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What are cloud competitions and are they safe?

Vaping is becoming increasingly popular, with the concept of blowing out massive vapours of flavoured smoke seen as either a way to give up traditional cigarettes or a hobby for those who inhale liquids that don’t contain nicotine.

Those who blow massive clouds of vapour are known as cloud-chasers, and these professional vapers take part in cloud-blowing contests called cloud competitions.

Vapers will compete against each other to see who can exhale the biggest and most interesting cloud of vapour, with some able to produce interesting shapes such as rings, balls, or ripples. Other tricks such as the French inhale feature, leaving us wondering if they got their inspiration from the classic Lord of the Rings scene where we saw some pretty sweet smoke tricks.

What's the French inhale?

  • - Inhale the smoke through your nose
  • - As you feel it wafting up to your nose, start carefully inhaling it through your nostrils
  • - Release the smoke from your mouth and let it flow directly into your nose

Those who watch cloud competitions are known as 'cloud-gazers' – and the trend is spreading across the globe.

Rules are established before a competition, and judges will see who vapes the largest cloud of vapour, so they can move on to the next round.

Vapour clouds are commonly measured using a yardstick or ruler on the wall next to the competitor – and measurements can get pretty impressive, with a vapour cloud during a competition in Plano, Texas, reaching around 5 feet in 2015.

Matt Maynard, a judge at the contest, said There is a skill to being able to keep a ball of vapor together without it dissipating.

Vape liquid containing nicotine is rarely used in such competitions, as the amount consumed would be extreme – but a study carried out by University of Durham concluded that ‘vaping is establishing itself as a new phenomenon, independent of traditional smoking.’

Younger people are vaping liquids with novelty flavours and becoming involved in the culture around vaping, such as cloud competitions, rather than associating it with the cessation of smoking.

Is cloud chasing safe?

E-cigarettes can be specially designed to create large plumes of vapour, with such devices customised for events such as cloud competitions.

The liquids used have less propylene glycol and nicotine, instead featuring higher volumes of glycerin to create the desired effect.

Such enthusiasts will assemble their atomizers with heating coils that use a resistance of less than one ohm in order to produce extremely large amounts of vapour.

Those who use such devices are experts, which means this trick isn’t something to be tried at home – in such instances, the batteries are stressed beyond the margins of what could be considered as safe use.

As a general guideline, vapers can safely use their devices at a resistance above 0.1 ohms.

source: http://metro.co.uk

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