mood. If it was cold or wet, I dreaded the commute and spent all day wishing I was at home, and on sunny days I’d spend the days wistfully looking out of the window dreaming of being outdoors. These days, I don’t have to leave the house (other than school runs) if the weather is rubbish and on lovely days, I can work from the garden if I want to.

Do you work from home? Are there things you love about it that I haven’t listed here? Leave me a comment below.

Quit Smoking, Start Vaping

I, rather embarrassingly, was one of those kids who tried cigarettes at FAR too young an age. In fact, I first got caught smoking at the age of 11 (and got my legs slapped all the way up the stairs to my room). That love affair with nicotine continued for many years and by the age of 20, I was on 20-30 a day, something which I shudder at now when I think of the money I spent and how badly I was risking my health. I finally quit in 2007 – I had horrendous morning sickness (although I didn’t even know I was pregnant at the time) and it completely put me off of cigarettes and I managed to quit without even trying.

I’d tried to quit a few times before as Husband had already given up over a year earlier and I hated being the only weak one, but I struggled. I wish I’d had an e-cigarette back then as I think switching to vaping would have made my life SO much easier. Here’s an infographic containing some interesting facts about vaping:

Vaping as a Safer Alternative to Smoking

According to the most up-to-date research on e-cigarettes, they are a massive 95% less harmful than tobacco, and they’re supported by Cancer Research UK, who feel that they are an excellent tool in helping people to move away from the toxic chemicals within cigarettes.

I must admit, I can’t quite get used to seeing people puffing away on them indoors and I find the massive plume of ‘smoke’ that is exhaled absolutely fascinating! A good friend of ours, who’s girlfriend has just given birth to their first baby, has managed to successfully quit cigarettes by using an e-cigarette and it means that he still gets a nicotine fix without tons of harmful chemicals (and lets face it, serious STINK!) clinging to him when he wants to indulge.

Are you a fan of e-cigarettes? Have you successfully quit smoking because of them? Have you switched to vaping and love it so much that you’ll carry on doing it? Are you one of the few remaining skeptics? I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a comment below.

Healthier Smoking – E-Cigs Discount Code

bestofbrandskit_black__69168.1396478717.386.513Here’s something that you may or may not know about me: before Sausage was conceived, I was actually a really heavy smoker. I’d smoked since way before I was legally old enough to smoke, back in the days when shops were allowed to display their cigarette counters with pride and pubs weren’t proper pubs unless they had a smokey haze and a full ashtray on every table. However, as soon as we started trying for Sausage, I knew my smoking days were numbered.

I wish I’d had something like these electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) from E-cig Store – I went cold-turkey, and I have to say, it was really difficult. I am not a woman who is known for her willpower, and letting the nicotine ebb out of my system was one of the hardest things I’ve done. E-cigs didn’t exist back then, but if I had to give up all over again, I’d definitely opt for something like this to help me.

The thing is, even if you like your nicotine hit and don’t actually want to give up, e-cigs are still a great product. You can puff away (INDOORS!) without there being any smoke to affect anyone else, you’ll not be ingesting the tar and chemicals that you find in regular cigarettes, and you can even choose a different flavour for your e-cig too, so you’ll be inhaling a lovely fruity taste instead of acrid cigarette smoke.

Obviously the health advantages are numerous, but the thought of being able to rid your hair, clothes, house and car of the smell of cigarette smoke is a huge bouns, too. Something I didn’t know about e-cigs is that you can also choose the strength of nicotine that you’re inhaling. If you usually smoke heavily, you can go for a higher dose, but if you’re a ‘one or two a day’ kind of smoker, then there are much weaker strengths for you to try.

Here’s some of the blurb from the site:

“Recent scientific studies have shown that ecigs can reduce health risks by at least 95% when compared to traditional cigarettes. We’ve listed just a few of those hundreds of benefits from using e-cigs over traditional smoking:

The primary benefit of e-cigarettes is that they’re a much healthier alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. Numerous scientific studies have proven that traditional smoking puts you at higher risk of a wide array of health risks including, heart disease, lung and throat cancer, Alzheimer’s – the list goes on, 99% of which are caused by the burning of tobacco and other chemicals which are eliminated with use of e-cigs.

E-cigs are odourless – Every smoker is used to the strong scent of cigarettes which gets absorbed into your clothes and hair and can be off putting for anyone you come into contact with. E-cigarettes don’t give off any odour due to the exhalation of vapour as opposed to smoke

Extremely cost effective compared to traditional smoking. Dependent on how much you smoke on average a day, switching to e-cigs could save you hundreds of pounds a year let alone the huge reduction in smoking related illnesses”

There are several different brands and systems for you to try, as well as handy accessories such as car chargers and carry cases and Mum’s the Word is pleased to say that we have an exclusive discount code for you to use if you buy something from e-cigstore. Simply enter the code MUMSTHEWORD15% at the checkout and you’ll receive 15% off of your order.

I must say, if I wasn’t so firmly in the ‘I’ve QUIT’ camp, I’d be seriously tempted to try the maple syrup flavour E-liquid!

The Smoking Lung

In Association with Health On Line 

When Husband and I met, we’d both been smokers for some time, despite being in our early and mid-twenties. I come from a family of smokers, and Husband’s families had all been smokers when he was younger, so it was no real surprise that we started smoking at young ages. I can’t speak for him, but I smoked a lot – I’d have a cigarette in my hand as often as I could and I cringe when I think of how much money I spent over the years.

Husband was a lot stronger than me, he gave up smoking while we were actually on our honeymoon, after 12 hours on a plane breathing recycled air had given him a horrible case of bronchitis, but it took me about a year longer to give up. It’s one of the best things that we’ve ever done.

I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to a smoker now. The health implications are scary, especially when you factor in that I’m an asthma sufferer. One of the things that has stopped me from ever starting again is the thought of Sausage – I hate her even being able to smell smoke on other people, let alone getting a hug from her Mum and huffing the stench of cigarettes every time. I’m hoping that Husband and I are setting a precedent for her, hoping that the fact that she doesn’t spend any time around people who smoke means that it will be alien and disgusting to her as she grows up, rather than something she sees her nearest and dearest do on a daily basis.

There’s an interactive lung health guide on Health On Line which gives a really clear and concise picture of what smoking can do to the lungs and I really enjoyed going through and seeing how my decision to quit is benefiting not just me but my family too. I think the site is a great resource and would be a really good learning tool for kids who want to know how smoking can effect their bodies. I think that educating children about things, rather than flat-out forbidding them to do something, allows them to make informed decisions for themselves and can set them up with the skills they need as adults to take responsibility for their own health.

Ranty Friday – Selfish Parents

smoking childIt’s Friday, which means Mummy Barrow is telling us all to get Ranty again, which is quite appropriate as I’ve had this post brewing for a few days, but didn’t know where to start.

The other day, I was in our local shop, buying some ham. I got to the counter and there was a man in front of me buying cigarettes; he bought quite a few boxes at once and as the lady at the till rang it up, I blanched at the cost of smoking. I smoked way back in my late teens and early twenties, but gave up before I fell pregnant with Sausage, and the price of tobacco products has gone up a lot since then.

When I got to the front of the queue, I struck up a conversation with the cashier and casually mentioned that I didn’t know how anyone could even afford to smoke in this day and age. The cashier was young, probably early to mid twenties and mentioned that she was also a smoker.

Let me just say here, I have no issue with people who smoke; it’s a personal choice and as long as it’s not hurting anyone else, I don’t care what they do. I know they say “an ex-smoker is the worst” but I’m not judging the actual act of smoking.

The cashier went on to tell me that she lived in one of the flats (there are two high-rises near the shops) and that her and her partner both smoked with the kids in the house.

(blood pressure starting to rise…)

She then said “We smoke on the balcony these days because my youngest has got asthma. We used to smoke indoors but in the nicer weather it’s easier to go outside”.

(blood pressure steadily on the up…)

The final thing, which completely floored me was “I really should try and give up. My partner and I spend at least £70 a week on fags and my kids have to go without somethings, but it’s just so hard. I go without dinner some nights, just so I can have fags”.

(head explodes, rage spewing everywhere)

Where do I even start?

If she wants to go without dinner so that she can continue to smoke, that’s her right and privilege as a human being with free will, but freely and in an almost blasé fashion, admitting that her kids go without because she wants to continue smoking just blows my mind. How can you put your own horrible habit above and beyond the needs of your children? I just cannot get my head around that. Looking at your kids and saying “You know what? I’m more important” is the ULTIMATE selfishness and makes me feel like these people don’t even deserve to be blessed with kids.

How can people behave in this manner? I simply do not get it. I feel so sorry for the kids being raised in these conditions, without a parent who’d put them first.

I’m not doing a Jamie Oliver here and condemning those in a lower wage bracket because of how they choose to apportion their income…if she wants to spend her money on cigarettes, it’s her money to spend, but surely in any family be they rich or poor, the needs of the kids should come before anything else?

Husband and I would go without anything if it meant that Sausage was provided for in the best way possible and I was under the (apparently deluded) impression that this was an attitude which would be shared by 99% of other parents.

Am I alone in thinking that this is terrible behaviour?

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