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Unless you live on the moon, you have probably started to see an explosion in the number of electronic cigarettes and vaporizes used in your community.  There is a number of reasons for this popularity.  Here are ten reasons why vaping is better than smoking.

 

No Mess

Cigarettes don’t just stink, they also leave ash and tar on anything they come in contact with.  Second-hand smoke can be just as lethal to upholstery as it is to humans.  There have been a number of times I have gone to look at a used car only to leave unimpressed as the interior had been decimated by cigarette burns and tarring.  When I did smoke, I lost a couple of my favorite shirts to wayward ashes dropping and burning holes.  All of these issues are a thing of the past once you make the leap to vaporizing.

 

Protect others

Second-hand smoke is lethal over time.  You should never smoke around children or pregnant mothers as this can be hazardous to their health and raise the risk of addiction in youth.  You can imagine a table full of cigarette executives drinking champagne, laughing about the unexpected marketing second-hand smoke provides.   Vaporizers and eCiggerates eliminate the hazards of second-hand smoke.  It is your right to choose to smoke or not, but you should always be considerate enough to extend that right to the others in your vicinity.

 

Fewer Chemicals

eCigerattes have considerably fewer chemicals than traditional cigarettes.  Ciggerates can produce over 6000 chemical byproducts.  This is a reaction that occurs as the 600+ ingredients used in making a cigarettes combine to form a deadly concoction of over 60 cancerous and poisonous byproducts.  We all know cigarettes aren’t great for your health but if you look closely, you will see they are specifically designed to hurt you slowly over time.  eCigerattes are becoming more popular as more and more people become conscious of their health.

 

Odorless

Vapor eCiggerates are odorless and produce no harmful second-hand smoke.  This means you can smoke indoors and around others without posing a risk to their health.  Cigarette smoke smells horrible and is perhaps half of the reason so many young people have chosen to drop the tradition cigarettes in favor of this new and safer technology.

 

Price

You don’t have to be the Wolf of Wall Street to see those smoking cigarettes are an expensive habit.  Recently, states have taken up antismoking initiatives and elected to raise the tax on tobacco products.  In some areas of the country, a pack of cigarettes can run close to $10.  This trend is expected to increase as antismoking sentiment grows.  You can purchase a low-cost eCiggerates for under the price of a carton of cigarettes and you will get much more use from this device.  Rechargeable models will give you the most useful while disposable models can save you a couple dollars on your initial investment.

 

Propylene Glycerine – PG

This odorless liquid is what usually carries the flavor you are vaping.  The FDA considers this chemical a preservative and has declared it safe for use in inhalers and other quit smoking products.  This product has no negative effects on your heart, therefore making it much healthier than traditional smoking methods.

 

Vegetable Glycerine – VG

This natural oil is derived from plants and is what is responsible for giving you those large robust vapor filled hits you love.  This oil is used in a range of other products such as cough medicines, soups, and low-fat foods.  The more VG the stronger your vapor will feel.

 

Nicotine

If you aren’t already aware, nicotine is known to be poisonous when taken in excess and can cause cancer of extended periods of usage.  The nicotine found in your vapor pen is more refined and includes far fewer chemicals than the traditional cigarettes.

 

Quit Smoking For Good

Quitting smoking isn’t easy but by using the right combination of tools, you can make it a lot more convenient for yourself.  A good eCiggerates can give your body access to the nicotine it is looking for while reducing the additional risks caused by inhaling burning chemicals.

 

Vaporizing is Here to Stay

The verdict is in and vaporizing is miles ahead of the competition.  Now you can enjoy a relaxing smoke while reducing the risk posed to you and others you care about.

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The History of Glass Blowing

 

The history of glass blowing dates back to around 3000 B.C.  In Ancient Egypt, glass was molded from molten sand mixed with a variety of other ingredients to produce the desired results.  This ancient technique involved placing molten glass into a mold and then blowing on shaped molting glass.  People who master these techniques are known as glassblowers or glassmiths.

 

Ancient Glass Blowing Techniques

In the 1st century, glassblowers started using smaller amounts of pressurized air to create larger bubbles.    Gaffers realized that at certain temperatures the molecules of the glass were being held together by a chemical bond that enabled the blower to create larger bubbles than in previous centuries.  This new technique allowed glass blowing to be taken to the next level.  As the glass cools down as it hardens.  To speed this process up gaffers blows on the glass to create subtle changes in the molecular compensation of the glass.

 

At around same the time Middle Eastern blowers had begun to start experiment with adding other ingredients to the glass to produce stronger and more flexible glass.  This was accomplished by a variety of different chemicals.  Natron was used in a concentrated form to accomplish this task.  This acts as a flux when introduced to the glass.

 

As this mixed glass is heated, the thinner layers become more active than the thicker layers.  This gives the blower the ability to create even blown glass that without the pressurized air pushing through thin spots in the glass.  This new technique sparked the development of many new styles of glass blowing such as mold-blowing and free-blowing.

 

Free-Blowing

This technique came into fruition during the 1st century and is still being used today.  Free-blowing involves using short strong puffs of air blown into the heated portion of the glass that has been spooled around the end of the blowpipe.  This creates an elastic type glass that can be molded with greater accuracy than previous techniques.   The glass blower will quickly inflate the glass into a bubble and then rapidly shape it to their desired results.

 

An archeologist has found a large number of short clay blowpipes in ruins around the Mediterranean regions.    These were so popular during these times because of there ability to be reused.  An expert blower could continually inflate and shape the glass as they please by rotating the glassblower.  This lead to the creation of many priceless artifacts including the Portland Vase.  This Roman artifact was studied in depth by Gudenrath and Whitehouse.  After their research was complete they attempted to recreate this artifact by taking a blue glass and dipping it into hot white glass then blowing into it.

 

Mold-Blowing

At around the same time, mold-blowing techniques began to become very popular.  This technique required the blower to heat the glass into a molten ball and then place it inside of a pre-shaped mold.  Blowers would then inflate the glass blob so it would fill the mold and take its form.  These molds were created out of metal and wood and could be reused multiple times.

 

Single sided glass molds were used to create easier shapes on a large scale.  If the glass was to be blown into a more complex shape a double-sided mold could be employed.  This would give the blower the max amount options when creating sophisticated glass piece.  Single-piece molds were much easier to operate4 as they allowed for the easy removal of the glass once dry.

 

The bronze age ushered in a new age of molds that eventually led to highly detailed glass sculptures and vases. Many of these timeless artifacts are on display in museums around the world.  This style of mold help facilitates an age of mass production of glass products around the globe.

 

Glassblowing Today

Modern glass blowers have mastered their craft.   The assistance of modern technology has allowed for the glass to be produced on a scale that would have been unthinkable in the past.  Modern glassblowing involves the use of multiple furnaces.  Let’s take a moment to see the job of each of these furnaces and how they are used to create the desired effect.

 

The Furnace

This is step one in the modern glass blowing technique.  A crucible of molten glass is placed into this oven and heated until the desired viscosity is reached.  Here you will see your mixture of ingredients become one easy to shape a piece of elastic glass.

 

The Glory Hole

This oven is used to shape your glass.  Pieces can be reheated and then shaped until the desired glass piece is produced.  In this oven, the detail and shaping occur.  Most glass pieces spend the most time in this oven as shaping can take a significant amount of time depending on the shape.

 

The Lehr

Once your piece has been shaped it will be ready to cool down in the Lehr.  This oven prevents thermal stress from cracking your glass piece.  This process can take days to complete and cannot be skipped.

 

The Art of Blowing Glass

Today we are blessed with a plethora of glass in our lives and it seems almost impossible to imagine a world without glass.  Artistic glass blowing regained popularity in 1962 when the “Studio Glass Movement” began in America and quickly spread to Europe.  Sculptures around the globe have taken to their imaginations to create newer and more complex pieces of art.

 

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