This post is intended for adult vapers, age 21 or over. I do not condone under age vaping nor smoking by anyone of any age.
Despite what many people may think, even if there isn’t a flavor ban at the federal level in the US, one by one, the states will likely all enact laws that restrict and/or ban the sale or availability of various products related to vaping. People in other countries may not be safe, either, so we all need to take measures to protect ourselves from laws that restrict our right to vape.
Vape related products in danger of restrictions or bans
As various bans and restrictions happen, you may not be able to purchase one or more of the following items:
- Flavored e-liquid
- Nicotine based e-liquid
- Bulk nicotine for DIY
- Pre-made coils
- Pod systems
- Replacement stock coils
- Replacement pods
- Drip tips
- Replacement squonk bottles
What you can do to protect yourself from going back to smoking, if your state or country enacts restrictive anti-vaping laws
You need to become an advanced, legislation resistant vaper, as soon as possible, before unjust laws are enacted, so you won’t be caught off guard and unprepared.
First off, take a look at the equipment you are using. If you are using a Juul, a pod system, or tank that depends on the availability of stock coils or replacement pods, buy yourself some hardware that doesn’t (RTA, RDTA, or RDA).
The following reviewers can be helpful in making your new hardware choices.
- Grimm Green – Youtube
- Jai Haze – Youtube
- Jared The Vaping Goat – Youtube – Vape-tube
- Mike Vapes – Youtube – Vape-tube
- Phil Busardo – Youtube – Vape-tube
- Vaping with Vic – Youtube
Learn how to build and wick your own coils from scratch, using a spool of wire and some organic cotton.
It’s not that difficult. The following playlist will show you just how easy it is to do. I have added multiple videos to this playlist so that you can learn from multiple teachers, and in case any of the videos get taken down by Youtube. You don’t have to watch them all. Just watch enough of them to get the hang of building and wicking. If your device seems a little weird, not like the ones in the videos on my playlist, then search for your device on Youtube, by name, to find a video that shows how to set the coils and wicking for your specific device.
If you are using a mod with built-in batteries, buy one that uses removable batteries, that you can take out to charge and/or replace. Get yourself a good battery charger, a few good batteries, and plastic cases for safely storing and transporting batteries.
Why should you do this?
Mods that have built-in batteries are disposables that have to be thrown away when the battery gets worn out and will no longer hold a charge. They have an average lifespan of about 300 full charges, before battery performance starts to degrade. Stock piling mods with built-in batteries is not advisable, since they will degrade over time, even if they aren’t used. For this reason, it is best to own a mod with replaceable batteries.
If you only own one mod, buy yourself a few spares, in case it breaks. You will want to make sure you are prepared, in case you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer buy a new mod. It is better to have more mods than you will ever need for the rest of your life, than not enough.
If you rely on flavored nicotine based e-liquid, learn how to make your own, from scratch, using Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavorings, and nicotine. It’s both fun and easy, and costs a lot less than buying the pre-made stuff. It also puts you in full control over what is or isn’t in your e-liquid.
The following sites and Youtube channels will help you learn how, and will provide you with plenty of recipes to follow.
Stock up on bulk concentrated nicotine for making your own e-liquid. You can get it from the following sites. Stock up now, because huge taxes are on the horizon, that will make it unaffordable for most people.
- River Supply Co.
- Liquid Nicotine Wholesalers
- Liquid Barn
- Wizard Labs
- Nude Nicotine
- DIY Flavours (located in Canada, will ship to the US)
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are heavily used in the DIY soap making and cosmetics industries. They would make huge enemies of a lot more than DIY vapers if they try to ban or restrict sales of them, so they are most likely safe from bans or restrictions. For this reason, you do not need to stock pile a supply of these. Buy it as needed. Propylene Glycol (paid link) and Vegetable Glycerin (paid link) should remain available on websites like Amazon, for the foreseeable future.
Same goes for flavors. They would make enemies of DIY candy and soda makers, along with anyone that uses them in tea, coffee, baking, etc…and diabetics, like my husband, if they were to ban or restrict their sale. Buy what you need, when you need it, from the following sites, or Amazon. Make sure what you are buying is safe to vape and doesn’t contain any kind of oils.
- Flavour Arts (FA)
- Flavour Art UK (they do ship to US)
- Capella (CAP)
- The Flavor Apprentice (TFA)
- Flavorah (FLV)
Multi brand retailers
- Bull City Flavors
- Ecig Express
- Wizard Labs
- DIY Flavours (located in Canada, will ship to the US)
Batteries are used for flashlights, drones, and other electronics. For this reason, they are unlikely to be banned. Buy them as you need them.
Battery Mooch will let you know which batteries are safe to buy and use. Pay attention to what he says and check his charts, each time, before buying any new batteries for vaping purposes, to ensure you are using the most up to date information and testing results. Follow what he says as if it was the Bible. He is the Battery God.
Learn battery safety and learn how to check and rewrap your batteries. It’s not difficult. The following videos will teach you how to do it.
Reputable sites to buy batteries
Coils and Wire
Wire won’t be banned or restricted either, since that would also affect electronics and jewelry making. You can purchase spools of resistance wire (paid link) on sites like Amazon, as you need it. Pre-made coils may become difficult to buy, so learn how to make your own.
Cotton will always be available. Be sure to use organic Japanese cotton, such as Muji cotton pads (paid link). They do not contain any chemicals, pesticides, or bleach.
The only things that may become difficult to purchase by a DIY vaper, because of bans and/or restrictions, would be nicotine and perhaps hardware (mods, RTAs, RDAs, replacement squonk bottles, drip tips, etc). That’s what I would concentrate on, if you want to stock pile anything vape related.
I am also going to suggest you count up all the non-vaping smokers in your inner circle of family and close friends, and pick up some hardware to store away, just for them, if you can afford it. Because bans or restrictions could make it a lot harder for the people you care about to get what they need, if/when they decide they are ready to give vaping a try. If you love them, think about them now, even if they have been resistant to the idea of vaping, in the past. Be ready to be their savior, if they change their minds. Be ready to save their life. Then let them know, now, that you have them covered, for all their vaping needs.
What am I doing to prepare?
Besides all of the above, I am stock piling nicotine (even though I personally don’t use it for myself) and my own custom “starter kits” consisting of the following hardware, for the smokers I sponsor.
I have chosen that setup because the smokers I sponsor will likely need me to do all their coil building and wicking for them, till they are ready to learn how to do it themselves. It would be a lot easier for them to know when they have to come back to me, for a new coil, if they can just pull the cap off the Galaxies to look at the condition of their existing coil. Plus the RDTA’s 2ml reservoir will help prevent over/under squonking, for the inexperienced.
I am thinking ahead, because I don’t want to give someone a starter kit that relies on the availability of stock coils or replacement pods, which may become unavailable to them, in the future. And I don’t want them to be limited to tobacco flavored or unflavored e-liquid, or e-liquid without nicotine, or be driven to buying their e-liquid from street corner drug dealers that may sell them something unsafe to vape.
Start shopping now, just in case, while continuing to fight for your right to vape. Don’t let misinformed politicians drive you back to smoking, and try not to vote for any politicians that are actively working to kill you. Send them postcards, letters, phone calls, emails, tweets, etc. at every opportunity, to let them know just how important vaping and flavors are to you. Become a thorn in their sides, bothering them every day of their lives, till they do the right thing and vote against laws that will hurt you. Your very life depends on this. Make sure they know it, even if restrictive laws have already been passed.
And make sure you sign up for CASAA‘s mailing list, if you haven’t already. They will keep you informed on issues and legislation in your area, that can affect your right to vape.